Portland Stage Events

No matter your age or background there is something here for everyone. Check our Events Calendar for specific dates and times. See our Affiliate Artist Events below as well as our Discussion Series.  We will see you at the theater!

Portland Stage Artists and friends discuss why Portland Stage is their Artistic Home.


The Portland Stage Affiliate Artists present and participate in a diverse range of programs each season dedicated to exploring new theatrical works, bringing the written word to the stage, and welcoming the community into the theater.
Click here for an upcoming list of Affiliate Artists Events.


Maine Crime Writers Staged Reading | Monday Jan 30, Complimentary Reception at 6:30pm & Reading at 7pm, Pay-What-You-Can

In conjunction with Portland Stage’s production of Arsenic and Old Lace, Affiliate Artists and other local actors will read selections from the work of Maine Crime Writers: Gerry Boyle, Brenda Buchanan, Paul Doiron, Chris Holm and Julia Spencer-Fleming. This one-of-a-kind evening will offer some juicy excerpts of the latest crime novels from some of Maine’s favorite crime writers.


Click here for more information about our Studio Series.

From Away | Nov 1st, 2016 Readings

Produced in collaboration with the International Writing Program at The University of Iowa. From Away brings talented writers from around the world to Portland for readings and discussion of their work.  Check our website for this year’s visiting writers.


A week-long new play development workshop, Little Festival, puts our audience in front row seats with a spotlight on the writing process. Little Festival focuses on nurturing selected writers with time and space to develop their work and share it in-process with a responsive audience after intensive rehearsals with professional directors, dramaturgs and actors. Audience participate in the creative process by watching the readings and sharing ideas in discussions. Portland Stage has a strong tradition of bringing work from Little Festival to the Mainstage. This pre-production development time is invaluable in fostering a dialogue between collaborating artists, audience and the theater.

Look for Little Festival of the Unexpected May 2017.


FROM AWAY | November 1, 2016

From Away happens each fall and is produced in collaboration with the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. From Away brings talented writers from around the world to Portland for readings and discussion of their work. By presenting work by writers who are highly acclaimed in other countries yet not known in the United States, this program introduces our audience to a diversity of world views, ideas and cultures. Past writers have come from Cuba, Tajikistan, Singapore, Hungary, Russia and Nigeria.

For More Information About From Away


Dialogue between artists and audience is an integral part of our creative process! Portland Stage hosts three free audience discussions for the general public during the run of each production on our Mainstage. Patrons interested in attending either of the post-show discussions (The Artistic Perspective or Curtain Call) are welcome to come to the discussion even if they have not attended the preceding performance – just plan to arrive at the theater at the time the performance gets out!


    The Artistic Perspective, hosted by Artistic Director Anita Stewart, is an opportunity for audience members to delve deeper into the themes and creative questions behind each production through conversation with special guests. A different scholar, visiting artist, playwright, or other expert will join the discussion each time. The Artistic Perspective discussions are held after the first Sunday matinee performance.


    Page to Stage discussions are presented in partnership with the Portland Public Library. These discussions, led by Portland Stage artistic staff, provide insight into the literary and social aspects of the play, as well as exploring the challenges of bringing a particular play to the stage. Page to Stage is held at the Portland Public Library at 12:00 noon the Tuesday after a show opens. Feel free to bring your lunch!


    Curtain Call discussions offer a rare opportunity for audience members to talk about the production with the performers, exploring topics that range from the rehearsal process to character development to issues raised by the work. Curtain Call discussions are held after the second Sunday matinee performance.