Seat Naming Campaign


Theatre for a New Audience invites you to become a permanent part of Polonsky Shakespeare Center by participating in our seat naming campaign, A Seat for Shakespeare.

You can name one seat for $5,000, or two seats for $9,000—for yourself, in honor or memory of loved ones, or to commemorate an important anniversary or life event—in a plaque of brushed aluminum on a seat in the Samuel H. Scripps Mainstage.

Thanks to the support of The Polonsky Foundation, you also have the opportunity to name seats that have special plaques on the seats’ backs, featuring Shakespeare’s plays and their years of first performance. Distributed throughout the orchestra level of the Mainstage, 38 of Shakespeare’s plays can be permanently associated with your personal naming plaques.

The Shakespeare plays seats will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, and each can be named for $5,000. This offer cannot be combined with previously named seats. All seat orders must be paid in full before plaque installation. All seat naming gifts are fully tax-deductible. To find out which titles are available, contact James Lynes, Director of Institutional Advancement, at 212.229.2819 x 29 or at


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To name your seat, you can go about it in one of the following ways:

  1. Sign up online below.
  2. Download and complete the order form in the link below and send to:
    A Seat for Shakespeare
    Theatre for a New Audience
    154 Christopher Street, 3D
    New York, NY 10014
    Download Order Form (PDF)
  3. Contact Director of Institutional Advancement James Lynes at 212.229.2819 x29 to complete your order by phone.

Please note that the dedication of a seat does not guarantee that specific seat assignment in our theatre, and seat sponsors must still purchase tickets for any performance in the Theatre. Of course, if your seat is available for a performance, we will always try our best to accommodate your request to sit there.

Sign Up Online*
*Please contact James Lynes at or (212) 229-2819 x29 to inquire which Shakespeare titles are still available.

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Please mark your desired inscription in the notes section.
Plaque size is 3″ long x 1″ high, brushed aluminum with black type.
Two lines of text are permitted, with up to 24 characters per line (including spaces).
“In memory of, in honor of, congratulations to” dedications are included in the space count.

For more information, or to pay in stock or by check, contact James Lynes, Director of Institutional Advancement at 212 229 2819 x 29 or by email at


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