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Each year we rely on the generous support of our donors. Ticket sales cover just half of what it costs to mount our high-quality productions of compelling and thought-provoking stories.




All of the benefits at the
Director’s Circle level, plus
  • Invitation for two to the Opening Night Reception with our Cast and Crew.
  • Recognition in the Season Brochure, on the title page of the program, production poster and postcards, and in the pre-show announcements.


$2,500 – $9,999

All of the benefits at the
Forward Leaders level, PLUS
  • NEW! Invitation to the Director’s Circle Dinner, a private reception with Forward Theater’s Artistic and Managing Directors.
  • Invitation for two to one of our First Rehearsals.
  • NEW! A Pre-Show pour of your favorite beverage prior to one of your ticketed performances.


$5,000 – $9,999

All of the above, PLUS!
  • Invitation to a private lunch for two with Forward Theater’s Artistic or Managing Director.
  • Invitation for two to one of our Technical Rehearsals.



All of the Annual Fund $500-999
donor benefits, PLUS
  • Recognition on our donor wall in the Playhouse Lobby.
  • Invitation to an exclusive reading of an exciting contemporary play featuring favorite Forward actors (reading may be online or in-person).
  • Opportunity to bring friends to the theater with complimentary tickets.



  • Priority processing of subscription orders and seating change requests (in recognition of gifts received in the 12 months prior to June subscription seating).
  • Collectible refrigerator magnet featuring graphics from the season.



All of the above, PLUS!
  • Invitation for two to our Season Launch. Meet and mingle with our Artistic Director, Managing Director, members of our Board of Directors, and artists from our Advisory Company.
  • Priority processing of subscription orders and seating change requests.



All of the above, PLUS!
  • NEW! Invitation for two to a conversation with one of our designers. Experience behind-the-scenes access and a chance to learn more about production elements.



Ways to Give

Make a stock gift

Consider a gift of appreciated stock, an option that gives you a tax write-off while saving you capital gains tax. If you have held the security for more than one year, at the time of the donation you get a tax deduction equal to the fair market value of the stock (not to your cost basis) which results in no capital gains tax being paid and a larger itemized deduction. Please contact Director of Development Sarah Milestone at 608-234-5001 with the name of the securities you intend to transfer and the approximate dollar amount of the transfer or number of shares to ensure we can accurately process and recognize your generous gift. SECURITIES TRANSFER INFORMATION: Charles Schwab, Forward Theater Company, DTC number: 0188, Account number: 423124908, Forward Theater’s Federal Tax ID #: 26-4576271.


Make a sustaining gift

A sustaining gift is one that you can pay in a convenient, ongoing way. Each month, we will charge the amount you specify to your chosen credit card. Your regular support provides a strong foundation we can rely on. Click on the DONATE button below and choose the recurring frequency option to start now.



Legacy Giving

Naming Forward Theater in your estate plans is a great way to provide lasting support beyond your lifetime. Your legacy will live on through the lives and stories touched by professional theater in Madison.
If you have named Forward Theater as a beneficiary in your will or estate plan, or if this is something you would like to consider, we would welcome the opportunity to talk with you about what you’d like to achieve with your gift – the legacy you’d like to leave for audiences, artists, and our community for generations to come. Please contact Sarah Milestone at 608-234-5001 or for more information.