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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Primary Stages

Celebrating playwrights and new plays

two stars

72.03

520 8th Avenue Suite 312
New York, NY 10018
tel: (212) 840-9705   Web Site
EIN: 13-3258765

Board Leadership
Marla Persky
President

CEO
Shane D. Hudson
Executive Producer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 72.03 two stars
  Financial 63.41 one star
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 12/23/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Primary Stages is an Off Broadway theater company dedicated to inspiring, supporting and sharing the art of playwriting. We operate on the belief that the future of American theater relies on nurturing individual playwrights and giving them the artistic support needed to create plays of local, national and international significance. As Resident Theater Company of 59E59 Theaters, Primary Stages produces a season of 3-5 plays each year. We develop new works through commissions, workshops, and readings and supports playwrights through our two flagship programs - The Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group and the Marvin and Anne Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA). Since our founding in 1984, we have produced more than 100 new works, many of them world premieres, and engaged more than 2,000 theater artists. Through all our activities, Primary Stages advocates for our artists, helping them make important, and often transformative, connections within the theater community.

Primary Stages is an Off Broadway theater company dedicated to inspiring, supporting and sharing the art of playwriting. We operate on the belief that the future of American theater relies on nurturing individual playwrights and giving them the artistic support needed to create plays of local, national and international significance. As Resident Theater Company of 59E59 Theaters, Primary Stages produces a season of 3-5 plays each year. We develop new works through commissions, workshops, and readings and supports playwrights through our two flagship programs - The Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group and the Marvin and Anne Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA). Since our founding in 1984, we have produced more than 100 new works, many of them world premieres, and engaged more than 2,000 theater artists. Through all our activities, Primary Stages advocates for our artists, helping them make important, and often transformative, connections within the theater community.

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Financial

one star

63.41

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 12/23/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
69.7%
  Administrative Expenses 19.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.20
  Working Capital Ratio (years) < 0.01
  Program Expenses Growth 4.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 239.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Primary Stages on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Primary Stages on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Primary Stages (NY) 72.03 two stars
Music Theatre of Wichita (KS) 86.14 three stars
Market House Theatre of Paducah Kentucky Inc. (KY) 85.20 three stars
Des Moines Community Playhouse (IA) 86.01 three stars
Milwaukee Repertory Theater (WI) 94.74 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,610,098
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $293,301
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $41,625
Total Contributions $1,945,024
   Program Service Revenue $1,409,243
Total Primary Revenue $3,354,267
   Other Revenue $13,789
TOTAL REVENUE $3,368,056
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,530,641
   Administrative Expenses $650,562
   Fundraising Expenses $381,295
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,562,498
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-194,442
   
Net Assets $-465,721

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Public Programming $2,076,286 82.0%
Education $454,355 18.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 12/23/2020 72.03 two stars
2018-06 08/01/2019 73.28 two stars
2017-06 08/01/2018 67.53 one star
2016-06 12/01/2017 73.26 two stars
2015-06 09/01/2016 76.48 two stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 83.05 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 87.26 three stars
2013-06 11/01/2014 83.11 three stars
2012-06 08/01/2013 78.75 two stars
2011-06 09/01/2012 70.75 two stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 55.67 one star
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/24/2010 69.58 one star
2008-06 10/01/2009 87.79 three stars
2007-06 10/01/2008 88.27 three stars
2006-06 08/01/2007 90.66 four stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 13-3258765
Name in IRS Master File PRIMARY STAGES COMPANY INC
NTEE Code A65
NTEE Classification Theater
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (88) Community theatrical group
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date December, 1985
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$120,003 3.36% Shane D. Hudson Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$120,160 3.37% Andrew Leynse Artistic Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Primary Stages (NY) 72.03 two stars
Guthrie Theater (MN) 85.31 three stars
Orlando Shakespeare Theater (FL) 92.60 four stars
Unicorn Theatre (MO) 87.32 three stars
Kansas City Repertory Theatre (MO) 86.03 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Primary Stages
520 8th Avenue
Suite 312
New York, NY 10018
tel: (212) 840-9705
EIN: 13-3258765

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Board Leadership

Marla Persky
President

CEO

Shane D. Hudson
Executive Producer

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