Quill Theatre
P.O. Box 7265
Richmond VA 23221
Mission Statement

 

VISION

To create theatre rooted in the genius of Shakespeare,

that provokes the mind and speaks to the soul 

 

MISSION

Theatre worth talking about

 

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  • Belief in the transforming power of the spoken word;

  • Commitment to the productive interplay of past and present dramatic works universal to the human experience, engaging them with love and irreverence;

  • Creation of theatre that is intelligent, passionate, and uncompromising;

  • Devotion to a mutually fulfilling relationship between theatre and community;

  • Dedication to comprehensive education that encourages intellectual, emotional and social development, removing barriers and opening hearts and minds;

     

    All within an environment of respect, empathy, and invention in the pursuit of excellence.

 

 

Web and Social Media
Hamlet - 17th Annual Richmond Shakespeare Festival at Agecroft Hall
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Jan Powell
Board Chair Mr. Anthony Russell
Board Chair Company Affiliation University of Richmond
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 7265
Richmond, VA 23221
Telephone 804 340-0115
Fax 804 xxxxxxx
E-mail info@QuillTheatre.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2007
Former Names
NameYear
Henley Street Theatre and Richmond Shakespeare2014
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $450,000.00
Projected Expenses $400,000.00
Statements
Mission

 

VISION

To create theatre rooted in the genius of Shakespeare,

that provokes the mind and speaks to the soul 

 

MISSION

Theatre worth talking about

 

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  • Belief in the transforming power of the spoken word;

  • Commitment to the productive interplay of past and present dramatic works universal to the human experience, engaging them with love and irreverence;

  • Creation of theatre that is intelligent, passionate, and uncompromising;

  • Devotion to a mutually fulfilling relationship between theatre and community;

  • Dedication to comprehensive education that encourages intellectual, emotional and social development, removing barriers and opening hearts and minds;

     

    All within an environment of respect, empathy, and invention in the pursuit of excellence.

 

 

Impact

PRESS RELEASE - QUILL THEATRE


Henley Street Theatre and Richmond Shakespeare announce that the two non-profit theatres formally united under the new name of Quill Theatre on May 16, 2015.   As the region’s only theatre dedicated to producing the classics, its vision will be “to create theatre rooted in the genius of Shakespeare, that provokes the mind and speaks to the soul," with a mission to produce “theatre worth talking about.” Quill Theatre will continue to produce four mainstage productions each year and the beloved Richmond Shakespeare Festival at Agecroft Hall, in addition to offering the only Shakespearean educational programming for students and adults in the region. 


Jacqueline O’Connor, Managing Director for Quill Theatre says, “I am so proud of the hard work and dedication of our board and staff. We have come together to bring the community the very best of Henley Street Theatre and Richmond Shakespeare­ — creating a vibrant, bold, forward-thinking theatre company.” 


Henley Street Theatre and Richmond Shakespeare began working toward a union in early 2013, operating together with a shared vision of fully integrating into a single entity within two years. Board President Brendan Williamson says, “Under our new, unified brand, we will remain dedicated to providing the Richmond community with the highest quality theatre and educational outreach.” Artistic Director Dr. Jan Powell adds, “I am energized by the multiple meanings of “quill” — it’s a writing instrument with infinite flexibility, a penetrating sharp, a delicate and ephemeral adornment. As Quill Theatre, we will adventure through the full spectrum of our theatre’s capability, elasticity, and potency.”


Quill Theatre’s 31st season will celebrate the union by offering the utmost variety in our Shakespearean selections — a delightful comedy, a devastating tragedy a wicked bloodbath, and a poignant synthesis of them all — along with a recent Helen Hayes Award winner for Best New Play, an early masterwork by one of America’s finest 20th century theatrical writers, and a tender, haunting story of rural Southern childhood. The full listing of plays can be found below.


Henley Street Theatre and Richmond Shakespeare announced their new name, revitalized mission and 31st season at this year’s Bootleg Ball. 


 



 

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Background

Encore Theatre! Inc. (Richmond Shakespeare)

Encore! Theatre Inc. was incorporated on August 21, 1985. After being run by the board and volunteers for the first 10 years, Grant Mudge became Artistic Director in August 1996 and Cynde Liffick joined the company as Managing Director in December of the same year, later becoming the company’s Education Director. In 1999 The Richmond Shakespeare Festival at Agecroft was created and it still running today.  The company changed to DBA - Richmond Shakespeare in 2006. Richmond Shakespeare established a dynamic mainstage season, Shakespeare tours and outstanding educational programming, and was an integral part of the planning process for Richmond CenterStage. The company also has partnered with local NPR affiliate WCVE to produce Bard Bits: Shakespeare-themed video shorts aired as part of “Shakespeare Uncovered." Dr. Jan Powell became Artistic Director in 2013.

 Henley Street Theatre

Henley Street Theatre’s was founded in 2006 by Alex Previtera. The company’s name was inspired by his passion for Shakespeare, who was born on Henley Street in Stratford-upon-Avon.  Jacqueline O’Connor joined the company as a volunteer Managing Director in early 2007 prior to the first season, was officially hired as Managing Director by the Board of Directors in the spring of 2008.   James Ricks became Artistic Director in 2011. He established the free “Bootleg Shakespeare," which continues to be one of the most anticipated theatre events each year.  Over the next four years under the leadership of James and Jacqueline, Henley Street Theatre quickly rose to become a valued member of the theatre community, winning numerous awards for mainstage productions and providing a variety of educational opportunities for youth.

Henley Street Theatre and Richmond Shakespeare

In March 2013, the boards of Henley Street Theatre and Encore Theatre! Inc. (Richmond Shakespeare), executed a Memorandum of Understanding toward achieving a full unification by 2015.   This year, the companies were nationally recognized as one of forty theatres in the United States to receive a prestigious National Endowment for the Arts — Shakespeare in American Communities grant. With the assistance of generous individuals and community partners, the grant allowed them to bring a free hour-long performance of Romeo and Juliet to all Richmond City middle and high schools, with hands-on workshops, study guides and talkbacks.  

 

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Metro Richmond
Henrico County
Richmond, City
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Anthony Russell
Company Affiliation University of Richmond
Term Sept 2015 to Aug 2018
Email Arussell@richmond.edu
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Katherine B. Agelasto Laburnum Elementary School
Mr. Tom Kazas Dominion
Ms. Samantha Wheeler Marrs Virginia Commonwealth University
Mr. T. Andrew Mudd Steward School
Ms. Rebecca H. Mudd LC Bird High School
Ms. Lidia Radi Ph.DUniversity of Richmond
Ms. Christiana Roberts Volunteer
Mr. Anthony Russell Ph.DUniversity of Richmond
Mr. Jim Whelen Davenport & Company
Mr. Brendan Williamson City of Richmond
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 5
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 95
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Building
Finance
Education
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Dr. Jan Powell
Experience

Dr. Jan Powell hails from Oregon, where she was the founding Artistic Director of the innovative Tygres Heart Shakespeare Company at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, and received her PhD in Theatre Arts from the University of Oregon. She has also served as the Artistic Director of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, and is a past president of the international Shakespeare Theatre Association. Jan has produced and directed most of the Shakespearean canon, including all of the histories. For Quill Theatre (formerly Henley Street Theatre and Richmond Shakespeare), her recent work includes The Merchant of Venice, King Lear, Holiday Memories, Hamlet (Richmond Theatre Critics Circle award nomination for Best Play and Best Director), Sam and Carol, Equivocation (co-production with Virginia Repertory Theatre; RTCC award for Best Director, nomination for Best Play), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, The Importance of Being Earnest (co-production with Richmond Triangle Players), Othello, an original theatrical adaptation of A Child's Christmas in Wales, King John (RTCC nomination for Best Director), and Macbeth (RTCC award for Best Direction). Other notable direction includes Marat/Sade at Theatre 54 and The Comedy of Errors at Looking Glass Theatre in New York City, The Taming of the Shrew for Kingsmen Shakespeare in Los Angeles, and direction for regional theatres across the country including American Shakespeare Center, Mendocino Shakespeare Festival, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, California Shakespeare Festival, Stoneham Theatre in Boston, and Nevada Repertory Theatre. She has directed world premieres such as the award-winning Money Shot; Gimpel the Fool starring Metropolitan Opera star Richard Zeller, and direction/co-writing (with Carole J. Dane) Cambio, a new musical set in Cuba, based on The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Co-CEO
Term Start Jan 2012
Email Jan@QuillTheatre.org
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Dr. Jan Powell Producing Artistic Director
Staff
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 30
Contractors 80
Retention Rate 99
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Sept 2015
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Collaborations
StRichmond Triangle Players
Virginia Repertory Theatre
TheatreLab
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Virginia Historical Society
The Branch Museum 
Enrichmond
Historic Richmond
University of Richmond
Virginia Commonwealth University
Battery Park Christian Church
Centenary United Methodist Church
Dogwood Dell Park
Maymont Park  
Richmond City Schools 
 
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Nomination for Best Actor for Richard IIIRichmond Theatre Critics Circle Awards2008
Nominations for Best Play, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting ActorRichmond Theatre Critics Circle Awards2009
Nominations for Best Play, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Ensemble, Best Costumes & Best SoundRichmond Theatre Critics Circle Awards2010
Winner - Best Actor, Joe Inscoe for Shinning City, Best Director - Bo Wilson for Shinning City and Becky Carins for Best Costumes for A Servant of Two MastersRichmond Theatre Critics Circle Awards2010
Best Play - The Last Days of Judas IscariotRTCC Awards2011
Nominations for Best Play, Best Actor, Best Lighting Design, & Best Sound DesignRTCC Awards2012
Winner - Best Play, Winner - Best Actor, Winner - Best Direction and many nominationsRTCC Awards2013
Winner - Best Supporting Actress in a play (MD.) One of forty theatres in the USA to be selected for NEA grantRTCC Awards and NEA - Shakepeare in American Communities Grant2014
Winner - RTCC award - Best Director (Equivocation), 15 RTCC nominationsRTCC Awards2015
Women of the Year - Jacqueline O'ConnorStyle Weekly2015
Programs
Description

American Buffalo by David Mamet

October 1-24, 2015

 

Bootleg Shakespeare – Macbeth

October 31, 2015

 

Holiday Memories by Truman Capote

Adapted by Russell Vandenbroucke

December 3-26, 2015

 

Stupid F**cking Bird by Aaron Posner

January 7-30, 2016

 

King Lear by William Shakespeare

March 31 - April 23, 2016

 

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

June 2-26, 2016

 

The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

July 7-31, 2016 

 

Description
A troupe of 6 professional actors perform Romeo and Juliet to middle and high schools grade students in their school venue, in support of the Virginia SOLs and school curriculum pacing guides.The company’s 55-minute version of the play is performed in the school’s auditorium or theatre space, bringing the play vitally alive for students. To enhance the experience, we offer in-class workshops, pre-show introduction, post-show Q&A with the cast, study guides, and other educational resources. Also available for home school groups on specific dates to come to us!
 
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [abridged]: A fresh, fun, goofy performance in which three hapless, hopeful actors attempt to perform all the plays of Shakespeare in 97 minutes! Versions are available suitable for middle school, high school, and up; perfect for a community school fundraiser! Also available in a one-hour installment.
 
 
Description This is a spring Shakespeare festival involving several upper schools in the joint performance of a single play. Each school takes one or two scenes from the play, coached by our teaching artists, and performs them in one festive educational event that includes group workshops, a world-wide live broadcast performance, exercises to enhance their understanding of Shakespeare, and a talk-back with all participants after the performance. The performance is streamed live online in partnership with Richmond CenterStage’s Genworth BrightLights education program. For several years, the program has included the participation of students from St Petersburg, Russia.
Description Customized to the individual teacher’s needs, we offer a wide variety of in-school services, including single workshops on understanding Shakespeare’s language through the perspective of performance, and residencies that can provide an in-depth training, with an optional final student performance. It is our pleasure to provide unique opportunities for your students to have fun as they learn—and forget how to fear Shakespeare!
Description
Festival Young Company: This is a group of high school age students who train as an ensemble in acting technique, Shakespearean text, and historical customs, and performs for audiences on the Agecroft Hall grounds prior to our summer festival performances.
 
Summer Camps: Students ages 11-18 may participate in one of our week long Summer Shakespeare Camps, culminating in presentations of their work. Split into half days, the first half includes Shakespeare acting games, delving into the language of the Bard and taking workshops from our guest artists and rehearsing their work. In the afternoons, the camp switches gears and the students create costumes, set, and props, put together songs, and create the ambiance for their performance at the end of the week!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $450,000.00
Projected Expenses $400,000.00
Endowment Value $118,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 5
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$335,483$150,756$136,950
Administration Expense$48,035$25,000$19,027
Fundraising Expense$46,214$15,000$16,097
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.370.741.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses78%79%80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue14%18%16%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$211,014$5,242$43,086
Current Assets$90,335$5,242$43,086
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$95,013$15,100$3,145
Total Net Assets$116,001($9,858)$39,941
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.950.3513.70
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 1/2017View
Comments
Foundation Comments
  • If an organization has gross receipts less than $200,000 and total assets at the end of the tax year less than $500,000, it can choose to file Form 990-EZ.