Urbanite Theatre Inc
1487 2nd Street

Urbanite Theatre is dedicated to bringing compelling intimate live theater experiences to downtown Sarasota. Our commitment to fresh works, burgeoning playwrights, and actor-driven productions provide the region with new, exciting contemporary playgoing opportunities.

We also strive to bring undiscovered pieces by great writers to the stage and to work and collaborate with emerging talents in all fields. Our youth and adult education programs further our devotion to cultivating an artistic community of curiosity, honesty and passion.

Theatre isn't just for the elite. Our affordable productions challenge our community while remaining accessible to inexperienced theatergoers.

CEO/Executive Director Summer Wallace
Board Chair Mrs Summer Wallace
Board Chair Affiliation Co Artistic Director
General Info
Organization DBA
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2014
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes June 2017
State Registration Yes Dec 2017
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $380,550.00
Projected Expenses $326,970.00
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement

Urbanite Theatre was created in June of 2014, and opened its doors to the public in April of 2015. In our short history, Urbanite has carved a purposeful niche in the cultural community in Sarasota by producing cutting edge, socially significant theatre in an intimate, black-box space. 

Urbanite Theatre’s 2016/2017 has included five productions, employed over 30 freelance artists, provided professional intern opportunities for local college and high school students, and produced five sold out regional premieres, proving its dedication to bringing never-before-seen works to the region.

Urbanite has garnered local artistic acclaim. The Bradenton Times Hailed Urbanite Theatre as “the best thing to happen to the local theatre scene in years.” Creative Loafing Tampa Bay theater reporter Mark Leib wrote in his September 2016 review, "I continue to be impressed by this theater’s ability to find scripts no one else has noticed, and I’m cheered by the quality with which each of them is produced. It’s not often that a theater makes its presence felt so rapidly; but already Urbanite has become well-nigh indispensable."

Leib’s sentiment will continue to be reflected in Urbanite’s 2017/2018 season, as we are committed more than ever to producing works that have been unseen in the region, by playwrights emerging in the national theater discussion.

Urbanite has ambitious production plans for our upcoming season providing the region with five fresh new works by burgeoning playwrights in actor-driven productions. The productions will continue to provide artistic challenges and complex, difficult roles for performers while providing an equal balance of opportunities for both female playwrights and performers.

Urbanite Theatre has expanded their staff to include three full time employees, and is looking to continue to add members to the Board of Directors, increase staff, and be able to raise the wages of current staff, and actors and designer salaries.

Urbanite has created a very successful internship program that allows local high school and college students to work right alongside theatre professionals in theatre administration, house management, stage management, technical theatre, and dramaturgy. Interns are provided a stipend and in some instances can receive college credit. Urbanite has also partnered with Also Youth in which youth members come to see Urbanite Shows for free, and are in the budding stages of developing an educational project for youth members.

Needs Statement

Imminent needs:

  • Tools for set construction; (table saw, nail guns, jig saw, sawall, drill press, air compressor, screw guns, etc.
  • Production Costs-underwriting the costs of each production; including Licensing Fees, Designer fees, Actor and Director Salaries, Set, Costume, Lighting and Prop Design and Build Costs for each individual production. ($500-$20,000)
  • Company Vehicle for hauling set materials, lumber, platforms, etc.
  • Vehicle for out of town director and actors
  • Housing for out of town director and actors

Background Statement

Urbanite Theatre was founded in early April 2014 by fellow FSU/Asolo Conservatory alumni, Summer Wallace and Brendan Ragan, and founding ensemble member Harry Lipstein.

The  cultural community in Sarasota boasts a litany of big city arts organizations and institutions, but as a company we believe downtown Sarasota was missing one crucial ingredient:intimate, small-scale theaters producing cutting-edge work.  
Theatre isn't just for the elite. We must bring affordable productions that challenge our community while remaining accessible to inexperienced theatergoers. In addition to producing compelling live theater,  Urbanite Theatre is an exciting destination on the Sarasota social scene.
As a company and a community, we must work together to bring a younger generation to the theatre. Urbanite's material and atmosphere speaks to the here and now and our student ticket prices makes theatre affordable.  
As a whole, ticket sales make up less than 60% off our production costs. The power and intimacy created in black box theatre comes with a constant inherent challenge. Our ticket sales will always represent just a fraction of our expenses. We cannot exhist without your help.  It takes a village to raise a theatre and theatre generation!
-Co Artistic Directors Summer Wallace & Brendan Ragan 
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
FL- Hillsborough
FL- Charlotte
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

In a very short time, Urbanite Theatre has had an impact on the Sarasota Community. How do I know this is true? On the Management side, patrons have sent thank you letters, thanked us as a team personally, as well as designers and actors who are enjoying working on vibrant, exciting, material while being challenged.  As an educator, being able to provide professional opportunities for local students to work right alongside seasoned theatre professionals in which they get hands on experience is unique.  Our interns are a huge part of our team and Urbanite family! As an actor at the Urbanite, I have had the opportunity to do some of the most challenging work in my acting career. The Urbanite space is like no other and it creates a connection to the audience that is incredible. For the first time, as an artist I am creatively fulfilled.

One of the challenges at the Urbanite, while we are selling out shows, and run a tight ship, there is a belief out there that there is a full team behind it, an angel donor and that financially we must be doing amazing. Artistically things couldn’t be better which we have accomplished through the passion, sweat, and the labor of love of our small team as well as the generous support of the Sarasota Community. Ticket sales only cover 60% of our production costs. As we continue to grow, we need to nurture our team which includes a livable wage for our Artistic Directors, increasing the salaries of all of actors, AEA and Non-Union, Designers, Stage Management, and to be able to add to our administrative team. We have a huge goal for 2017/2018 to make this not a goal, but a reality.

In addition, as a company, we are very focused on building a younger audience and new to theatre audience. We have $5 student tickets, the work is appealing to a younger crowd, and they are coming, but not as many as we would like. Many organizations would be thrilled that they are selling out, but we are not. We have a goal to diversify the audience as a whole. Mind you on any night at the theatre the age is from 15-98 which is pretty incredible, but we will be working harder to increase the younger faces!

I can’t thank the Sarasota Community enough for embracing us, empowering us, and as a team together we will continue to make the arts strong in Sarasota, and bring new audiences into the fold!

-Summer Wallace, Co-Artistic Director


Urbanite Theatre’s 2016/2017 season is a daring, dangerous, thrilling season made up of five regional premieres beginning in June running through April 2017. Beginning the season with DRY LAND by Ruby Rae Spiegel which explores the brave portrayal of the contemporary American teenager and the impossible pressures that build up at the brink of adulthood. Followed by BREADCRUMBS by Jennifer Haley examining dementia and Alzheimer’s disease , in Eric Coble’s MY BARKING DOG we meet a pair of souls are reconnected with their primal natures by an unseen wily coyote, IDEATION-Aaron Lobe brings us a dark comedy and psychological suspense thriller, and ending the season with BO-NITA by Elizabeth Heffron , a wild one-woman show filled with a seven-character adventure follows a mother and daughter’s elaborate plan to try to hold their dysfunctional family together.

Budget $236,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theatrical Performances
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults General/Unspecified General/Unspecified
Short Term Success
  • Nurture and growth of a younger audience demographic and new to theatre audience members
  • Expansion of  our production dates with an increased number of performances for each production
  • Expand the audience reach beyond Sarasota
  • Development of a Reading Series
  • Growth in our  Educational Programs 
  • Continue to develop relationships with arts organizations for collaborative projects
Long Term Success
  • Establish the Urbanite Theatre as a company who fosters and develops new works
  • Educational Programming that includes workshops taught by educators renowned in their fields from across the country.
  • Playwriting Fellowship
  • Resident company of actors
Program Success Monitoring
  • Numbers of productions and performances per year
  • Ticket sales analysis
Program Success Examples
"Our first visit to Urbanite theatre tonight will be the first of many. I was privileged to be part of the audience. I humbly "thank you" for such collective genius." -Julianna Zakrzewska
 "Love this small boutique theatre. Felt a better connection being so close to he stage. Very edgy play too...awesome." -Heather Schank
"What a fabulous new addition to the theater community Urbanite is!"
-Susan Haldeman
"Brilliant performances and an enthralling play in a beautifully designed theatre. A very welcome addition to the Sarasota arts scene!" -Michael Granston
"Amazing!! To be so close to the actors.. Such an intimate experience that makes you feel as if your a part of the show and not just watching. I cannot be more excited to see what's next!" -Sarah-Jane Southern
"Outstanding theatre, truly an asset for the Sarasota arts community! Just go!"-Alex Suczewski
 "I've never seen theatre like this, so raw and emotional, the quality of the actors was some of the best ive ever seen!" -Laurel Anderson

Urbanite Theatre is dedicated to providing educational opportunities in theatre for future theatre professionals. Local High School and College students can apply and work in various areas of the theatre with Urbanite including Stage Management, Theatre Administration, Box Office Management, Front of House, Assistant Directing, Dramaturgy, and Acting. Urbanite Theatre interns work right alongside professional actors, designers, and directors in the top of their respective fields.

Budget $5,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success

Since opening its doors in 2015, Urbanite Theatre has worked with dedicated interns, and cast young actors in productions.

As the interns have grown with Urbanite Theatre, they have been provided with more responsibility and educational opportunities. Interns have also been given professional job opportunities on productions and part of the creative teams for productions.

Long Term Success

Urbanite Theatre is preparing students for studying theatre in college, as well as providing hands on professional experience. Interns and students have the opportunity to work alongside industry professional and build their resumes before entering the competitive theatre world. Urbanite Theatre also mentors each student and intern, assisting in audition coaching, and mentorship.

Program Success Monitoring

Urbanite Theatre’s intern program will continue to grow and expand based on the needs of each individual intern. We individualize each intern experience based on the intern’s interest, strength’s and areas that need growth. Urbanite provides both paid and unpaid internships, NCF students can receive college credit, and we hope to offer additional scholarships, and educational classes for our interns in the future. 

Program Success Examples

Urbanite Theatre has provided a scholarship fund for college bound interns. Interns have also moved passed their internship and been hired as part of the creative team for professional production shows.

Program Comments by Organization

Urbanite Theatre was born from a passion for organic truth on stage.  Both as actors and theatre goers, we're drawn to actor-driven work that pushes an audience to feel and experience the human condition.

The community of Sarasota has been unbelievable in their support and enthusiasm for our new company and space. We're deeply passionate about developing a new, younger audience. In order to do this, it is imperative to keep our ticket prices low, and the material must make an audience feel and respond.
We are so proud and honored and to be part of the wonderful arts community here in Sarasota.  To say that we’re excited about our season of plays for Sarasota would be an understatement.  We have no doubt audiences at Urbanite will leave feeling challenged, delighted, intrigued, disturbed and affected.
- Summer Wallace & Brendan Ragan; Co-Artistic Directors Urbanite Theatre
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Summer Wallace
CEO Term Start July 2014
CEO/Executive Director Email summer@urbanitetheatre.com

Founder and Co Artistic Director of Urbanite Theatre. Regional acting credits include, Asolo Rep, Mad Cow Theatre, Broward Stage Door, Lagniappe Theatre, Princess Cruise Lines, and resident company member for five years with Cumberland County Playhouse. Summer earned her MFA in Acting from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory, class of 2012 and is a proud member of Actor's Equity and Sag-Aftra. As a teaching artist, Summer has worked with Manatee School for the Arts, IMG academy, Riverview High School, Cumberland Co. Playhouse, and has a deep passion for instilling the sense of play, imagination, and purpose using the medium of acting. Currently, Summer is also an Adjunct Professor of Theatre at New College of Florida and will be joining the FSU/Asolo Conservatory Faculty for the Fall 2017 semester. 

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Amanda Laforge Company Stage Manager/Volunteer Cordinator
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 28
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Best New Edgy TheatreSarasota Magazine2016
Risk Management Provisions
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization

Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs Summer Wallace
Company Affiliation Co Artistic Director
Board Term Apr 2014 to July 2017
Board Chair Email summerdawnw@gmail.com
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. Grant Herren Community Volunteer
Mr. Harry Lipstein Community Volunteer
Mr. Brendan Ragan Co Artistic Director
Mrs. Emilie Robinson Community Volunteer
Mr. Harris Silver Community Volunteer
Mr. Jeffery Stevens Community Volunteer
Mrs. Chris Voelker Community Volunteer
Mrs. Summer Wallace Co Artistic Director
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 5
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 7
Board Meeting Attendance % 90
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Governance Comments by Organization

Urbanite Theatre has added an additional Board Member this year, and a full time Company Stage Manager/Volunteer Coordinator, as well as part time Artistic Fellow.  Growing the Urbanite Team helped us to up our fundraising efforts, network within the community at large, develop partnerships with organizations and expand our intern program.

Urbanite needs to continue to develop, diversify and recruit new board members as well as expand our administrative team to include a full time technical director, box office support, administrative assistant to improve our ability to reach higher artistic, educational, and fundraising goals.

Urbanite moved to a new ticketing system which has vastly improved our patron experience, and given us the ability to track patron attendance, and improve subscriber experience.

We also are strategizing ways to increase a younger audience demographic. We have partnered with Also Youth to provide play going opportunities for youth members, and are working on starting an educational project with Also Youth. We have marked an under 40 ticket discount and have started doing industry nights for students only in which students can see an Urbanite show for free. Currently, we are working on additional programing in the space to bring in a younger populace.

Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $380,550.00
Projected Expenses $326,970.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$234,756$80,224--
Administration Expense$22,832$3,129--
Fundraising Expense$5,745$0--
Payments to Affiliates$0$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.541.46--
Program Expense/Total Expenses89%96%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%0%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$300,966$66,548--
Current Assets$282,960$50,268--
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$117,217$25,395--
Total Net Assets$183,749$41,153--
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $231,250Contributions, gifts, grants $67,042--
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountTicket Revenue $167,276Program Service Revenue $54,400--
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther Program Revenue $7,2120 $0--
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.411.98--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%--
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization

Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from the organization's Federal 990-EZ and 990.  Contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit Urbanite Theatre Inc
Address 1487 2nd Street
Phone 941 321-1397