American Players Theatre
5950 Golf Course Road
P.O. Box 819
Spring Green, WI 53588
Box Office: 608-588-2361
APT has several sponsorships that directly support specific programs within the organization and offer unique recognition opportunities. For more information on any of the sponsorships, please contact Beatrice Kuenn at 608-588-9209.
Season Sponsors are affiliated with one of the state’s premier arts organizations and enjoy significant exposure. This sponsorship ensures that the unique, and nationally acclaimed experience of APT will be sustained for generations to come. Benefits include logo/name recognition in a pre-season newspaper ad, on the APT website, on a display in the Hill Theatre lobby, and in the season brochure and playbill. Season Sponsors also receive 10 pre-show “thank you” announcements throughout the summer, a half page ad in the playbill, 20 complimentary tickets and special pricing for employees/clients for selected dates.
As a Major Education Sponsor, you will serve a dual need: supporting APT and supporting the region’s schools. Through our Student Matinee Series more than 670 teachers and 16,000 students see an APT performance each year, and many also receive workshops in their own classroom. Recognition includes a half-page playbill ad and prominent recognition on the education page of the playbill and in the APTeacher newsletter. Sponsors also receive pre-show “thank you” announcements at Student Matinees, 10 complimentary tickets and special pricing for employees/clients for selected dates.
This sponsorship underwrites the scores of costumes that appear on the APT stage each year. Everything the actors wear - from corsets to suits of armor, from wigs to bucket-top boots - is conceived by our costume designers and either pulled from stock, rented from other theaters, or built from scratch by our costume staff of 40 talented people. As an underwriter of this great creative process, sponsors receive recognition in the playbill and on a costume display in the lobby up the Hill, a tour of the costume shop followed by lunch with costume shop personnel, copies of designer renderings from the production and eight complimentary tickets.
The hallmark of APT is our Core Acting Company; an ensemble of 13 actors who each have a long-term commitment to APT and our mission—to perform classical theater of the highest quality for a broad and varied audience. Sponsors provide support to ensure that APT’s Core Company remains strong and that the work on stage is second to none. Recognition will appear on the "About the Core Company" page of the playbill and on a core company display in the lobby up the hill. Sponsors receive an invitation for two to an exclusive dinner with the Core Company, are provided special employee pricing on select dates and receive eight complimentary tickets.
The centerpiece of APT’s educational programming is the Student Matinee Series. Each September, more than 600 teachers and 10,000 students travel to Spring Green to attend a performance. These performances are accompanied by support resources that teachers need: study guides and post-show discussions are available to all students. About a third of these students also receive in-classroom workshops to enhance their experience. Benefits include recognition on the education page of the playbill and in the study guides distributed to classrooms, pre-show announcements before four student matinee performances, recognition on a display about the education program in the Hill theatre lobby, eight complimentary tickets and special employee pricing on select dates.
APT is committed to providing an incomparable training experience for the next generation of classical actors through our highly regarded Apprentice Program. This program embraces young, culturally and racially diverse actors and provides them with training and valuable stage time, working alongside seasoned professionals. Apprentice Sponsors have a meaningful impact on our efforts to support the consistent cultivation and creative evolution of the next generation of classical actors. Sponsors receive recognition on a special page in our playbill, their name on a display in the Hill theatre lobby, an invitation to the Apprentice Showcase performance and post-show reception to meet the actors and six complimentary tickets.
Taking a page from our successful Actor Apprentice Program, we have expanded our reach to early-career technicians through our Stagecraft Apprentice Program. Stagecraft Apprentices spend their summer working backstage; duties vary based on specific needs for the season. Stagecraft Apprentice Sponsors have a meaningful impact of our efforts to prepare early professional technicians for fulfilling careers in theaters around our state and beyond. Sponsors receive playbill recognition, an opportunity to meet with the apprentices and their mentors and four complimentary tickets.
APT’s influential residency program is an invaluable component of our education programming. The goal of PoP is to use the unique performance skills of APT’s teaching artists to infuse students with an enhanced appreciation of language and storytelling, ultimately laying the groundwork for a student population better equipped to understand and appreciate complex text, such as Shakespeare. These workshops also instill confidence in students to utilize the power of their own voice to confidently express their feelings. PoP residencies are typically one week in length and reach over 4,900 students in more than 30 Wisconsin schools every year. Your sponsorship supports students as well as educators. Recognition includes name/logo in the newsletter, APTeacher, sent to approximately 4,000 educators.
The Green Sponsorship is an effort to bring together like-minded individuals who are passionate about restoring and preserving APT’s rich natural heritage of native plant and animal communities. APT manages 110 wooded acres of property which feature various trails, paths, prairie remnants and restorations, oak savannas and natural woodlands. Our land management activities are ongoing and our vision is long-term. As our commitment to protect and enhance our natural landscape expands, so does our need for resources dedicated especially to this purpose. Sponsors receive recognition in our playbill, a picnic and nature-walk tour with one of our grounds specialists, and four complimentary tickets.
The centerpiece of APT’s educational programming is the Student Matinee series. Each September, more than 10,000 students and 600 teachers travel to Spring Green to attend a performance in our 1,089-seat outdoor Hill Theatre. The matinee performance is accompanied by support resources including study guides and post-show discussions. In addition, more than 3,500 students receive in-classroom workshops conducted by an APT teaching artists to enhance their performance experience. Student Matinee Mentors ensure that APT can successfully and sustainably have an impact on thousands of students and educators in the Southwest Wisconsin region. A portion of your gift will provide scholarship tickets to students requiring financial assistance. Benefits include A sign with your name displayed in the lobby of the Hill Theatre on “your” student matinee performance day, four complimentary tickets, and an invitation to attend a teaching artist workshop in the fall at an area school.