Funding Updates

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.

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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

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