OPENING IN THE 2019-2020 SEASON

A theatre destination unlike any other

OPENING IN THE 2019-2020 SEASON

A theatre destination unlike any other

 

Announcing a historic $5 million matching gift from Glenda and Russell Gordy to help us reach our goal for Staging Our Future: A Transformational Campaign for Stages, the $30.5 million capital campaign to fund Stages’ visionary new home.

 

With a 40-year history of attending Stages performances, Glenda and Russell Gordy are excited to help usher in a new era for Stages with The Gordy. Strong supporters of education and their alma mater, Sam Houston State University, the Gordys are committed to helping Stages expand our work nurturing emerging talent by providing a professional home for young artists to build sustainable careers in Houston.

 

 

In 2017, the Gordys announced their plan to develop a 50-acre mixed use development at Washington Avenue between South Heights Boulevard and Studemont Street. Just north of Stages’ campus, the first phase of the Buffalo Heights District project includes a new urban H-E-B, upscale residences, creative offices and retail. Russell also recently opened Gordy & Sons Outfitters, a high-end hunting and fishing store at 22 Waugh Drive. The Gordys’ commitment to Stages’ new home maximizes their investment in our neighborhood creating a dynamic place for Houstonians to live, work and play.

Announcing a historic $5 million matching gift from Glenda and Russell Gordy to help us reach our goal for Staging Our Future: A Transformational Campaign for Stages, the $30.5 million capital campaign to fund Stages’ visionary new home.

“Stages has been a consistent part of our lives over the past four decades. This gift is an investment in the future of Stages, in the development of emerging arts professionals, and in a neighborhood we care deeply about.”

“We hope our gift will help this community thrive in the years ahead and ensure our city continues to be home to dynamic accessible arts and entertainment experiences for all Houstonians.”

a new era for Stages with The Gordy

A new home for Stages Repertory Theatre creating a dynamic arts venue for Houston artists & audiences

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CONNECTING ARTISTS AND AUDIENCES

The venue’s three intimate performance spaces are designed to bring audiences and artists closer to each other than ever before.

The Gordy will offer a fully-equipped purpose-built home for theatre-making in Houston, including rehearsal and education studios; full production and design workshops; meeting, event and shared community work spaces; and full administrative suite.

State-of-the-art theatre technology and design will thrill artists and audiences, building new capacity for Stages and our city’s theatre community.

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A VIBRANT COMMUNITY GATHERING PLACE

The Gordy will create a welcoming, inclusive hub for Houston’s diverse artists and patrons.

Open day and night, Stages’ new home will provide flexible space for Houstonians to meet, work, collaborate, read, create, write, design and socialize.

Dedicated green space and an outdoor plaza will enhance Stages’ growing, centrally-located neighborhood just feet from Buffalo Bayou Park.

Ample, convenient on-site parking will make your visit a breeze.

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HOUSTON’S GREENHOUSE FOR TALENT

In keeping with Stages’ mission, The Gordy will showcase Stages’ focus on emerging theatre artists.

Expanded resources and facilities will create new opportunities, tools and training for students and early-career professionals.

The Gordy will nurture a flourishing Houston theatre ecosystem and support Stages’ ongoing commitment to helping Houston-based artists create sustainable careers in their home city.

STAGING OUR FUTURE

A TRANSFORMATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR STAGES

In February 2016, Stages’ Board ratified a five-year strategic plan focused on transformational growth, including major improvements in facilities infrastructure, financial stability and human resources, along with expanded artistic, education and community engagement initiatives. Toward implementation of that plan, in May 2016, Stages purchased 800 Rosine Street from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. This site, just one block south of Stages’ current Allen Parkway facility, will be developed to create a new home for Stages.

Plans for the new campus provide the resources required to support Stages’ bold vision for the future while addressing the theatre’s challenges with our current venue, including aging infrastructure; theatre sightline and design limitations; lack of patron amenities; space and storage constraints; and a significant shortage of parking.

CAMPAIGN LEADERSHIP

Isla & Thomas Reckling

Honorary Campaign Chairs

Isla and Tommy’s leadership support, along with that of the Sterling-Turner Foundation and Winston and Reckling families, has been critical to the campaign’s success. Their early support provided Stages’ Board and leadership the confidence necessary to advance a project of this scale. Deeply generous supporters of so many of Houston’s leading nonprofit institutions, the Recklings’ tireless advocacy on behalf of Stages has laid the foundation for success of this transformational campaign. The Recklings are longtime fans of Stages, especially the Late Nite Catechism and Trailer Park series, and often can be found hosting groups of friends in Stages’ Impresario Donor Lounge.

Capital Campaign Co-Chairs

Sally Edmundson
George Lancaster
Jim Nicklos

Capital Campaign Committee

Kay Bruce
Carroll Reckling Goodman
Christiana and Luke McConn
Steven Owsley
Jane Schmitt

Capital Campaign donors

In addition to the Gordy match, the Staging Our Future campaign has received 38 gifts of $100,000 or more, including major commitments from The Brown Foundation, The Sterling-Turner Foundation and the Winston and Reckling families, The Wortham Foundation and the Stages Board of Directors.

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PROJECT PROGRESS

Groundbreaking

Summer 2018

Opening

2019-2020 Season

Campaign Goal

$30.5 million

Total Committed to Date

$20.1 million

Need to Raise

$10.4 million

With just over $10 million to raise, Glenda and Russell Gordy will match all donations dollar-for-dollar up to $5 million to help close Stages’ transformational campaign.

PROJECT PROGRESS

Ground­breaking

Summer 2018

Opening

2019-2020 Season

Campaign Goal

$30.5 million

Total Committed to Date

$20.1 million

Need to Raise

$10.4 million

With just over $10 million to raise, Glenda and Russell Gordy will match all donations dollar-for-dollar up to $5 million to help close Stages’ transformational campaign.

ABOUT STAGES

Founded in 1978, Stages Repertory Theatre has grown to become Houston’s sixth largest nonprofit performing arts producer, and the largest outside of the downtown theatre district. Our focus on producing a broad scope of plays and musicals in an intimate setting has created a devoted community of patrons and artists who share a true sense of engagement and connection. With performances year-round, Stages is one of the region’s leading artistic employers, producing an average of 12 productions per year totaling more than 375 performances and welcoming 65,000+ visitors each season. Almost all of Stages’ shows are rehearsed and constructed on-site in Houston, brought to life by an exceptional community of locally-based artists and craftspeople along with occasional guest directors, actors and designers from around the world. Additionally, Stages has crafted a unique emphasis on emerging talent—both on and off stage—that inspires patrons and propels forward the community as a whole as our alumni serve in professional and volunteer capacities at almost every other theatre and performing arts organization in our city.

CONTACT

For information about naming opportunities and how to support this project, please contact:

Lise Bohn

Development & Communications Director

346.701.8862

lbohn@stagestheatre.com

Lise Bohn

Development & Communications Director

Phone

346.701.8862

Email

lbohn@stagestheatre.com

Mark Folkes

Managing Director

346.701.8866

mfolkes@stagestheatre.com

Mark Folkes

Managing Director

Phone

346.701.8866

Email

mfolkes@stagestheatre.com

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