Support Us

With an annual operating budget of $6 million, we rely on the generous support of individuals, corporations and foundations to make up OVER 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; Acknowledgement on Lobby Sign
  • Playwright ($250+): Invitations to special receptions and performance previews
  • Director ($500+): Invitation to a behind-the-scenes event

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+):  Opportunity to sponsor a new play reading
  • 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) 267-2936 to make your donation by phone.

For more information, please contact Individual Giving Manager, Kerri Warner, at (414) 267-2936 or 

Current Donors

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Why Support First Stage

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Sponsorship Opportunities

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Join the Ovation Society

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Planned Giving

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Monthly Giving

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More Ways to Support

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