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Frequently Asked Questions


What is the difference between a membership and a subscription?

A membership is a tax-deductible donation you make to American Ballet Theatre. For those who want to take advantage of them, there are membership benefits at various donation levels. A subscription is the purchase of tickets to a series of performances during our Summer season at the Metropolitan Opera House. Subscriptions are not tax-deductible.

How long does my membership last?

Membership privileges and benefits last for one full year from the date of the donation.

What is a sustaining membership?

A Sustaining Membership or “Sustainer” is a Membership that is paid monthly on a credit/debit card. Sustainer Memberships save you from having to renew year to year.

Can I be refunded or cancel my membership?

As membership gifts are donations, we do not offer refunds. If you are a Sustaining Member, you may cancel your membership at any time.

What is the difference between a regular, a Junior Council, and a Family Membership?

Regular memberships receive all the benefits described in the benefits grid which you can see here. The Junior Council is a young patrons group (ages 21 – 40) who gather for both member events and social events (see more). Family Memberships include child-friendly promotions as well as invitations to four for member events (see more).

Member Events

When are my membership events?

A few months prior to our Summer and Fall Seasons we will send your member events invitation via email. RSVPs are required for any event(s) you would like to attend. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Are member event invitations for one or two?

All invitations are for you and a guest. Family Membership and Friends and Family invitations are for you and three guests.

What is the latecomer seating policy for dress rehearsals?

Latecomers for dress rehearsals must wait for an intermission break to be seated.

When are casts announced for dress rehearsals?

Dress rehearsal casting is announced the day of the rehearsal.

Can I share my member benefits with friends?

Yes. If you are unable to join us for member events, you can give your passes to family or friends.

Can I request specific seats for events?

Seating is based on Membership level.

What access is there for members with disabilities at events?

For events at the Met, the wheelchair access entrance is on the Concourse level (Founders Hall). There is a wheelchair accessible telephone and ladies’ restroom in Founders Hall. There are also accessible gentlemen’s and ladies’ restrooms on the Parterre, Grand Tier, and Dress Circle levels. For Events at 890 Broadway, there is access to an elevator and accessible bathroom. If you are attending a Dress Rehearsal and need special accommodations, please contact us ahead of time.

Can I purchase additional passes to events?

Passes are for ABT Members and determined by your Membership level. Additional passes are not available for sale.

Are member events always in the same place?

Member events are held in a variety of venues. The Company performs at the Metropolitan Opera House each Summer, the David H. Koch Theater in the Fall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County, California in December, and tours nationally and internationally throughout the year. Our studios and offices are at 890 Broadway (19th Street and Broadway just north of Union Square) in New York. Our events are held at one of these locations or at other venues in New York City. Please make sure to double check the venue before attending each event. Dress rehearsals on tour, when available to members, are in the tour city venue.

Ticketing for Members

Advance Access

Donors $480 and above receive advance access to tickets before the general public.

Subscription Assistance

Golden Circle Members receive assistance from ABT with their subscription seating for the Summer season. The ideal time to speak with ABT regarding subscriptions is between November and early January.

Patron Ticketing Service

Donors $2,400 and above receive assistance from ABT’s Patron Ticketing Service Desk for special access to prime locations for individual performances, based on level.

Junior Council

How do I take advantage of $30 tickets for ABT performances at the Metropolitan Opera House?

Before the start of ABT’s season at the Metropolitan Opera House, all Junior Council members will be emailed information on purchasing $30 tickets for select performances. Junior members may purchase one or two tickets per performance.

Where are the seat locations for $30 tickets at the Met?

The $30 seats are located in the Orchestra Balance section.

How do I get Junior Council pricing for Special Events?

Junior Council members receive invitations for Gala events at a special discounted Junior rate. Member-priced tickets are also available for events sponsored by the Junior Council throughout the year.

Can I pay my membership in installments?

Yes! Junior Council members can pay for their membership monthly as a monthly sustainer. Payment options can be configured during online checkout or by contacting the Membership Department.