Corporate Leadership Council

Demonstrate your company’s values, community leadership, and become part of a beloved Bay Area tradition.

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Corporate Sponsorship and Underwriting creates awareness, increases loyalty, and reinforces image among both potential and existing customers. It can include on-site and media visibility, team-building outings, exclusive client hospitality opportunities, and special invitations. And, it’s a wonderful way to give to the community.

In a recent survey by Cone Consulting, researchers saw a sharp increase in the importance that people placed on a company's support of charitable causes. Over 70% of respondents said they "place importance on a company's support of charitable causes when deciding what to buy or where to shop, where to work, which companies to invest in, and which companies I would like to see doing business in my community."

Annual membership benefits of the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival Corporate Leadership Council include:

  • Invitations to openings and special events
  • Exclusive client and team-building hospitality opportunities
  • Priority seating at Free Shakespeare in the Park
  • Opportunities to connect with Bay Area business and community leaders
  • Access to our social media and Shakespeare communities
  • Volunteer opportunities for your staff to make a positive difference in our local quality of life
  • Connect your company with one of the Festival’s signature programs: Free Shakespeare in the Park, Shakespeare on Tour, Midnight Shakespeare, Bay Area Shakespeare Camps, and Shakespeare Residencies
  • Tiered on-site and media visibility, including social, digital, BART, newspaper, and billboards
  • Employee Matching Gifts count towards support tier

Prominent recognition includes: 

35th Anniversary Title Sponsorship (Circle A)

$35,000 and up

All the below, plus Title Sponsorship on all Free Shakespeare print and digital materials, customized hospitality event featuring Festival artistic leadership.

Premiere Level (Circle B)

$13,500 and up

All the below, plus King and Queen’s Table (premium Gala event seating and private cocktail reception for 9), logo on banner at Free Shakespeare venues.

Featured Level (Circle C1)

$5,000 and up

All the below, plus 4 tickets to annual Gala, and verbal acknowledgement from the stage at Free Shakespeare in the Park.

Bard Level (Circle C2)

$3,500 and up

Invitations for 4 to Free Shakespeare openings, acknowledgement in programs and on web for 1 year, and volunteer opportunities.

Your annual membership in the Corporate Leadership Council provides tangible community impact:

  • Reach 30,000 people who attend Free Shakespeare in the Park each summer in 5 Bay Area public parks
  • Deliver high-quality arts education to over 20,000 California students (ages 4 – 18) through in-school, after-school, and summer programs
  • Employ over 200 professional artists annually, 50% of whom are women, and 50% are artists of color

Proceeds benefit the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, a 501(c) 3 non-profit, public-benefit corporation that for 35 years has made Shakespeare and the performing arts available to everyone, regardless of age, ethnicity, financial status or level of education. Participation is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law and varies by membership level.

Contact Festival Executive Director Toby Leavitt at 415-865-4430 or email her for further details.