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Why give?

There are so very many good reasons for giving to the Theatre for a New Audience Capital Campaign.

You can give because…

You already know and love Theatre for a New Audience and are so thrilled that we’ve begun our work at our Polonsky Shakespeare Center.

You love our thought-provoking seasons of Shakespeare, classics and major contemporary plays that illuminate our times.

You love the artists in our shows, diverse casts who play for audiences that range from avid theatregoers to young people.

You love that Theatre for a New Audience has global connections. We have an on-going collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company, have toured nationally and internationally and played on Broadway.

You love that we have the largest program introducing Shakespeare to New York City Public School children, that we serve more than 1,500 students each year and that we have served more than 127,000 students to date.

You love your community and are excited by the promise of the Brooklyn Cultural District and that Theatre for a New Audience will be at its heart, offering programs for families and community members.

You love Brooklyn and are proud that Brooklyn can boast of a uniquely designed, state-of-the-art classical theatre complex of its own.

You love the Brooklyn arts scene and are delighted that this new building has two new performance/rehearsal spaces for others to use and that we will rent them out at affordable prices.

You love the environment and are elated that our home is a sustainable building and one of a very few Green theatres in the country.

There are so many more reasons, but we think this is a good start. You may have noticed that like all giving, our reasons all come down to love and how much a gift makes happen…Why are you giving? Send us an email and let us know:

Avenues for Giving

Including an endowment, Theatre for a New Audience needs to raise $69.1 million to see our project through. So far we have raised more than $68.1 million. This is terrific! But, we still need your help with the remaining $1 million.

An unrestricted gift to the Campaign: Capital campaigns are not just about bricks and mortar; there are also the costs of design of the building, planning for sustainability, organizational transition, fundraising and promotional materials, to name a few. An unrestricted gift ensures that we are able to cover all costs associated with getting our fabulous home into the ground, up and running smoothly.

A gift to the Endowment: By providing a dependable revenue stream, the Endowment assures, over time, that we have adequate capital to maintain and expand our production capacity, education and humanities programs and artists training, as well as manage the operational upkeep of the building. The Endowment is essential to ensuring the long term sustainability of the institution and to protecting this asset for generations to come. If you are interested in supporting our endowment, please contact us.

A Naming gift: Naming is a wonderful opportunity to be recognized in perpetuity for your generous support… we can’t think of a better way to say “thank you!” Theatre for a New Audience at Polonsky Shakespeare Center has several exciting naming opportunities remaining, including the Mainstage Orchestra level. If you are interested in naming opportunities, please contact us.

A Seat for Shakespeare: You can donate a seat for Shakespeare in your name, or in honor or memory of loved ones, or to commemorate an important anniversary or life event.  Click here to download our online form and mail it to James Lynes at the address below!

How To give:

As with the reasons for giving, there are also many options for giving. You can give a gift of any size and it will make a difference. Here are a few ways to give:

Send a check to:
Theatre for a New Audience
c/o James Lynes
154 Christopher Street, Suite 3D
New York, NY 10014

Name a seat in our theatre! Download the form here.

Make a multi-year pledge for a larger gift: Please contact us.

Stock gifts in the form of Closely Held Stock, Appreciated Securities or Mutual Funds: We can walk you through this process; please contact us.

Planned giving via Charitable Remainder Trusts, Charitable Gift Annuities or Bequests: These options are to be considered with your family and should be arranged through a lawyer. We are happy to provide more information on these options; please contact us.

Theatre for a New Audience, Polonsky Shakespeare Center, front view

Theatre for a New Audience, Polonsky Shakespeare Center, north view

The Samuel H. Scripps Mainstage

Pictured above: Polonsky Shakespeare Center, photo ©David Sundberg/Esto; The Samuel H. Scripps Mainstage, photo ©Francis Dzikowski/OTTO.