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Annual Campaign 2019
Here at The York, we work round the clock to bring you musicals all year long. From our Mainstage Series, to our Musicals in Mufti Series, from concerts to our Oscar Hammerstein Gala, we love musicals, and we know you do too! A donation to this campaign helps us keep bringing musicals to life.
Mildred Kayden Fund
THE MILDRED KAYDEN FUND. Mildred Kayden led an extraordinary life in the worlds of music and theatre, as both a composer and lyricist as well as a radio talk show host. At the York Theatre, she was the composer and lyricist of mainstage hits STORYVILLE (2013) and IONESCAPADE (2012), as well as composer and librettist of the short opera, MARDI GRAS (2013), and composer of the short opera THE LAST WORD (2013). Mildred was a passionate friend and collaborator with The York for many years until her death in 2017. In her honor, a generous donation has been made to create The Mildred Kayden Fund. This gift will fund scholarships for our Musical Theatre Training Program and support female writers and composers selected to participate in our NEO (New, Emerging, Outstanding) Writers Program.

Giving to the Mildred Kayden Fund will help us to continue our mission of bringing new musicals to life.
Sally Smith Fund
SALLY SMITH began working with The York Theatre in its earliest days. She built sets and later became the theatre’s Technical Director for a number of years. She also sewed draperies and costumes, donated props, and generally pitched in during The York’s early shoestring life. She served on The York’s Board of Directors, and helped guide the theatre through several periods of hardship and uncertainty. She was a loyal supporter of The York throughout her life. Our hearts and prayers go out to the friends and family members of beloved York patron, Sally Smith.

Your gift to the Sally Smith Fund will go towards set design and construction, costume design and construction, and props which all help a musical come to life!
Developmental Reading Series Donation Fund
The York Theatre asks for your support in funding our Developmental Reading Series. Each year the York makes a home for 30-40 readings of new musicals through its Developmental Reading Series. Our strong commitment to developing new work is an important part of what makes the York unique in the musical theater community. This year, we’d like to make it possible for more writers to avail themselves of the opportunity to do a developmental reading.
Educational Programs
Started in 2015, The York's MTTP brings working professionals in to work with eager and dedicated theatre students. Our rigorous yet nurturing programs offer training in singing, acting and movement and include master classes with some of New York’s top theatre artists. Programs culminate in a showcase performance on The York’s Off-Broadway stage. We currently offer a Summer Intensive for middle and high school students and a Winter Intensive for college students from across the nation. Help support a scholarship today and donate to our Educational Programs.
NEO (new emerging outstanding)
Help support New Emerging Outstanding writers in this unique scholarship program--your donation will support an introductory concert of the selected talent and a fully funded professional reading of the new musicals written by these talented writers.

Any amount is appreciated!

Interested in Sponsoring a Writer?
$6,500 supports one team of NEO writers to develop their musicals at The York and to present a reading to an audience full of industry professionals, friends and family. Become a sponsor and you will be acknowledged in our NEO Program, invited to sit-in on a rehearsal, and receive prime seats for the reading!
If you have questions, please call Shana Farr at 212-935-5824 ext. 214

Wells Fargo Employee Giving
For the last several years The York has partnered with Wells Fargo employees, bringing musical theatre to them (sometimes right to their office!). Donate to the York Theatre Company today as part of Wells Fargo's Community Support Campaign!
The Austin Graham Memorial Fund
The York honors the memory of longtime York Theatre Company board member and supporter Austin Graham.

Austin Andrew Graham, Jr., age 89, peacefully passed away at his home in New York City surrounded by his family on Friday, December 28, 2018. He served as a Lieutenant in the Navy during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in January 1955. Austin graduated from Fordham University and was a Merrill Lynch Stock Broker with a career spanning over six decades. His favorite pastime was baseball and was captain of the Merrill Lynch team where he earned the nickname "Commissioner" of which he used liberally throughout his life.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to The York Theatre Company of NYC.
Take A Bow! End of The 2019 Season Campaign
As we come to the end of our season and to the end of our fiscal year, The York has much to celebrate. We kicked off our 50th Anniversary Season with a revival of one of our most popular productions: Enter Laughing: The Musical which received wonderful reviews, ecstatic reactions from our audiences, and a two-week extension. Just last month, The York received a special Outer Critics Circle Award recognizing our commitment to producing new and classic musicals for 50 years, and with that much history, we have accomplished quite a bit:

100+ Mainstage Productions | 500+ Developmental Reading Labs
110+ Musicals in Mufti | 1000+ Concerts & Special Events
25+ NEO (“New/Emerging/Outstanding” Writers) Concerts/Readings
9 Musical Theatre Training Programs (MTTP)
27 Oscar Hammerstein Awards | 40+ Recordings

We are only able to continue our commitments to the successful programs and series above with the help of our patrons. It is expensive to run a professional, not-for-profit, off-Broadway musical theatre company in the heart of Manhattan: our budget is $2.1M per year, and the box office covers only 25 percent. The remaining revenue comes from government grants, corporate gifts, and our committed, important individuals like you.

If The York entertains and inspires you, please Take a Bow with us and give a gift before August 31st. It is important that we meet our financial goals as we close this fiscal year and head into our next half century.

You are an essential part of The York family, and we thank you for your support – past, present, and future.