Keeping the bold, intimate, and engaging theater “cooking” creates a challenge, even though our 99-seat house is often filled to capacity. A gap always exists between the cost of producing excellent theatre and the income we earn at the box office. To fill this gap, we count on support from our generous contributors. All gifts to the Kitchen Theater Company (a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation) are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
The Annual Fund is the bedrock for funding General Operating Expenses. We encourage everyone to participate in this. There are additional programs that may have a special appeal to you. Below is a list of all out funding opportunities; click on the name to find out more. If you have questions please contact Managing Director Stephen Nunley at or by phone at 607. 272-0403.
Gifts to the Kitchen’s annual fund provide bedrock support for the theater’s yearly operating budget, for our four performance series, community outreach projects, salaries for our terrific staff, and other things like heat, electricity, and a well-stocked “pantry.” The annual fund drive kicks off in October —but gifts to our annual fund can be made at any point in the season, including right now!
Kitchen Theatre Company Donation Levels
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Established to honor Artistic Director Rachel Lampert in her 10th anniversary season, this fund provides supplemental discretionary money disbursed each season to enhance the A.D.’s artistic vision in the development, production values, and presentation of high quality theater in ways that are not possible in the Kitchen’s yearly operational budget.
How to join? Gifts to the Artistic Director’s Excellence Fund, which is a distinctive giving opportunity, separate from the Annual Fund. You can become a member by making a gift or commitment pledge at one these levels:
Excellence Fund Producer's Circle - $2,500+
Excellence Fund Director's Circle - $1250-$2,499
Friends of the Excellence Fund Circle for donors under 40 years of age - $500-$1249
Established in honor of Percy Browning, President Emerita of the Board of Directors of the Kitchen Theatre Company, this fund supports the creation and commissioning of original scores, recording of original music for use in production, live performance of music as part of KTC productions and archival recordings.
Named in memory and honor of Martha Dewey by her husband Kent Goetz, this fund supports enhancement of design and production by providing additional funds beyond the Kitchen Theatre Company’s annual budget.
For the past seven years the Kitchen Theatre Company has had a post-college resident intern program that brings newly graduated young people from across the country to the KTC for 6-12 month residencies. Internships are available in stage management/production, arts management, and marketing/development. During their stay with the KTC, they work alongside our professional staff receiving hands on job training. Our team of interns is crucial to the daily operations of the Kitchen and provide necessary support to the full time staff.
The interns receive a small weekly stipend and housing. Our resident interns have successfully gone on to fully compensated positions in NYC and other metropolitan areas and some to graduate school. We have hired a few who have joined our staff after completing their internship to continue as staff members.
Monthly Installment Plan
Consider making a donation pledge to the Kitchen Theatre Company now! With gifts of $500 or more, we also offer the option of paying your pledge in small, monthly amounts by check or automatic credit card payments. Managing Director, Stephen Nunley, would be happy to set this up for you.
Bequests and Gift Planning
Kitchen Theatre Company welcomes donations in the form of planned gifts—that is, the designation of the KTC as a beneficiary in wills, retirement plans, IRA accounts, life insurance, and trusts. These gifts boost the advancement of the theatre through development of endowment and/or by providing current use funds that help us to meet ongoing expenses.
Gifts of Stock
Share your success in the market with the Kitchen Theatre Company. Gifts of appreciated securities (whether individual stocks or mutual fund shares) can help you avoid capital gains tax while also providing a charitable deduction. We have secure and easy methods for you to transfer stock, proceeds of stock sales, or mutual fund shares to the Kitchen through our qualified broker.
Contributions are what allow us to continue producing theater you appreciate and enjoy. Please contact the Administrative Office at any time for questions or assistance regarding contributions to the Kitchen Theatre Company. Reach our Managing Director, Stephen Nunley, and our Development Associate, Lynn Craver, by calling: 607.272.0403. We look forward to hearing from you!
The Kitchen Theatre is pleased to accept on-line donations through the secure web site PAYPAL. Thank you for donating!
Thanks for your support of the Kitchen, and for helping to sustain a vibrant arts community in Tompkins County!