Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

Approximately 50% of First Stage's annual budget comes from earned revenue and 50% is through the contributed generosity of individuals, foundations, corporations and UPAF.

Several sponsorship opportunities are available.  General operating support is always welcome and will be applied to the area with the greatest need.  All First Stage sponsorships are customizable. Our aim is to create a personalized, mutually-beneficial relationship with our donors.

For more information please contact Nancy Clarkin, development director, at (414) 267-2938 or email

Professional Theater

  • New Play Development - $35,000 per play
  • Show Sponsorship - $25,000 (typically 5-6 per season), $10,000 for First Steps
  • Additional customized options can include weekend sponsorships and the opportunity to sponsor a school or classroom to attend a First Stage production


Theater Academy


  • Print materials (brochures, invitations, signage, newsletter etc) - variable and ongoing
  • Ad placement in charitable publications: Biz Times and Business Journal - $6,000 per year


  • After celebrating 30 years of Transforming Lives Through Theater, First Stage is engaging on a campaign to help ensure future sustainability of our life changing programs.

Alumni Engagement 

  • Sponsorship of alumni events and strategy for engaging First Stage alumni - $10,000

Theater Educator Apprentice Program - Variable

  • Expand and diversify our teaching staff to include paid apprenticeship positions for emerging artists and designers.
  • Theater Academy

    Our Academy is the nation's largest high impact theater training program, serving students ages 3 through 18, teaching life skills through stage skills. 

  • First Stage in your school

    Serving over 20,000 students each year, our Theater in Education programs help classroom teachers explore their curriculum in interactive, imaginative and integrated methods.