Watch this page for the link to the April 25th Live@Blackfriars Event

       While the end of the pandemic is squarely in our sights, we are maintaining a shorter performance schedule and one-third capacity at the Playhouse to keep you as safe as possible. We need your help to fill the financial gap until we can open up all Playhouse seats. You’re all invited to join us for a special Live@Blackfriars, streamed on Vimeo on April 25, 7:30 pm.

Our goal is to raise $200,000 between now and the end of that concert to bring the lights across the organization back up to full glow. As the virus puts distance between us, human connection is at its most vital and most vulnerable. Your gift will help us create a space where we can sit in the light and look across – the Playhouse, the lawn, the digital space – and see that we are more alike than we are different, that there is more to connect us than divide us, and that there is something worth fighting for on the other side of the pandemic.


We’ll see you at the Playhouse, soon.



Make your commitment ongoing.

Epizeuxis is the rhetorical device which denotes the repetition of words, for example, Hamlet’s famous phrase Words, words, words. Members of this society have pledged ongoing monthly or quarterly gifts.

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

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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.

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.

The Sidney Stark III Memorial Scholarship Fund supports the American Shakespeare Center’s Theatre Camp which empowers high school students to leap into college life through the learning experiences within Shakespeare’s text. Named for Sidney Stark, an English teacher who dedicated his life to sharing the joy of language, this fund invests in students’ performance training, academic exploration, and the opportunity to share their passion with new friends from across the country.

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.

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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.


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