Friends of the Folger

For more information, please contact:
Elizabeth Stevens
Manager, Membership and Individual Giving

Friends of the Folger experience firsthand all that this world-class center for learning and culture has to offer, from lectures and special events to innovative programs in theater, music, and poetry. Your membership helps us preserve, expand, and share the Folger collection, and entitles you to discounted tickets and other exclusive benefits. Join online below or print and fill out our membership form to support our work and receive special benefits.

Levels and benefits

Individual ($75) or Dual/Family ($100) 100% tax-deductible 


  • $10 off single tickets to Folger Theatre performances.
  • $5 off single tickets to Folger Consort performances.
  • 50% discount on up to four single tickets to lectures and selected O.B. Hardison Poetry Series readings.
  • 10% off in the Folger Gift Shop every day, plus 20% off during holiday shopping days.


  • Member Pre-sale Week: Purchase single tickets for upcoming seasons at Folger Theatre, Folger Consort, and the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series a full week before they go on sale to the general public. 
  • ​Gallery talks: World-renowned scholars who curate Folger exhibitions offer in-depth discussion, followed by an after-hours viewing of the exhibition.
  • A guided tour of each exhibition led by Folger staff.
  • Gathering of friends: A chance for members to meet those who make the Folger the exciting place that it is today—scholars, authors, actors, directors, and educators.
  • Member Appreciation Weekend: Two days of one-of-a-kind events, such as: workshops in swordplay, poetry, and quill writing; viewing of staff favorites from the Folger collection; a discussion with the cast of a Folger Theatre production; and tours of our art collections and conservation laboratory.


  • Year subscription to Folger Magazine.
  • Year subscription to Shakespeare Plus, the Folger's bi-weekly E-newsletter

Sign up for an individual or family membership

Sustainer ($250) $200 tax-deductible 

All of the above, plus…

  • Be among the first to see each exhibition, while enjoying a reception and remarks from our staff and curators.
  • Recognition in our annual report.

Sign up for a sustainer-level membership

Patron ($500) $440 tax-deductible 

All of the above, plus… 

  • Invitation for two to an exclusive open rehearsal of a Folger Consort performance.
  • One complimentary membership to share with a friend.

Sign up for a patron-level membership

Supporter ($1,000) $940 tax-deductible 

All of the above, plus…

  • 50% discount on two tickets to each of three Folger Theatre season main stage productions.
  • Two complimentary memberships to share with friends.

Sign up for a supporter-level membership

National/International ($50) 100% tax-deductible

If you live beyond a 200-mile radius of Washington, DC, this special membership category gives you all the benefits of an individual membership except for invitations to certain local events.

Sign up for an international or national membership

Student ($35) 100% tax-deductible 

All the benefits of Individual membership are extended to full-time students enrolled at an accredited educational institution.

Sign up for a student membership

Gift Memberships 

A membership to the Folger makes a thoughtful and generous gift. View the different levels of membership and their corresponding benefits above. If you join the Folger at the Patron Member ($500) level, you will have the opportunity to give a $100 membership to a friend at no cost.

To give a gift membership, please make a gift online, call the Membership Office at 202.675.0359 or complete and mail this form.

For more information, please contact:
Elizabeth Stevens
Manager, Membership and Individual Giving