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TDF has given subsidy support over 1,000 plays including 31 that subsequently won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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Bridging Education and Theatre
The City University of New York (CUNY) and Theatre Development Fund (TDF). BEAT was designed to introduce the CUNY community to New York City's performing arts through a range of programs designed by TDF and tailored to the needs of the CUNY community.

BEAT makes the performing arts accessible to the CUNY community! Since 80 percent of CUNY students remain in New York City after graduation, this partnership will help them become lifelong theatre goers, able to enjoy and participate in a vital and vibrant part of the cultural life of New York City.

CUNY, the nation's leading urban public university, and TDF, the country's largest not-for-profit performing arts service organization, share unique roles at the heart of New York City.   Both represent deep traditions of service to education and the arts, enriching millions each year - CUNY, through its role in educating over half a million students in academic, adult, continuing and professional education programs at its 24 institutions citywide, and TDF by serving over one million New Yorkers and visitors each year through its TKTS Booths, membership, education and access programs.

BEAT, which was piloted during the 2010-11 school year, has just doubled in scope for its second year.  The program was originally piloted on four CUNY Campuses: Baruch College, Brooklyn College, LaGuardia Community College and Lehman College.  For the third year the program continues on those four campuses, along with Hunter College, Queens College, New York City College of Technology, Queensboro Community College to bring the total number of colleges served to eight. The program looks to expand each year, eventually to all 24 CUNY campuses.

BEAT provides ticketing resources to the CUNY campuses in several ways:

  • Up to 8 campuses currently participate in TDF's New Audiences of New York, a program which introduces theatre, through attendance and education, to underserved groups across the five boroughs. Students from each campus will attend theatre performances and participate in pre- and post-performance discussions.  This program currently serves Baruch College, Brooklyn College, New York College of Technology, Hunter College, Lehman College, and Queensborough Community College.
  • Full-time CUNY students, faculty, and staff are eligible to join TDF's Discount Ticket Membership Program at a reduced rate. This special TDF rate of $10 for students and $20 for faculty is available to new TDF members only and only for the first year of membership.  Members receive:
    • Immediate access to hundreds of online ticket offers from Broadway, Off Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, Music and Dance.
    • Purchase tickets many days, and sometimes weeks, in advance.
    • Discounts of up to 70% off the full price - tickets range from $9 to $45 each!
    • Access to special Members Only programs throughout the year!
  • Click here to apply!


THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK is the nation's leading urban public university.  Founded in New York City in 1847 as The Free Academy, the University has 23 institutions: 11 senior colleges, six community colleges, the William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, the Graduate School and University Center, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY School of Law, the CUNY School of Professional Studies and the CUNY School of Public Health. The University serves 269,300 academic credit students and 269,808 adult, continuing and professional education students. College Now, the University's academic enrichment program for 32,500 high school students, is offered at CUNY campuses and more than 300 high schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City. The University offers online baccalaureate degrees through the School of Professional Studies and an individualized baccalaureate through the CUNY Baccalaureate Degree. More than 1 million visitors and 2 million page views are served each month by www.cuny.edu, the University's website.