EITC and Open Stage
Open Stage is dedicated to developing students' skills, knowledge, and appreciation of the process of acting and the making of theatre.
Open Stage is a designated Educational Improvement Organization (EIO). An EIO is a non-profit organization approved by the Department of Community and Economic Development to receive EITC funding based on the educational value of its youth programs.
What is the EITC program?
The Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program offers substantial tax credits to businesses that contribute to approved non-profit organizations in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Does my business qualify for the EITC program?
If your business operates in Pennsylvania and is subjected to any of the following taxes, you are eligible to participate in the EITC program:
Personal Income Tax
Capital Stock/Foreign Franchise Tax
Corporate Net Income Tax
Bank Shares Tax
Title Insurance & Trust Company Shares Tax
Insurance Premium Tax (excluding unauthorized, domestic/foreign marine)
Mutual Thrift Tax
Malt Beverage Tax
Surplus Lines Tax
For more information on the EITC program, contact the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development or visit their website.
Which Open Stage programs are eligible for EITC funding?
By supporting Open Stage through the EITC program, your business will be helping to ensure that the educational power of high-quality live theatre is accessible to students in our community. The following programs are eligible for EITC funding:
Theatre Classes at The Alsedek Theatre School:
At The Alsedek Theatre School, Open Stage’s educational wing, students ages 8-18 are provided with a well-rounded theatrical education by our staff of professional teaching artists that culminates in live performances of a play, musical, or revue. Classes are held twice per year and conform to curriculum requirements established by the PA Department of Education. In class, students grow as future supporters of the arts, increase their poise and confidence, learn to work as a team, and grow in an environment of mutual respect and support. EITC funds will support scholarships for students in need of financial assistance as well as production costs, including but not limited to royalties, costumes, props, and set construction materials.
Our approved EITC program includes our Student Matinee Series, of which any of our daytime matinees are supported, including shows such as A Christmas Carol and The Diary of Anne Frank. Open Stage is entering its 24th year of inviting local middle schools to our student matinees of The Diary of Anne Frank, which includes a post-performance Holocaust education session presented by a Holocaust educator. EITC funds will support presenting our student matinees at zero cost to interested students/schools as well as production costs related to eligible productions, including but not limited to royalties, costumes, props, and set construction materials.