Shakespeare is alive and well in Chicago! Thanks to generous donors like you, CST's home on Navy Pier is bustling with over 650 performances of internationally acclaimed productions year-round. Our award-winning education program, Team Shakespeare, positions us as a partner in literacy to Chicago Public Schools, with service that introduces 40,000 students and thousands of teachers to the Bard each year. Reflective of the global city we call home, we are the foremost producer of international theater in Chicago through our World’s Stage Series, which also tours CST’s work across the globe.
Over the last 30 years, donors to our annual fund have helped make a home for Shakespeare like no other. By joining this generous community of contributors, you can fully support Chicago Shakespeare's award-winning performances, nationally-recognized education programs and work from around the world.
Donors of $1,000 or more are invited behind the scenes for special evenings with the artists of Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Additionally, Bard Circle membership activates a VIP concierge service for ticketing and event needs. Complimentary intermission service is offered in our English Pub when you join us for a performance. Learn how you can become a member.
Forming the foundational support for CST, the Shakespeare Society acknowledges individuals who annually pledge $25,000 or more in support of the Theater's commitment to the canon.
Artistic Director's Circle
An esteemed group of lead sponsors form the Artistic Director's Circle, providing annual subsidy for Barbara Gaines' signature exploration of Shakespeare’s work and for curated seasons that reflect his genius for storytelling, musicality of language, epic scope and unparalleled sense of humanity.
The First Folio Society is a group of magnanimous individuals who have included Chicago Shakespeare Theater in their Trust or Estate Plans. Learn more about the First Folio Society.