Arts, Culture, and Humanities

WEATHERVANE COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE INC

Akron's Community Theater

aka Weathervane Playhouse   |   Akron, OH   |  www.weathervaneplayhouse.com

Mission

MISSION: To enrich quality of life and engage the community through theatre and education. VISION: Weathervane shall be one of the foremost community-based playhouses in the country that serves a region through theater as evidenced by: * Consistent excellence in high caliber, diverse, challenging theater productions that compel our community to attend, participate in, and discuss the ideas and human conditions presented on our stages. * The enthusiastic commitment of hundreds of volunteers who devote their time, talent and treasure in a uniquely rewarding environment. * Exceptional educational programming for both children and adults that provides essential life skills through stage skills. * Financial stability

Ruling year info

1949

Chief Executive/Artistic Director

Melanie YC Pepe

Main address

1301 Weathervane Lane

Akron, OH 44313 USA

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EIN

34-6560923

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Theater (A65)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Enriching lives. Making a difference. Community theatre enriches the lives of those who take an active part in it, as well as those in the audience. Those involved represent a diversity of age, culture, life experience, and a strong appreciation of the importance of the arts. Every day, more than 100,000 nonprofit arts and culture organizations act as economic drivers - supporting jobs, generating government revenue, and acting as a cornerstone of tourism industry. This study by Americans for the Arts documents the key role played by the nonprofit arts and culture industry, and their audiences, in strengthening our nation’s economy: http://www.artsusa.org/information_services/research/services/economic_impact/iv/national.asp. For more information on Weathervane's impact, follow this link: https://www.americansforthearts.org/sites/default/files/pdf/information_services/research/services/economic_impact/aepiv/AEP4_SummaryOfLocalFindings.pdf

Our programs

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

Arts education and enrichment

It is our belief here at Weathervane Playhouse that everyone should have access to the amazing benefits that result from theatre and arts education. Through our classes here at Weathervane Playhouse we encourage students to think outside of the box and use their imaginations to explore, create, learn, and grow. Whether it’s creating their own story, building a set, or playing a part, it is our goal to develop the next generation of actors and audience members by providing quality educational opportunities. Our classes allow students to gain an understanding and appreciation for the art of theatre as well as develop into artists and build confidence that can be translated from the stage to their everyday lives. It is also our goal to provide each and every student with a positive experience that they can cherish for years to come. Weathervane provides educational opportunities on and off-site to nearly 10,000 students per year. RESPONSES SHARED BY OUR COMMUNITY Olivia Valentine, Weathervane Student “I’m so excited that I’ve got to get to take classes at Weathervane. I feel stronger and more confident when I’m around people and speaking to people each day. I’m determined it to be even better each week that I go. I was nervous at first when I was signed up to take the classes that I wouldn’t know anybody or I would be behind. But the instructors are great, and I really love the classes. I’m excited keep taking them and become even better actor and better at speaking in front of people.” Rebecca Flynn, Weathervane Parent “The Weathervane staff and instructors have opened up our son's world and have given him more happiness and confidence than we ever imagined. There is truly no place he'd rather be than at the theatre- singing, dancing and being given the freedom and encouragement to be himself, plus the guidance to develop his talents. What an amazing opportunity for growth and development they've given him!” GOALS OF WEATHERVANE'S EDUCATION PROGRAM Weathervane’s Education Program is dedicated to: * Cultivating the talents of youth in Northeast Ohio and beyond. * Continuing to educate ourselves about methods to instruct others. * Exploring relevant issues for today’s youth. * Fostering the appreciation of theatre as an art form. * Providing tools and materials to assist the growth of each student. * Building a strong foundation for the future by supporting all young people in our community. In pursuing these goals, Weathervane Playhouse’s Education Program enriches the cultural landscape of Akron and the surrounding area, and affirms its place in the leadership of children’s theater in Ohio. WEATHERVANE'S CORE CLASSES We offer a variety of youth classes in acting, improvisation, auditioning, dance, visual arts, voice training, musical theatre and more for ages 3 to 17. We have classes at the beginning level, intermediate, and advanced level. Weathervane's core class curriculum provides every student with exceptional, consistent, dramatic training. All classes have been developed to meet the State academic benchmarks within the applied Fine Art. Core class content includes: * The roles and responsibilities of performers, directors, designers and technicians. * Stage movement skills including: facing the audience, “cheating out,” using the upstage hand and using body language to communicate thoughts and feelings of a character. * Vocal projection and diction techniques for speaking loudly and clearly. * Stage directions and theatre, dance, and music vocabulary. * Methods for working in an ensemble and working as a group to present a performance at the end of each session. * Memorization techniques. * Dramatic exploration and creative expression through improvisation games and/or script work. * Theater history and/or historical, cultural and social contexts of a specific time period. * Character study through comparisons of story situations and their relationships to real life experiences. * Monologue preparation and performance * Audition etiquette, preparation, and tools. * Proper dance technique and warm-up for performers * Exploring story telling through choreographed and improvised movement * Group singing with a healthy clear tone * Rhythm and form in music

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Adults
Budget
$60,000

Weathervane is a community theater celebrating its 84th season of producing plays and musicals. The theater was founded 1934 by four women who wanted to produce play of all kinds, open to anyone who wanted to learn more about theater. Weathervane still holds these values today. We produce 10 diverse productions each year and invite community partners to produce five more shows in our black box theater each season. Weathervane’s professional staff is dedicated to training volunteers in all areas of production, making the implementation of theater a community effort. Weathervane has grown drastically since its first production in an empty barn on Copley Road. We now own our own property on Weathervane Lane, a road named after our theater. We produce 10 musicals and plays as a part of our regular season and partner with area theaters to offer another five in our black box theater. We offer four season of classes onsite and a variety of programs in the community serving over 3,000 students in Northeast Ohio. We have over 400 regular volunteers performing, designing, building and supporting the playhouse. Tracked volunteer hours each season total almost 50,000 hours. Our productions are attended by more than 20,000 each season. We have been featured in American Theatre magazine twice in the last few years and have been named “Best Live Theater” by Akron Life and Leisure magazine for the past 10 years. 10 productions each season: • 7 Mainstage Productions including the 8x10 TheatreFest • 3 Emerging Artist Series Productions Weathervane’s Mainstage includes • Traditional Proscenium • Full Fly system • Turntable option • NEW mics • NEW speakers for audiences, stage and orchestra • Wireless Intercom system • Projection capacity • Resident Scenic, Lighting and Costume Designers • Subcontracted Sound Technician Weathervane’s Black Box Theater, The Deitz Theater • Intimate Space (50 seats) • Transitional seating • Sound, lights Emerging Artist Series • Theater performed by emerging artists young and older • Mentor Actors • Emerging Artist Designers age 14 and up • Family participation (building, sewing, backstage, front of house) Daytime performances for schools • Students invited to attend productions during the school day • Reduced ticket cost of $7 per student • Study Guides provided • Talk-backs with actors, director and designers after the show • Tours by request Professional Staff • Chief Executive/Artistic Director • Development Director • Marketing Director/Associate Artistic Director • Business Manager • Coordinator of Volunteers • Resident Scenic & Lighting Designer/Technical Director • Resident Costume Designer/Costume Shop Manager • Education Director • Box Office Staff • Bookeeper Facility • 2 theaters • Greenroom • Voice Studio (West Side Vocal Academy in residence) • Large updated lobby • 3 rehearsal rooms • Costume Shop • Scenery Shop • Offices Volunteers • Over 400 volunteers annually • Over 45,000 hours contributed a year • Actors, designers for set, light, props and sound, stage crew, set builders, costume sew-ers, stage managers, house managers, ushers, office support • At the end of each season, Weathervane celebrates the accomplishments of our volunteers with our Chanticleer Awards event

Population(s) Served
Adults
K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget
$170,000

Where we work

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Weathervane's mission is to enrich quality of life and engage the community through theatre and education. Our Vision Weathervane shall be one of the foremost community-based playhouses in the country that serves a region through theater as evidenced by: Consistent excellence in high caliber, diverse, challenging theater productions that compel our community to attend, participate in, and discuss the ideas and human conditions that are presented on our stages. The enthusiastic commitment of hundreds of volunteers who devote their time, talent and treasure in a uniquely rewarding environment. Exceptional educational programming for both children and adults that provides essential life skills through stage skills. Financial stability that reflects both our market value and intrinsic civic worth through maximization of earned income and diversified, robust contributed income. Its place as a community treasure that has a profound effect on peoples’ lives. Core Values Excellence, Volunteerism, Respect, Openness, Accountability, Diversity, Collaboration, Fun!

“Community Theatre occupies a peculiarly important position in the American theater picture. It is the largest, by far, of the theater’s numerous segments, and has the best chance of reaching the average citizen and family. In the bigger cities its clientele is the neighborhood; in smaller ones, a fair cross section of the stable, educated population; and to countless localities not served by the professional or the educational theater, it offers the only opportunity to see live drama….It engages more people in theatrical activity, albeit part-time, than all the rest of the American theatre put together, including schools and colleges.” Robert Gard, Martin Balch and Pauline Temkin, Theatre in America: Appraisal and Challenge As part of Weathervane's mission and responsibility to foster and encourage the development of, and commitment to, the highest standards we regularly review our standards of excellence for production, management, governance, community relations and service. Through attending workshops, professional conferences and through electronic networking and communication Weathervane stays current with prevailing trends, practices and ideals.

As an anchor institution in Akron, Weathervane Playhouse has been producing theatrical seasons for 85 years. Last season, Weathervane's 84th, was our most successful yet, both financially and in the number of people visiting and participating our theater.

Weathervane measures its success through Weathervane's growth in volunteers, audiences, students, interns, staff and educators, through our continued financial prosperity, and through the partnerships we hold and continue to create within our community.

Weathervane has achieved 85 years of prosperous growth in Akron, producing over 800 productions as of November, 2019.

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 the organization collecting feedback?

    We regularly collect feedback through: paper surveys, focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), suggestion box/email.

  • How is the organization using feedback?

    We use feedback to: 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    We share feedback with: our staff, our board, our funders, our community partners.

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to: it is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback.

  • What significant change resulted from feedback

    In response to feedback (2018) that staying informed on Weathervane's many activities is a challenge, the Community Outreach Committee of the Board of Trustees initiated and authored a quarterly newsletter. In response to feedback, new classes are designed and offered each season for children and adults. Each production season is informed by feedback from Weathervane's Board of Trustees, volunteers and audiences.

Financials

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

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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 ? Yes
  • 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 10/09/2019

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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Female

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Keywords

Community Theatre & Education