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Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Give to your favorite theater company (part two)

Last week I posted this, about end-of-year giving to the theater company you care about.

I'd like to ask a question about your own giving strategy.

Do you tend to give whatever you can to a single arts organization, to maximize your impact? Or do you give a little to lots of smaller companies, to spread the wealth around? Or, do you not contribute in this way? Do you simply buy tickets as a way to show support?


SMLois said...

As a low income artist, I chose to give of my time rather than my money. Ushering, helping with mailings, painting a green room, sorting costumes - those are things I can do to help without putting myself in debt.

RVCBard said...

Same as SMLois. I'd love to give time and energy rather than money, but no one takes me up on it. *shrug*

Since I'm on a relatively fixed income, I prefer to buy a ticket. This is ironic, considering that I'm fundraising for my own play now. But when given the choice, I prefer buying tickets.

RLewis said...

I "tend to give whatever you can to a single arts organization", which is a "smaller company", and then I do that for 6 to 8 other groups throughout the year. And I'm usually giving to a theater where I've bought tickets, if they sell them. I'm fortunate that my day-gig has a matching gift program, so whatever I give gets doubled about 3 months later. So basically, all of the above.