The Greater Washington Metropolitan Area hosts incredible community and social service organizations that perform extraordinary work. Recognizing that there are a variety of obstacles that might make it challenging for the communities they serve to attend live theatre, STC has removed at least one barrier: cost. Free Will provides qualifying organizations with group tickets at no charge, and aims to work with these organizations to welcome their constituents to experience performances in STC’s spaces.
STC is honored to invite these organizations and their communities to enjoy live theatre as a way to support and celebrate their work and the people they serve.
Who can participate in Free Will?
Free Will groups are selected through an application process. Priority consideration is given to community and social service organizations with missions devoted to improving the quality of life for people in the D.C. area, especially organizations who reflect and embrace the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion that STC has committed to fostering.
This program is not for general group reservations, school groups or individuals. We invite all other groups to contact our Group Sales Manager at 202.547.1122 and encourage teachers to explore SHAKESPEARIENCE Student Matinees for reduced-price ticketing offered throughout the 2019/20 Season.
Free Will group/organization reservations are subject to ticket/seat availability.
Free Will FAQs
How many people should my group have?
To qualify for Free Will, your group must have at least 10 attendees and cannot exceed 25.
Can I bring young people?
Yes, please! However, groups including young people must have at least 1 adult (18 and older) for every 10 young people. You may also want to consider the content of the show. Unfortunately, children under 5 are not permitted. Please check out Family Week for performances and activities for elementary-age theatregoers.
Our group needs an accommodation. Can we still participate?
Absolutely! If you or any member of your group needs accommodations or assistance, please inform us when you send in your reservation request and we will gladly work with you.
When should I apply?
Groups/organizations are encouraged to apply 2-3 weeks in advance of anticipated performance dates.
How do we get our tickets?
Free Will reservations are not guaranteed until you receive written confirmation from STC via email. By requesting tickets for your group, you agree to serve as the group leader. All correspondence and/or communication must come directly from you. It is your responsibility to pick up and distribute all of your group’s tickets on the day of your performance.
Tickets will not be mailed. Your tickets will be available for pickup at will call at either Sidney Harman Hall or the Michael R. Klein Theatre two (2) hours prior to the performance start time.
What if we’re late to the show?
If Free Will tickets are not picked up 15 minutes before the performance start time, they will be released for sale to the public. The great demand for tickets for these performances means that this deadline will be strictly enforced.
Can we bring a group of our employees or volunteers?
The beneficiaries of Free Will should be the constituents the community service organization serves. For example, if the Free Will group is a youth service organization, the theatre-going group should consist primarily of young people with only small number of adult staff members/chaperones. Free Will is not intended to be a vehicle for staff events/team-building.