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Over the last 24 years, the Contemporary American Theater Festival has relied upon the extraordinary support of thousands of donors. Without whom, the journey to over 100 plays would have been impossible.

Our pledge is to put your generosity directly into the artists and work you see on stage and continue our mission of producing and developing daring, provocative, and important new plays. As such, by contributing to CATF, you are investing in the future of the American theater.

All contributions are tax-deductible, as allowed by law.

Three ways to give to the CATF Annual Fund:

1. Support the annual fund through a secure, online contribution.
2. By mail, checks payable to “CATF”: P.O. Box 429, Shepherdstown, WV 25443
3. By phone (credit cards, gifts of stock, estate planning): 304/876-5240

Interested in supporting CATF’s endowment, the Ed Herendeen Fund for Contemporary Theater? Call James McNeel at 304/876-5240.



FESTIVAL FRIENDS (the annual fund):

The most critical area for CATF, our Festival Friends ensure the daily operating health of the organization. CATF generates under 50% of its budget through ticket sales–the rest is made up from contributions and grants from others. Donations made to this important fund are recognized by the following categories; donors are also eligible to the listed benefits:

Friend’s Circle (up to $99)
Public acknowledgment of support via Festival Program

Patron’s Circle ($100-$499)
Public acknowledgment of support via Festival Program
Invitation to year-round events
A CATF keepsake recognizing your support of CATF

Artist’s Circle ($500-$999)
all of the above, PLUS
Front of Festival Program listing
Website listing
Invitation to first-rehearsal readings

Director’s Circle ($1,000 -$1,999)
All of the above, PLUS
Invitation to annual Company Picnic (rehearsal kick-off)
Additional CATF merchandise and special discounts

Agent’s Circle ($2,000 – $4,999)
All of the above, PLUS
Invitation to season announcement (CATF Board Retreat) and dinner
Signed artist poster
Backstage tour/open rehearsal invitations
“Breakfast with Ed” during the season tickets

Playwright’s Circle ($5,000-$9,999)
All of the above, PLUS
Performance sponsorship listing (with 6 free tickets, lobby/program credit, curtain speech)

Producer’s Circle ($10,000 and up)
All of the above, PLUS
Production Sponsor Billing in program and promotional materials
Signed framed program (cast and playwright)

OVATION SOCIETY (planned giving initiative)

Created to recognize those individuals and families who have provided for CATF in their estate plans. If you are interested in including CATF as beneficiary, please call 304/876-5240. Instruments may include bequests, life insurance policies, life tenancies, stocks, charitable trusts, or annuities. All planned giving will be directed toward funding as designated by the donor in the form of special accounts, artist fellowships, endowments, or general operation.


The “Ed Fund” is an endowment dedicated to the long-term sustainability of the Contemporary American Theater Festival, specifically for future artistic initiatives and playwright-centered programming. The fund is maintained and invested by the Shepherd University Foundation. Contributions to CATF’s endowment can be made by calling 304/876-5240 or by writing to CATF, P.O. Box 429, Shepherdstown, WV.

Please consider supporting CATF.
We can’t do this without you.