About Membership

Whether you are a performing artist, visual artist, technician, craftsman, or arts enthusiast, we invite you to join us in creating a space for innovation, development, and exploration in the performing arts.

What does it mean to be a member of a performance cooperative?

If you are an artist that wants to contribute to developing a rich creative cultural environment in Milwaukee; if you are an artist looking for other artists to create new or innovative work with and work outside of the traditional performance worlds; if you are an artist who wants nothing more than to make inspired and unique work in the performing arts, then you embody the ideals of a Cooperative Performance member.

Through your vote, member contribution, and participation, you help decide the projects the company produces, the events we engage in, and the future of Cooperative Performance.

Members create and produce the projects as well as help shape the work and its future through direct feedback with the projects' creators. Together we can create great works of performance.

Membership is open to any individual who wishes to join. We encourage diverse artists and patrons alike to join us in a community of people dedicated to research, innovation, and development in the performing arts.

How do you become a member?

You can purchase a membership online here.

The annual membership fee is $50/year. Members are fully vested after four years of annual membership or $200.

We will reach out with more information and to have you complete a membership form. Memberships are valid for one calendar year from the date of purchase.

Member Benefits

  • Member Ownership in Cooperative Performance

  • Voting rights to elect representatives to the Board of Directors and in all other member-wide elections.

  • Opportunity to present performance projects to the Board of Directors for season selection

  • Discounts on Classes - drop-in and packages

  • Opportunity to host workshops, readings, etc.

  • One complimentary ticket per performance run and 10% off any additional tickets.

  • Eligible for election to the Board of Directors.

Membership Microgrants

We recognize that financial burden is one of several barriers to entry which disproportionately affects specific groups of artists from potentially joining as a member. To assist with this, we are offering microgrants to offset the cost of annual membership ($50) for self-identified BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+ artists who wish to present at our annual pitch event or be involved with the organization’s leadership.

How to apply

Members (or prospective members) who wish to pitch projects at our annual event are already required to fill out a form with basic information about the project. On this form, they may self-identify as BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+ and indicate their interest in receiving a microgrant toward membership. Alternatively, prospective members (or members seeking renewal) who wish to become or stay involved with company leadership positions may contact the board regarding their interest in the microgrant.

How it works

Awarded microgrants are immediately applied to the cost of an annual membership (valid for one year from the date of approval). The membership is in all respects a standard membership and eligible for all rights, privileges, and benefits.


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List updated 04-11-2021