We are YOUR community theatre! We do theatre well, but we do community even better!!

aka RRT   |   Saint Joseph, MO   |


Robidoux Resident Theatre engages, inspires, entertains and challenges our community through quality theatrical and artistic productions while providing a stage for artists to perform and cultivate their artistic expression. We provide life-long educational programming, ensuring the long-term viability for community theatre in Northwest Missouri.

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Executive Director

Sandy Burg

Main address

124 S 8TH St

Saint Joseph, MO 64501 USA

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NTEE code info

Theater (A65)

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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?

Theatre Academy

Confidence, voice quality, body movement and theatre fundamentals; your child will experience these and more in our age-appropriate theatre classes. Embarking on our eighth year, Theatre Academy has expanded to over Preschool through 8th Grade classes not only on Saturdays but also after school. Theatre classes are about finding your child’s confidence through fun and exciting theatre experiences. Learning fundamentals of theatre will make your child more confident not only on stage, but also in the classroom and on the playing field! Being able to speak in front of people is a skill that will live on through adulthood. Join us for a year of fun!

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

For two weeks, five days a week, full days, your student will be introduced to the fun and excitement of putting together a Broadway style musical. With a professional staff, they will have the opportunity to explore acting, costumes, sets, voice and lights!

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

RRT Jr Players is an advanced acting troupe for young people who have prior experience in an RRT education program / production, in another arts organization, or at their school.

Opportunities are available for both actors and production crew members.

6th-12th Grade

Population(s) Served

Act I: You wanted to be an actor…run lights or sound for a play…move the sets…but you didn’t have the time or opportunity.

Act 2: Your children are grown and on their own…your career is secure…your’re enjoying retirement…

Now it’s time for YOU to fulfill that dream of being on stage or working behind the scenes.

Recognizing the limited opportunities for mature adults to pursue their interest in theatre, Robidoux Resident Theatre has developed a program for people with various levels of theatrical experience.

Population(s) Served

RRT’s Mainstage Season has something for everyone to enjoy. Our seasons features Broadway-style musicals for the whole family. We have had the great pleasure of performing for the past 40 years in the beautiful Historic Missouri Theatre. If you have not been inside this amazing space, a ticket to one of our shows is worth the admission just to see the impressive structure. Also, over the past year, the work that has gone into raising funds for new sound equipment, curtain cleaning, and a brand new fly system has improved our productions beyond our dreams!

Population(s) Served

RRT’s Tabletop Season takes place in our brand new crown jewel, Ruby Theatre, with new experiences and more space! Come and experience dinner theatre at its best as we roll out the ruby carpet for you, our patrons!

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Highest Award--Excellence in Lighting Design 2016


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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    RRT's mission is to engage, inspire, entertain and challenge the greater St. Joseph community through exceptional quality theatrical and artistic productions; to provide theatrical artists a venue for artistic expression and community; to provide life-long educational programming; and to ensure the long-term viability for volunteer theatre in our community. As a community theatre, RRT believes we should include the entire community in our target audience. RRT strives to offer a season with a variety of shows so every group within our diverse community will be attracted to several shows. Our new location provides fabulous opportunities to reach new potential patrons in a disadvantaged area. We reach out and invite our neighbors, most of whom have never attended a live production.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    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 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In response to feedback from patrons, staff and board members, RRT created an outreach for our disabled population. We collaborated with several community groups and found that attending public performances can cause a variety of difficulties for both the disabled person and their caregiver. As a result, we began inviting them to attend dress rehearsals, which allows these patrons to enjoy a production without the worry of navigating around 1,000 other patrons. Just a few of the comments we've received are, "Thank you for inviting our learning disabled folks and their caregivers to attend the dress rehearsal for free. It's a wonderful experience for everyone, and they are very appreciative of your generosity. Thank you so very much!"

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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 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, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,



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Board of directors
as of 08/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Bill Luce

Barb Bielby

Andrew Bramlage

Mosaic Life Care

Mike Pittman

William Luce

Retired Educator

Kim Fowler

Fred Olson

Ron Auxier

Suzanne Kissock

Brenda Brown

Cailey Carlson

Mike Evans

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? 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/31/2021

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


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data


No data

Sexual orientation

No data


No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/31/2021

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

  • 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 disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • 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.