Theatre Odyssey Inc
PO BOX 1383
SARASOTA FL 34230-1383

To engage our audience in short innovative theater works while providing a nurturing environment that encourages, challenges, and inspires playwrights and other theater artists.

CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Ms. SueLynn .
Board Chair Affiliation Retired Public Official
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2006
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Feb 2017
State Registration Yes Dec 2016
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $22,000.00
Projected Expenses $20,000.00
Impact Statement

Theatre Odyssey produced a Student Ten-Minute Playwriting Festival and a Ten-Minute Play Festival in 2013 and also published Volume Two of the company's produced plays (for the years 2009 through 2013).

In 2014, it produced the Second Annual Student Ten-Minute Playwriting Festival in January and the Ninth Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival in May.  

In 2015, Theatre Odyssey produced a Third Annual Student Ten-Minute Playwriting Festival in January and will produce its Tenth Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival, April 30 through May 3. 
Needs Statement


  1. The primary need for additional capital is to provide funds for the cash prizes to festival winning playwrights, to maintain the company's website and database--its lifeline to ticket sales for the festivals, to pay for any company related but non-event based marketing, and to pay for any professional memberships necessary to heighten the company's community profile.  


Background Statement

Theatre Odyssey began with a series of discussions among members of the cast of METAMORPHOSES, the 2005 National-award-winning production of the Manatee Players. Those discussions centered on creating a local theater company that could work in multiple venues, encourage and perform new works, and pay all participants through profit sharing.

In December of 2005, Tom Aposporos and Larry Hamm, two members of that award-winning cast, met with a local playwright (also a practicing attorney) who wished to have his play, a full-length work in progress, read by skilled actors in a formal setting in front of an audience. The success of that effort inspired the creation of something new, and admittedly different–a festival of fully produced ten-minute plays solicited from local writers. A best play would be selected and a monetary award would be given to the playwright. In January 2006, Theatre Odyssey became a legal entity and produced its first Ten-Minute Play Festival a few months later.

The rules first developed in 2006 are largely still in use today. The play selection process begins with qualified readers, who remain anonymous so as not to be influenced by a writer’s identity. An independent scoring system using a uniform matrix guides the readers in choosing the most worthy plays for production. Three highly respected judges choose the best play each year at the annual festival.
The quality of the plays submitted by local playwrights became evident in 2008 when noted New York publishing house Smith and Kraus announced that two plays each by Sylvia Reed (AMERICAN FLAG and WORKS IN PROGRESS) and Larry Hamm (DO-OVERS and PRECONCEPTION) would be included in Smith and Kraus’ BEST TEN-MINUTE PLAY series.

In 2013, the company created a Student Ten-Minute Playwriting Festival to encourage emerging playwrights from local middle and high schools. That initial festival was in January 2013 and became a new annual event for Theatre Odyssey. Its play selection process and production values follow those of the Ten-Minute Play Festival.

In addition, in 2013, the company introduced an Audience Favorite award at the Eighth Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival.

Theatre Odyssey has published the produced plays in a two volume set; Volume One: 2006 to 2009 and Volume Two: 2010 to 2013.

Theatre Odyssey is operated by a volunteer Board of Directors and an Advisory Board of Directors. (Members of the Advisory Board of Directors do not vote on matters that come before the Board of Directors, and their attendance at Board of Directors meetings is requested but not required.) There is no paid chief executive officer nor paid staff.  The company shares net revenue from event ticket sales with actors, directors, and technical crew.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments The First, Second, and Third Annual Student Ten-Minute Playwriting Festivals were produced at the State College of Florida, Bradenton campus in the Ann and David Howard Studio Theatre.  The fourth annual festival will be held in the same theater.  The Ten-Minute Play Festival has always been Sarasota-based--the Tenth Annual festival will be held again in the Cook Theatre at the FSU/Asolo Center for the Performing Arts.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Tertiary Org Type Youth Development
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

I was one of the founders of this company in 2006.  I am privileged to return as President as Theatre Odyssey begins its tenth season serving its art and the people of this region.

It was our initial belief that we could produce stage productions under the most unusual of circumstances.  An empty space, indoors or out, was all we would need to give life to a playwright's words.  We opted to encourage short plays by local writers.  We developed a fair and equitable selection process to choose the plays we produce, and an annual festival to perform them.  The playwright of the festival winning play receives a cash prize, and the performers, directors, and stage crews all share in revenue from audience ticket sales.
Three years ago, the company developed a second festival, this one for students, with the same standards and values as our annual Ten-Minute Play Festival.  My only regret is that we didn't do this sooner! 
Our idea in 2006 was unique.  Today, it is more common.  Even our revenue sharing approach has been adopted in practice by others.  We are pleased to have pioneered new and uncommon spaces to produce stage plays, and to offer the opportunity to local writers to see their labors performed. Tom Aposporos, Immediate Past President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Description This annual event is an adjudicated festival of ten-minute plays which must be original works and must be meet a criteria established by Theatre Odyssey.  The event is open to Gulf Coast of Florida (generally Tampa Bay to Naples) residents.  The plays selected for production by Theatre Odyssey retained qualified readers re produced using local acting and directing talent at an annual festival open to the public.  The playwright who authors the winning play receives a cash prize.
Budget $15,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theater Festivals
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified General/Unspecified General/Unspecified
Short Term Success Audiences grow year over year.  The number of plays submitted for consideration for production also grows year to year.
Long Term Success The annual festival, now approaching its eleventh, grows in popularity each year.  The number of plays annually submitted for consideration for production has grown four times since the first festival in 2006.
Program Success Monitoring Acceptance by annual audiences speaks loudly.
Program Success Examples Year to year growth in play submissions, and audience support for those produced, confirms the credibility of the annual festival.
Description Plays are submit from area high school students and read by panel of Theatre professionals to be selected to compete in a full production at State College of Florida in the Howard Studio in front of an audience with adjudicators deciding the best play and runner- up. These two student winners are awarded scholarships.
Budget $4,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theater Festivals
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success In January 2016 we just completed our Fourth Annual Student Ten-Minute Playwriting Festival that had six students participating from four area high schools. There were two performance evenings this year for the first time versus only one performance as our audience for this festival is growing. This is the first year that we did some marketing to groups to encourage an bigger audience as well and it worked.
Long Term Success In late 2016 we will offer more playwriting workshops for area students and include seventh and eight graders as well, to hopefully foster even more interest in playwriting for creative area students. There will be more indepth contact with area school educators and a scholarship will be awarded to the school that produces the student with the winning play in 2017, for use in that school's theatre/drama deparyment.
Program Success Monitoring Is has been interesting to see the students that submit plays in their freshman years and keep on submitting them in future years, improve and sharpen their skills in their crafting a play. This is evident by the readers that select the plays - not knowing the name of the student or school that has submit it and by the sheer numbers of scripts and audience attendance increasing.
Program Success Examples After only four years this festival has grown in the size of the audience, the amount of students participating and we increased the dollar amount of the scholarships being awarded to the winners for the 2016 festival.
Program Comments by Organization Sarasota has a rich history of supporting the arts, especially the theater. For eleven years Theatre Odyssey has been producing their Ten-Minute Play Festival. Every festival has featured plays written by local Sarasota playwrights…. maybe one of your neighbors! While Ten-Minute festival entries come from Tampa to Naples, it seems like most of the entries come from local Sarasota playwrights. To name some of them: Ron Pantello, Marvin Albert, Bernie Yanelli, Connie Schindewolf, Larry Parr, George Loukides, and Arthur Keyser. Some student playwrights: Julien Freij & Amy Dop. We hope to expand our Ten-Minute Festival to include more Florida writers. This year we doubled our efforts in Tampa and Naples. Someday Theatre Odyssey may open it doors to all Florida writers, but for now, we are comfortable being the best we can be locally. Next year we will expand our Student Play Playwriting Festival from grades nine through twelve to grades seven through twelve. We also plan to initiate a program “Theatre Odyssey On The Road”, whereby we take our plays to audiences who would not otherwise be able to attend a theater performance.  


CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 19
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted Dec 2014
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization There is no CEO or Executive Director.  Board comments appear otherwise in this profile.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. SueLynn .
Company Affiliation Retired Public Official
Board Term July 2015 to June 2016
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Ms. SueLynn *** . Retired Public Official (Mayor, City of Anna Maria)
Mr. Marvin *** Albert Retired businessman, current playwright
Mr. Preston Boyd Professional actor, director and musician
Mr. Michael Bush Furniture business owner
Ms. Donna *** DeFant retired, Financial Services Industry
Ms. Beth Duda consultant Patterson Foundation
Mr. Daniel Higgs Retired Media Coordinator and Educator
Mr. Tom Hudson attorney
Mr. Jeffery Kin Artistic Director, Players Theatre
Ms. Sophia LaRusso Community Volunteer
Ms. Deborah McLeod college theatre professor SCF
Mr. Julian Olf retired,University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Mr. Ronald *** Pantello Retired advertising executive, current playwright
Mr. Henry Porter IIAssistant Pastor, Westcoast Center
Mr. Terry Romine Retired attorney
Mr. Robert *** Trisolini Professional Choreographer, Director
Ms. Tami *** Vaughan Self-employed, Editor, Graphic Designer
Mr. Donald *** Walker Self-employed, Photographer, Videographer, Actor, Director
Mr. David Yamin retired Attorney
Mr. Bernard Yanelli Saint Stephen's Episcopal School Instructor, Playwright
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 14
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Meeting Attendance % 82
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 95
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Governance Comments by Organization The company is operated by its working Board of Directors and there is a continuing obligation to evaluate the performance of Directors, and to identify and address if necessary unmet needs.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $22,000.00
Projected Expenses $20,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$18,139$10,062$7,478
Administration Expense$2,262$3,296$1,928
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.191.611.32
Program Expense/Total Expenses89%75%80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$0$13,989$5,844
Current Assets$0$13,989$5,844
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$13,989$5,844
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $11,950Contributions, gifts, grants $13,580Contributions, gifts, grants $6,600
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountTicket Sales $9,922Ten-Minute Play Ticket Sales $6,775Ten-Minute Play Ticket Sales $4,530
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountVenice Cabaret $1,805Audience Donations $584Book Sales $735
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets--0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization Theatre Odyssey is able to make a "post card" filing with the Internal Revenue because its annual operations fall below the allowable threshold.  The company is modestly building its reserve fund and endeavors to add 20% of its income to the reserve fund annually.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from compilations.
Nonprofit Theatre Odyssey Inc
Address PO BOX 1383
Phone 941 799-7224