Give the TOY advantage - donate to our annual fund!


Dear Friend:

When Rosalind Cramer and Toni Smith Wilson founded Theatre of Youth (TOY) 45 years ago, their dream was to establish a theatre that would give voice to the wonders and worries of childhood. A place where theatre artists could tell stories that might guide, comfort, enlighten, entertain, and nurture young minds. We're happy to say TOY is still that place.

TOY is committed first and foremost to the children and families we serve. We are a safe space where children explore their curiosity, discover possibilities, and learn about themselves. Our theatre programming nurtures the unique imagination that every person possesses and is entitled to actualize. These positive impacts may seem intangible, but they have noticable results. Research shows that children who experience cultural events like those at Theatre of Youth have higher test scores and aptitude levels, go further with their education, and are more likely to vote and remain active in communities as adults. Simply put, the TOY experience gives kids an advantage.

We want nothing more than to continue this valuable work. But it cannot happen without the generous support of people like you. A gift to TOY ensures that we can continue to:

  • Educate and inspire 19,000 students annually through TOY's school time performances
  • Cultivate creative confidence and thinking skills in youth who participate in our theatre workshops
  • Spark imaginations, encourage empathy and awareness, and provide an alternative lens to formalized education
  • Strenghten, grow, and enhance specalized programming, such as our in-school Health and Wellness Series and Theatre for the Very Young
  • Ensure that over 34,000 students and their families have access to age appropriate entertainment

We know you receive many requests. But as we enter the holiday season, we are reminded that the greatest gift is to ensure a better future for our children. By donating today, you are providing access to programming that enriches our young people. We know you are committed to this goal; we trust you will play your part.

On behalf of our Board of Directors, the TOY staff, and the thousands of children we serve, thank you for your past and continued generosity. All donations are tax deductible and will be recognized in our playbills for the next year. Ensure the future of TOY for the young people in your life; make a donation to our annual fund drive today.

With much gratitude,

Kevin Leary

Managing Director



Angela Laviano Hamister

President, Board of Directors


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Donate all year-long with a monthly gift plan!

Monthly donations allow you to expand the power of your donation without the upfront cost of a one-time gift. Here are some examples of how it might work:


One at-risk youth can

see 4 shows


Build a special costume

(like Fancy Nancy's dress)


A Title 1 school class can visit

TOY for a performance


Two scholarships to our

theatre workshops


Start your monthly gift today!