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The impact of the current global health crisis on Williamstown Theatre Festival is heartbreaking; last summer, we were not able to come together in one unifying space in Williamstown to celebrate the enduring power, beauty, resilience, and complexity of our shared humanity. But even in this complicated moment, our way forward is clear. We are committed to sustaining artists year-round, to funding commissions and new play development activities, and to ensuring the future of artists convening in Williamstown to make great theatre. We are determined to reimagine how we can uphold our commitments to you, our audience, providing you with the intellectually and emotionally stimulating work that you have come to expect from Williamstown Theatre Festival. And we are inspired to make sure that next summer, and the summers to come, are our strongest—artistically and financially—yet. Click Here To Read More
Now is not a time to mince words: Williamstown Theatre Festival grapples with existential threats even in the very best of times.
And we are not alone. As this pandemic has revealed, revered American institutions, many far larger than WTF, have business models that rely on inconsistent sources of revenue. As a result, cultural institutions in the United States are hugely reliant on philanthropy to bridge the gap between costs and revenue. For organizations like Williamstown Theatre Festival, the threat is real: our revenue stream—which represents 60% of our budget in a typical year—runs dry with the absence of a summer season in Williamstown.
In order to ensure that Williamstown Theatre Festival can weather this storm and the next, providing dependable support for artists in times of prosperity as well as times of crisis, we must appeal to your generosity at this critical moment. Members of Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Board leadership have increased their support this year, and we hope you will join them. The future of Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the artists we are proud to call family, depends on you.
Give What You Can
In recognition of their support, all donors who contribute $150 or more will be listed in the digital program and will receive advance access to tickets and other exclusive benefits (TBA), depending upon their level of support.
Special Access to the WTF Season on Audible
WTF is producing a season in collaboration with Audible, the leading creator and provider of premium audio storytelling.* As a token of our appreciation, special access to the WTF Season on Audible will be made available to new donors at the $600 level (and higher). Click below to make a donation in support of Williamstown Theatre Festival.
*When each title in the WTF Season on Audible releases, it will be available on Audible.