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For more than 40 years, Main Street Theater has been a magnet for Houston’s most creative theater artists.

We have built a large and loyal audience of curious and intelligent people hungry for theater that takes them beyond the ordinary. We have introduced over a million school-age children to the thrill of a live performance and shown countless more young people how rewarding creating their own live theater can be.

Due to the quality and success of Main Street Theater’s (MST) programming and its popularity with theater-lovers, teachers, students, children, and families, our ticket sales, class tuition, and fundraising from special events make up about 70% of our income. For the remaining 30%, MST relies upon the generosity of people like you, giving us the necessary support to create and grow our ambitious productions and inspiring educational programs.

For more information on how you can become a MST Donor please contact Ellen Sanborn at 713-524-3622 or esanborn@mainstreettheater.com and ask how you too can support MST.

Main Street Theater is a 501(c)(3) organization, so your gift is fully tax deductible.  Support local, professional theater with a gift today.  Legacy and monthly sustaining gifts are also welcome.

When making your donation, you will have the opportunity to note how you would like your name listed, and the name of your honoree.

Anyone – from individuals to foundations to businesses – can help off-set costs of producing theater by underwriting the following Productions and Education and Outreach programs:

  • Education Department scholarships: Your donation will help guarantee any child regardless of financial status can attend our classes and camps.
  • Curtains Up Fund: MST’s Curtains Up Fund was instituted over a decade ago. Most schools can only afford one field trip per season, and Title I schools sometimes cannot afford a field trip at all. Additionally, many Title I and other disadvantaged schools have had to eliminate fine and performing arts programming from their curricula altogether. Through our Curtains Up Fund, we provide all of our Title I and other underserved schools students with a substantial discount off the already modest ticket price to our Theater for Youth. If a school needs a greater discount or even free tickets in order to attend, we make it possible. Approximately 40,000 underserved school students see a play with a free or discounted ticket at Main Street Theater every season. Your contribution will enable underserved students to enjoy live theater.

MainStage Sponsorships

Production Supporter: $5,000

  • Logo recognition on the title page of the playbill for your show
  • Acknowledgement in the recorded pre-show curtain speech for your show
  • 4 complimentary tickets to any production of your show (based on availability)

Production Sponsor: $10,000

All of the above benefits plus:

  • Logo recognition in any print advertising and publicity for your show, including postcards (5,000 – 10,000 printed, show dependent) and print ads
  • Recognition on poster (created as a display by us) in Main Street Theater lobby throughout the run of the production
  • Acknowledgment on the title page of the playbill for your show
  • ½ page black and white ad in playbill for duration of your show
  • Logo recognition on website on the webpage for your show
  • Logo and/or name recognition on e-blasts for your show
  • 25% discount on additional tickets purchased
  • Recognition in donor pages of all MST playbills for one year

Production Underwriter: $15,000

All of the above benefits plus:

  • Full-page black and white ad in playbill for duration of your production
  • Pre-performance wine and cheese reception for 20 of your employees/guests (includes 20 complimentary tickets to that night’s performance)

Production Benefactor: $20,000

All of the above benefits plus:

  • Private performance of your production for your employees, VIP’s, and their families

Theater for Youth Sponsorships

Production Supporter: $5,000

  • Logo recognition on the title page of the playbill for your show
  • Acknowledgement in the recorded pre-show curtain speech for your show
  • 4 complimentary tickets to any production of your show (based on availability)

Production Sponsor: $10,000

All of the above benefits plus:

  • Logo recognition in any print advertising and publicity for your show, including postcards (5,000 – 10,000 printed, show dependent) and print ads
  • Recognition on poster (created as a display by us) in Main Street Theater lobby throughout the run of the production
  • Acknowledgment on the title page of the playbill for your show
  • ½ page black and white ad in playbill for duration of your show
  • Logo recognition on website on the webpage for your show
  • Logo and/or name recognition on e-blasts for your show
  • 25% discount on additional tickets purchased
  • Recognition in donor pages of all MST playbills for one year

Production Underwriter: $15,000

All of the above benefits plus:

  • Full-page black and white ad in playbill for duration of your production
  • MST Family Day for your employees! MST will host a pre-show Family Day for your employees and their families and the general public with activities based on your show focusing on the themes in the story

Production Benefactor: $20,000

All of the above benefits plus:

  • Private performance of your production for your employees, VIP’s, and their families

In the early days of Main Street Theater, the “Flying Man” served as the theater’s mascot after appearing on the poster design for T.S. Eliot’s “The Elder Statesman”. The Flying Man is back to show our gratitude on behalf of the thousands who benefit from your generosity!

The Flying Man Society member benefits include recognition at the theater, drink tickets to use at the show, and exclusive invitations to special “Out of the Ordinary” events such as:

  • Joining a Flying Man Conversation with artists from select MainStage productions.
  • Taking a VIP tour of exclusive, off-site spaces, including The Costume Connection or our Scene Shop.
  • Being a VIP guest at a private house party with MST artists and staff.
  • Having a ball at a Flying Man’s Cast Party!

Directors Circle
$1,000 per year
(or $84 per month recurring donation)

  • Recognition at the theater for a Season
  • Six complimentary drink tickets
  • Three Invitations (for 2) to exclusive events

Playwrights Circle
$2,500 per year
(or $208 per month recurring donation)

All Directors benefits, plus:

  • Six complimentary drink tickets (twelve, in total)
  • Three Invitations (for 2) to exclusive events (six, in total)
  • Invitation for two to The Big DO!

Associates Producers Circle
$5,000 per year

All Playwrights benefits, plus:

    • Invitation for two to The Big DO! (four, in total)
    • Four VIP Passes to the MainStage

Producers Circle
$10,000 per year

All Associate Producers benefits, plus:

  • Recognition as Producer of a production of your choice
  • An actor(s)-signed copy of the script of your production
  • Invitation for two to The Big DO!  (six, in total)
  • Private wine reception for you and ten guests with the actors and director
  • Ten tickets to the production

Executive Producers Circle
$15,000 per year

All Associate Producers benefits, plus:

  • Prominent recognition as Executive Producer of a production of your choice, including your profile displayed in the playbill
  • Exclusive access to the production’s Final Dress Rehearsal.  Invite clients, employees, friends.
  • Invitation for two to The Big DO!  (eight, in total)
  • Twenty tickets to the production

(additional business public recognition opportunities available for the $5,000 level and above, see “Sponsor a Program”)

If you have any questions or would prefer to provide your payment information in another way, please email esanborn@mainstreettheater.com.

Many Title I and other disadvantaged schools have had to eliminate fine and performing arts programming from their curricula altogether. Through our Curtains Up Fund, Main Street Theater provides all of our Title I and other underserved schools students with a substantial discount off the already modest ticket price to our school matinees.

If a school needs a greater discount or even free tickets in order to attend, we make it possible. Approximately 40,000 underserved school students see a play with a free or discounted ticket at Main Street Theater every season. We are grateful to our community partners for their support of the Curtains Up Fund. To learn how you can help support the Fund, please email esanborn@mainstreettheater.com.

As a Page to Stage Superstar, your child will have the chance to be part of Main Street Theater in a special way – and to know that she/he is truly making a difference at MST.

Your child’s name will be listed with the Page to Stage Superstars in each Theater for Youth playbill for the current season (a tangible example you can show your child signifying how much we appreciate them!).

Every time you come to a Theater for Youth production, check in at Will Call for your Superstar Sticker and a surprise gift!

PLUS

Your family will receive an invitation to a backstage tour of our theater at the MATCH next season (2 to choose from during the season).

Page to Stage Superstar membership fees are $75 per child.

Register (it’s a tax deductible donation for the grown-up!), and indicate the names of the children you’d like listed in the Comments field on the “success!” page.

Questions? Email shannon@mainstreettheater.com.

Become a Volunteer

One of the best ways to support Main Street Theater is to become a volunteer. There are many ways to help out at MST. During the week volunteers can help with mailings, answering phones and folding programs.

The most popular way to volunteer is to usher for one of our productions. Ushers help take tickets, seat patrons, stuff and hand out programs. And the best part is, ushers can see the show for free! If you would like to volunteer to usher, please contact Andrew Ruthven at aruthven@mainstreettheater.com.

The Enrico & Sandra di Portanova Charitable Foundation

John D. & Allie Lea Orton Foundation

Powell Foundation

Salners Family Foundation

Linda and Jerry Strickland Family Foundation

The Williams Stamps Farish Fund

To view our most recent 990, please visit GuideStar.org

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