Seattle's Intiman Theatre ended the first phase of its fundraising campaign on March 31, falling just shy of its goal, despite an unanticipated $100,000 challenge gift made on March 25 that netted the theater an additional $150,000 in donations in the last six days of the month.

As previously reported, the theater was in danger of closing if it could not raise $500,000 by the end of March and another $250,000 each by June and September. The theater has so far raised just over $450,000, and will carry-over the remaining needed funds toward its next benchmark.

Kim Anderson, president of the Intiman Theatre Board of Trustees, said in a statement, "We will continue to adjust our 2011 budget and operations to live within our means. However, the community's provision of this critical $450,000 enables us to move on with strategic planning."

Towards that goal, Intiman has retained Susan Trapnell, a senior consultant with the national arts and culture management consulting firm, Arts Consulting Group, Inc. (ACG), as the Management Consultant for the theater. Meanwhile, Melaine Bennett, who was serving as acting managing director, will be transitioning away from the theater this month.

Intiman is currently presenting Arthur Miller's All My Sons, starring Tony Award winner Chuck Cooper, through April 17. For tickets and information on the show, click here.