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Ten Thousand Things Theater

Ten Thousand Things (TTT) brings lively, intelligent theater to people with little access to the wealth of the arts -- who in turn help us to reimagine theater. Performing at homeless shelters, prisons, schools and housing projects, using the region's finest actors, this bare-bones, award-winning company invigorates ancient tales, classic stories and contemporary plays through its search for honest, open interactions between actors and audiences.

Mission Statement
Review Completed: 8/26/2011
3153 36th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55406-2126
Phone: 612-724-4494
Fax: 612-724-4494
EIN 95-4300792
Principal Staff Michelle Hensley, Founder & Artistic Director
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE) 3.5
Number of Volunteers 50
Number of Clients Served 8,000
General Information
Board Chair Gina Kastel
Number of Board Members 12
Board meetings with quorum 4
Average Member Attendance at Board Meetings 9.6
Publicly Available Documents Most Recent 990
Most Recent Audit
In FY12, we toured a total of 88 performances of these three productions. Of the 88 performances, 48 were free performances for low-income audiences. Of those 48 performances, approximately 1/3 were to incarcerated audiences; 6 of the 48 performances were in greater Minnesota; and the rest were in shelters, adult basic education centers, and halfway houses throughout the metro area. The other 36 performances were for paying, traditional audiences at Open Book or Minnesota Opera Center. This was the first year that we toured four weekends of paid performances – in previous years, we’d only toured three weekends of paid performances. We surpassed our goal for audience members - we performed for just short of 8,000 individuals. Man of La Mancha and Doubt were both chosen as the Best Plays of 2011 by the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press; Doubt won a 2011 Ivey Award for Overall Excellence. We grew average actor pay by 8% between FY11 and FY12. We supported the creation of a new play, Vasa Lisa, by Kira Obolensky and toured that play in the spring of 2012.
Current Goals
Our primary goal for our FY12-13 season is to create and tour three unforgettable productions of theater to a wide variety of audiences in Minnesota, performing for no fewer than 8,000 individuals, more than half of whom will be low-income and enjoy their theater free of charge. Other strategic objectives for this year include: • Remain competitive for the best talent in our region by continuing to grow actor pay; • Create and implement a more comprehensive benefits package for our staff; • Underwrite the creation (and tour) of at least one more new play by playwright, Kira Obolensky; • Continue to grow our gifts from individuals until they comprise a reliable 25% of our annual operating budget; • Afford Michelle Hensley time to write a book about the history of the organization, which can also be used as a tool to spread the seeds of the model throughout the country. • Capture the excitement about TTT’s unique model expressed by so many younger theater artists, by creating opportunities that will encourage their interest through observerships and assisting with productions and tours. • Implement our Inclusion Plan, intended to diversify our paying audiences.
Community or Constituency Served
The general public, it is a firm policy that at least 50% of the performances we tour are free of charge for low-income audiences.
Geographic Area Served
Primarily Twin Cities metro; with 6-8 performances in greater Minnesota every season
Impact and Programs

3 Year Average Expenses

Program Services: $254,657 94.5%
Management: $8,540 3.2%
Fundraising: $6,294 2.3%

Unrestricted Net Assets

2011 2010 2010
End of Year: $113,874 $137,366 $137,366
Beginning of Year $119,007 $116,759 $116,759
Difference ($5,133) $20,607 $20,607
Unrestricted Net Assets (End of Year), Current 990 $113,874
Based on information provided on 2010 to 2011
From the Charity Because our organization does not own a building and only rents performance venues for our paid performances, our overhead is extremely low and we are able to allocate $.94 of every dollar we generate directly to program costs.
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