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As of July 2024, TDF is no longer offering the Theatre Subsidy.

TDF's Play Selection Committee reviews and approves subsidy support for new Broadway productions. At this time, TDF has a limited amount of subsidy available. Productions that are interested should contact Julian Christenberry, Director of Ticket Programs at

TDF will only consider subsidizing productions with a firm booking of at least two months in a proper Broadway theatre.

Once chosen, TDF agrees to subsidize 300 to 3,000 tickets during the first eight weeks of the show's run and offer them to TDF's membership of more than 90,000 enthusiastic theatregoers.   

For Broadway shows, TDF pays $54 per ticket for plays and $62 for musicals, and offers them to TDF members for $49 and $57, respectively. (These prices do not include facility fees.) TDF adds $5 to each ticket sold, which equals a $10 subsidy per ticket. 

In return for this support, productions are asked to acknowledge the TDF subsidy on the title page of their program. They must also repay 5% of any profit after recoupment until the full amount of the subsidy is repaid.

How to Apply

Producers or managers (sorry, no playwrights or agents) may apply to TDF at least eight weeks before the first performance date.

To be considered, please submit the following:

1. A cover letter including the producing entity (LLC, LP, etc.) and producers' names
2. A PDF of the script to send to committee members electronically
3. For musicals, please include a link to music selections

This material is reviewed by consultants and members of the TDF Board of Trustees, who then make a recommendation to the full board. Material should be sent to Julian Christenberry, Director of TDF Ticket Programs at

Dance Subsidy

Similar to the Theatre Subsidy program, TDF awards a subsidy to select dance productions of artistic merit. TDF offers a limited amount of support of $10 per ticket to smaller companies that have been approved by the TDF Dance Selection Committee for seasons in New York City. For more information, please contact Julian Christenberry at


TDF Subsidy Program: Pulitzer Prize Winners

The following is a list productions that received assistance through TDF's Theatre Subsidy program and subsequently won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama: 

1969 - The Great White Hope by Howard Sackler
1971 - The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds by Paul Zindel
1973 - That Championship Season by Jason Miller
1975 - Seascape by Edward Albee
1977 - The Shadow Box by Michael Cristofer
1978 - The Gin Game by D. L. Coburn
1979 - Buried Child by Sam Shepard
1980 - Talley's Folly by Lanford Wilson
1981 - Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley
1982 - A Soldier's Play by Charles Fuller
1983 - 'night, Mother by Marsha Norman
1984 - Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet
1985 - Sunday in the Park with George by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim
1987 - Fences by August Wilson
1988 - Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry
1989 - The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein
1990 - The Piano Lesson by August Wilson
1992 - The Kentucky Cycle by Robert Schenkkan*
1994 - Three Tall Women by Edward Albee
1995 - The Young Man from Atlanta by Horton Foote
1997 - How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel
1999 - Wit by Margaret Edson
2000 - Dinner with Friends by Donald Margulies
2001 - Proof by David Auburn
2002 - Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks
2003 - Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz
2004 - I Am My Own Wife by Doug Wright
2005 - Doubt by John Patrick Shanley
2007 - Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire
2008 - August: Osage County by Tracy Letts
2009 - Ruined by Lynn Nottage
2010 - Next to Normal  music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey
2011 - Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris*
2012 - Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegria Hudes*
2013 - Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar 
2014 - The Flick by Annie Baker*
2015 - Between Riverside and Crazy by Stephen Adly Guirgis
2017 - Sweat by Lynn Nottage
2020 - A Strange Loop by Michael R. Jackson*
2022 - Fat Ham by James Ijames*

* Received support from TDF's Theatre Subsidy program following its receipt of the Pulitzer Prize

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These programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

TDF's Dance Subsidy program is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.