Writers Theatre, Inc.

aka Writers Theatre   |   Glencoe, IL   |  www.writerstheatre.org

Mission

Writers Theatre exists to explore productions in which the word on the page and the artists that bring the word to life hold primary importance. Central to this mission are three important core values: valuing text, both classic and contemporary, as the fundamental source of inspiration; creating deliberately intimate performances where audiences are face-to-face with powerful stories; and honoring the time and commitment of our artists by remaining at the forefront of industry compensation.

Ruling year info

1993

Executive Director

Ms. Kathryn M. Lipuma

Artistic Director

Mr. Michael Halberstam

Main address

321 Park Avenue

Glencoe, IL 60022 USA

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EIN

36-3847280

NTEE code info

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

Performing Arts (A60)

Theater (A65)

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Artistic Programming

During the 2012/13 Season, Writers Theatre staged five productions in its two intimate performance spaces, playing to approximately 5,500 subscribers and more than 40,000 total audience members from across metropolitan Chicago and the country. The Season’s productions sold to an average 91% capacity, and included Hamlet by William Shakespeare, The Letters by John W. Lowell, Sweet Charity by Neil Simon and Cy Coleman, Yellow Moon by David Greig, and The Liar adapted by David Ives from the original by Pierre Corneille.

Population(s) Served

Writers Theatre extends its mission beyond the stage and into the classroom through arts-focused, academics-based educational programming. The two flagship initiatives are "The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights" and the Novel Series Study Plan.

The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights
The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights is a touring solo performance that follows a Chicago student’s search for identity and self-discovery as she examines the American Civil Rights Movement, weaving together poetry, hip-hop and history as it encourages students to explore the themes of civil and human rights. In 2013, The MLK Project performed 38 times during January and February, reaching 43 different schools (90% of which were in underserved communities of Chicago, including three in juvenile correctional facilities), five community organizations, and a total of 8,137 students. Nearly 45,000 students have been served since the tour’s inception in 2007.

The Novel Series Study Plan (NSSP)
The Novel Series Study Plan, an in-school residency program, was co-designed by WT’s Director of Education and the Literature and Writing Magnet Cluster of Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Teaching Artists partner with classroom teachers in grades 4 – 8 to create student-driven literature residencies, consisting of four “corners,” each delving into different aspects of the novel’s characters, plot, and themes: Writing, Vocabulary, Discussion, and Theatre exercises. During the 2012-13 school year, Writers Theatre conducted Novel Series residencies in 27 classrooms at nine different schools, reaching approximately 720 students. Approximately 92% of participating students came from low-income backgrounds.

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In addition to its mainstage productions, WT supports the creation of new work through its innovative Literary Development Initiative (LDI), which was launched in 2004 with the goal of developing the next generation of classic plays and creating an “artistic home” to support and nurture the master playwrights of the future. Through this initiative, WT has previously debuted five world-premiere productions. The LDI also supports further development of already-premiered works by giving them a crucial second or third production, including the 2012/13 Season’s The Letters, which received additional time and resource to refine the script. WT has four projects currently under commission through the LDI.

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Awards

Chicagoan of the Year in Theater - Michael Halberstam 2013

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Financials

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Writers Theatre, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/25/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Mary Pat Studdert

Gillian Goodman

Beth Kronfeld

Mike Petersen

Mary Pat Studdert

Thomas Hodges

Richard Lipton

Elaine Tinberg

Christopher Knight

David Knapp

Michael Halberstam

Kathryn Lipuma

Janice Beck

Julie Bernstein

Sara Cohan

Jennifer Litowiz

Lizzy Scheinfeld

Stephanie Sick

Seth Traxler

Linda Umans

Benjamin Cohen

Christopher Gould

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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes