Support Australian Storytelling

Griffin wouldn’t be the company we are today without our donors. Through the commissioning of new work and script development to supporting the plays on our stage, philanthropy helps us discover and nurture the next generation of Australian writers.

Philanthropy shifts what is possible at Griffin. While our theatre may be small, our ambitions are bold, and it is only through the commitment of our donors that we can take risks, extend our impact and trial new programs. So much of what you see at Griffin—both on stage and off—is thanks to our family of supporters.

Donating to Griffin is open to all. No contribution is too small (or big!) to make an impact. 

For more information, please get in touch with Frankie Greene, our Development Manager at [email protected].

Donations to Griffin are completely tax-deductible.

Seaborn, Broughton and Walford Foundation

The SBW Foundation are pivotal in the promotion of and access to the arts across the country. As the owners of our beloved SBW Stables Theatre, the Foundation have allowed us to make this our home since 1986. We simply could not do what we do without them.

Trusts & Foundations

The generous financial support of Trusts and Foundations is critical to maintaining and expanding Griffin’s key artistic programs, and we’re enormously grateful to our current partners in these areas.

Visit our Trust and Foundations page to learn more about the crucial support they provide for Griffin.

If you feel that you could support any of Griffin’s programs in future years, please contact Development Manager Frankie Greene on (02) 9332 1052 or [email protected].

Legacy Giving

Legacy gifts play a crucial role in the growth and development of the future of Australian theatre. Griffin was built on the passion and vision of past generations and, with your support, will continue to grow for generations to come. Leave your mark on Griffin’s rich creative ecosystem in a way which matters to you most.

Your gift expresses your lasting love for Griffin Theatre Company, our country’s only theatre dedicated to the production of new Australian plays.

How to donate
If you would like more information or want to talk about what Griffin means to you, please get in touch with Frankie Greene on (02) 9332 1052 or [email protected].

Before making a gift to Griffin you should consult with your legal and financial advisors.

Production Partners

As a new writing theatre, we program a wide range of stories that reflect our time, place and the unique voice of contemporary Australia. It takes courage to support untried and untested work; plays that can be raw, honest and unflinching.

To ensure that these stories continue to be told, we need private production support for one play a year. A play that stands out in terms of its ability to articulate a new and powerful vision, that brings strength, insight and candour to the stage.

The Production Partner program is for people who believe in giving a platform to Australia’s bold and courageous stories. Most recently, this program supported Meyne Wyatt‘s City of Gold in 2019 – a play we simply couldn’t have stage without the community of support around it.

Production Partner donor Gil Appleton says of her experience supporting Angus Cerini‘s The Bleeding Tree back in 2015; “It took just one reading to convince me to support The Bleeding Tree. My decision was totally justified. It was great getting to know all the creatives and watching rehearsals as the production evolved. It was theatre-making from a new perspective (for me), and seeing the brilliant final result on several occasions – including first and last performances – made me very proud to have been involved with this thrilling, confronting, beautiful play.

How to donate
Production Partners contribute $5,000 or more (individually or as part of a group) annually. As part of this donation tier, you’ll get exclusive access to attend rehearsal room events, opening nights with family and friends, and have the unique privilege of helping shape the future of Australian theatre.

To make a donation, or to discuss the program, please contact Frankie Greene on (02) 9332 1052 or [email protected].

Griffin Women's Initiative

The Griffin Women’s Initiative was formed in 2019 to support the recruitment of a part-time female Associate Artistic Director for a period of three years. This role was designed to support the creation of viable pathways for female creatives to develop the skills, confidence and professional relationships necessary to achieve a substantial career in the arts.

We are thrilled to have commenced this role within the company in 2020, and hope to make this a long-term staple of the company structure. We are excited to grow the scope of this program over the coming years and welcome new members.

We’re thrilled to have Tessa Leong join the company as our first Associate Artistic Director, a role that would not have been possible without the support of this initiative. As part of the initiative, donors are invited to special events throughout the year to connect with Tessa and the team and learn about the exciting work being planned.

How to donate
Members donate $1,500 annually for three years. This can be given either individually or in partnership. If you’d like to learn more, or join the Griffin Women’s Initiative, please get in contact with Frankie Greene on (02) 9332 1052 or [email protected].

Griffin Studio Donors

Griffin Studio is Australia’s most successful program for providing artists with pathways to the mainstage. Through a year-long residency with the company, the program establishes clear career pathways for directors, writers and dramaturgs; an invaluable experience for artists to come together to hone their craft, gain vital experience inside a company and develop new work.

Our Studio Donors follow the development of artists and their work over the course of their residency and beyond. In the seven years since its inception, the Studio program has engaged 37 artists and has led to 18 professional productions and former Studio Artists have worked at every major theatre in Australia, demonstrating the important contribution of our Studio donors.

Visit the Griffin Studio page for more information and to see our current artists.

How to donate
Supporting the Studio is an annual commitment of $5,000, which can be made individually or by a syndicate of donors. To find out more please contact Frankie Greene on (02) 9332 1052 or [email protected].

Griffin Studio Workshop

As Australia’s new writing theatre, we want to make sure every play on our stage has the chance to grow into the next Prima Facie or City of Gold. To do this, it’s crucial that we give playwrights the time and space to test out their plays with actors and directors, well ahead of the rehearsal room.

This is where Griffin Studio Workshop comes in—as an important extension of our beloved Griffin Studio.

Support a creative, a trio of creatives, or a whole team of creatives for a work’s weeklong creative development. Griffin Studio Workshop donors get a sneak peek into these exciting new plays well before they premiere—with invitations to play readings, and exclusive creative insights from the directors, playwrights, and performers!

Great Australian plays don’t just appear—they’re nurtured.

How to donate
You can support Griffin Studio Workshop in a number of different ways. $1,300 supports an artist for a week, $4,000 supports a creative trio for a week, and $10,000 supports an entire weeklong creative development! Donate online, or contact Frankie Greene on (02) 9332 1052 or [email protected] to discuss Griffin Studio Workshop further.

Workplace Giving

Workplace Giving is a simple and efficient way to make regular, tax-deductible donations direct from your salary to the Griffin Theatre Company.

How to donate
Speak to your employer to see if your organisation participates in Workplace Giving. If so, your employer can arrange on your behalf through payroll to make a donation to Griffin from your salary. Some companies may also match employee donations, thereby increasing the overall value of your contribution.

For more information please contact Development Manager Frankie Greene on (02) 9332 1052 or [email protected]