Shakespeares Associates Inc

Shakespeare & Performing Arts Regional Company

aka Livermore Shakespeare Festival   |   Livermore, CA   |  http://sparctheater.org

Mission

Inspired by William Shakespeare, who through the rhetoric and poetry of the English language, gave voice to the deepest experience of being human, we are committed to producing professional theater in the community. We produce and support theatrical events that celebrate the human experience. We create a company that is accessible and fully integrated with the Tri-Valley community, and invite the participation of our Central Valley and Greater Bay Area neighbors.

Ruling year info

2007

Producing Artistic Director

Lisa A. Tromovitch

Main address

Po Box 2616

Livermore, CA 94551 USA

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EIN

38-3745834

NTEE code info

Performing Arts (A60)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Inspired by William Shakespeare, who through the rhetoric and poetry of the English language gave voice to the deepest experience of being human, we are committed to creating community through the production of high-quality professional theater experiences. We produce and support theatrical events that celebrate the human experience. We are creating a company that is accessible and fully integrated with the Tri-Valley community and invite the participation of our Central Valley and Greater Bay Area neighbors.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Livermore Shakespeare Festival

Outdoor Shakespeare festival featuring two shows over the course of 7 weeks in the summer at a vineyard.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

“So wise so young” is an in school literacy program for 2nd grade students which enhances the current English/Language Arts curriculum. The program focuses on increasing language skills, comprehending key details in a text, improving the expression of ideas through drama, writing and reading, developing imagination and relating key themes in Shakespeare’s work to their own lives. Currently the program operates in all 2nd grade classrooms in the Livermore Valley Joint Unfied School District.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children
Preteens
At-risk youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Increase membership in the SPARC Board of Directors, including underrepresented demographics

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, People of Latin American descent, People of African descent, People of European descent

Related Program

Livermore Shakespeare Festival

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In addition to increasing in number, our board has grown to include members of underrepresented demographic groups.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

For nearly 20 years and continuing into the future, Shakespeare’s Associates, Inc, dba Livermore Shakespeare Festival (LSF) in the past and currently as Shakespeare & Performing Arts Regional Company (SPARC) has built community in the region through the production of high quality theatrical experiences in vineyards, public establishments, performing arts venues, schools, colleges and universities. In 2020, SPARC was named Best in the East Bay’s “Best Live Theater” for a third consecutive year by the readers of the East Bay Times.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • 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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Shakespeares Associates Inc

Board of directors
as of 05/12/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Bryan Balazs


Board co-chair

Bobby Ramirez

First Republic Bank

Term: 2021 - 2023

Laura Batti

Metier Marketing Communications

Mary Sweeney

Property Owner/Manager

Bryan Balazs

Lawrence Livermore Natl. Lab, Retired

Elizabeth Trutner

Attorney, Demiris Law Firm

Steve Lanza

Tri-Valley Advising

Bobby Ramirez

First Republic Bank

Tony Baylis

Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Stephanie Fish

Swirl on the Square

Bob Koelle

Drug Safety Operations Director, Exelixis

Larry Lagin

Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Retired

Ellen Goold

Realtor®, Legacy Real Estate & Associates

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 2/11/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/11/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.