City Lights Theater Company of San Jose (San Jose, CA)


  • Name:Mr. Kit Wilder
  • Title:Associate Artistic Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:City Lights Theater Company of San Jose
  • Address:529 S. Second St.
    San Jose, CA 95112
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:408-295-4200
  • Main fax:408-295-8318

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  • Mission:
  • City Lights Theater Company creates provocative live productions that engage, inspire, and challenge audiences and artists alike through innovative concepts, intimate staging, and uncompromising storytelling.

  • History:
  • Founded in 1982 by a group of independent theatre artists, led by Helen Lehman, City Lights Theater Company began as a collective dedicated to producing challenging, off-beat plays such as Eugene Ionesco’s EXIT THE KING, the company’s inaugural production. Investing their own resources, the company’s members mounted productions at San Jose's Unitarian Church for two years. In 1984, Kevin Kennedy became the company’s Artistic Director, and City Lights moved to a new venue in San Jose's San Pedro Square where the passionate young company produced over 80 plays over the next seven years.

    In 1991 City Lights took its first major step toward professional status when it rented a converted warehouse at 529 S. 2nd St. in San Jose, which has been transformed over the years into the company’s current 101-seat venue and office space. Ross Nelson became Artistic Director in 1992, and the company began producing a subscription season of fewer plays with longer runs, while remaining true to its original aim of presenting vital, thought-provoking theatre. City Lights was recognized by the theatre community in 1995 when its production of THE PRAYING MANTIS, directed by Mr. Nelson, received the Dramalogue Critic's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre.

    When Mr. Nelson retired in 2001, Tom Gough (as Artistic Director) and Lisa Mallette (as Managing Director) took the helm. The new team went to work just as the impact of the year's economic downturn and the fallout of 9/11 hit. For two years, City Lights put all its energy and resources into survival. During that time, however, the staff also began raising the bar of administrative and artistic excellence, producing productions that enjoyed both box office success and critical and public acclaim, such as Richard O'Brien's THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW and Stephen Sondheim's ASSASSINS.

    In 2003, Mr. Gough stepped down to accept a full-time teaching position, Kit Wilder joined the Company as Associate Artistic Director and Production Manager, and Ms. Mallette's position evolved into that of Executive Artistic Director. The small senior staff of four (which also included, at that time, a Marketing & Development Manager and a Box Office & Business Manager) continued to work hard to exceed expectations in every way, and discovered that while fighting for survival the company had established itself as one of the most innovative and dynamic theatres in the Bay Area.

    Recent strategic assessment and planning has resulted in an invigoration of the Company's mission and resources. As City Lights heads into its 30th season, box office successes and growth in contributed income have vastly increased the company's budget, and raised its standing among theatre artists and audiences alike. City Lights now attracts upper echelon talent in performance, design, and technical personnel, and is working to increase facility capabilities and efficiency to meet the ever-increasing technical demands of theatrical production. The company has been recognized both for sound fiscal management (marking fiscal year 2011-2012 as its 8th consecutive season in the black, despite the harsh and inhospitable economic climate), for expanding artistic reach and achievement, and for securing its place in the cultural landscape of the South Bay and beyond. “City Lights is honing its identity,” says Executive Artistic Director Lisa Mallette, “and securing its position among Bay Area arts organizations as a place where risk and accomplishment go hand-in-hand.”

  • Year established:1982
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:16
  • Advisory board size:14
  • Staff size:4

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Elise Anderson
    Marvin Bamburg
    Don Barnett
    Lisa Buchanan
    Keith Clanton
    Carl E. Cookson
    Vincent Egizi III
    Richard Ehrman
    Phillip J. Griego
    Tara Hildreth
    Nicole Letellier
    Robert Knight
    Sam Krow-Lucal
    K. Michael Riley
    Katie Sims-Fernicola
    Anthony Vierra

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Lisa Mallette, Executive Artistic Director. Responsibilities: selecting artistic programming,engaging in fundraising & marketing activities, hiring artistic & management staff, overseeing all financial & management issues.

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Kit Wilder, Associate Artistic Director
    Responsibilities: consults with the Executive Artistic Director on the selection of the season and the artistic staff, and manages all production/ facility activities.
    Anne Younan, Business Manager/Box Office Manager
    Responsibilities: handles all accounts payable/ receivable, manages the box office and front-of-house, works with an outside accounting firm in producing the company's financial statements. John Kolasinsky, Marketing Manager
    Responsibilities: creating marketing collateral for all productions, performing market research, website updates, and creating the overall marketing strategy for the company.


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:Operating
  • Tax ID:77-0014788

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:770014788
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:529 S 2ND ST
  • Organization City:SAN JOSE
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:95112-5708
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):3
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Literary Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:March, 1984
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:16
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization that normally receives no more than one third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes. 509(a)(2)
  • Activity Code(s):088
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Community theatrical group
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:August, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:August
  • NTEE Code:A650
  • Asset Amount:$366,712
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$877,019
  • Income Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$856,852
  • Last Updated:2/18/2018 12:06:48 pm

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