Bespoke Giving opportunities are tailor-made for our donors’ deeply held passions and interests. When you designate a gift to a Bespoke Giving Fund, you support exactly what you care most about. Through this giving, YOU are changing lives, one story at a time, and we are grateful beyond words.
*on the secure on-line form, simply type in your desired Bespoke Fund in the designation field, or note on your mailed-in check.
BESPOKE FUNDS AND BENEFITS
Artists Fund: Donors to the Artists Fund ensure the recruitment and retention of the high quality, professional company you have come to know and love by offsetting $500,000 in salaries, travel, and housing costs for our company members. Your funds will go to support a specific artist or administrator at Northern Stage.
Education Fund: At Northern Stage, we inspire, nurture, and challenge generations of theater lovers. Education Fund donors offset $200,000 in annual education department costs. Programs supported by this fund include the Internship and Apprenticeship Programs (E-term, Boot Camp, Summer Interns), life-long learning series (Osher, Learning Lab), BridgeUP: Theater in the Schools (Shakespeare in the Schools, Musical Theater in the Schools), Boot Camp Mentorships, and need-based scholarships for our Youth Ensemble Studio, YES Jr., Summer Musical Theater Intensives, and Vacation Camps.
Access Fund donors ensure that Northern Stage is a theater for all. Dollars raised offset $75,000 in annual costs for low-cost ticketing programs and allow for new programs such as audio description or large print playbills. Programs supported by this fund include $19 Student Tickets, $20 Tuesdays, Access for All, the Library Partnership Program, and other new initiatives designed to promote accessibility and remove barriers to participation.
Opportunities & Challenges Fund: From the thrilling (Off-Broadway premiere!) to the necessary (a new table saw!), we spend up to $150,000 per year on things we need and opportunities that are too important to pass up. Supported programs include our annual New Works Now Festival, Thirsty Theater 10 Minute Plays, and producing an Off Broadway run of a Northern Stage premiere. Donations also cover tools and equipment purchases (computers, microphones, etc.), professional development opportunities (conference attendance, professional memberships, etc.), or to meet unexpected or arising challenges (flooding, fire, or other emergencies).
Benefits for Bespoke Giving
- Gifts up to $499: You are included in a special Bespoke donor list in the current season’s playbill.
- $500 – $4,999: The above, and you receive invitations to Insider Events.
- $5,000 – $9,999: The above, plus acknowledgement on the Bespoke web page.
- $10,000 +: The above, plus additional recognition on the cast page of the playbill and on the web page of your supported program, plus invitations to special events.
Northern Stage’s Education & Artistic Outreach department seeks to broaden our relationship to the community by engaging with theater lovers of all ages through youth training and in-school programs, external events, internships, and adult learning opportunities. Led by Eric Love (Director of Education) and Amanda Rafuse (Director of Artistic Outreach), the department brings world-class theater professionals to the Upper Valley to provide unique training that challenges students and inspires them to create great art. To learn more about Education and Artistic Outreach, download our one-page flier here.
Northern Stage’s Education and Artistic Outreach programs are made possible by the leadership support of the Pussycat Foundation, The Mary W. Harriman Foundation, Bonnie & Clint Swift, Hypertherm Owner’s Philanthropic Endeavors (HOPE) Foundation, The Sabra M. Hamilton Foundation, Education Fund Donors, and our entire family of supporters. To support changing lives, one story at a time through a Bespoke gift to our Education and Artistic Outreach programs, please click here.
YOUTH TRAINING PROGRAMS:
Boot Camp is designed to nurture young theater artists by providing in-depth training and mentorship for high school juniors, seniors, and recent graduates who want to pursue a career in the arts.
A perfect introduction to theater! Classes focus on teamwork, self-confidence, and acting techniques. These half-day camps for students in grades 1-7 will take place during the February and April vacation weeks as well as late June and early July. Details about our vacation camps are announced each summer and summer camps are announced each winter.
Each summer, Northern Stage offers the Summer Musical Theater Intensive: a by-audition training program designed for students in grades 7-12. Taught by industry veterans and culminating in a professionally-produced musical on the main stage.
Northern Stage believes the artistry that happens behind the scenes is just as important as the artistry that happens on the stage. Designed to train and inspire technical theater artists of the future, students in grades 9-12 work with Northern Stage’s professional staff in all aspects of technical theater production from September through May and in conjunction with SMTI.
Exceptional theater training for young people in grades 7-12. From September to May, students participate in group days at the theater, post-show discussions, master classes with main stage artists, and three performance projects, including a fully-produced musical on the main stage.
YES, Jr. is designed for kids with a passion for theater in grades 4-6. From December to March, students participate in group days at the theater, master classes, post-show conversations, after-school classes, and rehearse and perform a one-week project in February.
Northern Stage offers two internship programs for Dartmouth students – the Experiential Term (or “E-Term”) is designed to give current undergraduate students the opportunity to gain experience working in a professional theater during an off-term, while the Post Graduate Internship is a year-long position to help recent graduates transition into working in a professional theater environment.
IN- SCHOOL OPPORTUNITIES:
The mission of BridgeUP: Theater in the Schools is to increase theater access and learning resources for rural and underserved youth throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. BridgeUP brings professional teaching artists into area classrooms for a month-long residency to empower students to speak Shakespeare’s language, perform songs, learn choreography, and embrace public performance. This performative program brings artists into the classroom and supports the curricular needs of schools.
Northern Stage offers school-time matinees of select professional productions. Student’s imaginations are nourished under the lights and action of full-length productions at a discounted price. Before the show, students receive a study guide to use at a talk-back with professional actors immediately following the performance.
Backstage@NorthernStage is a series of four – five workshops offered in collaboration with local life-long learning partner organizations (Adventures in Learning, Osher at Dartmouth, and the Woodstock Learning Lab). Each program is announced on our website and via our partner organization. This course is a series of experiential workshops and discussions led by members of Northern Stage’s Leadership Team, special guests, and members of the production’s design team and cast. Each series is offered in conjunction with a selected main stage production and is designed to bring you closer to the artists and craft of Northern Stage.
Success in business means finding comfort in uncomfortable situations and building a highly effective team. We can customize a program to help employees or individuals work on public speaking, presentation skills, team building, and more using acting and theater techniques. Interested in a day with your co-workers or employees? Please contact Eric Love to create your tailored workshop.
A limited number of complimentary ticket vouchers for the 2019-20 Season will be available at participating area libraries.
Spot On is a series of community conversations designed to illuminate the major themes of selected plays in Northern Stage’s main stage season. Featuring artists, academics, community leaders, and inspirational figures you will want to hear from, these conversations are curated to spark resonant dialogue among our community members. Conversations take place prior to a Sunday afternoon performance: talks begin at 3 PM and end at 4 PM and are followed by receptions in the Roesch Family Lobby with light snacks and beverages.