Buy-A-Seat Campaign

Supporting University Players

University Players has a reputation for producing high quality productions, with talented up-and-coming student actors, and our beautiful and innovative set, costume, and lighting designs. Of course, it is expensive to mount these memorable productions. University Players, which operates as a self-sustained theatre company within a University context, depends upon revenue both from ticket sales and donations, from people like you.

Did you know?

  • $50 can purchase a can of paint used in the painting of a show's set
  • $250 can help purchase a headset for stage management communication
  • $400 will buy one new lighting instrument for the theatre
  • $1,000 can help purchase a speaker for the theatre sound system
  • $4,000 can help bring in a professional Lighting Designer for one University Players production
  • $5,000 can help cover the production expenses of a small University Players production
  • $8,000 can help bring in a professional guest director or designer
  • $10,000 can help cover the production expenses of a large University Players production
  • $35,000 will help renovate the new make-up classroom OR refit our brand new design studio classroom, equipping it with current technology for teaching design students

There are a variety of ways to support University Players:

  • Many choose to give through a Membership Donation, which directly supports our productions while putting you closer to the action with special benefits.

  • Donations to the "Buy a Seat" campaign support the maintenance of Essex Hall Theatre and provides you with an engraved nameplate on an Essex Hall Theatre seat of your choice in perpetuity.

  • Donations to the Production Endowment fund, in any amount, helps ensure the long-term continuation of our productions and quality education for our students.

  • Sponsoring a production is available to you or your company at a reasonable rate. Sponsorship has many exclusive benefits such as logo recognition, advertising, and complimentary tickets to a performance. For more information regarding sponsorship opportunities, please contact Anna Galka.

  • Student Scholarship donations, Guest Artist Residency sponsorship, Guest Alumni workshop sponsorship are some of the other opportunities to support the University Players and School of Dramatic Art.

For details regarding any of these opportunities, please call 519-253-3000 ext. 2804 or 2818 or email Anna Galka at