Handcrafted in Maine

Portland Stage makes everything in our building!

Our productions are handcrafted from the ground by combining the best local talent with artists from around the nation. Each season, Portland Stage produces a Mainstage Subscription Series, a Holiday Show, Co-productions with other local and national theaters, Educational programs for children both in Schools and in our Theater for Kids store font space, a festival of new work, and numerous Affiliate Artist readings and events. Over the course of one season, PS creates over 250 live performances!

How do we do it?

Two very important people on the Portland Stage team are Ted Gallant, our Technical Director, who oversees the build of each set design, and Susan Thomas, our Costume Shop Supervisor, who works with costume designers and oversees the creation of all of the costumes. In addition, our own Artistic Executive Director Anita Stewart is a set designer. Check out this article from Portland Magazine about Anita and her design process.

As the only LORT theater – LORT stands for League of Resident Theaters (the premier organization for regional theaters) – in the State of Maine, PS has a well-deserved reputation for producing high-quality productions and programs. We create live theater in Maine with the following:

  • Paid staff of twenty-three;
  • Ten interns (provided housing and weekly stipend);
  • Affiliate Artists (a group of local theater professionals);
  • Over one hundred guest actors, directors, and designers;
  • 286-seat Mainstage theater;
  • 75-seat Studio Theater;
  • 90-seat Theater for Kids;
  • Rehearsal hall;
  • Scene and costume shops.

This is handcrafted theater made in Maine, this is Portland Stage!


Crafting Illustrations for a Season