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About the Dave Steakley Dream Fund

We are honored to share this moment with you, which YOU make possible. I can’t wait to welcome you into ZACH’s Topfer Theatre where we come together to share an intimate and extraordinary theatre experience—of Austin, by Austin, and for Austin.”

– Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley

Timed to take advantage of the unparalleled momentum ZACH is enjoying since the opening of its new Topfer Theatre, The Dave Steakley Dream Fund is designed to enhance the artistic vision of ZACH’s Producing Artistic Director and to maintain production quality and the facility needs of ZACH’s Topfer Theatre and campus.

In addition to the annual operating budget, the Dream Fund will:

  • Support artistic programming that is not within the usual annual operating budget parameters, but allows ZACH to remain a leader in the profession
  • Enable ZACH to purchase production equipment or items which are needed but not possible to fund within the annual operating budget
  • Provide stipends for visiting actors, directors, or designers from throughout the country whose presence will enhance ZACH’s mainstage programming
  • Aid with the development of national co-productions or other beneficial professional partnerships that will elevate ZACH’s work and add to our visibility and national reputation
  • Address the ongoing facility needs of the Topfer Theatre, plaza, and campus
  • Allow ZACH to commission playwrights and other artistic collaborators to further the development of new work

With this extra investment, Dave will be able to continue the artistic excellence we’ve come to associate with our Topfer Theatre productions and consistently mount ZACH’s future mainstage productions on a level that is on par with our regional theatre colleagues.



Commemorate yourself or your loved ones with a new gift to the Dave Steakley Dream Fund. A number of attractive naming opportunities exist within the Topfer Theatre, and at all giving levels:

  • $5,000: Topfer Theatre Seat
  • $10,000: Leadership Wall
  • $15,000: Actor Dressing Tables
  • $20,000: Stair Risers
  • $25,000: Stage Manager Office
  • $50,000: Plaza Displays
  • $100,000: Director’s Booth
  • $250,000: Fly Tower
  • $350,000: Juliet Balcony
  • $500,000: Glass Curtain


Theatre Seats

There are many unnamed seats in the Topfer Theatre for $2,500, $5,000, or $7,500. All Topfer Theatre seat donations are payable over a four-year pledge period. This is a great low-cost way to commemorate your parents, children, or grandchildren in one of downtown Austin’s finest artistic venues.

Visit Name Your Seat for more information.


Topfer Theatre Leadership Wall

Leadership wall categories are available at the $10,000 level through the $1,000,000+ level.


The People’s Plaza

You may wish to recognize a noteworthy individual who has made a significant impact in Austin with a silver plaque on The People’s Plaza. These honorees are permanently memorialized with an in-depth profile on the interactive touchscreen in the theatre lobby. Funding for a Plaza honoree is available at the $50,000 or $100,000 level.

All Dream Fund gifts may be made by cash, appreciated stock, check, or credit card.

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This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

ZACH Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization located in Austin, Texas.

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