Square Foot Theatre Company
950 Yale Avenue
Units 26-27
Wallingford CT 06492
Contact Information
Address 950 Yale Avenue
Units 26-27
Wallingford, CT 06492-
Telephone (203) 793-7383 x
Fax 0-0
E-mail squarefoottheatre@gmail.com
Web and Social Media
Mission

The Square Foot Theatre is a center for the performing arts that provides opportunities for community participation in theatre performances that educate. enrich and entertain by: 

  • producing a broad range of musical theatre presentations of the highest quality.
  • providing hands-on learning experience in all aspects of theatre production.
  • creating opportunities for local children and adults to develop their talents in a cooperative setting.

 

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2013
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Jared Andrew Brown
Board Chair Susan Lampropoulos
Board Chair Company Affiliation Former Theatre Marketing Director
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission

The Square Foot Theatre is a center for the performing arts that provides opportunities for community participation in theatre performances that educate. enrich and entertain by: 

  • producing a broad range of musical theatre presentations of the highest quality.
  • providing hands-on learning experience in all aspects of theatre production.
  • creating opportunities for local children and adults to develop their talents in a cooperative setting.

 

Background

 The Square Foot Theatre Company was founded in 2010, by Jared Andrew Brown (Artistic Director) and Patrick Laffin (Technical Director), who have been performing nearly their entire lives. Their goal was to bring professional quality musical theatre to the public at a reasonable price and provide a creative outlet to educate and entertain people through the arts.

They were able to make this dream a reality with the support of headlining sponsor, The Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, which provides grants for the rights and royalties for our productions.
 
 To date, we have produced over 50 productions. Over 950 different actors grace our stages and over 25,000 people have sat in our audiences.
Impact
The Square Foot Theatre is a place where children and adults can come and be themselves in a nurturing environment; a place that anyone can come and see a professional musical at a reasonable cost! Our company is made up of all walks of life. All of these “square feet” make us who we are and what we stand for - a true community theatre in every sense of the word - community." 

As a local theater company, the Square Foot Theatre draws both audience and performers from the surrounding towns. The company currently serves approximately 2,500, drawing people from both local towns and as far away as 50 miles.

In July 2014, we moved into our new venue at 950 Yale Avenue in Wallingford - introducing our new intimate BYO theatre experience, allowing patrons to sit cabaret style and bring in food and drink of their choice.  The Square Foot Theatre Company is currently producing it's 10th season!
 
Needs

Equipment: In order to maximize space in our BYO venue, we need to purchase a modular stage system. $7,500

Computer System Upgrade: Our lighting and box office computers are in need of upgrades. $2,500
 
In addition, we are committed to keeping ticket prices affordable for all, and to bringing in professional talent to mentor community-based performers. 
CEO Statement

In a time where the economy is at an all time record low, and the arts being constantly cut from educational programs, I am overwhelming aware of what my mission is – to create an arts programs that remains active in the community! In the Spring of 2007, I started a production company. Quick Change Productions was formed, offering a venue for local artists to have their voices heard. Through the past couple of years we have bounced around from Middle School to High School Auditorium, from gyms, to local store fronts – never gaining permanency or consistency in a place that we can call our “forever home.

In December 2010, The Square Foot Theatre came to be. Running a theatre has always been a dream of mine, and my parents have always told me to dream big – and I continue to do so. After years of planning, and setting a board of directors, we officially became a not-for-profit theatre company in 2013.

With almost 50 productions under our belt, an amazing headlining sponsor that allows us to follow our dreams while at the same time enabling us to enrich others with their outreach programs, we could not be happier to be on this journey.

Although we may have temporarily performed our past shows in middle school auditoriums, pool clubs, retail storefronts and synagogue social halls; one thing remained permanent - our endless love and devotion to our craft, and a passion and drive to create an atmosphere that nurtures as well as inspires everyone that walks through our doors.

Looking back at all of these bumps in the road, I could not be more proud of this company and its bright future. Those obstacles were turned into blessings and new opportunities, and we have been rewarded with a space we can finally call ours. As celebrate our 10th Season, I am excited to continue sharing great work; producing shows that ignite a spark in our actors as well as our patrons. SFT is a testament to dreams coming true. I can only hope our extended theatre family never gives up on theirs.

Board Chair Statement

2015 was an incredibly successful year for The Square Foot Theatre Company.

After 9 years of performing in temporary locations, we were able to settle into and introduce our very own, brand-new BYO venue.

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our talented artistic team, Jared Andrew Brown and Patrick Laffin, audiences were treated to high quality theatrical productions. As positive word-of-mouth spread, ticket sales increased to their highest level ever with both high audience retention rates and new ticket buyers coming in greater numbers.

Behind the scenes we achieved many feats as well:

  • With the help of The Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, The Square Foot Theatre expanded its educational outreach programs, now bringing the live theatre experience into 5 schools. We have 3 full programs at Amity Middle School Orange, Amity Middle School Bethany, and St. Martin De Porres Academy. Jared is also the Director of the Theatre Program at Bear Path Elementary School in Hamden and is in his 6th year as resident choreographer for North Haven High School's musical. Patrick teaches workshops at St. Mary's-St. Michaels School. All at no cost to the schools served.
  • Thanks to our inaugural participation in The Great Give last May, we were able to purchase our own lighting and sound equipment. This means a great deal to us because the money we save on rental fees can now be used toward overall operating costs, allowing us to offer an extended schedule. This enables our actors and audience members to enjoy more than one weekend of shows for each production.

             Look forward to The Great Give 2016, and to the future, we have exciting plans on the horizon. In Fall 2016, SFT will celebrate its 10th season, which promises to be our best one yet! We will revisit some of our favorite shows from the past, as well as surprise audiences with our own interpretations of shows we have yet to take on.

             This year, we also introduced our new Arts Collective, which will aid in our mission to create opportunities for children and adults to develop their talents in a cooperative setting through a hands-on learning experience.

    I hope you will join me in being a part of the continued growth of SFT.

    If you haven’t yet seen a show, we look forward to welcoming you. If you choose to support us with a donation, your support in any amount will have a big impact - every dollar raised helps to keep the spectacular momentum going.

    By supporting our work in 2015, donors helped us achieve our hottest year ever. Let’s really light the Connecticut Theatre scene on fire in 2016 by helping SFT have its biggest year yet!

             Sincerely,

             Susan Aronson Lampropoulos

     
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Theater
Secondary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Arts Education
Areas Served
State wide
Ansonia
Bethany
Branford
Cheshire
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Shoreline
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
Other
The Square Foot Theatre Company is home to actors and patrons from across the state.
Programs
Description An instructional and educational based program bringing professional directors, choreographers, and artists to young performers from ages 5 to 18. The Square Foot Theatre usually produces 2 Children's shows per year.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy 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. Some productions from this series have included: Legally Blonde, Jr., Hairspray, Jr., Little Mermaid, Jr., Annie, Jr.,
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. This program has allowed children’s to learn and grow in a safe environment. Children who started in this program during SFT's inception in 2010 have grown up through this program and have now moved onto our adult series.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

"My daughter is so very honored and proud to be apart of the SFT Family and she has learned so very much from the production staff and the older more seasoned actors that she gets to work with. She has developed so many wonderful qualities such as self confidence, public speaking and being a team player.” – SFT Parent

"SFT gives so many young people opportunities to build confidence and fall in love with musical theatre" -SFT Parent
 
"Children need a place to feel safe to grow and develop and Square Foot Theatre is it! -SFT Patron 
 
Description

One of the truly special and unique opportunities we offer every year is the chance for youngsters to work with experienced adults in our summer production. This allows children of all ages the opportunity to develop mentor relationships in a peer setting. Many of our young performers come to overcome shyness and other social difficulties - working with adults in a peer setting helps them to conquer their difficulties by learning to work and play shoulder-to-shoulder with people who, in the outside would, would be in positions of authority. In addition, working with a mixed cast prepares interested actors the ability to go on to professional opportunities with confidence and ease.

Population Served Adults / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Adults
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy 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.

Some productions from this series have included: Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid, and Les Miserables

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

"I was a part of SFT’s productions of Les Miserables. This show reminded me of why I love theater. Regardless of the age ranges of the cast and experience level I walked into rehearsal each and every day and learned something. I learned something about the art, about a new experience, and about myself, not only as an actor but also as a person. What more can you ask for in a community theater?" - SFT Actor

"Community theater is just that: community. We come together to learn, grow and develop into better human beings. Our hands-on work with many of these individuals was both enlightening and enriching to us all. Additional private rehearsals, one-on-one character development and emotional break-throughs with many of these young actors were only a component of the process, albeit a significant one. I had the honor of watching so many of these kids start out as awkward, nervous (and for some, first-time) performers grow into confident actors — who now have a desire to continue performing and understand firsthand what it means to be in an ensemble — and have a theater family.


We come together to do so much more than sew costumes and sing. We build sets, sew costumes and put in countless hours of rehearsal. We also mentor each other, lend shoulders to cry on and encourage each other to step out of our comfort zone and take chances. And from that we build a family." -Marissa Gandelman, Guest Director

 
Description

Offering a venue for local talent ages 15 and up, we have produced over 10 full-scale adult productions.

Population Served Adults / /
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.

With our production of RENT the Musical, we donated a quarter of the proceeds to Broadway Cares, Equity Fights AIDS. The Square Foot Theatre also presented the Connecticut Community Theatre premier of LEGALLY BLONDE The Musical in June 2012.

This past September, we were thrilled to welcome Mike Backes, a member of the acclaimed group, The Broadway Boys, as a guest director for our production of RENT.

Some productions from this series have included: Footloose, Little Shop of Horrors, Anything Goes, A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, 9 to 5 and RENT.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
"SFT allowed me a chance to perform after many years away from the stage" - Heather Bazinet, Adult SFT Actor
 
"I am externally grateful that some of my biggest challenges, accomplishments and friendships all came from this amazing place" -Tina Valente
 
"I found my passion, I found my family, I found my best friends, and most importantly, I found myself' -Joey Mulvey
 
(Tina Valente and Joey Mulvey are both examples of actors who began in our children's series and now performs in our adult productions).
Description

The Square Foot Theatre Arts Collective was established in February 2016 to further our mission to create opportunities for children and adults to develop their talent in a cooperative setting through a hands-on learning experience.

The Square Foot Theatre Company is not only committed to our professional stage productions, but we are also dedicated to excellent programming behind the scenes.

The Arts Collective embodies the theatre education that we have been offering in the community through our school outreach programs and allows us to implement them in our own environment as well.

Classes offered range from private lessons in voice, acting, and dance to group classes such as tap, musical theatre, acting, tech theatre, and much more!
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
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
"The Square Foot Theatre has helped me discover who I am and continues to do so with every encounter" - Joey Abate, Long-Time SFT Actor
 
"SFT has given my daughter, and so many other children and adults, a place to be themselves while doing what they love - SFT Patron, Parent and Board Member
Program Comments
CEO Comments
Since moving into our new venue, our number of new patrons has increased by 60%, as well as an increased audience retention rate.
 
This season our subscriber base saw an 250% increase. 
CEO/Executive Director
Jared Andrew Brown
Term Start June 2010
Email squarefoottheatre@gmail.com
Experience
Jared co-founded The Square Foot Theatre Company in 2010 and has since served as its Artistic Director. Together with his partner Patrick Laffin, Jared has developed the theatre’s outreach programs, bringing quality theatre into local schools. Most recently, they developed a new theatre initiative at both Amity Middle School’s in Bethany and Orange. Jared is in his 6th year as Resident Choreographer for North Haven High School and is the Director of the Theatre Program at Bear Path Elementary School in Hamden. With over 30 years of experience in the performing arts, Jared received his BFA in Music Theatre from The Hartt School, where he has also choreographed. Favorite acting roles include: Younger Brother - Ragtime, Billy Flynn - Chicago, Billy Lawlor - 42nd Street, Billy Crocker - Anything Goes. After ending an 11 year journey as owner of The Jared Andrew Studio for the Performing Arts, Mr. Brown’s continues to teach vocal and acting lessons, his students have gone on to join the casts of MARY POPPINS on Broadway, the national tour of ANNIE, as well as appear in nationally broadcast commercials. Jared also serves as the Executive Director for Miss Connecticut Outstanding Teen.
Co-CEO
Term Start June 2010
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 125
Number of Contract Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Collaborations
The Square Foot Theatre Company is sponsored in part by The Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation.
 
The Square Foot Theatre Company has also currently working with Amity Regional District #5, providing an after school music theatre program to Amity Middle School Orange and Amity Middle School Bethany.
Comments
CEO Comments
Board Chair
Susan Lampropoulos
Company Affiliation Former Theatre Marketing Director
Term Sept 2015 to Aug 2017
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Sandra Abate Owner-Operator, Luigi's Apizza
Michael Benedetti Owner/Insurance Agent, Benedetti Insurance Group
Stephanie Bregman Special Education Teacher, Regional School District 15
Tobi-Ann Brown Retired Teacher
Jared Andrew Brown Executive & Artistic Director, Square Foot Theatre Company
Patrick Laffin Director of Education & Technical Director, Square Foot Theatre Company
Sandra Mascia
Lisa Rebeschi Chairperson, Department of Nursing, Southern Connecticut State University
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Sept 01 2016
Fiscal Year End Aug 31 2017
Projected Revenue $225,000.00
Projected Expenses $223,000.00
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Documents
Form 990s
990 20152015
990 20142014
990 20132013
IRS Letter of Exemption
SFT Determination Letter
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$85,150$75,204$23,009
Administration Expense$3,849$15,111$15,474
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.231.171.10
Program Expense/Total Expenses96%83%60%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$40,271$16,475--
Current Assets$40,271$16,475--
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$3,600----
Total Net Assets$36,671$16,475--
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --The Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation $7,310
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities11.19----
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%--
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
Foundation Staff Comments

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Address 950 Yale Avenue
Units 26-27
Wallingford, CT 06492
Primary Phone 203 793-7383
CEO/Executive Director Jared Andrew Brown
Board Chair Susan Lampropoulos
Board Chair Company Affiliation Former Theatre Marketing Director

 

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