We need your help to keep high-quality, professional productions of Shakespeare FREE for our community. The Festival exists because of the combined donations of every individual who enjoys the Festival and cares about making quality arts experiences available to the entire city. While we enjoy support from a long list of foundations, businesses and public entities, we also depend on the generosity of individuals like you—the people who attend each summer and enjoy Shakespeare and the community spirit that fills Southmoreland Park under the summer sky.

We are deeply committed to keeping the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival accessible to families with children, young adults and people on a limited budget. It speaks volumes about the nature of Kansas City that our Festival is one of only a handful of FREE Festivals still in existence across the country.

Please consider a contribution to the Festival today. No matter the size of your gift, it makes a real difference. In return, we promise you another summer of great theatre in a beautiful park, life-changing education programs for young people and adults, and the deep satisfaction that comes from being able to say, “It’s FREE because of me.”

Your contribution may be made online or mailed to the Festival office at 3732 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64111.

Good Will Society

If you enjoy the Festival and care about the cultural life of our community, please consider becoming a member of the Good Will Society.

Your donation makes it possible to transform a city park into a theatre and bring the world of Shakespeare to life for thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds. Your membership also will ensure you and your guests enjoy a wonderful evening at the Festival. Members receive a host of benefits. Depending on the membership level you select, you may be eligible for free reserved seats, parking passes, and cocktails in the Good Will Society Tent. Most importantly, you will know that because of you, everyone in the Kansas City area and tourists from far beyond can enjoy free Shakespeare in the park.

With your tax-deductible contribution to the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival you will receive:

$250 Giving Level
Four (4) festival reserved seats
Good Will Society Tent entry for four (4)
Two (2) parking passes

$500 Giving Level
Eight (8) festival reserved seats
Good Will Society Tent entry for eight (8)
Four (4) parking passes

$1,000 Giving Level
Twelve (12) festival reserved seats
Good Will Society Tent entry for twelve (12)
Six (6) parking passes
Your choice of $50 in Festival food & drink tickets OR a custom picnic basket

Other Ways to Donate

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Matching Gifts
Many companies in the area offer matching gifts programs that will double your contribution to the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival.  Please contact your human resources department for a matching gift form. Matching gift forms may be mailed to the Festival office at 3732 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64111.

Sponsorships and In-Kind Donations
For information on sponsorship of the Festival and in-kind donations, contact Sidonie Garrett at or call the Festival office at (816) 531-7728.

Romantic Revels
Save the date for our 2019 Romantic Revels Gala! Join us February 16, 2019 at the InterContinental Hotel. The Romantic Revels Gala raises funds for Festival operations and scholarships. It is a delightful evening, featuring a martini bar, a gourmet dinner and dancing until midnight. More information about the 2019 Gala will be posted in the coming months.

ShakesBEER Birthday Bash
Every April, join us for a celebration of the Bard’s Birthday! Music, comedy sketches, birthday cake, Shakespearaoke, and, of course, beer are all a part of a great evening that funds our Camp Shakespeare scholarships. More information coming soon!

Donation Refund Policy
Donations and matching gifts are not refundable.