San Francisco’s New Conservatory Theatre Company (NCTC) is one of the region’s key producers and presenters for LGBT themed theater. Through youth oriented productions at its three small theater spaces in SF’s Civic Center neighborhood and through the YouthAware touring program it reaches 24,000 K-12th grade students annually and is a significant arts education provider not just for the Bay Area but increasingly into the Central Valley and rural communities of Northern California as well. The cultural climate has changed tremendously since founder/director Ed Decker started NCTC in 1981 just three years after Harvey Milk’s assassination and the emergence of the AIDS epidemic. It is partially due to NCTC that gay-themed theater has, in the intervening decades, entered the American mainstream. The organization has produced work by leading gay writers Edmund White, Lanford Wilson, and Terrance McNally and includes in its seven play 2008-09 Pride Season the West Coast premiere of Alan Benett’s multipleTony winner The History Boys. While NCTC’s core audience (of 22,000)is gay men aged 32-65 a second multi-year grant for the organization will support its efforts to engage LGBT youth and communities of color in its programming and its Youth Conservatory programs. With a budget of $1.3 million, a deep cash reserve, and 50% of its revenue earned through ticket sales and tuition, NCTC is a financially sound mid-size company well positioned to make good on its aspirations to be, as the organization describes itself, "a safe harbor and a home for our youth constituents and LGBT audiences."
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New Conservatory Theatre Center is one the region’s leading producers of theater and theater education programs for LGBT and allied communities. Each year the company produces seven or eight mainstage performances; new play commissions; a diverse suite of on- and off-site education programs; and touring health and wellness programs for more than 35,000 children, youth, and adults. Renewed funding will support the organization’s efforts to expand its programs across the greater Bay Area, diversify and grow its board, and develop new audiences.