Take Your Seat at MET

A Capital Campaign

In time for its 25th anniversary season in early fall 2022, MET will upgrade our audience experience in our mainstage theater. To do so, we need to raise $200,000 by March 25th to make improvements like permanent, adaptable (and cushy!) seating for our patrons and building a permanent seating structure that is ADA compliant: A space worthy of 25 more years of theater-making. Will you join us for our 25th anniversary by taking your seat at MET? 

In 2003 when we moved into the FSK building, McDaniel College graciously handed down the seats in our mainstage theater to us. For 18 years, those seats have served our patrons well enabling you to feel more, think deeper, and laugh longer during every MET show. MET strives to continue being the artistic main street destination that contributes to the cultural and economic vitality of Historic Downtown Frederick. With lead gifts from the State of Maryland, the Ausherman Family Foundation, Dr. Suzanne Beal, Bill Struever, and with your assistance, MET will make experiential changes for the benefit of our community. 


How does this work?

For a one-time, tax-deductible donation, your name will be engraved on a nameplate located on the theater seat within MET’s mainstage auditorium for the life of the seat, making this a long-term naming opportunity. 

In addition to seat sponsorships, you can also sponsor various spaces within MET like the booth and the back wall of inside the mainstage theatre. We will place a plaque within those areas to recognize you.

May I choose which seat(s) to purchase?

Seats can be sponsored on a first come, first serve basis in the order of receipt. Based on availability, multiple seats can be sponsored side-by-side.

Will I be able to sit in my donated seat(s) when I see a performance?

Because this is a naming opportunity and does not include tickets or seat assignments, we cannot guarantee performance seating. However, when you become an annual season subscriber (sold separately), you reserve tickets in advance of the general public for each show, and thus should be able to sit in the seat(s).


What will the seats look like?

Is the new seating area ADA compliant?

Yes! We will have two ADA compliant seating spaces at the ends of Row B. And if you would like to contribute to the cost of that, contact abaker@marylandensemble.org directly and we would be happy to add you to our donor wall along with the other wall sponsors.


What can be put on the nameplate?

Name your seat(s) as an individual, company, couple or family; or in honor/ memory of a loved one in up to three lines of 35 characters each (subject to change) that uses acceptable language according to MET’s standards. MET will contact you to confirm the details of your selection, and provide you with a proof of the nameplate for your review prior to engraving.


Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes, Maryland Ensemble Theatre is a 501[c] 3 nonprofit organization (EIN # 52-1764330). Please check with your trust tax professional for details.


How do I order and pay?


Check: Mail a check and a note stating which section you would like your seat(s) to be in and the quantity of seats and other pertinent details, and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

Place Order by Phone: Call the Karim Darwish, Audience Services Manager at the box office at 301-694-4744

Who can I contact for questions?

Andrea Baker, Development & Community Outreach Manager 301-694-477 x104 or email abaker@marylandensemble.org

Maryland Ensemble Theatre