Mission: To make plays and tell stories that invite everyone to live more deeply and love more boldly.
About the Organization: Founded in Houston in 1978, Stages aims to "hold up a mirror to our community in order to crack open the question: What does it mean to be human?" Based on the belief that "theater transforms community," the organization is dedicated to nurturing emerging local artists and administrators and supporting a diverse, thriving arts community. Now the sixth largest nonprofit arts producer in Houston, the organization stages, on average, twelve productions a year, and in January 2020 opened The Gordy, a new three-theater, $35.4 million venue.
Current programs: Stages' educational programs include a discounted matinee series for students; performance and production internship programs for college students; and an annual summer Young Artists Conservatory featuring workshops and master classes in voice, acting, movement, playwriting, ensemble work, and makeup/costumes for middle and high school students. Thanks to the organization's community engagement initiatives, nearly 20 percent of its audiences during the 2019-20 season saw work free of charge, including free performances at the Miller Outdoor Theatre and as part of Sin Muros: A Latinx Theater Festival, a celebration of Latinx voices and stories reflecting the diverse communities in Texas.
With support from the Houston Endowment, the organization also provides anti-racism facilitation skills training for local arts advocates working to create social change and disrupt and dismantle systemic racism.
Funding: Stages is supported by individuals, foundations, corporations, government agencies, and program services and ticket revenue.