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Midcoast theater groups among MaineCommunity grant recipients

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 3:00pm

Four local theater companies will receive a portion of a total $76,829 divided into 17 grants and awarded by The Maine Theater Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. The grants aim to support professional and community theaters in the production and presentation of live theater.

Everyman Repertory Theatre, of Rockport; Midcoast Actors Studio, of Belfast; Marsh River Theater, of Brooks; and Waldo Theatre Inc., of Waldoboro, will use their new funds in various ways.

An anonymous couple who recognized the connection between vibrant communities and support for the arts established the Maine Theater Fund in 2005 to strengthen and sustain theater performance throughout the state.

Awards are typically between $2,500 and $5,000, according to the Foundation, in a news release.

2020 Grants

 Acadia Repertory Theatre, Somesville, to replace the theatre’s 40-year-old lighting system: $3,000

 Arts & Cultural Alliance of Freeport, for the purchase of a sound system for Meetinghouse Arts: $5,000

 Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath, to replace ticketing and donation system: $5,000

 Community Little Theater, Auburn, for the theatrical rights and expenses for the production of AR Gurney’s Love Letters: $4,000

 Crowbait Club, Portland, for “King of Crows IX,” the yearly production of the winners of the monthly Theatre Deathmatch for 10-minute plays: $2,000

 Dramatic Repertory Company, Portland, to fund the 2020-2021 season, including two Maine premier productions: $5,000

Everyman Repertory Theatre, Rockport, to present the 2021 season of plays that celebrate the arts in Maine and the state’s history: $5,000

 Friends of St. Lawrence Church, Portland, to supplement operating funds for maintenance of the Parish Hall Theater: $3,000

Marsh River Theater, Brooks, for new lights: $5,000

 Mayo Street Arts, Portland, to renovate the box office and concessions area to ADA standards: $5,000

Midcoast Actors Studio, Belfast, to provide quality year-round theatre opportunities in the new performance space at the former Waldo County Courthouse: $5,000

 Ogunquit Playhouse Foundation, to help offset the costs of COVID-19 personal protective equipment and safety upgrades for the 2021 season re-opening: $5,000

 Portland Lyric Theater, to install an air purification system to improve indoor air quality, preparing for safe opening: $5,000

 Saco River Theatre, to complete construction of staff/performer restrooms in the basement of the building: $5,000

 Terra Moto Inc., South Portland, to produce MAINEUSA: The History of Maine from the Ice Age till Now in July 2021 at Portland Players Theater followed by statewide performances: $5,000

 Theater at Monmouth, to produce TopDog/UnderDog by Suzan Lori Parks as part of TAM’s (R)evolutionary Season Redux: $5,000

Waldo Theatre Inc., to purchase and install essential flame-retardant stage masking curtains and the required stage rigging: $4,829


The next deadline for applications is September 15, 2021. Guidelines, application and a list of recent grants are available at The 2020 grants are also listed below.


Headquartered in Ellsworth, with additional personnel in Portland, Dover-Foxcroft, Rockport, and Mars Hill, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to provide strong investments, personalized service, local expertise, and strategic giving to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. To learn more about the foundation, visit