Waukesha Civic Theatre and friends have reached an important milestone in the Academy Expansion Project and cut the ribbon on the completion of Phase One. Help us FINISH this extraordinary project and donate to BUILD THE BLACKBOX!

An extraordinarily generous family has stepped forward with a challenge donation of $100,000!

Every donation you make will be matched dollar for dollar up to this amount. Help us make a dream come true for Waukesha Civic Theatre!

Build the Blackbox

Donate today to help us finish the Black Box performance space!

In the Black Box Theatre, we plan to have 86 seats, a 20 x 20′ stage where we can perform small shows, concerts, Academy showcases, and more.


What we need – $600,000

What that will be used for:

  • Building the tiered seating
  • Theatrical Rigging for lights and drape
  • Theatrical drape and curtains
  • Lighting System
  • Sound System
  • Projection System

Waukesha Civic Theatre + YOU = Life-changing!

The Waukesha Civic Theatre has been a community gathering place to celebrate the arts, education, and the humanities for 65 years. Located on Main Street in the historic PIX Theatre, the Waukesha Civic Theatre, is in the heart of our community, literally and figuratively. The Waukesha Civic Theatre has outgrown its physical space, however the demands and interest in the programs, events and services has continued to increase. The theatre is bursting at the seams with classes, workshops, camps, auditions, rehearsals, movies, and performances.

Understanding the impact that theatre has on our community, and everyone associated with it, the Waukesha Civic Theatre has embarked upon the Academy Expansion Project, an exciting journey of reimagining and renovating the entire new building and existing lobby and facade to bring an improved experience and more capacity to the Theatre. 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.

This project includes: a bright rehearsal and reception area, a small new theatre, with backstage dressing rooms for performers and sound and lighting booth for technicians, and a collaborative office suite for staff and interns. Additionally, the existing lobby will be remodeled, allowing for enhanced guest services areas such as the box office, rest rooms, concession, and bar areas. These physical amenities are the foundation for growing the educational programs and community engagement and ensuring that future generations will have the same opportunities to learn and grow from experiences that only theatre and arts education can provide.

Campaign Levels

Founder’s Corner $2,000 each year for 5 years

Academy Families $1,000 each year for 5 years

Friends of WCT $1,000 each year for 5 years

Campaign Level: Academy Families

Our Academy Families are the heart and soul of the Waukesha Civic Theatre. From participating in the programs and productions to volunteering, to a life-long commitment to the arts, our individual families become the larger family of the Waukesha Civic Theatre Family.  

WCT recognizes the generosity of the Academy families from past and present who have made a difference in the lives of our students. Our goal for this portion of the campaign is to find 10 families to commit to giving $1,000 each year for five years, for a total gift of $5,000 each to be recognized on the newly created Academy Wall of Honor. Our goal is to raise $100,000 

The Wall of Honor will be created in the newly renovated space to recognize Academy Families who contribute to the Academy Expansion Project.

Commitment: $1,000 each year for 5 years

Recognition: Your family or child’s name on the Academy Wall of Honor

Join the Academy Families

CAMPAIGN LEVEL: Friends of Waukesha Civic Theatre

By virtue of the WCT being in existence for 65 years, we know the theatre is fortunate to call many people our friends. Through the years you, our friends, have shared in the magical experience that theatre offers.  

WCT is creating a donor level, Friends of Waukesha Civic Theatre, that recognizes the support and contributions that come from our supporters and fans. WCT’s goal for this portion of the campaign is to raise $250,000 for the development of the Academy Expansion Project. 

We are looking for 50 Friends to make a commitment of $1,000 per year for 5 years, for a total of $5,000. This gift will make a tremendous difference for the thousands of students and patrons we will serve now and into the future. Your gift will be recognized on the newly created Friends of Waukesha Theatre Donor Wall.

Commitment: $1,000 each year for 5 years

Recognition: Your family name on Friends of WCT Donor Wall

Join the Friends of Waukesha Campaign


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