VIP Donor


Most people are unaware that this fabulous venue does not receive any municipal operating support and was built entirely from private funds donated by the community of Houston.

The support and ongoing generosity of many individuals, corporations and foundations to the Hobby Center Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is integral to the Foundation's management and operation of the Hobby Center for Performing Arts.

Click here to preview the benefits of the
Hobby Center's VIP Experience.

The Foundation's focus is on the venue, its programs and its resident series to bring first-class entertainment and cultural enjoyment to Houstonians. The education/outreach arm of the Foundation, through its Uniquely Houston and Discovery Series programs, provides facilities and programs to many small local arts groups and school children in the Houston area. The Foundation provides a valuable service to the community as well as a strong, viable economic impact on the community.

As a VIP Donor, you'll receive the following benefits as part of Broadway at the Hobby Center Series at the Hobby Center for the VIP Donor Program.

  • Donor Seat Locations – Watch the show from the best seats in the house, reserved for VIP Donors. You'll enjoy priority seat locations, including Center/Center Orchestra and select Left/Right Orchestra. (Donor Seat vs Premium seat location)
  • Concierge Ticket Service – Use the Hobby Center's exclusive concierge service to reserve Center/Center Orchestra premium tickets to New York's best shows. Your concierge will help find tickets to the shows you want to see.
  • Additional Seat Access – You'll get a chance to share the Hobby Center experience with friends and family with the ability to buy additional seats in donor locations for our Broadway at the Hobby Center Series. Simply call your ticketing concierge and let him or her know friends will be joining you for the evening.
  • Priority Ticket Purchase – Simply call the Hobby Center concierge to purchase performance tickets before they go on sale to the general public. You'll have first pick of seats and performance nights for our Broadway at the Hobby Center Series and many other shows too.
  • VIP Ticketing Services – Enjoy convenient and exclusive ticketing perks, including free ticket exchanges, a dedicated VIP window at the Hobby Center Box Office, ticket forwarding and much more.

As a VIP Donor you have the choice of complimentary valet parking or self parking.

  • Complimentary Valet – experience the VIP valet services at the Hobby Center. You will receive complimentary valet parking with preferred car delivery to ensure that your car is ready when you are – no more waiting in the valet line.
  • Premier Self-Parking – Not only will VIP patrons sit in the best seats in the house, but you'll enjoy free parking in the Hobby Center garage or in the Theater District garage of your choice! VIP Donors receive a complimentary parking voucher for every two subscriber tickets.

As a VIP Donor you have access to many hospitality options: pre-show dining in Artista, our complimentary exclusive VIP Donor Intermission in Artista, a private complimentary intermission in the Grand Lobby Lounge or complimentary drinks on the House.

  • Exclusive VIP Donor Intermission – Special pre-reserved table for you and your party in Artista with complimentary beverages of your choice and a buffet offering of cheese, fruit and sweet dessert bites along with Artista's famous plantain chips.
  • Private Grand Lobby Lounge –VIP Donors are welcome to refresh during intermission with our complimentary wine and cheese buffet or a complimentary beverage of your choice in the Grand Lobby Lounge.
  • VIP Donor Pre-Show Dining at Artista – Receive preferred seating with reservations made seven days prior to your show (excluding Holidays and/or special occasions). Be assured that while you're enjoying the first act, your bottle of wine is being kept cold for you to enjoy at intermission when you return to your special Artista table.
  • Host a Special Event – Opportunity to host a party in the elegant Founders Club (at a reduced rate) with a spectacular view of the Houston skyline or entertain your guests in any other Hobby Center Special Events space that is available.
  • Dine with the President – enjoy an exclusive lunch with the Hobby Center President, Fran Macferran.
  • Drinks on the House – sip a glass of wine or beverage of your choice from any of the concession stands in the Grand Lobby with your complimentary VIP drink tickets (one per seat per Broadway at the Hobby Center show).
  • Meet the Cast – exclusive invitations to Hobby Center Cast Parties on opening night for Broadway at the Hobby Center Series shows.
  • Support the Arts– The Hobby Center Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) and a portionof your donation will be tax deductible. Each $5,500 contribution to the Hobby Center Foundation enables a VIP Donor the ability to purchase up to four season seat subscriptions in the VIP Donor seating area. Seat subscriptions for the Broadway at the Hobby Center Series are in addition to donations made to the Hobby Center Foundation.
  • Donor Recognition - See your name listed in Playbill season program as our thank you for being a supporter of the Hobby Center.
  • Private Ticketing Phone Line – gain access to a private Hobby Center phone line, exclusively for donors, to take care of all of your ticketing needs.
  • Read All About It – Receive the Hobby Center's exclusive VIP Newsletter in addition to its regular quarterly publication.
What our VIPs are saying

The VIP program has been a great business development tool for me and my business partner. Our clients love it and they walk away from that experience feeling like we have spared no expense. Having this option in our client entertainment arsenal gives us a unique alternative to the same old dinner, golf, drinks, sports stuff clients are accustomed to. It enables us to create a memory that extends beyond our normal business relationship…Spencer Bynes, Accendo International

It makes going to the theatre an effortless and completely enjoyable experience-a hassle free pure fun experience.Nancy McGregor-Manne

We decided to support the Hobby Center given the quality, breadth and scope of the programs it provides the city. The Hobby Center is a world class facility with world class staff who are great ambassadors for the Arts in Texas.Avik & Farnoush Dey