Mesner Puppet Theater
1006 E. Linwood Boulevard
Kansas City MO 64109-1840
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 756-3500
Fax 816- 756-3045
Mission Statement
Mesner Puppet Theater is a professional nonprofit puppet theater located in Kansas City, Missouri. Our mission is “Innovative storytelling that inspires communities.” We create theatrical experiences for young children that encourage a sense of community and create a place to explore feelings, thoughts, and ideas through artistic means.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mrs Meghann Henry
Board Chair Mr. Darin Shreves
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lathrop Gage
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1987
Former Names
Paul Mesner Puppets
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer

Monetary Donations: To donate, visit our website and click Donate. You are also welcome to send a check or donate over the phone. We also encourage in-kind donations.

Corporate or Business Sponsorships: All Mesner Puppet Productions are available for sponsorship. Please contact info@mesnerpuppets.org.

Volunteer: From ticket-takers to ushers to stagehands, volunteers who give their time are very important to us. Whether you help once a year with the Nativity or come by the Studio for each show, you can be a huge help. For more information on volunteering, call (816) 756-3500, or email info@mesnerpuppets.org.

Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement Mesner Puppet Theater is a professional nonprofit puppet theater located in Kansas City, Missouri. Our mission is “Innovative storytelling that inspires communities.” We create theatrical experiences for young children that encourage a sense of community and create a place to explore feelings, thoughts, and ideas through artistic means.
Background Statement

This is an exciting time in the life of Mesner Puppet Theater. Founded in 1987 as Paul Mesner Puppets, we have been a beloved part of growing up in Kansas City for over thirty years. Following our founder’s retirement in 2016, the theater is now experiencing a rebirth under the direction of a new, young creative team. These artists are creating exciting programming and initiating innovative collaborations for a new era. In 2018, more than 20,000 people attended productions as part of our local season or touring performances, both local and national. As always, many children in our audience are attending a live performance for the first time. Our rapidly expanding education programs include workshops and camps for children of all ages that teach about puppetry and about essential life lessons. Accessibility is at the heart of our mission, and each year our community ticket program gives away 10% of our seats to nearby organizations that serve low income or disadvantaged children. Last year this amounted to 1,300 free tickets.

Mesner Puppet Theater is one of the few professional theaters in the country devoted solely to puppetry. We regularly collaborate with local and national artists, musicians, designers, and crafts people to produce puppets from a variety of styles, including finger puppets, rod and stick puppets, marionettes, shadow puppets, and larger-than-life-sized puppets worn by performers. We believe wholeheartedly in the intelligence of our young audiences. Our goal is to provide innovative storytelling that inspires communities.

Impact Statement
2017-18 Accomplishments
  • Mesner Puppet Theater’s thirtieth anniversary season served local audiences of 8,449, a 26% increase over the previous year. Attendance was at a three-year high, increasing with each production. Season finale Go, Dog. Go! played to audiences of over two thousand people.

  • Mesner Puppet Theater expanded education activities, offering 48 workshops and camps for children of all ages, from preschoolers to teens. Enrollments grew by 23%.

  • Mesner Puppet Theater added Erika Lynnette Baker to their artistic staff. Erika brings youthful energy, passion and ideas to the company, and is skilled at creating harmonious partnerships between people and organizations. The presence of a second full-time artist increases the company’s capacity, enabling them to conduct two performances simultaneously.

2018-19 Goals
  • Continue the momentum and increase audience numbers by leveraging partnerships, like this fall’s production of The Little Prince, a co-production with the Planetarium at Union Station.

  • Expand donor base and increase individual and corporate giving.

  • Expand program offerings to run workshops and camps in satellite locations.

  • Increase touring revenue.
Needs Statement Mesner Puppet Theater is looking for board members with experience in finance, fundraising, marketing, and board development.
Service Categories
Theater
Arts Education
Areas of Service
National
MO
KS
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
CO
CT
IA
MI
MN
NY
OK
NE
AZ
MA
WY
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
KS - Lawrence
KY
Geographic Area Served Narrative In addition to performing locally in Kansas City, Missouri, each year Mesner Puppet Theater also visits libraries, schools, and arts centers throughout the U.S. to perform puppet shows.  During the 2017-2018 Performance Season (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018), we performed in Minneapolis, MN; Sag Harbor, NY; Brookline, MA; Detroit, MI and more.  76 performances = 5,336 happy kids.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
I am proud to serve as Board President at a critical time in the Mesner Puppet Theater’s 30+-year history, when founder Paul Mesner has just retired and artistic director Mike Horner is leading his first season of performances, tours, and workshops. This transition presents challenges and opportunities, but I am confident the Board will rise to meet them for three main reasons.

First, the Board is engaged. The Theater has a small and lean staff, so the Board is very much a “working” Board. Members assist with administration (e.g., interviewing prospective employees and performers), performances (e.g., identifying performance and touring venues), and fundraising (e.g., planning the Theater’s annual benefit).

Second, the Board is collaborative. Internally, the Board adopted a cloud-based file management system to promote coordination and integration; this effort’s success has prompted the staff to follow suit. Externally, ongoing efforts include leveraging individual Board members’ community contacts to both strengthen the organization (e.g., participating in a prominent local company’s secondment program for creative employees) and reach new audiences (e.g., networking to reach new school districts).

Third, the Board is diverse, in every sense, and it provides tangible benefits. The Board’s religious diversity has led to performances of both “Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins” and “The Nativity.” The Board’s geographic diversity has led to classroom performances ranging from the Overland Park suburbs to the Kansas City urban core. And, the Theater’s physical space and location have led to neighborhood partnerships, including with the annual Troost Fest and the nearby Operation Breakthrough.

For all of these reasons and many more, I am proud to help the Mesner Puppet Theater continue its strong tradition of presenting puppetry arts to audiences throughout Kansas City and beyond.

Darin P. Shreves
February 13, 2018
Programs
Description
Mesner Puppet Theater presents an annual season of puppetry productions for children and families. Most performances take place at our home studio, which seats about 100 and is specifically designed for puppet performances. Increasingly we are staging productions at other venues in Kansas City, like Musical Theater Heritage in Crown Center, and a special production of The Little Prince at the Planetarium at Union Station. In all, our exceptional puppetry performances reach local audiences of approximately 10,000 children and families each year. We design all of the puppets and built them on-site in our workshop, and we work with musicians, music directors, singers, sound, set, and lighting designers, costume designers, and artists of many genres to develop our world-class puppet shows.

2018-19 Performance Season (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019):
 
Animal Amigos: Stories from the Tree of Life
Mesner Puppet Theater, 18 performances, 10/7 – 11/4/2018
 
The Nativity
Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, five performances, 11/30, 12/1 & 2
 
The Little Prince
The Planetarium at Union Station, 19 performances, 12/4 - 29/2018
 
Anansi the Spider
Mesner Puppet Theater, 18 performances, 2/13 – 3/3/2019
 
The Shipwreck Show with Cap’n Caboose
Musical Theater Heritage at Crown Center, 27 performances, 6/11 – 30/2019
Program Budget $250,436.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Children's Theater Programs
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Mesner Puppet Theater demonstrates artistic innovation and vibrancy by proceeding with two new major productions/partnerships as planned.

Mesner Puppet Theater engages audiences in quality arts experiences as measured by, at minimum, a 5% increase in attendance for the local season.

Mesner Puppet Theater records high levels of audience satisfaction through feedback on participant survey comments, feedback, comments on social media, and testimony.
 
Mesner Puppet Theater's earned income and ticket sales meet or exceed targets set in organizational budget, contributing to organizational stability.
Long-Term Success
Mesner Puppet Theater sustains innovation and artistic vibrancy by continuing to develop innovative and creative partnerships each season, while building and expanding upon existing partnerships.

Mesner Puppet Theater adds locally successful shows to their touring repertoire, recognizing that the community values their offerings.
 
Mesner Puppet Theater engages audiences in quality arts experiences, as shown by the way the total number of participants continues to increase each year.
 
Mesner Puppet Theater engages participants in quality education experiences, as shown by the way the number of participants in our workshops and camps continues to increase.
 
Mesner Puppet Theater demonstrates sustained success at meeting budget targets: operating for three years without a deficit and succeeding at building a reserve fund of $54,000 by 2021.
Program Success Monitored By

Progress is monitored through attendance and box office records as well as through reviews, posts on social media, pre- and post-show conversations, testimony, and audience surveys.

Examples of Program Success

Mesner Puppet Theater’s thirtieth anniversary season served local audiences of 8,449, a 26% increase over the previous year. Attendance was at a three-year high. Season finale Go, Dog. Go! played to audiences of over two thousand people.

Description

Mesner Puppet Theater’s touring performances target children ages four through ten and take place at libraries, arts centers, and festivals around the country. In 2017-18, titles included The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by A. Wolf, Stinky Cheese Man, The Comical Adventures of Old Mother Hubbard, The Dino Show, Old MacDonald, and The Cat Came Back. Seventy-six performances took place in Minnesota, New York, Massachusetts, California, Colorado, and Georgia, entertaining more than 5,000 children.

Program Budget $9,500.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Puppet Shows
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success The goals for Mesner Puppet Theater's National Touring Performances are the same as for their local season: to sustain artistic vibrancy and engage audiences with quality theater experiences. What does success look like? During performances, children listen with rapt attention. Parents and staff are pleased and delighted, as indicated by their comments on post-performance surveys and social media. Reviews are also positive. Bookings--especially for repeat engagements--increase.
Long-Term Success Mesner Puppet Theater is nationally recognized as producing world-class theater for children. 
Program Success Monitored By Success on tours is monitored by following the reviews of the shows, audience feedback, and repeat bookings.
Examples of Program Success
2017-2018 Performance Season (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018)
 
Performances at Tulsa City-County Library, Tulsa OK; Tulsa City/Co. Library, Tulsa OK; Bennett Martin Public Library, Lincoln, NE; R.H. Stafford Library, Woodbury, MN; The National Puppetry Festival, Minneapolis, MN; Deer Park Library, Deer Park, NY; Goat on a Boat Puppet Theater, Sag Harbor, NY; Puppet Showplace Theatre, Brookline, MA; Svensk Hyllningsfest- Lindsborg, KS; Jarvis Conservatory, Napa, CA; Estes Park Library, Estes Park, CO; Boulder Public Library, Boulder, CO; Millibo Theater, Colorado Springs, CO; Hastings Symphony Orchestra, Hastings, NE; Manhattan Arts Center, Manhattan, KS; Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI; Great Arizona Puppet Theater, Phoenix, AZ; Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta, GA; CL Hoover Opera House, Junction City, KS; Boulder Public Library Boulder, CO, Boulder, CO.
76 performances = 5,336 happy kids.
Description Mesner Puppet Theater’s puppet story times, workshops, and camps held at our theater and at locations like libraries and schools engage young children in activities designed to educate, not only about puppetry, but also about a range of skills (like storytelling, fine motor, social, problem solving). This program is growing! Last year, we offered 48 workshops for children of all ages, from preschoolers to teens, and served 1,500 people. Topics included making finger puppets, fairytale and superhero puppets, and transforming the theater into the Max’s world to perform Where the Wild Things Are. Led by Education Director Alex Espy, these interactive, immersive experiences involve children in learning-through-play activities and offer many benefits to young children.
Program Budget $65,010.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Children's Theater Programs
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
  1. Puppets in Education sustains the outstanding response it has enjoyed during its first two years.
  2. Puppets in Education expands the number and types of workshops offered, adding topics for different ages and audiences, like a planned 10-week residency for a home school cooperative, and a puppet manipulation glass geared towards actors.
  3. Puppets in Education expands to satellite locations (Kansas City Young Audiences and Horizons Academy).
  4. Puppets in Education continues to offer popular classes, as well as fine tuning and enhancing existing classes to increase their benefit (like adding a puppet-making component to the popular New Friend workshop)
  5. Puppets in Education continues to grow, increasing participation.
Long-Term Success
Program goals include stimulating children's creative abilities, assisting them in developing essential social and emotional skills, and helping inspire a lifelong love of puppets, theater, and art.
Program Success Monitored By
1. Pre- and post-evaluation measure participant response.
2., 3. & 4. Activities proceed as planned.
5. Records of number of children and schools served confirm service goal.
Examples of Program Success
From a grandparent whose grandchildren attended a recent workshop:
 
“My three grandchildren, ages 5, 6 and 9, have all had the privilege of attending puppet camps at [Mesner Puppet Theater.] They LOVE puppet camp. As soon as it is over, they ask when they can go again. So many arts education program focus on an end result - a performance, a finished work of art. The educators at [Mesner Puppet Theater] understand how children really learn and the value of process and play. I only wish their schools understood this as well. The end of camp sharing times are one of our favorite family events -- they are always so proud of what they've made and learned and it is clear that the teachers empower them to make choices and own the experience. The whole experience, from making puppets to eating their lunch in a tent, is clearly designed with the needs and desires of children in mind. Mesner Puppet Camp is like steroids for the development of their imaginations and creative abilities - to make things out of nothing, to tell stories, to solve problems, to empathize, to cooperate, to collaborate. [Mesner Puppet Theater] camps are the gold standard of arts education programs in Kansas City!”
Description Mesner Puppets works with the Kansas City Art Institute and other local colleges and universities to offer free internships to college level students.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Puppet Shows
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short-Term Success Students will take away some knowledge about the art of puppetry - design, construction, costuming and manipulation.
Long-Term Success The students art education will be enhanced by their experience at Mesner Puppet Theater.
Program Success Monitored By This program is monitored by observation by the Artistic Director and Associate Artistic Director.
Examples of Program Success Two students recently worked with Mesner Puppets to design a puppet making class for young school children.  They successfully implemented the program at Crossroads Academy.
CEO Comments

Mesner Puppet Theater is launching its 30th season as the region’s premier resource for entertainment and education through puppetry arts. I’m proud to continue the legacy of our company’s founder, Paul Mesner, in providing quality puppetry experiences for the Kansas City area. We are the only theatrical organization in the city producing and presenting puppet theater in a space dedicated for that purpose. Our Midtown facility is where families can see professional puppet productions, children can explore puppetry through educational programming and local artists, writers and performers can collaborate with us in creating our work. Our reach expands beyond our facility through performances in venues throughout Kansas City as well as touring shows presented at schools, libraries, museums, and festivals.

In addition to presenting our season of performances and touring shows, we are actively expanding our educational offerings in the form of post-performance workshops, summer puppet camps, weekend and after-school classes, and classroom experiences. We also actively provide puppet building and performance services to theaters, video producers and organizations seeking to incorporate puppetry in their work.

A unique challenge to Mesner Puppet Theater is that our core audience grows up quickly. Families might bring their children to our shows for 5 to 7 years but then move on to other activities. We are constantly working to introduce ourselves to families with young children through creative marketing strategies. At the same time we are exploring ways to engage older children and teens through our educational offerings. By creating puppetry experiences for a broader range of audiences, Mesner Puppet Theater will continue to expand it’s reach and impact in the community.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs Meghann Henry
Term Start Jan 2020
Experience Meghann Henry is joining us as our Producing Artistic Director! Meghann comes to Mesner Puppet Theatre with more than 15 years of experience as an artist, educator, and administrator in the field of theatre for young audiences. She will lead the overarching artistic vision and operations of the organization including producing artistic and education programs, leading strategic planning, fundraising, marketing, partnership development, staff management, and board collaboration.
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Mrs. Diane Barker-
Bill Prenevost-
Senior Staff
Title puppeteer/graphic designer
Experience/Biography Mike Horner graduated Cum Laude from McPhearson College in McPearson, Kansas with a major in German and a minor in communications and before relocating to Kansas City had been working as a graphic artist in Lincoln, Nebraska at the Lincoln Journal Star. He has been a puppeteer most of his life working with his parents in a church puppetry group and recently started his own puppet company before joining the Paul Mesner Puppets in November of 2006. He plays the accordion, ukulele, trombone and piano. He has worked as a volunteer for the Brethern Volunteer Service spending six months in San Antonio, Texas and two years in Hamburg, Germany living as a resident volunteer in a shelter for homeless refugees.
Title Education Coordinator
Experience/Biography

Alex Espy, Education Coordinator, has worked in Theatre for Young Audiences as a producer, director, designer, actor, and teaching artist. Kansas City directing credits include Alice in Wonderland for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Peter and the Wolf for the Kansas City Symphony. Alex has designed sets for Mesner Puppets, Theatre for Young America, and props for such Coterie shows as Shrek, Seussical the Musical and The Witches. Alex has also appeared in several Coterie shows such as Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, and Frindle. Other stage credits include Burn This at the Living Room Theatre and The Oldest Boy at the Unicorn Theatre. Alex served several summers as Artistic Director for the Boji Bantam Children’s Theatre at Okoboji Summer theatre, where favorite projects include James and the Giant Peach, Wind in the Willows, and Stuart Little. Alex is also a teaching artist throughout Kansas City, and was most recently Artist in Residence at St. Mark Child and Family Development Center.

Title Operations Manager
Experience/Biography

Claus Wawrzinek, Operations Manager has been a volunteer with the Mesner Puppet Theater for over 20 years, assisting with stage setup, technical support for theater productions and general office needs. At the beginning of 2015, Claus took on additional responsibility as the interim leader for the administrative side of the theater operations, and was hired as Operations Manager in July 2016.

Title Producing Artistic Director
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 3
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Paid Contractors 8
Volunteers 50
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 1
Male 3
Not Specified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
  • Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium at Union Station
  • Astra Day School
  • Heart of America Shakespeare Festival
  • Kansas City Young Audiences
  • Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
  • Operation Breakthrough
  • Unicorn Theatre
  • Affiliations
    AffiliationYear
    Theatre Communications Groups - Constituent Theatre2007
    Awards
    Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
    Feature story about Mike HornerAmerican Theater Magazine2016
    Artist of the Year, Paul MesnerMissouri Arts Council2015
    Citation for Excellence in PuppetryUNIMA-USA2008
    Citation for Excellence in PuppetryUNIMA-USA2000
    Citation for Excellence in PuppetryUNIMA-USA1992
    Distinguished Service to Education AwardUMKC School of Education1996
    Government Licenses
    Is your organization licensed by the government? No
    Board Chair
    Board Chair Mr. Darin Shreves
    Company Affiliation Lathrop Gage
    Term July 2015 to June 2021
    Email darin.shreves@gmail.com
    Board Co-Chair
    Board Co-Chair Mr Jim Hubbell
    Company Affiliation Mid-America Regional Council
    Term July 2011 to Dec 2017
    Email santi717@swbell.net
    Board Members
    NameAffiliation
    Ms. Jill AdessiISG Technology LLC
    Ms. Amy HighfillS & A Financial Services
    Mr Harrison QuinnHighPointe Financial Group
    Mrs Rachel ReeseAmerican Theatre Guild
    Ms Jan SchoonoverArtist
    Mr. Charles Schwall
    Mr. Darin ShrevesLathrop Gage
    Ms Amy WinterscheidtHallmark
    Board Demographics - Ethnicity
    African American/Black 0
    Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
    Caucasian 8
    Hispanic/Latino 0
    Native American/American Indian 0
    Board Demographics - Gender
    Male 3
    Female 5
    Unspecified 0
    Governance
    Board Term Limits 2
    Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
    Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
    Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
    Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
    Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
    Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
    Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
    Standing Committees
    Board Development / Board Orientation
    Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
    Finance
    Marketing
    Nominating
    CEO Comments

    I am proud to serve as Board President at a critical time in the Mesner Puppet Theater’s 30+-year history, when founder Paul Mesner has just retired and artistic director Mike Horner is leading his first season of performances, tours, and workshops. This transition presents challenges and opportunities, but I am confident the Board will rise to meet them for three main reasons.

    First, the Board is engaged. The Theater has a small and lean staff, so the Board is very much a “working” Board. Members assist with administration (e.g., interviewing prospective employees and performers), performances (e.g., identifying performance and touring venues), and fundraising (e.g., planning the Theater’s annual benefit).

    Second, the Board is collaborative. Internally, the Board adopted a cloud-based file management system to promote coordination and integration; this effort’s success has prompted the staff to follow suit. Externally, ongoing efforts include leveraging individual Board members’ community contacts to both strengthen the organization (e.g., participating in an employer’s secondment program) and reach new audiences (e.g., networking to reach new school districts).

    Third, the Board is diverse, in every sense, and it provides tangible benefits. The Board’s religious diversity has led to performances of both “Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins” and “The Nativity.” The Board’s geographic diversity has led to classroom performances ranging from the Overland Park suburbs to the Kansas City urban core. And, the Theater’s physical space and location have led to neighborhood partnerships, including with the annual Troost Fest and the nearby Operation Breakthrough.

    For all of these reasons and many more, I am proud to help the Mesner Puppet Theater continue its strong tradition of presenting puppetry arts to audiences throughout Kansas City and beyond.

    Financials
    Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2018
    Fiscal Year End June 30, 2019
    Projected Revenue $537,000
    Projected Expenses $511,901
    IRS Letter of Exemption
    Foundation Comments
    • FYE 6/30/2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
    • Foundation/corporate revenue line item includes individual contributions.
    Detailed Financials
     
    Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
    Fiscal Year201720162015
    Foundation and
    Corporation Contributions
    $234,620$146,722$175,748
    Government Contributions$13,315$24,119$47,651
    Federal------
    State------
    Local------
    Unspecified$13,315$24,119$47,651
    Individual Contributions------
    $0$0$0
    $200,919$193,127$222,583
    Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$0
    Membership Dues$0$554$2,305
    Special Events$16,799$17,363$13,787
    Revenue In-Kind$252$0$0
    Other$0$0$1,372
    Expense Allocation
    Fiscal Year201720162015
    Program Expense$255,769$243,631$242,378
    Administration Expense$150,378$119,661$169,966
    Fundraising Expense$44,554$33,140$43,822
    Payments to Affiliates------
    Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.030.961.02
    Program Expense/Total Expenses57%61%53%
    Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
    Assets and Liabilities
    Fiscal Year201720162015
    Total Assets$54,316$21,664$36,935
    Current Assets$33,100$980$16,475
    Long-Term Liabilities$10,573$1,125$1,849
    Current Liabilities$8,000$0$0
    Total Net Assets$35,743$20,539$35,086
    Short-Term Solvency
    Fiscal Year201720162015
    Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities4.14----
    Long-Term Solvency
    Fiscal Year201720162015
    Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets19%5%5%
    Top Funding Sources
    Fiscal Year201720162015
    Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation $15,000
    Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Missouri Arts Council $14,278
    Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund $10,000
    Capital Campaign
    Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
    Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
    Organization Comments


     

    Other Documents
    Organization Name Mesner Puppet Theater
    Address 1006 E. Linwood Boulevard
    Kansas City, MO 641091840
    Primary Phone (816) 756-3500
    Contact Email info@mesnerpuppets.org
    CEO/Executive Director Mrs Meghann Henry
    Board Chair Mr. Darin Shreves
    Board Chair Company Affiliation Lathrop Gage
    Year of Incorporation 1987
    Former Names
    Paul Mesner Puppets