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THE CAPPIES INC

Critics and Awards Program for High School Theater

aka The Cappies   |   McLean, VA   |  http://www.cappies.com

Mission

The Cappies, is a program through which high school theatre, English, and journalism students are trained as critics, attend and submit written reviews for shows at other schools in their local districts, and then get published in major news outlets.\n\nSpecifically, low-income area students are directly targeted for outreach to publicly show high school students performing positive acts in their local communities, rather than only shine the light on negative incidents that occur. We provide college letters to all critics for submission with their applications.\n\nThe program was created post 1999 Columbine tragedy in which only negative actions were depicted by teen children. Our goal is to continually show the good that children are capable of without adult prompting of good will.

Ruling year info

2002

Co-President

Katie Lewis-Prieur

Chair

Jane Strauss

Main address

7252 Evans Mill Rd

McLean, VA 22101 USA

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EIN

31-1803517

NTEE code info

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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The Cappies began in 1999, in response to the Columbine tragedy, as an effort to bring more positive attention to teenagers engaged in creative pursuits. The program began in Fairfax County, VA and immediately became popular among high school drama departments in the area, growing from 14 schools in the fall of 1999 to 23 schools by that spring.

Our programs

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

Orange County Cappies

Southern Border - Capistrano Unified School District
Northern Border - Los Alamitos School District

Population(s) Served
Students

Orange, Seminole, Lake, Osceola, and Volusia Counties

Population(s) Served
Students

El Paso County, TX

Population(s) Served
Students

Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel County

Population(s) Served
Students

Southeastern Pennsylvania, South Jersey, Northern Delaware

Population(s) Served
Students

Greater Cincinnati and northern Kentucy

Population(s) Served
Students

Both MO and KS, 30 miles in any direction from the downtown KC.

Population(s) Served
Students

Broward and Palm Beach Counties

Population(s) Served
Students

Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, and Manassas Cities, Virginia: Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties; District of Columbia; Maryland: Montgomery Conties

Population(s) Served
Students

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students who demonstrate writing ability

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, Preteens

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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.

The Cappies is an international, learning program for theatre and journalism students. Our mission is to:\n\n* provide a unique, collaborative, learning experience for high-school theatre students,\n* encourage, and advance the training of, student writers, performing artists, and technical crew,\n* inspire creativity and critical thinking,\n* offer constructive, critical feedback for student theatrical endeavors,\n* foster more community recognition of student achievement in theatre arts, and\n* enhance, celebrate, and add excitement to high-school theatre.

Students are trained as theatre critics and organized into Critics' Teams. They attend other schools' plays and musicals, and write reviews. Mentors (teachers) lead Critic discussions and select the most accurate and well-written reviews, which are forwarded to local print or online media for publication.\n\nAt the end of the year, Critics serve as award judges and vote for Cappie nominations and awards. Each chapter holds a Cappies gala, where awards are presented.\n\nThe Cappies program is overseen by a governing board, which includes the Cappies program director and the Cappies program chair. Each regional chapter is managed by a steering committee, which includes a local program director and a local program chair.

Critics are encouraged to write real reviews, differentiating between shows that are outstanding and those that fall short in various ways. Cappies reviews can and usually do include criticisms, but these should be objective and fair. Also, individuals responsible for a problem should not be named. For example, if a vocalist sings off-key, a critic may state that as an issue in the show, but may not identify the vocalist. With these rules, the Cappies program reflects a consensus among theater teachers that at the high school level, criticisms are appropriate if they are constructive, but not if they are harsh, sarcastic, or personal.\n\nAfter awards voting, each program then holds a Cappies Gala to present Cappie awards and to celebrate the year's shows. Sometimes these galas are held at schools, and other times at major theater venues. The Cappies of the National Capital Area holds its gala in the Concert Hall of the Kennedy Center, the center's largest performance space. These galas are formal and generally include local VIP award presenters, along with performances of songs or scenes from nominated shows. They usually run from two-and-a-half to three hours, and some are televised.

13 area chapters have been formed across the US and Canada. On average, we're seeing 800 critics attending performances and writing reviews. In our 20th season, we've had roughly 16,340 student written reviews, and 3,200 submitted to media partners for publication. As of 2018 season, we've issued 8,177 awards to students for their performances in shows as determined by their peers.

Financials

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Operations

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

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THE CAPPIES INC

Board of directors
as of 02/13/2023
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Board chair

Jane Strauss

The Cappies

Term: 2007 -

Jane Strauss

Adam Campbell

Carole Lehan

Katie Lewis-Prieur

Alecia Lewkowich

Chip Rome

Lori Sessions

Vincent Talbot

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable