Make a donation to the Duluth Playhouse, and ensure our future for decades to come!

Thank you for investing in the arts and in your local Duluth community. From monetary gifts to planned long-term giving, these are just a few of the way in which you can help the Duluth Playhouse flourish for generations to come.



Charitable giving can be done in many thoughtful ways, and for the Duluth Playhouse and NorShor Theatre, gifts may be pledged over a period of up to 5 years.

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Here are a few examples of other gifts that may suit your philanthropy planning:

  • Checks, cash, or credit card. These are the most common gifts made. Your gift will be deductible at its full value on your income tax, up to 50% of your adjusted gross income (tax deduction can be spread over multiple years if needed; consult your tax advisor). Gifts can be pledged and paid over a period of several years.
  • Publicly Traded Stocks. These are easy to give and can offer you great tax advantages. If you’ve held the stock for more than 1 year, you can make a gift of publicly traded stock to The Duluth Playhouse and avoid paying capital gains tax on the transaction. Your broker can make the transaction upon your authorization and will inform The Duluth Playhouse.
  • Real Estate. Residences, vacation homes, farmland, and other real estates can be given, subject to the Playhouse’s Gift Acceptance Policy. You can even give your home, cabin, farm or vacation property and continue to live there during your lifetime.
  • Qualified Retirement Assets. Your retirement fund can be taxed significantly if passed on to heirs but can pass to charities without taxation. Leaving your remaining retirement assets to The Duluth Playhouse as part of your estate planning is a very simple gift to make.
  • IRA Charitable Rollover. The now permanently extended IRA Charitable Rollover law allows individuals 70 1/2 or older to give up to $100,000 directly from their IRA to one or more qualified charities without paying federal income tax on the withdrawal. You may choose to make a qualified charitable distribution from your IRA to The Duluth Playhouse.
  • Bequest. While this involves longer-term planning, a gift made through your will can benefit The Duluth Playhouse in years to come. You can specify an amount or a percentage of your estate for The Duluth Playhouse. Sample bequest language is available.
  • Life Insurance. Simply make The Duluth Playhouse the owner and beneficiary of a paid-up policy, or designate The Duluth Playhouse as a beneficiary of your life insurance by using a Change of Beneficiary form from the insurer.
  • Tangible Personal Property. Art, collections, jewelry and other personal property may be given. Such items will generally be sold by The Duluth Playhouse and the proceeds used to carry out its mission.

For more information, please contact Devin Stigsell by calling 218.733.7556 or by email at



From our educational programming to the Playhouse Resident Acting Company, we are committed to growing our local talent pool. No gift is too small. All donations help us do what we do best, and all donations are tax-deductible!

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We’re also very excited to announce the Famly Theatre is putting in new seats this summer, and now is your opportunity to make a gift to the Family Theatre by picking your seat. Pick Your Seat Today!



Our unique theatre with a lot of character wouldn’t be what it is without the generous support from patrons like you!

Ticket sales only cover about 60% of our costs. With support from patrons like you, we can continue to sustain the artistic programming our patrons and community have come to appreciate.

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Program activities with the Duluth Playhouse, the Underground Theatre, the Playhouse Family Theatre, and our education programming, are made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. 




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“Loved ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ I can’t wait to bring my husband to a performance here!” – Heather Ann, patron


“It is great to have this venue in Duluth. My husband and I left with a natural high after seeing ‘Mamma Mia!’ on Sunday. Everything about the show was phenomenal. The lead singers were amazing. The ensemble of dancers and singers were great and I can’t say enough about the orchestra. It was all top notch. The performance was filled with energy. Everyone responsible should be proud of a show well done. Thank you for making our day!!!” – Lora Olson, patron


“The theater is beautiful, the acoustics are amazing. ‘Mamma Mia!’ was a tremendous show. One of the best plays I have seen, funny, tender, incredible talent. ‘Mamma Mia!’ is so much better on stage than on screen. Absolutely loved it worth seeing a second time.” – Charlene Kirkpatrick, patron


“I attend shows at the Playhouse and the Underground regularly with my friends, grandmother, and Mentor Duluth match. The actors are excellent, song and dance numbers are well rehearsed, and there is a wide variety of genres performed. I am especially thankful that they host free performances for Mentor Duluth pairs and that they are actively involved in the community. For example, when I was an intern for The Duluth Library Foundation they allowed us to borrow a few costume pieces for a children’s literacy event at the Miller Hill Mall. The event was a huge success and the Duluth Playhouses contribution was absolutely necessary for making a magical experience for the kids.” –Taylor Boelk, patron


“When my husband and I headed north, we were very sad to leave behind the vibrant theatre community in the cities. We were so delighted and surprised to find an equally vibrant theatre community on the north shore. We haven’t missed a show since we relocated- the playhouse is our favorite way to spend date night. We were recently celebrating our wedding anniversary at ‘Rock of Ages’ when my husband had a medical emergency. The Playhouse treated us like family. We love this theatre and look forward to countless date nights to come. ” – Amanda Joy, patron


“After devoting years and years to the Duluth Playhouse, one would assume I’d pursue a career in performing. Instead, I decided to become a nurse. Even though I’ve prepared myself in this profession through countless college courses and volunteering sessions, nothing has taught me more than the Playhouse has.

Before the Playhouse, I could not sing in front of others without being morbidly terrified; I could not start a conversation without anyone there to help me; all in all, I could not be myself.

With the Children’s Theatre program, I learned every person walking through the Conservatory doors has a gift to share and a story to tell. It has taught me how to be supportive.

The Playhouse has taught me more about living than anything else. I think that anyone, whether you decide to become a nurse or an actor, can gain something from theatre. Whether you’re acting on stage or in the audience, theatre can teach so much more about life than one would ever expect to find within a (sometimes) overly dramatic portrayal of living. The Duluth Playhouse has not only taught me to find faith in others but faith in myself.

As the holiday season nears, I hope you’ll consider a tax-deductible gift to the Playhouse. Your generosity directly benefits the quality of experience, not just with the Playhouse, but with the Children’s Theatre and Underground as well.The Playhouse has already been here for over a century, and I know they plan to stick around for generations to come. They wouldn’t be here without supporters like you, and I honestly wouldn’t be here without the Playhouse.

Thank you so much, and best wishes this holiday season!” – Maddison (young actor and student)


“When my husband and I headed north, we were very sad to leave behind the vibrant theatre community in the cities. We were so delighted and surprised to find an equally vibrant theatre community on the north shore. We haven’t missed a show since we relocated — the Playhouse is our favorite way to spend a date night. We love this theatre and look forward t countless date nights to come!” – Amanda Joy, patron


“I can’t say enough about what they are doing at the Duluth Playhouse. The acting is superb. Watching ‘Mary Poppins’ with my family, the performance was top notch. Mary Poppins (played by Ali Littrell Finstrom) was stellar. Each actor did an excellent job. A “must-do” great Duluth experience!” – Christopher Swanson, patron


“We have been season ticket holders for a number of years and we have been thoroughly entertained by the quality of all performances. The production, the acting, the sets are all top notch.” – Edward Thompson, patron and season ticket holder