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Support

For 46 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.

We’d like to thank all our donors. We are grateful for all your support.

For more information on how you can become an MST Donor please contact Dwight Clark at 713-524-3622 or dclark@mainstreettheater.com and ask how you too can support MST.

Exciting benefits for the 2022-23 Season!

$100 – PATRON

  • Two complimentary drink coupons for the MainStage Bar
  • Donor recognition in MainStage playbills

$250 – FRIEND

  • Four complimentary drink coupons for the MainStage Bar
  • Donor recognition in MainStage playbills

$500 – SUPPORTER

  • Four complimentary drink coupons for the MainStage Bar
  • Two complimentary passes to a MainStage production
  • Donor recognition in MainStage playbills

Additional benefits below for major supporters of $1,000 or more (The Flying Man Society) and Theater for Youth Family supporters (Page to Stage Superstars).

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.

Flying Man SocietyIn the early days of Main Street Theater, the “Flying Man”, taken from a poster design for T.S. Eliot’s The Elder Statesman, served as an icon of our theater. The figure represents the company’s desire to break “out of the ordinary,” and embodies our gratitude for your generosity!

Current membership into The Flying Man society is based on an annual contribution of $1,000 or more.

$1,000 – BENEFACTOR

  • Four complimentary drink coupons for the MainStage Bar
  • Two complimentary passes to a MainStage production
  • VIP Concierge Ticketing Service
  • Invitation to a private dress rehearsal
  • Invitation to an exclusive season preview party

$2,500 – PARTNER

  • Four complimentary passes to a MainStage production
  • Special recognition as a Producing Partner, including program, curtain speech, and on the website page for the production
  • All Benefactor benefits

$5,000 – SPONSOR

  • Six complimentary passes to a MainStage production
  • Cast autographed production script
  • All Partner benefits, including special recognition as a Producing Sponsor, plus poster and postcard recognition (deadline dependent)

$10,000 – UNDERWRITER

  • Eight complimentary passes to a MainStage production
  • Private pre or post-performance reception for you and your guests
  • All Sponsor benefits, including special recognition as a Production Underwriter

$15,000 – GUARANTOR

  • Ten complimentary passes to a MainStage production
  • Your choice of a private pre or post-performance reception for you and your guests OR a private dinner with artists from your sponsored production
  • All Underwriter benefits, including special recognition as a Production Guarantor

Join the Flying Man Society by donating online below, or by contacting Dwight Clark, Development Associate, at dclark@mainstreettheater.com.

As a Page to Stage Superstar, your child has the opportunity to be a part of Main Street Theater in a special way. With your contribution of $100 or more, your Page to Stage Superstars receive exclusive benefits.

$100 – SUPERSTAR

  • Special recognition for one child as a Page to Stage Superstar
  • One Superstar Favor Pack for each production
  • Exclusive backstage tour of the MATCH

$250 – ADVENTURER

  • Special recognition for two children as Page to Stage Superstars
  • One Superstar Favor Pack per child for each production
  • Exclusive backstage tour of the MATCH
  • Invitation to an ice cream social (up to four family members)

$500 – HERO

  • Special recognition for four children as Page to Stage Superstars
  • One Superstar Favor Pack per child for each production
  • Exclusive backstage tour of the MATCH
  • Invitation to an ice cream social (up to four family members)
  • Invitation to a tech rehearsal and pizza lunch (up to four family members)

Join Page to Stage Superstars by donating online below, or by contacting Dwight Clark, Development Associate, at dclark@mainstreettheater.com. When making your contribution, be sure to include the names of the child or children you’d like listed.

Become a Main Street Theater Reveler by making a monthly sustaining gift.

Become a Main Street Theater Reveler by making a monthly sustaining gift today! Your generous monthly contribution helps Main Street Theater provide innovative artistic and educational services to communities across Houston during these challenging and uncertain times.

In addition to the exclusive benefits you receive with your donation, when you make a monthly sustaining gift of $10 or more, we’ll send you this one-of-a-kind Main Street Theater Reveler pin as a thank you for your support.

Join the Revelers by donating online below, or by contacting Dwight Clark, Development Associate, at dclark@mainstreettheater.com.

Join Us January 29, 2022

An evening of delicious food, outstanding entertainment, and a fabulous silent auction!

If you have any questions about the gala or your support, please contact Michael Arlen, Managing Director, at marlen@mainstreettheater.com or 713.851.0868.

GALA CHAIRS

Kelly and Greg Wehrer

UNDERWRITING CHAIR

Janet Hansen

AUCTION CHAIR

Andy J. Zitterkopf

HOST COMMITTEE

Janet Covington
Julie & David Itz
Lynn Kamin
Karol Kreymer
& Robert Card, MD
Greg Marshall
Kimberly Moore
Jim Salners
Kathryn H. Shurin

Partnering with Main Street Theater raises your company profile while helping off-set the costs of producing theater by underwriting the individual productions or 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.

For information on Corporate Sponsorships, please contact Michael Arlen, Managing Director, at marlen@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 dclark@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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To view our most recent audit, please click here: MST Audit FY19.