Whatabout Theatre

Novi, MI   |
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Whatabout Theatre

EIN: 87-3709877


Whatabout Theatre is laying the physical and digital foundation for a performing arts community that cooperatively provides quality entertainment, excellent education, and a creative environment.

Ruling year info


Board President

Michelle Weiss

Main address

39500 High Pointe Blvd, Ste. 470

Novi, MI 48375 USA

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Subject area info

Performing arts


Diversity and intergroup relations

Arts and culture

Population served info


LGBTQ people

Families of choice

Ethnic and racial groups

Low-income people

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NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Creating a consistent home for improv in Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti. We aim to platform a more diverse group of artists than is traditionally seen on stage and directing in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Revolving Stage

Whatabout Theatre is committed to providing new, engaging programming to the community on a rotating basis. We will source proposals, select a show, and guarantee a four-month run. Every four months, we’ll put up a new show.

These will be new 45-60 minute structured long-form improv performances for casts of 6-10 improvisers. The shows can include scripted and filmed elements, but the strong majority of the content will be improvised. Ideal proposals and produced shows will be those created in collaboration with the cast and Whatabout Theatre to produce a truly unique experience.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Families of choice
LGBTQ people
Artists and performers

Currently offering Level 1 (Description Below) and plan to expand levels into 2024.

If you've ever considered learning improvisation, Whatabout Theatre's Improv Level 1 class is the place to start! In this class, you'll gain familiarity with improv concepts, grow your skills, and build relationships with your classmates.

After completing this eight (8) week class, you'll:
- Employ active listening tactics in and outside of scene work
- Create and embody characters with a variety of physicalities and voices
- Perform improvised scenes live on stage in front of an audience!

At Whatabout Theatre, we want our students to stay on T.R.A.C.K.
Trust in your community.
Respect yourself and others on and off the stage.
Accept people for where they start their journey.
Create in a safe and collaborative environment.
Know that you are enough.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Whatabout aims to fill a space in Southeast Michigan by putting in place a membership-based, community-centric theater. We will provide a consistent home for improv in Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti.


Whatabout Theatre

Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Whatabout Theatre

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Contributions, Grants, Gifts $1,609
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $1,441
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $0
Total Revenue $3,050
Program Services $225
Administration $489
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $714

Whatabout Theatre

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Total Assets $3,050
Total Liabilities $714
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $2,336


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

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Board President

Michelle Weiss

There are no officers, directors or key employees recorded for this organization

There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

Whatabout Theatre

Board of directors
as of 03/28/2024
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Board chair

Michelle Weiss

Corene Ford

Karen Malinak

Amy Phillips

Elissa Zimmer

Board leadership practices

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  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/18/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation