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For seven decades, the Tony Award-recognized Williamstown Theatre Festival has brought emerging and professional theater 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 and debuted on Broadway last fall.

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.

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Donor Benefits

Ticket sales cover less than ten percent of what it costs to produce the 2023 Season. As a nonprofit theater, WTF relies on the generosity of donors to support artists and make the Festival possible each summer.

Donors enjoy an array of benefits, including advanced access to tickets, invitations to special behind-the-scenes events, and so much more.

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

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WTF Friends (with Benefits!)

$250

  • Advance access to tickets for all 2023 Season performances*: Buy tickets before they go on sale to the public on May 2!

$500

All benefits above, plus:

  • Invitations to “Jenny’s Summer Salons”: Mix and mingle with Festival artists at this exclusive summer series hosted by WTF Interim Artistic Director Jenny Gersten!
  • Ticket exchange fees waived

Estimated goods & services value: $75

$1,000

All benefits above, plus:

  • Invitation to a festive summer cocktail party hosted by a Festival Trustee
  • Invitations to select private workshops throughout the summer: Be among the first to experience developmental works by Festival artists-in-residence.

Estimated goods & services value: $100

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WTF Lovers

$2,500

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

  • VIP Ticket Concierge service through the Development Office
  • Access to reserved seating at all Cabarets and Main Stage readings, and House Seats to A New Brain**
  • Invitation to a celebratory private dinner at Mezze with Jenny Gersten and an intimate group of Festival supporters**

Estimated goods & services value: $100

$5,000

All benefits above, plus:

  • Prominent recognition of your support in the theater lobby
  • Access to House Seats for shows in NYC and at regional theaters**

Estimated goods & services value: $100

$10,000

All benefits above, plus:

  • Private one-on-one dinner with Jenny Gersten
  • Sponsor one of the Fridays@3 developmental readings with acknowledgment in the program

Estimated goods & services value: $300

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WTF Partners

WTF PARTNERS underwrite portions of the Festival season with gifts of $25,000 or more and enjoy curated insight into the creative process with special access to Festival leadership and artists.

Main Stage Reading Partners ($25,000)

Underwrite one of the Main Stage readings.

Cabaret Partners ($50,000)

Underwrite the Cabaret series.

Season Partners ($100,000)

Underwrite the entire 2023 Season.

In recognition of their incredible support, PARTNERS receive all of the benefits of WTF LOVERS, as well as acknowledgment in show programs, invitations to behind-the-scenes production events, exclusive naming opportunities, and an invitation to a fall dinner in the Berkshires with Jenny Gersten.

Estimated goods & services value: $500

All events and tickets are subject to availability.*Eligible donors will be notified by email when the advance access period begins. Ticket orders will be limited to four tickets per production. **Cost of ticket/meal not included

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Other Ways to Give

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Summer 2022 Development Team, Sophie Schaeffer and Frances Rippy, with Development Coordinator Billy Issertell



Find Us

By Phone: (413) 458-3200
By Email: wtfinfo@wtfestival.org
By Snail Mail: PO Box 517
Williamstown, MA 01267