Artistic Excellence Fund

Why Give to Our Artistic Excellence Fund

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s work on stage, in schools, and in the community has grown over the last two decades to a world-class standard garnering critical acclaim and a fierce fan base. Your gift to CSC means we can continue to enchant audiences, ignite passion in students, and enliven communities across the Tristate area through our celebrated approach to theater and learning.

Because of you, CSC is setting the standard as a world-class Shakespeare institution, serving as the arts destination for the region, with a commitment to the artists, audiences, schools, and communities of Cincinnati.

Beyond the shows you see on our stage, CSC is a community of artists and collaborators that trusts in power of words, the resonance of storytelling, and the profound impact art has on an individual. CSC not only entertains, but most importantly feeds the larger dialogue in Greater Cincinnati. At its core, CSC believes that bringing people together for a shared experience is the surest way to change the world for the better.

“The most important thing I have wanted to share with CSC has been thank you for making every production relatable and relevant. My husband was never a fan of Shakespeare until he went to his first show nine years ago. Now we are annual pass holders, donate to CSC, and tell everyone we meet about our experiences! He cannot stop raving about how CSC turned him back on to Shakespeare’s works, along with other literary influences of the time. We have hours of conversation before and after the shows over drinks and dinner based on the production alone. Keep up the EXCELLENT work!” – CSC Patron

Donate Online

Donate online above

Donate by Mail

Please make a check out to Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and mail to:
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Attention: Development
217 W. 12th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Donate by Phone

Please call Director of Development, Sara Clark at 513-381-2273 ext. 3208

Donate at the Theater*

The box office will be happy to accept and process a tax-deductible donation by cash, check or credit card at:
The Otto M. Budig Theater
1195 Elm Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
*Call in advance for current hours (513)381-2273

Donate with Stock

Download instructions for making a gift of stock online here.

Questions? Contact Director of Development, Sara Clark at [email protected]

We wish to thank the following corporations, foundations, agencies, and individuals for their support of the 2022-2023 Season. We are forever grateful. This list is current as of August 1, 2022.

We endeavor to correctly recognize all of our supporters. If you see a problem with this list, please accept our apologies and email [email protected] to correct. Thank you.

Season Funder:


Season Sponsors:

The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Rosemary and Mark Schlachter

Operating Support Partners:

The Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation

The Ohio Arts Council

The Shubert Foundation

Education Season Sponsors:

Debby and Jim Mason

Creative Services Partner:


Creative Innovation Partner:

Brave Berlin

Mainstage Production Sponsors:

Barnes Dennig

Bartlett & Co.

Stock Yards Bank & Trust 

Education Partners:

Martin Chavez

National Endowment for the Arts in Partnership with Arts Midwest

Nellie Leaman Taft Foundation

Ohio Arts Council Arts Partnership

Wohlgemuth Herschede Foundation

Crosset Family Fund

DEIA Partner:

Fifth Third Foundation

FREE Shakespeare in the Park Sponsors:

Western & Southern Financial Group

Ohio Valley Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, Agent

Access Ticket Partner:


Media Partner:

Cincinnati Public Radio/91.7 WVXU

Radio Drama Sponsor:

Cincinnati Modern

New Play Development Partners:

Travis and Teresa McElroy

Opening Night Partners:

1215 Wine Bar and Coffee Lab

Cass and Glenn Plott

Community Partners:

Everything Cincy

Pedal Wagon

Throughout 2020-2022, CSC was the grateful beneficiary in COVID-related relief funds from the following federal, state, and local sources – the direct result of the advocacy of arts supporters like you.


City of Cincinnati

Economic Injury Disaster Loan

Employee Retention Tax Credit

Entertainment Venue Grant (State of Ohio)


Hamilton County Commissioners

Ohio Arts Council

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

The Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund (State of Ohio)

The SBA Paycheck Protection Program

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is the proud recipient of 65 awards for theatrical production, was a four-time finalist for Non-Profit of the Year (by the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce), received a 2017 Emerging Business Award from Venue Magazine, and was voted “Best of Cincinnati” by Cincinnati CityBeat in 2018 and 2019. The Otto M. Budig Theater, home of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, also received top honors for design by The American Institute of Architects and the Cincinnati Design Awards.