We feel it is our obligation as a non-profit to be transparent about the way we spend and receive money. We run Kickshaw like a business with investors. It is our duty to report our financial performance and goals.
It is our mission to be fiscally responsible, therefore we selected our plays for our current season based on the funds we have available, rather that picking plays and hoping we can raise enough money. We are proud to say, our 2017-2018 season is funded!
Our total budget for the season is $41,277. If you have been involved in theatre in the past, you will understand how lean this budget is. We like to keep it that way. Our goal is to eventually have our own home, so every penny counts. Our viability is dependent on donor support.
Kickshaw supports Equity Actors
As you can see, 50% of our season's budget is for payroll. As an Equity theatre, we support our artists by providing a reasonable wage and benefits. This helps keep art alive and healthy in Ann Arbor. Please note that wages and benefits refers to people we employ in our productions. The Kickshaw staff are currently unpaid, volunteering their time and skills until Kickshaw increases their revenue. Kickshaw supporters are job creators!
For the 2018-19 season, we’ll be producing three shows. We’ll kick it off with our biggest show yet: Milvotchkee, Visconsin by Laura Jacqmin. After several public readings of Milvotchkee, which is the story of dementia told through the eyes of a woman living with it, we’ve received overwhelming enthusiasm about producing the play. And we want you to be a part of it.
A non-profit theatre is not able to produce plays on ticket revenue alone. A community of supporters is vital to keep the curtain going up for each play produced.
Our “Curtain Up” campaign, with a goal of $75,000, will enable us to go bigger and bolder than we ever have before for the 2018-19 season!
As we make progress on our fundraising, keep an eye on the rising curtain!