Transforming lives through theater

Through the generous support of individuals, corporations and foundations, First Stage fulfills its mission of transforming lives through theater.
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Through the generous support of individuals, corporations and foundations, First Stage is able to make arts education accessible to all children in our community through:

With an annual operating budget of $4.7 million, $2 million of which is contributed revenue, we rely on the community to keep our programming accessible and help children develop skills fundamental to success in life such as self-confidence, leadership, and teamwork.

Donor Benefits are cumulative as giving increases:

  • Star ($100+):  Recognition in the First Stage Playbill and Lobby Sign
  • Playwright ($250+): Two tickets to a Donor Preview Performance and Reception in our 2013-14 season; receive First Stage's "Transformations" newsletter
  • Director ($500+): Two additional tickets to a Donor Preview Performance and Reception in our 2013-14 season individuals who give $1,000 or more become members of the Ovation Society.
  • Artistic Director ($1000+):  Special recognition and gift of appreciation
  • Producer ($2500+):  Invitation to a special Academy Beginning-of-Day breakfast
  • Impresario ($5,000+):  Receives an invitation to our New Play Development Workshops and other exclusive events 
  • Goodman ($10,000+):  Create your own, unique First Stage experience.

Three easy ways to make your donation:

  1. Donate online
  2. Download a donation form and mail your gift to First Stage, Attn: Development Department, 325 W. Walnut Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212
  3. Call (414) 267-2938 to make your donation by phone.

For more information, please contact Katie Weeks, development director, at

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