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


  • Name:Anne Younan
  • Title:Development & Business Manager

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:City Lights Theater Company of San Jose
  • Address:529 S. 2nd St.
    San Jose, CA 95032
    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.

  • Overview:
  • City Lights' Mainstage Season offers 6 plays annually. Traditionally, these include at least 3 world, national, or regional premieres (drama and comedy): 1 "classic" play conceived to illuminate this more familiar work in a new or unconventional way; 1 "family" holiday offering (November/December); and 1 large-cast musical chosen to highlight City Lights' youthful, "edgy," provocative identity and to present relevant issues in the musical format. (Musical choices in the past have included high-energy, rock-and-roll shows such as "Jesus Christ Superstar," "The Who’s Tommy," "Hair," and "Rent"; unusual and controversial shows such as "The Rocky Horror Show" and "Assassins"; and more traditional offerings such as "Nine," "Chicago," and "West Side Story.")

    This season, City Lights has presented "Art" by Yasmina Reza; the world premiere commission of "TRUCE: A Christmas Wish from the Great War," by Kit Wilder and Jeffrey Bracco; the Northern California premiere of "Build" by Michael Golamco; and David Henry Hwang’s modern masterpiece "M. Butterfly" (currently in production). The balance of the season is the South Bay premiere of "Exit, Pursued by a Bear" by Lauren Gunderson (currently in rehearsal), and the landmark musical "West Side Story" by Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstien, and Stephen Sondeim.

    The company has so far presented three (3) New Play Readings as part of its New Play Readers Series, including a "double header" of two one-acts. The New Play Readers Series is intended as a "feeder" program for the mainstage season; each year, the company explores the possibility of developing one of the new plays further, in a fully staged production. ("Second Weekend in September," presented in the company's 2010-11 mainstage season, originated as a New Play Readers Series offering.)

    The Youth & Education Program is a reflection of City Lights' commitment to arts education; we strongly believe that by providing exposure to and education in theatre and the arts to young people we are helping to create not only future performers, but more importantly future audience members -- upon whom depend the healthy future of the arts in our community and beyond. The company offers a study guide (City Lights Highlights) to students and educators outlining the plays, playwrights, themes, and issues presented and explored during the season, as well as steeply discounted tickets as an incentive to attend live theatre and explore its educational and developmental opportunities. Additionally, City Lights maintains a paid internship program through the Foothill College Theater Conservatory program where up to two paid internships are offered to conservatory students in their final year.

    Finally, our live music program, The Lights & Music Concert Series, opens the venue to a local music artist (individual or group) for performance. Originated in association with San Jose Jazz, this program was then presented in association with G# Entertainment, and is now under the exclusive auspices of City Lights. The program provides concert space and exposure to local musicians while opening the doors to those who might not otherwise choose City Lights; records indicate that some music patrons new to the City Lights venue do indeed choose to return for one or more of the company's own productions. The music presented in these one-night only concerts have ranged from big band swing, folk, alternative rock and jazz standards. We have secured funding from an individual to continue this program into our 15-16 season.

    In FY13-14, audiences for all CLTC programming totaled 10,493. 54% of CLTC patrons are female, 39% male; 14% are under 25 years, 27% between 25 and 45, 40% between 45 and 65, and 17% over 65 years. It is exciting to note that CLTC audiences are much younger than the national average (which cite 14% under 44 and 7% under 34). 68% of CLTC’s audience is non-Hispanic white; the majority of the remaining 32% are Asian (12%), Hispanic/Latino (8%), or Black/African American (2%). Numbers from FY14-15 are still being collected and tabulated; we expect a moderate increase in attendance figures, especially among younger audiences, and an increase in ethnic representation resulting from continuing efforts in marketing, development, and audience engagement.

  • History:
  • Founded in 1982, CLTC has undergone significant restructuring in the years since 2001, when current Executive Artistic Director Lisa Mallette took the helm. Now, box office successes and growth in contributed income have vastly increased the company’s budget and extended its artistic reach, raising the company’s standing among theatre artists and audiences alike. City Lights now attracts top-notch talent in all areas, and is working to improve its facilities to meet the ever-increasing demands of theatrical production. The company is recognized for sound fiscal management (marking fiscal year 2012-2013 as its 10th consecutive season in the black), for artistic reach and achievement, and for securing its place in the cultural landscape.

    Recent strategic assessment and planning, involvement in programs designed to assist arts organizations in artistic and administrative growth, and continued increases in earned and unearned income have enabled the company to reaffirm its commitment to its mission. Significantly, the company’s commitment to diversity and youth has resulted in a current audience demographic that is statistically much younger than the national average (a recent study indicates that 45% of City Lights’ audience base is under 45 years old), and others in the field are looking to us for new methods to attract and engage new, younger audiences. This commitment informs the company’s work as well. One example is our 2013 World Premiere of

  • Year established:1982
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:13
  • Advisory board size:11
  • Staff size:6

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Mavin Bamburg, President, Architect, Resides in San Jose, Joined board in 2007
    Virginia Drake, Vice President, Retired Theater Educator, Resides in San Jose, Joined board in 2012
    Dave Chandler, Treasurer, Senior Examiner, Resides in San Mateo, Joined board in 2013
    Rick Boyle, Secretary, Director, Storage Solutions, Resides in San Jose, Joined board in 2013
    Rachel Bakker, Social Media Marketing Mgr, Advocacy, Resides in San Jose, Joined board in 2013, Engagement Committee member
    Karen DeHart, Certified Tax Preparer, Resides in San Jose, Joined board in 2013, Finance Committee Member
    Sylvia Head, Employer Relations Coordinator, Cal State East Bay, Resides in Hayward, Joined board in 2014, Marketing Committee Member
    Tara Hildreth, Global Partner Programs Manager, Resides in San Jose, Joined board in 2007
    Robert Knight, Retired field engineer, Resides in San Jose, Joined board in 2010, Engagement Committee member, Facilities Committee member
    Heather Lerner, Financial Aid Counselor, Resides in Campbell, Joined board in 2013, Facilities Committee member, Engagement Committee member
    Charlie McCollum, Retired Journalist, Resides in San Jose, Joined board in 2013, Marketing Committee member
    Mary Lou Torre, Retired Development professional, Resides in Palo Alto, Joined board in 2013, Chair Development Committee
    Chole Verrey, Director of Membership, Resides in San Jose, Joined board in 2013, Chair Board Development Committee

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Lisa Mallette, Executive Artistic Director. Began tenure in 2001. She is responsible for long-term planning, financial management, and communication with the Board, as well as the selection of the season’s plays and directors.

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Kit Wilder, Associate Artistic Director. Began tenure in 2004. Supports the Executive Artistic Director in selecting City Lights’ season and directors. In 2012, also became the company’s Grantswriter. Works closely with the Development & Business Manager crafting the narrative portions of all submissions for foundation and corporate funding, as well as honing messaging aimed at Individual donors.Serves as the Teacher of Record and Administrator for the company’s Performing Arts Alliance through Foothill College and provides graphic design and layout expertise for the production playbills. Mr. Wilder has over 20 years of acting, directing, and design experience and holds a B.A. from Santa Clara University.
    Anne Younan, Development & Business Manager. Began tenure in 1997, in current position since Sept. 2012. Ms. Younan’s years of experience with the company, spanning several managerial cycles, provides her with a unique perspective that enables her to anticipate and solve problems with remarkable efficiency and effectiveness. She is responsible for much of the day-to-day operation of the company, and provides solid fiscal management and oversight; manages all ticket sales and front-of-house operations, and trains and oversees all staff members, interns, and house managers; she is a key liaison between the Executive Artistic Director and the Board of Directors, providing all required accounting records, projections, tallies, etc. As Development Director, Ms. Younan maintains the grants deadline calendar, communicating the necessary information and guidelines for each grant to the Associate Artistic Director, while also researching new opportunities. She also works with the chair of the board's Fundraising committee on strategies to further involve the board in fund development with both our current donor base and seeking new opportunities.
    Rebecca Wallace, Marketing Director. Began tenure in May 2014. Ms. Wallace spent many years as an arts journalist, most recently with the Palo Alto Weekly. She has a strong background in online design and social media strategies. Her duties include maintaining all media relations (including print and electronic media); researching and developing new and alternate sources of media coverage, reporting, and reviewing; overseeing audience services and communications (including database maintenance, electronic communications, hard-copy advertising, etc.); maintaining healthy and productive community relations (including cooperative agreements with other non-profit organizations, local business, etc.); and monitoring and analyzing ticket sales (hard numbers and sales trends).
    Ron Gasparinetti, Production Manager. Began tenure in Sept. 2012, after serving as the company’s Resident Scenic Designer and Technical Director for six seasons. His duties include set design and technical direction for each production, advising the artistic staff on play selection; creating and maintaining a comprehensive production schedule; creating seasonal and per-production materials budgets; hiring and overseeing of all technical production personnel (designers, stage managers, stage crew); coordinating audition activities; overseeing all production activities to ensure efficient and timely operations as well as a high level of artistic achievement; acting as liaison between production and administration; and maintaining the performance facility.


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • 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:3/17/2018 12:58:49 pm

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