Theatre Tuscaloosa, Inc.

West Alabama's Premier Community Theatre

Tuscaloosa, AL   |  www.theatretusc.com

Mission

Theatre Tuscaloosa improves the quality of life in West Alabama by producing world-class theatrical and educational programs that encourage all people to engage in the art of live theatre on stage, behind the scenes, in the classroom, and in the audience.

Ruling year info

1973

Executive Producer

Mrs Tina F. Turley

Main address

9500 Old Greasboro Rd Ste 135

Tuscaloosa, AL 35405 USA

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Formerly known as

Tuscaloosa Community Players

EIN

23-7130783

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

The people of West Alabama and surrounding communities need access to quality arts programming and education, both as participants in creating art and as audience members, because a vibrant arts scene contributes to a community's quality of life, quality of education, and spurs economic growth.

Our programs

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

Theatre Camp

Each summer, Theatre Tuscaloosa partners with Tuscaloosa Children's Theatre to offer it's annual Theatre Camp summer program. Two weeks of instruction are offered mornings from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Campers take four age-appropriate classes in subjects such as improvisation, acting, auditioning, technical theatre, singing, dancing, and more.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Each season, Theatre Tuscaloosa produces a variety of plays and musicals, giving the people of West Alabama an opportunity to participate in live theatre, on stage, behind the scenes, and in the audience.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents

It is our tradition that the final dress rehearsal of each production serves as a Pay-What-You-Can Preview. Audience members are asked to contribute any amount they choose, and seating is on a first-come-first-served basis. All proceeds go to the Charles W. Dennis Memorial Scholarship Fund.

This program is designed to make theatre accessible to everyone. It is also an opportunity for students and theatre fans to see the show more than once.
Because live theatre evolves throughout the run, it can be fascinating to see how the production changes between the final dress rehearsal and the closing performance. Pay-What-You-Can Previews take place on Thursday nights prior to opening nights at 7:30 p.m.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Originally a response to the April 27, 2011, tornado that struck Tuscaloosa, AL, the Play It Forward program gives local corporations the opportunity to partner with Theatre Tuscaloosa to provide free tickets to those in our community who need assistance. Corporate partners help the theatre identify other non-profit organizations whose staff, volunteers, and clients have made significant contributions to our community and/or have faced great adversity, and up to 75 per tickets per show are donated to these non-profit organizations.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

For stage productions based on literary classics or literary works found on standard school reading lists, Theatre Tuscaloosa produces special $3 matinee performances for area school students to attend. To prepare the students for the performance, Theatre Tuscaloosa works in conjunction with area English teachers to develop study guides and lesson plans. The guides aid students’ study of the larger work and its stage adaptation. The education program is rounded out with a “talk back session” with cast and crew following the performance.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children and youth

Workshops are offered to teens and adults in a variety of theatrical areas including acting, stage management, technical theatre, improv, tap dance, etc.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents

Theatre Tuscaloosa's SecondStage is designed to be a safe place where artists can take chances, take risks, and explore their ideas. SecondStage gives new directors, performers, and technicians a place to use their voices. SecondStage productions take place in venues other than the Bean-Brown Theatre. We strive to reach out into the community in non-traditional settings such as bars, historical homes, cultural centers, store fronts, etc. SecondStage productions feature plays with challenging, experimental, or off-beat themes and/or production styles, allowing performers to stretch their artistic horizons and audiences to experience new and different work.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Theatre Tuscaloosa strives to provide quality theatrical opportunities and educational outreach to the people of West Alabama on stage, behind the scenes, in the classroom, and in the audience.

1. Produce five or more annual mainstage plays and/or musicals in the Bean-Brown Theatre. By fully producing these shows, we provide opportunities for members of the community to rehearse and perform on stage, work behind the scenes, volunteer as ushers, and attend high-quality performances as audience members. Our efforts in producing these shows also create great economic impact to the Tuscaloosa area as we invest in wood, paint, fabric, and other materials to build our sets, costumes, props, etc. Ticket sales brings people to our community from surrounding cities and even from out of state, many of whom not only purchase tickets, but also eat at restaurants, stay at hotels, and purchase gas and other conveniences while they are here.
2. Produce two or more secondstage plays in venues other than the Bean-Brown Theatre. These shows have smaller production budgets and focus on giving new talent a voice. New directors, actors, designers, and technicians work together to present cutting-edge productions in non-traditional venues.
3. Offer a variety of educational outreach opportunities through our Theatre Tuscaloosa Academy program. Each year, we offer four or more workshops (such as tap and improv classes, audition workshops, acting intensives, volunteer trainings, etc.) to develop our volunteer base's talents and skill sets. We also offer an annual summer camp for K-12 children in cooperation with Tuscaloosa Children's Theatre. In addition, we provide pre-/post-show discussions with experts and artists to further-develop our audiences' appreciation and understanding of the art of theatre as well as the themes contained in our productions.

Thanks to our partnership with Shelton State Community College, Theatre Tuscaloosa is uniquely positioned to provide top-notch community theatre productions. Because Shelton State hosts our office spaces and pays the salaries of our full-time and some part-time employees, the bulk of our ticket sales revenue and contributed income goes right back into producing the best sets, costumes, and props that money can buy. Thanks to a wide base of volunteer support that includes actors, technicians, ushers, house managers, assistant stage managers, poster hangers, and more, we are able to create an immersive experience for everyone who participates in our shows. Additionally, we have a committed base of season ticket holders, individual annual contributors, and corporate sponsors, whose financial support propels us to ever greater achievement.

Since 1971, Theatre Tuscaloosa has produced more than 270 shows. We have a database of over 10,000 supporters, volunteers, performers, etc. We have traveled shows domestically and internationally (in both Japan and Germany). We have won state-wide (Best of Show at the Alabama Community Theatre Festival 2017) and regional awards (Best Actress & Best Costumes at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in 2018) for our work. Our performers have gone on to stellar careers on Broadway/national tours, on television, and in film. We continue to foster talent and encourage participation in the art of live theatre.

Currently, we are building the Paul & Susan Looney Legacy Endowment. The endowment shall provide financial strength to support the artistic mission of Theatre Tuscaloosa now and for generations to come. With more than $596,000 in pledges, the endowment is well on its way towards reaching the goal of $1,000,000 by 2022.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Theatre Tuscaloosa, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 10/6/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Dianna Shaw

Jacobs Engineering

Term: 2019 - 2021

Peggy Babb

Joye Jones

Shelton State Community College

Paul Looney

Theatre Tuscaloosa

Camille Mendle

Ronald Olivet

Judi Rabel

Michelle Robinson

Spelman College

Rick Rogers

Boostr Digital Displays

Kip Tyner

City of Tuscaloosa

Trevia Wilkerson

Family Counceling Services

Cissy Fuhrman

Bryan Helms

Shelton State Community College

Patricia Cade

Tuscaloosa Area Black Chamber of Commerce

Beth Feller

Sanofi Pharmaceuticals

Claire Friday

Jim Jolly

April Lane

Crystal Lassiter

Tuscaloosa County School System

Kim Palm

Carver DeWitt & Palm CPAs LLC

Cooper Shattuck

Cooper Shattuck, LLC

Dianna Shaw

Jacobs Engineering

Kazarious Brown

Student

Carter Lachney

Ameriprise Financial

Ray Taylor

The University of Alabama

Royce Roby

Sontonia Stephens

Community Service Programs of West Alabama

Kenyatta Browne

Regions Bank

Vickie Davis

The Radiology Clinic, LLC

Robert Wright

Karen Gardiner

The University of Alabama

Board leadership practices

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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? Yes
  • 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 02/04/2021

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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

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Disability

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