We are excited to announce that our Pay What You Decide box office initiative will continue through the 2018-2019 Season! Azuka Theatre was the first theater company in Philadelphia (and in the country as far as we can tell) to offer its entire season of productions as Pay What You Decide (PWYD): every production, every performance, everyone.

PWYD is based entirely on the theatergoers experience where - instead of deciding what to pay before attending the show or paying a fixed ticket price - patrons are able to attend the show, decide the value of their experience, and pay as they leave the theater. Essentially, we want to remove the financial barrier of seeing theater - particularly new theater work - and open the doors to anyone interested in attending a show.


  1. What IS Pay What You Decide?
    Pay What You Decide is exactly what it sound like: there is no fixed ticket price, no financial risk of buying a ticket for a show in advance and it provides you the opportunity to decide the value based on your experience.
  2. How does Pay What You Decide work?
    Tickets will be available to reserve in advance as usual, but there is no obligation for you to pay until after you have seen the show. You then decide on the price you believe is suitable based on your experience.
  3. Is there a minimum ticket price?
    Nope! The price is completely up to you and based on your experience.
  4. What does the money support?
    All money collected helps pay our artists and support future productions, and we therefore hope you will give generously.
  5. So, how do I get my tickets?
    If you reserve your tickets online, you will have the option to have them emailed to you or held at the Box Office for will call. Patrons who have reserved tickets in advance will need to check in at the Box Office as usual.
    Please note: Unclaimed RESERVED tickets will be released 15 minutes prior to each performance.
  6. How do I pay?
    Tickets can be purchased after the performance by cash, check or credit card. We will provide a few convenient ways to pay as you leave the theater.
  7. Are there still discounted tickets for Students, Industry Members and Seniors?
    Now that you have the opportunity to pay what you decide based on your experience, this model eliminates the need for reduced price, discounted or tiered ticketing, providing an equal opportunity for patrons from any financial background.

We would like to thank The Barra Foundation for their generous support of this program, Annabel Turpin & Daniel Mitchelson of ARC Stockton and Porl Cooper of Slung Low's THE HUB for hosting us at their theaters and providing invaluable expertise, and the numerous individuals who have given us a thumbs-up or donation of any size to move us forward!