Why Support OSTF?
Charging even $1 for admission significantly reduces the size of a theater's potential audience, so we've made our admission free. OSTF operates on the ideal that it is more important to serve wider, more diverse audiences who collectively contribute. Small not-for-profit theaters of comparable size cover 21% of their operative expenses from ticket revenue, requiring other forms of income (such as gifts, individual donations, and grants) to cover the remaining expenses. OSTF does not charge admission, but cash contributions still cover 16% of our operating budget.
With continued audience growth, OSTF will be able to cover a comparable portion of our expenses with voluntary box office contributions, but we must raise the balance. That is why we're asking for your help.
Where Will Donations Go?
$75 covers the at-cost value of tickets for a family of 4.
$100 underwrites a scholarship for the OSTF's HS Acting Shakespeare Intensive.
$250 helps to cover a week's salary for one of our Equity actors.
$500 helps to cover a summer stipend for one of our college interns.
$1000 helps to cover building materials for one of our productions.
How to Donate
Visit Oberlin College's online giving page to easily and securely make a tax-deductible donation using your credit or debit card, selecting "Summer Theater Production Fund" from the drop-down menu.
If you'd like to mail us a donation, please write a check payable to Oberlin College. Include 'Oberlin Summer Theater Festival' in the memo line. Send to:
Oberlin Summer Theater Festival
c/o Oberlin College Theater and Dance Department
Warner Center 100
30 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, Ohio 44074
You can also bring your check to the show! A donation box is also located in the lobby of Hall Auditorium at every performance.
Additionally, we have launched our crowdfunding campaign! Every dollar donated to OSTF through this campaign will be matched by an anonymous donor up to $10,000. To contribute to our campaign, please visit our crowdfunding site!
Thank You to our Sponsors
Friends of OSTF are very special to us, and we would like to show our appreciation to you all in the program. Thank you so much for your continued support. Your gift helps to make our productions accessible to a large and diverse audience, many of whom might otherwise not be able to attend live theater.
The Oberlin Summer Theater Festival 2016 Season is made possible by generous support from Oberlin College & Conservatory, The Ohio Arts Council, Nord Family Foundation, Nordson Corporation Foundation, City of Oberlin/Oberlin Business Partnership, and audience members like you.