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 email [email protected].

Season Sponsor

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.

2024 Season Sponsors

Education Program Sponsor

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, 12 complimentary tickets and special pricing for employees/clients for selected dates.

Classroom Residency Sponsor

APT believes in the power of language and storytelling to transform lives, especially young lives. Our influential residency programs provide schools with substantive, curriculum-drive workshops led by APT Teaching Artists that instill confidence in students to utilize the power and poetry of literature to examine their world and lend their unique voices to help shape a more empathetic community. Recognition includes prominent acknowledgment on the education page of the playbill and in APT education publications, ten complimentary tickets and special pricing for employees/clients for selected dates.

Costume Sponsor

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.

Core Company Sponsor

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.

Student Matinee Sponsor

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. Read more about Student Matinees here.

Voice & Text Sponsor

American Players Theatre is committed to performing challenging, poetic works for the broadest audience possible. To fulfill this mission, we employ a robust voice and text staff who are fully integrated into our production process. These professionals play a pivotal role in APT’s success: they ensure our performers are vocally prepared to project and be understood in our large, outdoor amphitheater. They help the actors make sense of the words, dissecting the text and providing historical context regarding rhythm and punctuation. Finally, they support our performers with dialect coaching when a role calls for it. We are one of the only theaters in the country to dedicate a voice & text coach to every production each season. Benefits include playbill recognition, six complimentary tickets, and an invitation to exclusive APT donor appreciation events.

Access & Accessibility Sponsor

Performing timeless, challenging, poetic texts to the broadest audience possible is central to APT's mission. As an Access & Accessibility Sponsor, you directly fuel the enhancement of our access programs, providing low-cost transportation options and discounted tickets. Some of these include Checkout APT, Ride the Bus, and Student Rush tickets, as well as other special offers. You also support our accessibility initiatives that assist audience members of different abilities, like expanded wheelchair access, maintaining our assisted listening devices and shuttle services, and offering GalaPro closed captioning services for some productions. Sponsors receive recognition in our playbill, thank you announcements identifying you or your company as an Access & Accessibility Sponsor before two ASL-interpreted performances in the Hill Theater, six tickets to APT performances of your choice, and an invitation to exclusive APT donor appreciation events.

Acting Apprentice Sponsor

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.

Stagecraft Apprentice Sponsor

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 six complimentary tickets.

Words Between Us Sponsor

The Words Between Us (WBU) is a new week-long classroom residency designed specifically for rural Wisconsin schools to help teachers and students explore literature by authors of color while increasing their fluency around race and ethnicity. WBU brings the book's characters to life in the classroom through active engagement with dynamic teaching artists. Recognition includes prominent acknowledgement on the education page of the playbill and in APT education publications, and six complimentary tickets. Read more about the program here.

Potency of Poetry Sponsor

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 and four complimentary tickets. Read more about the program here.

Green Sponsor

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. Read more about the APT property here.

Please Note: Sponsors who donate through IRAs and Donor Advised Funds are not eligible for complimentary ticket benefits.