Paperless Policy

Second Stage is now a paperless organization (except for posters)! That means that ticketing and programs are done entirely electronically to minimize paper waste. This also lets shows allocate more funding towards other important design elements.


Ticketing Policy

All Second Stage shows have free admission. Tickets go live at 12:15PM on the day of each performance. The link to tickets for each night will be available on the front page of this website, and you can publish the link on social media before tickets go live (tickets will automatically go live at 12:15PM at the appropriate day).

We do ticketing this way because there aren't (or at least shouldn't be) any classes at 12:15PM so tickets are equally available to everyone. Additionally, many Second Stage shows sell out extremely quickly, so ticketing on separate days gives people an easier opportunity to focus their ticket-reserving attention.

Usually, we allow two (2) tickets per person via our online ticketing. Individuals can still subvert this limitation if they put in several emails. Nevertheless, if your show has an extremely limited number of seats, you can lower the limit to one (1) ticket per person with an additional notice. (You must inform us of this decision well in advance!)

Anyone who isn't able to reserve a ticket online can come to the show early and be on the waitlist. We explicitly cannot seat more people than seats are provided due to fire safety regulations.


If you would like to reserve tickets for non-Wesleyan students, you can do so by providing a list of people for specific performances to your stage manager by your "risers" period (the Wednesday of your tech week). Additionally, designers can reserve tickets for themselves through this process. Reserves are not available for any other Wesleyan students in order to promote inclusivity, but each performance requires two (2) ushers that can be students who would like reserved admission to that specific performance.

To see our template for ticket reservations, click here.



Poster Policy

The cost for posters needs to be included in your show's budget. The average cost allocated to publicity is $45, which covers printing for show posters through the Cardinal Print Shop. This gets you thirty (30) copies ($1.50/poster) on your poster at 11" x 17". Alternatively, you can print twenty (20) posters and save $15, since shows in the past have struggled to find thirty unique locations to put up their posters.

Posters need to have the following information:

  • "Second Stage Presents"
  • Any trigger warnings
  • Dates and times of the performance (including the year)
  • Any information necessitated by your rights agreement (name of show, author, etc.)
  • A QR code/link to the Second Stage website (optional)

Additionally, we recommend audition posters for your show. These are not usually worked into your budget since audition posters tend to be printed on normal 8.5" x 11" paper, which (if you're sneaky enough) you can print for free at certain places on campus. Second Stage does not have a printer though, so we cannot assist in this process.



Program Policy

History shows that shows waste an enormous amount of paper with printed programs. Thus, we've gone paperless! This means no printed programs for shows, period. If you do decide to print programs, we will not allow you to allocate part of your budget towards printing the programs.

We have several suggested alternatives to printed programs such that you can still adequately credit your cast and crew:


We will always put your show's information on our website's front page for the weekend of your performances. You can send us any information and images you'd like to be online as well.

Program Poster

You can design/print a large poster (usually 24" x 32" ) to put in the waiting area prior to your show so that people can see the cast and crew while waiting for doors to open.

QR Code

If you want to make a digital program (or just want to link to the Second Stage website), you can print QR codes for people to scan to take them directly to the relevant page and/or file.