Recent Grants: Maine Theater Fund

2016 Grants

  • Acadia Community Theater, for new sound equipment to enhance the quality of productions: $4,900
  • Acorn Productions, to expand the Maine Playwrights Festival in 2017 by adding its first performance outside Southern Maine: $2,500
  • Celebration Barn Theater, to improve visibility, safety, and audience experience through its Show Series: $5,000
  • Creative Learning and Performance, Inc., to produce additional plays and maintain the theater: $3,500
  • Crowbait Club, to produce the annual short play festival King of Crows V in 2017: $3,000
  • Everyman Repertory Theatre, to fund the 2017 season of collaborative professional productions and dramatic readings: $5,000
  • Mad Horse Theatre Company, to update aging lighting instruments with new LED equipment: $4,700
  • New Surry Repertory Theatre and Acting School, to help fund the 45th season of year-round productions, two semesters of a performing arts school, and various new offerings: $5,000
  • Opera House Arts, to partner with Light Fantastic Theatre of New York to bring theatrical performances to nontraditional and underserved populations: $2,500
  • Portland School of Ballet, to expand the presence of the Portland Ballet Studio Theater in the performing arts community: $3,000
  • Rangeley Friends of the Performing Arts, to continue the tradition of live community theater in the rural Rangeley Lakes region: $4,000
  • Saco River Theatre, to create a new office manager position to standardize the organization’s financial and administrative processes: $4,600
  • Schoodic Arts for All, to purchase lightweight, portable risers that provide a theater-in-the-round experience: $5,000
  • Seven Eagles Media Production, for a workshop and debut of "Mary and Molly," a short play about a young woman discovering her multi-ethnic roots: $3,200
  • Snowlion Repertory Company, to stage a new adaptation of Chekhov's classic, "The Cherry Orchard," set in Maine and entitled "A Cherry Orchard in Maine": $5,000
  • Theater at Monmouth, for Lolita Chakrabarti's “Red Velvet” and complementary programming that explores racism and social change through the story of Ira Aldridge, the first black actor to portray Othello: $5,000
  • Watts Hall Community Players, to purchase and install sound equipment in the performance space: $4,700

2015 Grants

  • Acorn Productions, to collaborate with the Maine College of Art on a new play-reading series centered on family that will be presented by six Portland theater companies: $2,500
  • Belfast Maskers, to purchase new sound equipment that is appropriate for bringing performances to a variety of venues: $1,810
  • Celebration Barn Theater, for administrative efficiency and to track audience members and supporters for targeted marketing leading to a capital campaign: $4,000
  • Denmark Arts Center, for production of “Rules to Follow in Cloud Engineering,” a full-length experimental work that combines film, theater, and music to tell the story of controversial polymath and Rangeley resident Dr. Wilhelm Reich: $3,000
  • Dramatic Repertory Company, for general support of the 2015-16 season, including a site-specific, environmental production of “Quills”: $2,500
  • Everyman Repertory Theatre, to support the 2016 collaborative season of readings and productions: $2,500
  • Figures of Speech Theatre, for the final workshop phase and premiere performances at Bates College of composer David Lang's Pulitzer Prize-winning composition, “the little match girl passion": $2,500
  • Friends of the Marsh River Theater, for the purchase of sound equipment: $2,000
  • Friends of the St. Lawrence Church, to paint the Parish Hall Theater and adjacent lobby area, the Green Room, and actor's bathroom, and to repair areas damaged by water leaks: $2,000
  • Good Theater, Inc., for the regional theater premiere of the Tony Award-nominated “Act One” by James Lapine, adapted from the autobiography by Moss Hart: $2,000
  • Hancock County Auditorium Associates, to upgrade sound capabilities: $3,000
  • Harbor Light Stage, Inc., for operating support of the 2016 season, including main stage productions and monthly play-reading series: $2,500
  • Harborside Shakespeare Company, for a Shakespeare festival in Acadia National Park, including a series of site-specific performances and educational activities: $2,000
  • Heartwood Regional Theater Company, for "Press Down, Push Out," a project to increase production quality and build local first-time audience members, $4,500
  • LA Public Theatre, Inc., to underwrite fees paid to Maine-based professional theatrical designers hired for the 2015-2016 season: $2,500
  • Mad Horse Theatre Company, to support the hiring of a part-time office manager and purchase equipment: $3,300
  • Mayo Street Arts, to make improvements to theater lighting: $5,000
  • Midcoast Actors' Studio, for 2016 support: $4,000
  • New Surry Repertory Theatre and Acting School, for the 2015-2016 season: $5,000
  • Opera House Arts, to expand "Our Own" community play-reading series with more readings and a deeper commitment to foster community relationships: $2,500
  • Penobscot Theatre Company, to commission and produce “Transformer Tales: Origin Stories of the Penobscot Nation”: $4,000
  • Portland Stage Company, Inc., to support “Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods” by Tammy Ryan: $2,500
  • Rangeley Friends of the Performing Arts, for live theater programming and operating support: $4,000

2014 Grants

  • Acorn Productions, Portland, to enhance the Maine Playwrights Festival with a series of workshops and residencies for the playwrights whose works will appear in the annual event: $2,500
  • American Irish Repertory Ensemble, South Portland, for the 2015 production of Eugene O'Neill's "Anna Christie: $3,000
  • Celebration Barn Theater, South Paris, to purchase and install new theater equipment: $2,500
  • Center Theatre, Inc., Dover Foxcroft, to complete an energy audit for theater: $2,000
  • Denmark Arts Center, Denmark, for "Charley," an original adaptation and production of a new theater work for young people: $2,500
  • Eastport Arts Center, Eastport, for a theater lobby upgrade: $5,000
  • Everyman Repertory Theatre, Rockport, for support of its 2015 season: $3,000
  • Friends of Marsh River Theater, Brooks, to replace aging lighting: $2,500
  • Good Theater, Inc., Scarborough, to support Good Theater on Tour that will bring theatrical productions to Maine and beyond: $5,000
  • Hancock County Auditorium Associates, Ellsworth, to create and produce the Downeast Maine Playwrights Festival at The Grand: $2,500
  • LA Public Theatre, Inc., Lewiston, to support artistic fees for Maine-based professional theatrical designers for the 2014-2015 season: $2,500
  • New Surry Repertory Theatre and Acting School, Blue Hill, for the 2015 season: $3,000
  • Ogunquit Playhouse Foundation, Ogunquit, to repair the assisted-listening devices and bring an American Sign Language interpreter to the Playhouse in 2015: $2,500
  • Opera House Arts, Stonington, to create a marketing and communications director position: $4,000
  • Orono Community Theatre, Orono, for Orono Community Theatre and Ten Bucks Theatre companies to produce Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman": $1,850
  • Penobscot Theatre Company, Bangor, for acquisition and renovation of property to house its scene shop, costume stock, and resident apprentices: $5,000
  • Portland Stage Company, Inc., Portland, to support "The Whipping Man": $2,500
  • The Saco River Theatre, Bar Mills, to support The Originals' 2015 season at Saco River Theatre: $2,500
  • Theater at Monmouth, Monmouth, to support the Artist Residence Project: The Renovation of Toad Hall: $5,000