Olathe Civic Theatre Association
500 East Loula Street
Olathe KS 66061
Welcome to OCTA!
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 782-2990
Mission Statement
Olathe Community Theatre Association (OCTA) dba Olathe Civic Theatre Association provides high quality, live entertainment in a variety of genres and styles to educate, entertain, and engage the community.
CEO/Executive Director Ted Collins
Board Chair Ted Collins
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1977
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer Please visit our website at olathetheatre.org for more information on volunteering, auditions, call for directors and playwrights, and ways to donate to OCTA. Thank you! 
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
Olathe Community Theatre Association (OCTA) dba Olathe Civic Theatre Association provides high quality, live entertainment in a variety of genres and styles to educate, entertain, and engage the community.
Background Statement
Olathe Civic Theatre Association (OCTA) began in 1973 as Olathe Community Theatre Association with a $1,000 grant from Olathe Parks & Recreation Department. The first shows were produced in the 1974/75 season. Without a permanent home, OCTA produced shows at various locations throughout Olathe, including the Chester Street Shopping Center basement and Millbrooke Junior High.
In July 1977, OCTA purchased the Reformed Presbyterian Church, built in 1870, with help from former Olathean and silent film star, Charles “Buddy” Rogers, for whom the building is named.
Since 1980, the original church pews were replaced with theater seats, lighting and sound systems were added, the parking lot paved (it was gravel), and the basement converted to a storage and dressing area for actors complete with additional restrooms. Air conditioning was added in 1990, allowing for year-round productions, and a new roof in 1999.
In 2013 the group officially changed its d.b.a name to Olathe Civic Theatre Association to better reflect the breadth and caliber of the theatre experience it provides. OCTA produces five shows during our regular season each year and occasionally supplements season shows with script-in-hand readings or original musical revues and plays as fundraiser performances. We select our regular season plays and musicals based on the passions of our directors and balance them with the desires of our community and audiences into a thoughtful, energetic, and inspirational season of performances.
Impact Statement
Accomplishments: Launched highly successful New Playwright Competition in 2017, provided local premiere for new play “Poor Relations” with author talk-backs, grew season ticket holder base by +20%.
Goals: Continue to grow base of local and regional audience and artists, improve and expand community outreach, complete building renovation capital campaign.
Needs Statement
  1. Complete historic building renovation capital campaign.
  2. Develop Board of Directors succession plans.
  3. Expand volunteer base.
  4. Continue community outreach (e.g. TLC, Hearing Loss Association, Arts & Ageing etc.)
  5. Strengthen Operating Fund.
Service Categories
Areas of Service
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Olathe Civic Theatre provides a nurturing and safe space for our volunteers (actors, directors, writers, and production artists) to develop their skills, work with passionate people, and create a quality experience for our audiences. We are challenged only by the constraints of our 150+ year old facility (one of the five oldest buildings in our community!) and the increasing costs to produce engaging, thought-provoking, and exciting theatre.
I volunteer with OCTA because the 100’s of people involved in each show are committed, dedicated, and all working together with the same shared goal: to share our art and our passion for live theatre with the community. This group, this mission, this spirit, and this historic building will always inspire me to make it better for the next generation.
- Ted Collins, President, Olathe Civic Theatre
Description Our main program is to produce five high quality shows during our regular season each year. We select our regular season plays and musicals based on the passions of our directors and balance them with the desires of our community and audiences into a thoughtful, energetic, and inspirational season of performances. We seek to produce theatre that entertains as well as challenges our audiences and leaves them with a whole theatrical experience to rival the best of professional live theatre.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theatrical Performances
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short-Term Success In the near-term, we know we have been successful by increased interest in our theatre programming, either through more director submissions, more actor auditions, more volunteers signing up to help, and increasing audiences coming to be a part of what we do.
Long-Term Success
Our goal is, and always has been, to bring the impactful theatre experience to as many artists, volunteers, production technicians, and community audiences as possible.
Program Success Monitored By Defined metrics for success include higher season ticket sales, increased donations from individuals, rising numbers of directors, production leads, and auditioners. We also monitor our social media interactions and brand positioning for increases in awareness and positive engagements.
Examples of Program Success
Our current season ticket sales drive is showing an increase from last year by 12%. Our social media presence has improved “followers” by an average of nearly 20%. Four out of five productions in our last full season were net positive.
During our most recent production, a mother brought her daughter to audition and was so excited to have her daughter on the same stage she had been on 25 years earlier. Both mother and daughter had such a great experience that they bought season tickets and have also signed up to volunteer for our next show.
Description We are in the midst of our second annual New Works Playwriting Competition. This program inspires new, local playwrights to enter their plays to our competition to be read for audiences and the chance to have a reading workshop in our theatre.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theatrical Performances Presenting
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short-Term Success We seek to increase our audiences and encourage more directors and actors to be involved thus raising our profile in the professional theatre community as well as in the playwrighting community. We also seek to provide an engaging night of theatre for our season ticket holders and other audience members.
Long-Term Success
In our second year we had twice the entries from playwrights. Our long-term success is measured in the number of entries received, the increasing audience for the competition and the winner workshop, and the eventual publishing of the play.
Program Success Monitored By Our program is a success if the number of entries increases, the audience expands to include more people who never been to our theatre before, and we have more actors and directors who have not worked with us in the past.
Examples of Program Success Michelle Tyrene Johnson’s winning play from last year is being produced by Melting Pot theatre in February of 2019. We also had an increase in our audience for the competition over last year.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ted Collins
Term Start July 2012
Experience Ted has been President of the Olathe Civic Theatre Association for the last 7 years. Under his leadership, the theatre has increased season ticket holders, begun a renovation project and capital campaign, and produced more than 30 shows.
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 500
Retention Rate 0%
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
We are a proud member of the Olathe Arts Alliance and the Olathe Chamber of Commerce. 
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Ted Collins
Email Collins_ted@hotmail.com
Board Members
Amanda AlbertAMC
JoAnna BledsoeOlathe Public Schools
Ted Collins
Amy GilmanCommunity Volunteer
Charlotte GilmanCommunity Volunteer
Rebeka GriebCommunity Volunteer
Peter LeondedisDeloitte Consulting LLP
Rita MarksUnderwriters Laboratories
Lauren McDonnell
Shelly Stewart BanksPatriot Audit Services
Sean TevisEqiq Systems
Jennifer WardJennifer Ward LMT, Licensed Massage Therapist
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 50%
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
Program / Program Planning
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $54,900
Projected Expenses $52,900
Spending Policy N/A
Audit Documents
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2017, 2016:  Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990-EZ.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include individual contributions.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$64,671$50,911--
Administration Expense$0$0--
Fundraising Expense$0$0--
Payments to Affiliates$0$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.081.01--
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$253,133$248,180--
Current Assets$29,128$24,175--
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$818$896--
Total Net Assets$252,315$247,284--
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities35.6126.98--
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%--
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- ----
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- ----
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- ----
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose


Olathe Civic Theatre Association (OCTA) is seeking assistance to make critical repairs to the historic building in which we have been producing theatre for over 44 years - our beloved 147-year-old home at 500 E. Loula, in Olathe, Kansas. We have received a grant from the Sunderland Foundation for the initial phase of the massive project and will help us repair the lower level, which is used for costume storage, properties, and furniture storage, and perhaps most importantly, for the use of our cast and crews as a backstage dressing area, and is crumbling rapidly.

In our second phase of the project, the one for which we are seeking assistance, we hope to be able to repair the rotting wood siding and stained glass window casings on the exterior of the building and steeple. Late last year we were able to replace three of the five 25 year-old HVAC units and we now need to replace the last two units. Additionally, the 30+ year old parking lot needs to be resurfaced for our patrons.

Goal $124,000.00
Dates Aug 2016 to Aug 2019
Amount Raised to Date $60,000.00 as of Mar 2018
Other Documents
Organization Name Olathe Civic Theatre Association
Address 500 East Loula Street
Olathe, KS 66061
Primary Phone (913) 782-2990
CEO/Executive Director Ted Collins
Board Chair Ted Collins
Year of Incorporation 1977