At PlayGround, we have a group of people who think about these questions and more, helping to assure the future of PlayGround, our playwrights, and our programs... helping eliminate boundaries, increase impact, and create new opportunities. They are our Board of Directors.
Dedicated volunteers, they meet just four times a year and help put together an annual retreat of directors, artists, supporters and friends that more closely resembles a mini-TED conference than it does a traditional nonprofit board retreat. They are a diverse group, representing a variety of professions and backgrounds, but all with an entrepreneurial spirit and deep appreciation for the arts, artists and the power of imagination.
Under the board's leadership, PlayGround has expanded core programs such as Monday Night PlayGround (relocated to Berkeley Rep in 2003) and the Best of PlayGround Festival (relocated to Thick House in 2009 and expanded to four weeks with additional performances, commission readings, and the addition of the Young Playwrights Project), launched new programs such as the expanded Commissioning Initiative (2006), New Play Production Fund (2009), PlayGround Film Festival (2012) and, just this season alone, PlaySpace, PlayGround-LA and Demo Day. In just the past five years, through the most recent economic recession, PlayGround's organizational budget has grown by 165% while reserves have increased by 524%.
If it sounds like PlayGround is a different kind of nonprofit and our board is a different kind of board, you're right. Want to learn more? Interested in getting more involved? We would like to invite you to join us in a conversation to see if serving on the PlayGround Board or in another advisory capacity might be a good fit. To respond to this invitation, send us an email or call us at (415) 992-6677. We look forward to speaking with you soon!
Jim Kleinmann Regina Guggenheim
Artistic Director Chair, Board of Directors