Mission, Vision & Values

Help A Red Orchid Theatre capture the guiding principles of the organization in a compelling and concise way with new or updated key messaging.
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Project Details

What We Need
  • Review of existing mission, vision and/or values
  • Analysis of the existing programs and any future plans
  • Strategic consultation surrounding the existing functions and the core needs the Organization seeks to address
  • Freshly written mission, vision & values statements
What We Have In Place
  • We currently have a case for support from 2018, which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have metrics and reporting for FY19 and FY20, and the ability to provide any other information you need.
How This Will Help
This project will save us $7,248 , allowing us to re-invest these dollars in our artists and artistic programs, which are at the core of everything we do.

A Red Orchid Theatre has experienced tremendous growth over the last five years. As we look ahead to the future, we have identified a need to approach our development program more strategically. Developing a strong case for support that not only amplifies our history of artistic and fiscal success, but also imagines creative possibilities for our future, will be critical as we further develop our annual and major gifts programs.

Project Plan

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Prep: Distribution of Prep Materials
  • Volunteer Manager provides the Professional with existing mission, vision and/or values, as well as annual reports and other relevant background materials
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Milestone 1: Information Gathering & Outline
  • Professional and Volunteer Manager connect to discuss prep materials, the current vision, and future plans
  • Professional creates an outline for the mission, vision & values and incorporates any feedback from the Volunteer Manager
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Milestone 2: First Draft
  • Professional shares the first draft
  • Volunteer Manager provides feedback which the Professional incorporates
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Milestone 3: Final Draft
  • Professional delivers finalized, copy-edited version to the Volunteer Manager
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About The Org

Posted by
Dana T.

Director of Development

Our Mission

A Red Orchid Theatre is an ensemble of artists dedicated to the proliferation of live theatre in the modern world. We believe that theatre is the greatest sustenance for the human spirit and approach our work with a palpable sense of social compassion, aesthetic rigor, and honesty. By presenting new plays from all over the world and by reviving insightful works from the past that bear new relevance today, we aim to seek out and build new audiences for the modern stage.

What We Do

A Red Orchid Theatre is distinguished by our talented Ensemble and a reputation for pushing the boundaries of live theatre within our intimate, 70-seat house. Since its founding in 1993, the art produced on stage and the collaborative spirit of our Ensemble of actors, directors, writers, and designers have remained pivotal in shaping the organization. Each season we typically mount three plays whose design, staging, and direction are skillfully crafted and immersive and entertain more than 7,000 patrons annually. Of our 80 productions to date, more than half have been world, U.S., or Chicago premieres. This work has been recognized with 49 Jeff nominations and 11 JEFF Awards, and our Ensemble artists have been recognized with some of the highest honors in theatre.

As one of Chicago's leading storefront theatre companies, A Red Orchid is known for our fearless approach to performance and design in the service of intimate stories. Our thought-provoking work often questions what it means to be human, asking our audiences to confront sometimes uncomfortable truths with compassion for the characters, themselves, and others. With rigorous inquiry, we deliver productions that deeply connect, ignite passion, and inspire reflection by holding a mirror to life. We dare ourselves to deliver timely, provocative, and powerful productions that take audiences to places others can't or won't.

The size of our theatre allows our patrons to experience their impact on a remarkably personal, uncommonly intimate scale. Live performance assumes a different power in a space like ours--a house where eye contact is made and human connection can carry directly from stage. The proximity of the audience to actors allows our productions to hold tension and bring viewers not just to the edge of our set and their seats, but into a truly transformative experience.

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