Arts, Culture, and Humanities

The Studio Theatre, Inc.

aka Studio Theatre   |   Washington, DC   |  http://www.studiotheatre.org

Mission

Studio Theatre produces exceptional contemporary theatre in deliberately intimate spaces, fostering a more thoughtful, more empathetic, and more connected community in Washington DC and beyond.

Ruling year info

1979

Artistic Director

David Muse

Managing Director

Rebecca Ende Lichtenberg

Main address

1501 14th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20005 USA

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EIN

52-1136132

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Theater (A65)

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Studio Theatre General Operations

Founded in 1978 by Joy Zinoman and now led by Artistic Director David Muse and Managing Director Rebecca Ende Lichtenberg, Studio Theatre is Washington’s premier venue for contemporary theatre. Our mission pairs this ambition with a commitment to engagement: “To produce exceptional contemporary theatre in deliberately intimate spaces, fostering a more thoughtful, more empathetic, and more connected community, in Washington DC and beyond.”   Every year, Studio holds at least 320 performances of five to seven productions, reaching over 65,000 people in our four performance spaces. Complementing the work on our stages, Studio offers engagement and education programs, including community partnerships, post-show discussions, and workforce development opportunities, as well as access initiatives aimed at supporting and welcoming audiences of different needs. And since 2011, when Studio began incorporating new play development into our artistic programming, we have commissioned 20 artists and premiered 14 new plays, most of these through Studio R&D, our new work incubator. Throughout Studio’s four decades, the quality of our work has been recognized by sustained community support, as well as 398 nominations and 72 Helen Hayes Awards for excellence in professional theatre.

Population(s) Served
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Our results

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Number of clients served

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

General/Unspecified

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Every year, Studio holds at least 320 performances of seven to nine productions, reaching over 65,000 people.

Number of clients participating in educational programs

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Population(s) Served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Studio’s education programs—Student Matinees and Internships and Apprenticeships—serve over 500 youth and young adults.

Number of donors retained

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Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Studio has a 40% donor retention rate, which is roughly industry standard.

Charting impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Drawing inspiration from great rehearsal rooms—where people work together with a spirit of generosity and professional rigor—Studio brings characteristic thoughtfulness and daring to our work onstage and off, from our new work incubator to our engagement, education, and workforce training initiatives. Studio's artistic work unfolds in two programming streams: The Main Series and Studio X. The Main Series is the core of our programming, offering an uncommonly rich repertoire of provocative new and contemporary writing from around the world and inventive stagings of contemporary classics, productions marked by their extraordinary writing, elegant design, and stunning performance in our intimate spaces. Studio X complements the Main Series and serves as a home for immersive productions, inventive work by international artists and ensembles, and bold new works—an opportunity to connect Washington, DC audiences with work unlike any they’ve seen before. To ensure that the art on our stages reaches our community, Studio offers a range of engagement opportunities such as postshow programming, workforce development initiatives, education programs, and support for accessibility, with the aim of providing audiences an inclusive experience at Studio.

One of DC’s premier cultural organizations, Studio is committed to supporting the city through a variety of avenues. In this work, Studio has been supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation: Studio received a pilot grant in 2015 and another grant in 2020 to partner with an artist and develop programs to build demand among specific communities. In recognition of DC’s history as a majority Black city, Studio chose to focus, in both grants, on connecting with African-Americans—in 2020, further specifying to millennials and Gen Zers—in the District. Through the first grant in 2015, Studio developed its core community partnerships and identified free space use as a resource the Theatre can provide to DC arts and nonprofit organizations. For the current grant, which runs through June 2021, Studio is working with Psalmayene 24 to develop residencies, tour staged readings of productions, and host engagement events. Ultimately, Studio hopes to better align its audience demographics with those of the city’s. These grants have given Studio additional resources to invest in existing engagement and education programs, such as post-show discussions, community partners, and student matinees. Studio holds 20 post-show discussions each season. This public programming provides Studio with valuable audience feedback and creates opportunities for audiences to further engage he work on Studio’s stages. During the 2018-2019 season, nearly 1,300 audience members attended a post-show program. Studio maintains multi-year community partnerships with Duke Ellington School for the Arts, Howard University, Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, N Street Village, Us Helping Us/DENIM, and Whitman-Walker Health. Through these partnerships, Studio offers access to its plays, leads artistic workshops, and donates free space, among other activities. During the 2018-2019 season, Studio donated over $220,000 in free or discounted space to organizations. Each season, Studio hosts between 400 and 500 DC public and public charter high school students for dedicated student matinees. Through funding from the DCCAH’s Field Trips Experience and in partnership with the DC Collaborative, Studio runs four or five matinees per season, featuring the performance and a post-show discussion with the creative team. Studio also offers contextual, pre-matinee workshops to schools for productions with particularly complex themes for young people.

Founded in 1978 by Joy Zinoman and now led by Artistic Director David Muse and Managing Director Rebecca Ende Lichtenberg, Studio Theatre is Washington’s premier producing venue for contemporary theatre. Having anchored the revitalization of Washington, DC’s historic 14th Street corridor, today Studio stands as one of the city’s premier cultural organizations, committed to artistic excellence, education and professional development, and to robust engagement with our community.  A certified 501(c)3 nonprofit, Studio is governed by a 28-person board consisting of business leaders, civic leaders, and cultural enthusiasts; Studio’s Artistic Director and Managing Director also serve as officers of the institution. Studio’s board has four leadership roles: Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, and Treasurer. All board members, including those with leadership positions, are assigned to board committees aligned to their relevant experience and interest. Studio’s senior staff—composed of the Artistic Director, Managing Director, Director of Production, Director of Development, Director of Marketing & Communications, General Manager, and Associate Artistic Director—oversees key organizational decisions and their respective departments and staff.

Studio Theatre is currently in the process of revising and completing a new 5-year strategic plan designed for FY21-FY25. This document outlines processes for managing the Theatre's growth (physically, financially, and programmatically), new artistic initiatives, and revenue sources. Internally, Studio uses a variety of strategies to track progress and identify areas for improvement and / or growth. Specific programs, such as Studio's Apprenticeship and Internship Programs and the Student Matinee program, use surveys, interviews, and evaluation forms to monitor and enhance the participant experience. Each year, Studio conducts an audit of its finances, using Rogers & Company as our auditors. And lastly, Studio's CRM software, Tessitura, keeps detailed attendance and donor records, through which success can be statistically evaluated.

Studio has two programming streams: The Main Series and Studio X. The Main Series is the cornerstone of Studio’s programming, offering a repertoire of provocative new and contemporary writing and inventive stagings of modern classics. Studio X complements the Main Series and serves as a home for immersive productions, inventive work by international artists and ensembles, and bold new works. Studio’s Literary Committee, composed of the Theatre’s Artistic department and two rotating full-time staff members, reads over 700 plays a year to select the upcoming season. For the 2019-2020 season, the plays of the Main Series are: John Patrick Shanley’s DOUBT: A Parable (Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play, 2005), Anchuli Felicia King’s WHITE PEARL (US premiere), Dominique Morisseau’s PIPELINE, Antoinette Nwandu’s PASS OVER, and the musical FUN HOME, which received the Tony Award for Best New Musical in 2015. Studio X productions this season are Daniel Kitson’s KEEP. and Abe Koogler’s ASPEN IDEAS, a world premiere born out of a Studio commission.

Financials

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The Studio Theatre, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 2/21/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Larry Naake


Board co-chair

Amy Weinberg

Jonathan Tycko

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 ? 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

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