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Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, visually impaired or who require special seating because of a physical disability may prefer a
TDF Accessibility Membership

While TKTS is the most recognized program started by Theatre Development Fund, the nation’s largest not-for-profit organization serving the performing arts, TDF’s mission to encourage new audiences is supported by several other programs.


TDF’s oldest program is the Membership program, designed to help people who love the arts and can’t afford full price tickets. For years, the program was limited to New Yorkers because ticket fulfillment was all done by mail and this process required a long lead time.  We have now moved virtually the entire program online—tickets are ordered on line and can be picked up at the box office on the night of performance.  Thus, TDF is now able to offer a NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP.

Who is eligible to enroll in TDF's National Membership program?
Visitors who live over 100 miles from New York City now have access to the same extraordinary selection of New York City theatre, dance and music performances at discount prices ($9 to $45 a ticket) that over 80,000 New Yorkers enjoy—but at a special reduced membership of only $12 a year (regular membership for New Yorkers is $30.00 per year), only a dollar a month! Our deeply discounted tickets are only available to select groups. You must belong to one of the following groups to qualify for TDF membership.”

  • Full-time Students (high school or above)
  • Full-time Teachers (primary or junior high school faculty, high school faculty, university or college faculty, teacher of drama/dance/music)
  • Recent Graduates (26 years of age and under)
  • Full-time Union Members
  • Retirees (no longer working and at least 62 years of age or older)
  • Full-time Civil Service Employees
  • Full-time Staff Members of Not-for-Profit Organizations
  • Full-time Non-Exempt Employees (full-time hourly workers - 40 hours a week - who are eligible for overtime pay)
  • Full-time Performing Arts Professionals
  • Members of the Armed Forces
  • Full-time Clergy

Proof of Eligibility
All members must provide Proof of Eligibility within 10 days of joining TDF.  It is simple to provide your Proof of Eligibility.  To learn what documents are accepted and how to submit your proof, please click here.


1. Enter your Zip code and click next to see if you qualify for our National Membership Program.
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2. Submit proof of eligibility to TDF within 10 days of application. To learn what documents are accepted and how to submit your proof, please click here.

TDF NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP is only $12.00 a year.
This special reduced rate is only available to individual who live over 100 miles from New York City; however, out-of-towners who visit NYC can now have the same online access to the same great selection of theatre, dance and music events at discount prices that over 90,000 New Yorkers enjoy. When your credit card has been charged, you will be notified by email that your account has been activated. You may then log in and purchase tickets.

For more information, please call (212) 912-9770 ext. 373 or email us.