SAVANNAH CHILDRENS THEATRE INC

Making Fairytales Come True

aka Savannah Children's Theatre - SCT   |   Savannah, GA   |  www.savannahchildrenstheatre.org

Mission

The mission of SCT is to inspire, educate and entertain children and families through the experience of quality theatre both on and off the stage.

Ruling year info

2005

Artistic Director

Kelie Miley

Associate Director

Jenn Doubleday

Main address

2160 East Victory Drive

Savannah, GA 31404 USA

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EIN

20-1578048

NTEE code info

Theater (A65)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Performing Arts (A60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In a world that is increasingly isolated and reliant on digital communication, Savannah Children's Theatre provides opportunities for individuals and families to come together and enjoy the common experience of live theatre. In a culture that seems to value standardized test scores more than the mental health of its students, we encourage the unique and important art form of storytelling, which promotes creativity, empathy and community building, all of which are essential to a healthy society.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Savannah Children's Theatre Productions

We provide children and adults with the opportunity to participate in live community theatre productions. We have different age groups for our productions: Kids on Stage (Grades 2 - 12), Junior Company (Grades 8 - 12), Mainstage (Grades 2 - Adult). Grown ups on Stage (Age 18 and up) Each of our productions features high-quality content, costumes, set pieces, lighting, and sound.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults

Savannah Children's Theatre offers a wide range of performing arts classes for children. In our Creative Adventures classes, Pre-K - 1 students stage a children's book with songs, dance, crafts, and games. In our Creative Dramatics classes, Grades 2 - 8 students spend twelve weeks learning about musical theatre and finish up with a full musical theatre production. Our Junior Company classes (G 8 - 12) let students immerse themselves in stagecraft and audition preparation, and end with a full weekend of performances. Our Dance for Musical Theatre (Grades 2- 12) teaches jazz, tap, ballet and contemporary to our students and finishes with a recital so they can showcase what they learned. Our Aerial Silk programs (G 5-12) lets students explore dance and movement while 12 feet in the air.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

SCT's unique two-hour field trips are our most challenging and exciting program. Teachers pick one of 25 educational musicals for their students to perform. Students come to our theatre and spend 90 minutes learning their lines, songs, and dances. At the end of the trip, they perform the musical for their chaperones, teachers, parents, and each other.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Over the summer, we hold several two-week sessions where children learn, rehearse for, and put on a production! Summer camps are either theatre camps or dance camps.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

With each of our three areas of focus (school field trips, after school classes and community theatre productions), SCT aims to communicate the importance of live theatre. Theatre for youth provides learning opportunities both on and off the stage, all while fostering ingenuity and joy. By regularly creating opportunities to explore theatre arts, we hope to encourage children and families to discover their talents and to understand how they contribute to the greater good.

SCT school field trips introduce students to the concepts of live theatre by teaching children to create a play from start to finish. Classes and summer camps extend the process to include more in-depth theatre training as well as technical theatre disciplines. Our community theatre productions aim for the highest quality of live performance, involving volunteers from all walks of life and allowing entire families to work towards the common goal of wonderful storytelling.

Our Artistic Director and each of our instructors were all involved in theatre for youth during their own adolescence. Each instructor understands personally the value of arts education from childhood, as well as the transformative power of live theatre on individuals and communities. SCT classes and camps are divided by age, not by ability, so each teacher is able to customize their classes based on the needs of the students present. Our building is uniquely designed with performance spaces suited for many styles of theatre, as well as areas for scenic building, painting, costume design, prop making, and other artistic pursuits.

From our launch in 2004 to the present day, our theatre field trip program Let's Put on a Play has served over 140,000 PreK-8th grade students across Georgia and South Carolina. According to audience polls, 70% of those students experienced live theatre for the first time during those field trips. SCT after-school classes have expanded from 1 quarterly theatre class serving 28 students a year to 32 classes serving 566 students during our most recent season (2018-19). Classes available now include Creative Dramatics, Dance for Musical Theatre, and Circus Arts. As of this writing, we have produced 114 plays and musicals for the Savannah community, involving more than 10,000 volunteer participants, ages 7-75.

As we continue to serve the next generation of young artists, we would like to expand our programming to include more performances for toddler-preschool age children and their families, encouraging caregivers to engage in creative play with children on a regular basis. For school-age students and their families, we are currently in the process of creating a summer season of family-friendly plays and musicals, providing weekday and weekend entertainment options for a variety of ages. We are exploring the ideas of adding a music program, expanding our circus program, and continuing to incorporate artistic disciplines that require teamwork and collaboration.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SAVANNAH CHILDRENS THEATRE INC

Board of directors
as of 3/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

LeeAnn Kole

Kole Property Management

Term: 2011 -

Chris Bass

Gulfstream Aerospace

Richard Hallman

Private Contractor

Geoff Repella

Byrd Cookie Company

Kayla Johnson

Souls of Savannah

Amy Pierce

Coastal Care Partners

Donna Epstein

NLaws Produce

Joe Steffen

Attorney at Law

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/17/2019

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data