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A LETTER FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Theatre artists have never felt a greater sense of purpose than they do right now.

Connected deeply to our Greek theatrical ancestors, we see our function as one paramount to the survival of democracy.  The instruments of our art – human bodies, voices, imaginations, and instincts – are used in service of understanding what it means to be a person, a citizen, and a society.

Like our theatrical ancestors, we bring people together to engage in cultural discourse, to examine the darkest and lightest corners of the human experience, and to cause reflection and change.  We no longer perform in open-air theatres carved into the mountainside but we gather in the mountains of the Berkshires to perform the seasonal tradition of creating new work that entertains, delights, and causes catharsis.

Theatre insists that being together in one place, at one time, with our ringers off, looking ahead, not down at our screens, still matters.  Theatre reassures us that it’s safe to say full thoughts, to express, to feel, to think, to use language, to cry, and to laugh with abandon in a communal space, darkly lit, amongst strangers.  Theatre reminds us that we are alive and sentient and a part of something larger than ourselves.

The artists who will gather with us in Williamstown this summer include both beloved members of our extended Festival family and new, rising forces in the American theatre: Saheem Ali, Brooks Ashmanskas, Douglas Carter Beane, Matthew Broderick, Mark Brokaw, Rachel Chavkin, David Cromer, Tavi Gevinson, Matt Gould, Ann Harada, Jessica Hecht, Carson Kreitzer, Lila Neugebauer, Mary-Louise Parker, Steven Pasquale, Adam Rapp, Theresa Rebeck, Jen Silverman, James Anthony Tyler, Laura Savia, and Moritz von Stuelpnagel, to name just a few.

Together, we will create plays with a purpose that recalls our ancient selves, yes.  But we gather and engage and create new work not to look back nostalgically at a simpler time, but to forge a deeper, more nuanced, empathic, and rich understanding of what it means to be alive right now and to ensure a way forward, together.

Our success relies on you.  Your generous donations this spring will fund artist salaries, set construction, lighting, and so much more, and allow us to generate creative work that inspires, entertains, and drives the cultural conversation.  I hope that you will give purposefully, proudly, and, of course, generously to support Williamstown Theatre Festival.  Our artists and, in no small way, our democracy depend on you.  Thank you for your enduring support.  I look forward to seeing you and sharing our work with you this summer in Williamstown.

With gratitude and warm regards,


Mandy Greenfield
Artistic Director

 


SUPPORT WILLIAMSTOWN THEATRE FESTIVAL

Thank you for considering a tax-deductible gift to Williamstown Theatre Festival. Your generosity fuels our ability to create the extraordinary works of theatre that have become our trademark over the last 63 years.

But there’s so much more to the Festival than what you see on stage. As a donor, you’re also supporting educational opportunities like the Professional Training Program – the nation’s premier training ground for the next generation of theatre artists, technicians, and administrators. Donations also help fund year-round play development activities including artist fellowships, play readings, and workshops. Moreover, your support of the Festival helps strengthen an institution that generates critical and significant economic activity in Berkshire County.

In recognition of your generosity, we offer a host of benefits and privileges, including priority ticket handling, behind-the-scenes access, and invitations to special donor events. Peruse the giving levels and please consider making a gift today!

 


Meet Our Team

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Josh Martinez-Nelson
Director of Development & Communications
josh@wtfestival.org
662.GIVE.WTF
(662.448.3983)
Grace Singleton
Development & Special Events Coordinator
grace@wtfestival.org
212.395.9090 x110

 

2017 summer associate Mishari Lee Zambrano and intern Joy Liebman

 


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:

  • Main Stage and Nikos Stage Production Sponsorships
  • Free Theatre and Family Programs
  • Fridays@3 Reading Series
  • Opening Nights
  • …And More!

For more information about Corporate Giving, please contact Josh Martinez-Nelson, Director of Development, by calling or texting 662.GIVE.WTF (662.448.3983) or emailing josh@wtfestival.org.

Other Ways to Give

MAJOR GIFTS

Play a Leading Role!

Individual donors can play a leading role by underwriting an entire Festival production, or by backing one of the educational initiatives that make up our nationally-recognized Professional Training Program.

For more information about Major Gifts, please contact Josh Martinez-Nelson, Director of Development, by calling or texting 662.GIVE.WTF (662.448.3983) or emailing josh@wtfestival.org.

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 experience 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, by calling or texting 662.GIVE.WTF (662.448.3983) or emailing josh@wtfestival.org.

All inquiries are completely confidential.

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.

 

2018 Donor Benefits

WTF FRIENDS

Advance access, priority ticketing!

Ticket sales cover less than half of what it costs to produce the Festival each year.  Help support the Festival you love by becoming FRIENDS with a fully tax-deductible gift and receive advance access and priority ticketing!

$75 donors

  • Priority ticket handling at the $75 level*
    Donor ticket orders received before the Box Office opens in June are processed first, ensuring the best availability!

$150 donors

All benefits above, plus:

  • Priority ticket handling at the $150 level*
  • Acknowledgement of your support in the Season Program
  • 20% discount on Festival apparel and merchandise
  • Advance access to tickets for Directing Corps shows
    Enjoy productions in our intimate black-box theatre, directed by members of our Directing Corps and featuring students from the WTF Professional Training Program!

$300 donors

All benefits above, plus:

  • Priority ticket handling at the $300 level*
  • Advance access to tickets for Late-Night Cabarets
    Our popular Cabarets sell out every year. Donors at the $300 level and higher can reserve seats before they go on sale to the public!
  • Advance access to tickets for Fellowship Projects
    Be among the first to experience new works created by up-and-coming playwrights, directors, and members of the WTF Non-Equity Company!

 

WTF FRIENDS (with benefits!)

Be more than “just friends!”

Enjoy exclusive benefits, including access to a donors-only Box Office Hotline and to complimentary pre-show drinks at Bar Devo, insider information from our literary department, and invitations to special events all summer long!

$600 donors

All FRIENDS benefits, plus:

  • Priority ticket handling at the $600 level*
  • Access to a donors-only Box Office Hotline (beginning in June) for single ticket reservations with no exchange fees**
  • Pre-show drinks in Bar Devo with Festival artists
    Join Festival staff and artists before all Main and Nikos Stage performances as the Development Office transforms into the hottest bar in Williamstown!
  • Show Notes from the WTF literary team emailed to you before each production

Estimated goods & services value: $40

$1,000 donors

All benefits above, plus:

  • Priority ticket handling at the $1,000 level*
  • Early access to advance single ticket reservations
    Reserve your dates one week before the public!
  • Priority invitation for two to an exclusive pre-season “Meet-the-Artists” dinner in Williamstown
  • Copy of the WTF 60th-anniversary book Many Stages: A Portrait of Williamstown Theatre Festival (for first-time members)

Estimated goods & services value: $70

$1,500 donors

All benefits above, plus:

  • Priority ticket handling at the $1,500 level*
  • Priority invitation for two to a pre-season welcome reception in Williamstown, hosted by a Festival Trustee
  • Reserved seating for all Directing Studio productions, including Fellowship Projects and Directing Corps shows
  • Signed poster from our WTF production archive (for first-time members)

Estimated goods & services value: $160

 

WTF LOVERS

Let’s take our relationship to the next level!

Enjoy the VIP experience at WTF, including Ticket Concierge service with guaranteed access to the best seats in the theatre, complimentary beverages at shows and events, and an exclusive peek behind the curtain at WTF!

$2,500 donors

All FRIENDS (WITH BENEFITS!) benefits, plus:

  • Guaranteed seating for all stages (with at least 48 hours notice)†
  • VIP Ticket Concierge service through the Development Office, with access to the best seats and unlimited no-fee exchanges**
  • Invitation for two to observe a technical rehearsal of one Main Stage production
  • Complimentary beverages at all post-show Thursday Celebrations
  • Acknowledgement of your support in the theatre lobby

Estimated goods & services value: $210

$5,000 donors

All benefits above, plus:

  • Guaranteed seating for all stages (with at least 24 hours notice)†
  • Invitation to an exclusive developmental reading in New York City
    Experience the new play development process up-close!
  • Host a private backstage tour for up to ten guests, led by a member of the Festival staff

Estimated goods & services value: $210

$10,000 donors

All benefits above, plus:

  • Guaranteed day-of seating for all stages (with at least 8 hours notice)†
  • Recognition in programs and online as a sponsor of one Fridays@3 developmental reading
  • Access to purchase Industry House Seats for most Broadway shows through the Development Office

Estimated goods & services value: $210

 

WTF PARTNERS

Engage with the Festival at the highest level!

PARTNERS receive all LOVERS benefits, plus access to complimentary tickets for Festival shows and a window into the artistic process, including invitations to production-specific events, like first rehearsal meet-and-greets, technical rehearsal viewings, cast parties, Opening Celebrations, and more!

SEASON PARTNER – $50,000

Season Partners receive invitations to a special fall dinner in the Berkshires and to all summer production events, recognition in the programs and on posters for all Main and Nikos Stage shows, as well as access to a complimentary pair of House Seats for the Festival’s productions — Main and Nikos Stage shows, Cabarets, Fellowship Projects, and special performances — all summer long!†
Estimated goods & services value: $3,000

MAIN STAGE PARTNER – $25,000

Main Stage Partners receive invitations to all production events for one Main Stage show, recognition in the programs and on posters for that show, as well as access to a complimentary pair of House Seats for all Main and Nikos Stage productions.†
Estimated goods & services value: $1,220

NIKOS STAGE PARTNER – $15,000

Nikos Stage Partners receive invitations to all production events for one Nikos Stage show, recognition in the programs and on posters for that show, as well as access to a complimentary pair of House Seats for all Nikos Stage productions.†
Estimated goods & services value: $810

All events and tickets are subject to availability. *All donor ticket orders receive priority handling if received by May 11, 2018. Orders are filled by descending donor level and amount. **48 hours notice required. †Limit two tickets per production.

Updated 2/7/18.  All benefits and levels subject to change.

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’62 Center for Theatre and Dance
1000 Main Street | Williamstown, MA
Box Office 413.458.3253