Where Your Money Goes

We mean it when we say that no donation is too small to make a difference. We conserve to the best of our abilities and use all of our resources to their fullest extent. However, producing quality theater is simply expensive and we feel that it’s not fair to take that out of the pockets of our artists or burden an audience who might not be able to afford a ticket if we continued to raise prices. With every dollar you donate we are able to provide more for our artists, increase our production values and strengthen our foundation to ensure we are here for many, many years to come.

Gifts to our Annual Campaign pay for the many little things we can’t attach to a single play. They keep the website running and all the tools we need to go along with it. They pay the salaries of our Producing Artistic Director and Online Producer. From printer paper to annual filing fees to our book-keeper, these funds keep us running behind the scenes. The first $30,000 donated to this campaign every year through 2018 are also matched $1 for $1 thanks to a generous grant from the Gobioff Foundation.

When you become a show sponsor, those funds go directly to that single production and help offset the costs of royalties, materials, and of course talent.

But what does this all look like in reality? What can your donation really do? See below!

For Example

Here is a sample breakdown of exactly how donations help us.


  • Food and drink props (think sodas, bags of chips or other things specifically called for in a script to be consumed on stage) for a weekend of a production.
  • Printing costs for producing contracts, schedules, contact sheets, scripts etc.


  • Lighting gels (colors) and gobos (filters) for a production.
  • Sound expenses (batteries, songs from iTunes, random cables etc) for a non-musical production.
  • Payroll costs associated with providing a production manager for two hours to a side-project.


  • A cast and crew meal for a 2-show day or day-long technical rehearsal for a production with a small cast.
  • The average cost of a single wig.


  • Can purchase most off the rack single full costumes (suits, etc) used in a show.
  • Covers printing posters or the window display for a production.
  • Covers the cost of a fill-in rehearsal accompanist or musician when we produce a musical.
  • Covers the cost of sending a teaching artist out to a school for an outreach for a half-day.


  • Covers the subsidized rent of our scenic shop and our costume storage unit for one month.
  • Pays for an online advertising campaign budget for Facebook, Creative Loafing, etc.
  • Pays a 1-week base salary for an actor (Actors Equity Association or otherwise). We typically rehearse 3 to 6 weeks and perform for another 4 per production. Currently, finances prohibit Jobsite from hiring AEA actors as much as we would like because of the other costs affiliated with an AEA actor's contract, which can be as much as $100 more a week than what the actor gets paid.


  • The prop or costume budget for most non-musical shows in the Shimberg.
  • Production of a TV spot to run on cable.
  • Average stipend for a production intern, apprentice, or assistant (run crew, assistant stage manager, etc).


  • Covers the cost of hiring a Scenic Artist to come in and detail paint a set.
  • Covers the expense of a replacement projector bulb.
  • Purchases the latest versions of vital software such as Qlab, which we use to run audio, lights, and video.


  • Covers the scenic expenses for a small show in the Shimberg.
  • Pays for a week of rights on a newer, more popular play, like Constellations.
  • Covers the base fee for a choreographer or most designers.
  • Covers the cost of an annual compilation as performed by a CPA.


  • Pays to have Fire Marshall present for the run of a show using haze, fog, or pyro effects.
  • Pays for a small one-week radio or cable ad schedule.
  • Pays for a week of rights on a musical in the Jaeb Theater, like Silence! The Musical.
  • Covers the salary for a non-union actor or director on most shows in the Shimberg.
  • Pays for a musician for a run in the Jaeb.
  • Offsets the costs of offering reduced-to-free student tickets to a daytime matinee performance.


  • Covers the cost of a set or costumes in the Jaeb.
  • Pays for a small one-week network television ad schedule.
  • Covers the entire salary of an Equity actor for a typical production in the Shimberg or a non-union performer in the Jaeb Theater.


  • Can cover the artist payroll for most shows in the Shimberg.
  • Pays for all of the marketing for a show in the Shimberg.


  • Can pay for all of the base needs of a small production.
  • Can cover base artist payroll for a medium-sized production.


  • Can pay for all of the base needs of an average production in the Shimberg.
  • Covers all payroll for a production in the Jaeb.
  • Would allow us to hire an part-time administrative assistant.


  • Can pay for all of the base needs of a large production in the Shimberg.
  • Would allow us to add another person to payroll, either a part-time marketing and/or development person or for us to take one of our current part-time employees and bring them on full time.
  • Covers the marketing budget for a five-week run in the Jaeb Theater.
  • Would allow us to hire an assistant for the Producing Artistic Director.


  • Pays for all materials, royalties, and payroll for a production in the Jaeb.
  • Would allow us to make a full-time hire of a business manager, development, and/or marketing person.

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