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For over 60 years, artists and audiences have been coming together at Goodspeed Musicals for musical theatre experiences of the highest caliber. When you contribute to Goodspeed Musicals, you join with the over 120,000 patrons who visit us each year in sustaining one of Connecticut's most important cultural and artistic jewels.

As a non-profit theatre with ticket sales covering only 60% of our operating costs, Goodspeed relies heavily on the generosity of its friends and supporters. There are many ways for individuals, corporations, and foundations to contribute their support, and we hope you will explore those opportunities here on our website. In return, Goodspeed provides its members and supporters with an array of exciting benefits, including ticket concierge services, invitations to exclusive special events, and brand visibility.

If you have any questions, our Development team is happy to help and can be reached at 860.873.8664, x317.

The support of friends like you is what makes the magic of Goodspeed possible. We can’t do it without you – so thank you for your generosity.

Below you can find information on the various ways to support Goodspeed and our programs. Please consider providing general operating support by becoming a member, or donating to a specific area that meets your interests.

Click the accordions below to learn more about the various ways to support Goodspeed and our programs. Please consider providing generals support by becoming a member or donating to a specific area that meets your interests

We invite you to become a Member and to be part of this incredible community. As a member you will enjoy many exclusive benefits including members-only ticket exchanges, waived fees on ticket purchases, access to member events, trip and tours and so much more. You are a very important part of the Goodspeed community and we want to you to enjoy these unique perks and benefits at both The Goodspeed and The Terris Theatres.

Your membership gift plays a pivotal role in helping Goodspeed create musicals for now and for future generations. And, your donation is tax-deductible to the maximum amount allowable by law.

View the full list of Membership Categories & Benefits

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Make a gift toward what matters most to you! Here are some areas you can donate your donation to:

New Works

At Goodspeed, we are passionate about making musicals and providing opportunities for theatre artists to create musical theatre works of art. You can help us promote, develop, and produce musicals, and encourage the work of these writers. Musical theatre creates community, provides connection with our fellow humans, and reminds us of how much more we are truly capable of―and you can make that possible. Your donation will support fresh voices in our industry as they create exciting new musicals here at Goodspeed.


We believe that everyone should benefit from the emotional, aesthetic and communal connections that the arts can provide. Goodspeed serves nearly one thousand children and students each season through its Max Showalter Center for Education in Musical Theatre which includes these programs:

  • Music Theatre Institute Institute: an ever-growing education and training initiative that offers a wide array of workshops and intensives for students, young professionals, and individuals looking to continue their education in the arts.
  • Arts Education Collaboration: annually engages over 800 young and underserved students in the creative process of musical theatre, offering workshops, performance tickets, lunch and transportation at no cost to students or schools.
  • Family Nights: offers young people an opportunity to see the magic of musical theatre at a discounted rate. 

Your support of Goodspeed’s Education Programs will allow us to engage young people in the creative process of musical theatre, and help make the art form accessible to the next generation of theatergoers.

Sensory-Friendly Performances

Goodspeed offers one or two performances each year that are designated as Sensory-Friendly and provide the opportunity for individuals with autism or other sensory processing issues and their families to enjoy a day of live theatre together. Tickets are offered at a heavily discounted rate and production and front-of-house accommodations are made to ensure that there is no financial or social burden to attend. Your gift will ensure that we can continue to make the theatre accessible to everyone.


Through our GoodWorks commissioning program.

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Have you considered matching your gift to goodspeed?

If you work for (or are retired from!) one of the many employers with a matching gift program, you may be able to make your charitable contribution count more than once - even twice!

Please use the below search tool to see if your company will match your donation and to access the forms, guidelines, and instructions that you need to submit a matching gift. If you have any questions, please contact David Mai at 860.873.8664, x317 or

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Currently these businesses match gifts to Goodspeed Musicals. We appreciate their – and your – support!

  • AARP
  • ACE Charitable Foundation
  • Adobe
  • Aetna
  • Alexion
  • AllianceBernstein
  • Allied World Assurance Company
  • American Express Foundation
  • American International Group, Inc.
  • American Tower
  • Amica Companies Foundation
  • Aon
  • Arch Capital Group
  • Argonaut Group, Inc.
  • Arthur J. Gallagher Foundation
  • AT&T Foundation
  • Bank of America
  • Barnes Group Foundation, Inc.
  • Charter Oak Federal Credit Union
  • Chevron Corporation
  • Choice Point Inc.
  • Chubb & Son
  • CIGNA Corporation
  • The Compass Group
  • Conning
  • Covidien
  • Dell, Inc.
  • Diageo North America
  • Dominion Foundation
  • Eli Lilly & Company Foundation, Inc.
  • Ensign-Bickford Foundation
  • Eversource
  • ExxonMobil Corporation
  • Facebook
  • Gartner Matching Gift Center
  • GE Foundation
  • Gillette Company
  • GlaxoSmithKline Foundation
  • Goodrich Corporation
  • Google
  • Guardian Life Insurance
  • The Hartford
  • The Hartford Courant
  • Hartford Steam Boiler
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Hudson City Savings Bank
  • IBM Corporation
  • ING Foundation
  • John Hancock Companies
  • Jones Lang LaSalle
  • J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • KX Technologies, LLC
  • Lane Industries, Inc.
  • Lincoln Financial Group Foundation
  • Lydall, Inc.
  • Macy’s Foundation
  • MassMutual Financial Group
  • BNY Mellon
  • The Meredith Corporation Foundation
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Microsoft
  • New York Times Company
  • NRG Energy Inc.
  • Nuveen Investments, LLC
  • Occidental Petroleum Corporation
  • Pfizer Foundation
  • Phoenix Foundation, Inc.
  • Pitney Bowes
  • Plymouth Rock Foundation
  • Prudential Foundation
  • PW Power Systems
  • Raytheon Technologies
  • Schneider Electric/Square D Foundation
  • Symetra Financial Corporation
  • Reader's Digest
  • Stanley Black & Decker
  • Thompson Reuters
  • Time Warner Foundation
  • Travelers Insurance Company
  • UBS Financial Services
  • Unilever
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealth Group
  • United Technologies Corporation
  • Verizon Foundation
  • Voya Foundation
  • The Walt Disney Company Foundation

If you would like to make a contribution with stocks or securities, please contact the development office at 860.873.8664 to alert us of your gift, as our clearing house does not provide the donor’s name. We can then be assured of providing you with a proper acknowledgement.

Send stock/securities contribution to:

Vanguard DTC#: 0062
Customer Account Name: Goodspeed Opera House Foundation, Inc.
Customer Account #: 46855265
Address: Vanguard Institutional Advisory Services, 100 Vanguard Blvd, MS PN20, Malvern, PA 19355
Account Executive: Mattew J. Michuda, 610.503.3137 or 800.662.0106 x33137,

Goodspeed Musicals is pleased to offer members and friends an extraordinary opportunity to support the finest musical theater while providing a truly unique tribute to a friend or loved one.

Patrons who participate in the Dedicate a Performance program enjoy an incomparable array of benefits designed to create an unforgettable evening at Goodspeed. A gift of $500 or more will allow you to dedicate a performance of your choice in honor of a special person or milestone occasion. Your Dedicate a Performance evening will include:

  • Special dedication on Goodspeed's lobby monitor
  • Program insert announcing the evening's dedication
  • Card and flowers for your honoree
  • Private champagne reception at intermission for you and your honoree (number of guests are limited)
  • Framed copy of the program insert signed by the cast

Concierge service for best available tickets for your dedicated performance

In addition to providing a once-in-a-lifetime evening for a cherished friend or loved one, your generous gift will help ensure Goodspeed Musicals continues its role as a world-leading presenter and producer of classic and contemporary musical theater.

For more information on the Dedicate a Performance program, please contact Gloria Gorton, Director of Major Gifts, at 860.873.8664, ext. 366.

Past Dedicated Performances

  • The Drowsy Chaperon, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 - dedicated to Anne Ryder in honor of her 85th birthday by Annie DeVito, Paul Bonadies, Michael Bonadies, and their families
  • Oliver!, Friday, July 6, 2018 - dedicated to Mary Miko in celebration of 50 years of friendship by Robin Stegner.
  • The Will Rogers Follies, Saturday, May 5, 2018 - in honor of Beverly Parent, from her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, In honor of her 90th birthday.
  • Oklahoma!, Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - dedicated to Frances Pettay in honor of her 100th birthday.
  • Thoroughy Modern Millie, Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - dedicated in memory of Ellen Bell by her dear friends and theatre companions.
  • Bye Bye Birdie, Saturday, September 4, 2016 - dedicated to Neil Epstein in honor of his 75th birthday by his family and friends.
  • Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn, Wednesday, November 8, 2014 - dedicated in memory of Cynthia Kellogg Barrington by her sister, Faith Wilcox Barrington, who is performing a walk-on role in today’s performance.
  • Fiddler on the Roof, Tuesday, August 12, 2014 – dedicated to Kristan McLaughlin with thanks from the many cast members she has helped during her 16 years in Company Management at Goodspeed
  • Damn Yankees, Thursday, June 19, 2014 – dedicated in loving memory of Myron R. Foster by his family
  • The Most Happy Fella, Friday, September 20, 2013 - dedicated to those employees who have worked at Goodspeed Musicals for over 25 years: Ed Blaschik, Michele Baumann, John Riccucci, Mary Miko, Jay Hilton, Donna Lynn Hilton, and Diane Sobolewski
  • Hello, Dolly!, Saturday, September 7, 2013 - dedicated to Alice Dadourian in honor of her 90th birthday by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren
  • Hello, Dolly!, Sunday, August 25, 2013 - dedicated to Diane Teichmann in honor of our 35th anniversary by her husband Peter
  • Hello, Dolly!, Saturday, August 17, 2013 - dedicated to Wilma Harris in honor of her 94th birthday
  • Hello, Dolly!, Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - dedicated to Susan Davison
  • Hello, Dolly!, Sunday, June 30, 2013 - dedicated to Marvin and “Mike” Beloff in honor of their 60th Anniversary
  • Something’s Afoot, Saturday, November 24, 2012 - Dedicated to Barbara and Gordon Richmond in honor of their 50th Anniversary
  • The Great American Mousical, Saturday, November 10, 2012 - Dedicated to Carla Kusmierz
  • Mame, Friday, June 8, 2012 - In Honor of The Pedlars
  • Mame, Saturday, May 19, 2012 matinee - Dedicated to Nancy and Ed Lonergan
  • Mame, Saturday, May 19, 2012 evening - Dedicated to MaryAnn Holman, Grandmother of cast member Melissa Steadman, in honor of her 80th birthday
  • Mame, Friday, April 20, 2012 - In Memory of Goodspeed Trustee Mark A. Wainger
  • Show Boat, Sunday, July 24, 2011 – In Loving Memory of Herman Bercowetz
  • Show Boat, Friday, July 8, 2011 – In Honor of Vivian Alfano
  • My One And Only, Saturday, June 4, 2011 – In Honor of Marie Trowbridge
  • Carnival!, Thursday, September 2, 2010 – In Loving Memory of Louis Aborn
  • Carnival!, Saturday, August 7, 2010 – In Loving Memory of Chickie Hartman
  • Carnival!, Thursday, June 2, 2010 – In Honor of Wendy Venoit
  • Annie Get Your Gun, Wednesday, May 26, 2010 – In Honor of Muriel Selden Paris
  • Annie Get Your Gun, Sunday, May 9, 2010 – In Loving Memory of Hildegarde Maria Stehr Markard
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Friday, November 20, 2009 – In Honor of Miriam Chaiklin
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Friday, September 25, 2009 – In Loving Memory of Fran Taubkin

Click on a thumbnail to view photos from past dedicated performances.

Are you looking to dedicate a gift in honor/memory of someone? Tribute gifts can be made to any of the non-membership funds above, or can be designated to where the funds are needed most. Click the button below or call Mary Miko at 860.615.0368 to make your gift and provide information about your honoree.

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