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Join the SVS inner Circle—donate today!

If you enjoy attending professionally oriented productions at SVS, then enhance your experience by joining our Donors Circle today. Donors in our Circle receive numerous exclusive perks all season long, and your donations are 100% tax deductible. From ticket discounts (now combinable with our many other discounted tickets, such as Senior, Educator, etc.!) to early-seating entry to royal seating, benefits vary by level, so browse the opportunities below, donate today, and automatically become part of SVS’ inner Circle. 

Our 2020 season may be delayed, but we are not defeated. And when we return in 2021, we’ll be combining our 2020 Donors Circle into 2021, to preserve benefits for when we can see you all again. In fact, ALL your donations from 2020 will accumulate with your 2021 donations and count toward your Donors Circle level!  

What do donations fund?

  • $25: Free admission for 1 child
  • $50: Free admission for 2 children
  • $100: A family of 4 enjoys free Shakespeare in Willow Street Park
  • $225: 1 actor performs Shakespeare in the Park
  • $325: Full scholarship for 1 kid to attend our Summer Shakespeare Camp
  • $1000: Rehearsal venue rental 


Or mail a check to: 

Silicon Valley Shakespeare

775 E. Brokaw Road San Jose, CA, 95112

SVS has two Funds you can support: Annual Fund, Interns Fund. All donations support the Annual Fund, unless you specify Interns Fund on your check.

Annual Fund

Supports SVS’s everyday operations, letting us provide access to innovative, high-quality classics for the broadest possible audiences, many of whom typically can’tafford theatre. Your support helps provide:

  • All performances, all year, free for kids 17 and under.
  • All Shakespeare in the Park performances in San Jose free for everyone.
  • All Summer Repertory performances at Sanborn Park at very affordable prices.

Interns Fund

Supports our fast-growing programs for  acting interns and  technical and design interns.

Our interns come from local high schools and colleges. Many progress to paid positions at SVS and other local theatres. Their internship experiences springboard them into further theatreeducation in college and beyond.

The Interns Fund honors Dinna Myers, an SVS founder, and Executive Director for the company’s first sixteen years.


To thank you for your support, SVS gives the following benefits to donors like you:

Knight
($100-249)

  • Ticket discount (20% off Sanborn productions) – now combinable with our many other ticket discounts!
  • Recognition in show programs
  • Early-seating entry (Sanborn productions)

Baron
($250-499)

  • Ticket discount (20% off Sanborn productions) – now combinable with our many other ticket discounts!
  • Recognition in show programs
  • Early-seating entry (Sanborn productions)

Additional Perks:

  • Reserved seating area (Willow Street Park production)
  • Free non-alcohol concession items (2 per production)
  • Free blanket/cushion (2 per production)
  • Shakespeare Camp discount at History Park San José
  • Pre-show reception, behind-the-scenes talk (all 3 summer productions)

Viscount
($500-999)

  • Ticket discount (20% off Sanborn productions) – now combinable with our many other ticket discounts!
  • Recognition in show programs
  • Early-seating entry (Sanborn productions)
  • Reserved seating area (Willow Street Park production)
  • Free non-alcohol concession (2 per production)
  • Free blanket/cushion (2 per production)
  • Shakespeare Camp discount at History Park San José
  • Pre-show reception, behind-the-scenes talk (all 3 summer productions)

Additional Perks:

  • Wine bottle (per Sanborn production), 2 glasses (per season)
  • Automatic upgrade to royal seats (2 seats per season)

Count
($1000-2499)

  • Ticket discount (20% off Sanborn productions) – now combinable with our many other ticket discounts!
  • Recognition in show programs
  • Early-seating entry (Sanborn productions)
  • Reserved seating area (Willow Street Park production)
  • Free non-alcohol concession (2 per production)
  • Free blanket/cushion (2 per production)
  • Shakespeare Camp discount at History Park San José
  • Pre-show reception, behind-the-scenes talk (all 3 summer productions)
  • Wine bottle (per Sanborn production), 2 glasses (per season)


Additional Perks:

  • Automatic upgrade to royal seats (4 seats per season)
  • Reserved seating area (Annual Spring event)



lord
($2500)

  • Ticket discount (20% off Sanborn productions) – now combinable with our many other ticket discounts!
  • Recognition in show programs
  • Early-seating entry (Sanborn productions)
  • Reserved seating area (Willow Street Park production)
  • Free non-alcohol concession (2 per production)
  • Free blanket/cushion (2 per production)
  • Shakespeare Camp discount at History Park San José
  • Pre-show reception, behind-the-scenes talk (all 3 summer productions)
  • Wine bottle (per Sanborn production), 2 glasses (per season)
  • Reserved seating area (Annual Spring event)


Additional Perks:

  • Automatic upgrade to royal seats (4 seats @ two productions)
  • Invitation to each production’s first rehearsal
  • VIP insider – private pre-show audience with your choice of production or SVS staff member, as available (1 per season)


How It Works

Whenever you donate, your donations add up throughout the year and count toward your Donors Circle benefits. Once your donations reach $100 or more, you qualify for exclusive perks. All direct donations starting October 1st count toward your Donors Circle level for the following season.

In gratitude for your support through the pandemic, we are rolling over qualifying donations made from Oct. 1, 2019 through Sept. 30, 2022 into the 2022 Donors Circle season benefits. Your donations made directly to SVS during that timeframe will accrue toward your level of benefits.

In addition to providing valuable donorship benefits, your support empowers us to produce high-quality, affordable productions and education programs, and admit all kids free to all mainstage productions. Since 1999, we have served over 100,000 patrons, providing free admission to over 63% of attendees, and contributing over $1.7M in free admission to our community. We’re proud to give back to our communities, and we can only do it with your support!

Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who donates, whether it’s through our Holiday Campaign, during ticket purchase, or at any other time of the year!

Qualifying Donors Circle donations include gifts made directly to SVS and through employee-giving programs where the donation is directly attributed to you. Also included are donations during online ticket sale, plus check and credit card donations at performances (cash donations are not trackable). We greatly appreciate corporate matching of gifts and donations made through third parties, third-party fundraisers, or shopping fundraisers (such as AmazonSmile), but they are not included as of Sept. 30, 2021.

Give While You Shop

Use AmazonSmile to give a portion of your purchase to Silicon Valley Shakespeare, at no cost to you! It’s this simple:

1. Go to  smile.amazon.com. Designate Silicon Valley Shakespeare as the charity you support.

2. Always enter Amazon through  smile.amazon.com. You can use your existing account and receive the same low prices.