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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

A Contemporary Theatre

Where artistic ambition and civic engagement unite

three stars

80.69

Kreielsheimer Place 700 Union Street
Seattle, WA 98101
tel: (206) 292-7660   Web Site
EIN: 91-0787792

Board Leadership
Gary Houlahan
Chair

CEO
Becky Witmer
Managing Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 80.69 three stars
  Financial 72.87 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

MISSION: ACT is a contemporary theatre where artistic ambition and civic engagement unite.

VISION: ACT envisions a world where the power of theatre expands our collective understanding of community and our own humanity.

Founded in 1965, ACT was Seattle's first theatre dedicated to producing contemporary plays - and in this commitment, ACT made a unique and essential contribution to Seattle's theatre scene. ACT is dedicated to the creation of New Works and the development of new art. ACT supports these endeavors, critical to our mission, through commissions for new plays, the production of 49 World Premieres in our history, and supporting young art organizations through professional partnerships in our ACTLab. Additionally, our Young Playwrights Program (YPP) provides arts education for young people and encourages the work of young artists.

MISSION: ACT is a contemporary theatre where artistic ambition and civic engagement unite.

VISION: ACT envisions a world where the power of theatre expands our collective understanding of community and our own humanity.

Founded in 1965, ACT was Seattle's first theatre dedicated to producing contemporary plays - and in this commitment, ACT made a unique and essential contribution to Seattle's theatre scene. ACT is dedicated to the creation of New Works and the development of new art. ACT supports these endeavors, critical to our mission, through commissions for new plays, the production of 49 World Premieres in our history, and supporting young art organizations through professional partnerships in our ACTLab. Additionally, our Young Playwrights Program (YPP) provides arts education for young people and encourages the work of young artists.

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Financial

two stars

72.87

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 02/01/2020 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)
78.7%
  Administrative Expenses 13.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) < 0.01
  Program Expenses Growth -0.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 99.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by A Contemporary Theatre on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by A Contemporary Theatre on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
A Contemporary Theatre (WA) 80.69 three stars
Indiana Repertory Theatre (IN) 88.47 three stars
Chicago Shakespeare Theater (IL) 91.19 four stars
New York Theatre Workshop (NY) 94.32 four stars
Old Globe Theatre (CA) 90.41 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,444,014
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $425,431
   Related Organizations $250,000
   Government Grants $101,840
Total Contributions $4,221,285
   Program Service Revenue $3,033,486
Total Primary Revenue $7,254,771
   Other Revenue $208,600
TOTAL REVENUE $7,463,371
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,832,797
   Administrative Expenses $817,579
   Fundraising Expenses $489,481
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,139,857
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,323,514
   
Net Assets $14,703

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
Play Production $3,645,834 75.4%
A Christmas Carol $706,674 14.6%
Actlab $384,808 8.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 02/01/2020 80.69 three stars
2017-12 02/01/2019 77.98 two stars
2016-12 04/01/2018 79.98 two stars
2015-12 11/01/2017 79.69 two stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 75.36 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 02/01/2016 78.54 two stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 71.64 two stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 82.31 three stars
2011-12 03/01/2013 87.96 three stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 79.38 two stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 78.83 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 04/01/2011 67.88 one star
2008-12 05/01/2010 70.23 two stars
2007-12 08/01/2009 85.35 three stars
2006-12 07/01/2008 71.28 two stars
2005-12 07/01/2007 77.83 two stars
2004-12 03/01/2006 65.02 one star
2003-12 04/01/2005 77.15 two stars
2002-12 05/01/2004 74.78 two stars
2001-12 02/05/2003 73.13 two 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 91-0787792
Name in IRS Master File A CONTEMPORARY THEATRE 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 (119) Other cultural or historical activities
(59) Other school related 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 December, 1965
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, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$104,558 1.70% Becky Witmer Managing Director
Other Salaries of Note
$104,731 1.70% John Langs Artistic Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
A Contemporary Theatre (WA) 80.69 three stars
Asolo Repertory Theatre (FL) 96.11 four stars
Milwaukee Repertory Theater (WI) 97.36 four stars
Second Stage Theatre (NY) 87.95 three stars
The Flea Theater (NY) 86.55 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

A Contemporary Theatre
Kreielsheimer Place
700 Union Street
Seattle, WA 98101
tel: (206) 292-7660
fax: (206) 292-7670
EIN: 91-0787792

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Board Leadership

Gary Houlahan
Chair

CEO

Becky Witmer
Managing Director

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