New Theatre Scholarship Guild
9229 Foster
Overland Park KS 66212
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 838-1599
Mission Statement

Organized exclusively  for charitable and educational purposes with the intent to extend and promote the dynamics of live theatre in the community through scholarships awarded to outstanding students studying in any discipline of theatre arts and to encourage a friendly working relationship with the cultural arts in both Kansas and Missouri.

CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Barbara Holzmark
Board Chair Mrs. Barbara Holzmark
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1994
Former Names
The New Theatre Guild
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement

Organized exclusively  for charitable and educational purposes with the intent to extend and promote the dynamics of live theatre in the community through scholarships awarded to outstanding students studying in any discipline of theatre arts and to encourage a friendly working relationship with the cultural arts in both Kansas and Missouri.

Background Statement
The New Theatre Scholarship Guild was formed in 1994 to promote and encourage the growth of live theatre in the Greater Kansas City area. In its early years, the Guild solicited grant proposals from live theatre organizations in the area and raised funds through member events.  The Guild, founded by Kansas City actress Dodie Brown, enjoys the support and encouragement of the New Theatre Restaurant of Overland Park, Kansas, and its owners, Dennis D. Hennessy and Richard Carrothers.
In 1999, the Guild made the decision to change its philanthropic focus to theatre arts scholarships. An endowment was created through the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, which now manages the Guild's endowment funds.
In late 1999, the New Theatre Restaurant, along with Mr. Carrothers and Mr. Hennessy, made a lead gift of $100,000 to the endowment. That gift was made in the memory of the late Dr. Patricia McIlrarh, founder of the Missouri Repertory Theatre, now named the Kansas City Repertory Theatre.
At the present time, the Guild has 15 named scholarships. Five at  UMKC; the Julia Boutross, the Virginia Kelly, the Michelle Bushman, and Dr. Patricia Mcllrath, and the Richard Carrothers and Dennis D. Hennessey Scholarships. Five at Kansas University: the Dodie Myers Brown, the Don Knotts, the Penny and Bill Gamm, the Jackie and Curtis and the Richard Carrothers and Dennis D. Hennessey Scholarships. Five at  the University of Central Missouri: the McDowell Family, the Arlene and Gary Krings, the Mary Wyram, the Richard Carrothers and Dennis D. Hennessey and the New Theatre Guild Scholarships.  
The Guild seeks area universities with outstanding theatre arts departments and works closely with the chairs of these departments in identifying highly qualified scholarship candidates. The candidates may be either undergraduate or graduate students, and scholarships have been awarded in both categories. The universities make the final choices on scholarship recipients. Currently, the Guild funds scholarships at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the University of Kansas and the University of Central Missouri. The New Theatre Guild is unique. It is the only organization of the 650 non-profit groups whose funds are managed by the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation that provides theatre arts scholarships at the university level.
Impact Statement
  • In 2017, The New Theatre Scholarship Guild awarded fifteen scholarships of $2,750.00 each to university level students in the Greater Kansas City area; five at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, five at the University of Central Missouri and five at Kansas University.  
  • In 2018, the Guild will add two named scholarships:  The Highlander and See Scholarship at the University of Central Missouri which will replace the New Theatre Scholarship Guild Scholarship and a 16th named scholarship Sanford L. Cohn Trust Scholarship  at Kansas State University. Granting this KSU scholarships  met one of our 2017 goals to add a scholarship to another Kansas University.
  • The Guild reached out to more  area high school theater department and invited their students of that department to attend the final dress rehearsals of professional theatre productions. 
  • The Guild enhanced its Facebook outreach. 
  • The Guild held a very successful Derby Day Gala on May 6, 2017 to raise money for student scholarships.
  • We have received our Reviewed Nonprofit Search Profile status, allowing the Guild to apply for grants through the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.
Top goals for 2018 are to increase both Guild membership and the scholarship awards program.  With increased funding, we hope to add named scholarships and the amount of the scholarships given can be increased. 
Needs Statement Our needs include: increased funding for theatre arts scholarships for currently receiving universities as well as additional theatre arts department programs, increased corporate sponsorship  in addition to future named endowments,  increased membership to expand participation in Guild programs, and  increased funding for hardware and software for the improvement of  the Guild's capacity and effectiveness of organizational policies and procedures.
Service Categories
Fund Raising & Fund Distribution
Areas of Service
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
The New Theatre Scholarship Guild is an all-volunteer organization. The Guild is governed by an executive committee and a board of directors. The Guild has no paid staff members. Of money received from dues and other income, 92 percent goes directly to the Community Foundation, which maintains the funds for the Guild, based on the recommendations of the Guild's Advisory Committee. The other 8 percent is spent for newsletters, postage, and Guild "Meet & Greet" evenings at The New Theatre Restaurant.
Of donations made to the Guild, 100 percent go directly into the scholarship fund. That fund right now is based on a 70 percent stock/30 percent fixed ratio. This fund, hopefully, will grow with the stock market and is currently worth over $770,000.00 By handling the fund in this manner, the Guild hopes to provide scholarships in perpetuity. 
The Community Foundation recommends that the Guild distribute scholarships based on 5 percent of the last three years' ending average. This year, the Guild has awarded fifteen $275.00.00 scholarships to three area universities (the University of Kansas, the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and the University of Central Missouri) with Guild Board approval was beyond the 5 percent.
These scholarships are given in named funds. A named fund occurs when a donor gives over $10,000. Currently the named funds are: Dodie Brown, Don Knotts, Richard Carrothers & Dennis D. Hennessy, the McDowell Family, Julia Boutress, Virginia Kelly, Patricia McIlrath, Michelle Bushman, Mary Wyram,  Penny and William Gamm,Arlene and Gary Krings and Jacqueline and Curt Stokes.  In 2018, the Highlander/See and the Sanford L. Cohn Trust scholarships will be added to the named scholarships.
The Guild never loses sight of the fact that the reason to exist is to raise money for theatrical students' scholarships.  The Guild has established a website at

Fifteen scholarships were awarded for the 2017-2018 school year each in the amount of $2,750.  Congratulations to the following outstanding theatre arts students: 

  • From KU: Victoria Kilkenny , Dodie Myers Brown Scholarship; Andrew Hafling, Don Knotts Scholarship;  Katie Sgroi ,  Richard Carrothers and Dennis D. Hennessy Scholarship; Nathan Bowman, Jacqueline and Curt Stokes Scholarship; Katelynn Schultz, Penny and William Gamm Scholarship
  • From UMKC: Khalif Gillett, Richard Carrothers and Dennis D. Hennessy: Jesus Rivera, Dr. Patricia McLlrath Scholarship: Ellen Hayek, The Virginia Kelley Scholarship; Maddie Rowe, The Julia Boutross Scholarship: Chelsea Kinser , The Michelle Bushman Scholarship.
  • From UCM Grant Lesher, McDowell Family Scholarship; Lexi Poindexter,  Mary Wyram Scholarship; Oliver Herron, Richard Carrothers and Dennis D. Hennessy Scholarship; Leah Eggimann, New Theatre Guild Scholarship; Jacquelyn Price, Arlene and Gary Krings Scholarship

To remember or honor a family member or friend, make your check payable to the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation with The New Theatre Scholarship Guild on the memo line.  Mail it to:

The New Theatre Scholarship Guild
9229 Foster, Overland Park, KS 66212
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theater
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success The locally funded scholarship program will enhance the relationship between university theatre departments and professional theatre organizations in our community.
Long-Term Success Greater Kansas City enjoys a reputation for outstanding live theatre.  Our ultimate goal is to award scholarships to students who have a high likelihood of success in their chosen theatre arts fields, and who will help ensure even greater growth of quality theatre in the area.
Program Success Monitored By Annually the Guild's scholarship committee meets with each of the participating universities to review the institutions' theatre arts programs and accomplishments.
Examples of Program Success Scholarship students are invited to the Guild's Annual Scholarship Celebration, Meet & Greet the Stars and/or fundraising events to tell how the scholarship has benefited their education.
Description Members of the Guild and their guests are given the opportunity to attend New Theatre Restaurant dress rehearsals for $7. The amount for a member's guest is $12. All money goes into the Guild scholarship fund.
Category Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other Fundraising
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success This program introduces guests to the benefits of Guild membership, and to its primary mission: to provide scholarships to students who have a high likelihood of success in their chosen theatre arts field.
Long-Term Success This program is unusual in the Kansas City area. It offers a different, additional way to attend theatre performances, attracts those who are new to theatre-going as well as avid patrons, and will result in stronger support for live theatre in the community.
Program Success Monitored By Attendance at the dress rehearsal previews continues to increase.
Examples of Program Success Some guests have joined the Guild as a result of attending the dress rehearsals. Contributions have grown to become the third largest source of funding for scholarships.
Description Prior to the opening night of each New Theatre Restaurant production, Guild members and their guests are invited to meet with the director and cast members, who give the history, dramaturgy and directing footnotes of the play.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Celebratory Events
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success This program attracts some visitors who end up becoming members, and serves to retain existing members, thus increasing total membership and potential for funding support.
Long-Term Success Show briefings provide a better understanding and a greater appreciation of what it takes to assemble a first- class production. These "behind the scenes" experiences help build audiences not only at the New Theatre Restaurant, but at theatre arts performances in other venues. The more you know, the more you want to go.
Program Success Monitored By Continuous feedback from those attending has resulted in changes over the years.
Examples of Program Success Show briefings, now named Meet & Greet the Stars, are one of the earliest activities established by the Guild.   These programs are free to members and guests and are filled to capacity.   Dates and times of the meetings are published in the Guild newletter, "In the Wings".
The scholarships are awarded during the Guild's annual "Scholarship Award Celebration" meeting in March. Students and their sponsors attend, along with the members of the Guild, giving members a chance to meet the scholarship winners. The students showcase their talent by short performances or displays of set, lighting or costume design.  Volunteer Guild members act as liaison hosts to each of the three universities of KU, UMKC and UCM.
The Guild's scholarship students are pictured and profiled in the Guild newsletter, "IN THE WINGS." If former scholarship winners work in a local or national theatre production, that also appears in the newsletter or on the website so members can follow the student's accomplishments. Often the Guild receives letters from students who say they would not be able to continue their education without having received the scholarship.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Celebratory Events
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success The Guild will increase the amount given in scholarships for the year 2017-2018. 
Long-Term Success
  • The Guild will consistently maintain the number and amount of scholarships given each year. 
  • The Guild will increase the amount given in scholarships each year. 
Program Success Monitored By The scholarship committee of the Guild informs board and general membership of the number and amount given each year. The committee informs the board and general membership of messages from the schools and students who receive scholarships.
Examples of Program Success
Those students who received scholarship for the 2016-2017 school year had displays of his/her work in the lobby for viewing and discussing with those attending. Students who had received scholarship performed and thanked the Guild for the scholarship. 
The annual Kentucky Derby Day benefit was held May 6, 2017 at Ritz Charles, 9000 West 137th Street, Overland Park, KS. Highlights were Dixieland band music, a seated dinner, a hat contest, a silent auction, the "Run for the Roses" Derby Race and entertainment by students from the KU Theatre department.  This was our major fund raising event with 125 guests in attendance.
  • In August 2017, KC Actors donated the revenue from a special performance directed by Dennis Hennessy to the guild. 
  •  All proceeds from these benefits were added to the Guild's scholarship fund.    
Program Budget $5,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Celebratory Events
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success
  • Held another successful Kentucky Derby Party with its silent auction on May 6, 2017 with 125 individuals attending.
  • Continued having the Dress Rehearsals (fund-raising event) attendance increase to add funds to the scholarship fund.
Long-Term Success
  • Continue the Dress Rehearsals (Fund-raising) with a increase of 15% of those attending.
  • Continue two successful fund-raising events each year with an increase of 10% of those attending. 
Program Success Monitored By The committee signed to each fund-raising event must report to the board the results if the event with the number in attendance and the amount raised by the event. The board decides if the event is successful in raising funds to be added to the scholarship fund. The general membership is informed of the activities of the committees in the Guild's New Letter and at the annual meeting each March.
Examples of Program Success
  • Attendance at the Dress Rehearsals (Fundraising) increased by 10%.
  • The Guild held its 5th annual Kentucky Derby Party with attendance increasing and the amount of funds raised to add to the Guild's scholarship fund. 
  • Added Named Scholarships at KU, UCM and KSU
  • Added more high school theatre department students to attend dress rehearsals.
CEO Comments
We are facing the challenges that all philanthropic organizations are experiencing.  Since the downturn in the economy and still with some improvement,  donors are reluctant to give freely.  Unfortunately, by the same token, students are in greater need of financial aid.  Our endeavor is to maintain our scholarship award level, if not to increase it when we are able to do so.  We are planning smaller fundraising events during the year, in addition to the major benefit, to encourage maximum participation. 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs. Barbara Holzmark
Term Start Mar 2016
Experience President served as membership committee chair for three years.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 25
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Barbara Holzmark
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Mar 2016 to Mar 2018
Board Members
Mrs. Dodie Brown Community Volunteer
Mr. Jim Coleman Community Volunteer
Ms Joyce Devine Community Volunteer
Mrs. Caryn Hastings
Mrs. Barbara Holzmark Hideway at Ozark Hills, Community Volunteer
Mr. Jim Holzmark
Mrs. Judy Horn
Mrs. Sue Houdek Community Volunteer
Mr. Jim Johnson
Ms. Linda Khan Guardian Life Insurance
Mrs. Arlene Krings Fairway Designs
Mr Gary Krings
Mrs. Margot Matteson
MR. Seth McClintock
Mrs. Jeanne McDowell Community Volunteer
Mrs. Sharon Pearce Community Volunteer
Mrs. Wendy Pitts Community Volunteer
Mr. Karl Roscoe Community Volunteer
Ms. Janis Rovick Community Volunteer
Ms Lora Smith
Mrs. Jackie Stokes
Mr. Bob Wise
Mr. John Wittenborn
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 23
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 15
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 96%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 72%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
CEO Comments
We are blessed to have people who chair committees, serve as board members, make phone calls,  show our community support by leading tours and serving as hosts at the Symphony Designer's Showcase held by the Junior Women's Symphony Alliance, helping with the Shakespeare festival, The Vanderslice Committee, Saint Luke's Midwest Ear Institute, Fireside Committee fundraising plan activities, Leawood Stage Company, work on the yearly benefit, attend dress rehearsals and Meet & Greet evenings, write the newsletter, work on the website, keep contact with KU, UMKC, UCM and their students, and work closely with the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, all for the purpose of providing scholarships.
The time, talent and financial contributions of our board members, who work without any compensation and without any paid staff support, as well as the volunteer support of many other members of The New Theatre Scholarship Guild, is greatly appreciated as we continue to support education for future theatre professionals.
Fiscal Year Start Mar 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Feb 28, 2018
Projected Revenue $66,050
Projected Expenses $10,550
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 2/28/2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported from IRS Form 990. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include individual contributions.
  • For FYE 2/28/2014, total expense amount does not match total on Part IX line 25 of IRS Form 990. There is an addition error on the return. Total expense amount on profile is correct.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$0$0$37,955
Administration Expense$24,419$10,319$16,580
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.054.492.89
Program Expense/Total Expenses0%0%70%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue--0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$655,643$742,258$663,738
Current Assets$7,346$13,629$13,339
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$655,643$742,258$663,738
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments
Our annual fiscal checkup shows The New Theatre Scholarship Guild is in its best financial health ever. Our total fund has increased from $300,000 in FY 06/07 to over $750,000 at the end of FY2017 thanks to our fund-raising efforts and the growth of our investments managed by the GKCCF.
Looking at the current fiscal year, more growth is expected. Income from the Derby Day, our major benefit, shows strong signs of increasing.  Other income sources, dress rehearsal attendee contributions, our membership dues and smaller benefit events, are at all-time highs.  All of this has been accomplished by non-paid dedicated volunteers.
Organization Name New Theatre Scholarship Guild
Address 9229 Foster
Overland Park, KS 66212
Primary Phone (816) 838-1599
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Barbara Holzmark
Board Chair Mrs. Barbara Holzmark
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Year of Incorporation 1994
Former Names
The New Theatre Guild