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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Support Us

With an annual operating budget of $5 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 130,000 audience members
  • Nearly 2,000 young people in the Theater Academy
  • Approximately 20,000 students and teachers in classrooms

We thank you for your financial gift with the following ways to enjoy First Stage:

  • Star ($100+): Acknowledgement in Playbill 
  • Playwright ($250+): Acknowledgement on Lobby Sign; Two tickets to a Donor Preview Performance and Reception 
  • Director ($500+): Two additional tickets to a Donor Preview Performance and Reception; Invitation to Family Workshops
    Individuals who give $1,000 or more become members of the Ovation Society.
  • Artistic Director ($1000+):  Recognition in Annual Report; gift of appreciation
  • Producer ($2500+):  Invitation to a behind-the-scenes Theater Academy event
  • Impresario ($5,000+):  Invitations to our New Play Development Workshops, Season Preview and other exclusive events 
  • Goodman ($10,000+):  Create your own 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 Nancy Clarkin, development director, at