Unforgettable characters. Extraordinary stories. Since 1947.

aka SAN LUIS OBISPO LITTLE THEATRE   |   San Luis Obispo, CA   |
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EIN: 95-2556678


Mission SLO REP strengthens theatre’s cultural influence and enriches the Central Coast by producing professional theatre, nurturing artists and providing theatre education for children and adults. Our Belief Live theatre’s powerful storytelling connects people in ways that open the mind, nourish the soul and illuminate our shared humanity. Vision To be a nationally recognized regional theatre that: --Produces professional theatrical productions in a state-of-the-art facility. --Strengthens the cultural vitality of the Central Coast, entertains audiences, nurtures artists, and cultivates future generations of theatre enthusiasts. --Creates a strong and sustainable economic impact, attracting residents and visitors to downtown San Luis Obispo.

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Principal Officer

Kevin Harris

Main address

PO BOX 122

San Luis Obispo, CA 93406 USA

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Subject area info

Performing arts

Youth organizing

Population served info

Children and youth


NTEE code info

Performing Arts (A60)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Programs and results

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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?

Theatrical performances

San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre presents an annual season of eight productions as well as special productions, staged readings, student-acted shows and late night performances.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Academy of Creative Theatre (ACT) provides students year-around theatrical training.  ACT’s classes are open to all levels of experience and offer students the opportunity to develop skills which will benefit them both on and off stage.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Theatre Communications Group 2022

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 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 9.07 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 14.5 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 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

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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 info

This snapshot of SAN LUIS OBISPO REPERTORY THEATRE’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $29,816 $181,863 $185,022 $204,078 $899,481
As % of expenses 3.5% 20.0% 23.0% 42.2% 121.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $18,603 $175,016 $176,765 $195,729 $865,735
As % of expenses 2.2% 19.1% 21.7% 39.8% 112.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,115,947 $1,633,756 $1,670,459 $1,654,189 $1,718,322
Total revenue, % change over prior year 59.2% 46.4% 2.2% -1.0% 3.9%
Program services revenue 46.0% 34.5% 29.3% 1.6% 17.6%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 1.3% 1.2% 0.8% 0.5% 0.7%
Government grants 0.6% 0.4% 0.4% 2.5% 19.1%
All other grants and contributions 51.1% 55.8% 66.6% 86.6% 63.0%
Other revenue 1.0% 8.0% 2.8% 8.8% -0.4%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $844,299 $908,582 $805,610 $483,797 $738,265
Total expenses, % change over prior year 34.8% 7.6% -11.3% -39.9% 52.6%
Personnel 39.3% 41.2% 46.1% 65.0% 50.4%
Professional fees 1.6% 2.0% 2.3% 5.0% 2.7%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 59.1% 56.8% 51.6% 30.0% 47.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $855,512 $915,429 $813,867 $492,146 $772,011
One month of savings $70,358 $75,715 $67,134 $40,316 $61,522
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $22,867 $0 $2,821,478
Total full costs (estimated) $925,870 $991,144 $903,868 $532,462 $3,655,011

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 6.4 15.6 26.3 68.7 14.9
Months of cash and investments 13.7 21.9 32.9 81.5 22.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 7.8 9.6 13.2 27.1 -13.5
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $452,857 $1,180,626 $1,768,081 $2,771,094 $918,234
Investments $512,065 $481,136 $441,387 $513,772 $458,344
Receivables $0 $14,541 $11,800 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $263,880 $267,700 $290,567 $290,567 $3,112,045
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 88.7% 90.0% 85.8% 88.7% 9.4%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 20.6% 14.5% 5.0% 2.6% 3.2%
Unrestricted net assets $577,154 $752,170 $928,935 $1,124,664 $1,990,399
Temporarily restricted net assets $307,321 $821,841 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $307,321 $821,841 $1,513,730 $2,516,724 $2,533,235
Total net assets $884,475 $1,574,011 $2,442,665 $3,641,388 $4,523,634

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Kevin Harris

Kevin Harris received his MFA in Directing from the University of Iowa (2007), his BFA in Acting from New York University (1996), and his California Teaching Credential from Chapman University. While at NYU, he spent three years at the Atlantic Theatre Company studying acting under David Mamet, William H. Macy, and Felicity Huffman; he also spent a year at Musical Theatre Works (CAP 21) learning the finer intricacies of “jazz hands”. From 1999-2002 he was the Artistic Director of Centerpoint Theatre Group in San Luis Obispo, CA. In 2005, he traveled to the West Bank and Gaza Strip to co-write and direct an original play with Ashtar Theatre, Palestine’s only professional theatre company. Kevin has taught at the University of Iowa, University of Chicago, and has led dozens of workshops on A Practical Handbook for the Actor across the country.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 03/25/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Pam Nichter

Investment Services Professional (retired)

Term: 2017 - 2023

Jerry Chirpich

No affiliation

Richard Luckett

No affiliation

Wilda Rosene

No affiliation

Marcia Scott

Cuesta College

Jeff Olds

Jamba Juice

Dianne N. Long

Retired Professor, Cal Poly

Pam Nichter

Retired Investment Services Professional

Deborah Stewart

Glenn Burdette

Chip Visci

Barnett Cox & Associates

Ellie Washington

Wilson & Co. Sotheby’s International Realty

Jay Beck

American Riviera Bank

Keith George

Retired Attorney

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 3/25/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

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