Venice Theatre Inc dba Venice Little Theatre
140 Tampa Ave W
Venice FL 34285
Mission
Making a dramatic impact on all stages of life.
 
We exist to celebrate and nurture creative expression, to foster human communication and understanding, and to delight and challenge our audiences through theatre and the performing arts of the highest quality.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Murray Chase
Board Chair Jean Trammell
Board Chair Company Affiliation Venice Company
History and Background
Organization DBA
DBA
Venice Little Theatre
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Awarded a competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
Incorporation Year 1964
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $2,500,057.00
Projected Expenses $2,384,241.00
Additional Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
Venice Theatre Determination Letter
State Info
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes May 2015
State Registration 0
Statements
Background Incorporated in 1950, Venice Theatre has made its mission to make a dramatic impact on all stages of life. We do this by serving as a leader in entertainment, arts education and community outreach in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte Counties. 
Needs

1. Marquee Replacement-$24,000.00

2. Carpet and Flooring-$27,000.00

3. Paint Building-$22,700.00

4. Production Lighting-$107,250.00

5. Fly System-$67,800.00

Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Sarasota
FL- Charlotte
FL- Manatee
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Education
Programs
Description
The Venice Theatre/ Loveland partnership was formed in 1995. The Loveland Players have been creating magic, moving audiences and electrifying the stage ever since. Clients of the Center rehearse weekly at VT and almost daily at The Loveland Center. Throughout the season, 70 students with developmental disabilities learn life skills through theatre study. 
 
Each June, the work culminates in a well-attended year-end show on the MainStage, the Loveland Follies. This outreach program is one of VT's most successful, and most visible.
 
In 2010, the students were invited to entertain an international audience at the "Festival in Paradise" with their 15th Annual Follies, and captured 4 awards.          
Budget $19,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theater
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities
Short Term Success
  • Hiring of speech therapist has improved their ability to annunciate and vocalize
  • Several students have been able to find full-time work and have become a part of our evening class.
  • Students are volunteers here at the theatre. 
Long Term Success The program fosters artistic achievement, greater communication skills and a strong sense of self-worth among the Loveland students. Some Loveland students have become volunteers at VT. Many others have "mainstreamed" into the area's workforce. 
How Program is Monitored
  • At the beginning, our volunteers shadowed all the students during Loveland Follies. Fewer shadows are needed every year, less than 20%.
  • The students are performing higher level entertainment. 
Examples of Program Success One Loveland student had a fear of heights, and it was impossible for him to get on the stage to perform. With the guidance of our volunteers, he gradually became more comfortable and less reliant on others. He received a standing ovation when he stepped forward to the front of the stage by himself and sang a solo number. 
Description
Venice Theatre's education program is a sequential curriculum of classes, camps, and performance/ production opportunities. Our programs provide students the skills that promote social and academic development. The curriculum EXCEEDS Sunshine State Standards for theatre. It includes:
 
  • daily after school and weekend classes
  • 7 theatre camps, with daily classes in acting, music, dance and technical theatre
  • daily school partnerships
  • internships with local high schools
  • internship with Berea College students
  • the Generations Theatre season
  • production/ performance opportunities in Venice Theatre shows
  • continuing education for adults, including senior theatre
Budget $347,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theater
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success
In the short-term, students learn to work as a team and improve self-confidence and critical communication skills. They develop and strengthen performance skills through training by professionals to professional standards.
Long Term Success
Overall, this program has a long-term impact on participating students, helping them become successful citizens, moving on to:
  • Exhibit increased problem-solving techniques
  • Develop both sides of the brain
  • Communicate effectively with others
  • Peform better in academics
How Program is Monitored
Program success is monitored by the quality of performances and number of students enrolled.
Examples of Program Success
The collaborative relationship between Island Village Montessori Schol and Venice Theatre began in 2004 with 24 students from kindergarten through the eighth grade. It has grown to 88 students who attend performing arts classes taught by Venice Theatre Education staff at their school. The collaboration now results in a showcased performance each spring incorporating all of the students.
 
 
Patrick Mounce graduated from Venice High School with a 4.4 GPA and was asked to join the BFA program for Acting at UCF in his freshman year. He has been in more than 25 productions and has worked in all aspects of theatre and behind the scenes. "Venice Theatre is a place that made me who I am today. It taught me to work hard, show up on time, put forth extra effort, and become social." -Patrick Mounce
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Murray Chase
CEO Term Start Nov 1995
Email MurrayChase@venicetheatre.net
Staff
Full Time Staff 17
Part Time Staff 11
Volunteers 1500
Contractors 60
Staff Retention Rate % 97
Professional Development Yes
Management Reports to Board
Organization Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 4
Strategic Plan Adopted Nov 2010
Management Succession Plan No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Collaborations
  • Loveland Center 
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Epiphany Cathedral School
  • Berea College (Berea, Kentucky) Internship Program 
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government?
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Board Chair
Board Chair Jean Trammell
Company Affiliation Venice Company
Board Term May 2013 to May 2014
Email
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Earl Baumruck Retired
Geri Becker Retired
John Brown XXX
Caroll Hunter Retired
Neil Kasanofsky Raymond James
Nevenka Kovcic Regions Bank
Chris Shiparski Signature Sotheby's
Mary Taylor PR Consultant
Lee Thacker Caldwell Trust
Jean Trammell The Venice Company
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 4
Unspecified
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Board Meeting Attendance % 91
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions
Constituency Includes Client Representation
Financial Info
Fiscal Year 2014
Projected Revenue $2,500,057.00
Projected Expenses $2,384,241.00
Endowment Value $95,000.00
Historical Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$0$0$0
Government Contributions$119,598$103,572$88,029
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$7,206
Local$0$0$80,823
Unspecified$119,598$103,572$0
Individual Contributions$539,025$483,332$894,566
$0$0$0
$1,545,321$1,697,242$1,320,200
Investment Income, Net of Losses$23,250$4,197$1,409
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Other$135,831$133,060$145,319
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$1,245,261$1,336,769$1,357,115
Administration Expense$1,263,536$1,225,505$1,223,570
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.940.950.95
Program Expense/Total Expenses50%52%53%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$3,193,429$3,349,434$3,447,736
Current Assets$293,403$366,677$198,691
Long-Term Liabilities$926,643$881,310$695,340
Current Liabilities$573,954$631,785$759,590
Total Net Assets$1,692,832$1,836,339$1,992,806
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountTheatrical Productions $1,514,033Theatrical Productions $1,656,275Program service revenue $1,296,875
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $539,025Contributions, gifts, grants $483,332Contributions, gifts, grants $894,566
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Unspecified $119,598Government Grants - Unspecified $103,572Government grants $88,029
CEO Compensation
Co-CEO Compensation
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.510.580.26
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets29%26%20%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they were not separated in the 990 or audit.  Financial figures were taken from the 990.  The audited financial statements and Federal tax returns reconcile. In June 2013 the organization changed its tax year, resulting in a short period return covering the period 6/1/2013 - 6/30/2013.
Nonprofit Venice Theatre Inc dba Venice Little Theatre
Address 140 Tampa Ave W
Venice, FL 34285
Primary Phone 941 488-1115
CEO/Executive Director Murray Chase
Board Chair Jean Trammell
Board Chair Company Affiliation Venice Company
Year of Incorporation 1964

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