Dad’s Garage Raises $150K via Kickstarter

by Jacob Coakley

Dad’s Garage raised $169,985 via a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the down payment for their new theatre. The 169K was a record on Kickstarter for live theatre fundraising, and qualified Dad’s Garage for a $150K matching grant from an anonymous donor.

Dad’s Garage Hits their Kickstarter Goal - Receives $150,000 Matching Gift

What’s Next? Dad’s Garage Theatre Company successfully wrapped up their 60-day Kickstarter campaign last week, and in true comedic fashion, the group raised over 169 thousand dollars from over 1,000 donors. $169,985 (hehehe), to be exact – the most money raised by a live theatre on Kickstarter – ever. Not only will all of that money go toward the down payment on their new home, but they’ll also be receiving the full $150,000 matching gift offered to them by an anonymous donor. So, what’s next? A little more fundraising. Of the 2.2 million dollar price tag on the building, Dad’s Garage has secured 1.5 million of that in bank financing, and over $557,000 in cash donations – leaving them to raise the remaining $150,000 from major individual contributions, foundation gifts, and corporate sponsorships by their closing date in early January. When asked about the attainability of this goal, Managing Director, Lara Smith responded “It’s by far the largest undertaking this organization has met to date, but we’ve been met with such overwhelming support by the community that we all feel extremely optimistic that we’ll be able to meet this challenge. Atlanta has spoken and they want us to stick around.” 


This past July, after being homeless for over a year and a half, Dad’s Garage announced that they were under contract on the church at 569 Ezzard St. in the Old Fourth Ward. After rolling up their sleeves, conducting a feasibility study, and launching a capital campaign with the assistance of Coxe Curry & Associates, the 19 year-old non-profit theatre company has taken their funding needs public. Details about the full plan can be found on their Kickstarter page. While the time to donate via the Kickstarter has expired, fans can still donate to the new building fund via the Dad’s Garage website here:

Additional funds will be secured via bank financing, corporate sponsors, private donors, community leaders, and foundation support. 

About Dad’s Garage Theatre Company:
Founded in 1995, Dad's Garage Theatre Company has grown from a small volunteer led organization to a thriving mid-size theatre led by professional artistic and administrative staff that includes over 300 volunteers and performers. We now entertain more than 32,000 people each year at our temporary home at 7 Stages Theatre in Little 5 Points and across the globe! In addition to outrageous original productions, Dad’s Garage produces improv shows 52 weeks per year, educates young improvisers in a year-round high school outreach program, and facilitates onsite classes and workshops for the general public. The mission of Dad’s Garage is to engage, cultivate and inspire artists and audiences alike by producing innovative, scripted and improvised works that are recognized locally, nationally and internationally for being undeniably awesome.