The Western Stage, a Monterey County institution for over forty years, brings the experience of live performing arts to our community. As a program of Hartnell College, it is dedicated to offering the finest theatrical education possible. Ticket prices and college funding does not cover all costs of sustaining a vigorous and committed public performance and professional program. The Western Stage relies on support from individuals, corporations and foundations to maintain the quality of this program. What can live theatre do for people? For participants, live theatre teaches collaboration, commitment, responsibility, punctuality, empathy, cultural understanding, problem solving, persistence and flexibility. For the adult audience, theatre is a communal, entertaining and thought-provoking experience. For children who participate in live theatre, studies show they score higher in academic subjects, volunteer more often in leadership programs, and demonstrate high levels of creative thinking and self-esteem. What benefits does the community get from live theatre? A thriving arts community is a key indicator of the quality of life in a community. It attracts business, creates employment and is a magnet for tourists. What does society get from live performing arts? The arts are an essential form of human expression. Civilizations are characterized by the arts they have bequeathed to us. Living theatre opens minds and hearts to new ways of seeing, thinking and understanding. Living theatre has the power to illuminate, transform and heal the human spirit. Why give to The Western Stage HCF? Giving helps to fulfill all these enumerated goals and more. Giving is your personal commitment to make our community the best it can be. Support The Western Stage. Learn more about the Circles of Support for The Western Stage.