You are viewing this article in the archives. For the latest breaking news and updates in Ann Arbor and the surrounding area, see
Posted on Wed, Dec 15, 2010 : 5:54 a.m.

Penny Seats Theatre Company is raising funds for inaugural season

By Staff

The brand new Penny Seats Theatre Company - which plans to begin staging accessible, affordable outdoor works in August 2011 - aims to raise $4,000 for rent, licensing fees, and other operational costs.

To this end, PSTC has begun a campaign to fund its inaugural season, using arts funding website called Kickstarter. Here’s how it works: you visit the site and pledge. If PSTC meets its goal by January 7, it receives $4,000; if PSTC doesn’t raise $4,000 in pledges, no one’s credit card is charged, and the company get nothing.

To donate, visit There, you can watch PSTC's video, enjoy an original song, and learn more about the company. Potential patrons may look over the list of incentive gifts and choose a level of giving. But if you’re not comfortable using Kickstarter, you can give through the company's website as well ( Either way, your gift is 100% tax-deductible; and either way, you’ll be helping create something totally new.

PSTC's 7 founders - which include a lawyer, a doctor, a marketer, an interior designer, etc. - aim to make live theater shows that are accessible to everyone; to stage shows downtown, and make a show admission cost the same as a movie ticket; to maybe make theater outside, or in an unused warehouse; and mostly, PSTC wants to make theater fun.

Out of this idea, PSTC was born, drawing its name from the cheap seats in Shakespeare's Globe Theater in Elizabethan England. To learn more about the company and its founders, visit