Project Black Box

Dear Loyal Donors and Patrons of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre,

We have some exciting news! 

We have received a sizable contribution to assist GHDT with a Black Box Theatre enhancement project valued at $255,000 for the company rehearsal space at The Academy of GHDT during 2022.  This capital project will enable GHDT to produce performances in a complete black box theater space to make each performance a unique, up-close and personal experience, to generate more revenue, to allow us to transition to efficient energy usage, and ultimately, to serve more patrons. GHDT will have a greater flexibility for supplementing our performance schedule beyond our performance season at The Tarkington.

Included in the project will be:

  • A new ¾ wrap-around black curtain system for walls along with blackout curtains for theatre entrance.  Curtain system will allow for wings and back stage cross over.
  • A new state-of-the-art theatrical lighting system including all new lights, console, and accessories using energy efficient LED lighting to provide visual effects and color advantages.
  • A new 3-Level Manual Telescopic Riser System with 51 permanent retractable seats allowing for comfort and better viewing.  Aisle handrails provided for additional patron safety.

We would like for you to be part of this project!  Help us invest in our future!

For all elements of this project to be completed, we need to raise a minimum of $55,000 through donations and fund-raising activities by March 1, 2022. 

As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, we would like to recognize the generosity of our major gift donors of this project. Those donors who contribute at least $1,000 or more will have their name added to a permanent wall plaque at The Academy, as well as performance program recognition, and naming rights bestowed to a seat in the new seating addition for the estimated life of the chair.  There are only 51 seats to be named.

All donations in any amount are welcome for this project.  Donations can be easily made by sending a check or through the GHDT website at, click on donate button.  Please note Capital Project.  Checks are encouraged (as credit card fees are not applied).  Mailing address:  GHDT Capital Project, 329 Gradle Drive, Carmel, IN 46032.

The devoted members of the GHDT Board of Directors have committed financial support for this project and will be contacting you directly about your level of interest in assisting us with a gift.

Thank you for your consideration.

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