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DWT FRIENDS Association

The non-profit Diana Wortham Theatre is one of Asheville’s most loved and respected arts organizations. Funded by ticket sales, individual and corporate contributions, and grants, the theatre is home to more than 160 arts and community events enjoyed by 50,000 patrons each year.

When you support the Diana Wortham Theatre, you’ll feel like a part of the performance – getting a sneak preview of the season at the annual FRIENDS preview party, enjoying advance ticket ordering privileges, sitting in the best seats, and taking in the remarkable artists we bring to Asheville.

We count on our FRIENDS for a critical portion of the theatre’s overall funding. The more friends we have, and the “more friendly” our friends are, the better equipped we are to offer entertaining, enlightening, and enriching programs for you and the community.

Annual Preview Party (Photo by Audrey Goforth)

Your DWT friendship comes with benefits —

    • advance ticket sales
    • best seats
    • insider scoops
    • invitation to the renowned annual Preview Party
    • access to artists
    • free parking, free drinks and much more

    More importantly, your friendship supports a world-class venue in the center of downtown Asheville, presenting the best in music, theatre, dance, and education programs as well as many local organizations that call Diana Wortham Theatre home.

    DWT FRIENDS Association

    Pacesetter $5,000+
    Producer $2,500+
    Sponsor $1,000+
    Angel $500+
    Benefactor $250+
    Star $100+

    Your gift is tax deductible.

    Join the Diana Wortham Theatre FRIENDS Association today. Make your donation quickly and securely online now with PayPal.

    or - if you prefer:

    Click here to print out, fill in and mail with your contribution. (PDF)

    Should you have any questions on the FRIENDS or the benefits received, please email

    Y.E.S. Fund

    SheDeservesToDreamBigSay YES to a child's dreams.

    Children who learn through the arts develop self-confidence, creative problem solving skills, a broader understanding of the world around them, and empathy for others. At Diana Wortham Theatre, we believe all children should have the opportunity to learn through the arts, regardless of their economic status.

    YES to field trips.

    Children from many families cannot afford the cost of a live performance. Unfortunately, school funding for outside activities is increasingly limited. Teachers must often ask students to bring money from home, and many children in low income situations grow up without ever experiencing the magic of learning from a live performance.

    YES to artists in schools.

    Magic happens in the classroom, too! Diana Wortham Theatre sends nationally recognized artists into the classroom to extend the field trip experience through professional workshops. Students learn more about the artists and the subject matter, and even test their wings as a performer. This wide exposure deepens learning, provides students with positive role models, and expands the arts experience beyond the walls of the theatre.

    "This scholarship is wonderful because I wouldn't be able to afford tuition. [It's a] stepping stone towards college, and I'll be a first generation college grad!"
    -Michelle Padron, 2016 Y.E.S. Emerging Artists Scholarship Recipient

    YES to emerging artists.

    Dreams are not limited to young children. By supporting the Emerging Artists Fund, you provide scholarships for talented high school seniors to further their professional studies and realize their dream of a career in the performing arts.
    Learn more about the Emerging Artists Fund.

    Help students dream big. Make a donation to the Y.E.S. Fund today.

    You can sponsor one child for just $10.
    You can sponsor an entire classroom for $250.

    Teachers: Check here for information on the Matinee Series for Students and Families, the Matinee Series order form, and how to apply for the Y.E.S. Fund.

    Photo by Sandra Stambaugh
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