"Let me give humble thanks for all at once."
—Henry VI Part Three

How to Give

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
Development Office
351 W. Center Street
Cedar City, UT 84720
435-586-7880

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.


Annual Fund

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!

 


Membership: As You Like It!

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? 


Company Matching Gifts

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.


Artistic Initiative Fund

The Utah Shakespeare Festival's newest fund was established by Artistic Director David Ivers and Brian Vaughn to enhance the artistic excellence of all Festival productions. Created to promote the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s growth in artistic excellence, the fund consists of three major components:

  1. Establish and identify a core group of actors, directors, and designers who regularly appear on and off our stages.
  2. Utilize resources from the fund to support, enhance, and increase the size and scope of our production design aesthetic.
  3. 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, and we 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.


The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts

The recently-opened Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts is the home of the Utah Shakespeare Festival. It includes the new Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre, an open-air Elizabethan-style theatre; the existing Randall L. Jones Theatre; and the new 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 Engelstad and Randall Theatres. In addition, the center houses the Festival’s new artistic and production building, which contains rehearsal space, offices, and a new costume shop.

Finally, the center is anchored on the opposite corner by the Southern Utah Museum of Art, with four galleries, collection storage, and education space.

Although the buildings are completed and operating, we are still accepting gifts for additional equipment and improvement needs. Naming opportunities are still available, and contributions are still needed. For more information, please contact Jyl Shuler at 435-865-8002 or shuler@bard.org.


Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre Seat Sales

PUT YOUR NAME ON IT!

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 in all sections, 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.

Contact Nathaniel Taggart at 435-586-7880 or email taggart@bard.org to select and order your seats.


Planned Giving

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."
—Carole Schuyler
Festival Legacy Donor

Corporate and Foundation Giving

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.


Top photo: David Pichette (left) as Gremio, Peter Sham as Baptista Minola, Brian Vaughn as Petruchio, and Michael Doherty as Tranio in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2015 production of The Taming of the Shrew.