Better Business Bureau Report for
Theatre Under The Stars, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued January 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires January 2015

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Theatre Under The Stars, Inc.
Address: 800 Bagby St, Suite 200
  Houston, TX 77002-2525
Phone: 713-558-2600
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1968, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Theatre Under The Stars is a Houston based non-profit institution dedicated to enriching life through the experience of quality musical theatre and positively impacting lives beyond the stage through innovative education & community outreach initiatives.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Theatre Under The Stars, Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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In 1968, Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) was born, the dream of legendary Frank Young, whose vision and energy set in motion a non-profit theatre company. During the 2012-2013 Season, September to June, TUTS performed 9 musicals with a total attendance of 163.000, at Hobby Center for the Performing Arts and Miller Outdoor Theatre. TUTS held 92 musical theatre classes with total estimated enrollment of 825 and produced 5 musical productions with a total attendance of 24,100. TUTS advances the cause of arts in our world, joining the voices of teachers and scholars who recognize the arts are vital to young people’s success in school and in life. As art dollars evaporate in schools’ budgets, it is the duty of arts organization such as TUTS to play a role in bringing theatre into the lives of our children. Therefore, TUTS is always on the outlook for outreach opportunities to add new programs and events that contribute to the betterment of the community. Each year, TUTS reaches more than 64,000 children with our Education and Outreach programs, which include The Humphreys School of Musical Theatre, ACT@TUTS, Tommy Tune Awards, Beyond the Stage, YMCA Camps, KIPP Academy, Student Matinees, Musicals for Young Audiences, M.D. Anderson Children’s Cancer Center, Texas Children’s Hospital, and many more.

For the fiscal year ended August 31, 2013, Theatre Under The Stars, Inc.'s program expenses were:

Total Program Expenses: $
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Chief Executive : John C. Breckenridge, President & CEO

Chair of the Board: C. Gregory Harper, Chairperson
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Enbridge Energy; Executive Vice President & President, Gas Pipelines and Processing

Board Size: 92

Paid Staff Size: 45

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements
Fund raising costs were 28% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $4,090,743, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on Theatre Under The Stars, Inc.'s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Other (interest income, etc.) 10,929,899
Public Support 2,501,309
Special Events 927,426
Government sources 662,008
Total Income $15,020,642


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 77%  Fund Raising: 8%  Administrative: 15% 

Total income $15,020,642
Program expenses $11,842,769
Fund raising expenses 1,146,188
Administrative expenses 2,254,314
Total expenses $15,243,271
Expenses in Excess of Income (222,629)
Beginning net assets 7,182,027
Ending net assets 6,959,398
Total liabilities 6,530,559
Total assets $13,489,957

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The BBB has processed no customer complaints on this charity in its three year reporting period.

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