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Helping to maintain our historic theatre, making performing arts accessible to young people, providing need-based scholarships--you can decide how to direct your contribution The Hanover Theatre. 

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Give Access to the Arts.

Your generosity supports every aspect of our mission

Subscriptions and ticket sales only cover a portion of the cost of presenting our mainstage season, Conservatory programs, and engagement programs. We rely on the support of generous individuals and organizations to make all of these activities possible. Donations to The Hanover Theatre at any level have a direct impact and help to ensure that the performing arts continue to thrive in Worcester. 

The Hanover Theatre Fund

The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory Fund provides unrestricted support for the maintenance of our historic theatre, enables us to respond to unanticipated opportunities and urgent needs, and contributes to our long-term sustainability. Gifts to The Hanover Theatre Fund are an especially effective way to show your support.

Access to the Arts

We are committed to ensuring that young people in our community have access to the transformative power of the performing arts.

Your gift to the Access to the Arts Fund provides vital support for our school partnerships, community engagement activities, and Conservatory programs that serve more than 15,000 young people every year, many of whom would otherwise not have opportunities to participate in the arts.  You can learn more about the activities supported by the Access to the Arts Fund here:

The Donald Phipps Mighty Wurlitzer Fund  

Help secure an iconic piece of America’s musical history.

The Hanover Theatre’s Mighty Wurlitzer is the largest theatre pipe organ in New England. Once a fixture in luxurious vaudeville theatres and movie palaces across the country, today these magnificent instruments have largely disappeared. Thanks to the extraordinary dedication and generosity of Donald Phipps and a dedicated group of volunteers, The Hanover Theatre is now home to a majestic 2,500-pipe theatre pipe organ that can be heard on our silent movie nights, in our annual production of A Christmas Carol, and at special events throughout the year.

Assembled and donated to the theatre by Donald Phipps, the Mighty Wurlitzer is recognized as one of the cultural jewels of the city.  A board director of the Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society, Phipps and his passion in restoring the Wurlitzer Organ follows in the footsteps of our theatre’s founders, with their vision of restoring a treasured piece of our history and celebrating our cultural heritage.

Your gift to the Mighty Wurlitzer Fund provides support for the stewardship of this rare instrument for the Worcester community.


Providing outstanding training in the arts

Participation in the arts has a profound and far-reaching developmental and emotional impact on young people, and too many families in our community do not have access to arts programming in or out of school. Each year, The Hanover Theatre Conservatory provides need-based scholarships for classes and programs that offer performance opportunities and training in theatre, dance, music, technical theatre and design. Gifts to the Scholarship Fund help to make these transformative experiences available to young people who would otherwise be unable to participate.

Worcester Center for Performing Arts is a registered not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, which owns and operates The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts.  All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law

We really had no expectations regarding the performance that we were about to see.  We thought that we would hear a few tunes highlighting the Wurlitzer… What we got was a delightful evening of true entertainment.  We sat there and were totally enthralled with what we saw and heard.  It was a wonderful show and we left with a greater appreciation of The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts and a further endorsement of why we have chosen to support The Hanover Theatre.

Barry & Jean Alman

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Contributions from individuals, organizations and businesses have always played a vital role in our efforts to bring the best in performance to Worcester, present the stories and sounds that reflect our community, and make the arts accessible to all. Just as we strive to make The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory a welcoming and inclusive destination, we also seek to make philanthropy a practice that is open to everyone. Donations at every level are truly meaningful and we are honored by the commitment of those who choose to invest in our work and our community. 

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