MICHIGAN SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL INC

Mission

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival inspires and entertains a diverse audience while further developing an appreciation for professional performances of Shakespeare's works, other classical plays, and literary adaptations.

Ruling year info

1996

Producing Artistic Director

Janice L Blixt

Main address

215 W Michigan Ave

Jackson, MI 49201 USA

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EIN

38-3263395

NTEE code info

Theater (A65)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Cultural enrichment and widening the perspectives of all our patrons through classical plays, which have been time tested and continue to be relevant. Those who participate in the arts are people enjoy their lives more and create more connections with themselves and their community.

Our programs

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

MainStage Season

3 classical plays:
1 well-known and beloved Shakespeare play
1 lesser-known and lesser produced Shakespeare play
1 play by a classical playwright other than Shakespeare or a literary adaptation of classical literature

Population(s) Served

January - June the MSF sends a company of professional actors to high schools in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana to perform productions of ROMEO & JULIET and MACBETH.

Population(s) Served

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.

Total dollars paid to artists

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Total number of performances

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Context Notes

This is the combined number between our Summer and Touring productions.

Average dollar price for performance tickets

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MainStage Season

Context Notes

This price includes discounts and free tickets, averaged from overall income and number of patrons. Paid tickets ranged from $40 to $10.

Total number of paid seats filled for performances

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MainStage Season

Total number of free seats filled for performances

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MainStage Season

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival strives to be the strongest possible example of why classical theatre is produced hundreds of years later. Our diverse company of professional artists breath life into texts that express the love, hate, comedy, tragedy, romance, betrayal, and redemptive so integral to the human condition.

Each year our MainStage Productions change from different productions, creating a wider range of exposure to the classics of Shakespeare and other playwrights. These performances run in repertory fashion, rotating productions for our audience members to see all three MainStage Productions.

Our Tour shows, which are in performance from January to June, offer two separate plays for students across Michigan, which are required readings for Michigan students, looking to expand these offerings to add another production.

We further our market awareness through a reading series called "Lend Me Your Ears", which offers plays of all styles, from Shakespeare to contemporary, in spaces outside of our homes of Jackson and Canton, and by creating opportunities for community enrichment, like donating coats to those in need.

Seeking to ensure a talented and knowledge base of actors, we offer workshops in technical approaches to Shakespeare.

Each year our Producing Artistic Director, Jan Blixt, accompanied by our guest director, audition and cast the company of actors and coordinate with our Artistic Associates to create our Technical Crews for our MainStage Season. Separately, Ms. Blixt auditions and casts the company for the Michigan Shakespeare Festival Tour.

Our Board actively works with Ms. Blixt to find new ways of expanding our market awareness through brochure printing and delivering to ideas for new events into areas where our exposure is limited.

We have continued to increase our audience size by 60% since 2010, and our number of performances by our Tour has increased.

We are still attempting to advance our visibility in the Metro Detroit area, which would allow us to expand the MainStage Performances to more productions and events to continue exposure and discussion.

Financials

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Operations

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

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MICHIGAN SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL INC

Board of directors
as of 4/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Jill Blixt

Blixt Associates, Retired

Term: 2016 - 2018


Board co-chair

Larry Halman

Lawyer, Retired

Term: 2016 - 2018

Alexandra LaCombe

Fragomen Worldwide

Bart Hawley

JTV

Ann Cassidy

Borders

Peggy Russo

Thomas Davis

Home.FM

Ann Cassidy

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 ? No
  • 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? No