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Help Us Make It Happen!

The Acting Ensemble’s existence depends on kind people like you who love theatre and want to see it flourish.

Like other non-profit repertory theaters, ticket sales cover only 60% of our expenses. Your tax-deductible gift provides the means to keep our ticket prices affordable to diverse community members, including reduced student pricing and senior discounts.

Most importantly of all, your contribution helps fund our James Lewis Casaday Ticket Fund, our free ticket program that makes theatre accessible to all.

Your gift also goes a long way in helping theatre artists from the area practice their craft, facilitates local playwrights in receiving productions, and helps produce awarding winning plays that normally wouldn’t be produced in the area.

Won’t you become part of the Ensemble by supporting the arts organization the South Bend Tribune called “valuable” and join our growing donor base of passionate and committed people?

With your gift, great theatre can happen!

A Tradition Established Nearly 75 Years Ago

Casaday_2During the height of the Great Depression when many people could not afford admission to his plays, James Lewis Casaday—the forefather of theatre in South Bend—gave away free tickets. He believed a night at the theatre could lift people’s spirits and dispel some of the gloom of the hard economic times.

Throughout his 60-plus years, he continued to promote the idea that theatre should be accessible to all, and, along with the help of many contributors, he provided free tickets to his plays.

75 Years Later

Here at the Acting Ensemble, we believe, as Mr. Casaday believed, that theatre should be accessible to every member of the community regardless of economic situation. Honoring this philosophy, the Ensemble established the James Lewis Casaday Ticket Fund which distributes free tickets to area non-profit organizations that provide services to those in need. Now everybody can experience the art of a good play.

How to Contribute

By Mail

Click on Donation form to print a donation form and mail to the address on the form.

In Person

We will gladly accept your donation in person at any of our performances through the box office.

Via PayPal




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