Signature Ticket Initiative

Signature Ticket Initiative

The Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access

The Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access is an unparalleled commitment by a theatre to access, outreach and community. The Ticket Initiative launched in 2005 to provide theatregoers, both frequent and new, with affordable access to the performing arts.

A major barrier to cultural participation is cost, and the Ticket Initiative seeks to mitigate this obstacle. With the support of Ticket Initiative partner and donor contributions, every ticket during the first five weeks of all productions is subsidized. Signature has a diverse roster of Resident Writers with distinct voices and perspectives, and our core values of access and community underpin our commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility —the Ticket Initiative aids in opening opportunities for access to reflect those values in our audiences.

NEW: Pay It Forward

If you’ve purchased an affordable ticket at Signature in the past 15 years, chances are you’ve benefitted from the Ticket Initiative. This groundbreaking program is possible thanks to the support of contributions from donors and partners, but we need your help now to maintain affordable access for those who need it.

Now you can choose—enjoy an affordable subsidized ticket, or Pay It Forward to help give access to others. All Pay It Forward donations go directly to the Signature Ticket Initiative Subsidy. Select Pay It Forward tickets when checking out. 

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Pictured above: Students at TheatreFest 2016, photo by Cecile Oreste.

Signature Ticket Initiative Extension

The Signature Ticket Initiative offers subsidized tickets at the affordable price of $35 for all seats during the first five weeks of each Season production. Now with Ticket Initiative: Extended, while our ticket prices typically increase after the first five weeks, this program makes discounted tickets available to individuals who either:
1) have identification from underrepresented communities, OR
2) who identify as part of marginalized populations.


Qualifying identification includes:

  • Current student ID (must include expiration date)
  • Student Metrocard
  • Union ID (SAG, Equity, Teachers Unions, Autoworker Unions, etc.)
  • Military or Veteran ID
  • Medicare/Medicaid Card
  • SNAP Card
  • WIC Card
  • IDNYC Card

Marginalized populations include:

  • People of Color
  • People with Disability/Disabled People
  • Immigrants/Refugees
  • LGBTQIA+ folx
  • People without housing
  • People living in poverty

If you possess or identify with one or more of the above, you qualify for the program. Please enter your information here to begin enrollment.

After completing the survey, the Signature Ticket Services team will process your application within three business days. If you would like to book tickets sooner than your application is processed, please contact Ticket Services at or call (212) 244-7529 during business hours Tuesday-Sunday, 12:00pm-5:00pm.

All participants must show proof of ID or card in person for entry to their first performance. All tickets are subject to availability. Limit two tickets per participant per production. Enrollment expires two years after verification.

Terms and Conditions

  • Enrollment expires two years after verification.
    Example: If you enrolled and were verified in October 2020, your enrollment would expire in October 2022.
  • Signature Theatre reserves the right to request proof of eligibility at any time.
  • Participants can purchase two accessibly priced tickets to each Signature Theatre production during extension weeks. Ticket purchases are subject to fees when purchasing online or by phone. All tickets are subject to availability.
    To avoid confusion, all audiences regardless of status, subscription or affiliation can purchase accessibly priced tickets to each Signature Theatre production for the first five weeks of production due to the Signature Ticket Initiative, all tickets subject to availability.
  • All seats are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, and availability is not guaranteed for participants.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by phone, or at the box office.
  • Tickets may not be resold and are not transferable. No refunds, cancellations or exchanges are offered or available.
  • Participants are bound by Signature Theatre’s standard policies.
  • All production dates, ticket offers, casts and creative teams are subject to change.
  • Participants can be disenrolled by Signature Theatre management for infringement of policy, including but not limited to identification fraud.




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