A Broken Umbrella Theatre
PO Box 3285
New Haven CT 06515
Contact Information
Address PO Box 3285
New Haven, CT 06515-
Telephone (203) 868-0428 x
E-mail info@abrokenumbrella.org
Web and Social Media
Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Shubert Theater.
Mission
A Broken Umbrella Theatre is committed to enhancing the vitality of our community, supporting the creative growth of our ensemble, and presenting compelling theatrical events with a commitment to aesthetic rigor, that are inspired by the unique history of New Haven, Connecticut.
A Great OpportunityHelpThe nonprofit has used this field to provide information about a special campaign, project or event that they are raising funds for now.
Help us with our EXCHANGE project. We will tell the story of the first commercial telephone exchange, patented and put to work right here in New Haven. We need to raise $25,000 in order to collect and record stories about communication and exchange with the telephone as a touchstone and inspiration in the creation and production of a mobile theatrical experience for audiences all across New Haven. The story collection and exchange lasts from January 2017 - August 2017. The stories will become a part of our latest original work, EXCHANGE, that will be performed at City Wide Open Studios in Westville, the Armory, and Erector Square.
A Great Opportunity Ending Date 30 2017
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2009
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ian Alderman
Board Chair Ms Rachel Alderman
Board Chair Company Affiliation Hartford Stage
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission A Broken Umbrella Theatre is committed to enhancing the vitality of our community, supporting the creative growth of our ensemble, and presenting compelling theatrical events with a commitment to aesthetic rigor, that are inspired by the unique history of New Haven, Connecticut.
Background

Once upon a time, in Allentown, Penn., a group of creative theatre majors at Muhlenberg College formed the Uninvited Guests Comedy Troupe. They traveled up and down the east coast, making the people laugh.

A few years after graduating, the original band of brothers were clamoring for an opportunity to collaborate with other artists (and genders) beyond their improv and sketch comedy borders and decided to call their new venture A Broken Umbrella Theatre.

In August of 2002, in collaboration with Our Shoes Are Red: a theatre laboratory, they mounted a production of Waiting for Godot. The show was successful, but as it happens in life, the band went on hiatus as the members went in search of things like graduate school, paid acting gigs, marriage, and excellent surfing conditions in Hawaii.

The next chapter was just around the corner, however, and in 2008 the band got back together in New Haven, Connecticut.

Inspired by the history and the thriving arts community in their Westville neighborhood, the members of A Broken Umbrella Theatre took to Edgewood Park and started creating site-specific original work for audiences of all ages with amazing community partners.

The ensemble has grown, not only because members started having babies, but also because risk-taking theatre artists who live in the New Haven region have joined forces with the original band to take all of their skills, ideas, and dreams to the next level.

Productions inlcude: EXCHANGE (upcoming October 2017), Made of New Haven (2016), Scene Change (2015), Gilbert the Great (2014), Freewheelers (2013), The Library Project (2012), Head Over Wheels (2012), Play With Matches (2011), Vaudevillian (2010), IMarvel (2010), Thunderbolt (2009), Short Story by a Tree (2009).
Impact Over the past year we have successfully produced Made of New Haven, increased our fund-raising capacity, and worked with an Ensemble Theater consultant to streamline and strengthen our unique organizational structure. Looking forward we will produce our latest theatrical event, EXCHANGE. 
Needs A Broken Umbrella's top needs are money to continue to produce our work, volunteers to help at events and performances, Advisory Board recruitment, donated spaces to perform site-specific works, and in-kind donors of catering for events and sound and lighting equipment.
CEO Statement
We believe in New Haven! We celebrate New Haven! Our Greatest Small City in America has a unique and rich history that we want to share with our greater community with the goal to bring us all together with our shared stories and history.
 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Performing Arts
Secondary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Theater
Tertiary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Theater
Areas Served
New Haven
We are located in New Haven, CT
Programs
Description
An all-volunteer company, ABUT creates all original work based on stories and figures from New Haven's past and present to celebrate our great city. The places for the productions are in non-traditional spaces that are connected to the story being told. The spaces are rehabbed by the ensemble and then given back to their owner for increased use and rents.
Past works include (but not limited to):
Gilbert the Great (based on the life of AC Gilbert , performed at Erector Square)
Freewheelers (the rise of the bicycle was the demise of the corset, performed in the former Horowitz Bros. Dept Store warehouse)
Vaudevillian (about a notorious Westville murder, the first performance at what would become Lyric Hall)
Play With Matches (Ebeneezer Beecher and the Diamond Match Company, performed in the boiler room of 446A Blake St across from the site of the original Diamond Match Company) 
Population Served General/Unspecified / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program Comments
CEO Comments As an all-volunteer organization, having the time to complete tasks is our greatest challenge. We need funds not only to put the performances on, but to support our volunteer artists with childcare. Childcare is one of our biggest expenses but we feel strongly that we must be afford everyone the opportunity to create with us.
CEO/Executive Director
Ian Alderman
Term Start Jan 2009
Email ian@abrokenumbrella.org
Experience Ian Alderman Artistic Director
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 30
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 0%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Arts AwardArts Council of Greater New Haven2011
Board Chair
Ms Rachel Alderman
Company Affiliation Hartford Stage
Term Jan 2009 to Dec 2019
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Ian Alderman
Ryan Gardner
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 2
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2017
Projected Revenue $72,000.00
Projected Expenses $67,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Documents
Form 990s
Form 9902015
Form 9902014
Form 9902013
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$114,998$91,107$74,258
Administration Expense------
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.531.681.12
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$63,721$117,669$55,442
Current Assets$63,721$117,669$55,442
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$63,721$117,669$55,442
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation $10,000 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
Foundation Staff Comments

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Address PO Box 3285
New Haven, CT 06515
Primary Phone 203 868-0428
Contact Email info@abrokenumbrella.org
CEO/Executive Director Ian Alderman
Board Chair Ms Rachel Alderman
Board Chair Company Affiliation Hartford Stage

 

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