418 W Short St
Lexington KY 40507-1206
Contact Information
Address 418 W Short St
Lexington, KY 40507 1206
Phone (859) 254-4546 230
Fax 859 254-9512
Contact Name Rachel Ray
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1978
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
LCT makes it easy to donate - in addition to donating through GoodGiving.net, you can:
1.  Visit our website at www.lctonstage.org and click "Give Online Today."
2.  Mail in your donation to Lexington Children's Theatre, 418 W. Short St., Lexington, KY 40507.
3.  Call us at 859-254-4546 ext. 230.
We also love community volunteers - many opportunities exist from administrative to ushering to technical.  Give us a call at 859-254-4546 ext. 247 to learn more! 
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement

Lexington Children’s Theatre (LCT) is a fully professional, non-profit organization dedicated to the intellectual and cultural enrichment of young people. Our mission is to create imaginative and compelling theatre experiences for young people and families. Founded in 1938, LCT is one of the oldest continuously operating theatres for young people in the nation and is the State Children’s Theatre of Kentucky, a distinction granted to LCT by the Kentucky Legislature in 1986. Annually, LCT serves over 130,000 children throughout the Commonwealth through our Main Stage performances, Education Department, Touring Productions, and Satellite Theatre based in Eastern Kentucky. Through these programs, LCT’s goal is to reach every child in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, regardless of geographic or economic barrier.

Background Statement

 Lexington Children’s Theatre was an all-volunteer organization until 1971. Productions provided recreation and artistic experience for child actors and adult amateurs, with occasional appearances by adult touring companies. The first professional director was hired in 1971, and in 1979 the Board began moving LCT toward resident professional status. A part-time resident ensemble of professional theatre artists was formed in 1984, which became full-time in 1985. We are now a fully professional theatre employing full-time and part-time actors, teachers, directors, designers, administrators and technicians. In 1995 we undertook a significant fund-raising campaign to raise money to renovate a building to become the permanent home to all of our programs. The $3,250,000 construction project was completed in time for the 1998-99 season and provides permanent space for our performances and classes. Thanks to generous donations from the late Lucille Caudill Little and W. T. Young, the building is now debt free. In 1998, we also formed the Resident Professional Intern Company to provide professional training to aspiring theatre students of college age and to supplement the professional staff.

On our Main Stage, LCT produces a ten show season primarily for school audiences during the week and public audiences on the weekends. Selections are made from contemporary dramatic literature for young audiences and scripts based on classic, contemporary, historical, and folk literature.

Since 1980, LCT's Tour Company has provided the best and most affordable opportunity to expose young people in Kentucky to professional theatre. In 2017-2018, LCT's Tour Company reached over 42,000 students.

LCT's Education Department offers year round classes, summer camps, and residencies in our facility as well as in facilities throughout the Commonwealth.

Our Shooting Stars Youtheatre provides summer performance opportunities, theatre classes, and in-school residencies at no charge for the young people in Eastern Kentucky’s underserved Rowan and Elliott counties.

Serving Central Kentucky's underserved is a top initiative for LCT, and is accomplished through a number of venues, including but not limited to our Family Pay What You Can series, ticket subsidies for children who receive free and reduced lunch, and scholarships for our education classes.

Impact Statement Lexington Children’s Theatre kicked off our 2017-2018 season with a blockbuster, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, which became our best-selling Summer Family Musical ever.  The remainder of the season was a mix of titles that were sure to be well-known to our audiences, such as The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, and Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach Jr. as well as newer or more artistically challenging titles, like Afternoon of the Elves and Sacagawea: Discovering History.

We were very pleased to receive word that our production of The Ugly Duckling, a world premiere written by Larry and Vivian Snipes, would receive funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.  This spin on the classic tale by Hans Christian Anderson used innovative techniques that incorporated an overhead projector and transparencies to create varying backdrops as well as shadow puppets for the production.

We were also thrilled to present regional premieres of Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook and Elephant and Piggie’s “We Are In a Play!” Junie B. Jones toured regionally, in addition to multiple performances in our theatre, and was eventually seen by over 6,500 young people and families.

In December of 2017 and April of 2018, we debuted our first Sensory Friendly performances, adapting The Ugly Duckling and Why Mosquitoes Buzz to serve families with young people with autism, sensory processing disorders, and cognitive differences.  For Sensory Friendly performances, modifications are made to lighting and sound, and limited tickets are sold to maximize the experience for young people and families.  Sensory friendly performances are part of our ongoing initiative to make LCT as accessible as possible for all populations, which also include refitting our bathrooms on the second and third floors into family/gender neutral facilities.

In April of 2018, LCT celebrated the tenth anniversary of our annual fundraiser, Celebrity Curtain Call.  Celebrity Curtain Call is our annual gala that not only raises funds for the theatre but introduces local civic and business leaders to the theatre and our mission.  The evening begins with a cocktail hour with drinks, heavy h’ors doeuvres, and a silent auction. After cocktail hour, our guests venture into the theatre where they are treated to a show based on a popular children’s tale that features a cast comprised of local celebrities including business leaders, media personalities, public officials, and civic advocates from throughout the Bluegrass.  Our 2018 event had an “All Star” cast comprised of community members who had previously taken part in the production.  Through ticket sales and our auctions, the event raised nearly $54,000 for the theatre.

Our satellite theatre, Shooting Stars Youtheatre, which serves young people in Eastern Kentucky, has expanded their programming to include two new programs – an arts and theatre residency for young people with special needs, and a residency for young women who are incarcerated at the Morehead Youth Development Center.  Both programs have proven very successful and will be renewed in our next season.

In 2018, LCT attended the ArtsMidwest Conference, the largest presenting conference in the area, for the first time, to expand our reach for our tour company.  Our trip was a huge success, and resulting in bookings in Iowa, Ohio, and Indiana for our 2018-2019 season.

After a two-year hiatus, our elite musical theatre singing group, Starlight Singers, returned for our 2017-2018 season, and sang at the Lexington Legends, the Girls on the Run fall 5k, UK Hospital, the Lexington Art League, and Fayette Mall.

Needs Statement
Lexington Children's Theatre's most pressing needs are currently all financial.  We are currently seeking assistance to help subsidize school performances - only half of what each performance costs is actually paid for by ticket purchases.  
Additionally, LCT is always seeking a long term source of permanent funding for all programming.
CEO/Executive Director Statement

Lexington Children’s Theatre's purpose is to provide young people high quality aesthetic experiences in theatre arts. We strive to provide our young patrons with performances that entertain, educate and challenge their imaginations. Our programs are designed to aid the aesthetic, personal and social growth of our young audience. In addition to providing entertainment, they encourage appreciation of theatre and of the arts in general. Our presentations offer young audiences comprehensible samples of real-life and imaginary experiences and invite them to participate both sympathetically and actively in the world of our performances. Through participation in theatre young people learn valuable personal and social skills and further their understanding of themselves, their peers and their community.

Our work lifts characters off the page and breathes life into them for our young patrons. In doing so, we hope to challenge our audiences to view stories and life experiences in a different way.

Larry Snipes  

Board Chair Statement 130,000.  Over 130,000 men, women and children get to experience the theater each year due to the wonderful work of the Lexington Children’s Theatre (LCT).  These people span every conceivable demographic and, for many, it’s their first and only such experience that they’ve ever had.  That is why I’m so incredibly proud to be the President of LCT’s board. 

LCT offers amazing in-house productions, regional and touring shows and theater school throughout KY and the region.  These wonderful opportunities are subsidized by our incredible corporate and individual sponsors and grantors.  This allows LCT to offer tickets at a fraction of the cost of production and, in many case, free to the public. 

The staff are some of the hardest working, most dedicated, frugal and enthusiastic people I have ever had the pleasure to be around.  Their love of the arts transcend theater to a world of imagination and wonder that is evident in every child’s face that sees a live performance, attends a workshop of class. 

Again, none of this could be possible without the support of our sponsors and grantors.

I, on behalf of LCT and the Board, truly appreciate your consideration.
Geographic Areas Served
LCT's Main Stage and primary teaching facility is located in downtown Lexington. Each year, approximately 60,000 children travel to LCT's Main Stage theatre for school or public performances. LCT's professional Tour Company travels to on average 60 out of 120 counties in the Commonwealth, annually exposing over 40,000 children to live professional theatre. LCT's professional Tour Company also travels to contiguous states outside of Kentucky.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. David Kidd
Company Affiliation PNC Bank
Term July 2018 to June 2020
Board Members
Mr. Jason T. AmsBingham Greenebaum DollVoting
Ms. Resa BrowningJust the Wright Touch/Seeds and SaplingsVoting
Mr. David CarpenterJapan/America Society of KentuckyVoting
Mr. Jason CollinsHilliard LyonsVoting
Ms. Lydia CurtzKentucky Refugee MinistriesVoting
Ms. Lisa Deaton GreerUK HealthcareVoting
Mr. Thomas D. FlaniganMcBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & KirklandVoting
Ms. Caroline FrenchBank of the BluegrassVoting
Ms. Nancy FulksAge InternationalVoting
Mrs. Susan HerrenCommunity VolunteerVoting
Ms. Stephanie HongLexington Fayette Urban County Government Division of Youth ServicesVoting
Ms. Jennifer HurstLexington Christian AcademyVoting
Mr. David KiddPNCVoting
Mr. Lezell J. LoweAutoZoneVoting
Mr. Tim MartinAssured PartnersVoting
Ms. Ann-Phillips MayfieldCommonwealth Realty GroupVoting
Ms. Tawanda Lewis OwsleyKentucky One HealthVoting
Mr. Matthew ParsonsStoll Keenon Ogden PLLCVoting
Ms. Ali RobinsonTempur SealyVoting
Ms. Catherine SalsmanMorgan StanleyVoting
Ms. Melia SchmidtCommunity VolunteerVoting
Mr. Kevin SislerUniversity of KentuckyVoting
Mr. Jason WashingtonBall HomesVoting
Mr. Todd WetzelMcGregor and AssociatesVoting
Ms. Tracy WhippleAmerican Medical ResponseVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 20
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 14
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 69%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Standing Committees
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Larry Snipes
Term Start Jan 1979
Email lsnipes@lctonstage.org

Larry Snipes serves as Lexington Children’s Theatre’s Producing Director and CEO. After completing his MA in Theatre for Young Audiences at Alabama’s University of Montevallo, Mr. Snipes worked for two years as a professional actor and director in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. He has directed a multitude of productions for LCT and written several plays including Jack and the Wonder Beans, Cows Don’t Fly and other known facts, and Old Dry Frye.   He is a member of the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) and a past conference chair for SETC, and is a member of TYA-USA (Theatre for Young Audiences.  Along with his wife, Vivian, Mr. Snipes is the winner of the 2010 Sara Spencer Child Drama Award and the 2012 Orlin Corey Medallion winner from the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America.

Full Time Staff 18
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 120
Contractors 54
Retention Rate 95%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 7
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 63
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 26
Female 46
Unspecified 1
Senior Staff
Title Artistic Director

Artistic DirectorVivian Snipes studied interrelated arts at the University of Maryland and the University of Kentucky. Prior to moving to Central Kentucky she performed with several children’s theatre touring companies in the Washington, D.C. area and taught in the Montgomery County Maryland School’s Interrelated Arts Program. Since arriving at Lexington Children’s Theatre in 1979, at one time or another she has been a teacher, set designer, costumer, production manager, administrator, actor and director. She has also written several plays including Alice in Wonderland and The Snow Queen.Additionally she has co-authored several other works with husband, Larry Snipes, including The Fisherman and his Wife, Cows Don’t Fly and Other Known Facts, and Old Dry Frye. She is a member of the Southeastern Theatre Conference, the American Association of Theatre Educators and ASSITEJ (the International organization for Children’s Theatre and its advocacy).   Along with her husband, Larry, Ms. Snipes is the winner of the 2010 Sara Spencer Child Drama Award, and 2012 Orlin Corey Medallion winner from the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America.

Title Associate Artistic Director in Charge of Education
Mr. Kisling is in his tenth year at Lexington Children's Theatre. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa and his M.F.A. in Drama and Theatre for a Youth from the University of Texas at Austin. Kisling oversees the Education Department at LCT and directs numerous productions each year. He frequently serves as a part-time instructor in the University of Kentucky Theatre Department, most recently in Spring 2012. Kisling was instrumental in bringing the 2012 American Alliance for Theatre and Education Conference to Lexington, and served as the conference chair.
Kisling is the Playwriting Network Chair, State Representative, and Unpublished Play Reading Coordinator for the American Alliance for Theatre Education and served as the 2012 National Conference Chair, Vice-Chair/Chair of Theatre for Youth Division for the Southeastern Theatre Conference, and Past President and Treasure for the Kentucky Theatre Association. Additionally, Kisling is:
  • Treasurer and Board Member for the Kentucky Theatre Association
  • Kentucky State Auditions Coordinator for the Southeastern Theatre Conference
  • Committee member for Drama Change: An Anti-bullying Initiative
  • Sara Spencer Award Committee Chair for the Southeastern Theatre Conference
  • Co-Director for Company Q: A LBGT-Allied Youth Theatre Assemble
He is a member of Theatre Communications Group, American Alliance for Theatre in Education, Theatre for Young Audiences/USA, Southeastern Theatre Conference, Kentucky Theatre Association, and Americans for the Arts.
Title Marketing and Sales Director

Tiffany Dupont Novak oversees all marketing and branding strategies, serves as lead graphic designer, and manages all public, school, and touring sales goals. She began her journey with LCT as an Arts Administration Intern in 2008, became Group Sales Associate in 2010, and has served as Marketing and Sales Director since 2013. She is a graduate of the Leadership Lexington class of 2016, a member of the Leadership Lexington Youth Steering Committee, a member of the LexArts Board of Directors, the co-marketing chair of the Lexington Pride Festival, and a proud participant of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass. Novak is a freelance graphic designer and her website redesign for LCT, and in partnership with Balance Creative, was the recipient of a silver American Advertising Award in 2015. A native of Michigan, she received her Bachelor’s Degree from Grand Valley State University.

Title Development Director

Rachel Ray began working in development at Lexington Children’s Theatre in January of 2011 As Development Director, she oversees all fundraising initiatives, including grant writing, sponsorships, the annual fund, and events. Prior to that, she worked at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in a number of positions, most recently as Marketing Manager, for over ten years. She has a BS in Speech Therapy and a BA in English from the University of Kentucky. She is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Lexington and is a member of the Bluegrass Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, where she recently served as National Philanthropy Day Chair. She also serves on the board of directors for Girls on the Run Central Kentucky and is a founding board member of Women Achievers of Kentucky, an organization whose goal is to award scholarships for women who are first generation college attendees.

Title Program Director - Shooting Stars Youtheatre
After graduating with her BA in theatre from Morehead State University, Octavia was one of two actors nationwide accepted to the National Shakespeare Conservatory in New York City. Since returning to
Kentucky, Fleck has worked hard over the last eleven years to bring children's theatre to eastern Kentucky.
In 2004, LCT was able to expand its programming and services to a satellite theatre based in Morehead, KY, which Fleck operates. Since 2004, another branch has opened in Sandy Hook. Fleck oversees all programming and services in these two Appalachian counties. Fleck currently resides in Morehead, Kentucky and serves on the board of directors for the Morehead Theatre Guild. She has been a private speech and theatre coach, developed and ran her own theatrical voice and acting company called TADA Performing Arts Instruction.
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
LCT's Artistic Staff selects plays for production that span a variety of themes and are age appropriate for young audiences. Selections are made from contemporary dramatic literature for young audiences and new or previously produced scripts based on classic and contemporary literature, folk literature and historical figures. We look for and create material that has a diverse universal appeal for all young audiences. We strive to provide our patrons with performances that educate, entertain and challenge their imaginations. Our programs are designed to aid the aesthetic, personal and social growth of our young audience. In addition to providing entertainment, they encourage appreciation of theatre and of the arts. Additionally, at least three Main Stage productions every year combine professional and child actors to take part in our "Discovery" productions which provide performance opportunities for young artists in our community.

LCT’s Tour Company currently produces two shows in both the spring and fall semesters that can be performed for age appropriate audiences. One production is designated for Kindergarten through fourth Grade and the other for grades 4-8. Each production is designed to be performed for a max of 300 students per show. LCT’s professional Tour Company is trained and has the ability to set up two stage productions in one school day in one location.


LCT supplies educational packets to each school so that teachers may extend the learning experience into the classroom.  Students and teachers are able to discuss the show in detail, reflecting on important messages, and their experience with the show.  LCT strives to use culturally and historically rich scripts and stories, creating educational experiences for the children involved. Program evaluation forms are distributed to teachers at all performance and classroom residencies.

Budget 120000
LCT's Education Department offers year round classes, summer performance workshops, and residencies in our facility as well as schools, libraries and community centers throughout the state. Annually, over 4,000 children partake in weekend and evening classes at LCT. 
LCT's Arts Integration Residencies brings our professional teaching artists directly into classrooms, offering young people the opportunity to learn in a dynamic and engaging way. Residencies focus on KCC Standards.
In 2011, LCT developed our Theatre Explorers program, an after-school arts enrichment program that takes arts enrichment directly to schools.   For six weeks, classes explore an element of theatre that is developmentally appropriate, culminating in a sharing for family and friends.
In addition, LCT offers a performance training base for young artists in our Company B and Junior Company programs.

Satellite Program in Rowan and Elliott Counties.

Prior to the Shooting Stars Youtheatre’s formation in 2004, LCT had been presenting one to two Main Stage productions in Button Auditorium on the Morehead State University campus. As the concept for outreach in Rowan and Elliott counties developed, LCT set into place a comprehensive Theatre Arts program, now called Shooting Stars Youtheatre, which has flourished because of the Little Foundation’s support. The communities of Morehead and Sandy Hook have embraced this program, which now serves as one of the primary theatrical training opportunities for the underserved in the area.
Program Comments
CEO Comments Lexington Children's Theatre is a small nonprofit arts organization struggling to get through difficult economic times.  We have managed to stay afloat by cutting our budget and staff, but need to find a way to balance these cuts with an increased demand from programming.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Aug 2013
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

LCT collaborates with a number of businesses, organizations, and agencies in the Bluegrass, including but not limited to Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky, the Children's Charity Classic, the Explorium of Lexington, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Whole Foods Market, the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center, PNC Bank, the Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass, Countdown to Kindergarten, the Lexington Art League, and many others.

AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)2011
ASSITEJ International (International Assn of Theatre for Children and Young People)1980
Commerce Lexington1999
Kentucky Nonprofit Network2001
LexArts Agency1972
Member Downtown Lexington Corporation1997
Theatre Communications Groups - Constituent Theatre2006
National Endowment for the Arts - Partner2008
Sara Spencer Child Drama AwardSoutheastern Theatre Conference2001
Sara Spencer Child Drama AwardSoutheastern Theatre Conference2010
Orlin Corley Medallion AwardChildren's Theatre Foundation of America2012
Governor's Award in the Arts for EducationKentucky Arts Council2013
Thomas DeGaetani AwardUnited States Institute for Theatre Technology2019
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $1,387,225.00
Projected Expenses $1,454,843.00
Endowment Value $785,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 5%
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Revenue$1,372,455$1,337,674$1,359,633
Total Expenses$1,493,307$1,527,683$1,436,790
Revenue Less Expenses($120,852)($190,009)($77,157)
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$482,850$414,131$370,880
Investment Income, Net of Losses$13,918$16,141$16,144
Membership Dues$0----
Special Events$0----
Revenue In-Kind$0----
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$1,258,955$1,285,762$1,197,763
Administration Expense$163,910$168,654$170,161
Fundraising Expense$70,442$73,267$68,866
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.920.880.95
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%84%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$2,708,699$2,796,749$2,763,094
Current Assets$205,506$156,154$175,683
Long-Term Liabilities$437,512$479,597$305,648
Current Liabilities$228,560$191,344$211,605
Total Net Assets$2,042,627$2,125,808$2,245,841
Form 990s
2018 990
2017 990
2016 990
2015 990
2014 990
2013 990
2012 990
2011 990
2010 LCT Form 990
2009 990
2008 990
2007 990
Audit Documents
2017 Audit
2016 Audit 2016
2015 Audit
2014 Audit
2013 Audit
2012 Audit
2011 Audit
2010 Audit
2009 Audit
2008 Audit
2007 Audit
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Registration Yes
Address 418 W Short St
Lexington, KY 405071206
Primary Phone 859 254-4546 230
Contact Email info@lctonstage.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Larry Snipes
Board Chair Mr. David Kidd
Board Chair Company Affiliation PNC Bank