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SteppingStone Theatre

To develop the whole child by using educational theatre programs and fully-staged productions to build self-esteem, confidence, and a sense of community, while celebrating diversity in a supportive, non-competitive atmosphere

Mission Statement
Review Completed: 6/2/2011
55 Victoria Street N
Saint Paul, MN 55104
Phone: 651-225-9265
Fax: 651-225-1225
Other Names Used SteppingStone Theatre for Youth Development
EIN 36-3557115
Principal Staff Richard Hitchler, Artistic Director
General Information
Board Chair Jeffrey Burt
Number of Board Members 19
Board meetings with quorum 7
Average Member Attendance at Board Meetings 13.43
Publicly Available Documents Most Recent 990
Most Recent Audit
SteppingStone Theatre maintained the accessibility of its programs in FY2010 with an average ticket price of just $5.80 for 34,267 mainstage patrons. SteppingStone Theatre also exceeded projected registration and revenue for its School for Young Actors, reaching 871 students and generating $170,000 in earned income. SteppingStone Theatre's Outreach program provided a total of 94 residencies and workshops to 5,638 participants in schools and community centers across the state. In the 2009-2010 season, SteppingStone Theatre produced six plays for young audiences, all featuring primarily young actors performing works that reflect and celebrate the social fabric of our community. The season featured four commissioned and produced new works by local playwrights including Hanuman and the Girl Prince by Aditi Brennan Kapil, directed by Warren C. Bowles and choreography by Rita Mustaphi; Henry’s Freedom Box by Christina Ham; and our first collaboration with Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater on My Grandmother’s Tsotchkes: Tales of a Gambling Grandmother. Participants were drawn from culturally and economically diverse communities. In FY2010, 623 young people between the ages of 8-19 took part in auditions; of these, 132 were cast in productions and/or participated in various backstage roles.
Current Goals
1. Provide rich, life-enhancing theatre experiences to the youth of the region. 2. Develop an artistically-challenging body of work based on the idea that theatre for young audiences is not watered-down theatre for adults, but fully-developed artistic expression that is accessible to audiences of all ages. 3. Ensure that all of our programs are accessible to all—economically, culturally and physically. 4. Engage top professional theatre artists as teachers, mentors, creators, and interpreters for the original work the theatre commissions, produces and creates.
Community or Constituency Served
Children, youth, families and educators from diverse communities
Geographic Area Served
Twin Cities & Minnesota
Impact and Programs

3 Year Average Expenses

Program Services: $857,278 76.8%
Management: $150,844 13.5%
Fundraising: $108,732 9.7%

Unrestricted Net Assets

2010 2009 2009
End of Year: $3,451,728 $0 $3,617,193
Beginning of Year $3,617,193 $0 $3,782,757
Difference ($165,465) $0 ($165,564)
Unrestricted Net Assets (End of Year), Current 990 $3,451,728
Based on information provided on 2009 to 2010
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