Identifying Board Leaders

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How to best identify future board leaders of a small non-profit theatre.

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  • 1. Identifying Future Board Leaders
    a theatre in transition

2. The basics: Washington Ensemble Theatre
We intend for our theatre to be a physical and creative intersection for community and artists in Seattle, by fostering a love of theatre's humanity, utility, and vitality.
49 seat Little Theatre
9 ensemble members
actors, directors, designers, stage managers
Associate Members & Guests: managers, playwrights
Annual Budget: $100,000 per year
$50K ticket sales
$40K contributed
$10K rental income
3. The Little Theatre That Could
Inspired by a 2002 University of Washington MFA class project by Jon Jory.
In 2003, 14 (recently graduated) founding ensemble members renovate the Little Theatre in Seattles Capital Hill neighborhood from a movie theatre to a stage theatre.
2004s inaugural season of 4 new plays is a smash (critical) success.
By 2010, only 1 founding ensemble member remains + no more subsidized rent =
critical juncture.
4. Process
The ensemble should
5. WETs Strategic Priorities
6. Ideal Board Members
Demonstrated enthusiasm for WET
7. Identifying Leaders
8. A Timeline for Implementation
9. The Pitch
10. Down the Road
11. Risk Factors
12. Benchmarking Peers
13. Cornerstone
Los Angeles, CA (Geoff Korf)
Mission: community engagement
1986-91: itinerant
1992: settled in LA, commissioned by other theatres
12 Board members
3 Lawyers,
3 ensemble members,
3 Managers: arts, nonprofit, Hollywood
2 artists
1 banker
14. SITI Company
New York, NY (Anne Bogart)
Mission: new work, physical training, international collaboration
Founded 1992
Summer training + year around producing
10 Board members
4 ensemble members
2 Arts manager
Consultant (Board Pres)
15. A Red Orchid Theatre
Chicago, IL (Kay Perdue)
Mission: new plays/artistic rigor/social compassion
Founded 1993 in 80 seat (renovated) theatre
2004: first 3 production season
6 Board members
2 lawyers
Corporate strategy consultant
16. Rude Mechanicals
Austin, TX (Nicole Del Giudice)
Mission: collaboration, socially conscious work, mentor young artists, alliances with other artists
Founded in 1995, tours off-Broadway
6 Artistic Directors, 30 member ensemble
10 member Board
President: local CDO
VP: local arts manager
Treasurer: entrepreneur
Secretary: UT faculty
Members: 2 entrepreneurs, 3 UT faculty, arts mgr
12 member Advisory Council
17. Any Questions?