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.
We are committed to the idea that theatre is not just for the elite. Through our Five Dollar Student Ticket and Twenty Dollar Under Forty Ticket programs, we challenge our community while remaining accessible to young theatergoers.
CEO/Executive Director Summer Wallace
Board Chair Mrs Summer Wallace
Board Chair Affiliation Co Artistic Director
General Info
Organization DBA
Urbanite Theatre
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2014
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes June 2018
State Registration Yes Dec 2017
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement

Urbanite Theatre’s 2017/2018 season will include five productions, employ over 70 freelance artists, provide professional intern opportunities for local college and high school students, produce the world premiere of Naming True and four regional premiers, and a limited time engagement of White Rabbit Red Rabbit in collaboration with the Ringling International Arts Festival.

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 manifests in Urbanite’s 2017/2018 season, as we have committed more than ever to producing works that have been unseen in the region, by playwrights emerging in the national theater discussion.

Our new season is more ambitious than ever before, challenging our audience and creative team to go to new and exciting places. Our new season takes us into space with Pilgrims and through time with Echoes, into the unknown with White Rabbit Red Rabbit, and pushes us to the extremes of isolation and cultural saturation in Northside Hallow and Women Laughing Alone with Salad. The common thread through all the productions is a desire to examine the human condition and individuals’ need for and struggle to attain connection with one another.

The Urbanite Theatre Internship Program displays our further commitment to fostering the future of theatre. Through the program, college and high school students are given the opportunity to work directly with theatre professionals in theatre administration, house management, stage management, technical theatre, and dramaturgy. Interns have gone on to work on salary with Urbanite Theatre, pursue professional stage management, and minor in theatre at the University of Florida. Urbanite has also partnered with Also Youth, through which youth members from the LGBTQIA+ community will participate and lead talkbacks. Also Youth and family members are able to come and see all of Urbanite shows for free. The theatre is in the budding stages of developing an educational project for young theatre lovers, which we hope will grow into a positive aspect of the community.

Needs Statement

The work the Urbanite does would not be possible without the kind support of our donors.  Individual donors, foundation denotations, and grants help support all aspects of the theatre from production costs to subsidizing low ticket costs. 

Short Term Needs:

1) Tools for set construction; (table saw, nail guns, jig saw, sawall, drill press, air compressor, screw guns, etc.

2) 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)

3) Company Vehicle for hauling set materials, lumber, platforms, etc.

4) Vehicle and housing for out of town director and actors

Long Term Needs:

5) Lighting Dimmer Rack, electrical rewiring of the theatre space to improve power distribution and lighting design needs

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

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 2017/2018 season is adventurous, bold, and exhilarating. It is made up of four regional premiers and a World Premier, running June 2017 through May 2018. It will also feature a limited engagement of White Rabbit Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpour (Oct. 19-Nov. 5) in collaboration with Ringling International Arts Festival. We begin our season with Naming True, a world premier by local playwright Natalie Symons, an intimate tale of survival, redemption, and the desperate need to share our stories. Next up is Pilgrims by Claire Kiechel, a story about the struggle to live through trauma and explore new worlds. Followed by Echoes by Henry Naylor, a narrative following two women 175 years apart in war-torn lands as they face the oppressive realities of their male-dominated landscapes and Northside Hallow by Jonathan Fielding & Brenda Withers, a story that watches men confront mortality and unearth a deeper revelation about acceptance and spiritual refuge. The season will round out with Women Laughing Alone with Salad by Sheila Callaghan a bitingly poignant and raucously unafraid play that is a gender-bending feminist fantasia with balls.

Budget $418,970
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theatrical Performances
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults General/Unspecified General/Unspecified
Short Term Success
  • Produce a World Premiere
  • 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
  • Growth in our Internship Program
  • 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
  • Box Office Reports
  • Performance Reports from Stage Management
  • Ticket Sales Analysis
  • Subscription Campaign Results
  • House Management Reports
Program Success Examples

"Takes audiences on a wild ride... It's a brilliant performance.” — Observer, on Bo-Nita

"...its intensity cannot be denied.” — Sarasota Magazine, on Ideation

My Barking Dog makes for a thought-provoking, entertaining and overall satisfying evening of theater.” — Bradenton Times, on My Barking Dog

"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

"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

"Outstanding theatre, truly an asset for the Sarasota arts community! Just go!"-Alex Suczewski


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 Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Also Youth 
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Best New Edgy TheatreSarasota Magazine2016
Risk Management Provisions
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
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 full 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.

Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month July
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month June
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $428,970.00
Projected Expenses $418,970.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$346,111$234,756$80,224
Administration Expense$26,983$22,832$3,129
Fundraising Expense$7,712$5,745$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.211.541.46
Program Expense/Total Expenses91%89%96%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%2%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$402,064$300,966$66,548
Current Assets$371,508$282,960$50,268
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$138,949$117,217$25,395
Total Net Assets$263,115$183,749$41,153
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $268,959Contributions, gifts, grants $231,250Contributions, gifts, grants $67,042
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $178,423Ticket Revenue $167,276Program Service Revenue $54,400
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $10,687Other 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 Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.672.411.98
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%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