Midsummer Giving Campaign

The 2023 Midsummer Giving Campaign is now underway. Making a donation today, of any amount,  is the best way to ensure that your theatre company remains just as vibrant for the next generation of the Commonweal family. We say it all the time…we could not do what we do without you…and in this milestone of years, we hope you’ll celebrate summer with us and help keep the Commonweal on strong, safe ground for many more years to come. Make your donation today by clicking the button below or by mailing a check to PO Box 15 Lanesboro, MN 55949. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you dear friends! 

As the Commonweal embarks on its 35th midsummer, we’ve asked Commonweal co-founder Eric Bunge and Janene Roessler, Lanesboro Arts Council president in the late 80’s and current Commonweal season pass holder, to provide their thoughts and insight as to what sparked the dream along with what has sustained the Commonweal for so many years.

Click HERE to read the full letter.

The Scott Dixon Memorial Fund

In 2018 we lost a dear friend and colleague, our Director of Development, Scott Dixon. Scott was a playwright, author, director, actor, devoted friend, husband and father. He was a dedicated and passionate co-worker who worked tirelessly advocating for new plays, education, and Wealhouse, our second stage series. To carry forward his spirit as an artist and theatre practitioner, we created the Scott Dixon Memorial Fund. All funds received go towards these endeavors Scott was passionate about and more.

To learn more about the fund, CLICK HERE.

Scott R. Dixon
photo: Peterson Creative Photography & Design
Individual Contributions

The Commonweal mission is “To enrich the common good through actor-based storytelling that is both transcendent and relevant.” We can’t enrich the common good unless we keep ticket prices within the common reach, and that’s why we need your help. The cost of producing high-quality live theatre year-round far exceeds the revenue from ticket and concessions sales alone. We rely on both large arts grants and private donations like yours. Your contributions are our stepping-stones, and every gift, of any size, is deeply appreciated. Pledge your support by joining the heart of our donation programs—the MDC—or make a one-time, tax-deductible donation today. Contact Jeremy van Meter: jeremyvm@commonwealtheatre.org or call (507) 467 2905 x211.

For a list of our recent individual donors — CLICK HERE

Underwriting & Sponsorships

Underwriters play leading roles in funding our programs and productions—and enjoy great opportunities to get their brand or business name seen by a lot of people. As thanks for your participation as an underwriter, we will place your name or company logo in our season program (reaching more than 17,000 people annually). Our actors will thank your business during the curtain speeches, you will be recognized in all press releases, and you’ll receive several free tickets for your employees or clients.

Invited sponsors at a designer presentation in our Events Hall

The Commonweal is very grateful to the following businesses for their generous sponsorship of past programming:

For more information about sponsorship or underwriting a production, contact Jeremy van Meter by emailing jeremyvm@commonwealtheatre.org or calling (507) 467-2905 x211.

Have You Considered Including Us in Your Estate Plans?

Have you considered remembering the Commonweal in your will or estate? Contact Jeremy van Meter to find out more about our planned giving options: jeremyvm@commonwealtheatre.org or call (507) 467-2905 x211

In-Kind Donations

The Commonweal welcomes in-kind donations of sturdy furniture and home electronics and appliances (in good condition) for our theatre and the Dixon House Artist Residence. In addition, we often accept donations of services from area businesses. Please let us know if you’d like to make an in-kind donation of any type.

For more information about making an in-kind donation, contact Jeremy van Meter by emailing jeremyvm@commonwealtheatre.org or calling (507) 467-2905 x211.