So. Now what? 

It's our fifteenth anniversary season, and it would be an understatement to say it's not quite what we imagined. But you know what? It's better. After spending 2020 reflecting, planning, and learning, we are beyond proud to present a season that represents our vision better than ever before: Art is crucial, new musicals are a key part of the cultural landscape, and artists are essential. 


So we decided to embark on four brand new musical theatre pieces in 2021. We are embracing the thrilling journey of innovation, and we are bringing more new artists than ever to be part of the process. Those artists, our community partners, our audiences, and our donors are all integral to taking this step.


We definitely appreciate that now is not a great time to donate for many people. But if you are able, your contribution will be invested in your community, and in initiatives we've never tried before. As a financial supporter, you are part of projects that we hope will make a bigger impact than ever on Madison and beyond. 


In 2021, your donations, combined with efforts of our artists, staff, and community, will help us create: 


  • An American Mythology, a musical theatre concept album featuring original work by composers from all over Wisconsin, examining the myths and fallacies of the American Dream from diverse perspectives. 

  • The Yellow Wallpaper, a brand new horror musical for one woman, exploring isolation, abuse, and revenge, fully produced and streamed as it happens. 

  • Micro, a reading of a new piece to enter the Wisconsin New Musicals Cycle. 

  • A musical children's book entitled The Land of the Gifted, a multi-disciplinary initiative that offers representation of BBIPOC and disabled kids alongside music, storytelling, and educational activities, with free books sent to at least 100 area libraries and schools. 

For all of these activities, our number one priority is continuing to compensate local artists. We are so fortunate to have a dedicated community of supporters, and for those who have already donated, thank you!  We're calling on others now as we continue to move forward, navigate the challenges ahead, and make progress as an organization. We've got a lot to do and a lot to learn. But we're ready. 

We're so grateful for you as our audience. Thank you for continuing to stick with us. 

See below if you'd prefer to donate by mail. 

Why do we need new musicals?

It's a fair question.  There are a lot of causes and a lot of problems in the world.  What does new musical theatre do to address these problems? And why do we need your support?  

Here are our reasons: 

  • In a world that shuts out many marginalized voices, new art, including new musicals, reflects the voices of our time.

  • In a world that is increasingly addicted to home and mobile entertainment, the art we create now reaches us in a way that makes us feel connected rather than passive; involved rather than distanced. It makes us feel how art connects a continually dividing society. 

  • New musicals are portraying perspectives of people of varying races, sexual orientations, gender identities, and abilities; moreover, they are providing more diverse, relatable stories for a wider variety of people.  This season at MTM features stories about a wide range of people from varying backgrounds. Casts and creative teams include a large variety of individuals of varying races, ethnicities, identities, and abilities. In 2021, our fifteenth anniversary season, you'll see our most varied season yet! 

Okay.  So why Music Theatre of Madison?

Another fair question. Why is MTM equipped to work toward equity and bring inspiring new work to Madison? The answer is we've been learning, improving, and excelling for fourteen years by staying up to date on trends, listening to our constituents, paying attention to what other theatres are doing, and hiring exceptional staff and Artistic Associates who bring varied skills and are committed not only to excellence, but to their continued education.  We're honored and humbled to have been recognized nationally for our work through the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, Americans for the Arts, and American Theatre Magazine. 

  • In a time where the value of artists is increasingly questioned, we are paying local artists at competitive wages, which are reinvested in Madison’s economy.  We've paid since day one, at a time when we were literally asked "Why bother paying? People will work for free. We have never ever accepted that. And what we're able to pay is rapidly increasing thanks to community support. 

  •  In a time when live entertainment, particularly expensive-to-produce musicals, has become an unaffordable commodity for many, we are keeping our prices flexible and affordable, offering increasing outreach, and using Pay What You Can performances to reach as many people as possible.  

Your gift makes it happen. Your gift shines light on new pieces, removes barriers, offers jobs, encourages evolving work, and infuses us with excellence.  We are grateful for each and every donor who supports us. 


Every dollar counts! 

Ways to contribute now: 

1) Donate securely online using a credit or debit card via the button below.  If you would like your donation to be designated for a special purpose, such as the Artist Fund, enter it in the text box provided. 

You will receive an e-mail confirmation and receipt for tax purposes. 





2) Mail a check payable to Music Theatre of Madison to 5555 Odana Road, Ste 115, Madison, WI 53719. 

You will receive an e-mail confirmation and receipt for tax purposes. 

Music Theatre of Madison is a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt nonprofit organization.  Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. 

Other giving options: 


1) Recurring gifts: Set up recurring a recurring monthly gift by clicking "Donate Now" above and opt for monthly or weekly in the box provided.  ($10 a month means you've given $120, enough to print about 50 programs, by the end of the year) 

2) Employer matching gifts: Want to double your impact? Many employers have matching gift programs.  Chat with your company to find out if that's possible.  We'll even give your company a shout out in our programs! 

We hope to soon be set up to accept stock and other non-cash gifts.  Stay tuned!