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The philanthropic support of our donors and friends helps Long Wharf Theatre produce plays by great theatre artists, bringing the most talented playwrights, actors, designers, and artisans to make their magic on our stages. That support also makes possible a wide range of free and low cost educational and community outreach opportunities for thousands of children and adults in the Greater New Haven area.


Our community of supporters is as essential to Long Wharf as the actors, directors, and writers whose work you see on the stage.  As with most arts institutions, ticket sales cover less than half of the costs of Long Wharf's productions and education programs each season. 

Your enthusiastic attention and sophisticated response to what you see on stage inspires artists to create some of their best work here at Long Wharf.  Your financial support makes it possible to fund and grow this inspired work.  It also supports comprehensive arts education opportunities for thousands of students in the area. These programs are contributing to greater reading comprehension, better teamwork and attendance, and increased confidence on the part of students who are empowered to learn in new ways.  

Here are a few examples of the types of programs that were made possible during our last season:

• 5,623 students in 143 area schools participated in in-school mentorships and workshops by Long Wharf teaching artists, theatre visits, and backstage tours.

• 77 teachers from 43 schools took part in Long Wharf’s Professional Development programs.

• In conjunction with our production of Clybourne Park, Long Wharf convened 4 community conversations about race and real estate in 4 New Haven library branches and provided free tickets to area community organizations.  Long Wharf provided 3,473 free or subsidized tickets for students and teachers in area schools.

• Senior residents from Tower One/Tower East wrote, produced and performed their original work, “September House” as part of our Elder Play Project.

There are many ways to support Long Wharf, and many ways to be involved.  We invite you to join us.

To view annual financial statements, governing documents, or conflict of interest policy, please contact Long Wharf Theatre’s development office at 203-772-8237. To view a Form 990 or to get additional fiscal information concerning Long Wharf Theatre, please visit

Your support makes all that we do at Long Wharf Theatre possible! 




Curtain Call:  The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 and The IRA Charitable Rollover 

Another way you can support Long Wharf Theatre...

If you are age 70½ or older you are eligible to transfer up to $100,000 tax-free from your IRA directly to a qualified charity(ies) and have this amount count against your required minimum distribution. As far as we know, the curtain closes on this opportunity on December 31, 2013; no doubt the legislators will be creating some drama of their own as we get closer to the expiration date.

You may use a qualified charitable distribution from your IRA to make a much welcomed gift to Long Wharf Theatre today. Please contact us for further information and instructions on how to take advantage of the IRA Charitable Rollover or to explore other ways of giving that might yield additional tax benefits for you while also supporting LWT.

The show goes on due to your love of the theatre and your visionary philanthropy. Thank you.

We strongly encourage you to discuss your charitable plans with your professional advisors to be sure such gifts work in concert with your overall financial and estate plans. As always, thank you for your support.



DONOR PRIVACY STATEMENT: Long Wharf Theatre places the highest priority on protecting the privacy of our donors and holds all donor information in strict confidence. Long Wharf Theatre does not and will not sell or trade a donor’s personal information to any other entity.

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