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South Coast Repertory, Inc.

 655 TOWN CENTER DR , PO Box 2197
 COSTA MESA , CA 92628
[P] (714) 708-5500
[F] --
[email protected]
Domenick Ietto
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Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 95-6122708 00000


Mission StatementMORE »

South Coast Repertory was founded in the belief that theatre is an art form with a unique power to illuminate the human experience. We commit ourselves to exploring the most urgent human and social issues of our time, and to merging literature, design, and performance in ways that test the bounds of theatre’s artistic possibilities. We undertake to advance the art of theatre in the service of our community, and aim to extend that service through educational, intercultural and outreach programs that harmonize with our artistic mission. 


Mission Statement

South Coast Repertory was founded in the belief that theatre is an art form with a unique power to illuminate the human experience. We commit ourselves to exploring the most urgent human and social issues of our time, and to merging literature, design, and performance in ways that test the bounds of theatre’s artistic possibilities. We undertake to advance the art of theatre in the service of our community, and aim to extend that service through educational, intercultural and outreach programs that harmonize with our artistic mission. 


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $10,895,000.00
Projected Revenue $10,895,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Neighborhood Conservatory
  • Theatre Access

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Mission Statement

South Coast Repertory was founded in the belief that theatre is an art form with a unique power to illuminate the human experience. We commit ourselves to exploring the most urgent human and social issues of our time, and to merging literature, design, and performance in ways that test the bounds of theatre’s artistic possibilities. We undertake to advance the art of theatre in the service of our community, and aim to extend that service through educational, intercultural and outreach programs that harmonize with our artistic mission. 


Background Statement

South Coast Repertory (SCR) was founded in 1964 at the dawn of the regional theatre movement by David Emmes and Martin Benson.  Currently led by Artistic Director David Ivers and Managing Director Paula Tomei, SCR has grown from its humble beginnings in a former marine hardware store into an internationally renowned, Tony Award-winning theatre with outstanding plays on three stages—the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage, and 94-seat Nicholas Studio.

For more than five decades, SCR has developed a distinguished repertory of classics, boundary-breaking plays and modern masterpieces. Named “One of America’s Top Five Regional Theatres” by TIME magazine, SCR is dedicated to a high standard of excellence and brings together the best actors, directors, designers and artists for each show, giving local theatergoers a premiere cultural experience that rivals New York, Chicago and London. At least one quarter of SCR’s 500 plus productions have been world-premieres with subsequent stagings nationwide and around the world.

Acclaimed for its extensive new-play development program, SCR has one of the nation’s largest play commissioning programs and is home to the Collaboration Laboratory, an integrated play-development platform that aids playwrights in creating new work. SCR’s annual Pacific Playwrights Festival attracts theatre professionals and local new play fans every spring. SCR has also championed the works of contemporary playwrights such as Richard Greenberg, Amy Freed, Octavio Solis, Julia Cho, Donald Margulies, Lauren Yee, Qui Nguyen, Craig Lucas and David Henry Hwang among others. 

SCR’s Theatre Conservatory offers year-round acting classes and training for all ages—from beginners to serious acting students preparing for careers in creative dramatics. Since 1968, SCR has offered a number of low- and no-cost education programs to make theatre accessible to more than 40,000 participants every year.


Impact Statement

For more than five decades, SCR has grown and evolved to become one of Orange County's premier performing arts amenities.  The theatre's impact as a cultural and educational resource in our community is well recognized in that we currently serve an annual audience of more than 145,000 patrons.

Each year, SCR enhances Orange County's cultural landscape by presenting a wide array of productions within a thirteen play season comprised of classics, ground-breaking new plays and modern masterpieces designed to reach audiences of all ages and backgrounds and meet the highest standards of artistic and literary excellence.  Our full spectrum of education and outreach programs, provided in collaboration with local schools, gives affordable access to performances and other theatre-related activities.  These programs, including Theatre for Young Audiences, Theatre Access, and Neighborhood Conservatory are instilling an enjoyment and appreciation of the performing arts in young people and helping to cultivate the next generation of theatre lovers in our community.  

Within its field, SCR is tremendously impactful in that it is internationally renowned as one of the leading platforms for the commissioning, development and presentation of new plays by both emerging and established playwrights.  Each year, these efforts culminate in the presentation of the Pacific Playwrights Festival, when theatre professionals from around the country come to Orange County to join local theatre fans in experiencing seven new plays over a single weekend.  

Needs Statement

A world-class regional theatre, SCR relies heavily on community involvement to: 1) Support at least 13 quality theatre productions each season. 2) Offer community education and engagement, regardless of age or socio-economic background 3) Provide free and discounted arts education programs for children and teens. 4) Support contemporary playwrights in development of new work. 5) Continue a tradition of excellence on stage and allow performances to be accessible to thousands of students and families every year through programs including Theatre Access, Theatre for Young Audiences and Neighborhood Conservatory, which allows underserved youth to enjoy and benefit from creative dramatics.

Approximately 33% of SCR’s budget is provided through charitable contributions, primarily from individuals and corporate and private foundation grants. Another 50-55% is provided by income from ticket sales, conservatory tuition, and concession sales. The balance is derived from endowment earnings.


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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Donations may be made online at, by check or credit card through our box office and by credit card over the phone. In-kind donations will also be considered. Volunteer ushers are needed for SCR's performances throughout the season, which runs from early September through early June. SCR presents13 productions each season, including three productions for families and an annual holiday presentation of "A Christmas Carol". 

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Performing Arts
  2. Education - Educational Services
  3. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Performing Arts



Theatre for Young Audiences

Founded in 2003, Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) is a series of three plays based on the finest and most enjoyable works from children’s literature. Each season, SCR welcomes approximately 10,000 Orange County elementary school children—primarily from Title One (low-income) schools—to enjoy free matinee performances. Qualifying underserved schools also receive bus subsidies to cover transportation costs. TYA shows have the same exacting standards of artistic excellence as our adult presentations, using many of the same professional actors, designers, and directors.

Budget  $1,500,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Children's Theater Programs
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

As the only professional youth-oriented theatre company in Orange County, TYA is an important resource for 28 local school districts, helping educators meet the Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards for the California Department of Education. TYA gives underserved students the chance to discover the magic of live professional theatre, many for the first time. We receive dozens of positive comments each season from educators, such as:“The theatre experience brings great insight, vocabulary, reference points, expanding imaginations, for overall success in reading, writing, social skills, oral development, etc. for so many students.”

Program Long-Term Success 

Over the past 16 years, SCR has served more than 150,000 students through Theatre for Young Audiences. The TYA plays on the Julianne Argyros Stage include such titles as: The Velveteen Rabbit, The Wind in the Willows, Charlotte’s Web, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business, and A Wrinkle in Time. Not only does SCR contribute to the breadth of children’s theatre by also commissioning the finest playwrights to develop new works, the theatre forges relationships with Orange County’s education community to ensure that the arts are part of early education. “Many students do not have opportunities to see performing arts. Thanks to organizations like yours, children in lower economic areas can also participate in the arts.”(Teacher, Westminster School District).

Program Success Monitored By 

SCR Associate Artistic Director John Glore provides TYA dramaturgy and literary leadership. Outreach to the schools is driven by SCR Conservatory and Educational Programs Director Hisa Takakuwa. In addition to internal evaluations, SCR’s Education and Outreach Committee—a volunteer group of Trustees, community leaders, and local educators—provides invaluable guidance. SCR collects quantitative and qualitative feedback including: number of schools, particularly those with Title One status who used bus subsidies; letters from teachers and students; teacher surveys; and subscriptions and single tickets sold for public performances.

Examples of Program Success 

At the end of each season, SCR asks teachers to complete a survey to rate the TYA experience on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being highest. Last season, 100% gave the program quality the highest rating; 91% said student reaction to the show was 5 (97% responded with 4 or 5); and 93% rated the educational materials a 4 or 5. Teachers also noted connections between the TYA experience and their students’ academic performance. In recent surveys, several saw improvement in vocabulary and writing skills. From their perspective, theatre trips encourage reading, aid in language development, and expand the bounds of the imagination.


Neighborhood Conservatory

Established in 1986, Neighborhood Conservatory is a free after-school workshop that gives at-risk youth the opportunity to practice creative dramatics with their peers. Held in local schools, the 10-week curriculum helps young people develop life skills while they learn basic theatre practices. Led by professional actor/educators, lessons focus on team building, observation skills, recognizing and understanding non-verbal expressions and language and physical awareness. Exceptional students are offered scholarships to SCR’s Theatre Conservatory classes held at the theatre.

Budget  $100,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theater Arts Instruction
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

Neighborhood Conservatory is offered annually to schools in low-income areas throughout Orange County. Groups of 15-20 students gather after school to enjoy an intensive schedule of lessons with one of SCR’s professional actor/educators. We aim to help them refine interpersonal skills while growing an aptitude for theatre. Each element of the program targets the exploration of specific traits through storytelling. Through basic creative dramatics (movement exercises and exploration, pantomime, improvised story dramatization and group improvisation), students learn to successfully interact with each other as they create non-verbal stories, short stories, and phrases with characterization, as well as theatre games. The workshop helps them develop qualities for daily use: teamwork, confidence, trust and familiarity with different cultural worlds. 

Program Long-Term Success 

Neighborhood Conservatory is growing in demand and the theatre is continually looking for ways to bring this important community outreach program to even more diverse youth in difficult circumstances. For more than 25 years, SCR has utilized the lessons and activities enjoyed by students in tuition-based classes at the Theatre Conservatory into the community for those who can’t afford acting classes. In recent years, SCR has partnered with NMUSD to bring the program to Title One elementary schools, where budget cuts have vastly eliminated the arts from the curriculum. Past workshops have taken place in underserved areas throughout Orange County, from Santa Ana to Garden Grove and San Juan Capistrano.  Neighborhood Conservatory workshops make theatre a regular part of life for youth, regardless of socio-economic background. SCR serves approximately 250 students per year through the program and offers scholarships to our onsite Theatre Conservatory to those identified by the instructors as especially engaged and promising.   


Program Success Monitored By 

SCR measures the success of Neighborhood Conservatory in the number of after-school workshops held each spring, the total of participating students, and scholarships awarded and accepted, and by detailed instructor evaluations made in collaboration with program staff.  By the end of the course, students demonstrations reveal the level to which they have learned to move freely in front of other students; speak with poise in front of peers; recreate action through pantomime; develop a character through exploration of voice and body; and being able to share stories in a dramatized form. 

Examples of Program Success 

SCR gives youth in some of Orange County’s most underserved neighborhood access to high quality instruction in their community. Tailored for K-12 schools, Neighborhood Conservatory brings arts education back into a school setting as a specialized extension of required academic studies, helping to fill the gap in California schools. Of participants, 90-100% are bilingual/Spanish.

Neighborood Conservatory students showing particular interest and promise are eligible to receive scholarships for a year of acting classes at SCR's Theatre Conservatory.  Dozens of scholarships have been awarded to students since the program's inception.


Theatre Access

Launched in 2006, Theatre Access is a special ticketing program that makes it possible for high school and college students to experience live professional theatre through free admission to an SCR play. Local educators and community service leaders—primarily in lower-income areas—bring groups to the theatre for a production that enhances their course of study. The program currently serves approximately 5,000 young people each year Demand continues to grow each year as teachers look for ways to provide cultural learning opportunities for their students.

Budget  $160,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theater Arts Instruction
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

Attending a live performance of a play at South Coast Repertory's theatre complex through Theatre Access can contextualize a course of study, putting a student in the unique position of being able to develop impressions of a character or story and then relate those impressions to current issues. Short-term success of the program is gauged by the degree to which students and teachers take advantage of accessing free tickets and the feedback we receive from them on their experiences.  

Program Long-Term Success 

SCR has become a leading provider of free tickets, allowing local students—primarily in lower income areas—to enjoy high quality cultural enrichment in their own community. Theatre Access gives students direct access to one of Orange County’s premier cultural organizations, and makes live theatre part of a well-rounded educational experience. The program makes theatre-going a part of formal education in an academically significant way at no cost to schools or participants, giving young adults the chance to discover the value of live theatre for themselves. This school-based theatre experience is an important stepping stone to regular attendance with family and friends and is also utilized by teachers back in the classroom through discussions and writings about themes and important teachable moments.

Program Success Monitored By 

In addition to tracking the number of classes participating in Theatre Access and students served, we distribute an online survey to teachers in an effort to gather stories about the program’s impact. Many teachers return to SCR with their students every year and incorporate the plays into lesson plans and other forms of classroom instruction. 

Examples of Program Success 

Theatre Access primarily serves high school and college classes as well as community groups from around Orange County participate every year. Nearly 70% of respondents said they have benefited from past and/or regular participation in the program. Asked why they participate, more than 90% said “it’s a free opportunity to give students  a quality cultural experience they might not otherwise have”; nearly the same number hoped the class trip will “encourage students to attend live theatre regularly.” Nearly 75% of teachers said that the plays subjects/themes supported classroom lesson plans.



CEO/Executive Director Ms. Paula Tomei
CEO Term Start 1979
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 70
Number of Part Time Staff 41
Number of Volunteers 380
Number of Contract Staff 143
Staff Retention Rate % 83%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

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Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
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Hispanic/Latino: --
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Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 4
Management Succession Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy --
Whistle Blower Policy --
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? --
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --

Government Licenses


CEO Comments

Foundation Comments



Board Chair Samuel Tang
Board Chair Company Affiliation TriGuard Management LLC
Board Chair Term Sept 2018 - Aug 2020
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Bette Aitken Community Leader Voting
Sarah J. Anderson Community Leader Voting
Leona Aronoff-Sadacca Aronoff Capital Voting
Martin Benson Founding Artistic Director, SCR Voting
Barbara Cline Community Leader Voting
Sophie Cripe Community Leader Voting
Rita Dailey Banc of California Voting
J. Steven Duncan Community Leader Voting
David Emmes Ph.D. Founding Artistic Director, SCR Voting
Carla Furuno BNY Mellon Wealth Management Voting
Pat Gantos KPMG LLP Voting
Adrian Griggs Pacific Life Insurance Voting
Michael Hards CTP Bank of America Voting
John Hueston Hueston Hennigan LLP Voting
David Ivers South Coast Repertory Voting
James Jacobs Jr. Captial Group Companies Voting
Mimi Justice Partner, Forensic & Dispute Services, Orange County, Deloitte Voting
Timothy Kay Partner, Snell & Wilmer, LLP Voting
Deirdre Kelly Chapman University Voting
Tracy Kirwan Community Leader Voting
William Klein Communty Leader Voting
Sarah McElroy Community Leader Voting
Deepak Nanda Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Voting
Tara Netherton U.S. Bank Voting
Talya Nevo-Hacohen Sabra Health Care REIT Voting
John Prichard CFA Co-Founder, Knightsbridge Asset Management, LLC Voting
Michael Ray Western Digital Corporation Voting
Deborah Sassoon Kaiser Permanente Voting
Susan Shieldkret-Dull Community Leader Voting
Alan Slutzky Merchant Capital Source Voting
Samuel Tang TriGuard Management LLC Voting
Barbara Tingley Community Leader Voting
Paula Tomei South Coast Repertory Voting
Bruce Wagner Union Bank Voting
William Weinberg Attorney, Weinberg Law Voting
Jon Wilcox California Republic Bank Voting
Dean Zipser Partner, KRUZ Keller Rackauckas Umberg Zipser, LLP Voting

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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 3
Caucasian: 33
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 1
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 17
Male: 20
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 9
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments


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Standing Committees



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2018 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Total Revenue $11,573,076 $9,897,327 $11,745,365
Total Expenses $11,872,659 $11,651,004 $11,518,347

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$3,219,974 $2,427,033 $3,294,125
Government Contributions $50,000 $53,000 $50,650
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $50,000 $53,000 $50,650
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $6,294,829 $5,837,748 $6,571,271
Investment Income, Net of Losses $1,577,919 $1,135,782 $1,345,799
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $325,226 $328,058 $415,304
Revenue In-Kind $105,128 $115,706 $68,216
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Program Expense $9,885,835 $9,635,664 $9,450,176
Administration Expense $1,084,194 $1,147,668 $1,148,952
Fundraising Expense $902,630 $867,672 $919,219
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.97 0.85 1.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses 83% 83% 82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 25% 31% 24%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Total Assets $70,892,519 $70,417,015 $68,729,455
Current Assets $11,579,202 $11,910,745 $14,631,034
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities $3,383,908 $3,469,982 $3,714,553
Total Net Assets $67,508,611 $66,947,033 $65,014,902

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 3.42 3.43 3.94

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value $45,126,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage(If selected) 5%
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? --
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CEO Comments

Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the audited financial statements and Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporate Contributions.


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