The 500-seat Diana Wortham Theatre is available for rent by organizations and individuals for the presentation of performances, lectures, and meetings.
Priority in scheduling is given to:
- Local arts groups who use the theatre on an annual basis
- The theatre's own Mainstage Series
- New/casual users
There are three basic costs incurred in using the Diana Wortham Theatre: Rent, Labor, and Box Office Fees (for ticketed events).
Theatre Rental Rates Through June 2018
- Non-Profit Rate - $750.00 for first performance/event in a day
- For-Profit Rate - $900.00 for first performance/event in a day
- Non-Profit Rate - $500.00 for the second performance in same day
- For-Profit Rate - $650.00 for the second performance in same day
- Non-Profit Rate - $450.00
- For-Profit Rate - $600.00
Rental Rates beginning July 2018
- Non-Profit Rate - $850.00 for first performance/event in a day
- For-Profit Rate - $1,200.00 for first performance/event in a day
- Non-Profit Rate - $600.00 for the second performance in same day
- For-Profit Rate - $750.00 for the second performance in same day
- Non-Profit Rate - $550.00
- For-Profit Rate - $800.00
$2,250.00 for all-day conferences, and/or a 12 hour period, $200/hr. thereafter
Hamburg Steinway, Model B
$150.00 per event plus cost of tuning
Please note: Tuning of piano will be performed by DWT's Piano Tech only.
Labor Rates (see labor policies below)
- Technical Director: $28/hr for first 8 hours in a day, $42/hr thereafter (Four hour TD prep time charged to all rental events)
- Technical Staff: $18/hr for first 8 hours in a day, $27/hr thereafter
- Sound Engineer: $200 to $250
- Follow Spot & Operator: $22/hr of use
- Minimum Call is 4 hours
Front of House
- House Manager: $16.50/hr
- Event Manager: $16.50/hr
- Ushers: $12/hr, or minimum of 8 volunteer ushers provided by renter
- Minimum Call is 4 hours
Box Office Rates
- Set up fee: $100 per ticketed performance or event (Renter pays)
- $0.65 per ticket sold for box office services, plus $1.00 Facility Fee (see below) (Renter Pays)
- $0.15 per complimentary ticket issued (Renter Pays)
- For requests to be filled, a minimum of 48 hours must be given for Complimentary tickets
- Credit Card Fees 3.8% for all sales to MasterCard, Visa, and American Express; These fees are the renter's responsibility.
- Flat processing fee of $4.50 and $1.50 building operations fee per ticket charged to customer for phone orders. Tickets can be mailed to the patron for a $1 additional fee. (Customer Pays)
- Per ticket and building operations fees are charged to customer for all on-line ticket sales.
- The capacity for on-line ticket sales through the theatre's website available at no additional charge to renter.
To support the maintenance and repairs to the theatre, effective July 28, 2014, a $1.00/ticket surcharge is assessed and collected on all tickets sold, through the box office or at off-site locations, with a price of $15.00 or greater. A $.50/ticket surcharge is assessed and collected for tickets with a price of $10.00 to $14.99. This surcharge is placed in a restricted fund for maintenance and repairs and does not support the operation budget of the theatre. Renters should take this into account when setting ticket prices, which should include this surcharge. For non-ticketed events the facility fee is $250.00.
Before contacting the Diana Wortham Theatre, please read all policies below with respect to Labor and Box Office practices and policies. Also recognize that the theatre is busy year-round and weekend dates are hard to come by. Please have as many possible dates in mind prior to contacting the theatre.
The preferred method of contacting the theatre for possible rentals is via email at email@example.com. In your email please provide the following information.
- Your name/organization
- Nature of event, i.e. performance, lecture, meeting, etc.
- Preferred date(s)
- Number of days needed in the theatre prior to the performance, i.e for tech and rehearsals.
- Any special needs, i.e. special lighting, sound, piano etc.
- Contact information: please provide a name and phone number and best time to reach you.
The theatre's Technical Director, or representative, must be present at all times the theatre is in use by the renter, including the delivery of material. The TD's billable hours begin each day one half hour before the theatre is opened for the renter and end one half hour after the last person has left the event and the theatre is empty and secured. The renter is also responsible for the TD's time required to prepare the theatre for the renter's event.
The Diana Wortham Theatre is a non-union house, but does utilize its own skilled Technical Crew, the cost of which is paid by the renter at the applicable rates. The number of technicians required varies by the event being presented. The theatre typically runs with a three person technical crew. The Technical Director, in consultation with the renter or based on the event's Technical Rider, will determine the size of the Crew required. The renter may be able to provide volunteers or its own crew for jobs which do not involve operating the theatre's equipment, at the sole discretion of the Technical Director.
One to Two House Managers are required for all public events. Hours begin one and a half hour prior to the start of the event and conclude one half hour after the event has ended. A DWT Event Manager is required anytime the theatre is open to the public. Hours begin two hours prior to the start of the event and conclude one to two hours after the event has ended.
Ushers can be provided by the renter in order to reduce expenses. Ushers must be a minimum of 18 years of age and must arrive at the theatre one hour prior to the event to receive safety instructions from the House Manager, must remain for the entire event and sit in specified seats. It is recommended that ushers dress as uniformly as possible for easy identification - white tops and black bottoms are suggested.
Box Office Policies
Renters are required to use the DWT box office for all ticketing. No events will be permitted to self-ticket or use outside ticketing services. Ticketing will not be processed until contract and deposit are received. Tickets are available by phone or walkup box office located at 18 Biltmore Ave. Tickets are also available for purchase online through website at dwtheatre.com. The Diana Wortham Theatre Box Office (828) 257-4530 is located in the main lobby of the orchestra level and hours are as follows: Closed Mondays; open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00am to 4:00pm; closed Saturdays unless there is a performance; Box Office will open at 12:00pm and stay open until 30 minutes after curtain; closed Sundays unless there is a performance; Box Office will open at 1:00pm and stay open until 30 minutes after curtain. The box office can handle walk-ins, phone orders and mail orders. Cash, checks, MasterCard, Visa and American Express are accepted. On-line sales of tickets are available on a 24/7 basis as part of the basic service.
While we are not able to market your event for you, DWT provides several tools to assist you with your promotional efforts.
Marketing Opportunities Provided:
- All events are listed on our website free of charge.
- Marketing Package: Includes a designed web page upgrade and a marquee posting on our electronic marquee located on our street front at a fee of $125. Individual pricing is $75 each.
- We include upcoming rental events in all of our e-news blasts which goes out to approximately 10,000 people.
- Provide list of Web Calendars upon request
- Media Contact List upon request
- We cannot send individual or dedicated e-news blasts, or mailings.
- We cannot share DWT customer lists.
Fees for Rent, Labor and Box Office services are deducted from the renter's ticket sales proceeds as the method of payment. Renters receive an itemized statement of these charges plus a detailed report on all sales through the box office and may also request a list of the names and addresses of customers who purchased tickets in advance for the renter's event.
"As always, the entire experience of producing this show at Diana Wortham Theatre was a true pleasure. The staff's correspondence, communication and on-hand work is always delivered with tremendous respect and kindness." - Barrie Barton, Artist Director, Community Choreography Projects