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Olney Theatre Center


Why Give?

A contribution from you helps Olney Theatre Center focus on its mission of building a strong, fearless and vibrant American character through high-quality theatre productions and education programming.


On December 18th, President Obama signed a law that retroactively extended the charitable IRA rollover for 2015 and made this provision permanent for the future. Up to $100,000 can be transferred directly from traditional or Roth IRAs annually to charitable organizations and recognized as donations. 

If you are 70½ or over and have not yet taken your mandatory distribution from your IRA this year, you might want to consider a gift from your IRA to Olney Theatre Center before December 31, 2015. To make such gifts, it is important to not withdraw funds prior to a gift, but distribute them directly from an IRA to qualified charities. Please check with your IRA administrator or your financial advisor for more information.

Best wishes for a very happy New Year!

Your contribution enables Olney Theatre Center to:

  • Serve close to 100,000 people on and beyond our 14-acre/4-venue campus annually
  • Produce a full season of professional theatre productions that include 20th century American classics, premieres, revivals, and re-interpretations of classics that resonate in our contemporary culture
  • Integrate theatre and education through our National Players tours via performances and workshops
  • Develop an awareness and appreciation for theatre within the community and build participation among its residents
  • Provide a safe and welcoming artistic "home" for established and emerging actors, designers, and directors
  • Reach and cultivate new audiences through Audio-Described performances, reduced tickets for school groups, and free community events including Summer Shakespeare
  • Prepare young people for professional positions in production and arts administration through our full-year and summer apprenticeship programs
  • Partner with outside community groups and thereby offer a larger variety of programming to our constituents
  • Achieve the best of theatre artistry and receive outstanding audience acclaim, critical review and recognition within the industry
  • Leverage additional support from other granting agencies and donors
  • Stimulate the economy - Olney Theatre Center impacts local businesses, restaurants and vendors and employs more than 100 actors, many from the region, and more than 35 full-time staff members

Even better, your contribution enables Olney Theatre Center to . . .

  • KEEP TICKET PRICES AFFORDABLE! (Ticket sales cover only 40% of our operating costs)
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