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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Arena Stage

Where American theater lives

three stars

82.12

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

Board Leadership
S. Decker Anstrom
Chair

CEO
Edgar Dobie
Executive Producer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 82.12 three stars
  Financial 77.24 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 05/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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

two stars

77.24

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 05/01/2021 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)
83.6%
  Administrative Expenses 8.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.36
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.44
  Program Expenses Growth -2.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 44.1%
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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Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc), Suggestion box/email
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To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
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Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Arena Stage (DC) 82.12 three stars
Theatre Under The Stars (TX) 86.99 three stars
Actors Theatre of Louisville (KY) 91.73 four stars
Florida Studio Theatre (FL) 89.02 three stars
Market House Theatre of Paducah Kentucky Inc. (KY) 85.20 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $5,041,237
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $507,501
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $342,768
Total Contributions $5,891,506
   Program Service Revenue $14,928,143
Total Primary Revenue $20,819,649
   Other Revenue $671,670
TOTAL REVENUE $21,491,319
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $22,588,080
   Administrative Expenses $2,634,430
   Fundraising Expenses $2,524,770
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $27,747,280
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-6,255,961
   
Net Assets $83,470,110

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 $22,750,871 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 05/01/2021 82.12 three stars
2018-06 09/03/2019 87.09 three stars
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, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$399,250 1.43% Edgar Dobie Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$424,743 1.53% Molly Smith Artistic Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Arena Stage (DC) 82.12 three stars
Chicago Shakespeare Theater (IL) 89.89 three stars
Asolo Repertory Theatre (FL) 95.89 four stars
Lincoln Center Theater (NY) 94.07 four stars
The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre (MI) 91.38 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

S. Decker Anstrom
Chair

CEO

Edgar Dobie
Executive Producer

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