Skip to Main Content

Support WTF

For seven decades, the Tony Award-winning Williamstown Theatre Festival has brought emerging and professional theatre artists together in the Berkshires to create a thrilling summer festival of diverse, world premiere plays and musicals, bold new revivals, and a rich array of accompanying cultural events.

Artists are drawn to Williamstown Theatre Festival to make great theater in an environment conducive to artistic risk-taking. Matthew Broderick, Audra McDonald, Dominique Morisseau, Mary-Louise Parker, Susan Stroman, Uma Thurman, and Blair Underwood are just a few of the luminous theater artists who have worked at the Festival. Many others, including Chris Pine, Kathryn Hahn, Paul Giamatti, Allison Janney, Sterling K. Brown, Brie Larson, George C. Wolfe, Ty Burrell, and Charlie Day, began their careers at the Festival.

Productions and artists shaped at the Festival fill theaters in New York City and around the world. Recently, Williamstown Theatre Festival was represented on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regionally by The Sound Inside, Grand Horizons, The Rose Tattoo, The Visit, Fool for Love, The Elephant Man, Seared, Selling Kabul, Unknown Soldier, and Lempicka, to name just a few. Cost of Living, which was developed and premiered at Williamstown Theatre Festival, was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

All of this is possible thanks to the steadfast support of Williamstown Theatre Festival’s donors, whose contributions account for more than half of the Festival’s annual budget.

Make a donation to support WTF today, or scroll to learn about other ways to support Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Click here to make a donation!

Donor Benefits

Ticket sales cover less than half of what it costs to produce the Festival each year. Help support the Festival you love by making a tax-deductible donation to WTF!

Become WTF FRIENDS by making a gift of any amount and your support will be recognized in our programs, distributed to everyone who sees a show at the Festival!

Donors who contribute $250 or more can join one of the following benefits programs:

Photo by Joseph O’Malley

WTF Friends (with Benefits!)

$250

  • Priority ticket handling*: Donor ticket orders received before May 6 will be processed first, ensuring the best availability!
  • 20% discount at the WTF Gift Shop: Enjoy discounts on your favorite WTF merchandise!
  • Acknowledgment in the season program

$500

All benefits above, plus:

  • Donors-only Ticket Hotline
  • Ticket exchange fees waived
  • Advance access to one-night-only shows: Reserve seats for our one-night-only shows before they go on sale to the public!

$1,000

All benefits above, plus:

  • Exclusive donor lounge: Enjoy pre-show drinks with Festival artists and staff in our donor lounge before each Nikos and Main Stage production!
  • VIP check-in at performances
  • Priority invitations to summer events: Join WTF this summer for exciting exclusive events with the Festivals’ artists and staff!

Photo by Aden Parsons

WTF Lovers

$2,500

All WTF FRIENDS (WITH BENEFITS!) benefits, plus:

  • Guaranteed seating for WTF productions**
  • VIP Ticket Concierge service through the Development Office, with access to great seats and unlimited no-fee exchanges

$5,000

All benefits above, plus:

  • Special acknowledgement of your support in the theatre lobby
  • Host a private backstage tour for up to ten guests led by a member of the Festival staff

$10,000

All benefits above, plus:

  • A private dinner with WTF’s Artistic Director
  • Access to purchase House Seats for Broadway shows through the Development Office

Estimated goods & services value: $200

Photo by Joseph O’Malley

WTF Partners

Nikos Stage Partners

All WTF LOVERS benefits, plus:

  • Nikos Stage Partners ($25,000) help underwrite one Nikos Stage show and receive invitations to all production events for that show, recognition in the programs and on posters for that show, and a framed and signed poster from your sponsored production.

Estimated goods & services value: $355

Main Stage Partners

All benefits above, plus:

  • Main Stage Partners ($50,000) help underwrite one Main Stage show and receive invitations to all production events for that show, recognition in the programs and on posters for that show, and a framed and signed poster from your sponsored production.

Estimated goods & services value: $385

Season Partners

All benefits above, plus:

  • Season Partners ($100,000+) help underwrite a full Festival season and receive invitations to an exclusive fall dinner in the Berkshires and to all summer production events, as well as recognition in the programs and on posters for all Main Stage and Nikos Stage shows and framed and signed posters from your sponsored productions.

Estimated goods & services value: $1,095

All events and tickets are subject to availability. *Pre-season ticket orders are filled by descending donor level and amount. **Purchase up to two tickets per production. 96 hours notice is required.

Click here to make a donation!

Other Ways to Give

Photo by Joseph O’Malley

Major Gifts

Play a Leading Role

Individual donors can play a leading role by underwriting a Festival artist, program, production, or a whole season!

For more information about Major Gifts, please contact Josh Martinez-Nelson, Director of Development & Communications, by calling 212.395.9090 x108 or emailing josh@wtfestival.org.

Photo by Joseph O’Malley

Planned Giving:
The Encore Society

Securing Artistic Excellence for Future Generations

The Encore Society consists of those loyal and dedicated supporters who have designated a special gift to benefit Williamstown Theatre Festival in the future through bequests, life insurance, trusts, IRAs, or other planned giving arrangements. These important gifts ensure that the Festival will continue to be the nation’s premier summer theatre for generations to come.

We invite anyone who has remembered WTF in their estate plans to formalize their commitment by becoming a member of the Encore Society and allow us to thank you today for the generosity you will be providing in the future.

For more information about Planned Giving, please contact Josh Martinez-Nelson, Director of Development & Communications, by calling 212.395.9090 x108 or emailing josh@wtfestival.org.

All inquiries are completely confidential.

Photo by Jeremy Daniel

Corporate Giving

By becoming a corporate sponsor of the Williamstown Theatre Festival, your organization will support the Festival’s artistic and educational programs while enhancing your company’s philanthropic involvement in the community and building corporate visibility among Festival audiences.

Our Business Partner program is designed to provide valuable sponsorship opportunities that act as effective marketing tools for small businesses and big companies alike. At any level of contribution, WTF can help you satisfy goals for philanthropy, marketing, and community participation.

New sponsorship opportunities are available each season at WTF. In addition to sponsoring plays on stage, there are targeted opportunities to sponsor special productions, Festival events, as well as education and community programs.

Current Sponsorship Opportunities Include:

  • Production Sponsorships
  • COMMUNITY WORKS Underwriting
  • Special Events

For more information about Corporate Giving, please contact Josh Martinez-Nelson, Director of Development & Communications, by calling 212.395.9090 x108 or emailing josh@wtfestival.org.

Photo by Jeremy Daniel

Matching Gifts

Many companies will match charitable gifts made by employees—doubling or even tripling the amount of your original gift, thus increasing your benefits. It’s easy. Just contact your personnel office and ask them if your company matches gifts to nonprofit organizations.

Photo by Joseph O’Malley

Planned Giving:
The Encore Society

Securing Artistic Excellence for Future Generations

The Encore Society consists of those loyal and dedicated supporters who have designated a special gift to benefit Williamstown Theatre Festival in the future through bequests, life insurance, trusts, IRAs, or other planned giving arrangements. These important gifts ensure that the Festival will continue to be the nation’s premier summer theatre for generations to come.

We invite anyone who has remembered WTF in their estate plans to formalize their commitment by becoming a member of the Encore Society and allow us to thank you today for the generosity you will be providing in the future.

For more information about Planned Giving, please contact Josh Martinez-Nelson, Director of Development & Communications, by calling 212.395.9090 x108 or emailing josh@wtfestival.org.

All inquiries are completely confidential.

Meet Our Team


Josh Martinez-Nelson
Director of Development & Communications
josh@wtfestival.org
212.395.9090 x108


The 2021 Summer Development Team: Billy Issertell, Penzi Hill, and Christian Harvey



Find Us

By Phone: 413.458.3200
By Email: wtfinfo@wtfestival.org
By Snail Mail: PO Box 517
Williamstown, MA 01267