ENSEMBLE STAGE

Professional Theatre at an Affordable Price

aka Ensemble Stage   |   Banner Elk, NC   |  www.ensemblestage.com

Mission

To culturally enrich the lives of the residents of The High Country and its visitors, by providing a broad range of live theatrical presentations of the highest possible quality at an affordable price.

To inspire, challenge and nurture the imagination and social skills of youths and adults through theater based educational programs.

To be an active part of the cultural and economic growth of our community through collaboration with residents, local businesses and other not for profit organizations.

Ruling year info

2011

Managing Director

Lisa Lamont

Artistic Director

Mr. Gary Smith

Main address

PO box 2274

Banner Elk, NC 28604 USA

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EIN

27-2449852

NTEE code info

Theater (A65)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

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Our programs

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

Kids Summer Saturday Theatre

On select Saturdays throughout the Summer months Ensemble Stage performs a play geared towards engaging children. The play encourages interaction between the actors and the young audience and inspires the children to use their imaginations and creativity to drive the play.

Population(s) Served

If you're looking for a theatre camp where your child will get lost in a sea of faces or a camp that has a ready-made script and simply assigns roles, THEN LOOK SOMEWHERE ELSE. Our camps are dedicated to one-on-one instruction (we allow no more 15 participants in each camp), encouraging your children's imaginations and inspiring them to be the creators of the plays they present.

Kids learn and put into practice the basic and advanced techniques in creating a character for the stage, character relationships onstage, improv techniques, make-up applications for looking older, younger, sick, hurt, etc. Along with gaining experience in these theatrical disciplines the kids will learn how to use these new found techniques in their every day life (presenting thoughts and ideas to fellow classmates, giving a presentation in front of their class, etc.) They also will be tasked with not just performing a play, but also creating and writing that play based on their particular camp theme.

Population(s) Served

A series of four full-length, stage productions performed by professional stage actors from across the country

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

SETC (Southeast Theatre Conference 2019

ASU (Appalachian State University) Theatre Partnership 2019

AEA (Actors Equity Association) Certified 2019

Banner Elk TDA grant awards 2019

Town of Banner Elk Grant Awards 2019

Thoresen Foundation Grant Awards 2019

Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce Member 2019

Boone Area Chamber of Commerce Member 2019

Avary County Chamber of Commerce Member 2019

Kiwanis of Banner Elk Grant Recipient 2019

Blowing Rock Chamber Award for Cultural Enrichment 2013

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

To grow our audience and donor base, expand our kids programming, provide comparatively affordable access to the performing arts, continue to collaborate with local businesses and assist other non-profits and find a performance space in NC that we can occupy as sole tenants and then expand all of our programming to more regularly provide access to the performing arts throughout a calendar year.

We will continue to carefully choose our play selections so we appeal to the broadest audience yet still produce performing arts that will, on occasion, challenge thoughts, beliefs and prejudices. We will be more aggressive in making people in our region aware of the undefined benefits the performing arts provide. Also, we will pursue more grant and foundation funding for our kids programming and continue to be as frugal as possible with production costs without sacrificing quality. Finally, we will continue to explore and be open to new opportunities in securing an adequate performance space to generate a capital campaign that will appeal to our, and/or completely new, financial supporters.

We have shown, throughout the years since our inception, that we can use creative artistic methods to build our patron and donor base. With a small but strong and dedicated board we stay focused on our pursuits and are willing to modify our methods, when needed, to make them more effective.

Since October 2009, Ensemble Stage has:
-presented over 70 productions and over 300 performances
-seen over 20,000 people attend its shows
-hired over 200 performers, as well as more than 60 designers and crew personnel
-trained over 100 students, ages 5-16, in theatrical and presentation techniques
-won the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce award for cultural enrichment (2010 and 2013)

In addition, Ensemble Stage:
-Collaborated with Watauga High School
-Incorporated Watauga High's orchestra in a production (War of the Worlds II)
-Became the first theatre in the High Country to have a production broadcast over the radio (War of the Worlds II)
-Was the first professional theatre company in the High Country to have a sitting state official in a production (Cullie Tarleton, Winterfest Match Game, 2010)
-Was the first professional theatre company in the High Country to mount a production at and collaborate with a local business (Crippen's, Winefest Murder-Mystery, 2010)

Ensemble Stage has been active in community service
-Donating time each year to the Watauga Education Foundation's production of Shooting Stars as a judge and theatrical coach for all show participants
-Donated more than 1,000 hours to local schools and non-profits
-Volunteers each year with the early morning setup for the Blowing Rock Art in the Park events
-Volunteers each year in the Blowing Rock Town Clean-Up Day
-Coordinated, produced and presented "Anti-Bullying" plays to more than 300 students at Blowing Rock School, including 14 student actors (all Blowing Rock students) who went through six months of rehearsals
-Donated over $1,000 in show tickets to other non-profit agencies for their fundraisers
-Donated over 600 square feet of paver bricks to the Town of Blowing Rock (retail value: $3,000+)

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, 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 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We lowered the rise of the steps in our auditorium seating from 8" to 4"

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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ENSEMBLE STAGE

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Blake Pace

Ensemble Stage

Term: 2017 - 2019

Lisa Lamont

Gary Smith

Blake Pace

Dwight Schnirman

Ann Swinkola

Susie Robertson

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? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/07/2020

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