Thank You for considering a donation to Gloucester Stage

I walked through the doors of Gloucester Stage for the first time in 1990 auditioning for Samuel Beckett’s HAPPY DAYS.  I was too young for the role, but I came with my own costume and backdrop, so they hired me.  Now, 32 years later, I have had the honor to lead the Company as the Interim Artistic Director and assembled a team of over 170 talented artists.  From that first day and every day since, this theater has supported me in developing my talents as a professional actress and director, and presented audiences with outstanding entertainment. 

178 Artists & Creative Staff were employed at a living wage by Gloucester Stage, producing 156 events in just five months. The 2022 Season was the most woman-led, diverse, and union run season in the Company’s history.


72% of All Artists Identify as Women
50% of All Artists Identify as BIPOC
83% of All Hires are Union Artists


5 New Play Readings
577 Plays Received
6 Premieres
Every Play this Season!
12 NeverDark Performances
+ 12 Talkbacks
Gloucester Stage had high hopes that we would recover some of the devastating losses from the prior two years by welcoming patrons back to Live Theatre.  Despite the rich, full season reflecting a kaleidoscope of human experience, this premiere-filled, five play season cost $550,000 to produce and in 2022, ticket revenue paid for only 40% of production costs — That’s why we need your help.
A gift at any level makes our mission possible:

(Donations of $100 to $249)
Funds one Artist Stipend for a Play Reading ($100)
Funds one day of COVID safety supplies ($150)

(Donations of $250 to $499)
Funds one Youth Education Scholarship ($250)
Funds one week stipend for an Apprentice ($400)

(Donations of $500 to $999)
Funds one week salary for an Equity Actor ($595)
Funds one week salary for an Equity Stage Manager ($715)

(Donations of $1,000 to $4,999)
Funds one Union Designer for a Play ($1,800)
Funds part of the Production Budget for one play’s
Lights ($1,000), Sound ($1,500), Costumes ($2,500), Set ($4,500)

(Donations of $5,000 to $9,999)
Funds one Union Director for a Play ($5,000)
Funds EBT Card Holders’ access for one play ($7,500)

(Donations of $10,000 or more)
Funds the Royalties for a Playwright for one play ($10k)
Funds the entire NeverDark Series ($11k)
Funds Youth Outreach at Gloucester Public Schools ($12k)


  • A Full Audience (200 people) could reach our goal by donating just $50
  • Or just 50 folks like you, willing to give $15 a month for a year
  • We MUST reach that goal by the end of the day Tuesday!
Over 10,000 guests enjoyed live performances in 2022, but attendance numbers are well below pre-shutdown levels. At the same time, payroll and producing costs increased by more than 15% over last year.




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Ways to Make a Gift

Traditional Check

You can mail checks to 267 E. Main St., Gloucester MA 01930

Online via credit or debit card

Click the Donate button to the right to securely process a gift with your Visa, MasterCard, or Discover card (with no additional fees). You also have the ability to give a monthly donation – A gift of $10 a month (the same as Netflix) adds up to a powerful impact when spread out over a year.

Charitable Distribution from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA)

If you are at least 70 ½ years old, you can distribute from your IRA directly to Gloucester Stage Company. This method offers certain tax benefits. See your tax professional for guidance or contact us for more information. (contact below)

Appreciated Securities

Make a direct transfer of shares to Gloucester Stage’s Raymond James account and save on capital gains tax. Connect your wealth manager with us to coordinate this type of gift. (contact below)

Planned Giving

If Gloucester Stage has made a lasting impact in your life and you would like to include our non-profit organization in your estate planning, please contact us to set up a private meeting. (contact below)

Susan d. Garvey, Director of Development
susan@gloucesterstage.com or 978-281-4099 x107

Private Donor Sponsorships

Individuals or Families who contribute at the PRODUCER Giving Circle are champions of our mission and are publicly recognized for their support.

Patrons who are passionate about theatrical arts are needed to underwrite the costs of producing the high caliber, socially relevant, and intellectually stimulating plays at Gloucester Stage each Season. The cost of each production is over $75k, but with ticket sales, grants, advertisers, and wise fiscal management, donations of $15,000 and above provide the capital necessary for presenting these powerful live stories onstage.

To make a contribution at this level, please reach out to Managing Director Christopher Griffith or Director of Development Susan d. Garvey at 978-281-4099

Gloucester Stage is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.