"Let me give humble thanks for all at once."
—Henry VI Part Three
"When I was in sixth grade, I picked up a well-worn copy of A Midsummer Night’s Dream from my classroom library. It was there that I fell in love with Shakespeare’s plays. Eventually my mom decided to send me to the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s Shakespeare for Junior Actors camp where I learned more about the Bard and his works than I could have ever imagined. I went back the next summer, and when I graduated high school, the only college I applied to was Southern Utah University because the Festival is located there.
"Fast forward ten or so years, and I am currently getting ready to graduate from SUU. I’ve been working in the Festival’s Education Office for just over a year and loving every minute of it. I spent the summer helping to teach the Playmakers camp and watching a new generation of kids discover the wonder of Shakespeare’s words.
"Programs like these (and other camps, classes, and touring productions) make Shakespeare not only accessible to children, but enjoyable as well. That’s certainly the way it happened for me, and it would not have been possible without the support of the Utah Shakespeare Festival."
— Madison Ford
First there was Black Friday, then Cyber Monday. Now, comes a less commercial international movement: #GivingTuesday. Join with Madison on December 1, and support the Festival's educational programming, as well as our thoughtful and dazzling shows. Below are numerous ways to give; please be generous during this holiday season.
The Festival is counting on you to keep our artistic vision alive and growing. So we ask you to become a member of the Festival family today.
As you might imagine, ticket sales alone cannot cover the costs of the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s productions and all of the additional educational activities we’ve added to round out the Festival experience. We hope you will help by donating and becoming a valued member.
Send your gift to:
Utah Shakespeare Festival
351 W. Center Street
Cedar City, UT 84720
To donate online, click below and choose the donation campaign you wish to contribute to, including Annual Contribution and Membership, Dr. Michael Flachmann Fellows, Ed Gryska Memorial Fund, Endowment Fund, New American Playwrights Project, the New Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre, and the Katherine Kercher Memorial Fund.
Show your love for the Festival, and for your loved ones, by purchasing an inscribed memorial seat.
PUT YOUR NAME ON IT! The Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre
Be among the first to name a seat in the new Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre for you, a loved one, or a business. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a donation and place a plaque on the seatback of your choice in this beautiful, new theatre in the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts.
Seats are available now, so choose the one you want before it's too late. Put your name on one seat or on an entire row. It's up to you! Seat donations are 100 percent tax deductible, and all funds go to furnish and maintain the new theatre.
Have questions? Check out our Questions and Answers page.
Call 435-586-7880 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to select and order your seats.
The Randall L. Jones Theatre Memorial Seats - $1000
Inscribe your name, the name of a loved one, the name of your group or business, or the name of anyone you would like to uniquely honor on a Memorial Seat.
All but $15 of your Memorial Seat purchase is tax-deductible. The engraving deadline to see your plaque in the upcoming season is May 1. Your plaque will appear in the theatre for at least ten years following your purchase, at which point a seat may be resold.
Please note that Patron Pathway Bricks purchased prior to 2014 will be recognized in the new center when it opens in 2016.
You asked, and we listened. The Festival has made it a little easier for our members to provide the support that is integral to our plays and complimentary programs. Your gift to the Festival can now be split up into smaller, periodic payments that are automatically applied to your checking account, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express Card.
You get your benefits up-front for all pledges that will reach a given membership level over a calendar year. It’s the same membership, with the same benefits, but it’s a little easier on your cash flow.
Will you consider making a Membership: As You Like It gift to assure that our plays and all of the other elements of the Festival Experience continue to be available to enrich the lives of tens of thousands of visitors each year?
Your gift to the Festival's Annual Fund helps to close the gap between our ticket sales and the actual costs of producing the plays each year.
Your gift supports the miles of cable necessary for our electrics department; the hundreds of yards of fabric required to complete the many costume pieces constructed each season; the tools, equipment, lumber, steel and hardware required to build each of the sets. In essence, everything you see and experience at the Festival is supported with the many gifts to our Annual Fund.
Please give generously to the Festival's Annual Fund. Your gifts make the difference!
The cultural landscape of Southern Utah and the Utah Shakespeare Festival was forever changed on March 27, 2014 when the first shovel broke ground on the long-awaited Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts.
The center will serve as the home of the new Engelstad Theatre, an open-air theatre which will replace the Festival’s aging Adams Shakespearean Theatre, and the Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre, a 200-seat theatre which will provide a third, flexible option for Festival programming and allow the production of small, intimate plays to complement the offerings in the new Engelstad Theatre and the Randall L. Jones Theatre. In addition, the center will house the Festival’s new artistic and production building, which contains rehearsal space, offices, and a new costume shop.
Finally, the Center will be anchored on the opposite corner by the Southern Utah Museum of Art, with four galleries, collection storage, and education space.
Construction has begun, with completion in time for the 2016 season of the Festival.
Approximately $37.1 million has been raised for the construction of the new center, but $1.5 million more is needed to finish and furnish the theatres, studios, and office spaces. Naming opportunities are still available, and contributions are still needed. For more information, please contact Staci Carson at 435-586-7775 or email@example.com.
Double, or sometimes even triple, your gift to the Festival by using your company's matching gift program.
Many companies and corporations have matching gift programs and will match their employees' gifts to the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Please inquire with your company and, if this benefit is available, enclose your matching gift form with your donation, or contact the Festival Development Office for assistance. Memberships matched by your company are totally tax-deductible by your company.
If you would like to make a lasting difference, consider making the Festival a part of your will or estate planning.
For confidential information about your estate planning options, contact Jyl Shuler in the development office at 435-586-7880.
"Nothing gives more spiritual uplift than knowing that my support of the Festival will continue for generations to come."
Festival Legacy Donor
Giving to the arts benefits our culture and gives our lives fulfillment. Join with other businesses in enriching our culture and lifestyle with plays that touch the soul and also make us laugh.
The Utah Shakespeare Festival's newest fund was established to enhance the artistic excellence of all Festival productions.
An Artistic Initiative Fund was recently established at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. The new fund was initiated in conjunction with the announcement of David Ivers and Brian Vaughn as the new artistic leadership of the Festival. Created to promote the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s growth in artistic excellence, the fund consists of three major components:
- Establish and identify a core group of actors, directors, and designers who regularly appear on and off our stages.
- Utilize resources from the fund to support, enhance, and increase the size and scope of our production design aesthetic.
- Increase the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s national and international exposure and profile; this includes attending national conferences, utilizing new technology to support our marketing strategies, and exploring outreach and touring opportunities.
To date, the Artistic Initiative Fund has raised over $100,000. Thank you for your generosity.
Bardway Baby!, the Festival's annual late-night concert of Broadway show tunes performed by Festival company members, is the major event in support of the Artistic Initiative Fund.
Top photo: Melinda Pfundstein (left) as Goneril, David Pichette as Fool, Tony Amendola as Lear, and Saren Nofs-Snyder as Regan in King Lear, 2015.