A Look Toward the Future: How Endowing the Lobero Helps the Community

The Lobero Theatre is by far the oldest performing arts venue in Santa Barbara. In fact, it’s actually the longest […more…]

The Community’s Theatre

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The Lobero Theatre

Phone: (805) 679-6009
Director of Planned Giving: Jim Dougherty


The mission of the Lobero Theatre Foundation is to maintain and operate the historic Lobero Theatre as a performing arts center and cultural asset to the community of Santa Barbara, and to present the highest quality productions in music, dance, and theatre.

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Proven Value

“For nearly 150 years, the Lobero has proven its value as a venue which brings world-class talent to our town. I’ve long enjoyed coming to this theater, and have enjoyed countless diverse performances on this historic stage. It’s simply a great place to enjoy a show. And just as meaningful, it is Santa Barbara’s community theater – collaborating with local schools and youth arts organizations. I’m proud to not only support the Lobero, but also honored to serve as President on its Board of Directors.”
– Steve Hayes, Board President

Another 150 Years

In 2023, the Lobero Theatre will celebrate its 150th anniversary. For Director of Planned Giving Jim Dougherty, the moment will be as much about celebrating the past, as cementing the Lobero’s legacy into the future.
Although 60% of annual revenue comes from ticket sales and venue rentals, the theater relies on charitable donations for the balance.
“Our true endowment going through the years has been this community,” Dougherty says. “The community members have always stepped forward in times of crisis and exerted an ownership over the theater. This is their theater.”
To coincide with the 150-year anniversary, Dougherty plans on expanding the current endowment of $3 million to $10 million, and is seeking your help. If you want to be a part of the Lobero tradition and future, you can reach him directly at: jdougherty@lobero.org.

Board of Directors

Steve H. Hayes, President, Annual Fund Chair
Charles de L’Arbre, Vice President
Melissa Fassett, Secretary
Bridget Foreman, Treasurer
Amy MacLeod, Past President
Tim Casey, At Large
John Gerngross, At Large
Stephen Cloud
Mindy Denson
Jeff DeVine
Brett Hodges
Michael Jaffe
Laurie Bentson Kauth
Janet McCann
William J. Nasif
Ben Trosky
Bo Willis
David Anderson, Director Emeritus