Donors & Sponsors

You Bring New Plays to Life!

“If a patron buys from an artist who needs money, the patron then makes himself equal to the artist; he is building art into the world; he creates.” Ezra Pound


Your interest and passion for the theatre and arts education will make it possible for PlayFest Santa Barbara to develop exceptional theatre and bring the gift of new works to our community and future generations. We are grateful for your willingness to consider playing a leading roll as we launch our inaugural season! Your generous support will help set the stage for our success for years to come! 

PlayFest Santa Barbara is a Non-Profit corporation that relies primarily on private and public contributions. Your tax-deductible donation will have an immediate impact. Your participation and generous support will also inspire others to contribute to the cause and helps set the pace for the development of new plays!

Leadership Levels:

Advance the art of theatre! Individuals and businesses can play a leading role by underwriting an entire production or an initiative that supports new work for the American theatre.

• ANGELS CIRCLE (Transformational Gifts of $100,00 & above)Be the executive producer of the entire season! 

• PRODUCERS CIRCLE (Productive Gifts between $50,000 & $99,999)
Become an Individual Honorary Producer of a newly adapted classic or a
developing original play or musical.
• PLAYWRIGHTS CIRCLE (Inspirational Gifts between $25,000 & $49,999)
Sponsor a professional playwright’s new work to appear at PlayFest. This allows us to transport, house and feed our artists for the run of the festival. 
• DIRECTORS CIRCLE (Leadership Gifts between $10,000 & $24,999)Joins adventurous individuals who directly and collectively sponsor a world premiere play or musical.

• ACTORS CIRCLE (Dramatic Annual Gift between $5,000 & $9,999)

• DESIGNERS CIRCLE (Enthralling Annual Gift between $1,000 & $4,999)

Individual Membership Levels:

  • PATRONS CIRCLE (Gifts between $500 & $999)
  • BENEFACTORS CIRCLE (Gifts between $100 & $499)
 “I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.”

George Bernard Shaw

To learn more about Major Gifts, please email us at or send mail to PlayFest Santa Barbara at P.O. Box 1097 Santa Barbara, CA 93116-1097.


Companies may generously match their employee gifts to PlayFest Santa Barbara. Contact your employer for its matching gift program. For more information, contact the PlayFest Development Office at: or send mail to: 

PlayFest Santa Barbara
P.O. Box 1097 Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara, CA 93116-1097


Foundation Grants from national, regional and local Foundations are a vital resource to PlayFest Santa Barbara. Foundations support all programs, including developing and producing new works, and education programs that will reach thousands of students in our community each year. Foundation grants can support general operations or specific programs and initiatives. Listed below are areas of support:

  • Specific Productions
  • Education and Outreach Programs
  • New Play Development Initiatives, including potential full scale productions
  • Audience Development and Community Engagement Initiatives
  • Endowment

To learn more about the Foundations, please contact us via or send mail to PlayFest Santa Barbara at:

PlayFest Santa Barbara
P.O. Box 1097 Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara, CA 93116-1097


Planned Gifts are the ultimate way to assure that PlayFest Santa Barbara will continue to serve and enrich our community for generations to come. Those making planned gifts automatically become members of PlayFest Santa Barbara Legacy Club.

Your contribution makes a lasting difference — but you don’t have to be wealthy to make a planned gift. There are many options, each with different advantages and effects:

  • Include PlayFest Santa Barbara in your will or trust
  • Designate PlayFest Santa Barbara as a beneficiary of your retirement plan, IRA, or life insurance policy
  • Create a Charitable Remainder Trust or Charitable Lead Trust


Partnerships are good for business and the community! By joining other leading businesses in support of the arts, you can make a positive and lasting impact on young people (and their families) in the Santa Barbara community and throughout Southern California. As a Corporate Producer or a member of the Corporate Circle, supporters receive a high return on their investment through recognition, networking and unique entertainment opportunities.

To learn more about corporate giving, please email us at or send mail to PlayFest Santa Barbara at P.O. Box 1097 Santa Barbara, CA 93116-1097.


PlayFest Santa Barbara’s Artistic Directors and Board of Trustees have the vision to establish an Endowment to secure PlayFest’s future. To assure the continuation of artistic, education and outreach programs to the community for generations to come — and keep ticket prices affordable — we invite you to support the PlayFest Endowment through an outright gift of cash or securities or through a planned gift.

Questions? Please contact Director of Development at or send mail to PlayFest Santa Barbara at P.O. Box 1097 Santa Barbara, CA 93116-1097.