Let's do something extraordinary for Downtown Waukesha

Waukesha Civic Theatre and friends kick off the 2021 Capital Campaign to raise $3 million dollars for a building expansion for classroom, performance, rehearsal, reception, and office space. With a focus on ensuring the future stability of WCT we are looking to build the endowment by $2.5 million dollars. We can't wait for you to join us!

Become a Part of the Campaign

100 Extraordinary Women Celebration Event

Case for Support

There is something special about every city – it’s a sense of community, the reason why we put down roots, why we’re proud of our hometown, and why we work together to make it better. We live in a great community – Waukesha is a wonderful place to live and work. The Waukesha Civic Theatre is one of its jewels, but we can make it even better so that it can serve more people – especially our community’s children.

From its earliest days on Washington Street to its 65th Season, Waukesha Civic Theatre has been a home to thousands of children, teens, actors, artists, volunteers, and patrons. When WCT moved to historic Downtown Waukesha, the revitalization of the area began. Business began blooming, restaurants opened, galleries and shops began popping up. WCT has been a home for thousands of theatre kids and the adults who work with them. In a typical year, the Margaret Brate Bryant Civic Theatre Building is bursting at the seams with classes, rehearsals, movies, and performances. But, as we all know, this is not a typical year. While there have certainly been challenges, WCT has also been given a “once in a lifetime” opportunity, and we intend to take full advantage of it.

Waukesha Civic Theatre has been the center of the arts community in Waukesha for 65 years, and we are building the foundation, looking ahead to the 100 year milestone. WCT is the gathering place where a community comes together to celebrate the arts and our community. We have outgrown our space. We are looking to restore and beautify our thumbprint in Downtown Waukesha, while expanding our performances and education spaces to serve more of our community.

The Academy Expansion Project will include a big and bright rehearsal and reception area, a new small theatre called the Black Box Theatre – with backstage and control areas for performers and technicians – and an office suite. In addition to these additional elements in the new footprint, WCT will remodel the existing lobby, making the guest services areas of box office, bathrooms, and concession and bar area more suited to larger gathering.

The Board of Directors and staff are also excited to explore additional opportunities so that Waukesha Civic Theatre can provide an economic development tool in Downtown Waukesha, developing additional educational and artistic opportunities that will bring more people to the area. Partnering with local businesses and restaurants, WCT can be the venue for many downtown events and can expand its role in the vibrancy of downtown. All of this is possible only with expanded space.

Please join us!

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Campaign Volunteers

Campaign Chair

Eric Larson

Honorary Committee

Anne Styza – Honorary Co-Chair
Bryce Styza – Honorary Co-Chair
Former Artistic Director Betsy Folsom
Former Managing Artistic Director John Cramer
Anthony Bryant
Andrea Bryant
Dr. Richard Labinski
Cathy Labinski
William Huelsman
Former State Assemblywoman Jody Huelsman
John P. Macy
Mayor Shawn Reilly
Former Mayor Larry Nelson
Hon. Judge Michael O. Bohren

100 Extraordinary Women Committee

Teri Bergendahl
Andrea Bryant
Jenny Erato
Jean Ernewein Novy
Nancy McCaskey
Kitty Messplay
Harriett Schmidt
Rhonda Schmidt
Anne Styza

Executive Director

Rhonda Marie Schmidt


Waukesha County Community Foundation

100 Extraordinary Women

OPN Architect Renderings

Recognition Opportunities and Pledges

There are several recognition naming opportunities in this project including the Black Box Theatre, Box Office, Concession and Bar, Staff Offices and more.

You will find Recognition Opportunities HERE. 

We can help you find the most meaningful opportunity for your family and your gift so that your legacy lives on at Waukesha Civic Theatre.

Making your Pledge or Donation

Donations can be made upfront or you may pledge up to five years.
Please find a Fillable Pledge Form HERE.

Online Donations: Donations may be made online at Waukesha County Community Foundation by following this LINK. 

Donation by Check: Checks should be made to WCCF or Waukesha County Community Foundation with WCTA in the memo line.

Checks can be mailed to:

Waukesha Civic Theatre
264 West Main Street
Waukesha, WI 53186

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Waukesha County Community Foundation
2727 N Grandview Blvd #301
Waukesha, WI 53188

Recognition Naming Opportunities

Donor Information

WCT is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Your gift is deductible to the fullest extent of the law, as you have received no benefit of goods or services. Check with your accountant for complete information on the deductibility of your gift.

  • Unless indicated by the donor, gifts will go to the building project until that goal is reached and gifts thereafter will be allocated to the endowment.
  • Donors will be recognized by name both on the donor wall and at the selected location in the renovated area of the Theatre.
  • All current recognition will remain in place.
  • All naming opportunities are subject to the approval of the WCT Board of Directors.
  • Naming is reserved in perpetuity, subject to WCT policies.
  • Naming opportunities and gift levels are subject to availability and subject to change.
  • You may choose from these suggested wordings: “Through the generosity of” or “In Memory/Honor of.”

To make a custom donation, please contact Executive Director, Rhonda Marie Schmidt

Email Executive Director Rhonda Schmidt