AFRICAN-AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

Envisioning the Classics with Color

aka AASC   |   San Francisco, CA   |  www.African-AmericanShakes.org

Mission

To open the realm of classic theatre to a diverse audience; and provide an opportunity and place for actors of color to hone their skills and talent in mastering some of the world’s greatest classical roles. We do this by producing work from the canon of classical theatre including Shakespeare and great American and world playwrights that is lively, entertaining and relevant.

Ruling year info

1997

Executive Director

Sherri L Young

Artistic Director

Mr. L. Peter Callender

Main address

762 Fulton St Ste 306

San Francisco, CA 94102 USA

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EIN

94-3192980

NTEE code info

Theater (A65)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Productions

Season Performances The African-American Shakespeare provides mainstage performances in the Bay Area any time between September - May. The production season includes 4 -5 full length productions which includes European and American classic playwrights from Shakespeare, Checkhov, ibsen, and Moliere to Tennessee Williams, George C. Wolfe, August Wilson, Ntozake Shange. The performance encompasses a unique cultural aesthetic and identity that is lively, entertaining, and relevant for diverse communities.

Population(s) Served
People of African descent
Economically disadvantaged people

Our education program, SHAKE-IT-UP, provides life-long learning and creativity while simultaneously building and strengthening skills for youths, young adults, and adults.

The SHAKE-IT-UP program uses theater games and drama techniques to enhance reading and comprehension skills. This program addresses the educational needs of students in fun and creative ways, helping students develop a positive relationship with complex reading materials.

Program incorporates workshops, artists residencies with public schools, free student matinee performance programs, and soon to come training ground for emerging and professional talent with a mentorship program.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Young adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    The deaf community approached our organization to have sign language interpreters for one of our productions in 2018. We made this opportunity an active participation to fulfill this need. But since this was a request for one particular production, the organization has been on a way to explore other areas to be more inclusive for within our programs and productions for those who have physical and mental disabilities to actively participate. Towards this feedback, we are investing more time with our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion goals of our strategic plan. This includes identifying a few members on our board of directors with this experience as an assessment to the management team; and engaging a DEI program consultant.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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AFRICAN-AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

Board of directors
as of 3/3/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Wayne Metcalf

Sutter Health

Term: 2014 - 2020


Board co-chair

Ms. Nneka Uzoh

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Lynette Lockett

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Courtney Brooks

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Alexander Jones

City and County of San Francisco

Nneka Uzoh

Consultant

Wayne Metcalf

Sutter Health

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 ? No
  • 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
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/03/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/27/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.