#GivingTuesday 2021: A List of NYC Theaters and Theater Charities To Support

On this tenth annual #GivingTuesday (created in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation), consider donating to your favorite New York area theaters and theater companies, as well as theater service, advocacy and educational organizations.

Below, an alphabetical list of more than 100 New York theaters and theater companies, with links to their home page or donate page. But first a shorter list of theater charitable, service, advocacy and educational organizations based in New York. Yes, theaters have started to reopen, and some were helped by the Shuttered Venues Operating Grant; individuals were helped by the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program. But the first is no longer accepting applications, and the second has ended. Many theaters, and theater workers, continue to struggle.

I’ve put an asterisk next to those organizations that Charity Navigator has given its highest ratings for accountability, transparency, financial health and impact and results. (It need be said that some theaters and theater organizations are too new, or too small, to have been rated: “The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.”) Feel free to look up the individual charities on the Charity Navigator site.

Theater Service/Education/Advocacy Organizations

*The 52nd Street Project

*The Actors Fund For Everyone in Entertainment

*Alliance of Resident Theaters/New York

*American Theatre Wing, creators of the Tonys

The Arthur Miller Foundation – bringing quality theater and film education to New York City public school students

Black Theatre Coalition

Broadway Advocacy Coalition

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Dramatists Guild Foundation

Educational Theatre Foundation

The Lilly Awards – developing and celebrating women artists

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center

Rosie’s Theater Kids

Sing for Your Seniors performing for seniors at hospitals and care facilities

Story Pirates turning kids’ original stories into wild sketch comedy musicals

Theatre Communications Group, NY , NY-based national organization of American theaters, publishers of dramatic literature and American Theatre Magazine

TDF, TKTS ticket booths, plus accessibility services.

New York Theaters

(If any worthies are missing, please provide the name and link in the Comments sections)



Abingdon Theatre Company

Abrons Arts Center

Access Theater

Adjusted Realists

AENY – Spanish Artists in New York

All For One Theater

Americana Absurdum

Aquila Theatre Company

Ars Nova

Art for Progress

Astoria Performing Arts Center

Athena Theatre Company




Keen Company







Lesser America

*Lincoln Center Theater

Locked In The Attic Productions

*Manhattan Theatre Club

Ma-Yi Theater Company

Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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