Support Us

Thanks to everyone who contributed to our 2018 Essential Theatre Play Festival this fall through

Mark Perloe and Mary Perloe in honor of Chris Mann’s Dec 21 performance at the Strand in Marietta; Doug Shipman; Ellen McQueen; Sherry Shaw; Pamela Rooks; Nina Jones; Johnny Thigpen; Sarah Wallace; Erin Lavallee; Barbara O’Haley; Chris Carlsten; Adena Brumer; Thom, Lori, and Sydney Stanley; Alex Van; Brittany Harper; Hank and Barbara Kimmel; Cathy Jamison; Pamela Turner; Daniel Guyton; G Morgan Timmis; Alissa Scherb; John and Amy Babcock; Leonard Pallats; Melissa Hardy-Trevenna in honor of Martha Nell Hardy; Lee Raines; Josh Mikel; Natalie Karp; Laura King; Rial Ellsworth; Nancy Powell; Klimchak; Maya Robinson; Melinda Wood; Natalia Temesgen in honor of Georgia playwrights (of which she is quite a talented one herself!); Stephanie Wilkinson; and Philip Mertz.

Other easy ways to support Essential every day:

Click this button or go to and search for Essential Theatre Inc (Atlanta, GA) — there are two Essential Theatres registered for Amazon Smile, but we’re the only one in Georgia.

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You use the same account on and AmazonSmile. On your first visit to AmazonSmile (, you will select a charitable organization (that’s us!) to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. AmazonSmile will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation. It’s that easy!

Introducing: The Martha Nell Hardy Memorial Fund. Read more and consider donating today!

Introducing: The Martha Nell Hardy Memorial Fund. Read more and consider donating today!


Looking to make a more lasting impact? Established in the spring of 2017,  the Martha Nell Hardy Memorial Fund is an investment fund designed to give supporters the chance to contribute to Georgia playwrights’ success this year and continue the Essential Theatre’s mission into the future. This growth fund allows Essential to think long-term about our legacy, and with your help, we will be able to dream big!


Wish List

We’re always on the lookout for free (or inexpensive) copying and printing services. This includes both custom items like our posters and playbills, as well as more traditional printing needs such as scripts and color flyers.

Free rehearsal space (evenings and weekends, June-August) can help us save money and get our productions ready to open.

We always need shop or storage space for building our set pieces in July of each year, and free or inexpensive set materials (paint, wood, fabric and other building materials) are also appreciated around that time.

And, of course, monetary donations are always welcome! As ticket prices cover only a fraction of our production costs, we appreciate and need our donors. Essential Theatre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so your donations are tax deductible. Please help us to support new work by Georgia Playwrights! Make a donation or become a sponsor today!


Get Involved

Passionate about our mission? Excited by our work? Looking for even more ways to join the Essential tradition? Check out these ways you can join our team!

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