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Ocean State Theatre Company Inc

Rating: 2 stars   4 reviews 1,387


1245 Jefferson Blvd Warwick RI 02886 USA


The purpose set forth by Ocean State Theatre Company, Inc. is to preserve and pass on the tradition of live, professional, theatre - including the American Musical - and to pursue avenues of enrichment and education for the benefit of the state of Rhode Island and the surrounding region through the theatre arts


We have reached 80% of our Annual Campaign goal

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 1 stars  

This non-profit has been deceiving donors about their relationship with the owner of the property known as Theatre by the Sea in Matunuck, RI. Based on the sharp decline in their donations recently it is clear that donors are finally realizing that their support of the organization known as OSTC (Ocean State Theatre Company) is not what they thought. Donors are interested in supporting the building AND the current producer at the Theatre by the Sea, Bill Hanney.

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Rating: 1 stars  

This organization is not disclosing their relationship with the owner of the property known as "Theatre by the Sea" to their donors. Donors think they are supporting the continuance of this theatre institution and grounds but in reality they are supporting a producing team that has a short term lease with the property owner. Not one dollar of these donations can ensure the continuation of this theatre because the non-profit known as "Ocean State Theatre Company" does NOT own the building or grounds that people have known over the years as Theatre by the Sea.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working as an employee, making contributions, attending productions over the last 30+ years

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Remove the paid staff from the board and hold them accountable to a board that would review their performance.

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1 previous review
Rating: 2 stars  

This non-profit has some problems with it's organization. The two most senior paid staff are serving as President and Vice President of the Board. They voted to increase their our salaries dispite the fact that the organization took in less money in the previous year.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I worked for the organization as their first Director of Development

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Reorganize the Board

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Rating: 4 stars  

As clarification and correction to previous comment, the referenced staff members are Board members, per the orgainization's bylaws. Under their employment contract terms, they were entitled to pay increases. In fact, both individuals offered to forgo these increases. They recused themselves while the remainder of the Board considered, and declined, their offer. As all Board meeting minutes reflect, any Board member who might have a conflict of interest in a particular topic, recuses him or herself for the related discussions.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I am a patron, donor, supporter and Treasurer of teh Board.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue the ongoing processes of expanding and enhancing the Board while refining and increasing the fundraising efforts.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

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How did you learn about this organization?

It has been a regional icon for many generations.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Producing Broadway-quality theatre to reinforce and increase the appreciation and support of the theatre for/from the people in the region.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Develop fundraising to establish an endowment that will ensure the future of the theatre.

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