Individual Giving

Share Your Passion for Great Theatre

Be a Member! Membership and Governors Council is our way or recognizing our amazing group of donors dedicated to maintaining The Shaw’s long tradition of commitment to theatrical excellence.

If you believe, as we do that theatre has a role to play in bringing to light and
life great ideas and universal truths, that there is merit in creating a company
of the finest artists, that it’s important to share with others the many joys of some of the greatest writing of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, then we have a role for you to play at The Shaw.

Another way of supporting The Shaw is to donate to a special project. Beyond the work you see on the Shaw Festival stages, we endeavour to interact and engage with young audience members through The Shaw’s Education and Student Engagement programs. Read about The Shaw’s Special Appeal for Education and Student Engagement and DONATE today.

Members make all the difference!
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Members Make All the Difference!

To become a Member or to upgrade your Membership, call 1.800.657.1106 ext 2556
or visit our Membership donation page.

Membership Benefits

Click on each heading below to read more about that benefit or scroll down to view the Membership Advantages chart.

Tax Receipt

Membership starts at $100. Tax receipts are provided for donations of $10 and up. Canadian Members income tax receipts are provided for the allowable portion of your donation. Charitable Registration No. 11914 7882 RR0001. American Members contributions are made through the Shaw Festival Foundation in Buffalo, New York, and are processed at par in U.S. dollars. The Shaw Festival is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a section 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Advance Ticket Ordering

Members have the opportunity to order early, before tickets go on sale to the general public. Specific ordering dates are based on your level of Membership. Early Ordering brochure is available late October/early November each season.

Free Ticket Exchange on Early Ordering

Tickets ordered by Members before January 31 may be exchanged at any time for another performance at no cost and at the locked-in, early booking prices. Valid on one exchange per ticket and subject to availability.

Subscription to SHAW Members Magazine

SHAW Magazine, published for Members, provides insight into the Shaw Festival and the season’s productions.

Members-dedicated Festival Theatre Ticket Wicket

At the Festival Theatre we now have a Members ticket wicket. Pick up your tickets, renew your Membership or get information about Membership.

Recognition in the Interactive Members Register

All donors are listed on our interactive touch screen in the lobby of the Festival Theatre.

Private Members Terrace

Members at all levels are invited to enjoy refreshments and great conversations on the Members Terrace during intermissions at the Festival Theatre.

Exclusive Members Events

Take advantage of Members-only events including sessions with the artists who create the productions. Meals and performances are all included. Click here for 2015 Members Events.

Invitation to Post-show chats

Starting Wednesdays in June, Members and Governors Council members attending a Festival Theatre matinee performance are invited to participate in a post-show chat with cast members.

Priority Ticketing Phone Line

Supporting Members ($200+) can dial a special extension to get front-of-the-line service.

Complimentary Backstage Tour

Contributing Members ($400+) can join regularly scheduled backstage tours free of charge, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays June-October at 11am. Tickets can be booked in advance through the Box Office, or if available, just prior to the tour.

Wait list for sold out performances

Starting at the Contributing level ($400+) you can add your name to a waiting list for a sold-out show. Any tickets that become available will be held for you.

Invitation to a Dress Rehearsal

Sustaining Members ($600+) are invited to enjoy a play before it begins public performances. Click here for more information.

Concierge Ticket Service

Premier Members ($1000+) may contact 1.800.657.1106 ext 2208 to receive personal concierge service when purchasing theatre and event tickets.

Fast Facts

  • What difference does my gift make?
    You directly support productions on stage – helping cover the cost of equipment and supplies to build sets, props and costumes, and to maintain the high quality for which The Shaw is internationally renowned. You also support education programs for young people – both in the theatre and in schools – and provide apprenticeship training opportunities for emerging theatre artists.
  • In what other ways could I support The Shaw?
    Make a gift in honour of an individual who is special to you. Inquire about matching gifts at work. Consider a planned gift, which includes bequests, life insurance gifts, life income gifts, real estate gifts and retirement savings plan gifts. Or give to a specific area. There are many special projects that would benefit from your support.

Tax Receipts

  • U.S. Donations
    Donors who wish to receive a tax receipt for Internal Revenue Services purposes can make their gift via mail, phone or online through The Shaw Festival Foundation, PO Box 628, Lewiston, NY 14092-0628.

Ways of Giving

  • In-person with cash, or write a cheque payable to the Shaw Festival or make a donation online with your Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit card.
  • Click here to learn more about gifts of securities matching gifts and gift Memberships.

  • For more information, please contact us at 1.800.657.1106 ext 2556 or email membershipservices@shawfest.com

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