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Review for Silicon Valley Shakespeare, San Jose, CA, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

As and Actor and Director I have been directly involved in several of Shady Shakespeare's productions over the last 8 years. Also, as a Management professional I have always kept a keen eye on the workings of this companies organization and business practices. Shady Shakespeare's professionalism is evident in everything they do. Their commitment to the community and the idea of free access to the Arts is outstanding. As a patron and donor I am able to see first hand where my money and support has been going. This organization still has room to grow and continue to improve and they are always striving for this. They have done amazingly well in a tough economy. This speaks well for the people involved in their day-to-day operations. However, while their work with the general public is outstanding, they need to continue to analyze and improve their relationships with their volunteers, support base and their internal administration. They need to strengthen their strategic outlook on the business side of things. They are at that crossroads that many successful organizations reach when they grow. They need to transition from their "grassroots" beginnings into a more full fledged business model that can lead them onto further growth. This cannot happen overnight and they are making strides in that area. If they continue on this path there is no limit to how successful they can ultimately become.

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

in a number of productions I have personally been involved in and also as a patron and donor. The service they provide to the community is first class.

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

Continue with board development to coincide with organization transition to the next level. I would re-introduce the end of season surveys to gather feedback for improvement. I would be more open to constructive criticism.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their commitment to giving all people access to the Arts and theater.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

for the most part very committed to the ideals of the program. However, more work needs to be made to expand outreach in this area.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Its could expand mission a thousand fold. adding not only productions of affordable theater but create outreach programs for both the public and aspiring artists. It could provide opportunities for growth of the artistic community.

Ways to make it better...

the company would focus more on how it treats its visiting artists and volunteer. The first few years they would provide a survey at the end of a season to get feed back but they have discontinued this.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The economy and the evolution of its organization to meet the challenges of the future.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The staff and volunteers of this organization work extremely hard to provide a much needed service to the community. While they have challenges, if they apply this work ethic to them they cannot help but succeed.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & I am a Theatre Professional who has worked this organization and have been a patron of their activities.