Lead the Way – Join the Governors Council

When you become a member of the Governors Council your donation directly supports the work on our stages and behind the scenes. You help maintain one of the finest training grounds for actors, designers, directors and other theatre professionals. You support educational programs that excite young people about theatre and build the audiences of the future. And, most importantly, as a member of the Governors Council, you help ensure The Shaw continues to produce compelling, stimulating, and joyously entertaining productions for you and thousands of others to experience year after year.

Click here for Governors Council benefits chart.


All of the benefits of Membership plus…

Complimentary Parking at the Festival Theatre

Space is limited; it’s best to arrive early.

Access to reserved Platinum and Gold seats for late-notice purchases

Contact the Governors Council line at 1.800.657.1106 ext 2208 to book your tickets.

Access to the Macdonald Heaslip Lounge

Governors Council members and their guests are invited to the Macdonald Heaslip Lounge for refreshments during the first intermission at the Festival Theatre. When there is a performance or other special event in the Studio Theatre, the lounge will be closed and drink tickets for the Festival lobby bar will be provided.

Invitation to Special Receptions

From time to time the Shaw Festival hosts receptions in cities in Canada and the United States. We welcome our Governors Council members living within those regions to attend. Invitations are mailed for individual events.

Opening Night Celebrations

As a Governors Council member, you are invited to join us for Opening Night celebrations. Invitations are mailed with details and RSVP instructions for each individual Opening.

Opportunity to Host an Event in the Macdonald Heaslip Lounge

As a Governors Council Member, beginning at the Benefactor level, you may host an event in the Macdonald Heaslip Lounge.

Ways of Giving

There are many ways you can play a central role in the Shaw Festival’s success. Thanks to the generous support of Governors Council members, the Shaw Festival will continue to examine the ideas and principals of our namesake and present them for the enjoyment of our audiences, now and in the future.


  • We accept the following credit cards – Visa, Master Card and American Express
  • We accept cheques from both Canadian and American donors
  • Canadian cheques made out to The Shaw Festival and mailed to:
    Shaw Festival Theatre, P.O. Box 774, Niagara on the Lake, ON, L0S 1J0. Attn: Governors Council Office
  • US cheques can be made out to The Shaw Festival Foundation and mailed to P.O. Box 628, Lewiston, NY 14092-9819
  • Click here to learn more about gifts of securities matching gifts and gift Memberships

For more information, or to request installment payments, please contact the Governors Council line
at 1.800.657.1106 ext 2213 or e-mail Kim White, Manager, Governors Council at kwhite@shawfest.com