• 100% of your donations directly fund our operation and performances
  • 200+ public performances are held by Kentucky Shakespeare annually
  • 64 Seasons of free Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park

Individual Donors

Your contribution to YOUR Kentucky Shakespeare is tax-deductible. We accept and encourage monthly giving – just like public radio, set an amount and never worry about it again, unless you want to change something.

Donors at levels $60 and up will be recognized in our summer playbills and all donors recognized on the website, unless specified anonymous.




On Paypal in the “Donor Notes” field, please let us know how you would like to be listed in playbills and online donor list.

Prefer to donate by check? Please make checks payable to: Kentucky Shakespeare, 616 Myrtle Street, Louisville, KY  40208

Donor Levels

  • Squire
    $1 – $59 One Time Donation / $1-$4 Monthly Sustainer
    Inclusion in online donor list
  • Knight
    $60 – $149 One Time Donation / $5-$12 Monthly Sustainer
    +Inclusion in summer playbills and social media thank you
  • Earl
    $150 – $499 One Time Donation / $13-$41 Monthly Sustainer
    +Voucher for Season T-shirt
  • Duchess
    $500 – $1,563 One Time Donation / $42-$130 Monthly Sustainer
    +Invitation to season opening reception
    +Behind-the-scenes experience
    +Pre-show talk
  • Stratford Society
    $1,564 – $4,999 One Time Donation / $131-$146 Monthly Sustainer
    +Stratford Membership benefits including opportunities for Stratford Society excursions, exclusive events, rehearsal access, and school performances
  • Stratford Society Nobility
    $5,000 – $9,999 One Time Donation / $417-$833 Monthly Sustainer
    +Choice of character sponsorship, exclusive early season announcement reception, exclusive annual gift, and Will’s Tavern and Will’s Gift Shop vouchers
  • Stratford Society Royalty
    $10,000 and above One Time Donation / $833+ Monthly Sustainer
    +Director sponsorship category designation plus VIP Access – tickets, exclusive experience with directors, various unique experiences during the year

Stratford Society

The Stratford Society is open to supporters who donate a gift of at least $1,564, in honor of the year Shakespeare was born. Stratford Society members serve as key community ambassadors for Kentucky Shakespeare. As a member, you will enjoy exclusive rehearsal previews, premieres, receptions, special events and opportunities for exclusive theatre and theatre-themed travel.

For more information or to join the Stratford Society, please call Producing Artistic Director Matt Wallace at 502.574.9900 or email matt@kyshakespeare.com.

Thank you to our Stratford Society Members.

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The Bekki Jo Schneider Education Fund

“That’s Rosemary, that’s for remembrance, pray you, love, remember.”
Ophelia in Hamlet

In addition to her prolific legacy with Derby Dinner Playhouse, Bekki Jo Schneider was an integral part of the regional arts landscape including her position as Producing Director of Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. Through her lifelong dedication to education and employing artists, she has employed hundreds, if not thousands, of artists and mentored as many students and young professionals. Kentucky Shakespeare would like you to join us in memorializing our dear Bekki Jo, by supporting two of her passions: Shakespeare and arts education. In 2019 we officially named our summer internship program the Bekki Jo Schneider Intern Company. Make a note with your donation or send an email to designate it to support this program.




Give the Gift of KY Shakespeare

Looking for gifts for those hard to buy for relatives and friends? Gift certificates are available for any of our workshops, classes, camps, or for our annual gala. Contact us for more info.

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