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TDF

TDF is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing the power of the performing arts to everyone.

aka Theatre Development Fund   |   New York, NY   |  www.tdf.org

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Mission

TDF's mission is to sustain live theatre and dance by engaging and cultivating a broad and diverse audience and by eliminating barriers to attendance. We envision a world where the transformative experience of attending live theatre and dance is essential, relevant, accessible and inspirational.

Ruling year info

1967

Executive Director

Ms. Deeksha Gaur

Main address

520 8TH Ave Rm 801

New York, NY 10018 USA

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EIN

13-6216919

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Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

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TDF School Programs

TDF is home to a suite of arts education programs that serve more than 11,000 middle and high school students each academic year through in-school workshops, after-school mentorship, and attendance at professional theatre and dance performances. These programs develop soft skills that are crucial to 21st-century workforce success--collaboration, empathy, creative problem solving, and public presentation. TDF offers its education programs at no cost to students, schools, and educators to ensure that TDF can serve diverse New York City communities.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Our most wide-reaching program, Introduction to Theatre brings up to 10,000 students annually to student matinee performances of Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, and is free of charge for students, teachers, and schools. TDF Teaching Artists develop curricula around the chosen performances, work with teachers to build arts education skills, and do in-person workshops for each matinee, deepening the students experience of the work.

Population(s) Served

For students who are ready to go deeper, the Young Playwrights Residency Program offers resources and guidance to 700 teens annually, helping them create their own short plays in afterschool workshops with Teaching Artists. Their plays are then performed as staged readings by professional actors.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adolescents

The Wendy Wasserstein Project encourages New York youth to take true ownership over their citys cultural resources, partnering groups of eight students with a mentor who is deeply experienced in an aspect of the performing arts. The mentor and their students see multiple shows each season, breaking down each one afterwards in group conversations, linking what they see on stage to their own life experiences. This program serves nearly 200 students each school year.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adolescents

Dedicated to removing all barriers to entry to the theatre, TDF Accessibility Programs (TAP) are some of the most directly impactful expressions of TDFs mission. Working with producers of theatre and dance, TDF makes available accessible seating locations, as well as audio described performances, open captioned performances and performances supported by American Sign Language interpretation. These tickets are offered at exclusive discounts to qualifying individuals with disabilities through our free-to-join TAP Membership program.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

TDF Accessibility Program for Students (TAPS) extends these services to elementary school and secondary school students, ensuring that the benefits of the performing arts and arts education are available to young people with disabilities throughout the metropolitan area and in District 75 schools. TDF partners with Broadway productions to provide accessibility accommodations for students who are hard of hearing or deaf and/or have low vision or who are blind, providing open captioning, ASL interpretation and Audio Description for 500+ students a year.

Population(s) Served
People with hearing impairments
People with other disabilities
People with physical disabilities
People with vision impairments

For individuals with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities, the Autism Friendly Performances program offers opportunities to access the live performing arts without stigma or accessibility barriers. With the guidance of TDF and expert consultants, producers offer sensory-friendly adjusted versions of their hit shows, changing lighting and sound levels to accommodate individuals with sensory sensitivities. TDF purchases every seat in the house for these performances, re-selling the tickets at a deep discount to our list of over 10,000 households and providing a welcoming and comfortable front of house experience to our audience. With the support of the New York City Council, tickets are offered free of charge to students in District 75 schools. For many families of individuals with autism, the Autism Friendly Performances program offers a unique opportunity to go to the theatre as a family.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adolescents
People with intellectual disabilities
People with learning disabilities
People with other disabilities
People with psychosocial disabilities

TDF Veterans Theatregoing Program provides former service members with opportunities to attend the theatre in groups with fellow veterans free of charge. TDF partners with Veterans Services organizations throughout New York City, distributing tickets to communities of veterans of diverse backgrounds and experiences, and offers free access to the Membership program, as well as to the TAP Membership for service members who require accessibility accommodations. Through its partnerships and services, TDF Vets aims to make theatre a healing source of entertainment for the thousands of former service people who live in New York City.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
People with physical disabilities
People with psychosocial disabilities

Founded in 1974 following the request of the New York State Council on the Arts and an initial wardrobe donation from the Metropolitan Opera, the TDF Costume Collection expands access to the performing arts by supporting the makers at all levels. With over 85,000 donated garments from theatrical productions and personal wardrobes alike, the Collection provides costumes for hundreds shows at all levels nationwidefrom school productions to regional theatre to Broadway, film and televisionat an affordable rate, enhancing the production experience in communities everywhere.

Population(s) Served

TDF Membership provides affordable, advance-sale access to live performance. Membership is open to individuals who cannot afford full-priced admission yet are eager to be a part of New York's cultural scene. Affordable tickets ($11 to $59.50) are available to students, educators, union members, retirees ages 62+, civil servants, nonprofit staff and freelancers, artists and arts professionals, members of the military, clergy, individuals on disability, patrons ages 30 and under, and more. Offers are available through our website, e-newsletters and brochures, and tickets may be purchased online, by phone or by mail.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers
Artists and performers
Veterans
Retired people
Low-income people

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TDF

Board of directors
as of 01/29/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

H. Gwen Marcus