FOREST THEATRE GUILD INC

The Fires are lit! The stars are out! The skys the limit!

aka Forest Theater Guild   |   Carmel, CA   |  www.foresttheaterguild.org

Mission

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.

Ruling year info

1972

Executive Director

Yvonne Hildebrand-Bowen

Main address

PO Box 2325

Carmel, CA 93921 USA

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Formerly known as

Forest Theatre Guild, inc

EIN

23-7227328

NTEE code info

Performing Arts (A60)

Theater (A65)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Our programs

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Annual Productions

Each year, the Forest Theater Guild presents quality productions annually at the historic Outdoor Forest Theater in Carmel, California. Past Productions Include: "Hello,Dolly"(2019), "Into the Woods"(2018). "Hunchback of Notre Dame"(2018), "Big the Musical"2017) "Pippin"(2017), "Man of LaMancha"(2017) "the Borrowers"(2016) Swiss Family Robinson( 2014)"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).

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Parents
Families

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

Population(s) Served
Adults

Project Equal Access aims to provide deaf and special needs individuals with access to Forest Theater Guild performing arts events in a genuine and comfortable atmosphere.

Project Equal Access serves an under-served population in Monterey County that would like to attend theater and performing arts events but, feel unable to do so because of their special needs; we found thru our 2017 season that there is not an abundance of regular sign language interpreters for theater and performing arts in our area as it is rather specialized skill. We would like to partner with the interpreters that we worked with to offer mentorship to students wishing to learn this skill so that we can develop a pool of interpreters for our area as well as to develop a manageable and replicate able program for others to learn from; devising a model that is easily employed by others, to train and mentor others to do the same.

Population(s) Served
People with hearing impairments
People with disabilities

Where we work

Awards

Award of Excellence 2021

Carmel Chamber of Commerce

Goals & Strategy

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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.

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.

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.

With recent renovations to make the facility we call home more user friendly and safe, we have been able to begin producing full length plays, musicals and special events again starting in the summer of 2016. There is still much to be done but, it will be one step at a time. We began a new program in 2017, Project Equal Access, which brings sign language interpreters to the theater for at least on performance of each production. The assisted listen device system was updated to provide a better experience for hearing impaired. We look forward to partnering with Paraphrase productions again for the third year in 2018...the youngest production company learning from the oldest. Paraphrase has definitely grown it's wings and it is a theatrical benefit for the Monterey Peninsula, for both the audience and the participants, having added it's own theatrical training classes. We began Carmel POPS! in 2017 and look forward to expanding this program that features the best of local talent from all performing arts disciplines...our hope is to make this an annual event to close the season. In 2017 we were pleased to bring back live orchestration to accompany the theatrical performances. This year we will be partnering with the Monterey County Theater Alliance to give prospective technicians a chance to learn and practice their craft. With the cancellation of many college theater classes, we have found that the Monterey Peninsula could benefit from a larger pool of qualified technicians for all technical aspects of theater(light, sound etc). We will be continuing our "Young Entrepreneurs Program" that teaches the business aspects of running a theater, from concessions and ticketing to marketing, front of house and patron logistics, etc. All in all, 2018 is shaping up to be an exceptional year for the Guild with Into the Woods scheduled as the first full length live performance followed by Hunchback of Notre Dame and Sweeney Todd in collaboration with Paraphrase. Trying a concurrent run of the last two, on alternate nights, we are looking to provide an excellent weekend ticket for guest both locally and from out of the area to enjoy a theater filled weekend. We will continue our partnership with the local Junior college to provide theater appreciation classes and are looking at a partnership with local film commission to bring student film makers back to the theater as well as a possible reuniting of the partnership with the Carmel Film Festival that we had prior to the closure of the theater for the necessary upgrades. There are a number of long time programs that will be modified to fit our current demographic in a more useful way.

Financials

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FOREST THEATRE GUILD INC

Board of directors
as of 1/29/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Adrian Clark


Board co-chair

Laurel Lane Bowen

Brian McAuley

Office Manager/sound engineer

Keith Decker

Manager /Actor/writer

Adrian Clark

Student/Actor

Laurel Bowen

Student/Actress

Robin Welch

Attorney

Teresa Holman

CSUMB Student

Kevin Armstead

Business Owner

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/29/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/21/2021

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.