NSF & The Big Payback



The Big Payback annual giving day is returning on Wednesday, May 2, and Nashville Shakes is excited to take part in this monumental event!

The Big Payback, hosted by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, is a community-wide giving day that celebrates Middle Tennessee’s spirit of generosity and supports the life-changing work of area nonprofits. 

Kicking off at midnight on Wednesday, May 2, the 24-hour online giving day helps organizations like us raise much-needed funds and bring awareness to pressing needs in our community. Gifts made to participating organizations during The Big Payback are amplified by incentives and awards and may help us qualify for special prizes and bonuses throughout the day.

Since its inception in 2014, Middle Tennessee’s annual day of giving has raised more than $9.3 million for nearly 1,000 area nonprofits, including schools and religious institutions. Participating organizations have received gifts from 18,806 NEW donors we may have not otherwise reached.

We hope you’ll support Nashville Shakes and our mission to educate and entertain the Mid-South community through professional Shakespearean experiences on Wednesday, May 2 during The Big Payback.

NSF Artistic Director Denice Hicks looks back on 30 years of Shakespeare in Nashville, TN and her vision for the future of the Festival.

One-time gifts ideas for The Big Payback

  • One musician’s pay for one performance - $50
  • One costume – $100
  • Microphone replacement - $300
  • One week’s pay for one actor - $500
  • One Apprentice Company Member scholarship - $600
  • One month of NSF office and storage rent  - $1000
  • Swords & daggers stock for the company - $1500
  • One designer for one production - $2,000
  • 2 months of Administrative overhead - $4200
  • Program printing for Shakespeare in the Park - $5,000



"I can no other answer make but thanks, And thanks, and ever thanks."
-Twelfth Night