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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Arena Stage

Where American theater lives

three stars

84.80

1101 Sixth Street, SW Washington, DC 20024
tel: (202) 554-9066   Web Site
EIN: 53-0246894

Board Leadership
Judith N. Batty
Chair

CEO
Edgar Dobie
Executive Producer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 84.80 three stars
  Financial 81.54 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1950, Arena Stage works to produce huge plays of all that is passionate, exuberant, profound, deep and dangerous in the American spirit. Our focus is on theater of the Americas; we produce American classics, premieres of new plays and contemporary stories. Our Arena is a forum, a coliseum, a place for audiences to argue, discuss and meet each other over the theatrical divide. At the center is art; all other programs thrive in concentric circles supporting the art. Now in its sixth decade, Arena Stage serves a diverse annual audience of more than 200,000.

Founded in 1950, Arena Stage works to produce huge plays of all that is passionate, exuberant, profound, deep and dangerous in the American spirit. Our focus is on theater of the Americas; we produce American classics, premieres of new plays and contemporary stories. Our Arena is a forum, a coliseum, a place for audiences to argue, discuss and meet each other over the theatrical divide. At the center is art; all other programs thrive in concentric circles supporting the art. Now in its sixth decade, Arena Stage serves a diverse annual audience of more than 200,000.

Financial

three stars

81.54

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 06/01/2019 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)
85.3%
  Administrative Expenses 8.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.21
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.63
  Program Expenses Growth 2.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 69.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Arena Stage on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Joint Cost Allocation Adjustment applied. Learn more.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Arena Stage on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Arena Stage (DC) 84.80 three stars
Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC) 87.67 three stars
Near West Theatre (OH) 89.24 three stars
Des Moines Community Playhouse (IA) 88.27 three stars
Trinity Repertory Company (RI) 90.82 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $7,331,000
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $442,666
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $247,452
Total Contributions $8,021,118
   Program Service Revenue $14,143,921
Total Primary Revenue $22,165,039
   Other Revenue $2,553,460
TOTAL REVENUE $24,718,499
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $24,814,721
   Administrative Expenses $2,304,936
   Fundraising Expenses $2,138,543
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $29,258,200
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-4,539,701
   
Net Assets $57,357,457

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
American Theater $25,017,498 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-06 06/01/2019 84.80 three stars
2016-06 03/01/2018 85.17 three stars
2015-06 12/01/2016 81.73 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 86.74 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 89.31 three stars
2013-06 03/01/2015 90.96 four stars
2012-06 12/01/2013 89.95 three stars
2011-06 10/01/2012 89.82 three stars
2010-06 11/01/2011 76.68 two stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 76.91 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/24/2010 77.07 two stars
2008-06 11/01/2009 90.49 four stars
2007-06 12/01/2008 89.06 three stars
2006-06 11/01/2007 86.12 three stars
2005-06 10/01/2006 69.28 one star
2004-06 07/01/2005 87.01 three stars
2003-06 08/01/2004 83.80 three stars
2002-06 04/15/2003 87.88 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 53-0246894
Name in IRS Master File WASHINGTON DRAMA SOCIETY 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 (119) Other cultural or historical activities
(59) Other school related activities
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 November, 1960
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, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$353,405 1.20% Edgar Dobie Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Arena Stage (DC) 84.80 three stars
The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival (NY) 89.24 three stars
Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OR) 87.08 three stars
Des Moines Community Playhouse (IA) 88.27 three stars
Center for Puppetry Arts (GA) 90.42 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Arena Stage
1101 Sixth Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024
tel: (202) 554-9066
fax: (202) 488-4056
TTY: (202) 484-0247
EIN: 53-0246894

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Board Leadership

Judith N. Batty
Chair

CEO

Edgar Dobie
Executive Producer

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