From ticket sales to contributions, Seattle Rep relies on our community’s participation and collective generosity to make extraordinary art possible. As we seek to put theater back on stage in the year ahead, we need your help more than ever to revitalize, rebuild, and reimagine our vision of Theater at the Heart of Public Life.

Returning to production in a post-pandemic world will require an above-and-beyond infusion of resources. We’ve set a goal of raising $12.5M in new season subscriptions, ticket sales, grants, and cash contributions from our community by the end of 2021 to bring art back to Seattle Rep’s stages. 



Set the stage for live theater

Your gift will help Seattle Rep transition back to full-scale operations following the pandemic, ensuring we have the resources and staff to create astonishing art on stage at the level that audiences and artists have come to expect, even as we anticipate smaller audiences and additional health and safety costs. 

  • Invest in streaming technology

    Seattle Rep is investing in streaming technology to expand access to the extraordinary art on our stages. With these new technical capabilities, we will also be able to expand our Youth Engagement programs’ reach to a greater audience and allow our community greater access to our Arts Engagement programming. 

  • Deepen our EDI commitment

    We are answering the call by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) theater practitioners locally and nationwide to make substantial and long-lasting changes to our organizational culture and industry. We continue our commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) work by implementing anti-racist practices, and investing in changes to create more equitable working conditions for BIPOC staff and artists.

  • Improve our facilities

    Seattle Rep is investing in creating a more welcoming experience at the theater with more comfortable and accessible seating, renovated restrooms, and updates to improve patron flow in our main entrance and lobby. To fully realize our vision of Theater at the Heart of Public Life, our spaces must be equipped and ready for our community to gather together safely, with equity and access at the forefront.

Every dollar you invest makes a difference.

From contracting artists to rehiring Patron Services staff and preparing our space for new health protocols, our behind-the-scenes work must happen far in advance to get shows back on stage. Seattle Rep needs your participation now to ensure our strong return to production in the year ahead.

Please help us reach our Heart Fund goal by making a gift today, purchasing tickets to our upcoming virtual events, or being the first to subscribe to our season

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for being there for Seattle Rep during this time. We look forward to revitalizing, rebuilding, and reimagining Seattle Rep, all while continuing to center theater at the heart of public life.

Overall Progress to Our $12.5M Goal


See the Breakdown

Individual Contributions: $7,533,000 Goal


Each year more than 3,500 donors at all levels come together to invest in Seattle Rep through contributions to our annual fund, show sponsorships, or gifts to core programs like Public Works, New Works, or Youth Engagement. Donors like you can support the theater in a variety of ways, including gifts of stock, donor advised funds, IRA charitable rollovers, and planned gifts. If your employer has a matching program for contributions or volunteer hours, your gift can make an even bigger impact!

Ticket Sales: $1,000,000 Goal


Earned revenue through ticket sales is an important contributor to our cash flow position and an indicator of artistic health. While our stages are dark, purchasing tickets to virtual events like Plays in Process is an immediate way to support Seattle Rep. Additionally, once subscriptions go on sale this summer for our 2021/22 season, these purchases will also contribute to the Heart Fund.

Government Relief Grants: $1,854,000 Goal


Public relief funds (such as forgiven PPP loans and federal grants redistributed by state and local agencies) help the theater maintain staff and general operations while closed, and prepare to rehire and reopen. You can help ensure strong government funding as the arts and culture sector emerges from the pandemic by contacting your federal Representative and Senators, state legislators, and county and city elected officials to express your support.

Foundation Grants: $1,561,000 Goal


Foundation grants include annual support for the theater’s ongoing programs or operations as well as one-time investments in reopening or renovation activities. You can help ensure strong foundation support by introducing or recommending Seattle Rep to any grant-makers you know, including your local community foundation. Please contact Foundation and Corporate Partnerships Director Sarah Bednar for more info.

Government Operating Grants: $174,000 Goal


Government operating funds come through competitive grants to support productions and programs that provide public benefit for our community. You can help ensure ongoing government investment in arts and culture, now and in the future, by contacting your House Representative and Senators, state legislators, and county and city elected officials to express your support.

Corporate Support: $278,000 Goal


Corporate support includes annual grants or sponsorships for Seattle Rep productions, programs, or events. You and your employer can help build robust corporate support for Seattle Rep’s reopening by partnering with us to create tailored sponsorship opportunities or corporate events, or to help your company meet its social responsibility goals. Please contact Foundation and Corporate Partnerships Director Sarah Bednar for more info.

Other: $100,000 Goal


Other revenue includes royalty payments from past productions that premiered at Seattle Rep (such as Come From Away) and theater property rentals.

Your Impact in Action

Explore video content showing the impact of your support in action at Seattle Rep.

  • Artwork for A Message from Pamela Reed

    A Message from Pamela Reed

    Reopen Our Doors. Renowned local actor of stage and screen Pamela Reed has a message for you about what she's looking forward to when we return to live performances.

  • Artwork for From the Desks of Jeff & Braden

    From the Desks of Jeff & Braden

    Revitalize Our Future. "Theater has a place in terms of strengthening the collective, so I think it has an essential role to play in helping our community heal." Hear more from our leadership team about how the Heart Fund will prepare Seattle Rep for a strong future.

  • Artwork for In the Heights on the Power of the Arts

    In the Heights on the Power of the Arts

    Inspiration for All. In our In the Green Room reunion event, members of the cast and creative team of our 2018 production of In the Heights reflect on how the arts have grounded and inspired all of us throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Artwork for Public Works Seed Project Reveal

    Public Works Seed Project Reveal

    Building Connection. Our Public Works community came together in 2020 to inspire a new mural painted in our building. Watch this beautiful piece of art come to life with scenic painter Ruth Gilmore.


Unless otherwise specified by the donor, contributions to Seattle Rep's Heart Fund received by mail or online will first be directed to support our 2021/22 Season annual operations. If/when annual operations are funded in full, Heart Fund gifts will be directed to streaming, facilities, and EDI initiatives related to our reopening.