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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

The Flea Theater

Raising a joyful hell in a small space

three stars

86.38

41 White Street 41 White Street
New York, NY 10013
tel: (212) 226-0051   Web Site
EIN: 13-3904262

Board Leadership
Stephanie Morimoto
Chair

CEO
Carol Ostrow
Producing Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.38 three stars
  Financial 96.87 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 81.00 three stars
This rating was published 03/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1996 by three of New York's most acclaimed downtown theater artists -director Jim Simpson, designer Kyle Chepulis and playwright Mac Wellman - the award-winning Flea Theater was originally formed out of the purely artistic impulse to create "a joyful hell in a small space." Brash, energetic and dedicated, we quickly became a downtown beacon for creative artists of every discipline, and for audiences seeking bold and inventive work. Soon a more formal mission was born: to present distinctive work that raises the standards of Off-Off-Broadway for artists & audiences alike. Comfortable seats and decent dressing rooms became as much a part of our goal as our commitment to supporting talented artists with big ideas.

Founded in 1996 by three of New York's most acclaimed downtown theater artists -director Jim Simpson, designer Kyle Chepulis and playwright Mac Wellman - the award-winning Flea Theater was originally formed out of the purely artistic impulse to create "a joyful hell in a small space." Brash, energetic and dedicated, we quickly became a downtown beacon for creative artists of every discipline, and for audiences seeking bold and inventive work. Soon a more formal mission was born: to present distinctive work that raises the standards of Off-Off-Broadway for artists & audiences alike. Comfortable seats and decent dressing rooms became as much a part of our goal as our commitment to supporting talented artists with big ideas.

Financial

four stars

96.87

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

81.00

This rating was published 03/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
83.5%
  Administrative Expenses 7.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 13.03
  Program Expenses Growth 7.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 18.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Flea Theater on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Flea Theater on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Flea Theater (NY) 86.38 three stars
Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC) 87.67 three stars
Barrington Stage Company (MA) 90.28 four stars
Theatre for a New Audience (NY) 93.28 four stars
Old Globe Theatre (CA) 91.86 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $967,788
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $108,254
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,839,130
Total Contributions $2,915,172
   Program Service Revenue $222,651
Total Primary Revenue $3,137,823
   Other Revenue $16,716
TOTAL REVENUE $3,154,539
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,422,458
   Administrative Expenses $123,362
   Fundraising Expenses $146,564
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,692,384
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,462,155
   
Net Assets $20,350,019

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
Productions $1,422,458 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 03/01/2019 86.38 three stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 85.92 three stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 89.04 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 86.55 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 07/01/2015 80.77 three stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 80.86 three 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 13-3904262
Name in IRS Master File THE FLEA THEATER INC
NTEE Code A65
NTEE Classification Theater
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(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, 2000
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
None reported -- Carol Ostrow Producing Director
Other Salaries of Note
$70,000 4.13% Niegel Smith Artistic Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Flea Theater (NY) 86.38 three stars
Music Theatre of Wichita (KS) 88.46 three stars
Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC) 87.67 three stars
Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OR) 87.08 three stars
MCC Theater (NY) 86.29 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Flea Theater
41 White Street
41 White Street
New York, NY 10013
tel: (212) 226-0051
fax: (212) 965-1808
EIN: 13-3904262

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Board Leadership

Stephanie Morimoto
Chair

CEO

Carol Ostrow
Producing Director

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