Funding Updates

Portland Stage to Receive $15,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $25 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018.  Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $15,000 to Portland Stage for our Mainstage production of Babette’s Feast.

Babette’s Feast, which runs through February 18, is a re-imagining of Isak Dinesen’s classic tale as a rich theatrical event: deep, funny, dangerous, sensual, and beautiful. It tells the story of how a refugee transforms a closed religious community by sacrificing all she has to throw a lavish dinner party. Through her radical hospitality, this mysterious woman converts her guests’ deeply held notions of scarcity and judgment and opens them up to give and receive abundant grace. Click here to purchase tickets.

The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts. For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit

February 7, 2018

Portland Stage Receives DGF Writers Alliance Grant for The Niceties and Playwright Eleanor Burgess!

This season, Portland Stage is among 10 theaters selected to receive a Writers Alliance Grant from the Dramatists Guild Foundation. This grant provides $5,000 to Portland Stage towards our Mainstage production of The Niceties, and an additional $5,000 to The Niceties playwright Eleanor Burgess.

Writers Alliance Grants are an innovation on DGF’s previous theater program, which has supported theaters for 50 years. Writers Alliance Grants are awarded in celebration of working relationships that align deeply with DGF core values. These grants reflect DGF’s commitment to ensuring writers’ contributions to theater are respected and to changing the national conversation about how writers are treated by the institutions that produce their work. Find more information and a list of this year’s recipients here.

Click here to purchase tickets to The Niceties, which runs April 3-22, 2018.

February 2, 2018

The Niceties Receives a Grant from the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust!

The Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust has awarded Portland Stage a $3,500 grant for our Mainstage production of The Niceties, which will run April 3-22, 2018. In this riveting two-person drama by Eleanor Burgess, a polite clash of ideas between a student and professor soon landslides into an explosive discussion of race, history, privilege, and social justice. We are immensely grateful to the Trust for their support of this passionate, timely new work.

The mission of the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust is to respond to the needs of the Maine communities it serves, and it is dedicated to funding five areas of interest: Social Services, Arts and Culture, Medical, Educational and Environment.

January 26, 2018

This year’s Giving Tuesday was our most successful yet!

On Tuesday, November 28th, Portland Stage raised over $3,000 in online contributions to support our handcrafted Mainstage productions, our expanding Education Programs, and our innovative New Work Development initiatives. This year’s #GivingTuesday campaign garnered more individual donations than ever before, and we are beyond grateful for the ongoing and growing support from our community.

On behalf of all of us at Portland Stage, thank you and happy holidays!

December 19, 2017

Roy A. Hunt Foundation Funds Intern Program for a Fourth Year!

The Roy A. Hunt Foundation has continued its generous support of our Intern Program with a grant of $7,500.

Portland Stage’s Intern Program, now in its 37th year, has trained over 360 theater professionals, helping young people to develop and launch successful careers in the arts since 1980. Thanks to the Roy A. Hunt Foundation’s generosity, we are able to offer our interns a stipend and housing, in addition to immersive training by experts in the field. Participants in our program have gone on to become theater artists, designers, and technicians working at creative organizations around the world.

Established in 1966, the Roy A. Hunt Foundation is an endowed resource that annually grants almost $3 million in the United States.

November 27, 2017

Directors Lab Receives $10,000 Grant from the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust!

The Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust has generously renewed its support of our Directors Lab program for a third year! This innovative program for middle- and high-schoolers brings professionally trained Teaching Artists into schools to present a 45-minute version of a Shakespeare play. The performance is followed by an interactive workshop that gives students a chance to direct excerpts from the play and explore the power of interpretation.

For more information or to bring Directors Lab to your school, contact Portland Stage Education at 207.774.1043 x104 or

The Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust is a foundation supporting conservation, preservation, culture, and education in Maine.

November 27, 2017

Portland Stage Received a Grant from the Maine Theater Fund!

The Maine Theater Fund of the Maine Community Foundation has awarded Portland Stage a $5,000 grant in support of our 2017-2018 season!

This grant will help us continue to provide many points of entry for a diverse population to engage with our productions and programs. Maine Theater Fund’s award will support community engagement initiatives across our season, including Pay-What-You-Can nights, Student Matinees, and our free Discussion Series.

Established in 2005, the goal of the Maine Theater Fund is to strengthen and sustain theater performance throughout the state. The Maine Theater Fund is designed to support professional and community theaters in the production and presentation of live theater.

November 8, 2017