Portland Stage, Maine’s largest fully professional, non-profit theater, is committed to providing the finest productions for audiences in a broad region of Northern New England. Founded in 1974 as the Profile Theater, Portland Stage currently produces:
- Mainstage: A season of seven shows that play to over 50,000 people annually.
- Studio Theater: New and experimental work in our 75-seat Studio Theater.
- New Works: From Away, Little Festival of the Unexpected, and the Clauder Competition.
- Education Programs: Play Me a Story, Classes, Vacation Camps, Summer Theater Camps, PlayNotes, Student Matinees, PLAY in Schools, Directors Lab, and Classroom Workshops.
- Affiliate Artists Events: Longfellow’s Shorts and invited readings.
This variety of programming is designed to meet the needs of a broad cross-section of our population.
In producing this work, Portland Stage auditions both locally and in New York, and then brings the artists – actors, director, designers, and technicians – together in Portland to rehearse the show. Each production is created specifically for our audiences.
As a member of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT), Portland Stage is committed to using actors who are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the professional actors union. Having a relationship with Equity is more than a commitment to hiring professional actors… it is one of the steps that Portland Stage takes to ensure the highest quality theater experience possible for artists as well as audience members.
Portland Stage plays a pivotal role in the life of our community by providing the experience of theater for our audience and by making that experience one which enlightens and adds insight into our world.