Throughout the year, The Public holds a host of special events. From our annual Shakespeare in the Park Gala to benefit performances in our Downtown season, take a look below to view our upcoming events!

Downtown Partner Evenings 
Partner Evenings include a performance as well as a pre or post show cocktail reception with members of the cast and creative team. Partner Evenings are invitation only.


Annual Young Partner Celebration
An annual, exclusive event for the Young Partners of the Public Theater. Theme varies each year.  


Dorothy Strelsin Foundation Backstage Dinners 
Hosted by Public Theater staff with special appearances by guest artists, these exclusive pre-show dinners in the backstage dining area of Central Park’s Delacorte Theater are a highlight of the summer for our Partners.    


Technical Rehearsals 
Led by Public Theater production staffs, these rehearsals are a unique opportunity to watch our directors, design teams, and casts at work, providing valuable insight into how the performance and designs elements of our shows are integrated.  Technical Rehearsals are invitation only. 


To gain access to these insider events and more, join the Partners Program. Under 40? Join the Young Partners Program!


Opening Nights, both at our downtown home at Astor Place and uptown at Shakespeare in the Park, are exclusive post-show parties celebrating the opening of each show with the cast and creative team. Openings are by invitation only.


Thursday, March 12th at 6:30pm (doors open at 5:30pm)
Joe's Pub at The Public Theater


Join us for a one-night-only benefit performance to benefit The Public Theater!  Tickets are available for $250 and will consist of an intimate dinner and cocktails in Joe's Pub during the performance of Josephine & I, followed by an exclusive Q&A session with Cush Jumbo and Phyllida Lloyd. 


To book tickets, click here






Join us for one of our exclusive events around this thrilling production starring Academy Award-winner Anne Hathaway, directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Julie Taymour. 


Benefit: Tuesday, April 14

$350 – Enjoy a pre-show reception in the Anspacher Galleries, the performance of Grounded, and a post-show Q&A session with Anne Hathaway and Julie Taymor. Proceeds to benefit The Public Theater.

Meet and Greet: April 15, 16, 29, & 30
$1,000 – Premium seating in the Anspacher Theater for Grounded, and then meet Anne Hathaway after the performance for a photo and autograph. Limited to just six guests.


Dinners with Julie and Anne

 Tuesday, April 21  ***SOLD OUT***
$1,500 - Prime seating for Grounded, followed by a three-course dinner with Anne Hathaway and Julie Taymor in The Library at The Public Theater. 

Tuesday, May 13
$1,500 - Prime seating for Grounded, followed by a three-course dinner with Anne Hathaway in The Library at The Public Theater. 






Join us for our Young Partner Winter Bash, a benefit party in The Public's beautiful LuEsther Hall featuring a performance by Bridget Everett, named “the most exciting performer in New York City" by the Village Voice! 

8pm        Cocktails
9pm        Performance by BRIDGET EVERETT!
9:30pm  Dance the night away!


Tickets are available below for pre-sale at the discounted rate for a limited time only!

Questions about the Winter Bash? Email


Aaron Baldinger, Renee Beaumont, Justin Beeber, Alessandra Carlin, Reda Charaffedine, Michael Contini, Andrew Klaber, Tracy Mackenzie, Nate Pinsley, Erin Rech, Jaymere Stein, Ben Wolfert.

JUNE 9th
The Delacorte Theater

2015 Gala Co-Chairs:
Patricia Fili-Krushel
Audrey Wilf


For questions or to make an early reservation please contact 212.539.8634 or email Click here to book tickets online.

Proceeds from the Gala each year help to support The Public's mission of providing a home for artists who give voice to the pressing issues of our time, provide access to thousands of New Yorkers with free and low-priced tickets to Shakespeare in the Park and other groundbreaking works, and strengthen the vital relationship between our artists and audience.

Previous Galas include: a celebration of Marvin Hamlisch and the creation of A Chorus Line (2014), a reading of Romeo and Juliet starring Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline (2012), and a performance of The Pirates of Penzance starting Kevin Kline (2013). 

Winter Bash

FEBRUARY 19, 2015
8 - 11pm
LuEsther Hall at The Public
Click "Benefits" above for more info.

Price: $150 each