Theatre Development Fund (TDF) has played a unique role in strengthening live theater and dance in New York City since 1968. This nonprofit service organization’s programs have filled over 76 million seats at discount prices (with theater lovers who would normally not be able to attend live performance) and returned nearly 2 billion dollars in revenue to thousands of theater, dance and music productions.
Best known for its TKTS Discount Booths, TDF’s membership, voucher, access and education programs, as well as its Costume Collection, help to make the unique experience of theater available to everyone.
Each year, TDF identifies 20 community groups within the five boroughs to participate in the New Audiences for New York program. Participating groups have the opportunity to attend two Broadway productions. Each performance is preceded and followed by a moderated discussion, which serves to enhance the theatergoing experience for the entire group. Together with the guidance of a TDF trained teaching artist, group leaders tailor each discussion to fit the interests of the group. TDF educates each organization on how to research and conduct pre- and post- performance discussions, how to research and select appropriate shows for their group and how to handle the logistics of a group theater outing. To apply for the program, click here.
Programs for Seniors Through TDF's New Audiences for New York program, teaching artists visit senior centers to discuss shows the seniors have attended.