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Funds To Build A Stronger Kitchen


Keeping the bold, intimate, and engaging theater “cooking” creates a challenge, even though our 99-seat house is often filled to capacity. A gap 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 friends in the business community, foundations, government grants and gifts from many individuals. 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.

Annual Fund

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 and runs through the end of our fiscal year June—but gifts to our annual fund can be made at any point in the season, including right now!

If you have questions, please contact Artistic Director Rachel Lampert at rachel@kitchentheatre.org or Artistic Associate Emily Jackson at emily@kitchentheatre.org.

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Special Programs to Support the Kitchen

There are additional programs that may have a special appeal to you. Below is a list of all of our funding opportunities; click on the name to find out more.

Burn the Mortgage Campaign

Kitchen Theatre Company's Board of Directors created this campaign to honor Artistic Director Rachel Lampert's twenty years of visionary leadership and ensure the theater's financial future. The goal is to retire the theater's mortgage debt before Rachel retires! The campaign goal is $188,000. For more information, watch the video below or read the campaign kick-off press release here.

If you have questions, please contact Managing Director Stephen Nunley at stephen@kitchentheatre.org.

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The Artistic Director's Excellence Fund (ADEF)

Established to honor Artistic Director Rachel Lampert in her 10th anniversary season, this fund provides supplemental discretionary money disbursed each season to enhance the Artistic Director's vision in the development, production values, and presentation of high quality theatre in ways that are not possible in the Kitchen's yearly operational budget.



How to join? Gifts to the Artistic Director's Excellence Fund, are separate from the Annual Fund. It is our hope that donors will continue to support the Annual Fund and increase their commitment with a gift to the ADEF. 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

If you have questions, please contact Managing Director Stephen Nunley at stephen@kitchentheatre.org.

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Percy Browning Fund for New Music

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.

If you have questions, please contact Artistic Director Rachel Lampert at rachel@kitchentheatre.org or Managing Director Stephen Nunley at stephen@kitchentheatre.org.

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The Dewey/Goetz Fund for Design & Production


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.

If you have questions, please contact Artistic Director Rachel Lampert at rachel@kitchentheatre.org or Managing Director Stephen Nunley at stephen@kitchentheatre.org.

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Professional Development - Resident Intern Program

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.

If you have questions, please contact Artistic Director Rachel Lampert at rachel@kitchentheatre.org or Managing Director Stephen Nunley at stephen@kitchentheatre.org.

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Norma Fire Emerging Artist Fund

Named for actress Norma Fire and created through a gift from the Estate of Norma Fire. At the beginning of each season, the Norma Fire Emerging Artist Award will be presented to the young person from the previous season whose work exhibited the most potential.

If you have questions, please contact Artistic Director Rachel Lampert at rachel@kitchentheatre.org or Managing Director Stephen Nunley at stephen@kitchentheatre.org.

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More about Giving

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.

If you have questions, please contact Artistic Director Rachel Lampert at rachel@kitchentheatre.org or Managing Director Stephen Nunley at stephen@kitchentheatre.org.

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Donate today!

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 Kitchen Theatre Company by calling 607.272.0403. We look forward to hearing from you!

Kitchen Theatre Company is pleased to accept on-line donations through a secure web site. Thank you for donating!

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Thanks for your support of the Kitchen, and for helping to sustain a vibrant arts community in Tompkins County.

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