Funding Updates

Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust Grants $10,000 for K-12 Education Programs

The Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust has generously renewed its support of our K-12 Education Programs with a grant in support of our In-School Education Programs. Including the PLAY series, Directors Lab, Student Matinees, and Workshops, our Education Programs provide unique and engaging experiences for students across Maine

For more information or to bring one of our programs to your school, contact Julianne Shea at 207.774.1043 x104 or [email protected]

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

December 4, 2019

Roy A. Hunt Foundation supports Portland Stage’s Intern Programs for the 6th consecutive year!

We are extremely grateful to the Roy A. Hunt Foundation for their support of our Intern Programs in the amount of $5,000!

Portland Stage is committed to training the next generation of theater professionals through a robust intern program, which has launched the careers of over 400 theater professionals since its inception in 1980. Alumni of our intern program can be found in leadership positions in theaters throughout the US, from the Maltz Jupiter in Florida to Cleveland Play House. Currently, our General Manager, Stage Manager, Literary Manager, Education Director, Education Administrator, Costume Shop Manager, Box Office Associates, and Props Master are all former interns. Members of the 2018-19 intern company have gone on to work or continue their studies at the prestigious Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC; the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY; Columbia University; and several other institutions across the country.

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

December 3, 2019

Simmons Foundation grants Portland Stage $2,000 for our K-12 Education Programs!

We are excited to announce a new grant from The Simmons Foundation in support of our In-School K-12 Education Programs. Our Education Programs promote literacy, cultural awareness, and creative thinking, while celebrating a diversity of learning styles. We provide over 14,000 educational experiences annually for K-12th grade students in the Portland Public Schools and across the state.

For more information or to bring one of our programs to your school, contact Julianne Shea at 207.774.1043 x104 or [email protected]

The Simmons Foundation is a Maine non-profit corporation and a private charitable foundation based in Portland, Maine.

November 19, 2019

The Maine Theater Fund renews their support for Portland Stage’s 2019-20 Season!

The Maine Theater Fund has awarded Portland Stage $3,000 in support of our 2019-20 season – our 12th consecutive year of funding!

Maine Theater Fund’s award will support community engagement initiatives across our season, including Pay-What-You-Can performancesRush35Student Matinees, and our free Discussion Series. These programs enable us to provide access and engagement across a diverse audience, and we are very grateful for the continued support.

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 6, 2019

The Onion Foundation announces a Three-Year grant to Portland Stage in support of our K-12 Education Programs – $20,000 per year!

We’ve got incredible news! The Onion Foundation has selected Portland Stage as one of only 15 organizations to receive a three-year funding commitment! The grant will go towards supporting our K-12 Education Programs, providing enriching and exciting experiences for students across Maine.

The Onion Foundation is a private charitable foundation established in 2014 by Fritz and Susan Onion. It was created with the mission of encouraging conservation and stewardship of the natural environment and promoting music and the arts in the state of Maine.

November 5, 2019

Wright-Ryan Construction co-sponsoring our upcoming production of Almost, Maine for $7,500!

We are so grateful to Wright-Ryan for their sponsorship of our upcoming production of John Cariani’s Almost, Maine!

As the 21st Century unfolds, sophisticated homeowners are looking for homes that capture the essence of Maine’s architectural past but still include innovative design and technology of today. Wright-Ryan has played a key role in making this vision a reality for homeowners across the state for more than thirty years through working with an assortment of leading architects and design professionals.

Interested in learning more about how Portland Stage Corporate Partnerships can put your company in the spotlight? Please contact Beth Given, Development Director, at 207.774.1043 x110 or [email protected]

November 1, 2019

Portland Stage receives $5,000 Maine’s Bicentennial Commission’s Project Grant to support our 2020 Maine Bicentennial and Suffrage Centennial programming!

We are thrilled to announce the Maine’s Bicentennial Commission’s support of our upcoming Bicentennial and Suffrage Centennial programming through 2020, including our January production of John Cariani’s Almost, Maine!

Once part of Massachusetts, Maine became independent—very independent—in March of 1820, 200 years ago. As the official host of the celebration of the century, Maine’s Bicentennial Commission invites you to get involved in Maine200 starting now. Maine200 is the perfect occasion to explore all that makes Maine what it is today—our land and waters, history, people and institutions, challenges and successes.

October 24, 2019

Migis Hotel Group co-sponsoring our upcoming production of Almost, Maine for $10,000!

We are so grateful to the Migis Hotel Group for their sponsorship of our upcoming production of John Cariani’s Almost, Maine!

Migis Hotel Group is a Maine-based hospitality management company operating boutique hotels, destination resort properties, and award winning dining facilities that offers their guests a welcoming environment of rest and relaxation from an often hectic life. Migis believes in cultivating a unique hospitality experience that’s characterized by beautiful landscapes, comfortable accommodations, and a tradition of spectacular service, in order to create an unparalleled experience and exceptional value for time and money spent at any Migis-operated hotel, inn, resort, or restaurant.

Interested in learning more about how Portland Stage Corporate Partnerships can put your company in the spotlight? Please contact Beth Given, Development Director, at 207.774.1043 x110 or [email protected]

August 15, 2019

WEX inc. to continue their support of Portland Stage as our 2019-20 Community Engagement Sponsor with a donation of $15,000!

We are extremely grateful to announce the continuation of a wonderful partnership with WEX! Their generous donation will support our community discounted ticketing programs, such as our Pay-What-You-Can and Rush35 programs, as well as various other community engagement events and experiences over the course of our season.

Powered by the belief that complex payment systems can be made simple, WEX Inc. (NYSE: WEX) is a leading provider of payment processing and business solutions across a wide spectrum of sectors, including fleet, travel and healthcare. For more information, visit

WEX is an innovator with a focus on creativity in a corporate setting. Creative problem solving and critical thinking are cornerstones in theater, business, and community building, and support from WEX throughout our 2019/20 Season will enable Portland Stage to produce handcrafted theater made in Maine and invite audiences to join us for several exciting community events throughout the year.

Stay tuned for more information on all of the upcoming events WEX has generously made possible!

Interested in learning more about how Portland Stage Corporate Partnerships can put your company in the spotlight? Please contact Beth Given, Development Director, at 207.774.1043 x110 or [email protected]

August 10, 2019

Maine Arts Commission Awards Partnership and Arts Learning Grants to Portland Stage!

We are thrilled to announce that the Maine Arts Commission will support Portland Stage’s PLAY Program and general operations for the fifth consecutive year through its Arts Learning and Partnership Grant programs. Funding from Maine Arts Commission will help us continue to enrich our community through handcrafted Mainstage Productions, dynamic New Work Development, and innovative theater education for grades K-12.

Maine Arts Commission Arts Learning Grants provide funding to support high-quality visual or performing arts education for Pre-K – 12 students and educators. Partnership Grants provide much-needed unrestricted operating funds to arts organizations and establish a process for partnering with the Maine Arts Commission to advance the role of the arts in strengthening communities and enhancing local economies.

July 25, 2019

Portland Stage to Receive Bicentennial Tourism Enterprise Grant from the Maine Office of Tourism!

We are extremely grateful to the Maine Office of Tourism for their funding in the amount of $9,968 towards marketing costs for our 2020 production of Almost, Maine! Since its 2004 world premiere at Portland Stage, Almost, Maine has become one of the most frequently produced plays in the country. The revival production, scheduled to open in January of 2020, will star John Cariani himself, who grew up in Presque Isle and is now a Broadway star and successful playwright. John’s return to Maine to appear in this show is a brilliant example of Maine’s long history of producing talented artists, writers, and musicians. This grant will help Portland Stage to publicize the show in rural areas of the state and beyond.

The Maine Tourism Marketing Partnership Program (MTMPP) was created to assist with the implementation of marketing programs designed to stimulate and expand Maine’s travel and tourism economy by coordinating the promotional efforts of the private sector with those of the Maine Office of Tourism and Regional Destination Marketing Organizations.

Go to to learn more about the Maine Office of Tourism and their Maine programming!

July 2, 2019

Theater Development Fund to Support Open Captioning Performances at Portland Stage!

Portland Stage is thrilled to be able to provide seven open captioned performances during the 2019-20 Mainstage Season!


Open captioning is a text display of words and sounds heard during an event.  The display is positioned in such a way that it is open for anyone to see in a particular seating area.  It is considered passive assistance, a service that is there to use or ignore.  No one is labeled as needing the captioning with special equipment required at his/her seat.

For more information on our Open Captioning performances, please visit the Accessibility page on our website!

Support for Open Captioning is provided in part by the Theatre Development Fund. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

June 27, 2019

Sabina funding granted from the Moser Family Foundation!

We are thrilled to announce a $10,000 grant from The Moser Family Foundation in support of Sabina! This moving new musical by Willy Holtzman, with music by Louise Beach and lyrics by Darrah Cloud, illuminates Sabina Spielrein, a patient turned doctor, unfairly sidelined to the margins of history by two famous men in her field of psychiatry, Jung and Freud. Sabina will be produced on our mainstage in May 2020!

The Moser Family Foundation encourages a just society, a vibrant creative culture, and a sustainable environmental legacy by supporting work in the fields of justice, religion, culture, education, health, and social services.

June 17, 2019

K-12 Education Programs Receive Support from The Robert and Dorothy Goldberg Foundation!

We are extremely grateful to The Robert and Dorothy Goldberg Charitable Foundation for their support of Portland Stage’s Education Programs in the amount of $5,000! Through our K-12 Education Programs, we provide vital theater arts education to children ages 4-18, using theater as a tool to stretch imaginations and encourage valuable social and critical thinking skills.

The Robert and Dorothy Goldberg Charitable Foundation is dedicated to promoting positive change in peoples’ lives and helping build and enhance the communities in which they live. Since 2008, the Foundation has provided funding to worthy and qualified grantee organizations seeking to better the lives of others.

May 30, 2019

The Shubert Foundation Funds Portland Stage!

The Shubert Foundation has granted Portland Stage $50,000 to support our continuing work in the Performing Arts! This is the 11th consecutive year of funding from The Shubert Foundation, and the unrestricted grant will ensure that Portland Stage’s mission of creating great art, educating through theater, and enriching our community continues to be successful!

The Shubert Foundation is the nation’s largest funder dedicated to unrestricted funding of not-for-profit theaters, dance companies, professional theater training programs and related service agencies. It is dedicated to sustaining and advancing the live performing arts in the United States, with a particular emphasis on theater and a secondary focus on dance.

May 23, 2019

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

National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $27 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019.  Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $15,000 to Portland Stage to support our upcoming production of The Half-Light by Monica Wood.

In The Half-Light, a chance encounter presents a tantalizing question for a college secretary: Can anyone be trained to see the dead? Her dogged pursuit of an answer leads to a far more earthbound challenge when a colleague is felled by grief. The Half-Light is a heartwarming drama about love and purpose that examines the ghosts that live within us all. Affiliate Artist Monica Wood is the author of Papermaker, The One-in-a-Million Boy, and When We Were the Kennedys.

“The arts enhance our communities and our lives, and we look forward to seeing these projects take place throughout the country, giving Americans opportunities to learn, to create, to heal, and to celebrate,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Art Works is the Arts Endowment’s principal grantmaking program. The agency received 1,605 Art Works applications for this round of grantmaking, and will award 972 grants in this category. For more information on this National Endowment for the Arts grant announcement, visit

February 13, 2019

The PLAY Program Receives a Grant from the Edward H. Daveis Benevolent Fund!

This $2500 grant will support the ongoing implementation of the PLAY Program in the Portland Public Schools. PLAY is an educational initiative that promotes literacy for students in grades K-5 through school-wide performances of children’s books and interactive classroom workshops.

The Edward H. Daveis Benevolent Fund of the Maine Community Foundation was established by the will of his daughter, Mabel Stewart Daveis, in 1943 to honor her father and to benefit nonprofit organizations serving the Greater Portland area. The fund focuses its grantmaking on Greater Portland organizations and programs that support young children aged birth to eight, their families and teachers; as well as youth leadership for students through high school.

February 2, 2019

The Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust Supports Education Programs in the Portland Public Schools!

We are pleased to announce a $3,000 grant from the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust, which will support our free arts education programming in the Portland Public Schools. These innovative programs for grades K-12 focus on building literacy, cultural awareness, collaboration, and creative thinking through a multidimensional approach to learning.

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.

February 2, 2019