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About us

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Marcus Promotions, Inc.

is a creative company offering services in advertising, graphic design, printing, video, and publishing. Marcus Promotions is the proud publisher of Footlights, which is the premier performing arts program for over 150 performing arts organizations in Chicago, Madison, and Milwaukee.

Marcus Promotions also publishes the official Summerfest brochure, the Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance event books, and offers services to a broad range of clients, including retail shopping districts, performance venues, outdoor events, and travel tourism companies.


Footlights – shining a light on the performing arts since 1988

Footlights Logo

Marcus Promotions is the proud publisher of Footlights, an affordable professional playbill over 150 arts organizations in Chicago, Madison, and Milwaukee have come to trust the past 30+ years. Footlights is known among audiences as a consistent and comprehensive arts resource guide, offering both high-quality printed playbills and an extensive online guide that shares the latest arts news, upcoming events, and best places for pre-show dining.


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Six major aspects make up what it takes to publish the highest quality of printed materials, and we can take you from start to finish with all six, including:


If you have an idea, we can build on it and make it a reality. Whether it’s a magazine, a special event program, or a brochure, we can collaborate and interpret your ideas and needs to match your existing brand or help launch a new one.


Our staff can take your concept to pen and craft articulate copy to properly represent your message.

Graphic Design

Professional design is important, and we want your visual pieces to showcase your business in the best light. We can offer Design, Photography, Illustration, and Layout services to make your message stand out.

Advertising Sales & Support

Our team can create sales materials, set competitive advertising rates, and sell advertising while professionally representing your company in the field and helping you offset your overall costs. We will also handle all aspects of accounting from billing to collections.


We have state of the art printing capabilities at your service to give you the best quality, price and service available to make your materials professional, timely and affordable.


The final step in publishing is getting your materials in the hands of your prospects. No matter the customization, we have the ability to direct mail, insert, stuff, drop distribution, or hand deliver to the appropriate destinations.


Online or in print, we have several opportunities that will help you spread the word.

Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance

Milwaukee Concours d'Elegance

MILWAUKEE CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE celebrates the automobile as an art form. Collector vehicles are showcased over two days – including a Concours d’Elegance featuring hundreds of cars that compete for senior awards. The souvenir book is a great keepsake for attendees and exhibitors.

Historic Third Ward Guide

Historic Third Ward Guide

THE HISTORIC THIRD WARD GUIDE is a shopping, dining and entertainment booklet printed annually. The guide includes a two-page map of the Historic Third Ward, and features business and retail advertisers, a neighborhood directory along with Historic Third Ward focused editorial and photography.

Lake Express Brochure

Lake Express Brochure

THE LAKE EXPRESS BROCHURE published annually in the May promotes the Lake Express Ferry, which offers service between Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Muskegon, Michigan. The circulation reaches high-value and high-income households planning summer travels in the Milwaukee area.

OAC Annual Magazine

Oconomowoc Arts Center Annual Magazine

THE OCONOMOWOC ARTS CENTER SEASON BROCHURE is a full-color, glossy magazine designed and published annually highlighting events at the Oconomowoc Arts Center. The magazine is mailed to subscribers, single ticket buyers, donors, and homes in the Lake Country area.

Official Summerfest Schedule


The World’s Largest Music Festival, Milwaukee’s cornerstone lakefront and summer celebration attracts the music industry’s hottest stars, emerging talent, and local favorites. The official Summerfest schedule features the daily line-ups of all the stages, admission promotions, and a festival grounds map.

Overture Subscription Brochure

Overture Center

THE OVERTURE SUBSCRIPTION BROCHURE is a showcase of the Overture Center for the Arts upcoming season. Featured series such as the Broadway, celebrity, dance, and family shows are depicted. The brochure is sent out to the Overture’s audience base of subscribers and premiere ticket buyers.


Printing that communicates like you do – professionally, efficiently, and on time.



The answer is yes – no matter what the project. Business cards, posters, invitations, envelopes, season brochures, large format, small format, digital, sheetfed, and heatset web printing – we can tackle any job.

We have acquired some of the latest technology in digital printing equipment and file processing that allows for high quality printing with quick turnarounds. As a Publisher/Printer, we have low overhead, which allows us to offer customers a very competitive price. Whereas most print vendors have been raising prices, we have actually been lowering ours – and passing the savings along to our clients.

We also purchase a substantial amount of printing from various local printing partners in the Milwaukee area. This not only gives us purchasing power but also reflects our expertise with the printing trade and the fact that we can be a competitive and quality resource for all your needs.

If we have already convinced you, please contact us.

If we haven’t (yet) convinced you, please scroll down to see our portfolio.

Graphic Design

You don’t have to take our word for it – check out our portfolio below.







Featured Behance Projects

Want to see more? Check out our Behance portfolio, which showcases branding, graphic design, and illustrative projects from our Marcus Promotions design team.

Milwaukee Concours d'Elegance 15/16
Art Direction, Branding, Graphic Design
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Mabel Tainter Center for the Performing Arts 15/16
Art Direction, Graphic Design, Performing Arts
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Parents Place Marketing Materials 15/16
Art Direction, Branding, Graphic Design
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MYSO 15/16 Season Brochure
Graphic Design, Illustration, Performing Arts
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Oconomowoc Arts Center 15/16 Season Brochure
Art Direction, Graphic Design, Performing Arts
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Pius XI Catholic High School 15/16 Season Posters
Graphic Design, Illustration, Performing Arts
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Waukesha Civic Theatre 15/16 Season
Graphic Design, Illustration, Performing Arts
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Hulbert Piano 14/15 Marketing Materials
Branding, Graphic Design, Web Design
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Waukesha Choral Union 15/16 Marketing Materials
Graphic Design, Illustration, Performing Arts
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Summerfest 2015
Advertising, Branding, Graphic Design
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Historic Third Ward Guide Spring 2015 Issue
Art Direction, Graphic Design
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Advertising, Graphic Design, Print Design
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Feel free to send us an electronic note or drop us a line.

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1918 Mac Arthur Road
Waukesha, Wisconsin 53188


Milwaukee: 262-782-9751
Chicago: 773-938-6681
Madison: 608-257-4560