EIN 53-0246894

Arena Stage

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Encouragement of public interest in the arts, particularly in Drama; providing instruction and experience in, and the facilities for, experimentation and development of the composition and presentation of Drama and performing arts; and improvement of ...
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Washington Drama Society
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Program areas at Arena Stage

The 2019-2020 season was Arena Stage's 70th year in operation. Arena Stage is the voice of american theater resident in our nation's capital. Focused on american artists, our productions are innovative and representative of stories from across the country. We nurture new plays and reimagine classics. We celebrate our democracy and diversity through a multitude of voices in our productions and community engagement programs to inspire people to action. We produce all that is passionate, exuberant, profound, entertaining, deep and dangerous in the american spirit. In this season, Arena produced nine shows and hosted dozens of public play readings, performances, and special events.the season began in the kreeger theater with "ann", based on the life of legendary Texas governor, ann richards written by emmy award-winning actress holland taylor. Jayne atkinson reprised her role in this one-woman intimate look into richards' colorful and complex life. The season continued with the august wilson festival, celebrating the pulitzer prize-winning giant, august wilson, with the time-honored american classic, "jitney", in the kreeger theater, along with supplemental activities highlighting wilson's work. Ruben santiago-hudson remounted the 2017 broadway production, recipient of the 2017 tony award for best play revival, kicking off a national tour. Sharyn rothstein's world-premiere Drama, "right to be forgotten", followed in the kogod cradle, shining a light on social media, big business and one man's attempt to remove his past indiscretion from the internet forever, directed by Arena Stage deputy artistic director seema sueko. The high-flying musical sensation, disney's "newsies", next hit the fichandler Stage for the holiday season. Artistic director molly smith directed this tap-dancing, beloved and rousing tale of newsboys who fight for what is right at the beginning of the 20th century. Also during the holidays, a letter-writing romance during world war ii in tony award-winning playwright ken ludwig's "dear jack, dear louise" in the kreeger, directed by jackie maxwell.arena Stage began the new year in the kreeger with "a thousand splendid suns", adapted by ursula rani sarma based on the internationally best-selling novel. Directed by carey perloff, the story focused on an unlikely connection between two afghan women in war-torn kabul. Next door in the fichandler, was "mother road", an epic journey about family, survival and the american dream written by octavio solis with director bill rauch. This powerful new play was imagined as a sequel to the steinbeck classic "the grapes of wrath". The covid-19 pandemic struck just as Arena was opening its seventh power play in the kogod cradle, the world-premiere of "celia and fidel", written by eduardo machado and directed by molly smith. This captivating story exploring fidel castro's rise to power and how he was influenced by his political partner and closest confidant, celia sanchez, closed after previews and opening night. The remaining productions planned for the season, august wilson's "seven guitars", and "toni stone" by lydia diamond, were postponed indefinitely.arena launched into activity online in a virtual world. One of Arena's staple education programs is voices of now. In its 19th year the program continues to be a force for education in the community, working with 10 different youth ensembles over the course of the season to write original pieces based on their lives. Normally the ensemble's work is showcased in a four-day festival in may in the kogod cradle but this season the team pivoted immediately and created a film: inside voices: a film by Arena Stage's voices of now ensembles that premiered in june 2020. This film examined the impact of school shut-downs, isolation and loss during the early days of the covid-19 pandemic. A special returning ensemble continued from the wendt center for loss and healing, which provides guidance and services for children dealing with bereavement. Other new online work followed, incorporated into a spring/summer season called looking forward. This mini season included weekly molly's salons, gifts of art, and may 22, 2020, a film docudrama that captured a moment in time. Playwrights interviewed dc residents on may 22, 2020, and created 10 one-person narratives, and the film premiered in june 2020. Online activity expanded through the summer with virtual camp Arena Stage, master classes and workshops, and a virtual audition intensive.

Who funds Arena Stage

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
The Robert P and Arlene R Kogod Family FoundationDonation$525,000
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift FundFor Grant Recipient's Exempt Purposes$183,765
National Philanthropic TrustCulture & Arts$166,350
...and 29 more grants received totalling $1,518,185

Personnel at Arena Stage

Joseph BerardelliTreasurer and Chief Financial Officer$146,497
Jon GossettChief Development Officer$183,241
Khady KamaraManaging Director$236,711
Anita Maynard-LoshDirector of Community Engagement$110,436
Molly SmithTrustee and Artistic Director$433,340
...and 10 more key personnel

Financials for Arena Stage

RevenuesFYE 06/2020
Total grants, contributions, etc.$8,439,378
Program services$9,615,333
Investment income and dividends$-462,840
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$386,533
Net rental income$43,280
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$-1,286
Net income from fundraising events$-17,336
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$27,416
Total revenues$18,030,478

Form 990s for Arena Stage

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2020-062021-05-26990View PDF
2019-062021-02-09990View PDF
2018-062019-06-19990View PDF
2017-062018-07-18990View PDF
2016-062017-10-02990View PDF
...and 6 more Form 990s

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Data update history
August 3, 2022
Received grants
Identified 9 new grant, including a grant for $75,000 from Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
October 2, 2021
Received grants
Identified 11 new grant, including a grant for $525,000 from The Robert P and Arlene R Kogod Family Foundation
September 12, 2021
Updated personnel
Identified 15 new personnel
September 12, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2020
September 11, 2021
Used new vendors
Identified 2 new vendors, including , and
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General information
1101 6TH St SW
Washington, DC 20024
Metro area
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
District of Columbia, DC
Website URL
(202) 554-9066
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Form 990
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Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
A65: Theater
NAICS code, primary
711110: Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters
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