You are invited to explore the plans to transform, strengthen and activate the transition to a new center for the performing arts that will engage and inspire.

The Next Stage: The Campaign to Transform the Diana Wortham Theatre


Diana Wortham Theatre is a beloved asset and resource for our community, hosting 200 public events with attendance exceeding 55,000 each year.

Our community, performing artists, patrons and youth are ready for The Next Stage.

Discover our plans to transform, strengthen and activate a new Center for the Performing Arts and how you can be a part of The Next Stage!

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The Next Stage
for Diana Wortham Theatre will transform into a facility with three distinct performance venues. Active day and night, this Center for the Performing Arts will bring artists, students and audiences together to experience, learn and celebrate through performance.


Create New Forum Theatre

• Seats 80-100
• Comfortable, tiered seating
• Black Box theatre/multi-use

Create New Studio Theatre

• Seats 60-80
• Classroom/day; performance venue/night
• Multi-use for classes, events, etc.

Improve Main Theatre

• Refurbished throughout
• Improved sound system/Hearing Assistance Technology
• Energy efficient LED lighting

Enhanced Amenities and Patron Services

• Redesigned entrance & lobby
• Ticketing upgrade/online & mobile access
• Concessions upgrade/seating & coat check


"The Diana Wortham Theatre offers high quality performances in an intimate setting.  The addition of a black box theatre and studio performance space are natural extensions of the Theatre’s existing sweet spot!"

–Major Donor to the Capital Campaign

You are invited to join us!

Together with your support, Diana Wortham Theatre will energize performing arts in Asheville by offering two new venues, improving the main theatre, and enhancing amenities and patron services.

Please consider investing in The Next Stage campaign.  We have $300,000 to raise to meet the $3.1 million goal!

For more information, please contact:
Kathy Jackson, Development Director
Phone: (828) 210-9849

Or mail donations to:
Diana Wortham Theatre
Attn: The Next Stage Campaign
P.O. Box 1196
Asheville, NC  28802
Click here to download and complete the donation card

YES! I want to help complete the NEXT Stage for Diana Wortham Theatre and performing arts in our community!

Pledges are welcome. Please contact us about preferred payment schedule to be completed by December 31, 2018.

Membership in the Friends of the Diana Wortham Theatre supports programming. To learn more about membership benefits, please visit our Friends page.

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