Griffin is the only theatre company in the country wholly dedicated to the development and production of new Australian plays. For over 40 years, we have been telling stories from the iconic SBW Stables Theatre in Kings Cross that are bold, ambitious, urgent and relevant. Griffin is a place of opportunity – a hub of community, storytelling, imagination and growth. We would not be where we are today without the vision and generosity of the Seaborn, Broughton and Walford (SBW) Foundation, to whom we owe the great privilege of being able to perform in the much-loved SBW Stables Theatre.
As a not-for-profit organisation, we rely on the generosity of our supporters to keep us thriving. Donations go directly to support Australian writers, actors and creative professionals. At Griffin, we spend more on our productions than we do on our administration, and more on artistic wages than on our staff. It’s what makes giving to Griffin unique. Your impact is immediate, and your support is visible in everything we do. At Griffin, nothing is wasted. No donation is too small.
By giving to Griffin, you are contributing to many different aspects of theatremaking. You’re contributing to the length of time we can rehearse a new Australian play. You’re making it easier for us to choose plays with more actors. You’re giving us space to develop work, and to nurture emerging writers, directors, actors and producers. You are helping us maintain workable budgets for set, sound, lighting and much more.
Donations strengthen our ambitions and create possibilities. You can be a donor for just about anything at Griffin—from supporting the creatives of tomorrow with Griffin Ambassadors, to providing opportunities for playwrights and artists with Griffin Studio, to supporting new plays or building new opportunities. Come and join our family!
For more information, please get in touch with Frankie Greene, our Development Manager at [email protected].
Donations to Griffin are completely tax-deductible.
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.
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 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.
The Director’s Circle gives donors the unique opportunity to peep behind the curtains of a Griffin production and witness just how the magic is created!
This program allows you to connect with an individual director attached to one of our Main Season plays and observe their creative decisions in action. You will get the chance to engage with the director, cast and creatives at a number of times throughout the production season.
In 2021, we will be offering this program for Wherever She Wanders by Kendall Feaver, directed by Griffin’s Associate Artistic Director Tessa Leong.
How to donate
Joining the Director’s Circle involves an annual donation of $10,000, either as an individual or as part of a cohort – we encourage you to join the program with a friend, colleague or family member. To discuss the program further please contact Frankie Greene on (02) 9332 1052 or [email protected].
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.”
In 2021, we are asking for support for our production of Dogged by Andrea James and Catherine Ryan.
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].
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 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].
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]