WILLIAMSTON THEATRE PROJECT

Mid-Michigan's only professional, resident, live theatre.

aka Williamston Theatre   |   Williamston, MI   |  www.williamstontheatre.org

Mission

The Williamston Theatre is a professional Equity theatre whose mission is to offer audiences a diverse array of intimate storytelling experiences. This mission is guided by four core values: Excellence, Inclusion, Creating a Sense of Place, and Sustainability. This mission statement is supported by the following objectives: to be an integral part of the cultural fabric of Michigan; to pursue innovative collaboration in every aspect of our work; to establish a home for Midwest artists; to engage audiences of diverse ages, cultures and economic backgrounds.

Ruling year info

2005

Executive Director

John Lepard

Artistic Director

Tony Caselli

Main address

122 S Putnam St

Williamston, MI 48895 USA

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EIN

86-1125090

NTEE code info

Theater (A65)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Williamston Theatre is the only professional, resident, live theatre in the central Michigan area. We create over 80 jobs for Michigan artists annually, adding to the ability for artists to live in this community. We bring over 11,000 patrons into a the small town of Williamston each season, having a major economic impact upon the downtown area. In twelve seasons, we have mounted 82 productions, 22 of which were world premieres, furthering the development of the theatrical art form. We impact the lives of those who see our productions through the powerful medium of storytelling.

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?

Mainstage Productions

Each year, the Williamston Theatre mounts six professional productions of contemporary plays. Additional programs include staged readings, concerts and fundraising events. Outreach includes many discount levels for students, seniors and members of the military.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

National New Play Network - Constituent Theatre 2016

Theatre Communications Groups - Constituent Theatre

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 paid admissions

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

Adults

Related Program

Mainstage Productions

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

For Season ending in the year specified. * The season ending in 2020 was halted three productions in by the global coronavirus health crisis when the Theatre was forced to close.

Total number of performances

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

Adults

Related Program

Mainstage Productions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Six productions, each running 5-6 weeks, each week with 4-5 performances. * The season ending in 2020 was halted three productions in by the global coronavirus health crisis when the Theatre was force

Average dollar price for performance tickets

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

Adults

Related Program

Mainstage Productions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of free admissions

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

Adults

Related Program

Mainstage Productions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

* The season ending in 2020 was halted three productions in by the global coronavirus health crisis when the Theatre was forced to close.

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.

The Williamston Theatre is a professional Equity theatre whose mission is to offer audiences a diverse array of intimate storytelling experiences. This mission is guided by four core values: Excellence, Inclusion, Creating a Sense of Place, and Sustainability. This mission statement is supported by the following objectives: to be an integral part of the cultural fabric of Michigan; to pursue innovative collaboration in every aspect of our work; to establish a home for Midwest artists; to engage audiences of diverse ages, cultures and economic backgrounds. The organization has done that consistently over the past fifteen years through the work stated above. In addition, the Theatre's founders work toward expanding the audience geographic reach to the entire state of Michigan and surrounding Midwest states. There has been an increase in attendance 10-15% each year since opening. The organization has also broadened its profile to a national level through membership in the Theatre Communications Group and the National New Play Network. These affiliations provide access to resources and expertise from theatre colleagues in similar theatres and regions across the country. This also extends the reach of the Williamston Theatre's work and the work of the Michigan playwrights whose work they are nurturing.

The Theatre's main strategy is to build a broad support network that includes resources upon which it can draw during challenging times. The board of directors has wide-reaching roots in the local community and a variety of areas of expertise – including legal, fundraising, education, and arts management. Partnerships include those with the Michigan State University Department of Theatre, which provides access to resources and a wonderful pool of faculty and student talent, and with “sister" theatres around Michigan, with whom the Theatre shares marketing initiatives, ideas, resources, and collaborations on co-productions.

The four founders have over 50 years of collected experience in arts management, and the accompanying expertise, that they bring to the table. They have applied that skill to navigating the difficult waters of opening, and keeping open, a small non-profit arts organization during a time of severe economic downturn and uncertainty. The management's protocol of review and learning from each production has helped them be more responsive to their audience and develop a very loyal patron base.

The accomplishments of the Williamston Theatre are many: mounting 82 professional productions including 22 World Premieres, fostering the career development of young professionals in the field, creating dozens of jobs for Michigan artists each season, reviving a small town business district, not to mention touching the lives of patrons through well-told stories of life in the 21st Century. Additionally the Theatre has won national support and recognition for the caliber of its work - including a National Theatre Award from the American Theatre Wing in 2014. Major goals in the next ten years include physical improvement of the theatre space to make the theatre-going experience better for audience members, developing an Outreach arm that addresses a demonstrated need in arts education in the region, and developing a new work that starts on the Williamston Theatre stage and moves to a New York City production.

Financials

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Operations

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

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WILLIAMSTON THEATRE PROJECT

Board of directors
as of 5/2/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Garrin Ball

Delta Dental

Term: 2020 - 2022


Board co-chair

Robert Roznowski

Michigan State University

Term: 2020 - 2022

John Lepard

Actor

Liz Ball

Retired IT Specialist

John Loose

Retired Lawyer

Garrin Ball

IT Specialist

Jim Pechur

CPA

Patrick Hanes

Lawyer

Philip Effiong

Professor

Meegan Holland

Retired Communications Professional

Amy Krause

Judge

Terry Person

Lawyer

Robert Roznowski

Professor

Michael Shoudy

ED/Lawyer

Jyotsna Singh

Professor

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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 ? 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 02/01/2021

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 without a disability

The organization's co-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

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/28/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

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.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.