Virginia Repertory Theatre
114 W. Broad Street
Richmond VA 23220
Mission Statement

Virginia Repertory Theatre creates in Central Virginia professional productions of the great comedies, dramas and musicals—past, present and future. We seek to be a regional theatre of national standing. We embrace the art form in its entirety, presenting plays of all genres and national origins, serving an audience of all ages and backgrounds.

In keeping with the legacies of Barksdale and Theatre IV, the hallmark of our nonprofit company is community engagement. To that end, we seek national caliber excellence in the arts, education, children’s health, and community leadership.
CEO/Executive Director Philip J Whiteway III
Board Chair Mrs. Carol Anne Love Jennison
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Contact Information
Address 114 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220
Telephone 804 783-1688 1123
Fax 804 775-2325
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1953
Former Names
Theatre IV1975
Barksdale Theatre1953
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $4,592,000.00
Projected Expenses $4,554,000.00
Additional Documents
State Corporation Commission letter - name change2012View
Theatre IV & Barksdale Theatre Articles of Merger2012View
Virginians for the Arts Theatre IV Summary2009View

Virginia Repertory Theatre creates in Central Virginia professional productions of the great comedies, dramas and musicals—past, present and future. We seek to be a regional theatre of national standing. We embrace the art form in its entirety, presenting plays of all genres and national origins, serving an audience of all ages and backgrounds.

In keeping with the legacies of Barksdale and Theatre IV, the hallmark of our nonprofit company is community engagement. To that end, we seek national caliber excellence in the arts, education, children’s health, and community leadership.

To more adequately reflect our leadership position within the arts community and our statewide reach, Theatre IV and Barksdale Theatres merged to form Virginia Repertory Theatre on July 1, 2012. This merger will allow us to better serve our patrons.

 In 2013-2014, Virginia Rep produced and presented almost 300 main-stage adult performances to over 40,500 and 105 main-stage children's performances to 14,884 children and families; toured 16 S.O.L.-aligned arts-education programs across the nation reaching a over 200,000 students in over 250 schools with 574 performances; celebrated 31 years of Hugs and Kisses, our child sexual assault prevention program reaching 54,924 children with 161 performances in 124 schools; significantly expanded our arts-education efforts to include 18 literacy centered workshops in public libraries, attended by over 250 pre-school children, held three different theatre-centered camps for 118 youth ages 8-18 and hosted 2 free professional development workshops for local teachers. 


Virginia Repertory Theatre's goals include: 
  • Continuing to create theatrical productions in Central Virginia at the highest national standards by selecting well-rounded rosters for our signature season and Barksdale Season at Hanover Tavern, including great comedies, dramas, and musicals—past and present;
  • To serve and engage a large and diverse audience through performances and outreach through increased marketing by full-time staff and Board and by increasing ticket sales and subscriptions;
  • To continue to build on the success of existing and new mission-driven programming.


  1. Financial Support for Hugs and Kisses performances ($1750 per performance).  Costs for this critical programming are kept intentionally lean to ensure it can be brought to as many schools as possible; we therefore have an on-going need to subsidize this program.
  2. Financial support for our sensory adapted performances- Virginia Repertory Theatre produces select performances to adapt to the needs of special needs children with autism and their families.
  3. Financial Support for the Tickets for Kids Program. Virginia Rep is dedicated to donating 10% of tickets to at-risk children through local agencies such as St. Joseph's Villa, The YWCA of Richmond, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Help us continue this service by donating to Tickets for Kids!
  4. Volunteer ushers for performances at Barksdale Theatre at Willow Lawn, the November Theatre (formerly the Empire Theatre) and Hanover Tavern.
  5. Financial support of our FIELD project- The FIELD project is designed to increase “reading readiness” among low income preschoolers, produced in partnership with Family Lifeline, Project ExCELL, Richmond Public Libraries, and Smart Beginnings.



Theatre IV was founded in 1975 as a local touring theatre company by University of Richmond graduates and friends, Bruce Miller (current Artistic Director) and Phil Whiteway (current Managing Director). Barksdale Theatre emerged from humble beginnings in 1953, when six actors, two children, a dog and two pigs moved into a historic ruin called Hanover Tavern to found the region’s first professional theatre and the nation’s first dinner theatre.

Both Theatres reached great successes individually. Theatre IV grew into the second largest touring company for young adults and the largest in-school touring company in the country, reaching over 500,000 children and families nationally. Barksdale restored the historic Hanover Tavern (eventually handing over the reigns to the Hanover Tavern Foundation) and became the first Virginia Theatre to open its doors to integrated audiences. 

In 2001, Barksdale entered into a unique management agreement with Theatre IV. Though continuing to maintain separate programming, Barksdale came under the leadership of Bruce Miller, Artistic Director, and Phil Whiteway, Managing Director, sharing administrative, artistic, and production staff with Theatre IV. Barksdale and Theatre IV have been working in this partnership since July 2001. Together we have expanded Barksdale’s legacy as Central Virginia’s leading professional theatre; enhanced Theatre IV’s nationally acclaimed work with children, families and schools; created and sustained hundreds of full- and part-time jobs; and brought tens of thousands of audience members into downtown Richmond each year. According to an independent economic impact study from 2008, our combined programming annually adds over $23 million to the Virginia economy--a number larger than any other independent arts organization in Central Virginia.

On July 1, 2012, Barksdale and Theatre IV will merge into one nonprofit organization. Our new name will be Virginia Repertory Theatre, or Virginia Rep. Our fun and educational work with younger audiences will trade as Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre of Virginia. We believe that our new brands will more accurately reflect our leadership position and our statewide reach.

The merger and name change are the results of years of rigorous planning, an external development analysis, and a professional branding study. We are thrilled to unite our nonprofit companies, forming one of the largest performing arts organizations in the Commonwealth--a peer of the Richmond Symphony, Richmond Ballet and Virginia Opera. The merger will allow us to better serve our patrons. It is in sync with national best practices and creates a sustainable nonprofit model. Most importantly, Virginia Repertory Theatre will continue all the programming you have come to love from Barksdale and Theatre IV.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Tri-cities Region
Richmond, City
Chesterfield County
Colonial Heights, City
Dinwiddie County
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Hopewell, City
Petersburg, City
Powhatan County
Prince George County
Sussex County
Charles City County
Gloucester County
King and Queen County
Lancaster County
Louisa County
Mathews County
Middlesex County
New Kent County
Northumberland County
Hampton Roads
Northern Neck
Northern Virginia
Shenandoah Valley
Southside Virginia
Southwest Virginia
In addition, Virginia Rep performs in every school district in the Commonwealth of Virginia, 32 other states east of the Rocky Mountains and the District of Columbia.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Carol Anne Love Jennison
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term July 2016 to June 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
William Carter SunTrust Bank
Mrs. Jewel Caven Community Volunteer
Laura Lee Chandler Community Volunteer
Mr. Dan Cornell Altria
Mary Butler Eggleston Hopkins Properties, LLC
Mary Claiborne Frediani Engel & Volkers
Mr. Jeffrey Galanti Riverstone Properties
Jeffrey Gallagher Virginia Bio
Mr. Thomas S. Gay BMG Metals
Mrs. Lynn C. Greer BrownGreer
Dr. Monroe E. Harris Jr.Drs. Niamtu, Alexander, Keeney, Harris, Metzger & Dyman, P.C.
Cal Love Jennison Community Volunteer
M. Addison Jones Jr.The Supply Room Companies
Ken Lemelin PricewaterhouseCoopers
Mary Linhart Prime Source Designs
Mrs. Carmella Maurizi Community Volunteer
Ms. Suzanne Wishnack Morris Community Volunteer
Carter Reid Dominion
Ms. Amanda Thornabene Dominion
Martha Vannoy Community Volunteer
Mrs. Adrienne Whitaker Virginia Home for Boys and Girls
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 25
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 13
Female 16
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 25
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Philip J Whiteway III
Co-CEO Mr. Nathaniel Shaw
Term Start July 2016
Senior Staff
Susan Davenport Director of Marketing
Ms. Ruth Garrett Controller
Bruce Rennie Technical Director
Eric Williams Director of Tour Operations
Full Time Staff 46
Part Time Staff 32
Volunteers 393
Contractors 326
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 10
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Latin Ballet of Virginia
Prevent Child Abuse Virginia 
Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Social Work
Virginia Department of Education
Virginia Department of Social Services
Richmond CenterStage
Child Protective Services
Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce2010
Virginia Network of Nonprofit Organizations2010
Governors Award for the ArtsOffice of the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia2008
Outstanding Child Advocate AwardGovernor's Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect2008
Shining Star AwardDominion ArtStars2012

Each year, the touring division of Virginia Rep, called Theatre IV on Tour, brings 15-20 touring titles to over half a million students and educators in elementary, middle and high schools and venues in Virginia (over 100,000 in Greater Richmond), 32 additional states and the District of Columbia. All of our touring productions align with mandated Standards of Learning and our prevention programs address critical child health and social issues.

Budget $695,250.00
This includes:
Signature Season. Virginia Rep offers a five-show series for Central Virginia adult audiences primarily at Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre (formerly the Empire Theatre) in downtown Richmond.
 Hanover Season. This four-show “pops” series, known as the Barksdale Season at Hanover Tavern, is made up of familiar comedies and musicals and is presented at the historic home of the former Barksdale Theatre, Hanover Tavern in Hanover County.
Children’s Theatre of Virginia Season.This is our five-showmain stage theatre season of plays and musicals for children age 3 and up and their families, presented primarily at the Shops at Willow Lawn in Richmond’s West End.
Budget $425,000.00

Created in 1983 in partnership with the Virginia Department of Social Services (DSS) and Prevent Child Abuse Virginia (PCAV), Hugs and Kisses is a personal body safety program for Virginia elementary students in grades K-5. The program has been seen by 1.3 million children since its inception and teaches the difference between good touch, bad touch and secret touch. The program gives students the tools they need to keep bad and secret touching out of their life, and for children who are being abused, it gives them a safe mechanism to disclose the abuse and receive help.

Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Budget $272,000.00

Each year, Virginia Rep designates 10% of our tickets to this program that provides free tickets to less economically advantaged families; schools and centers that serve mentally, behaviorally and developmentally challenged children; children’s hospitals; transitional housing centers; and organizations that serve children with lifelong illnesses.

Budget $100,000.00

In partnership with the Latin Ballet of Virginia and Richmond CenterStage, Virginia provides this reading readiness program to pre-school children in cooperation with area public school systems.

Budget $75,000.00
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $4,592,000.00
Projected Expenses $4,554,000.00
Endowment Value $358,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$111,851$195,699$0
Individual Contributions$2,054,710$1,347,109$1,370,664
Investment Income, Net of Losses$5,271$2,796$9,958
Membership Dues------
Special Events$331,096$371,847$270,239
Revenue In-Kind$35,343$3,000--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$4,290,372$4,367,716$4,268,335
Administration Expense$427,599$553,168$426,367
Fundraising Expense$346,349$358,561$342,637
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.130.971.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%83%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue14%19%21%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$4,059,841$2,840,529$2,965,281
Current Assets$807,135$754,560$640,549
Long-Term Liabilities$1,160,706$671,806$690,094
Current Liabilities$1,080,245$1,014,897$956,571
Total Net Assets$1,818,890$1,153,826$1,318,616
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.750.740.67
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets29%24%23%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Dates Jan 2014 to Jan 2016
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 11/2015View
Foundation Comments
  • Theatre IV merged with Barksdale Theatre in 2012 to create Virginia Repertory Theatre.
  • Financial information for each organization before the merger is on the portrait.  Financial information after 2012 is for Virginia Repertory Theatre.
  • Financial information provided from audited financial statements.