WILD SWAN THEATER

Ann Arbor, MI   |  www.wildswantheater.org

Mission

Wild Swan Theater is dedicated to producing professional theater of the highest artistic quality for families and to making that theater accessible to everyone including low income, minority and disabled children through low ticket prices and innovative outreach programs.

Notes from the nonprofit

Wild Swan Theater has won major awards for its artistry, educational excellence, and commitment to youth with special needs, including:
•2017 State History Award for Educational Programs from the Historical Society of Michigan
•2016 Ann Arbor Area Arts Alliance 21st Century Award for Excellence in Education.
•2009 Public School Program of the Year by the Michigan Speech and Hearing Language Association
•2008 Heartspring Award for Innovation and Creativity in Special Education
•2003 Excellence in Community Education Award from Nonprofit Enterprise at Work
•2001 Great Lakes Community Arts Award 2001 James Neubacher Award from University of Michigan's Council for Disability Concerns.
•2001 Excellence in Management Award from Nonprofit Enterprise at Work
•1999 Kathleen Power Collaboration Award from Nonprofit Enterprise at Work
•1998 The Arts in Service Award from State of Michigan Governor
•1997 Nonprofit Excellence Award from Nonprofit Enterprise at Work

Ruling year info

1983

Co-Artistic Director

Ms. Sandy Ryder

Co-Artistic Director

Dr. Hilary U. Cohen

Main address

6175 Jackson Road, Suite B

Ann Arbor, MI 48103 USA

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EIN

38-2457214

NTEE code info

Theater (A65)

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Our programs

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Main Stage Season

We will present a season of seven productions from October- May for over 11,000 theatergoers at our main stage at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor. We kick off 2018-2019 season with an exciting line up of plays that bring to life imaginative stories from other cultures, places, and eras in an artistic and accessible way:
Strega Nona and the Magic Pasta Pot October 24 – 26, 2019
A Christmas Carol December 5 – 8, 2019
Frog & Toad January 23 – 25, 2020
Under the African Sky February 20 – 22, 2020
Coding to the Moon: Margaret Hamilton and the Apollo Missions (World Premiere) March 4 – 7, 2020
The Tale of the Mischievous Bunny March 25 – 28, 2020
Treasure Island April 30 – May 3, 2020

Population(s) Served

Wild Swan Theater offers a repertoire of 11 touring productions and an estimated 80-90 performances at schools, libraries, theaters, and museums throughout Michigan. Annually, about 19,000 patrons attend our productions that are interactive and designed to ignite imaginations, inspire creativity, and reinforce literacy skills.

Population(s) Served

Accessibility and affordability have been at the heart of our founding mission since 1980. For 39 years, we have pioneered and sustained an exemplary program to make productions accessible to Deaf, blind, physically impaired, and developmentally disabled children, teens, and adults that has become a state and national model. We offer: American Sign Language shadow interpreting at all of our main stage performances; backstage touch tours and audio description for blind and visually impaired patrons; and
drama workshops and resources for Participants with Disabilities. Our commitment to affordability is reflected in our low ticket prices. Each year, we give away hundreds of tickets to schools and agencies serving economically disadvantaged or special needs children and families.

Population(s) Served

Wild Swan Theater provides a variety of variety of on-site and off-site educational resources, classes, workshops, and camps.

Wild Swan Theater Study Guides are tailored for PreK-8th grade classrooms and are designed to include align with and reinforce the Michigan Content Standards. These well researched online resources are free for all Wild Swan Theater productions support and sustain arts education both in and out of the classroom.

Wild Swan Theater has been leading drama workshops and teacher training workshops for over 30 years. We offer a range of programs including:
*participatory workshops for elementary, middle, and high school students
*drama activities especially designed for participants with disabilities including deaf, blind, mobility impaired, and developmentally disabled youngsters
*teacher training workshops for teachers wishing to incorporate drama into class activities or who would like to use drama as a tool in their curriculum.

Wild Swan Theater's summer program, Camp DoYaWanna, helps kids explore the imaginative world of theater.

Population(s) Served

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Financials

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WILD SWAN THEATER

Board of directors
as of 06/23/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Gerald Aben

Dykema

Term: 2017 - 2020

Jamie Fidler

Synergy on Stage

Middy Matthews

Howard Hanna

Sandy Ryder

Wild Swan Theater

Gerald Aben

Dykema Gossett, PLLC

Hilary Cohen

Wild Swan Theater

Jessica Gronemeyer

Educator

Liisa Lusk

Drama Therapist

Gilda Johnson

Lake Forest Golf Club

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? No
  • 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? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No