What does the hangar theatre mean to you?

Help “Fund the 50th” as We Celebrate a Landmark Season.

Ithaca's Home for the Arts

The Hangar Theatre exists because 50 years ago, passionate people like you joined forces to turn an abandoned airplane hangar into a home for the arts in Ithaca. This was no small feat and took a decade of rallying for support and the courage, love, and determination of a strong community to make it happen. That small group of locals changed our world. 


You can, too.

Your Gifts Benefit the next generation

KIDDSTUFF Performance: Crisscrossing the Galaxy at Faster than the Speed of Light for a Hug at the Hangar Theatre, Summer 2023

Emerging artists gain experience in directing, performing, and designing sets in a professional theatre.

Fun-filled School Breaks and Summer Sessions provide an unforgettable learning experience in the arts for young artists.

Hangar Teaching Artists visit 4th Grade classrooms to teach theatre, movement, and dance to 4th graders.

Be a Part of our History and our Future

Over the last half century, the Hangar Theatre has grown into a regional theatre with national prominence, producing exceptional plays and providing learning opportunities for the next generation of rising theatre artists.


The Hangar is still here today thanks to the generous foundations and sponsors who continue to support the arts and because of our passionate community members who refuse to let the light of those founding members go dark on our beloved Hangar Theatre.

How will my gifts be used?

The Hangar Theatre Annual Fund

The Hangar Theatre's Annual Fund enhances our theatrical programming, both for patrons and artists, and helps to ensure the continued stability and sustainability of the Hangar's unique offerings.

The Lisa Bushlow Education Fund

Named in honor of longtime Executive Director and Hangar Theatre education advocate and pioneer, Lisa Bushlow, the fund supports transformative educational programs, like the Hangar's Project 4 and the Next Generation School of Theatre.

Next Generation Scholarship Fund

This fund allows the Hangar to provide scholarships to young people who wish to participate in educational programming. Funding helps to remove financial barriers and improve accessibility, providing equitable opportunities for young artists.

50 and Beyond

Now, more than ever, the Hangar needs your help. We rely on donations, grant funding, sponsorships, and all of you to come and fill our seats, buy tickets, and reserve subscriptions. 


Be a part of our history, and keep the Hangar producing, educating, and inspiring our community for years to come.

Making an Impact

"I discovered the Hangar when I first moved to Ithaca in 2001 and have been a summer mainstage subscriber ever since. I love the shows that are selected and produced, the way in which the actors make use of the space, and the fact that I get to experience a range of excellent shows each summer."
Hangar Patron
“BILLY ELLIOT was an amazing experience and an honor to be a part of for me and my family. But it was more than just a show, it was where good friends and great memories were made. I will never forget how much fun I had performing and working alongside these talented actors and actresses.”
Gabriella Rubacky
“The notion of allowing children to be their true selves. Keep up the wonderful work. We need you more than ever.”
Hangar Patron
About Project 4: "Kids get so much more out of programs like these than they do sitting at a desk and doing their abc's. Students were able to practice cooperation, risk-taking, performance, empathy, kindness, and so many other skills. Further, they banged out an understanding of the three branches of government in a way that was painless.”
4th Grade Educator
Project 4
“Just delightful. The staff are absolutely ebullient, warm and helpful. They generate excitement for the show. . . . This was a real event. You are doing beautiful work. Celebrate!”
Hangar Patron
“These young blossoming actors and actresses are a joy to watch and very inspiring to young audience members.”
Hangar Patron

You Can Help Fund the 50th

For the past 50 years, the Hangar Theatre has committed to producing exceptional, high quality theatre for the Ithaca community and larger Finger Lakes region. Your support makes this work possible—from our fully accessible educational opportunities to affordable ticket pricing and more.


This anniversary calls for a celebration (or several!). With your meaningful gift of any size, you can help “fund the 50th” and help sustain the Hangar Theatre for another half-century and beyond!

To donate via check, please make payable to the Hangar Theatre, and mail to PO Box 205, Ithaca, NY 14851. If you’d like to designate your gift to a particular fund, please note the fund in the memo line. 

What does the Hangar Theatre mean to you?

Whether you contribute to our campaign, order a subscription, or fill our seats this summer, you are joining the efforts of that passionate group of locals who came together long ago to give Ithaca a home for the arts at the Hangar Theatre. We are grateful.

All photography by Rachel Philipson


The Hangar Theatre is a 501(c)(3) organization. 

Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.