LEXINGTON KY 40502-1555
Contact Information
Nonprofit NEW WORKS, INC
Address 273 SHERMAN AVE
LEXINGTON , KY 40502 1555
Phone (859) 537-0179
Contact Name Stephen Currens
Web and Social Media
St. Christopher is Not a Saint Anymore
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2013
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer Mail Check to P.O. Box 21970, Lexington, KY 40522-1970
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement

The mission of New Works, Inc. is to create a high-quality regional theatre for a community with an already progressive tradition in the arts and to become a positive part of that community’s cultural, educational and economic fabric. We strive to be a leader in the field of new play development becoming a resource for the national stage by promoting not only new drama, but new ideas and advances while also innovatively revisiting the existing library. We wish to serve both audiences and artists by strengthening the integral position of drama and its literature in our society.


Background Statement

New Works, Inc. was founded by Stephen Currens and Matt Kelder, along with original Trustees; Theresa Gilbert, Mary Carr, Chris Ertel and Peggi Stingle, on November 13th, 2012 as a Kentucky Non-profit Corporation. Application for 501(c) 3 tax exempt status was filed with the Internal Revenue Service on May 24th, 2013 and was awarded to the company on August, 30th, 2013.

 Since its founding, New Works, Inc. has presented readings and productions of eleven new American plays by way of five major events, including its inaugural event, the 3 Wednesdays Series; 3 staged readings of never before seen or heard plays by both locally and nationally know authors. Some of Central Kentucky’s finest theatrical artists participated in these readings including; Julieanne Pogue, Dr. John B. Lynaugh, Beth Kirchner, Eric Seale, Kevin Hardesty, Rachel Rogers, Melissa Rae Wilkenson, Nick Swarts, Allie Darden, Bob Campbell, Joe Ferrell, Gina Scott-Lynaugh, Edmond Desiato, Laura Blake Bowling, and Reba Carroll. The company has already received the generous support of Lexington Children’s Theatre, LexArts, Actor’s Guild of Lexington, and many others who have provided assistance, services, or other  support for our beginning efforts. In addition, we have produced a staged reading of With Respect to Mrs. Carter; The American Bernhardt by Kevin Lane Dearinger. The reading employed full production values, featured the talents of Ms. Julieanne Pogue as Mrs. Carter, and was directed by Bo List. Following this very successful event, New Works presented Saint Christopher is Not a Saint Anymore by New Orleans playwright, Hunt Scarritt. The show ran sixteen performances at the Downtown Arts Center in Lexington and was extremely well received by those who attended. That production featured the beautifully realized work of cast members; Lorne Dechtenberg, Jennifer Roth Parr, Nick Swarts, Burley Thomas, Leah-Marie McDivitt, Matt Kelder, and Bethany Finley, and was directed by New Works, Inc. Artistic Director, Stephen Currens. In August of 2014 the company conducted a workshop for playwrights as well as a series of readings of as yet unproduced plays, all at the Lexington Public Library Farish Theatre. In its 2015 season, New Works, Inc. is planning a full-scale world premier production as well as a Christmas offering. Plans for Spring of 2016 are not yet finalized. The newly elected officers of the New Works, Inc. board of trustees are Dr. John B Lynaugh (President), Mr. William T. Watts (Secretary & Treasurer), and Mr. Angel Levas  (Vice President)  -- all are highly experienced theatrical specialists or activists and are well-regarded stalwarts of the Central Kentucky arts and theatre scene.


Impact Statement

In its short history of just thirty-three months, New Works, Inc. has already gainfully employed in its productions thirteen artists and technicians.  In addition we have furthered the development of over 11 new plays, thus advancing them as marketable theatrical literature.  We have brought to light previously forgotten local theatre history through the premier of a new play (In Respect to Mrs. Carter; the American Bernhardt) depicting the career of a local actress from the turn of the twentieth century.  In this way, New Works, Inc. has encouraged the local theatre community to investigate and produce new material for the stage.  Several local companies are now producing more new plays as a result.  We have promoted the cause of real professional theatre in Central Kentucky and improved awareness of its importance in a growing cosmopolitan community.  Thus, New Works, Inc., through dauntingly hard financial times, and without corporate, foundation, or government assistance, has already had a notable and substantial impact on the Central Kentucky arts and cultural environment and even beyond.

Needs Statement
Presently, New Works, Inc. is most in need of:
  1. new board members
  2. previously unproduced quality scripts 
  3. litererary manager/play-screener
  4. clerical assistant
  5. volunteers
  6. production & office space
  7. Grant for operations expenses
CEO/Executive Director Statement

       We believe in the indispensable function of the arts in growing a healthy society and  that a regional professional theatre should both reflect and challenge the community.    We believe in being a supportive and effective partner to our local and regional community and we believe in employing professionals to produce professional results.    We further believe in fiscal accountability and responsible sustainability as an organization.


Board Chair Statement

We at New Works, Inc. believe in a fully inclusive attitude toward our theatre community, asking all, regardless of other arts organizations she or he may choose to support, to partner with us toward the goal of a fully professional regional theatre that serves the diverse audiences of Central Kentucky. We strive to become a cultural and economic entity which can employ our burgeoning community of artists while entertaining, enlightening, and enjoyably educating the greater urban area.  New Works, Inc. would therefore be delighted to have you join us in our effort to establish a new American theatre company. We invite you to become a supporter and active participant in New Works, Inc. today. Work is fully underway. 

Join us now as we begin an amazing new venture in theatrical art.

Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Arts Services
Tertiary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Arts Education
Geographic Areas Served
Central Kentucky and beyond, exporting new drama to the nation and to the world.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.

The goal of New Works, Inc. is to entertain, enlighten and educate local and visiting audiences while serving as a springboard for the talents of young artists in our community and beyond while giving voice to new dramatists in our midst.  We seek to serve the national and international theatrical marketplace by discovering, developing, and producing high-quality drama, new theatrical production techniques, new concepts and styles, as well as emerging technologies.  We seek to create a high-quality community of theatrical artists along with a well educated, sophisticated, and discerning audience.

StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals? New Works, Inc. seeks local, state, and national grants, both governmental and corporate as well as private foundation grants and donations from local business and individuals. Our programs of workshops, classes, and theatrical productions will also bring in a portion of our revenue. We are in a unique position to partner with both educational and non-profit institutions as well as the commercial theatre in the major U.S. markets toward the development and furtherance of new dramatic materials and/or productions. Theatre company royalty participation in successful productions in the commercial market can garner additional revenue. In the development of material for production we seek to encourage playwrights locally and abroad to join in our workshops and classes and/or to submit their scripts for consideration for production.  We also plan to partner with educational institutions and established literaty agencies in order to gain access to quality dramatic material already circulating in the national market.
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals?
New Works, Inc. has on it's staff as Artistic Director, Actor, Director, and Playwright -- Stephen Currens.  Mr. Currens hold a B.A. in Theatre as well as many years experience in amateur, educational, semi-professional and professional  theatre.  He has worked in television and film and has written well over a dozen plays.  His play GOREY STORIES was produced Off Broadway in New York in 1977 and later moved to Broadway in 1978.  This piece won the Ovation Award for Best Musical in Intimate Theatre in Los Angelas in 2006. Mr. Currens most recent public offerings were his performance as "The Old Actor" in THE FANTASTICKS by Actor's Guild of Lexington (Ky.) and his world premier production of his script, THE HAPPY HOUR, by ActOut Theatre Group (Lex.,Ky.).  Cofounder, Matthew Kelder holds a B.S. degree and has many years of experience in amatuer, educational, and professional theatre.  His previous work as an event planner holds him in good stead for his work as General Manager.  Technical Director, McDowell Platt, holds a B.A. degree and teaching certificate and has served as stage carpenter and scenic designer on numerous production in the Central Kentuciky area.  He is an accomplished screenwriter and playwright.  Board President, John B. Lynaugh, holds a PhD in theatre history and production and is an accomplished actor, director, playwright and historian.  Mr. William T. Watts has performed in theatre in NYC as well as serving as Assistant Development Director for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in that city and more recently as Director of Development for the Lexington Public Library in Lexington, Ky.  Mr Angel Levas is now retired from a successful retaurant ownership carreer that spanned over fifty years.  He was also the Managing Director of the Theatre Downunder which he operated in the basement of Levas's Restaurant.  Our former Trustees and current supporters include Lexington Attorney, Theresa Gilbert, and arts and non-profit specialist Mary Carr.  Current supporter and former trustee, Chris Ertel, is an architectural historian and preservationist.  Our organizational advisors include accomplished actress, writer and producer, Elizabeth Spicer of Inglewood, Florida.
New Works, Inc. is fully open to networking with other non-profit theatres and institutions and has done so successfully with several.
*Artist biographies and a complete list of professional contacts is available upon request.
IndicatorsHelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact? New Works, Inc. has already succeeded at the furtherance of eleven previously  unknown plays, having given them an opportunity for first or early hearing in front of a live audience in highly visibal venue.  In this way we have furthered the efforts of the participant playwrights in gaining attention for and improvement to their work.  The success of these plays in further venues and media such as commercial theatre, motion pictures, television and publishing will also be a clear indicator of the success of our efforts.  Our ability to create meaningful works for the stage will also indicate the success of our workshops, classes, and developmental productions.  And of course, it is clear that audience enjoyment and satisfaction bolsters and supplies our theatre with much needed encouragement and ticket sale revenue.
ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?

In its short history of nearly three years, New Works, Inc. has already gainfully employed in its productions 13 artists, technicians and craftspersons. By doing so we have helped them to enhanced public awareness thus improving their careers. We have brought to light previously forgotten local theatre history through the production of a play depicting the career of a local actress from the turn of the twentieth century. We have encouraged the local theatre community to investigate and produce new material for the stage. Several local companies are now producing more new plays. We have promoted the cause of professional theatre in Central Kentucky and improved awareness of its importance to growing cosmopolitan community.  New Works, Inc., through dauntingly hard times has already had a notable and substantial impact on the Central Kentucky community.  Our fundraising capabilities have , to date, been limited to individual gifts, thus limiting our financial capabilities and forcing us to concentrate primarily on survival in this difficult financial time.  New Works, Inc. reaches the magic 3-year mile-marker in November of 2015 thus making us eligible for government and major foundation grants, and allowing us to aquire basic staff and secure the basic program (i.e. play production, etc.) budget that we so desperately need at this time.

Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. John B. Lynaugh PhD
Company Affiliation Retire Professor & Business Man
Term May 2015 to May 2016
Board Members
Mr. Angel Levas Retired Business ManVoting
Dr. John B. Lynaugh PhDRetired Professor & Business ManVoting
Mr. William T. Watts Freelance Fundraising/Audience DevelopmentVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 Mediteranian 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 78%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 66%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Mr. Angel Levas
Company Affiliation Business Man
Term May 2015 to May 2016
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO Comments Art is essential.We operate our non-profit theatre as though it was an essential part of our community.
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Stephen D. Currens B.A.
Term Start Nov 2012



STEPHEN CURRENS has worked as a playwright, actor and director in professional, semi-professional, and educational theatre for over 43 years. His work has been seen in stock, regional theatre and Los Angeles Equity Waiver Theatre as well as Off Off Broadway, Off Broadway and on Broadway in New York City. Mr. Currens has at least 14 plays and adaptations to his credit as a playwright including GOREY STORIES (a musical based on the work of humorist Edward Gorey, score by David Aldrich) which premiered at the University of Kentucky Department of Theatre in 1974 and went on to a run Off Broadway at the WPA Theatre (1977) and on Broadway at The Booth Theatre (1978). GOREY STORIES received the Los Angeles Ovation Award as Best Musical/Intimate Theatre (2007) for a revival at The Sacred Fools Theatre in that city. The script and score are published by Samuel French, Inc. A one-act, PHARMACEUTICALS also premiered at the Univ. of Ky. and appeared Off Broadway at the Quaigh Theatre (1979) and was revived Off Off Broadway at the No Smoking Playhouse (1981). Mr. Currens is also the author of a trilogy of one-act plays entitled PASSION IN THE ART which appeared Off Off Broadway at the Douglas Fairbanks Theatre (1984) also in NYC. Another trilogy of one-acts for women, OFFICIAL BUSINESS was presented by the Kentucky Playwright’s Theatre at The Kentucky Center for the Arts in Louisville, Ky. (1990). Children’s adaptations of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM and THE TAMING OF THE SHREW have been presented in Kentucky, Florida and Texas semi-professional theatres and in educational productions. Most recently DIVINE RIGHT’S TRIP, a musical based on the novel by Kentucky’s Poet Laureate, Gurney Norman (book & lyrics by Stephen Currens with lyrics & music by John LaMar Cole) was presented in a staged reading at the Downtown Arts Center in Lexington, Ky. (April, 2010). THE HAPPY HOUR (a journey into the life and mind of a survivor of the NYC AIDS catastrophe and other tragedies) received a charity benefit preview world premier in Lexington Ky. in 2011, and SATURDAYS (a chronicle of the life-long efforts of a displaced farmer to understand his late twentieth century son) is yet to be produced. As an actor and director, Mr. Currens has many plays and musicals to his credit including his performance in the original Off Broadway production of GREATER TUNA at The Circle in the Square Downtown, NYC (1983) and his origination of the role of Douglas Pickleman in FONTANA DE LA MONTANA at The Riverside Boat Basin, NYC (1984). Mr. Currens currently resides in Versailles, Ky. and divides his time between his home and work as Artistic Director of New Works, Inc., an new theatre company located in Lexington.

Co-CEO Mr. Gilbert Matthew Kelder B.S.
Term Start Nov 2012

MATT KELDER is a native Lexingtonian and has theatre experience dating back to his high school and college days at the University of Kentucky. He has accumulated a great deal of educational and professional theatre experience having appeared in numerous productions including; The Innocents, The Sound of Music, Romeo and Juliet, A Christmas Carol, Hot L Baltimore, Who? and Godspell. He recently appeared as "Chance" in The Happy Hour by Stephen Currens. and as "Brother" in St. Christopher is Not a Saint Anymore for NWI.   He is now happy to be using his extensive experience as a business manager and event planner to benefit New Works, Inc. by taking on the role of its General Manager in his spare time.

Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 1
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Playwrighting -- working with fledgling and advancing playwrights on specific scripts, outlines, or synopses.
 Improvicsation -- working in a group to develop improvisational acting skills to improve both writing abilities and performance.
Stagecraft --  working with the stage carpenters, designers, lighting technitions and crew on actual productions.
Costuming -- working with costume designers and wardrobe personell on actual productions.
Touring to schools -- small scale productions which travel to local schools and give breif workshops on school premises.
Mainstage and Secondary Premier & Revival Productions
Budget $0-15,000
Population Served , ,
Program Comments
CEO Comments
"New Plays are the heart of the modern professional theatre experience."
"There are as many ways to produce a play as there are artists to do the work."
"Artistic curiosity is a quality essential to good life and good work."
 "Life is drama -- drama is life!"
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start June 01, 2015
Fiscal Year End May 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $1,000,000.00
Projected Expenses $750,000.00
Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 75%
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$6,548----
Administration Expense$1,364----
Fundraising Expense$974----
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.00----
Program Expense/Total Expenses74%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue13%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$711----
Current Assets$711----
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$711----
Form 990s
2015 990
2015 IRS 990 e postcard receipt
2014 2014
2013 2013
2012 990 (Short Year)
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose We wish to locate (for lease or sale)and fully outfit a small industrial building to construct a 100-200 seat theatre and mount a 5 play season of full scale play production.
Goal $1,000,000.00
Dates June 2015 to Aug 2015
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of June 2015
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments This organization received its 501(c)3 status in 2013 so does not yet have three full years of financial information. Because New Works files the 990N postcard, which contains no financial information, financials were provided by the organization. Numbers are unaudited.
Address 273 SHERMAN AVE
LEXINGTON , KY 405021555
Primary Phone 859 537-0179
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Stephen D. Currens B.A.
Board Chair Dr. John B. Lynaugh PhD
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retire Professor & Business Man