Why Your Gift Matters

Why Your Gift Matters

Staging new works, hosting Broadway tours, and producing the best of classic musical theater takes energy, creativity, and resources. Ticket sales and subscriptions simply can’t cover it all. It’s thanks to the generosity of Annual Fund contributors that The 5th Avenue Theatre continues to grow and thrive. Your donation to the Annual Fund enables The 5th to provide arts education for 60,000 students, enriches the artistic excellence on our stage, and advances the development of new musicals. Donations of all sizes are welcome—just click on the Donate Now button at the right to make your gift.

In return for your investment in The 5th, we are pleased to offer you an array of benefits to enhance your theater-going experience. We invite you to explore Membership and the associated benefits to find the level that is right for you.


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The Legacy Society

The 5th Avenue Theatre's Legacy Society was created to recognize those individuals who share our passion for the American musical, and are committed to securing The 5th Avenue Theatre’s future. Planned gifts are vital to supporting our mission and all aspects of our mainstage works and our education and outreach programs.

To help further our goals and build a lasting foundation, The 5th Avenue Theatre has established an endowment. Contributions to this permanent fund are continually invested, ensuring a bedrock of support in perpetuity. By providing for The 5th Avenue Theatre in your estate plan, you can help preserve the beauty and magic of this important Northwest institution for generations to come. 

For more information on becoming a Legacy Society member, please contact our Development Office at 206.625.1418.


The Creativity Fund

The 5th Avenue Theatre has made the creation of new musical theater an essential part of its mission.  Since 1995, The 5th Avenue Theatre has produced 13 new musicals, five of which have gone on to Broadway and two of which have won the Tony Award for Best Musical (Hairspray and Memphis).

That’s a wonderful track record. But it doesn’t happen without tremendous support.

We invite you to partner with us in creating new musical theatre at The 5th Avenue Theatre by investing in The Creativity Fund. Our plan is to present at least one new show each season. The Creativity Fund will provide the risk capital necessary to support all aspects of creating and producing a new musical, including:

  • Providing the next generation of musical theater writers, lyricists and composers with the research time and quality resources they need to develop the seeds of story ideas into fully realized productions.
  • Commissioning exciting, original works from established composers and writers and providing them with the resources to create the new orchestrations, choreography and vocal arrangements that make for world-class stage shows.
  • Bringing composers, lyricists, and writers to Seattle so they may actively participate in the rehearsal and preview process. This first-hand participation gives the creative team the chance to further craft the new musical in order to take it from good to great!
  • Engaging the best local, national, and international designers to create the most vibrant and theatrically unique designs for lighting, costumes, and sets. All of these design disciplines further enrich the musical theater experience.
  • Collaborating with other non-profit musical theater companies to give musicals still in development a first reading, and to give completed new works their first fully realized productions. These partnerships allow us to work on productions that we might not normally have the time or resources to tackle on our own.

To learn more about The Creativity Fund, please contact the Development Office at 206-625-1418.