Playhouse Square to Advance Its Legacy through $100 Million Campaign

Having recently celebrated the 90th anniversary of the completion of our extraordinary theaters, we now look to secure Playhouse Square’s future via a comprehensive campaign that will address our greatest needs. The campaign is the largest philanthropic effort ever undertaken by Playhouse Square and seeks to raise upwards of $100 million essential to the organization’s vitality and continuing success.

Campaign Priorities

  • Renovate the KeyBank State, Ohio and Connor Palace to address necessary maintenance issue and reinvigorate these historic buildings.
  • Increase Playhouse Square’s endowment to serve as a theater restoration fund that will allow the theaters to be maintained on an ongoing basis.
  • Enhance community engagement and education programming, enabling Playhouse Square to reach more students and their families and lifelong learners.
  • Support the Dazzle the District transformation plan that brings the beauty of the interior of Playhouse Square theaters outside with welcoming gateways, new and engaging signage, and the GE Chandelier as the centerpiece. 
  • Establish a production fund that will support additional programming and pre-Broadway productions.

Campaign Updates

KeyBank Contributes $10 Million to Playhouse Square Campaign; State Theatre to be named "KeyBank State Theatre"


KeyBank, a longtime supporter of the not-for-profit mission of Playhouse Square, announced a $10 million gift to our Advancing the Legacy Campaign on June 17, 2017. While KeyBank’s contribution supports all five of the campaign’s objectives – capital improvements, education programming, endowment growth, neighborhood transformation and new production – a portion of the gift is designated specifically to provide for ticket and transportation subsidy to bring 40,000 Cleveland Metropolitan School District students and an additional 35,000 students from across Northeast Ohio to performances at Playhouse Square over the next five years. In honor of this contribution, the State Theatre will be renamed the “KeyBank State Theatre.”

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In The News

  • Plain Dealer Article - March 19, 2018: Playhouse Square to lift curtain on 34-story apartment tower; parking lot closing next week
  • Plain Dealer Article - June 17, 2017: Playhouse Square receives $10 million gift from KeyBank, adds name to State Theatre
  • Plain Dealer Article - June 9, 2017: Playhouse Square plans 34-story apartment tower in dowtown Cleveland's theater district
  • ideastream Article - May 21, 2016: Playhouse Square's Ohio Theater Lobby is Recreated from Scratch
  • Plain Dealer Article - May 19, 2016: Historic Ohio Theatre lobby re-created 52 years after fire destroyed 1921 original
  • Fox 8 News Article - May 18, 2016: Playhouse Square putting finishing touches on Ohio Theatre Renovations
  • Fresh Water Cleveland Article - March 22, 2016: Ohio Theatre returns to its 1921 splendor with renovations nearly complete
  • WKYC feature - March 20, 2016: Playhouse Square renovations take shape ahead of RNC
  • Plain Dealer Article - February 9, 2016: Playhouse Square's Ohio Theatre lobby restoration should rival completed State Theatre project
  • Plain Dealer Article - July 23, 2015: Playhouse Square restoring ornamentation yummy as cake icing at State, Ohio Theatres
  • Crains Cleveland Article - March 16, 2015: Gund Foundation donates $3 million for Ohio Theatre Lobby Restoration
  • Plain Dealer Article - March 14, 2015: Playhouse Square gets $3 million Gund Foundation Gift to restore Ohio Theatre Lobby
  • Plain Dealer Article - December 2, 2014: Playhouse Square gets $10 million gift for its 'Advancing the Legacy' capital campaign
  • Crains Cleveland Article - December 2, 2014: Playhouse Square receives $10 million commitment from The Richard J. Fasenmyer Foundation
  • Plain Dealer Article - September 24, 2014: Cleveland Theater District Transformation: 2007 to now
  • Plain Dealer Article - September 23, 2014: Gina Vernaci, architect of the popular KeyBank Broadway Series at Playhouse Square, takes on new role
  • Plain Dealer Article - June 20, 2014: Playhouse Square's new $100 million capital campaign gets a $9 million boost from Sherwin-Williams chief Chris Connor and family
  • Crains Cleveland Article - June 20, 2014: Playhouse Square launches public phase of largest fundraising campaign in its history
  • Plain Dealer Article - February 27, 2014: Second Stage to be renamed Outcalt Theatre following $2.5 million gift
  • Crains Cleveland Article - February 27, 2014: Playhouse Square receives $2.5 million gift from Jane and Jon Outcalt

How can I get involved in Advancing the Legacy?

Playhouse Square is committed to helping you fulfill your personal and philanthropic goals through Advancing the Legacy Campaign.  

  • Outright Gift, including multi-year pledges
  • Planned Gift, including life income gifts or bequests
  • A combination of both outright and planned gifts
  • Contact Michelle Ryan Stewart, Senior Vice President of Advancement at 216-640-8410 or [email protected]

Playhouse Square's History

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