Setting the Stage Campaign

The Campaign for the Future


Join us as we create a new STAGES St. Louis for generations to come. Contributing to the $8 Million Setting the Stage Campaign for the Future will financially build upon the Artistic and Education core pillars for many years to come.

“The arts make a bridge across the world in ways that nothing else can.”

C.S. Lewis

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A Community Partnership

“Just like the 35 years of selfless giving, the future of STAGES St. Louis is in the loving and nurturing hands of the community. STAGES has always been a Performing Arts Organization built by the people of St. Louis. I don’t see that generosity changing anytime soon as we move into a brilliant future.”
– Jack Lane, Executive Producer – STAGES St. Louis


“The City of Kirkwood and STAGES have forged a decades-long relationship that has brought nationally-recognized productions to our area to the delight of theatre lovers. Our working together has now resulted in the building of the beautiful, state-of-the-art Kirkwood Performing Arts Center which will be a regional draw for the arts of all types. As the Mayor of Kirkwood I am grateful for the long and successful partnership we have had with STAGES and look forward to working together for years to come.”
– Tim Griffin, Mayor – City of Kirkwood

The Michael Hamilton Artistic Fund

A proud St. Louisan, Michael’s love for his home town has been proven time and time again. From his dedication to local actors, designers, and technicians, to his 35 years of acclaimed and award winning productions, Michael’s love of St. Louis is undeniable. In honor of Michael’s steadfast leadership we are creating The Michael Hamilton Artistic Fund to support the advancement of the artistic needs at STAGES. This reserve fund will both keep the artistry at STAGES on a firm financial footing and send a true message of love and respect to Michael in honor of his retirement.

Levels include:

  • $50,000 – La Mancha Level
  • $25,000 – Anything Goes Level
  • $10,000 – Footloose Level
  • $5,000 – Promises Level
  • $2,500 – Drowsy Level
  • $1,000 – Monty Level

The Jack Lane New Works Development Fund

With the success of the pre-Broadway tryout of THE KARATE KID – The Musical, it has become clear that a new Funding arm at STAGES needs to be established. This Fund will address both the exploration of New Works for STAGES and the actual implementation and producing of these works. These funds will be carefully and selectively used for the research of New Works and travel to the cities where these works are being presented in readings or workshop format. Once a New Work is deemed viable for a STAGES Season, this Fund will also support some of the key production expenses. This Fund will significantly leverage the future impact New Works can have on bottom-line STAGES financials.

Levels include:

  • $25,000
  • $10,000
  • $5,000
  • $2,500
  • $1,000
  • $500

Take Your Seat

The state-of-the-art Kirkwood Performing Arts Center is quickly becoming a hub of culture and the Arts for our community. You can be part of that legacy by naming a seat in the beautiful Ross Family Theatre. Naming a seat is a great way to honor the memory of a loved one, commemorate a special occasion, or show your love and support for the performing arts. The cost of one seat is $2,500. The cost of two seats is $4,000. The plaque will remain on your chosen seat for the life of the building.

The Legacy Fund

The Legacy Fund is a much needed reserve to oversee the opportunities and challenges that an arts organization can encounter. Whether addressing administrative, technical, or educational challenges or improvements, The Legacy Fund will be the umbrella under which to protect and advance STAGES on all organizational levels. Flip through our Campaign Brochure to your right to learn more. 

Levels Include:

  • $50,000 – Marquee
  • $25,000 – Encore
  • $10,000 – Spotlight
  • $5,000 – Bravo
  • $2,500 – Director
  • $1,000 – Producer

Naming Opportunities

There are numerous naming opportunities and sponsorships within the parameters of the “Setting The Stage” Campaign.  For full details and to discuss these exciting opportunities, please contact the Development Department at 636-449-5776.

Opportunities Include:

  • Event Space
  • Orchestra Pit
  • Box Office
  • Dressing Rooms
  • Scenic Shop
  • Kent Center Dance Studio
  • Kent Center Conference Room
  • Artistic Director Position Sponsorship
  • And More!