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Near West Theatre

Near West Theatre provides youth of Cleveland’s Near West Side with an alternative to drugs, violence and vandalism by involving them in the theater arts. Children, youth and adults participate in Near West Theatre’s productions, acquiring performance and technical training.

Executive Director: Stephanie Morrison-Hrbek

Lead Partner: Kevin Shaw

Years of Engagement: 2003-2006

Kevin continues to serve NWT as a member of its board of trustees.

Total SVP Impact

 Value of volunteer hours from partners and friends   $ 53,500
 SVP direct financial contributions (grants awarded)   $ 96,000
 Indirect contributions because of introduction by SVP   $ 142,000
 Projected operational impact from SVP-supported projects/initiatives 


SVP grant was leveraged 304%   $291,500  


Strengthening Near West Theatre:

Use of SVP’s grants: to hire a development director to increase fundraising success

    • Executive coaching
    • Assistance in developing job description for development director, referral of candidates, assistance in interviewing
    • Research of potential fundraising database software


Volunteer Partners/Friends of SVP and their Key Contributions

    • Shilpa Kedar researched fundraising databases and made recommendations.
    • Kevin Shaw provided executive coaching.


Near West Theatre | SVP Saved My Life

It was in November, 2002 when our board consultant Thomas Mulready—now known for his work with Cool Cleveland—looked me in the eye having worked with me for 4 months and said, “Stephanie you need to get a vision for yourself.” I took those words to heart, deeply disturbed at the implication of Thomas’ advice and perspective... Read More »