Best Medicine Rep Inc

Gaithersburg, MD   |  http://bestmedicinerep.org

Mission

Best Medicine Rep is a nonprofit, professional theater company, specializing in the development and production of comedies.

Ruling year info

2017

President & Artistic Director

John Morogiello

Main address

Po Box 505

Gaithersburg, MD 20884 USA

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EIN

81-2910661

NTEE code info

Theater (A65)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In early 2020, we were in a very strong position, creatively: we were producing 2 shows simultaneously, receiving wonderful reviews, and were enjoying our strongest box office since our founding. We felt stable enough to create our first longterm strategic plan in March. All of that changed with the pandemic. After canceling the final show of our 4th season, we retrenched and began presenting readings and web series via online teleconference platforms. In September, we began a season of virtual productions, which, though well-received by critics, did not meet the revenue goals we established. As theaters begin to reopen now that there is a vaccine, we expect some difficulty in getting audience members to return. This, coupled with the possible closure of the mall where we are housed, are the most immediate problems facing us.

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?

Play Reading Series

Monthly readings of new comedies in development. These readings are staged with professional actors and are offered free to the public.

Population(s) Served
Adults

An evening of plays written by 4th and 5th grades students from Montgomery County Public Schools through grants from the Maryland State Arts Council. The plays are fully staged, and performed by professional actors.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Full productions of comedic plays as part of a theatrical season.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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.

Total number of works developed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Play Reading Series

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We were able to mount 2 live readings prior to the pandemic in 2020. In September, we moved our play readings to a virtual format. Audience feedback was solicited via email.

Number of favorable critic reviews/awards of art produced given by media or peers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Theatrical Production

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our production of Comedy of Venice was named a Top 5 of the Week by MD Theatre Guide. 2 of our virtual productions were well received by critics.

Total number of students participating in private lessons

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

NEW PLAYS/NEW VOICES

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This number reflects students who participated in an arts integrated residency with artistic director John Morogiello in 2020. The pandemic affected this number, since schools were closed.

Number of first-time donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Theatrical Production

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We were well-supported during the pandemic by our returning donors and a number of new grants.

Number of audience members at performances

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2020, we mounted 1 full production, 1 revival, 3 virtual productions, 6 readings, 1 special event, and 2 web series. The pandemic affected attendance significantly.

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.

Our mission is to entertain. To bring joy. To foster community and learning through shared laughter. To lighten our shared burden of existence for a short while. Broadly defined and properly presented, comedy encompasses all of human experience. It can make us laugh and make us cry. It can bring joy and it can bring anger. It makes us think and makes us forget. It exalts and ridicules. It can divert, and it can focus. Comedy levels life's playing field. Theater brings a community together, eliciting pride and engagement, a sense of ownership and cooperation. We believe that the comic theater is the cure for what ails us.

Our goals for the next three years include:
•strengthening and diversifying the board to improve fundraising and equity.
•increasing outreach to audiences.
•securing a more permanent venue.
•improving the production value of our work, from sets to scripts.

1. Establishing partnerships with local businesses and business leaders that have similar or parallel interests.
2. Creating and implementing a longterm strategic plan.
3. Hiring an executive director.
4. Continuing to provide quality entertainment and education for the community.

Despite the vagaries of the pandemic, Best Medicine Rep is in a stronger financial position now than it was in 2019. Our expenses went down significantly, and the generosity of our donors and the grant-making organizations that support us, have insured that we are ready to rise to the next level.

A lot will depend on how and when theaters are allowed to reopen. We are already planning for that contingency, and identifying potential new audience groups.

We are in the middle of our fourth season now. For the safety of our performers and audiences, every production has been virtual this season. We have rehearsed them via Zoom, filmed them, and released them on a Pay Per View platform.

Prior to the pandemic, we mounted the world premiere of Comedy of Venice and revived our Season 2 hit Play Date. We began a film series, which, unfortunately, only met one time. And we mounted 2 live play readings.

During the lockdown, we moved our New Plays/New Voices Festival online, presenting Zoom readings of 4 student-written plays.

In May, we created a 14 part, Zoom web-series called I Know Jack and decided to mount a full season of virtual productions.

The new season began in September, with a one-person show called Stories I May Not Tell. That was followed by another one-person show, called Roaring, and a holiday-themed four-hander called An Independent Claus. Coincident with those productions, we developed 4 new scripts via readings, and filmed a second web series called Virtually Teaching.

We had hoped to mount two live productions in the winter and spring of 2021, but the speed of the vaccine rollout has forced us to change those plans. Neither play lends itself to social distancing in performance, which is paramount. We will replace those two productions with something else to be determined.

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 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Two instances come to mind. In June 2019, we asked our audience to fill out an online survey. Based on their responses, we began offering a film series and brought in a stand-up comedian from New York. In September 2018, we began asking our audience to fill out feedback forms after each staged reading. Their responses led directly to the production of Helen on Wheels by Cricket Daniel, which proved to be one of our most successful productions to date.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Best Medicine Rep Inc

Board of directors
as of 9/27/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John Morogiello

Rebecca A. Herron

Stan Levin

Mary Roberds

Seth Polansky

Alexandra Parker

Teri Pool

Sheila Samaddar

Sally French

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/18/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability