Long Wharf Theatre
222 Sargent Drive
New Haven CT 06511-5919
Contact Information
Address 222 Sargent Drive
New Haven, CT 06511-5919
Telephone (203) 787-4284 x
Fax 203-776-2287
E-mail development@longwharf.org
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Long Wharf Theatre
Mission

Long Wharf Theatre’s mission is to create exceptional theatre that delights and provokes audiences and artists alike into better understanding themselves, one another, and our world.

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1965
Organization's type of tax exempt status Exempt-Other
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jacob G. Padron
Board Chair Ms. Laura Pappano
Board Chair Company Affiliation Journalist and Author
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission

Long Wharf Theatre’s mission is to create exceptional theatre that delights and provokes audiences and artists alike into better understanding themselves, one another, and our world.

Background

Long Wharf Theatre was founded on July 4, 1965 by Jon Jory and Harlan Kleiman, two recent graduates of nearby Yale University to provide artistic excellence and community service through the work that was presented on stage while growing and improving our integration into the community over time. Named for the Long Wharf port along New Haven Harbor, our theatre was built in a vacant warehouse space in a food terminal with seats borrowed from a retired movie house. With a budget of $294,000, more than 30,000 Greater New Haven community members attended our first season, demonstrating the demand for professional theatre outside of New York City. Under the watch of Arvin Brown and Edgar Rosenblum for 30 years, Long Wharf Theatre became an important force in the regional theatre movement, establishing a national presence through Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional transfers of our productions. Over five decades, we have experienced tremendous recognition—the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, box office record-breaking productions of new plays—as well as artistically ambitious work that inspired reflection and discourse among the residents of the Greater New Haven community.


Now in our 55th season, Long Wharf Theatre is a recognized leader in the American theatre, known for its development of new plays as well as the revitalization of classic and modern works for a contemporary audience. We place our annual productions in context with the issues and interests of the Greater New Haven community through education, outreach, and engagement programs with students, educators, and community partners. Initiatives include our nationally-recognized collaboration with the New Haven Free Public Library, which engages residents of all New Haven neighborhoods in the life of Long Wharf and the Library, and dozens of in-school residencies in Greater New Haven public schools. Original, devised work created through community partnerships connect, collaborate with, and empower marginalized voices. Presentations from year-long programs are combined to create the New Haven Play Project, a weekend-long festival that builds empathy and understanding among our City's residents each June.

Impact

Over 55 years, Long Wharf Theatre has built a large body of work that has become a part of the national theatre ecology and built the careers of artists who have become important practitioners. One in seven Long Wharf productions has gone on to a future life in New York or at another regional theatre, and nearly 40 of our shows have transferred to Broadway or Off-Broadway. Of our many world premieres, three received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In 2015, we received the 50 Years of Achievement in Theatre from the National Corporate Theatre Fund as well as the Major Award for Outstanding Contributions to New England Theatre, the highest honor from New England Theatre Conference. More than 54,000 people from across our State and throughout New England annually participate in Long Wharf’s productions, arts education, and community programs.

In an era of new leadership under the watchful eyes of Artistic Director Jacob G. Padrón and Managing Director Kit Ingui, we are a place where great storytelling and social justice joyfully collide—requiring artists, audiences, and Greater New Haven community members to be active participants in all that we do. We are engineering stories that represent an inclusive culture, in all of its complexities, that amplifies the voices of living playwrights while strengthening our historic place in the national dialogue. We plan to double down on our commitment to new work while broadening our collaborations with synergistic partners and discovering creative pathways to nurture the best new American voices for theatre. We are shifting from being a space with four cement walls to becoming a vibrant town square where a lively exchange of ideas is welcomed and pursued. Community is at the heart of our organization in a rigorous way—and we are building new ways to create an inclusive treasury of our neighbors' resilient and interconnected life experiences, activating justice, democracy, and transformation through storytelling.

Needs

1. General Operating Support, funding of all of Long Wharf's activities, including staff salaries, artist salaries and fees, commissioning and development of new plays by local and national playwrights, and the local purchase of production materials.

 
2. Investments in audience development, including additional staff to generate social and multimedia content, more programming to appeal to new audience segments, and increase personalized customer service initiatives for subscribers and donors.  
 
3. Expand education programs to serve more students and teachers; create a dedicated space for programming; and expand our Tickets and Travel Fund to ensure our Student Theatre Series is accessible to all students, regardless of financial capacity.
 
4. Expand community partnership programs, including innovative theatre-based partnerships with Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS), The Towers, and Connecticut Mental Health Center.
 
5. Facility improvements, including a much-needed renovation of our Stage II space, replacement of HVAC and electrical systems, and the addition of education classroom space. 
CEO Statement
It is my sincere pleasure to introduce myself as the new Artistic Director of Long Wharf Theatre and to share with you my vision for the future of this theatre which I am so honored to lead. During my first year on the job, I see this as a moment of great change and promise. I have started my journey by listening -- to the rhythm of how Long Wharf works, to the cadence of our civic leaders' vision for New Haven, and to the tempo of our institution's and our community's pressing concerns. Long Wharf Theatre can be a space where great stories and social justice joyfully collide, which requires artists, audiences, and our community to be active participants in order for a story to be complete. The work on our two stages can provoke challenging conversations, celebrate the full spectrum of the human experience, and build an inclusive culture -- at our theatre and in the community at large.
 
Long Wharf Theatre is deepening its community-based programming, bringing more of New Haven's stories into our theatre, ranging from our community's newest residents to our city's most revered elders. We are building a real dialogue within our community and schools, shifting the perception of Long Wharf Theatre from four walls into a public square where a lively exchange of ideas is welcomed and pursued. We are a home for lifelong learning. We are a place for imaginations to fully come alive. We want our fellow citizens to look at Long Wharf and say, "That's my theatre. That's where I see my stories."
 
Most importantly, you have been a champion of Long Wharf Theatre. You are essential to our success as we bring everyone to the table to create the architecture of the new American theatre. I hope you will be a part of this journey and join me in building Long Wharf Theatre's future. Your participation -- witnessing our plays on stage, celebrating your neighbors through their storytelling, and financially supporting our work -- is critical to our collective success tomorrow. Long Wharf Theatre is on a path to a boundary-breaking future, and I am extremely grateful to you for being an essential partner in this work.
 
Jacob G. Padrón, Artistic Director

Board Chair Statement

Long Wharf Theatre was born in 1965 amid the rise of the regional theatre movement. Created by community members driven to make theatre in New Haven, Long Wharf has earned a national reputation as a cultural force and a place where future stars on and off the stage being their careers--and often return to.

 
Our Theatre today by Artistic Director Jacob G. Padrón and Managing Director Kit Ingui. While Long Wharf Theatre began with the goal of producing and performing plays for local audiences, that role has evolved to reach more people in more ways.
 
Our Theatre now works with 5,000 students a year in classrooms, rehearsal halls, and theatre visits, including the August Wilson Monologue Competition in which students prepare and perform a brief scene for a panel of judges. Several New Haven students this year were national finalists. The Theatre also convenes residents in library branches for theatre-infused conversation and opportunities for them to share and perform their own stories (in English and Spanish). Long Wharf Theatre works with specific groups, including elders from The Towers, new immigrants and refugees at Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS), or those receiving support at Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC) to develop and then perform their own work in a finished production for a community audience.
 
Now, as we usher in a new era at Long Wharf Theatre, we are re-centering our work with a deepened commitment to how it began: As a community enterprise. Our Theatre has the chance to engage the most critical need of our time, which is to bring people together to speak, to listen, to get a little uncomfortable (or a bit delighted), and to walk away knowing something new.
 
Long Wharf Theatre has a national profile -- and Jacob has been identified as among the next generation of leaders in the American theatre. But above all, Long Wharf Theatre is local. It's not just that everything that you see on stage -- sets, props, costumes -- is built in New Haven by people who live here with materials purchased here. It also means that our Theatre is about YOU. Today, we are driving even more collaboration. How can we help more different people tell more stories? How can we together find meaning through shared experiences? How can we understand what it means to be an active and essential member in a community?
 
I am excited about this focus for Long Wharf Theatre. It has me thinking about our company as an organization committed to meaningful partnerships using theatre to build community, working with young people in schools and in our rehearsal halls, and, yes, creating great theatre for the stage.
 
Life is a performance. Please join us and let us join you. After all, one of the best things about living in New Haven is that we are in this community together. Thank you for your generous support of Long Wharf Theatre's legacy and our exciting future.

Laura Pappano, Chair, Board of Trustees 
 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Theater
Secondary Organization Category Education / Elementary & Secondary Schools
Areas Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
New Haven
Ansonia
Bethany
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Madison
Milford
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Shoreline
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
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Programs
Description

Our 55th season features five dynamic productions, welcoming new voices in our two theatres.

ON THE GROUNDS OF BELONGING, Ricardo Pérez González's world premiere play about a forbidden romance between two men at the height of 1950's Jim Crow Texas;

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, Kate Hamill's adaptation of Jane Austen's seminal novel;

Doug Wright's I AM MY OWN WIFE, the timeless Pulitzer Prize-winning play about survival and identity under the cloak of World War II Germany;

Lloyd Suh's THE CHINESE LADY, a new play inspired by the true story of our country's first female Chinese immigrant and her journey as a "side-show" through 19th-century America; and

THE GREAT LEAP, Lauren Yee's new play about basketball, foreign relations, and cultural barriers in 1980s Communist China.

Population Served Adults / Adolescents Only (13-19 years) /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

Our 2019-20 productions will be brought to life by the finest actors, directors, and designers in the field. Directors David Mendizábal (ON THE GROUNDS OF BELONGING), Jess McLeod (PRIDE AND PREJUDICE), Rebecca Martinez (I AM MY OWN WIFE), Ralph B. Peña (THE CHINESE LADY), and Madeline Sayet (THE GREAT LEAP) will make their Long Wharf Theatre debuts. Our productions regularly garner feature stories and rave reviews in local and national press, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, New Haven Independent, Arts Paper, The New Haven Register, and Hartford Courant, among other publications.

Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

We are dedicated to producing plays at the highest artistic level that tell the human story, stories that underscore and reinforce our commonality and reflect what it is like to be alive today. Our 55th season includes five productions with inclusive and compelling perspectives that inform our 21st-century existence. Each play serves as a springboard for meaningful and challenging discourse among Greater New Haven residents through in-theatre conversations, New Haven Free Public Library events, and our arts education programming. 

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

We utilize a number of criteria to determine the success of each season. First and foremost, we look to ensure that the creative artists engaged in each show found the development and production process to be nurturing and supportive of their artistry. Second, informal responses are gathered from audience reactions during the production and patron feedback during post-show conversations with Long Wharf staff and through e-mail surveys. Third, we evaluate the quantity and quality of critical response for each production. Fourth, we review the number of subscription and single tickets sold and compare it to our sales goals as well as sales at peer institutions as a quantitative measure of success. Finally, an in-house, post-production review of the entire production process allows staff members to discuss and learn from the accomplishments of, and obstacles in, each play of the season.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

Over the past five seasons, three of our productions have transferred to or enjoyed New York City engagements, including SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF (Oct./Nov. 2012; limited Off-Broadway run from Feb.-Jun. 2014); NAPOLI, BROOKLYN (world premiere, Feb./Mar. 2017; limited Off-Broadway run in June-Sep. 2017); and METEOR SHOWER (world premiere, Sept./Oct. 2016; limited Broadway run starring Amy Schumer in Nov. 2017 to Jan. 2018). Our 2014-15 season world premiere of THE SECOND MRS. WILSON had a highly successful transfer to New Jersey's George Street Playhouse in their 2015-16 season. During the same time period, Long Wharf productions and performers received 45 Connecticut Critics Circle Award nominations and four awards, including Outstanding Ensemble (METEOR SHOWER), Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (Judith Ivey, FIREFLIES), and Outstanding Solo Performance (Rachel Christopher, AN ILIAD).

Description

Long Wharf Theatre is an artistic home for generative artists to craft and refine their newest, boldest work. We foster collaborations among writers, directors, dramaturgs, designers, and performers that results in well-developed, thoughtful, and highly engaging productions. We commission new work from local and national artists. Playwrights currently under commission include Christopher Gabriel Nunez, the artist collective UNIVERSES (Steven Sapp and Mildred Ruiz-Sapp), and New Haven's Aaron Jafferis. We support their work through residencies, public and private readings, and workshops that respond to the individual needs of each project's creative team.

We regularly produce new work by living playwrights, offering them opportunities to premiere a new play or further explore their scripts. Premiere plays are often developed by Long Wharf through workshops or residencies prior to production, always with a professional cast and director. We also received a grant from HBO for the identification of new artists and playwrights.

Population Served Adults / Adolescents Only (13-19 years) /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. Recent new plays that were developed and/or produced by Long Wharf include the world premiere of Ricardo Perez Gonzalez's ON THE GROUNDS OF BELONGING; Steve Martin's METEOR SHOWER; Meghan Kennedy's NAPOLI, BROOKLYN; Samuel D. Hunter's LEWISTON; Joe DiPietro's THE SECOND MRS WILSON; Boo Killebrew's MILLER, MISSISSIPPI; Matthew Barber's FIREFLIES; and Jen Silverman's THE ROOMMATE. Over the past four years, we have also developed and presented public readings of 12 plays, including new work by Clare Barron, Christopher Chen, Janine Nabers, and Jonathan Payne; all but three of these plays have received world premiere productions at other theatres.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. We have a firmly established commitment to the living playwright. Over the past five seasons, 27 of our 30 subscription-series productions were written or adapted by living writers for the stage. Seven of these productions were world premieres or pre-publication productions, affording writers with opportunities to refine narratives before going to print. The imprimatur of being produced at Long Wharf Theatre helps emerging playwrights become noticed at other regional theatres, helping to bolster long-lasting careers in the field.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

Long Wharf looks to ensure that it provides a supportive, nurturing environment for each artist’s creative process, supporting them through each stage of a play’s development—from commission to workshop to full production. Second, audience responses are gathered through online surveys, observation of patron reactions during readings and performances, and feedback provided during anecdotal post-show conversations with Long Wharf staff. Third, we evaluate the quantity and quality of feature story coverage and reviews in print and online media. Fourth, we consider actual attendance compared to goal and similar types of plays in previous years for a quantitative measurement of success. Finally, an in-house, post-production review of the entire production process allows staff to discuss and learn from the accomplishments of, and obstacles in, producing a specific production.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

We have built a reputation among playwrights for providing a nurturing and responsive environment to develop and produce their new plays. We are close enough to New York City to attract world-class directors, designers, and performers to help bring their words to life—yet far enough away to give playwrights the space to experiment, explore, and imagine out of the limelight. We honor pre-existing relationships between playwrights and directors who have built trust and a shorthand that creates a fruitful working environment in the rehearsal room.

Our deep relationships with theatres across the country also lends itself to new opportunities for the playwrights we are commissioning, developing, and producing. One in 7 of our shows has enjoyed a future life at a nonprofit theatre, on Broadway, or Off-Broadway; many of these plays were premiered on our New Haven stage. This strengthens the national reputation of our theatre while creating new opportunities for production for our playwrights.

Description

STUDENT THEATRE SERIES incorporates Long Wharf productions into the curricula of middle and high school students with a Teacher Information Packet, free one-day residencies by our teaching artists, and $19 attendance at a Long Wharf production. Our teaching artists deliver day-, week-, and year-long IN-SCHOOL RESIDENCIES, customized to respond directly to educator and school administrator needs. With Yale Rep, we produce the AUGUST WILSON MONOLOGUE COMPETITION, including monologue selection and preparation of, as well as in-school curricular connections to, Wilson's ten plays about the 20th-century African American experience. Through auditions, two students are selected to represent the Greater New Haven community at the national event on Broadway. Finally, we provide theatre coursework at the Academic Theatre Lab on Audubon Street, a new private middle school in New Haven that connects a rigorous academic program to theatre to build STEAM skills.

Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Adults /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

Long Wharf’s school-based education programs help fill the gap left by budgetary constraints of local school districts while providing unique and engaging opportunities for learning to Greater New Haven students and educators. In-school residencies, which may last a week, a month, or an entire academic year, have been held for all grade levels at multiple sites and have fulfilled the arts programming needs of individual schools.

Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

Long Wharf Theatre’s arts education programs are often a student’s first connection with professional theatre and the role that dramatic literature plays in a well-rounded education. Students work with teaching artists skilled in integrating curricula with themes from dramatic literature; see performances by, and participate in post-show conversations with, professional actors; and gain exposure to a STEAM—Science, Technology, Engineering, the ARTS, and Math—based education. Our programming also builds critical soft skills among participating students, including how to be adaptable in new situations, how to effectively construct a narrative and engage an audience, and how to resolve conflict (a key element in dramatic literature).

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

Throughout the academic year, Long Wharf’s education department meets with teachers of participating classes to ensure that our school-based education programs meet their goals and enhance existing curricula. Educators also complete surveys that assess the effectiveness of the elements of classroom-based elements of the program. When appropriate, students may complete evaluations, which helps Long Wharf gauge the experience from multiple perspectives. Feedback is considered as our education program curricula are crafted for each season.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

Though Long Wharf’s education programs are available to schools and educators statewide, the majority of participants come from the Greater New Haven area. During the 2018-19 season, 71% (41) of schools and programs and 82% (3,610) of students and educators participating in our Student Theatre Series, August Wilson Monologue Competition, and In-School Residencies came from the 20 town/city area that CFGNH serves.

Description

We are deeply invested in the civic life of New Haven, seeking new ways to build an equitable, participatory, and creative democracy through the arts. Today, we produce community-based performance projects with Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS), Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC), and The Towers, culminating in the NEW HAVEN PLAY PROJECT on our stage each June. For the years to come, we are developing collaborations with local actors, activists, musicians, spoken word artists, and playwrights to identify how we can best leverage our resources to provide them with a dynamic public platform, taking a leadership role in developing the local creative ecology.

For our audiences, we offer a spectrum of free, joyful, and challenging conversations at our theatre and throughout the Elm City in New Haven Free Public Library (NHFPL) branches. NHFPL members may also "borrow" a pair of tickets to any of our mainstage shows, eliminating any financial barrier to participation.

Population Served Adults / Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

Our collaboration with NHFPL builds access and knowledge for New Haven residents through a nationally-recognized model of community engagement. New Haven residents meet our artists in their own neighborhoods, engage in challenging conversations about our plays through the lens of current events, and access our shows with free tickets borrowed from any Library branch.

The 2019 NEW HAVEN PLAY PROJECT featured original devised works of theatre by CMHC's Survivors of Society Rising, newcomers identified through our partnership with IRIS, and elders in residence at The Towers. This annual collaborative event amplifies the voices of New Haven residents, giving them the tools and opportunities to be seen and heard. Their cultural identities, life experiences, and religious beliefs become the foundation for building understanding and empathy among Greater New Haven residents through storytelling.

Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

We recognize that serving the community through theatre means more than attracting an audience to a show. We continue to increase our investment in strategic community programs that allow for the greatest mission-based impact possible. A significant portion of Long Wharf’s audience is comprised of lifelong learners—those whose lives are enriched by the continual pursuit of education through culture. Through engaging seminars led by scholars about the productions on stage, community-wide conversations through the Theatre’s partnership with NHFPL, and performance-based projects devised by community members, Long Wharf creates meaningful arts-based interactions that celebrate the diversity of our community and demonstrate the relevance of the performing arts to our daily lives.

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

Community program success is monitored by the number of individuals participating in each program and their level of engagement in each conversation or program. Long Wharf also monitors changes in the demographic composition and the geographic footprint of its audiences as a measurement of its effective reach in the community. For its collaboration with the New Haven Free Public Library, Long Wharf will review the quantity of materials borrowed from its micro-lending site, the use of borrowed tickets from the NHFPL’s five branches, and the attendance levels at the community-wide conversations. For NEW HAVEN PLAY PROJECT, we consider the sustained engagement of program participants, their active participation in conversations and lessons, and the completion of an original script for public presentation.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

In June 2019, NEWCOMER PLAY PROJECT, established through a partnership with IRIS, received a $223,500 three-year award from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. We are one of 15 projects selected for this national grantmaking program, intended to advance relationships and increase understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims in American communities.

Our partnerships with NHFPL and The Towers were featured in a case study commissioned by Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the American theatre, about best practices for audience and community engagement.

CEO/Executive Director
Mr. Jacob G. Padron
Term Start Feb 2019
Email jacob.padron@longwharf.org
Experience
Jacob G. Padrón began his life in the theatre with El Teatro Campesino in San Juan Bautista, California.
 
He is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Sol Project, a national theatre initiative that works in partnership with leading theatre companies to amplify the voices of Latinx playwrights and build artistic homes for artists of color in New York City and beyond. Under his leadership, The Sol Project cultivated a network of Off-Broadway and regional theatres committed to building a body of work by Latinx writers for the new American theatre. Since its launch, The Sol Project has championed five writers with new productions of their work: Hilary Bettis (Alligator), Martín Zimmerman (Seven Spots on the Sun), Luis Alfaro (Oedipus El Rey), Charise Castro Smith (El Huracán), and Noah Diaz in the 2020 production of Richard & Jane & Dick & Sally. The Sol Project also launched a new summer play festival, SolFest, in partnership with Pregones Theater/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater.
 
Padrón held senior-level artistic positions at regional theatres across the country. He was Senior Line Producer at The Public Theater where he worked on new plays, new musicals, Shakespeare in the Park, and Public Works. During his tenure at The Public, he supported new work by Tarell Alvin McCraney (Head of Passes), Suzan-Lori Parks (Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1, 2, and 3), Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub (Twelfth Night), among many others.
 
Padrón was formerly the Producer at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company where he oversaw artistic programming in the Garage, Steppenwolf's space for new work, new artists, and new audiences. From 2008 to 2011, he was an Associate Producer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where he was instrumental in producing all shows in the 11-play repertory.
 
Padrón was most recently on staff at WarnerMedia where he helped lead the company's philanthropy in theater and film. He is on faculty at Yale School of Drama where he teaches artistic producing in the graduate Theater Management program.
Co-CEO
Ms. Kit Ingui
Term Start July 2019
Email kit.ingui@longwharf.org
Experience

Kit Ingui joined Long Wharf Theatre as its Associate Managing Director in January 2017 and became Managing Director in September 2019. Prior to Long Wharf, Kit served as Associate General Manager for the Broadway producing and management firm Joey Parnes Productions (JPP). With JPP, Kit was the company manager for the Broadway productions of This Is Our Youth, the 2014 Tony Award-winning musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, and the 2013 Tony Award-winning play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Her other Broadway credits include End of the Rainbow, the 2009 Tony Award-winning revival of Hair, Equus starring Daniel Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths, Passing Strange, Butley starring Nathan Lane, Well, and the national tour of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? starring Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin. Kit also served in the producing offices of the 2006 to 2008 Tony Awards and the 2012 to 2014 Drama Desk Awards, and served as line producer for the 2015 and 2016 Drama Desk Awards. Prior to her work in commercial theatre, Kit worked in various production capacities at nonprofit theatres in New York, including Vineyard Theatre, Classic Stage Company, and Playwrights Horizons. She received her B.A. in Theatre Arts from Florida Southern College.

Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 28
Number of Part Time Staff 4
Number of Volunteers 288
Number of Contract Staff 64
Staff Retention Rate 87%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 32 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 32
Senior Staff
Title Artistic Director
Title Interim Managing Director
Title Director of Philanthropic Engagement
Title Director of Learning
Title Co-Director of Production
Title Artistic Producer
Title Co-Director of Technical Production
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Collaborations
Our education and community programs engage a myriad of Greater New Haven partners who help the Theatre achieve the greatest mission-based impact possible. Our education programs partner with nearly 60 elementary, middle, and high schools and community programs, 71% of which are in the Greater New Haven community. Our community engagement programs works with local organizations, including Yale China, New Haven Arts Council, New Haven Free Public Library, Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services, Yale Public Humanities, and New Haven Pride Center, among many others, to design and execute programming, including the NEW HAVEN PLAY PROJECT, special New Haven nights at Long Wharf, and production-related programming.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce2010
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Outstanding Regional TheatreTony Awards1978
Outstanding Actress in a Play, Nilaja Sun, "No Child..."Connecticut Critics Circle2010
Outstanding Actor in a Play, Coleman Domingo, "Coming Home"Connecticut Critics Circle2009
Outstanding Actress in a Musical, Jessie Mueller, "Carousel"Connecticut Critics Circle2008
Outstanding Director of a Play, Gordon Edelstein, "Uncle Vanya"Connecticut Critics Circle2007
Outstanding Production of a Play, "Under the Lintel"Connecticut Critics Circle2006
Outstanding Lighting Design, Jennifer Tipton, "A Moon for the Misbegotten"Connecticut Critics Circle2005
Outstanding Actor in a Play or Musical, Erick Lochtefeld, "February House"Connecticut Critics Circle2012
Outstanding Actor in a Play or Musical, Stanley Bahorek, "February House"Connecticut Critics Circle2012
Outstanding Actor in a Play or Musical, Ken Barnett, "February House"Connecticut Critics Circle2012
Outstanding Actor in a Play, Francesca Choy-Kee, "Agnes Under the Big Top"Connecticut Critics Circle2011
Oustanding Debut, Eshan Bay, "Agnes Under the Big Top"Connecticut Critics Circle2011
Outstanding Leading Actress in a Musical, Katie Rose Clarke, "The Last Five Years"Connecticut Critics Circle2014
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play, Steve Routman, "The Underpants"Connecticut Critics Circle2014
Outstanding Actor in a Play, J.D. Thompson, "Satchmo at the Waldorf"Connecticut Critics Circle2013
Outstanding Sound Design, Leah Gelpe, "January Joiner"Connecticut Critics Circle2013
Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play, "My Name is Asher Lev"Outer Critics Circle Award (New York)2013
Outstanding Actress in a Play, Keilly McQuail, "Bad Jews"Connecticut Critics Circle2015
Outstanding Ensemble, Cast of "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" (Tie)Connecticut Critics Circle2015
Major Award for Outstanding Contributions to New England TheatreNew England Theatre Conference2014
Regional Award for Outstanding Contributions to New England TheatreNew England Theatre Conference2000
50 Years of Achievement in Theatre AwardNational Corporate Theatre Fund2015
Best Professional TheatreCTNow.org's Best of New Haven Readers' Poll2014
Best Professional Theatre CompanyCTNow.org's Best of New Haven Readers' Poll2015
Outstanding Solo Performance, John Douglas Thompson, "Satchmo at the Waldorf" (Long Wharf Theatre, Producer)The Drama Desk Awards2014
Outstanding Actor in a Play, Rajesh Bose, “Disgraced”Connecticut Critics Circle Award2016
Outstanding Debut, Mohit Gautam, "Disgraced"Connecticut Critics Circle Award2016
Outstanding Actor in a Musical, Bobby Steggert, "My Paris"Connecticut Critics Circle Award2016
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, Mari Davi, "My Paris"Connecticut Critics Circle Award2016
Outstanding Costume Design, Paul Tazewell, "My Paris"Connecticut Critics Circle Award2016
Outstanding Ensemble, "Meteor Shower"Connecticut Critics Circle Award2017
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play, Judith Ivey, "Fireflies"Connecticut Critics Circle Award2018
Outstanding Solo Performance, Rachel Christopher, "An Iliad"Connecticut Critics Circle Award2019
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play, Leon Addison Brown, "Paradise Blue"Connecticut Critics Circle Award2019
Board Chair
Ms. Laura Pappano
Company Affiliation Journalist and Author
Term July 2019 to June 2021
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Nancy AlexanderOrganizational Development Consultant & Executive Coach, Lumenance Consulting, Inc.
William J. Aseltyne Esq.Senior Vice President Legal Services, General Counsel, and Chief of Staff, Yale New Haven Health System
Gail BrekkeVice President (Retired), LIN Television
Patricia F. Brett Ed.D.Public School Administrator (Retired)
Diane BrownSenior Branch Manager, Stetson Branch, New Haven Free Public Library
Linda CalarcoPresident Emeritus, Gesell Institute of Child Development
Jenny Carrillo Ph.D.Vice President, American Well
Belinda J. Chan M.D.Partner, Connecticut Medical Group; Assistant Clinical Professor, Yale School of Medicine
Deborah D. Desir M.D.Physician
Barbara FrankeCommunity Volunteer
Melanie A. GinterPsychotherapist and Management Consultant
Ruth GitlinManaging Director, Angelo, Gordon, & Co.
Beverly J. HodgsonArbitrator & Mediator
James D. HorwitzManaging Attorney, Koskoff, Koskoff and Bieder, PC
An-Ping HsiehAttorney
Eleanor R. HurwitzCommunity Volunteer
Kit InguiManaging Director, Long Wharf Theatre
Jacqueline R. KoralAssociate Vice President, Philanthropy, University of New Haven
Treneé McGeeCouncil Member, 7th District, West Haven City Council
Ruby MeltonDeputy General Counsel (Retired), Louis Dreyfus Highbridge Energy
Jerome H. MeyerArtist
Jacob G. PadrónArtistic Director, Long Wharf Theatre
Waring PartridgeEntrepreneur and Investor
Asha RangappaSenior Lecturer, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University; Legal and National Security Analyst, CNN
Babz Rawls IvyEditor-in-Chief, The Inner-City News
Pietrina L. SaxtonSenior Associate Director (Retired), Pfizer, Inc.; Community Volunteer
Deb SchafferCredit Executive (Retired), Bank of America; Community Volunteer
Anne SchenckHonorary Founder Trustee, Long Wharf Theatre; Community Volunteer
Anthony P. ScilliaRegional Managing Partner, Marcum LLP
Mark SimonPartner, Centerbrook Architects & Planners LLC
Patricia Doukas ZandyAssociate Secretary (Retired), Yale University
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 2
Caucasian 22
Hispanic/Latino 3
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 3 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 24
Unspecified 0
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Blanket Personal Property
Boiler and Machinery
Business Income
Commercial General Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Computer Equipment and Software
Crime Coverage
Directors and Officers Policy
Disability Insurance
Employee Benefits Liability
Employee Dishonesty
Employment Practices Liability
Extra Expense Insurance
Fine Arts and Collectibles
General Property Coverage
Inland Marine and Mobile Equipment
Life Insurance
Liquor Liability
Medical Health Insurance
Property in Transit and Off Premises
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Board Co-Chair
Mr. An-Ping Hseih
Company Affiliation Attorney
Term July 2019 to June 2021
Email ping.hsieh@hotmail.com
Standing Committees
Audit
Human Resources / Personnel
Board Governance
Building
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Finance
Executive
Finance
Building
Additional Boards: Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Robert AlvineChairman, Premier Subaru
Arvin BrownFormer Artistic Director, Long Wharf Theatre
Anne CalabresiCommunity Volunteer
William E. CurranCommunity Volunteer
Elwood B. DavisPresident, Northeast Financial Consultants, Inc.
Barbara DeBaptisteCommunity Volunteer
Charles D. EllisInvestment Consultant
Louise EndelCommunity Volunteer
Richard A. FergusonCommunity Volunteer
Sally GlickVice President and CFO, Coordinated Financial Resources; Administrator and Co-Founder, Chamber Insurance Trust
D. Terence JonesPartner, Wiggin & Dana
Charles C. KingsleyPartner, Wiggin & Dana; Past Board Chair, Long Wharf Theatre
Nicholas S. LamontCommunity Volunteer
John S. LapidesPresident, United Aluminum
Curly LieberCommunity Volunteer
Donald MarguliesPlaywright
Phyllis McGrathFounder & President, Philanthropy Management LLC
Sandy MillesCommunity Volunteer
Ginger MoreGeneral Partner (Retired), Oak Investment Partners
David I. NewtonPresident, Elm Advisors LLC
George O'Brien Jr.Attorney, Littler Mendelson PC
Barbara L. PearcePresident & CEO, Pearce Real Estate; Past Board Chair, Long Wharf Theatre
Mary PepeDirector of Human Resources, Town of Greenwich; Past Board Chair, Long Wharf Theatre
Karen PritzkerCommunity Volunteer
Robin SauerteigCommunity Volunteer
Michael SchafferManager, C.A. White
Carol SchreiberOrganizational Psychologist & Consultant
R. Sanford StoddardRealtor, H. Pearce Real Estate Company; Professional Jazz Pianist & Educator; Past Board Chair, Long Wharf Theatre
Leonardo H. SuzioPresident, York Hill Trap Rock Quarry Co.
Pamela TatgeExecutive Director, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Cheryl WiesenfeldIndependent Theatre Producer
A. Tappan WilderLiterary Executor, The Wilder Family LLC
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2019
Fiscal Year End June 30 2020
Projected Revenue $5,729,900.00
Projected Expenses $5,729,900.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 0%
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund No
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
NameYear
Long Wharf - State Charitable Solicitations Permit2020View
Long Wharf - State Charitable Solicitations Permit2019View
Long Wharf - State Charitable Solicitations Permit2018View
Long Wharf - State Charitable Solicitations Permit2017View
Long Wharf - State Charitable Solicitations Permit2016View
Long Wharf - State Charitable Solicitations Permit2015View
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$16,466,485$16,593,654$15,829,622
Current Assets$488,708$767,692$1,197,509
Long-Term Liabilities$2,625,775$1,605,775$241,000
Current Liabilities$1,372,941$1,201,067$1,181,936
Total Net Assets$12,467,769$13,786,812$14,406,686
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Shubert Foundation $200,000Seedlings Foundation $335,000Seedlings Foundation $275,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSeedlings Foundation $90,000The Shubert Foundation $200,000The Shubert Foundation $200,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountHarold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust $65,000Edgerton Foundation $72,000Dept. of Economic & Community Dev. $65,924
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
CEO Comments

Financially, like many arts organizations, Long Wharf Theatre continues to adapt to a changing world. Fixed costs continue to increase at a faster rate than revenue; competition for the attention and support of individual donors is fiercer than ever; and our State’s eroding corporate base provides fewer sponsorships, lower State tax revenues that leads to less arts funding, and fewer middle class jobs to provide patrons willing to spend $50 to attend live theatre. For our 2019 - 2020 season, we have reduced production sizes and staff levels, and remain very conscientious of our spending while adding revenue-building programming on stage, in schools, and in the community. As noted elsewhere in our profile, our strategic plan is focused on building revenues and new programs to increase participation at and engagement with Long Wharf.

Long Wharf has received $463,000 in state bond financing to begin planning for a capital campaign. Our objectives for the campaign will be threefold: invest in artistic and EDI initiatives to launch Jacob G. Padrón’s boundary-breaking vision of Long Wharf Theatre, to invest in Long Wharf’s facility needs, and to recapitalize the organization so that it is on sound financial footing.

Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address 222 Sargent Drive
New Haven, CT 065115919
Primary Phone 203 787-4284
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jacob G. Padron
Board Chair Ms. Laura Pappano
Board Chair Company Affiliation Journalist and Author

 

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