ALLENTOWN PUBLIC THEATRE

The Arts of the Inner-City

aka APT; the Allentown Public Theatre, Inc.   |   Allentown, PA   |  www.allentownpublictheatre.com

Mission

Allentown Public Theatre is dedicated to empowering our diverse communities through the performing arts. We expand opportunities for cultural participation and education in theatre, and create works that address contemporary issues.

Notes from the nonprofit

Allentown Public Theatre's fiscal year changed in 2018 from a July-June fiscal year to the calendar year, Jan-Dec.

Ruling year info

2009

President

Mr. Doug Roysdon

Main address

417 N 7th St

Allentown, PA 18102 USA

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EIN

26-3054573

NTEE code info

Theater (A65)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Since its inception, Allentown Public Theater has evolved into a voice for diversity and cultural equity in the City of Allentown, Pennsylvania. From the staging of plays that dramatically represent the needs and values of our inner-city populations to the enlistment of a fully diverse board of Allentown citizens, Allentown Public Theater is deeply engaged in becoming a theatrical partner in the effort to create a strong, safe, multi-cultural city.

Our programs

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

In the Schools

Allentown Public Theater has a rich record of providing workshops and performances in the Allentown Public Schools. Our Page to Stage programs have brought theater to the writing curriculum on both the elementary and middle school levels.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Among the theater’s most important offerings is our Coming Clean Program, a hands-on, educational approach to the opioid crisis in our city and state. In this, we have the unique ability of addressing the real-life circumstances of drug use in the city through the power of the theater. Working with professional consultants and performers, the theater can reproduce on stage the experiences and trials of children and parents who live with those who are swept up in the epidemic. Our goal is to create realistic theatrical moments that can yield powerful conversations; real insights into how to understand and how to deal with drug related problems.

The Coming Clean theater workshop program is now being offered to schools, churches, and social service agencies in the Lehigh Valley. After a period of development in which we enlisted the aid and advice of social service agencies including The Center for Humanistic Change and Treatment Trends, we have developed our current program with agencies such as the Girls and Boys Club of Allentown.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Centered at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in the heart of inner-city Allentown, APT has been active in producing children’s shows and workshops there for the past eight years. And now, as we develop a deep and engaging partnership with the Promise Neighborhood program of Allentown, we have taken our theater programs ever deeper in the fabric of our diverse Allentown neighborhoods. A perfect complement to Promise Neighborhood’s social mission, Allentown Public Theatre is bringing theater and the arts to some of the most important issues in the lives of the people living in the center city.

Our efforts to bring the arts to the inner city began in 2016 with our Voice of Conscience program. Reaching out to local churches such as Lehigh Valley Friends and Christ Lutheran Church, we have brought poetry and song to their congregations followed by rich discussion sessions on racism and social justice. Working from this model, we have since carried on this work in partnership with the Promise Neighborhood Program.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups

Allentown Public Theatre has partnered and presented with some of Allentown’s most important arts institutions. The theatre’s collaboration with Muhlenberg College took us from inner city performances at home to the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. More recently, the theater partnered with the Allentown Art Museum to offer a stage for local artists in our Theater Café Series. In addition, partnerships between APT artists and community artists have yielded a rich set of plays addressing racial and gender issues such as our productions of The Island and The Ugly Duckling.

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.

Create relevant and accessible theatrical productions for the public of Allentown and the greater Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania.

Compensate everyone who participates in mounting APT productions at levels sufficient to attract serious, quality talents in all theatrical areas.

Equip APT with more permanent facilities and premises, as well as a more robust set of organizational processes and support systems, such that actors would be comfortable in making a commitment to stay with APT as resident actors, for at least one year.

Generate enough combined revenue, from grants, donations, fundraising, ticket sales, theatre classes and ancillary sales such as to support the maintenance of permanent facilities and a sufficient pool of full-time, resident actors.

Maintain a small administrative staff.

Work with professional consultants to create a strategic plan and hone our business plan.

Lease and outfit a theatre space.

Build on the momentum of our history of quality theatrical productions

Implement a fundraising and donor cultivation strategy.

Work with a professional development consultant.

Hire a marketing consultant

Develop additional programming as needed to sustain our lease.

We have a part time staff of actors, directors, designers, and technicians, many with degrees in theatre from area universities.

We built our operating budget from zero to sixty-thousand dollars during our first 5 years.

We have a volunteer administrative staff.

We have a board of directors that is active in fundraising.

We have consistently raised production budgets from grass roots fundraising.

We have been able to fully fund our youth production budgets of five-thousand dollars from local grants.

We have the support of a thriving arts scene and a local government interested in cultivating a downtown theatre.

We successfully incorporated as a 501c3 charity.

We have formed several programs that serve our mission including acclaimed main stage productions and youth programming.

We have successful partnerships with local agencies such as the Neighborhood Center and the Allentown Neighborhood
Development Agency, that help us bring our programming to under served communities.

We have partnered with several arts organizations such as Allentown Symphony Hall, The Antonio Salemme Foundation, America on Wheels Museum and ArtsQuest to bring programming all over the Lehigh Valley.

We have won awards from Project Child for our social justice program's coverage of child abuse.

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.

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  • 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 make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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

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ALLENTOWN PUBLIC THEATRE

Board of directors
as of 6/9/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Doug Roysdon

Troy Brokenshire

Lehigh Valley Health Network

Doug Roysdon

Artistic Director of Mock Turtle Marionette Theater.

Deirdre Johnson

Poet, playwright, performer.

Norberto Dominguez

Founder of HALA, President and CEO of Bloom Workforce Inc. and Mural Garden Inc.

Andrea Hunt-Castillo

Retired elementary school teacher

Quanesha Johnson

Philemon Kirambi

Hilda Gonzales

Hilda Rivera

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 12/27/2019

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
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data