Become a Theatre First Nighter

Donation Opportunities

The Theatre First Nighters are a group of individuals from the University and Green Bay Community who have made generous donations to the University Theatre. These patrons are given priority seating on Opening Nights of Mainstage Productions and are welcomed to a reception with the company following the Opening Night Performance. The donations of the First Nighters are used for the purchase of equipment, stipends for guest artists and Theatre Student Scholarships.

First Nighters, Directors, and Producers receive:
  • Recognition in Theatre Programs
  • UW-Green Bay Theatre Newsletters
  • 2 Complimentary Opening Night Tickets with Preferred Seating & Exchange Privileges
  • Invitations to Opening Night First Nighters Receptions with the Cast and Company
Theatre Angels receive:
  • Recognition in Theatre Programs
  • UW-Green Bay Theatre Newsletters
  • 1 complimentary ticket per play
  • Invitation to Theatre First Nighter Receptions

To become a Theatre First Nighter, please complete one of the following forms:

UW-Green Bay Theatre welcomes donations in any amount!

Please make checks payable to UW-Green Bay Foundation and mail to:

UW-Green Bay Foundation, Inc.
Theatre First Nighters
2420 Nicolet Drive, CL 805
Green Bay, WI 54311-7001

Our UW-Green Bay Theatre First Nighter Liaison, Marisa Balistreri, will keep you updated about Theatre First Nighter Opening Night Receptions and will receive your ticket requests throughout the Theatre Season. If you have questions, you can reach Marisa at (920) 465-2944 or email her at balistrm@uwgb.edu.

Capital Donations

Named Professorships

Named professorships channel additional resources to some of our top faculty members, helping to underwrite cutting-edge research, outstanding teaching and valuable community service.

At UW-Green Bay, named professorships support the innovative and creative work of current outstanding faculty. By providing additional financial resources for research assistants, professional development, equipment and other uses, faculty are able to improve their teaching effectiveness. In turn, our students are ensured of working side-by-side with faculty on the latest developments in their field.

Donors who generously endow named professorships realize that they are not only ensuring academic excellence in teaching today, but that theirs is truly a gift of a lifetime. Named professorships are synonymous with academic excellence and are vital at UW-Green Bay, where students and faculty value the classroom experience.

A named professorship can be established through the UW-Green Bay Foundation with a gift of $200,000 or more.

Endowed Chairs

Endowed chairs offer many benefits to the University, the donor, educators and, most importantly, students.

At UW-Green Bay, endowed chairs allow the University to hire established scholars with national and international reputations. The faculty members who are chairholders receive recognition for personal achievements in their fields, and the satisfaction that the University supports research and quality teaching in their discipline. Students are challenged and guided by exposure to the highest quality academic leadership.

Donors who generously endow chairs know that they are not only ensuring academic excellence in teaching today, but that theirs is truly a gift of a lifetime. Endowed chairs are living memorials, perpetuating the donor's name, signifying a permanent commitment to quality education.

An endowed chair can be established through the UW-Green Bay Foundation with a gift of $2 million or more.

Special Equipment

The Theatre program gratefully accepts donations of furniture and furnishings in good condition. We are primarily in need of period or antique pieces to furnish period plays. Our storage space is very limited so we need to be selective in what we are able to keep but we welcome calls and information about items you may wish to donate. Contact Jeff Entwistle, Scenic Designer (920) 465-2735. We also accept donations of scripts and musical theatre scores. Contact Theatre Script Librarian John Mariano (920) 465-2096.