Leaving a legacy
Stories for future generations
Ensemble Theatre is Australia’s longest continuously running professional theatre company, for everyone. Leaving a gift in your will is a genuine way to leave a legacy that will enrich the cultural lives of future generations and make a lasting contribution for many years to come. Your generous support allows us to strive for excellence and realise our ambitions.
By making a gift in your will, you are ensuring that Ensemble’s light stays bright for generations to come. Your support, large or small, plays an invaluable role and will help us continue to tell amazing stories on our stage.
A message from Mark Kilmurry, Artistic Director
Ensemble Theatre is a sharing space bringing audiences from different cultural and social backgrounds together, a theatre for everyone. We gather, as we have done on this land for over 60,000 years, to hear stories and wonder at other lives and experiences. Ensemble’s intimate space is for entertainment, not only to forget and immerse in a play well told, but to remember and to share. The experience of live art is at the heart of a community willing to engage in what it is like to be human.
With a dedicated subscriber base and a swell in new audiences, Ensemble is looking forward to a vibrant future. The core of what we do is to entertain and should you choose to leave Ensemble a gift in your will, your generosity and foresight will enhance that core vision, allowing us to engage with audiences and creatives well into the future.
We have a reputation for presenting the best of Australian, contemporary, international works with the best writers, designers, directors and production teams. We want this journey to continue through our 10 play seasons, our commitment to fostering emerging artists and our education program. With your help you will be supporting Ensemble’s next generation.
Ensemble Theatre Artistic Director
Leaving a legacy
We understand that family and friends come first and we urge you to discuss your decisions with loved ones, sharing with them your passion for Ensemble.
You have the option to dedicate your gift to our Encore Circle so you can be assured your gift will play a vital role in bringing productions to life and support our aspirations as we grow. Alternatively, we can tailor your funds to a program or purpose that may have significance to you personally. We’re here to listen and work with you.
Please let us know you have included Ensemble Theatre in your will so that we can discuss any wishes you may have, and importantly, thank you personally by inviting you to join our Encore Circle. As a part of Encore Circle, you’ll receive invitations to special events and be recognised in our communications.
We respect you may prefer to remain anonymous and any information you share with us will be kept strictly confidential. Whatever your choice, we thank you for your support and gratefully acknowledge the importance you place on providing a cultural legacy.
Hear from Ros and Alex Hunyor
“Our family’s love for Ensemble Theatre began more than 40 years ago. We were introduced by my friend Sandra Bates whose enthusiasm for the theatre was contagious. Every year since, together with family and friends, we have laughed, cried and been challenged at times, by many memorable performances. The intimacy of the theatre and the warmth of welcome by the staff also engenders a great sense of community and belonging.
My mother Val Lovett treasured her visits to the Ensemble and attended the Thursday matinees with two friends for many years. The post-performance discussion over lunch in what is now Bayly’s Bistro was the highlight of her week. We were delighted to buy the bus in her memory with funds from her estate. Val would be overjoyed to know it is appreciated by so many people who can now continue coming and enjoying their theatre.”
Ways you can support us
Leaving a bequest to Ensemble Theatre in your Will is greatly appreciated, and will ensure the theatre can continue to share memorable stories for years to come.
TYPES OF BEQUESTS
There are a number of different ways you can remember Ensemble Theatre in your Will. These include:
A percentage of your estate
This ensures that, even if your assets increase or decrease in value, the bequest you wish to leave to Ensemble will adjust accordingly.
A monetary gift
The nominated sum will pass to Ensemble.
A specific gift of another type of asset
It’s a good idea to share your intentions with us, so we can ensure your wishes are properly honoured. For example shares, art or property.
The residue of your estate
After other gifts in your Will have been made, some or all of the remainder of your estate passes to Ensemble.
We would like to make the process easy for you with this recommended wording. It is important that your wording clearly expresses your wishes and we suggest if you are creating or updating your Will, you consult with your legal advisor.
“I GIVE to Ensemble Theatre Foundation Limited as trustee for the Ensemble Theatre Foundation ABN 13 923 149 043, for its general purposes, [insert as applicable]
The sum of $___________________ OR
[Insert details of the specific asset you wish to leave] OR
______% of the residue of my estate OR
The whole of my estate OR
The residue of my estate.
AND I DECLARE that the written acknowledgement of the treasurer or other proper officer of the Ensemble Theatre Foundation shall be accepted by my trustee as a full and complete discharge and that my trustee shall not be bound to see the application thereof.”
We would like to thank wills and estates lawyer Stephen Lynch for his support and should you require any further legal advice on this matter please contact Stephen on 02 9923 2321 or firstname.lastname@example.org