The Washington Ballet

aka TWB   |   Washington, DC   |
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The Washington Ballet

EIN: 52-0846173


The three-part mission of The Washington Ballet is: to bring the joy and artistry of dance to the nation's capital and the world's stage through the professional presentation of the best in classical and contemporary ballet; to provide the highest caliber of dance training through a preeminent school of ballet; and to serve and involve the entire community through our extensive dance education and community engagement programs.

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Managing Director

Mr. Patrick Muhlen-Schulte

Artistic Director

Ms. Julie Kent

Main address

3515 Wisconsin Ave NW

Washington, DC 20016 USA

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Subject area info

Arts education


Population served info

Children and youth


NTEE code info

Ballet (A63)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

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Our programs

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Professional Company

The Washington Ballet's professional company consists of world class dancers and apprentices forming an ensemble core. Together, with our Studio Company they perform a wide variety of works from classical to contemporary choreography. The Washington Ballet (TWB) has distinguished itself as an American ballet company, showcasing defining works by renowned choreographers while bringing new creations by emerging choreographers and allowing for the evolution of the art form as part of our Nextsteps program as well as our presenting our signature salute to Washington DC and holiday favorite: Septime Webre's original "The Nutcracker".

In addition to our Nutcracker, the professional and studio companies will bring five new ballets created on The Washington Ballet, a full-length production of The Sleeping Beauty plus a mixed repertoire of classical pieces of the highest caliber to stages throughout the national capital area for the 2022-23 season.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Co-founded in 1944 by the late Mary Day and Lisa Gardiner, The Washington School of Ballet (TWSB) is recognized nationally and internationally for its classical training and dedication to excellence in dance and dance education. Xiomara Reyes, Head of School, brings her passion and dedication to teach and inspire a new generation of dancers. The school trains more than 700 students each year at its Northwest Campus studios on Wisconsin Avenue and over 200 students at the Southeast Campus housed at The Town Hall Education, Arts and Recreation Center (THEARC).

To ensure uniformity, all campuses follow the same curriculum. Our curriculum includes pre-ballet, boys’ classes and a graded program for children through young adulthood as well as adults. For students who wish to pursue dance as a career, the school offers a Professional Training Program that brings talented students together from around the world for intensive training under TWSB's renowned faculty.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

TWB’s annual investment of $1.4 million in our community engagement programs has allowed us to reach more than 160,000 of Washington, DC’s most economically disadvantaged children, adults, and seniors over the last 22 years. TWB’s Community Engagement Programs provide opportunities for youth, adults and seniors and include Dance DC and Dance for All.

Dance DC reaches hundreds of DC Public and Charter School students with arts integration programs that are guided by the National Core Arts Standards for Dance and integrated into core subject classes including reading, math and science.

Dance for All provides free experiences in every Ward of DC, with an intentional focus on Wards 7 and 8.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

How we listen

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The Washington Ballet
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.69 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.9 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 20% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

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The Washington Ballet

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Profitability info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$482,851 -$1,716,155 -$147,115 $486,564 $1,025,199
As % of expenses -4.0% -13.3% -1.2% 3.8% 8.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$879,976 -$2,256,326 -$608,226 $52,780 $567,976
As % of expenses -7.1% -16.8% -4.7% 0.4% 4.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $11,011,456 $10,426,971 $12,358,090 $13,243,060 $13,347,355
Total revenue, % change over prior year -1.2% -5.3% 18.5% 7.2% 0.8%
Program services revenue 73.0% 70.1% 61.3% 60.1% 53.9%
Membership dues 0.3% 0.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.2% 0.2% 0.0% 0.1% 0.0%
Government grants 2.6% 2.2% 2.6% 9.6% 9.0%
All other grants and contributions 20.9% 24.8% 33.5% 26.3% 32.5%
Other revenue 3.0% 2.6% 2.5% 3.8% 4.6%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $11,995,254 $12,865,517 $12,385,002 $12,908,164 $12,045,252
Total expenses, % change over prior year 15.3% 7.3% -3.7% 4.2% -6.7%
Personnel 46.8% 47.8% 48.8% 47.3% 50.6%
Professional fees 20.1% 19.2% 23.6% 26.8% 19.7%
Occupancy 10.8% 11.3% 8.5% 10.0% 10.8%
Interest 0.1% 0.5% 0.5% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 1.2% 1.5% 1.6% 2.4% 5.0%
All other expenses 20.9% 19.8% 17.0% 13.6% 14.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total expenses (after depreciation) $12,392,379 $13,405,688 $12,846,113 $13,341,948 $12,502,475
One month of savings $999,605 $1,072,126 $1,032,084 $1,075,680 $1,003,771
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,798,144
Fixed asset additions $1,469,950 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $14,861,934 $14,477,814 $13,878,197 $14,417,628 $15,304,390

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Months of cash 0.4 0.1 0.4 0.5 1.9
Months of cash and investments 1.5 0.5 1.0 0.8 2.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -1.6 -2.8 -2.8 -1.8 -1.2
Balance sheet composition info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Cash $361,021 $157,695 $401,563 $492,807 $1,892,052
Investments $1,157,229 $325,833 $663,685 $314,157 $361,669
Receivables $714,527 $469,951 $289,502 $669,754 $840,221
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $9,209,756 $9,181,558 $9,187,896 $9,102,142 $7,098,992
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 29.8% 34.9% 38.9% 41.7% 54.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 41.7% 67.3% 73.7% 74.4% 59.6%
Unrestricted net assets $3,920,935 $1,664,609 $1,056,383 $1,109,163 $1,677,139
Temporarily restricted net assets $763,036 $62,474 $207,484 $368,125 N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $621,423 $621,423 $621,423 $310,000 N/A
Total restricted net assets $1,384,459 $683,897 $828,907 $678,125 $952,062
Total net assets $5,305,394 $2,348,506 $1,885,290 $1,787,288 $2,629,201

Key data checks

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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Managing Director

Mr. Patrick Muhlen-Schulte

Patrick Mühlen-Schulte became the managing director of The Washington Ballet (TWB) in July 2020. Patrick Mühlen-Schulte leads The Washington Ballet’s administration team, with responsibility to successfully manage a budget of more than $13 million annually. Patrick has worked as a senior arts administrator in major performing arts companies and venues in the U.S. and Australia. Prior to joining the US arts management sector, he worked in New York as a corporate business development manager and external & legal affairs executive with Marsh & McLennan, a global financial services and consulting firm. He has an extensive background as a senior advisor and chief of staff in the Australian government and political sector, leading teams in finance, international trade and cultural portfolios. Patrick holds a Juris Doctor with honors from the University of Technology, Sydney, and a Bachelor of Arts with honors from the University of Sydney, majoring in music and political science.

Artistic Director

Julie Kent

Julie Kent became the Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet in July 2016 and is the longest serving ballerina in American Ballet Theatre’s (ABT) history. Kent is the only American woman ever to have won the “Prix Benois de la Danse.” Kent starred in the film “Dancers” opposite Mikhail Baryshnikov and later in the motion picture “Center Stage.” Kent was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Performing Arts from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and bestowed a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from Dance Magazine. During her extraordinary performing career, she has danced over 100 ballets, including roles in all of the major classical, and neo-classical works by greats such as Petipa, Balanchine, Ashton and Sir Kenneth MacMillan and has had roles created on her by John Neumeier, Lar Lubovitch, Twyla Tharp, and Alexei Ratmansky, to name a few, and performed as a guest across Europe. After 30 years of performing, Kent was named Artistic Director of ABT’s Summer Intensive.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 01/17/2023
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Mrs. Jean-Marie Fernandez

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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? 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/23/2022

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