Development Update


Development Update

SuperMatch Challenge: Mission Accomplished!

SuperMatchIf you attended a performance this spring, you probably heard about the SuperMatch Challenge. A group of donors challenged Hartford Stage to raise $165,000 in new and increased support by June 30. If we succeeded, they would match that amount, 2-to-1.

We are thrilled to announce that Hartford Stage met – and exceeded! – the challenge. More than 1,000 generous patrons came forward and made a gift. In total, they contributed $173,317.33.

We extend our deep gratitude to every one of these households for supporting our artistic and educational programs.

New Grants Support Summer Studio and Seder

The Cast of Pippin
The Cast of Pippin

Earlier this year, Hartford Stage received a major grant from The Scripps Family Fund for the Arts and Education. This support enabled the Summer Studio program to offer 23 scholarships to underserved youth, as well as expand marketing and outreach efforts.

“Making sure that our classes are accessible to everyone who wants to participate, regardless of their ability to pay, is very important to us,” said Jennifer Roberts, Director of Education for Hartford Stage. “We are grateful for this generous gift and for the opportunity that it gives these children to build confidence, make new friends, and to shine in front of their families and friends.”

This summer, 240 young people between the ages of 3 and 19 are participating in classes, workshops, and production, including the upcoming teen musical Pippin.

This fall, Hartford Stage will produce the world premiere of Sarah Gancher’s Seder. This provocative new drama has won a prestigious Edgerton Foundation New Play Award. Since 2007, the Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards program has given plays in development extended rehearsal time for the entire creative team. The Foundation has awarded grants to non-profit theatres for 348 new plays to date, including four Pulitzer Prize winners (including Water by the Spoonful, which also premiered at Hartford Stage) and five Tony Award winners. We are honored to have the Foundation’s support behind Seder.