Giving

The Honorary Producer Program

Do you remember the first time you stepped onto a stage at Washington College? That lightning-white moment as your eyes adjusted and you found your audience, your fellow performers, your mark — all while the world waited breathlessly for you to begin?

Perhaps you preferred to stand in the wings on opening night, watching performers speak words that you wrote, wear costumes that you designed, or carry props that you built?

Or perhaps you were an audience member, anxious to see what new spectacle might emerge from the darkness this weekend?

This tradition of students learning by doing — and of developing life skills through artistic collaboration — lives on in the production work of the Department of Theatre & Dance… and you can still be part of it!

Help support our students’ creative, collaborative learning experiences by becoming an honorary producer.

 

The Washington College Department of Theatre & Dance's production of The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh. Directed by Professor Dale Daigle in Tawes Theatre, Spring 2018. (Photo by Paul W. Gillespie) The Washington College Department of Theatre & Dance's production of The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh. Directed by Professor Dale Daigle in Tawes Theatre, Spring 2018. (Photo by Paul W. Gillespie)

The Honorary Producer Program provides an opportunity for WC alumni and others to make a direct contribution to the work of current Theatre & Dance students by supporting the department’s various production activities. The program includes a range of opportunities to sponsor events in both theatre and dance, including:

Theatre
SCE Production: $350
Departmental Workshop: $500
Alumni Guest Artist: $1,000
Professional Guest Artist: $2,500
Faculty Production: $5,000

Dance
Student Choreographer: $100
Alumni Choreographer: $500
Professional Guest Choreographer: $1,000
Dancescape Concert: $5,000

Thanks and Perks

As an honorary producer, you will become part of the Theatre & Dance family. Honorary producers are encouraged to meet and get to know the students whose work they are supporting, and sometimes even to participate in the production process by sitting in on a rehearsal, observing a design meeting, or even watching a few hours of tech. Honorary producers also receive the following invitations and acknowledgments:

  • Listing on the website and in the program
  • Nightly recognition in the curtain speech
  • Two reserved VIP seats for the performance of your choice
  • A show poster signed by the company

How to Give

To become an honorary producer today, please visit the Make a Gift Now page. In the comments section of the form, write “Honorary Producer” and the name of the show or event you wish to support. 

To help spread the word, please share your excitement via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, tagging us with the handle @WACTheatreDance. Don’t forget to use our hashtags: #wactheatre #wedoplays #wacdance #wemakedances

For a list of upcoming productions, visit the WC Theatre & Dance homepage. For additional information or sponsorship opportunities, contact Theatre & Dance Department Chair Laura J. Eckelman

Program History

The Honorary Producer Program was founded by recent Washington College First Lady Elisabeth Reiss and former Theatre & Dance Department Chair Michele Volansky. Elisabeth Reiss worked as a professional actor in London prior to joining us at Washington College with her husband, former College President Mitchell Reiss, and Michele Volansky is an alumna and dedicated advocate of student-alumni engagement.