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CN Advisory: Moderate Concern

Actors' Shakespeare Project

Bringing Shakespeare's words into the voices, bodies, and imaginations of our actors, audiences, and neighborhoods

two stars

71.88

442 Bunker Hill Street Charlestown, MA 02129
tel: (617) 776-2200   Web Site
EIN: 20-0815685

Board Leadership
David Sandberg
President

CEO
Mara Sidmore
Interim Managing Director

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During our analysis of Actors' Shakespeare Project’s 07/2016 Form 990, the document revealed the following errors and omissions:
  • The organization has deducted event related fundraising expenses on both Page 9 and 10 of the Form 990.
We find such practices atypical when compared to how other charities operate, as well as a departure from how Actors' Shakespeare Project has reported its finances in the past. We have reached out to Actors' Shakespeare Project for further clarification, but have not received an adequate explanation and have thus issued this Moderate Concern CN Advisory.

The nature of the atypical financial reporting issues identified are such that Charity Navigator has issued this CN Advisory to provide donors with information that they may find useful when making their giving decisions. Charity Navigator is not responsible for the nature or content of the information presented through external sources and websites. For more information on how or when we decide to publish a CN Advisory, please review our methodology.

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 71.88 two stars
  Financial 65.07 one star
  Accountability & Transparency 81.00 three stars
This rating was published 03/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Actors' Shakespeare Project believes Shakespeare's words are urgently relevant to our times. Working as an ensemble of resident company members, we bring these words into the voices, bodies, and imaginations of our actors, audiences, and neighborhoods. We do this through creative projects, including intimate productions and outreach programs that are informed by the spaces in which they happen. These projects inspire civic dialogue, build relationships between people, strengthen communities, and reveal something about what it means to be human here and now.

Actors' Shakespeare Project believes Shakespeare's words are urgently relevant to our times. Working as an ensemble of resident company members, we bring these words into the voices, bodies, and imaginations of our actors, audiences, and neighborhoods. We do this through creative projects, including intimate productions and outreach programs that are informed by the spaces in which they happen. These projects inspire civic dialogue, build relationships between people, strengthen communities, and reveal something about what it means to be human here and now.

Financial

one star

65.07

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

81.00

This rating was published 03/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
76.5%
  Administrative Expenses 17.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) < 0.01
  Program Expenses Growth -6.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 219.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Actors' Shakespeare Project on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Actors' Shakespeare Project on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Actors' Shakespeare Project (MA) 71.88 two stars
Center Stage (MD) 87.62 three stars
Market House Theatre of Paducah Kentucky Inc. (KY) 85.20 three stars
Florida Studio Theatre (FL) 89.02 three stars
Barrington Stage Company (MA) 90.60 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $750,118
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $55,300
Total Contributions $805,418
   Program Service Revenue $338,932
Total Primary Revenue $1,144,350
   Other Revenue $4,518
TOTAL REVENUE $1,148,868
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $929,944
   Administrative Expenses $258,573
   Fundraising Expenses $15,591
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,204,108
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-55,240
   
Net Assets $-116,976

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-07 03/01/2020 71.88 two stars
2016-07 07/23/2018 --Moderate Concern Advisory
During our analysis of Actors' Shakespeare Project’s 07/2016 Form 990, the document revealed the following errors and omissions:
  • The organization has deducted event related fundraising expenses on both Page 9 and 10 of the Form 990.
We find such practices atypical when compared to how other charities operate, as well as a departure from how Actors' Shakespeare Project has reported its finances in the past. We have reached out to Actors' Shakespeare Project for further clarification, but have not received an adequate explanation and have thus issued this Moderate Concern CN Advisory.
2016-07 04/09/2018 --Donor Advisory
2014-07 06/01/2016 85.03 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-07 11/01/2015 83.95 three stars
2013-07 09/01/2015 85.93 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 20-0815685
Name in IRS Master File ACTORS SHAKESPEARE PROJECT 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
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 June, 2004
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End July
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • July, 2017
  • July, 2016
  • July, 2014
  • July, 2013
  • July, 2012
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$150,233 12.47% Mara Sidmore Interim Managing Director
Other Salaries of Note
$68,077 5.65% Christopher Edwards Artistic Director
$31,096 2.58% Kimberly Dawson Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Actors' Shakespeare Project (MA) 71.88 two stars
Huntington Theatre Company (MA) 92.16 four stars
Old Globe Theatre (CA) 90.41 four stars
Actors Theatre of Louisville (KY) 91.73 four stars
Trinity Repertory Company (RI) 90.42 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Actors' Shakespeare Project
442 Bunker Hill Street
Charlestown, MA 02129
tel: (617) 776-2200
fax: (617) 629-3895
EIN: 20-0815685

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Board Leadership

David Sandberg
President

CEO

Mara Sidmore
Interim Managing Director

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