Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Ralph & Lilian Fendig Summer Theatre for Children Inc

Theatre for Children by Children

Quick Facts

aka Fendig Summer Theatre, Fendig Summer Theatre for Children



To produce theatre and to engage theatre generally in any and all kinds and types of theatre for children and by children. To give all children and allow all children the opportunity to participate in any and all aspects and parts of theatre. To receive and maintain funds exclusively for charitable and educational purposes in promoting, advancing, and developing theatre for children and by children.

Ruling Year



Heather Heinig

Board Treasurer

Julie Hesson

Main Address

530 Countryside Circle Countryside Circle


Formerly Known As

Rensselaer Summer Theatre


Theatre Education, Community Development





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Single Organization Support (A11)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Since 1976, Fendig Summer Theatre has aimed to teach our community's children how to run a theatrical production all on their own. Adults assist the children in learning how to produce a show, but everything the night of the performances is done by the children. Every child who auditions is given a role or can assist in the various aspects it takes to run a production. Being able to provide this experience for the community makes Fendig Summer Theatre unique and inclusive to all children regardless of background and experience who live in the Rensselaer Central School District. Fendig serves around seventy children every summer at no cost to the members. Fendig provides the youth with a quality, educational theatre experience.

Our programs

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

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Summer Production

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Our program goals include giving the children an opportunity to learn about the performing arts through a high quality theatre experience. This experience also provides the children and other community members to engage with each other to enhance the quality of life within the community.

Strategies to be successful are to have a board of directors dedicated to the longevity of our program throughout the year. We also strive to hire talented staff to educate and train our children. Staff members must understand that our goals include teaching performing arts skills as well as skills focusing on teamwork and communication with all involved, the children and our volunteers. In the end the participants have experience in how their individual part combines with others to impact a community.

The Fendig Summer Theatre for Children has been successfully implementing our program for forty four years. We have worked hard to be a positive presence in the Rensselaer community. Priorities are taken to ensure resources are used efficiently, the community is involved and that we communicate with our patrons. The program has an endowment set up to ensure we have long term investments for the program as well as the generosity of our patrons both in funds donated as well as knowledge to pass on the each year's participants.

Our program knows if we are making progress by the number of participants each year. This includes children as well as adult volunteers. Community engagement is very important to our program. Another way we measure our progress is by the attendance for our programs. The performance venue holds 600 people per performance and we traditionally sell out or come close at each performance.

The program has produced forty four successful full length performances. Many of our alumni go on to give back to the program exclaiming experiences shaping how the program shaped their lives and how it helped them understand the power of participating in the community. What's next? We are in the process of acquiring our own property

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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?

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Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

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Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

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Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

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Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

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