Anita has been Artistic Director since 1996 and is one of the few professional theater designers in the United States serving in a leadership role at a regional theater. As Executive & Artistic Director, Stewart is responsible for keeping Portland Stage’s mission and vision in focus, both onstage and off.


Portland Stage staff is comprised of theater professionals from Maine, New England and around the country. Portland Stage also employs an Apprentice Company of 10-12 young professionals that play an integral role in producing a Portland Stage season.

Board of Trustees

The Portland Stage Board of Trustees is comprised of 23 community members who are passionate about the arts, and who come from all walks of life, representing many of Maine’s private and public sectors. As the governing body of Portland Stage, the Board of Trustees holds the organization in trust for our community, ensuring the theater’s ongoing artistic mission and fiscal health and responsibility.

Affiliate Artists

The Affiliate Artists are local theater professionals who have longstanding ties to Portland Stage. Affiliate Artists have worked as actors, directors and educators, and play a prominent role in the artistic life of Portland Stage.