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Our patrons are as essential to Long Wharf Theatre as the actors, directors and playwrights whose work you see onstage. As with most art institutions, ticket sales only cover half the costs of Long Wharf’s diverse programming each season. The many outstanding productions as well as the theatre’s extensive education and community engagement programs would not be possible without the generosity of donors like you.

As a non-profit organization, Long Wharf Theatre relies on individual, corporate, foundation and government support to bring world-class theatre to its stages and offer dynamic education programs and community partnerships. Join the thousands of donors who give to LWT and make an impact in your community today.

World Class Productions and New Works

New work is the lifeblood of the theatre—it’s what keeps the art form vital and alive. Through our New Works Festival, commissioning programs, developmental workshops, and world premiere productions, Long Wharf Theatre strives to support artists in the creation and development of new work and to introduce our audience to the most exciting voices writing for the theatre today.

“I was a young playwright when Long Wharf produced one of my first plays, BFE. I was untried and unproven, but the theatre took a chance on me. And then a year later, they took a chance on me again by producing Durango. Those experiences became an essential part of my theatre education. There is no program that can teach you how to be a generous collaborator, dedicated artist or resilient playwright. You can only hope to learn these things by making theatre with other artists who are better and wiser than you. And Long Wharf had those kinds of artists in spades.” – Julia Cho

Education & Programming

We imagine a time where the arts are present in every greater New Haven area classroom and a world in which all students learn empathy, creativity, and teamwork through theatre. Our mission is to create deep and long-lasting partnerships with the schools in and around our region. Each year our programs reach nearly 5,000 students, many coming to the theatre for the very first time.


“My experience participating in the August Wilson Monologue Program was life changing. Not only did it introduce me to one of the greatest and most legendary playwrights but also broadened my knowledge on different cultures.” – Jhenzen Gonzales, ACES ECA

“My experience participating in the August Wilson Monologue Program was life changing. Not only did it introduce me to one of the greatest and most legendary playwrights but also broadened my knowledge on different cultures.” – Jhenzen Gonzales, ACES ECA

Economic Impact

Long Wharf’s national reputation draws people from all over the country to live and work in New Haven. Each of our 50+ employees is a resident of the Greater New Haven community with children in local schools and families living in vibrant neighborhoods. We hire local artisans to build our sets, handcraft costumes, and execute lighting and sound designs. We buy all of our materials locally—lumber, fabric, and equipment—and proudly feature a selection of local food and beverages for sale in our lobby each night. Support for Long Wharf Theatre is a direct investment in your community.

“Moving my family to a new state was not an easy decision, but the superb work being done at LWT spoke directly to my vision of the future of this art form.” – Kit Ingui, Managing Director

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