Arts, Culture, and Humanities

EDUCATIONAL THEATRE COMPANY

Changing Lives Through the Arts

aka ETC

ARLINGTON, VA

Mission

Founded by five dedicated Teaching Artists in 1998, ETC's mission is to unlock the potential of children and adults through immersion in theatre arts. Rooted in our "4 Cs" – creativity, confidence, collaboration, and community - ETC's artistic focus has always been on student-created work. In our programs, we foster opportunities for students of all ages to create their own characters, write their own dialogue, and tell their own stories. For ETC, the process of how students arrive at the work they share is just as vital as the products they create.

Ruling Year

1999

Executive Director

Mr. Stan Kang

Managing Director

Ms. Ashley Hammond

Main Address

PO BOX 4760

ARLINGTON, VA 22204 USA

Keywords

theatre education

EIN

52-2081464

 Number

1845515649

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Participation in theatre can truly change a life - it gives the participant a voice, a place to tell their own story, and the confidence to share their life. Not everyone is given access to theatre education - it's often regulated to schools that can afford it, families who can spend the money, and ages that seem "dramatic." At ETC, we bring high-quality theatre education to EVERYONE no matter where they are, what age they are, or what they can afford. Our programming is for ages 3-103, meeting our students where they live, learn, and grow.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Devising Hope

ETC Camps

ETC Beginnings (ETCB)

ETC After School

ETC STEAM

ETC ESOL

Main Stage

ETC Shakespeare in the Schools (SIS)

ETC Creative Age

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of donors lending

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

This is the number of households donating to ETC within a calendar year.

Number of donor-advised funds

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Individual donors often choose to give larger amounts to ETC via their own donor-advised funds

Number of participants engaged in programs

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

This is the total number of participants, ages 3-103 directly involved in ETC programming each year

Total number of performances

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

This is the total list of free-to-the-public performances and sharings presented by ETC each year

Total number of audience members

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

This demonstrates ETC's growing audience with a count of the total number of audience members for all performances and sharings throughout the year

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

As ETC begins our 20th year (in 2018), we are continuing in our focus to serve the under-served members of our community. The ETC community is vast, covering ages and locations beyond other similar organizations. Our goal is to reach more students ages 3-103 where they are - by increasing our offerings at more schools, more community centers, and more senior living homes. By increasing our administrative capacity through new staff members and increased administrative hours, ETC aims to diversify our funding, bring in increased donations, and in turn provide more free-to-participate or subsidized programming throughout our area.

To continue in our growth beyond an adolescent company, ETC is consistently working toward growing our administrative capacity to include a third full-time position. Through our strategic plan (2017-2020), we will undergo a 360* assessment, supported by our Board of Directors, to best identify how this additional position will serve the company. Additionally, our strategic plan sets forth monthly, quarterly, and annual goals to grow our key programs - notably ETCB, Creative Age, and Devising Hope - and maintain a continued level of growth within individual and corporation donations.

As of the end of 2017, ETC's Board of Directors is working at near-capacity with a group of active and engaged community members providing time, money, communication, and leadership for the company as a whole. Our Director of Development position has been increased to a greater number of hours per week, and our grant-writing team is continually adding new members. As our Executive Staff meetings continue to occur weekly, the end of 2017 also saw the implementation of annual staff reviews for Executive Staff members. This annual review process will increase in 2018 to include all members of our core staff.

The three-year strategic plan initiated in 2017 outlines key indicators for all areas of growth and maintenance throughout the year. Each section of the plan includes monthly, quarterly, and annual goals as well as clearly identified staff positions to be held accountable for each goal. This plan is checked monthly by our Managing Director, Ashley Hammond, who oversees the completion of each task as assigned.

ETC is very excited to celebrate our 20th birthday in 2018! What began as a small company offering in-school Shakespeare programming, has spent the years growing into a year-round theatre education organization. Each summer, we offer upwards of 30 summer camps for ages 3-18 while providing work for 40-50 artists in the community, including teenage interns and counselors who gain both work experience and gainful employment. Throughout the school year, ETC is in schools throughout the National Capital Area providing after school classes and in-school programming. Our partnership with McKinley Elementary in Arlington was identified three years ago as the longest running arts partnership in Arlington Public Schools' history, and it continues to this day. Our STEAM (Science-Technology-Engineering-ARTS-Math) programming has grown beyond after school classes to include in-school partnerships designed to reach learners of all styles using theatre to teach core subjects often overlooked by other arts programming. Throughout it all, ETC has remained committed to supporting teaching artists in the area, providing work, support, and education to our staff whether a one-week employee or a core staff member with us for years.

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Financials

EDUCATIONAL THEATRE COMPANY

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

Not Applicable

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Not Applicable

ETHICS & 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?

Not Applicable

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Not Applicable