The University Theatre Guild is a community of people from Kalamazoo to Colorado, and Portage to New York City, who value educational theatre and choose to nurture its growth at Western Michigan University. Contributing to the University Theatre Guild is an excellent way to show your love for the theatre and invest in the education of talented young theatre artists. Your tax-deductible gift will enrich the educational experience of theatre students and help pave the way to success in their chosen field.
WHAT DOES MY GIFT SUPPORT?
Your gift to the University Theatre Guild will support scholarships, mentorships and professional development opportunities for WMU theatre students. It will bring world-class visiting artists to WMU from all facets of the theatre: acting; directing; stage combat; makeup and special effects; costume; lighting design; and theatre management. These artists direct, teach, design and perform with our students during their residencies, enhancing the rich educational experience offered at the WMU Department of Theatre.
WHY JOIN NOW?
Theatre students need your help. While for some the economic downturn means a loss in their 401K, for some of our students whose parents have lost a job or whose college savings have evaporated, the downturn means they may have to leave school. But you can help provide the scholarships these students so desperately need. You can be assured that your gift to the Theatre Guild will provide financial relief to some very deserving students in great need during this time of economic hardship.
As a contributor to the University Theatre Guild, you will receive exclusive invitations to special theatre events: receptions, dinners, behind-the-scenes visits, opportunities to interact with theatre students, and conversations with directors, designers and actors. You will also receive discounted tickets to all University Theatre productions, and to express our appreciation for your generosity, you will be listed in all season programs.
If you are a Michigan resident, you can reduce your state income tax and support the University Theatre Guild at the same time. The state allows a portion of contributions made to Michigan universities to be credited against the state income tax. According to the law, the amount you may credit against your tax bill is equal to half of your contribution up to a maximum of $200 on a joint return, $100 on an individual return. Also, gifts to higher education are among the few deductions still allowed on federal income tax.
There are 3 convenient ways for you to support the Guild:
ONLINE: Click here to give securely through the WMU Foundation Center.
PHONE: Call the WMU Concierge at 269-387-8746 to make a gift over the phone.
MAIL: Mail your check made payable to the WMU Foundation to:
Western Michigan University
1903 W. Michigan Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5403
There are many levels of giving within the Theatre Guild — but we encourage you to give whatever you are able. Select the level below that is best for you and know that anything you can give is greatly needed and appreciated.
LEVELS OF GIVING
Archangel – $2,000 or more
Angel – $1,000 to 1,999
Producer – $500 to $999
Director – $250 to $499
Leading Player – $125 to $249
Supporting Player – $80 to $124
Chorus & Crew – $40 to $79
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2013-2014 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President: Ed Giffels
Vice President: Kathie Tomlinson
Exec. Secretary/ Treasurer: Joan Herrington
Recording Secretary: Heather Gansemer
Past President: Rachel Foster
Mary Kaye Roberts
Jeff K. Ross