The Acting Company

Special Giving Opportunities

The following giving opportunities are available for individual, foundation and corporate sponsorship.  Several offer naming opportunities and all will be acknowledged on our website and in accompanying print materials.

Student Matinees enable students from disadvantaged communities who have never before seen a play to attend a production of our New York or Touring season.  From several hundred to several thousands, students see a production and participate in a Q&A Talkback with the cast.  It is said that a performance can change a life; at very least, it introduces theater and great literature to those who have never before experienced live theater.  Per matinee: $5,000.

Learning Through Theater are our weeklong artistic residencies for middle and high school students.  The program is a cross-curricular exploration of language, visual art, music, design and acting.  Teaching artists lead students in workshops, exercises and discussions on the historical, cultural and social background of the play; vocabulary study; improvisation and movement; explorations of plot, character, and elements of the production.  Teachers also experience drama-based activities that have a sustained impact on their teaching.  Per school:$5,000.

Yearlong Artistic Residencies are now offered in three Manhattan high schools and follow the core English curriculum from the classics to contemporary literature taught by a variety of teaching artists skilled in distinct areas of theater.  Annual cost: $25,000 per school.

Primary Shakespeare introduces Shakespeare to elementary grade students to test their ability to adapt to the classics at an early age prior to the resistance many middle and high school students exhibit as blocks to their learning and understanding. Primary Shakespeare is an age-appropriate, culturally sensitive, educationally beneficial and fun program for teaching Shakespeare to children in elementary schools. Per school year:  $25,000; per six-week introductory session $10,000.

Shakespeare for Teachers is our professional development workshops designed for teachers who like Shakespeare, love Shakespeare or even have a good, healthy fear of Shakespeare!  Teachers go back to the classroom armed with new techniques to breakdown resistance students might have to classic literature and language, making Shakespeare an enjoyable instead of anxiety-provoking experience for students and teachers alike.  In New York: $25,000 per season; on the road: $5,000 per workshop.

Adopt an Actor recognizes an outstanding actor returning to the Company for a second season whose standard of excellence defines the mission of the Company.  This distinction and the donor’s name would be noted on our website, in printed materials and programs as we tour across the country. Yearly stipend $35,000.

The Acting Company Truck is a moving billboard -- which travels approximately 17,000 miles each season to more than 50 communities in over 30 states—often staying for several days on a college campus or alongside a downtown theater.  The truck can be painted to include a corporate logo and indicate that, "(corporation) is keeping The Acting Company on the road and in the schools."  Sponsorship: $50,000 per touring season

New Play Series supports the development of new plays based on great works of American fiction.  In recent years, we presented the acclaimed adaptations of Willa Cather's classic, O Pioneers!  Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson,Murder by Poe and Carson McCullers’ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. All such plays would be billed as The Acting Company production in association with (sponsor’s name) present ….  Per play cost: $50,000.

Alumni Productions have featured alumni members of The Acting Company in productions such as The Cradle Will Rock, Ten By Tennessee, On the Verge and School for Scandal.  Our most recent, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, both a commissioned new play and an alumni production, was selected by TIME Magazine as the 4th Best Play of the 2009 Season. These plays premiere in New York and may be added to our repertory.  The donor's name is attached wherever presented.  $300,000 per production. 

Director's Fund underwrites the cost of directing one of our two touring shows per year.  The Acting Company uses only the most talented directors, such as Nicholas Martin who directed our 1999-2000 production of The Rivals as well as having four other productions on the New York stage.  John Rando directed our 2000-2001 production of Trevor Nunn's musical version of The Comedy of Errors.  John also directed Neil Simon's Broadway hit The Dinner Party and Urinetown, for which he won the TONY.  Most recently, Doug Hughes directed our The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, returning to Broadway just in time to collect his TONY for Doubt.  Sponsorship would be noted in the programs of all the communities we play during the season, including New York.  Yearly stipend $25,000.

Gala Underwriting provides visibility to sponsoring organizations on all press materials, invitations, programs and signage while enabling The Acting Company to direct all income to education programs for disadvantaged youth in communities across America.  The John Houseman Award and Joan Warburg Humanitarian Award are presented to individuals whose contributions have profoundly impacted the arts and humanities.  The cost of the gala -- attended by 400 social, corporate and entertainment notables -- along with sponsorship identity is $100,000.  Partial and co-sponsorship are available options.

For more information please send your name and mailing address to Liana Fernez.