Little Revolt Inc

Theater for the People

Miami, FL   |  https://littlerevolt.org/

Mission

Little Revolt's mission is to provide community learning opportunities in theater and the arts. We foster creativity and develop strengths among children, adults and seniors, including minority and under-served populations, through outreach, learning workshops, residencies, hands-on participation, and performance. We serve communities, schools and senior centers in southeast Florida. Participatory theater and art makes our lives better, communities brighter and schools stronger.

Ruling year info

2016

CEO and Artistic Director

Mr. Samuel Chesser

Main address

7950 NW 53rd Street Suite 337

Miami, FL 33166 USA

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EIN

81-2555371

NTEE code info

Theater (A65)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Creating theater and art provides a myriad of wonderful benefits for children, adults and seniors. These benefits include better performance in school and on tests, increased confidence, improved communication, decreased social isolation, new collaboration skills, and more. Despite the benefits, many people lack access to participatory theater opportunities. A surprising number of public schools offer no theater programs. Many adults who want to learn about theater often don't know where to begin. Plus, our population is aging at an unprecedented rate, presenting challenges relating to social isolation. Little Revolt provides programs for children, adults and seniors in south Florida communities, schools, and senior centers. We also provide programs for under-served populations, such as low-income, inner-city youth and people with disabilities. In our small way, we are making the world a better place through theater.

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?

Youth Enrichment

Little Revolt's Youth Enrichment programs include:

In-School Shakespeare Residencies – Little Revolt teaching artists devote from 1 to 3 months in the classroom, focusing on Shakespeare (or other classical theater) text and performance. The residency will culminate in a student performance. Programs can be customized for all age levels.

Shakespeare Camp – We offer Shakespeare camps for teens and for kids. Activities focus on Shakespeare performance and practices, understanding text, acting, stage combat, art, dance, costuming and more. Camps typically culminate in a performance by attendees.

In-School Literary Arts Immersion Program – This unique program involves students in an immersive in-classroom experience around an assigned text (with actors, costumes, etc.). The program also includes an idea session with students to shape how the story comes to life. We are currently seeking funding/ sponsorships to implement this exciting program.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups

Aging need not be about decline. Our programs help bring vitality and fun to the lives of older adults.

Encore Theater Workshops — Our on-site theater workshops with older adults (55+) culminate in a public performance. Workshops may involve participant storytelling, classical and other theater.

Encore Adventure Workshops — Immerses a team of older adults (55+) in an 8-11 week program which includes a theatrical adventure with actors—plus weekly arts workshops (on-site at local senior centers or similar locations).

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Ethnic and racial groups

Little Revolt provides Shakespeare theater workshops for adults and teens. We provide programs for under-served populations, such as low-income inner city youth, as well as people with disabilities.

Workshops typically culminate in a public performance. Anyone is welcome — no previous acting experience is required. Little Revolt also conducts annual Shakespeare celebrations. There are performances, art workshops, Bard's birthday cake, dancing and more. The events are free and open to the community.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adolescents

Little Revolt offers outdoor programs for families and children of all ages. The events are free and open to the public and include storytellers, staged readings of stories and plays, puppet shows, Shakespeare performances and more.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

Where we work

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.

Our goal is to improve the lives of children, adults and seniors through participatpry theater and art. The core users of our programming include children, youth, adults and senior adults. We encourage participants to explore their creativity, and to learn and grow, by doing theater. Our programs build confidence, improve communication skills, decrease social isolation, develop new team collaboration skills, improve student performance and much more. As evidenced by our motto (theater for the people, by the people, of the people,) we break down many of the stereotypes about participating in theater in art -- demonstrating that anyone with a desire can learn and grow through these programs. Another of Little Revolt goals is to demystify Shakespeare, and to show the community that learning about and PERFORMING Shakespeare can be enriching and fun. This, in turn, helps to keep early modern theater alive in our society -- and helps to build future audiences and talent.

Our plan is to continue to grow the "footprint" of our programming in a financially prudent manner on order to serve as more people in our local market. Our strategy is not to be "big." It is to be effective, focusing on providing quality programming. Our plan is to continue to raise revenue to fund our efforts. Our strategies also focus on continued partnering with local schools, community centers, senior centers, teaching artists, and other nonprofit organizations. We also partner with for-profit organizations, local government organizations, foundations, and donors to aid us with in-kind support, programming and funding. By combining all of these elements, we are able to provide quality workshops, residencies, and performances with and for our core consituency.

We are a young and small organization, but we are focused on being highly effective. We operate within our means, but we are also focused on our future growth in a prudent manner. We believe there is nothing wrong with being a small organization. Being small allows us to maneuver and respond quickly in our community. Admittedly, being smaller presents challenges in terms of fundraising, and we have no illusions about those challenges. Despite this, we are changing the world in our own little way -- one student, one senior, one workshop, one performance, one school, and one senior center at a time.

Little Revolt has successfully partnered with a variety organizations, schools, senior centers, and venues, and we have conducted multiple workshops and performances with youth, teens, adults and seniors. We have embarked on journeys with students who started out knowing nothing of Shakespeare, and who subsequently gave wonderful public performances of Shakespeare's work. We have conducted theater programs with older adults whose work culminated in rousing performances, laughter, and learning. Shows and events have been well-attended. Audience feedback has been positive. Participants have been overwhelming positive about their experiences. Workshop participants have stated that the experiences have provided them with improved confidence, verbal communication, public speaking, and teamwork/collaboration – as well as “happiness and joy." Other program benefits for participants have included improved creativity, personal expression, social engagement, vocabulary, and quality of life. We also spread excitement and knowledge about Shakespeare with our first annual Shakespeare's Birthday Celebration, which was held outdoors in an open public space. The free event included storytelling for kids and families, Elizabethan dance lessons, Shakespeare's Birthday Cake, multiple Shakespeare art workshops, and a public performance of Twelfth Night. We are already working on the second annual (and expanded) version of this event. We are also developing additional Shakespeare art workshops for seniors and kids, and we are reaching out to additional schools to grow our in-school residencies.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • 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 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We seek positive and negative (constructive) feedback from program participants and attendees. Most of the feedback we receive is very positive about the impact of our work. One program survey showed feedback from a group of older adults -- some of whom spoke mainly English and some of whom spoke mostly Spanish. We did not purposely set out to build bridges between the two groups, but the surveys showed that our program did in fact build bridges of understanding and cooperation among the participants. So not only did they receive wonderful benefits from the theater program (i.e. confidence, social interaction, communication skills, etc.), they also learned to work better with people who are different from themselves. We would never have known the importance of this if not for the surveys.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • 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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Little Revolt Inc

Board of directors
as of 2/14/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Samuel Chesser

Raffael Crockett

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Nancy Jones

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Vanessa Gregory

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Samuel Chesser

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Kevin Radtke

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Board leadership practices

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  • 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

Organizational demographics

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