First Nighters Club

First Nighters Club LogoThe First Nighters Club is a recognized NMU foundation creating opportunities for student artists and supporting the theatre community of Marquette and the surrounding areas.

Our Mission: To support the student artists and the theatre program by ensuring that the students can get the most professional training possible, on and off the stage, and enabling the theatre to produce high-quality productions that challenge, teach, and of course, entertain.

First Nighters Club Levels of Membership
All levels will receive program acknowledgement throughout the season, as well as in the club newsletters.

  • Booster - $1 - $99

  • Friend - $100 - $249

  • Sponsor - $250 - $449

  • Angel - $500 - $999

  • Producers Circle  - $1,000 - $4,900


Benefits to Theatre Students
The First Nighters Club supports theatre students in many ways, including:

  • Talent scholarships
  • Tuition and fees for graduate artistic interns
  • Audition fees for state, regional and national auditions
  • Annual outstanding achievement awards
  • Academic achievement awards
  • New York, Las Vegas, Stratford, and abroad Field Studies scholarships

Benefits to the Theatre
The First Nighters Club has financed several theatre improvements:

  • Wireless microphones
  • Lighting instruments
  • Wireless intercom/headset system
  • Lighting and sound equipment for the Black Box Theatre

Special Events
The First Nighters Club is present at several special events throughout the year, including:

  • Season Premiere Party
  • Half-Way Party
  • Madrigal Dinner
  • Drama Prom and Jimmy Awards 


First Nighters Club Advisory Board 2017-18

Dave Dagenais - President

Sandy Meyskens - Vice President

Bill Digneit - Treasurer

Adrienne Vermeulen - Secretary

Jen Bishop

Kurt Hauswirth

Lori Ogawa-Mentink

Jeanne Trost

Jerry Tudor


Student Representatives:

Jill Vermeulen

Regan McKay


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