Beacon Theatre Productions

Spotlighting critical moments of the past to show the way to a better future!

Philadelphia, PA   |  www.beacontheatreproductions.org

Mission

Beacon Theatre Production’s mission is to reach emerging audiences through accessible, affordable theater that uses critical moments in the past to show the way to a better, more equitable future. * In our community we focus on engagement, respect, and collaboration. * In our performances we focus on the stories of social justice advocates, activists, people of color and women.

Ruling year info

2010

Artistic Director

Georgina Bard

Artistic Associate

Jen Jaynes

Main address

PO Box 4026

Philadelphia, PA 19118 USA

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EIN

32-0352873

NTEE code info

Performing Arts (A60)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We tell stories about people from the past through the means of theatre to provide inspiration and education. We fill-in educational gaps about history and culture and amplify voices that have not been heard or that have been ignored. We seek to make arts and culture accessible to all. We seek to lift up the voices of those whose stories have been forgotten, unheard or dismissed.

Our programs

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

Touring Theatre Performances

Beacon Theatre Productions performs in parks, community centers, libraries, senior centers, churches, schools, after school programs and more. We tell stories about real people from the past that inspire us to be better people today.
We are in our final stages (as of July 2021) co-creating a community based play about, for, and in the Fairhill community of Philadelphia with performances scheduled for August 21 & 22, 2021 at Taller Puertorriqueño in North Philadelphia. During the pandemic we have also continued to engage the community through Zoom and in outdoor community spaces when able.
We also continued to fulfill our misson by presenting history based plays online about Frederick Douglass, Jo Ann Robinson, Sojourner Truth, Fanny Lou Hamer and the Black/Indiginous sculptor Edmonia Lewis.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults
Children and youth

We develop new plays for touring and filming, as well as hold new play readings throughout the year. All of our touring plays have been world premieres. We are currently (2020-21) working on virtual interactive history theatre experiences and are co-creating a new play with the Fairhill community of Philadelphia. The Fairhill Theatre Project is process based and will shine a light on the past, present, and future vision of the community, as well as amplify its voices, art and culture.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults
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.

We provide educational, inspiring theatre to all ages that is free and accessible.
We provide short term employment to actors and creatives new to the field of theatre and give them an opportunity to develop their skills in community settings.
We engage community organizers, teachers, librarians, and other concerned citizens in planning our programming.
We seek to tell true stories about inspiring people who have been forgotten, unheard, or dismissed.

We create new plays based on important stories from the past that are still relevant today.
We advertise for creatives in theatre list serves and other online publications and develop collaborative teams for theatre projects.
We meet with community organizers, teachers, and librarians and listen to how they want to impact their communities and we work together with them to facilitate free theatre programming for communities.
We travel to parks, schools, libraries, churches, halls, historic sites, and other venues and perform relevant original plays based on inspiring true stories from the past.
We develop materials for further research and discussion and make them available to teachers, community leaders and audiences.
We provide space for community dialog and mutual understanding after our theatre performances.
We work collaboratively with communities and engage in meeting felt needs and service to parenting organizations.

We have an artistic director who spearheads the organization, an artistic associate, and other part time independent contractors who work together to enable us to continue our work.
Part time independent contractors and volunteers help with web and other social media content and design, marketing, administration and all other artistic skills needed for quality theatre performance .
We develop ongoing relationships with community leaders and concerned citizens and collaborate with them to develop relevant programming for their communities.
We write grant proposals, hold fundraisers, ask for donations and sometimes receive a fee for performing a play from a community organization or library.

For the past 9 years we have made inspiring historical theatre accessible to thousands of people in diverse settings in the Greater Philadelphia area.
We have produced 11 one act plays (including 9 premieres) and 4 full length productions. We have offered new play workshops and readings and have held play festivals to support the work of other like minded theatre artists.
We have offered free tickets to Mentoring organizations and Veterans as well as free, low cost, or pay what you wish options for every performance.

Our performances have been held in parks, libraries, churches, community centers, schools, and other indoor and outdoor venues and locations. We have brought to life historical characters such as Frederick Douglass, C.S. Lewis, Harriet Forten Purvis, Lucretia Mott and many others, and have provided a safe space for community discussions after performances.

Prior to Covid-19 we made plans for a 2 year co-created theatre project in the Fairhill community of Philadelphia, which began in summer 2019. The Fairhill Theatre Project is process based involving story circles, interviews, practical engagement, and research in and with the community. The target date for a community performance reflecting the past, present and future vision of the community is August 2021.

Since Covid-19 put a temporary end to our touring performances in indoor spaces, we partnered with a Historic burial ground in the Fairhill community to offer the community a free outdoor play about social activists Lucretia Mott, James Mott and Frederick Douglass, guided by socially distanced protocols. We plan to perform our new play about Sojourner Truth and Fanny Lou Hamer in spring 2021 at the same location. In addition, we are also filming the two plays to make them more accessible to more people virtually.

Other virtual interactive offerings are also in development for target virtual performances in 2021. They will all feature inspiring Black lives from history.

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, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

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

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    The format of our post-show "talk backs" previously were informal question and answer times between the audience, a moderator and the actors. Due to feedback from our audience members and patrons, we now hold post show panel discussions and community post show dialogs about issues related to topics in the play.

  • 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?

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

Financials

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Operations

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

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Beacon Theatre Productions

Board of directors
as of 7/6/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Jen Jaynes

Freelance Theatre Artist

Term: 2018 - 2020


Board co-chair

Justin Caiazzo

Suzanne Brubaker

retired from early childhood educator position

Randy Peterson

American Bible Society

Lesley Zaya

ifm efector

Jen Jaynes

University of the Arts and freelance theatre artist

Christine Petrini

Art Pride New Jersey

Traci Connaughton

Without a Cue

David Burgess

self employed clothing designer

Justin Caiazzo

musical theatre instructor

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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/11/2020,

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

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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