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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With an annual operating budget of $6 million, we rely on the generous support of individuals, corporations and foundations to make up HALF of our budget. With your help we can keep arts education accessible to all children in our community through:

First Stage donors play a major role by helping First Stage serve:

  • Over 110,000 audience members
  • Two thousand young people in the Theater Academy
  • Fifteen thousand students and teachers in classrooms

We thank you for your financial gift with the following ways to enjoy First Stage
Benefits are cumulative as giving increases

  • Star ($100+): Acknowledgement in Playbill 
  • Playwright ($250+): Acknowledgement on Lobby Sign; Invitations to special receptions
  • Director ($500+): Additional invitations to receptions and special events

Individuals who give $1,000 or more become members of the Ovation Society.

  • Artistic Director ($1,000+):  Recognition in Annual Report; special gift of appreciation
  • Producer ($2,500+):  Invitation to a behind-the-scenes Theater Academy event
  • Impresario ($5,000+):  Opportunity to sponsor a production
  • Goodman ($10,000+):  Become the Executive Producer of a First Stage production

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 Nancy Clarkin, development director, at



Thank you to all of our incredible donors! View a list of current donors HERE.