With your help, that dream became a reality.  
We toured the US and internationally, built the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, and created educational programming to turn the lights on for students of all ages.  We have shared the joy of Shakespeare’s language and legacy locally, with the communities we visit on Tour, and with the wide world.  Thank you for showing us just how much we can accomplish when we Invest in Imagination together. 
Your steadfast support is powerful – it gives us the opportunity to soar in the present and to imagine an ambitious future for the American Shakespeare Center community.  Now we invite you to dream with us as we embark on a groundbreaking 20-year project, Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries.  With your help, we will create a new, diverse canon comprising 38 companion plays, each inspired by one of Shakespeare’s timeless works. 
When you donate to our annual fund, you invest in more than great entertainment – you become part of ASC’s legacy.  Your contribution helps us recover the joys and accessibility of Shakespeare’s theatre, language, and humanity, turning imagination into reality for all of us. 

Provide accessible, transformative arts experiences to today’s audiences.


Benefits of sponorship include:

  • Acknowledgement online and in printed materials
  • Invitations to special events and open rehearsals
  • VIP access to executive and artistic staff

PRoduction Sponsorships

Represents sponsorship of the entire Artistic Year
Represents sponsorship of the Season of your choice 

Select from Winter: Actors’ Renaissance; Spring: Tour Homecoming; or Summer/Fall: The Marquee Repertory

Represents sponsorship of a Summer Festival/Fall Repertory production 

Select from: Othello or The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, Keene by Felicia Anchuli King, Volpone by Ben Jonson (already claimed!)

Represents sponsorship of an Actors’ Renaissance Season production

Select from: Henry IV, Part I; Henry IV, Part II; Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, or A King & No King by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

Represents sponsorship of Tour Homecoming production

Select from A Midsummer Night’s Dream or Imogen by William Shakespeare, The Grapes of Wrath by John Galati, or The Defamation of Cecily Lee by Emma Whipday

Get in touch with our Development team to discuss sponsorship opportunities.

Make your commitment ongoing.

Join the Prospero Society.

Joining takes less than five minutes and provides a reliable source of support that feeds artistic programming and fuels long-term, sustainable growth.

Even just $10/month – the price of a couple of lattes – adds up to more than $100 annually.

 See Current Supporters    Join now


Maximize the impact of your gift with employer matching.

Check with your Human Resource Department to see what options are available through your workplace.

Often, all you need to do is fill out your company’s gift-matching form, and submit online or send it along with your donation to ASC. Sometimes your company will match your gift even if you’ve retired, or they will provide monetary donations to match your volunteer hours.

The following is an incomprehensive list of companies who have matching gift programs and/or have generously matched gifts for ASC in the past.

  • Aetna
  • Allstate Insurance
  • Ameritech
  • AT&T
  • Augusta Health
  • Bank of America
  • BMO Harris Bank, N.A.
  • Briggs and Morgan, P.A.
  • Cadence
  • Chase
  • Chevron
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Dominion
  • ExxonMobil
  • Fannie Mae
  • First Citizens National Bank
  • IBM
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Norfolk Southern
  • Pfizer
  • Walmart
  • Voya Financial

Make a difference in the life of a high school camper.

Help make our college-prep theatre camp accessible for shakespeare lovers of all backgrounds.

The ASC Theatre Camp is America’s preeminent college prep program for Shakespeare scholarship and performance.  Each year over 70 students gain practical skills in theatre performance and connections that last lifetimes.

My daughter attended ASC camp 5 times as a camper and once as a counselor. The experiences she had there continue to pay dividends every day in her current life as a professional actor, and in the lifelong friendships she made. My wife and I are so impressed with the work of the camp that we fund a scholarship through Toledo School For The Arts, that provides full tuition for at least one young person every summer to attend the camp. The seven kids we’ve sponsored have been unanimous in their glowing reviews, calling it a “life changing experience.”

– David L. Clark, ASCTC parent and Scholarship sponsor

We hear from students every year who are eager to participate, but can’t afford the cost of camp.  That’s we we started the ASCTC Scholarship Fund – so generous patrons can make a difference in the lives of our campers.

With your gift, we can help more high school students rediscover the universality of Shakespeare’s language, and make that treasure their own. We can expand the reach and impact of ASCTC to a broader range of campers, from here in Staunton and throughout the United States.

 Learn about ASC Theatre Camp  Donate

Shakespeare had a soundtrack.

You can help support ours.
Music is an integral part of every ASC performance, onstage at the Blackfriars and on the road with the touring troupe. The Band Candy benefit fund is an opportunity for you to directly support the musicians you love at the American Shakespeare Center.

Your gift will be used to purchase new in-house instruments; provide music lessons, upkeep, and repairs; pay musician salaries; and so much more. Next time you see actors whaling on a shiny new saxophone, you’ll know you helped put it in their hands.


Band Candy Benefit Concert

Sunday, April 14, 2019 | 7:30 pm

Celebrate with our rockin’ and talented actors while raising money for the music they make – that’s a pretty great two-in-one.  Help us say “goodbye” to the Winter Season and “welcome home” to the Hand of Time Tour as they dive into the Spring Season.

Enjoy blues, folk, and rock-and-roll performed live and unplugged. All proceeds benefit the Band Candy fund which pays for the music you love to hear at the ASC.

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