Free Culture


Walking the dog Theater’s Free Culture Initiative


At its heart, WTD’s Free Culture Initiative is a conversation.  We are seeking, through drama, to enkindle a living, vibrant conversation on many levels: artist and audience, teacher and student, human and human, human and future.


Every voice is needed.  At its most basic level, our Free Culture Initiative recognizes the need for WTD’s performances and educational programs to be available to all, regardless of financial circumstances.  With the doors wide open, all can join the conversation. 


When we infuse the word free with action, “to free culture” carries the meaning of freeing the artistic process from hindrances and outward controls.  In WTD’s case, a strong financial foundation frees us to devise new ways of exploring life and the human potential through drama, to take the work into uncharted territory, and to bring you the very best we have to offer.


These 2 dynamic elements—access to cultural experiences and a free artistic process—form the wellspring of a free cultural life.  At its best, art moves us.  Art stirs within us a sense of our own freedom and creativity.  It brings us alive.  Art both elevates the conversation and helps us rise to meet it.  Art cultivates our global imagination.


Friends, will you join the conversation?  Your monthly pledge, no matter how small, will support all of WTD’s work: in-school residencies, after school programs, adult workshops in the US and in Asia, professional productions, the ongoing administrative work of running a not-for-profit organization, and taking our work to the places where it is most needed both here at home and abroad.  Not ready to make a monthly commitment?  Your one-time donation is most welcome!


Pledge online at or send a check made out to Hawthorne Valley Association, with WTD in the memo line, and mail it to 327 County Route 21C, Ghent, NY 12075.  WTD is an initiative of the Hawthorne Valley Association, a 501c(3) non-profit organization.

All donations are tax-deductible. Thank you!

Thank you for being part of the WTD community. You give our work wings!