Success Story

Clamour Theatre Annie Grogan

Clamour Theatre Company

Annie has helped me to clarify my goals, draft my Articles of Incorporation, reviewed our bylaws, and worked tirelessly to clarify the issues and questions I need to understand in order to apply for the 501(c)(3)

 

When Elaine Smith moved back to Florida in 2010 after 25-plus years of involvement in New York City theatre, she immediately noticed that there was no small professional theatre company in the region. There were thriving community theatres and there are "road houses"--which present touring productions passing through the area, but there were no companies in Clay County regularly producing professional productions. When she became aware of the availability of an appropriate venue, it seemed like the right time to open Clamour Theatre Company.

As a theatre professional, acting and directing on stage and film regionally and in New York City, Elaine used her experience to open the small resident theatre company. She did run into some obstacles and decided to seek assistance with the Florida SBDC at UNF in Clay County. Clay County consultant Ana Grogan helped Elaine work through the paperwork for applying for her 501(c)(3) status. Because she wanted to raise money to acquire a building, she had to file the full Form 1023 instead of the EZ form. Elaine also had just incorporated and had many questions that she needed help answering. Although her background as an award-winning playwright, her multiple board positions and her experience as the founder of a now dissolved corporation helped, she was still having trouble with clearly communicating her vision. Ana helped Elaine network and gain the support of other women business owners in the area. Ana assisted Elaine with research and created opportunities for training that have helped her learn essential business skills.

Through her challenges, the Florida SBDC at UNF continues to offer ongoing consulting services. “Annie has helped me to clarify my goals, draft my Articles of Incorporation, reviewed our bylaws, and worked tirelessly to clarify the issues and questions I need to understand in order to apply for the 501(c)(3)”.

Clamour Theatre CompanyElaine Smith