#GivingTuesday 2022: A List of NYC Theaters and Theater Charities

On this eleventh 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 charitable, service, advocacy and educational theater organizations based in New York.

Yes, in-person theater has reopened, but the continuing toll of COVID-19, plus the added costs from inflation, and the end of the special government support given during the worst of the pandemic, means that 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, 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

*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

*Entertainment Community Fund (formerly the Actors Fund)

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

*Theatre Development Fund, 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

American Theatre of Actors

*Apollo Theater

Aquila Theatre Company

Ars Nova

Art for Progress

Astoria Performing Arts Center

Athena Theatre Company



Bated Breath Theatre Company


Boomerang Theater Company

Boundless Theatre Company

Brave Artist Collective Theater Company

Brierpatch Productions

Cherry Lane Theatre

Classic Stage Company

*Classical Theatre of Harlem

Company XIV

Convergences Theatre Collective

Corkscrew Theater Festival

Culture Project

Department of Fools

Dutch Kills Theater

Elephant Run District

*Elevator Repair Service

*En Garde Arts

Ensemble Studio Theatre

Flux Theatre Ensemble

FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade

Frog and Peach Theatre Company

Fusion Theater CompanyG


IATI Theater

Irondale Ensemble

*Target Margin Theater

Teatro SEA

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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