Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Forest Theatre Guild Inc

  • Carmel, CA
  • www.foresttheaterguild.org

Mission Statement

The Forest Theater Guild is a local non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to promoting the performing arts in our old-forest-theatre-guild-community. One of the oldest outdoor theaters west of the Rockies, the Forest Theater and the Forest Theater Guild was founded in 1910 by Herbert Heron and Carmel’s Bohemians to provide an open-air theater experience where plays could be produced by “locals who also have fun doing the acting, directing, lighting, costuming, and staging,” wrote Heron is a personal letter. With support from foundation grants, the City of Carmel, local citizens and businesses, and visitors, the Guild plays a pivotal role in a magical collaboration that keeps the vision of its early founders alive today.

Main Programs

  1. Annual Productions
  2. Films in the Forest

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Service Areas

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California

Carmel, Monterey County, California

ruling year

1972

Principal Officer

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Yvonne Hildebrand-Bowen

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EIN

23-7227328

 Number

0790501790

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

(Theater) (A65)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Annual Productions

Each year, the Forest Theater Guild presents quality productions annually at the historic Outdoor Forest Theater in Carmel, California. Past Productions Include: “Hamlet” (2013), “Snow White” (2013), “James and the Giant Peach” (2012), “Cyrano de Bergerac” (2012), “Peter and the Wolf” (2011), “Once Upon A Mattress” in collaboration with MPC Drama (2011), “Alice In Wonderland” (2010), and “Treasure Island” (2010).

Category

Performing Arts

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

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Program 2

Films in the Forest

The annual Films in the Forest series “Films in the Forest” features classic films on the big screen.

Category

Visual Arts

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The Forest Theater Guild is a local non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to promoting the performing arts in our community through our community theater endeavors while promoting mentoring of the theater arts for our local youth.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The purpose of the Forest Theater Guild is to uphold our heritage and the integrity of Carmel’s historic Forest Theater through stewardship and preservation of its unique character. Further, the mission of the Guild is to present quality performing arts and foster the growth and appreciation of the dramatic arts among the community using local talent with an emphasis on youth. Our programs offer participants training at our historic theater, gaining hands-on experience next to our professional staff, and becoming involved with our live plays, films, and events.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Originally founded in 1910 by Herbert Heron as the Forest Theater Society, the current organization, now known as ‘Forest Theater Guild’s’ mission is to present quality performing arts and to foster growth and appreciation of the dramatic and allied arts among the broad community utilizing community talent with emphasis on youth. The purpose of the Forest Theater Guild is to uphold the heritage and integrity of Carmel’s historic Outdoor Forest Theater through stewardship, preservation of its unique character, and enhancement of the use of the theater property to promote community theater, films and events that support our mission of community theater and art. The oldest outdoor theater west of the Rockies, the Forest Theater was built in 1910 by Herbert Heron and Carmel’s Bohemians to provide an open-air theater where plays could be produced by “locals, who would also have the fun doing the acting, directing, lighting, costuming, and staging.” (Personal letters of Herbert Heron). The Guild continues this tradition and the shared vision that community theater is an essential societal value in our current culture and continues to encourage arts for our youth and betterment of our society.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Annual Productions at the Forest Theater

    Each year, the Forest Theater Guild presents quality productions annually at the historic Outdoor Forest Theater in Carmel, California. Past Productions Include: “Hamlet” (2013), “Snow White” (2013), “James and the Giant Peach” (2012), “Cyrano de Bergerac” (2012), “Peter and the Wolf” (2011), “Once Upon A Mattress” in collaboration with MPC Drama (2011), “Alice In Wonderland” (2010), and “Treasure Island” (2010).
    Films in the Forest

    The annual Films in the Forest series “Films in the Forest” features classic films on the big screen. Our 2014 schedule will be announced soon on this website with links to purchase or sponsor a film event.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Our historic venue is currently being rebuilt to better serve our clients, more safely and more comfortably.
Service Areas

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California

Carmel, Monterey County, California

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Principal Officer

Yvonne Hildebrand-Bowen

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Carrie Glenn

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