Become A Member

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MEMBERS ($65+)

With a tax-deductible contribution of $65 or more, you can support The Public's mission of providing theater of, by, and for all people. In return, you will enjoy a year of savings on tickets and transaction fees, free exchanges and priority booking access when shows and events go on-sale. Your support and generosity make everything we do possible.

Please Note: The Membership Program will become The Public Supporter Program on September 1, 2019. The term Public Supporter, rather than Member, better reflects the impact of donations on The Public Theater's well-being. Select giving levels will increase in price, and the lowest giving level will start with a gift of $100. Please click here for an overview of these price increases. If you are interested in joining or need to renew your giving, please consider doing so before September 1 to enjoy the lower rates, as listed below. Questions? Contact us at or 212.967.7555.

Learn more about Membership

Can I give Membership as a gift?
Absolutely! You can purchase a gift certificate equal to the value of a Membership, which the recipient can then redeem. You can also set up a gift membership by visiting us in person at the Taub Box Office (which opens at 2pm, or 1 hour prior to the first performance of the day) or by calling 212.967.7555.

Does Membership come with reserved seats to Shakespeare in the Park?
Reserved seats to Free Shakespeare in the Park are available to supporters of The Public Theater.
Members can reserve a seat to Free Shakespeare in the Park by making an additional $200 contribution. Public Supporters at the $300 level receive one reserved seat to Free Shakespeare in the Park. Public Supporters at the $500 level receive two reserved seats, amd Public Supporters at the $1000 level receive four reserved seats (four for one show or a pair to each).

By becoming a Member, will I be guaranteed tickets to shows I want to see, when I want to see them?

No. All Member tickets are subject to availability.
Members are strongly encouraged to access their benefits and book tickets during the Priority Access period in order to lock in seats before a show sells out.  Many shows do sell out and some sell out quickly.
In the event that a show becomes sold out, Members will be given priority notification if and when performances are added.
If you are considering joining as a Member in order to see a show that is already on-sale please be sure to check that seats are available for purchase.  Some shows or performances may already be sold out and seats may not be available regardless of your new Membership status.

Are tickets included in the cost of Membership?

No. The Membership contribution does not include tickets. 
Members will be alerted when the Priority Access period is open in order to book tickets before the general public.
For Public Supporters ($300+), your contribution does include reserved seating at Free Shakespeare in the Park.

How can I get even earlier access to shows & events?
Join as a Public Supporter, with a gift starting at $500, and enjoy earlier access before other Members and the general public and enjoy two (2) reserved seats to a production of Free Shakespeare in the Park.

How is Membership different from Subscription?

Unlike a traditional subscription, where you book seats to a series of performances in a season and the cost of the subscription is contingent on a particular package level, with Membership there are no prepaid packages or large upfront financial commitments.  Membership is completely flexible and you can choose just the shows you want. 


Upcoming Priority Access Periods

Tickets will be available for sale later this summer. For early booking access, become a supporter or partner with a gift today! Supporters enjoy the benefit of Priority Access Periods, before tickets go on sale to the general public. 

Performances begin September 24
Public Supporter Access begins June 25
Member Access begins June 27
Book & Lyrics by David Henry Hwang    
Music & Additional Lyrics by Jeanine Tesori
Choreography by Sam Pinkleton
Directed by Leigh Silverman

Performances begin October 19
Public Supporter Access begins June 25
Member Access begins June 27
Written and Directed by Richard Nelson

Please click here for information about the 2019-2020 season!

Information on pricing, on-sale dates, and calendar details will be available at a later date and are subject to change. Performers, prices, and performance details are subject to change.


For even more access to shows & events, plus additional benefits, join the Partners Program.

Under 40? Explore our Young Partner Program ($500+)!

Partners Program




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Public Supporter

Public Supporter

Access to book discount seat(s) for preview performances
1 per show
Access to book discount seat(s) for all performances
1 per show
1 per show
2 per show
2 per show
Complimentary reserved seats to select programming at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park
48-Hour Even-Earlier Priority Booking periods
Priority Booking periods
20% off food/beverages at Joe's Pub, Concessions, Library
Access to Member Hotline
Waived ticket fees
Free exchanges
Fully tax-deductible gift

BECOME A MEMBER (starting at $65)

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