2017-2018 Annual Report




The Theater of Maine



Mission, Values & Vision

Portland Stage is a creative hub. Our core Mainstage productions are

selected and handcrafted by and for our community, and our innovative

Education and New Work Programs are designed to nurture and sustain

future generations of theater-makers and theater-goers.

We are committed to creating great art, passionate about using the

theater to educate, and dedicated to enriching our community.


New Work


Board of Trustees


Greg Lanou


Benjamin Bertram

Samantha Bowen

Angie Bryan

Fredric Farber

Lindsay Hancock

Stella Hernandez

Barry Holmes

Kristen Jacobson

Stephen Jenks

John F. Leonard IV

Elizabeth Margolis-Pineo

Moriah Moser

Sara A. Murphy

Darrell Pardy

Hilary Rapkin

Venita Simcock

Robin Talbot

Nelson A. Toner

Anne Wade

Board members as of Fall 2018


Dear Friends,

I am thrilled to present Portland Stage’s 2017-18 Annual

Report—a summary of our accomplishments and

investments over the past twelve months, none of which

would have been possible without your support.

In the past year, Portland Stage produced two world

premieres by female playwrights, received over

170 submissions for the next Clauder playwriting

competition, and reached 65 schools across the state

with our innovative Education Programs.

We began the process of switching all lighting

instruments throughout our 100+ year old building to

energy efficient LED fixtures, and secured generous

funding from the Davis Family Foundation to begin

installing LED fixtures in the Mainstage theater.

Anita Stewart, our treasured Artistic & Executive

Director, was inducted into the University of New

England’s Deborah Morton Society, for “outstanding

women who have achieved high distinction in their

careers and public service, or whose leadership in civic,

cultural or social causes has been exceptional.”

What a year it has been! We hope you will join us in

celebrating our success, and we thank you for continuing

to support all we do.


Greg Lanou

President, Board of Trustees

Pictured (left to right): Kristen Jacobson, Anne Wade, Moriah Moser, Fredric Farber, Robin Talbot, John F. Leonard IV, Darrell Pardy, Hilary Rapkin, Barry Holmes, Greg Lanou,

Angie Bryan, Sara A. Murphy, Stella Hernandez, Benjamin Bertram, Venita Simcock, Elizabeth Margolis-Pineo

Not Pictured: Samantha Bowen, Lindsay Hancock, Stephen Jenks, Nelson A. Toner

100% board

participation in

2017-18 Annual Fund


Trustees and guests at the Spring Gala



• Mainstage


• New Work


• Education


• Community



• Financial

Statement &



• Special Events

& Fundraising


• Donors


• Volunteers


• Staff & Interns


• Strategic Goals



Portland Stage’s Mainstage productions are created from the ground up by combining the best local talent with

professional artists from across the nation. Our Mainstage is the core of who we are and what we do; during the

2017-18 season alone, we presented over 195 performances to upwards of 50,000 audience members from across

New England.

Our world premiere production of

Babette’s Feast transferred to NYC

following a hugely successful run—the

2 nd highest grossing

subscription show in PS history!



Portland Stage

announced our


program beginning in FY19,

a revamped subscription model with

more flexibility and added benefits

for our core supporters

4 of 6

plays in our Mainstage Season

were written by female playwrights,

and we received a 2018

50/50 Applause Award

for Gender Equity in Theatre

from the International Centre for

Women Playwrights

Our production of Lady Day at

Emerson’s Bar and Grill

delighted audiences

and explored the timely issues

of addiction and race relations



Portland Stage promotes and celebrates the creation of new plays in New England. We establish an environment

that supports our region’s playwrights, builds bridges between our theater and local writers, and raises awareness

of our art form and the work being created in New England with our Studio Series workshops and readings, the

Clauder Competition, and the Little Festival of the Unexpected. Additionally, we host the annual From Away festival

in collaboration with the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, where writers from across the

globe come to Portland to share their work with our community.


Two new plays

headed for the


in the 2018-19 season were developed at Little

Festival of the Unexpected and in a Studio

Series Workshop: The Half-Light by Monica

Wood and Refuge Malja by

Bess Welden

We received

171 submissions

to the Clauder Competition, New

England’s most prestigious playwriting

award, each of which will receive at

least two evaluations and written


Portland Stage received our first

Dramatists Guild

Foundation Writers

Alliance Grant

for The Niceties by Eleanor

Burgess, which has since

moved on to productions at

The Huntington (Boston),

Manhattan Theatre Club

(NYC), and McCarter Theatre

Center (Princeton).

Our Affiliate Artist and

Studio Series productions were

hugely successful, with

sold out performances

of Dustin Tucker’s Haunting Hour,

and The Roommate, written by

Jen Silverman and directed by

Eileen Phelan



Education is central to the mission of Portland Stage, and we offer vital theater arts education for pre-K to 12th grade

students through our In-School and In-Theater programming in the Susie Konkel Theater for Kids. All classes and

workshops are taught by professionally trained Teaching Artists and focus on literacy, cultural awareness,

imaginative problem-solving, collaborative play, and creative thinking. Our teaching philosophy highlights process

over product, deepening students’ ability to analyze, synthesize, and think critically while making connections to the

thoughts and ideas behind the written word.

Students in the

PLAY Program

learned a stanza from the Richard Blanco

poem “One Today,” created their own

versions of the poem as a class, and

performed the poem at their full school

assembly in front of their peers


Our Education

Programs reached

65 schools

during the 2017-18 season;

9 more schools

than the previous year!

Our inaugural


Teen Company

student ensemble created a fully-staged

performance of Shakespeare’s

Macbeth, directed by Education

Director Hannah Cordes



Portland Stage offers many points of entry for a diverse population, and

plays a pivotal role in the life of our community by providing the experience

of theater for our audience and by making that experience one which

enlightens and adds insight into our world. The variety of our programming

is designed to meet the needs of a broad cross-section of our population,

reaching from rural Maine to the city of Portland, from Boston to the

County, from Fryeburg to Rumford.

Through the intimate, personal exchanges that happen through live theater

and hands-on programs, we help to shape our community and build greater

understanding of the “other.” We interpret and share stories from around

the world to better understand ourselves and our place in the world.

Our Food Drive surrounding

Babette’s Feast garnered


pounds of donated food for

Wayside Food Programs

We executed extensive community engagement

surrounding Babette’s Feast, including an

audience and awarenessbuilding


for local Cultural, Faith, and Community Leaders

at Tony Award-winning Lighting Designer

Christopher Akerlind’s home


In partnership with Pine

Tree Society, we welcomed

Portland’s deaf and hearingimpaired

community for an



of The Niceties by

Eleanor Burgess


We began a series of



to share our strategic plan with Donors and

Members, garnering excellent feedback

and suggestions we are already in the

process of implementing

Portland Stage promotes access to the theater through multiple

channels, including Pay-What-You-Can performances, discounted

Rush35 tickets for patrons 35 and under, subsidized Student

Matinees, and partner organizations that receive complimentary

tickets. Beyond our Mainstage productions, we engage audiences

through discussions, new play readings, and Affiliate Artist

events, many of which are free or pay-what-you-can.

During the 2018-19 season, we will establish a Community

Engagement Advisory Committee to focus on building new

audiences and broadening our range of partner organizations.

We continued to

build audiences through

Engagement Events

including Wit & Wisdom, Maine Crime

Writers, and our Rush35 Young Patrons

program featuring pre-show parties with

complimentary food and beverages



Our Endowment

exceeded $1M

and is currently greater

than the balance on

our mortgage



individuals $418,724

grants and foundations $196,200

corporations, events, bequest, $116,491

endowment, infrastructure


single tickets/group sales $687,662

additional (rentals, advertising, $661,068

in-kind, investments)

memberships $394,098

education $131,955

Total Revenue: $2,606,198


Net Gain

Assets 2017 2018 TOTAL 2017: 3,286,879 TOTAL 2018: 3,117,484


$550,141 $396,988

Accounts/Pledges Receivable

$15,000 $7,019


Prepaid Expenses

Bequest Portion

Property & Equipment

(Less Accumulated Depreciation)

Other Assets (Bequests, Investments)

$25,216 $38,332

$48,000 $50,000

$1,389,361 $1,293,449

$1,259,161 $1,331,696

Individual Giving

grew by

over 12%

in FY18!

Rush35 membership


by 55%

Complete audited financial statements are available upon request.

from FY17 to FY18!




staff $336,888

marketing $241,118

admin. costs/benefits $127,543

additional (devel., events, facilities) $5,427







Outside Greater




Total Expenses: $2,568,472


actors/guest artists $512,266

production & performance costs $454,209

education $396,396

additional (in-kind, deprec., infrastructure) $202,557

facilities/occupancy $200,148

royalties $91,920





Greater Portland



2017 2018 TOTAL 2017: 1,742,098 TOTAL 2018: 1,534,977

Notes Payable

$1,091,979 $950,169

In FY18, we prepaid

$100K towards our mortgage,

saving $100K

in interest and allowing us to retire

the mortgage two and a half

years early!

Accounts Payable/Accrued Expenses

Deferred Revenue

Other Liabilities (Notes, Leases, Deposits)

$37,158 $28,626

$594,636 $542,282

$18,325 $13,900

2017 Net Assets:


2018 Net Assets:


Complete audited financial statements are available upon request.



Throughout the season, Portland Stage hosts several interactive and informative events that showcase different

elements of all we do—from production, to new work, to education. Participants meet staff and artists, often

rubbing elbows with fellow supporters over wine and cheese, and attendees leave knowing more about how

Portland Stage is accomplishing our mission of art, education, and community. Our special events are a great

opportunity for our corporate partners to gain visibility throughout our community, and we are always eager to

work with local businesses in developing customized partnership packages that highlight corporate

contributions to Maine’s cultural dialogue.

In FY18, we expanded our sponsorship

opportunities beyond the Mainstage,

and secured three new corporate

partners, The Cedars, Verdante /

NewHeight Group, and Spinnaker Trust,

who joined our long-time Mainstage

show sponsors: Migis Hotel Group,

WEX, LL Bean, and Wright-Ryan


Our Spring Gala Cabaret

Soirée, generously supported by

Acadia Insurance and Spinnaker Trust,

raised over $40,000

in a single evening, and was our most

successful auction in recent years,

raising over $16,000 in support

of our Intern Program alone

We placed our donors center

stage during a fantastic


Appreciation Event

sponsored by WEX with delicious

local fare from Lolita

We raised over


in online contributions on

November 28th: the most successful

Giving Tuesday in

Portland Stage history!




Investing in Portland Stage makes a lasting difference in so many ways. The generosity of corporations, foundations,

and individual donors alike enables us to surround the work on our Mainstage with education, new work development,

and community engagement initiatives that deepen and broaden the impact of the shows themselves. Tax-deductible

contributions keep Portland Stage a vital, relevant, inclusive, and engaging theater, and ultimately, ensure the

fulfillment of our mission and the enrichment of our community.

Donor Spotlight:

Kristin & Ken Conant

“We have been season ticket holders

and supporters of Portland Stage for ten

years. We like to support the arts, and

Portland Stage goes beyond just producing

a show. We have connected with Portland

Stage’s emphasis on thought-provoking

shows, talented actors, and behind-thescenes

support that has been remarkable.

We really like the initiative for the next

generation by making education a priority

for so many students.”

“Last season, all the

shows were great, and The

Niceties was the most memorable.

The points and counterpoints about

privilege and social justice were very

eye opening. Two strong actresses

gave believable accounts from their

perspective, and it was so easy to see

their respective points of view

during the show.”


PORTLAND STAGE DONORS 2016-2017 (cont.)

2017-18 DONORS


Edwin F. Gamble Charitable Lead Trust

Jennifer Carolyn King & Timothy Fredel

Susie Konkel

The Shubert Foundation

PRODUCER ($25,000 - $49,999)

East Point Fund of the Maine

Community Foundation

George & Cheryl Higgins

Harry W. Konkel

Portland Education Foundation


($15,000 - $24,999)

Brooks Family Foundation

Sam L. Cohen Foundation

Davis Family Foundation

Edgerton Foundation

Libra Foundation

National Endowment for the Arts


($10,000 - $14,999)

Anonymous (3)

L.L. Bean

Maine Arts Commission

Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust

Moriah Moser & Dan Morgenstern, MD

Anna Marie & John E. Thron Fund of

the Maine Community Foundation

DIRECTOR ($5,000 - $9,999)


The Cedars

Creative Gift Foundation

Dramatists Guild Foundation

Fisher Charitable Foundation

Maine Theater Fund of the Maine

Community Foundation

Migis Hotel Group

Judy Miskell

NewHeight Group

Roy A. Hunt Foundation

Anne Wade & Gil Hagan


Wright-Ryan Homes


($2,500 - $4,999)

Jonathan & Nancy Aldrich

Drs. James & Susan Carter

Chadwick-Loher Foundation

Debra L. Coyman

Diversified Communications

Austin & Eileen Farrar

Ron & Donna Forest

Ed & Jan Gerry

Alison & Horace Hildreth

Stephen & Carolyn Jenks

Peter & Kathleen Leslie

Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust

Carole Palmer

Darrell Pardy & Carolyn Hughes

Hilary Rapkin & William Stiles

Maxine Sclar & Robert J. Yamartino

Ralph T. Perry & Mary Louise


BACKER ($1,000 - $2,499)

Acadia Insurance Company

Dan & Joan Amory

Anonymous (2)

Audio ‘D’ & Finetone

Tenney & Newell Augur

Bernstein Shur

Benjamin & Judy Bertram

Drs. Pat & Carl Bredenberg

Jane G. Briggs

Patricia A. Clark

Coffee By Design

Ken & Kristin Conant

Doug & Carolyn Davis

Dr. & Mrs. Joseph R.D. DeKay

Helen Dickey & David G. Fitz Charitable

Fund of the U.S. Charitable Gift Trust

DLMC Foundation

Thomas L. Hinkle & Gary Duford

Apple Lane Foundation

Lisa Gorman

The Robert & Dorothy Goldberg

Charitable Foundation

Bob & Marge Healing

Barry & Brenda Holmes

Phyllis Jalbert

Chris Johnston

David & Lynn Jourdan

Jamie & Beth Kilbreth

Sara Kingdon & Dmitry Opolinsky

Greg Lanou & Tracy Skillin-Lanou

Kenneth Spirer & Joan Leitzer

Daniel Marra & Barbara Leonard

Machias Savings Bank

Sara Murphy & Peter Wetzel

Ann & Ted Noyes

Lincoln & Allison Paine

Phillips-Green Foundation

H.M. Payson & Co.

Malcolm & Patti Poole

Harry & Anne Pringle

James & Jane Puiia

Redmond Family Foundation

Elaine Rosen

Louis F. & Prudence H. Ryan

John Ryan & Jenny Scheu

The Babbling Brook Fund at Schwab


Stephen D. Sears & Cathy Sears

Venita & Mike Simcock

Maggie & Stacy Stevens

Nelson & Lisa Toner

Jane Wellehan

Gretchen Wetzel & Cindy Halliday

Peregrine Whittlesey

Bryon Winn & Mauria Brough

Sue Yandell

INVESTOR ($500 - $999)

Joy & Chip Ahrens

Anonymous (3)

Sally & Ron Bancroft

Beim Foundation

Gunard Erik Bergman

Don & Diane Bessey

Ro & John Bloom

Brann & Isaacson

Malcolm Burson & Eleanor Goldberg

Lindsey & Andrew Cadot

Beth De Tine

Carol De Tine & Roger F. Woodman, Jr.

John C. Everett

Karen & Fredric Farber

Jim & Betsy Fitzgerald

Ken & Cheryl Freye

Timothy Cloudman & Lori Garon

James Gertmenian & Susan King

David L. & Jane Weiman Good

Becky Hunt & John Monroe

James G. & Carolyn Birmingham


John M. Robinson Fund of the Maine

Community Foundation

Sheila & Philip Jordan

Peter & Nancy Kaye

Brigitte & Hal Kingsbury

Lincoln & Gloria Ladd

Benjamin Lund

Maine Humanities Council

Elizabeth & David Margolis-Pineo

Rob & Doris McAfee

Irv Meeker

Chip Newell & Susan Morris

Leonard & Nancy Nemon

Janet O’Toole

Eric Pronovost

Charles W. & Melissa G. Redman

Dixon & Susan Myer Riley

Bill & Mary Earl Rogers

Peter L. Sheldon

Joseph & Susan Spagnola

Spinnaker Trust

Wendy & Eric Suehrstedt

Robin Talbot

Nina & Robert Trowbridge

Ashley Wernher-Collins & Scott Collins

Monica Wood & Daniel Abbott

Gail & Melvyn Zarr

SUPPORTER ($250 - $499)

John & Judy Adelman

Janice B. Adler

Anonymous (2)

Aventure Management

Elizabeth & Ted Baker

Mary G. Barthelman

Holly & John Benoit

Robert & Kristin Buckwalter

John Cariani

Marilyn Coburn

Nancy Crowell

Karen Day

Barbey & Ned Dougherty

Mary C. Doughty

Susi Eggenberger & Doug Rogers

Elizabeth Ehrenfield

Michael & Jill Epstein

James Flannery

Nicholas & Barbara Fowler

Phyllis & Bernard Givertz

Dr. Jane Glass

Matthew & Lynn Goldfarb

Dawn Hagin & Adam Policky

Peter & Janice Hanson

Ways to Give

Individual Support

Recurring Gifts

Company Match

Corporate Partnership

Planned Giving

Peter & Judith Haynes

Roslyn & Stefan Hershfield

Willard Hertz

Barry Hilton

Willy Holtzman

Stephen & Suzanne Irish

Robin Ishmael

Herbert & Kathleen Janick

C. David Keith & Stephen Simpson

Bud & Wendy Kellett

Margery Kerr

Dennis & Sandra King

Jeremy Moser & Laura Kittle

Ed Reed & Marilyn Lalumiere

Steve & Polly Larned

Richard & Nancy Lemieux

Emily & Dick MacKenzie

William & Paige Mangum

Jan McCormick

William A. McCue

Roger & Latie McLean

Rick & Debby Molander

J. Mason & Margaret Morfit

Jeffrey & Rowan Morse

Michael Nash & Janice Gregg


2017-18 DONORS cont’d

Dr. Richard & Sandra Neiman

Lenny & Merle Nelson

James & Judith Parkhill

Mr. & Mrs. John Paterson

Richard & Carolyn Peterson

Hugh & Norma Phelps

Jed & Landace Porta

Lew & Peggy Pusch

Nancy & Frank Read

Scott Horton & Leslie Richfield

Jennifer Sarah & Joe O’Donnell

Tracy Schroeder & Ken Rotner

Curtis & Cornelia Scribner

William Shain & Sandra Lipsey

Sallyanne Ryan & Jack Shea

Rick & Celeste Shinay

Carol & Alan Sockloff

Drs. David & Heidi Spencer

Cathy Stankard & Gregg Palmer

Susan Stephens

Bud & Susan Stiker

David & Kathleen Stuchiner

Deborah & Hall Thompson

Adam R. Travis

Meg Thompson Villarreal

Nancy R. Wade

Natalie West & Robert Sellin

Kay White

Tom & Wilo Wright

Anne B. Zill

FRIEND ($100-$249)

Christenia Alden-Kinne

Richard & Bonnie Anderson

Anonymous (3)

Martha Arterberry

Charles & Sylvia Asbury

Greta Averbach & Jamie Popkin

Robert & Linda Ayotte

Ann Babbitt

Steve & Brenda Babirak

Peter & Lyn Ballou

Lisa Bals

Rae & Jim Barnes

Sue Bernhard & Matthew Fitzgerald

Stephen Ryan & James Bishop

Richard Boisvert

Samantha Bowen

Jim & Sarah Bowie

Nona & Doug Boyink

Jamie Hogan & Marty Braun

Norman & Emily Breitner

Susan Bruce & Rick Hauck

Dan & Dale Bryant

Deborah A. Buccina

Bruce Stone & Linda Burns

Thomas & Pamela Carnicelli

Paul & Stephanie Castle

Dianne Chilmonczyk

Andrew & Judith Coburn

Jacqueline Cohen

Daggett & Parker

George Davenport

Endicott & Nanette Davison

Jerome & Erin Devlin

Barbara & Gil Dichter

Jonathan & Bonnie Dietz

Jane Doyle

Mary Lou Dyer

Nancy Egan & J. Otey Smith

David Ellenstein

Marvin Ellison & Frank Brooks

Sheri & Matt Poftak

John & Katherine Emory

James & Diana Fallon

Mr. & Mrs. James M. Farr

John Fay

Molly Felton

Herbert & Alice Ferran

David N. Fisher

Dr. & Mrs. David Flavin

David Fluharty & Linda Hjortland

Rich Evans & Jean Foy

Gerald & Barbara Freeman

Susan Garfield & Lynda Mullen

Terry & Mandy Garmey

George & Martha Gilmore

Kathleen A. Gooding

Peter and Carin Green

Foster Greene

Richard & Anna Hamilton

Deborah F. Hammond

Carl & Jeannie Hamrin

Lindsay & Bill Hancock

Lilian Hanstein & Josh Galvin

Janet Henry & Vernon Moore

Karen Herold & Mark Isaacson

Willard Hertz

Helaine & D. Brock Hornby

Sharyn Howell

Elizabeth & Christopher Hunt

Susan E. Hunter

Jennifer Hutchins

Sue & Bob Isler

Sandra Jensen & Samuel Broaddus

Allen S. & Sarah S. Johnson

Daisy Kaplan

Patrick & Valerie Kelly

Judith Kennedy

David & Linda Kirstein

David Kling

Sheera LaBelle & Greg Adams

Neil & Cathy Lamb

Dr. Lois Lamdin

Stephen Legawiec & Dana Wieluns


John F. Leonard IV

Susan A. Leonard

Mike & Meg LePage

Calien Lewis & Martha Mickles

Burke & Judith Long

Terri Lorenz

Marion Lundgren

Jane & John Lunt

Lauren Manera

Susan Margonelli

John & Jean Marr

John & June McClean

Susan & Frank Mc Ginty

Wil & Marty Meacham

Frank & Nancy Miles

Ellie & Charlie Miller

Jim Millinger

Risa & Richard Moon

Bruce Moore & Jan Chapman

Conner & Wendy Moore

Mary K. & K. Scott Morrison

Lynda Murphy

Dr. & Mrs. Donald L. Murray

Robert & Susan Nielsen

Mary Snell & Irwin Novak

John & Karen O’Brien

Shawn P. O’Neil

David & Susan Offer

John & Denise Palmer

Richard & Carole Palmer

Richard & Patricia Parker

Tyler & Terri Patterson

Robert J. & Joanne Perry

Kate Phenix

Randy & Katharine Pike

Victoria S. Poole

William & Dana Poole

Carole A. Pope

Lloyd & Nancy Porter

Hope Putnam

Lenore & Norman Rapkin

Richard & Shirley Reese

Janice M. Rey

Jan Roberson


Joan G. Rogers

Donald & Constance Rose

Larry & Robin Rubinstein

Dr. & Mrs. Hilton Ryder

Jeff & Susan Saffer

Glenys & Joas Salas

Glenn & Sonnhilde Saunders

Carol Schreck

Mike & Pam Schwotzer

Sandra Scully

Mr. & Mrs. Frank Seabury II

Ellen Seidman

Joan & Nick Semenuk

John & Elizabeth Serrage

Orrin & Linda Shane

Linda Shary & Jeffrey Logan

Julie Shelton-Grimshaw

John & Janice Siegle

Richard & Lynne Silkman

Douglas Simpson

David Small & Betty Bricker-Small

Kevin Smith & Michelle Cacho-Negrete

Sarah Smith

Anne Spencer

T. Douglas & Shirley Stenberg

Lynn & Allen Stevens

Frank & Carrie Strasburger

Kristin G. Sweeney

Redd & Sue Swindells

Volney & Kathleen Taylor

Frederick & Alalia Thaler

Adam Thibodeau

Linden Thigpen

Carolyn H. Thomas

Nancy & Bruce Tindal

Gaynor Tucker

Louise Tuski

Richard & Elsa van Bergen

Cheslye & John Ventimiglia

Elizabeth Volckening

Gail & Douglas Volk

Patty & Lyle Voss

Brian & Mary Anne Wallace

Mary Lee Ward

Randall Weill & Catherine Coughlin

David & Susan Wheatland

Robert Whitten

The Wigobels

David & Elise Wilson

Judy & Norman Wilson

Ms. Lois Winter & Ms. Val Healey

Rick & Janet Wolf

Daniel Wyman

Bill & Patty Zimmerman


Ann Higgins

given by Christopher & Lisa Langevin

George & Cheryl Higgins

given by Kathy Silvia

George & Cheryl Higgins

given by Monica Stevenson

Millicent S. Monks

given by Bonnie Porta & Bobby Monks

The Schardt/Lodish Family

given by Arlie Schardt & Bonnie Nelson


2017-2018 TRADES / IN-KIND ($2500+)

Down East Magazine

The Forecaster

The Gorham Times

Jamie Hogan


Maine Lawyers Review

The Portland Phoenix

Portland Press Herald / MaineToday


Pratt Abbott

The Times Record

Xpress Copy





It takes a lot of hands and helpers to produce the exceptional work on our

Mainstage, and Volunteers support Portland Stage in many ways. We are always

looking for ushers, greeters, stitchers, and more, and all volunteers are

encouraged to make as big or as small a time commitment as they can. We are

eternally grateful to our 2017-18 Volunteers, many of whom have been

donating their time and talent to Portland Stage for years!

Volunteer Spotlight:

Sophaktra Heng

“My favorite memory of the 2017-18 season was

ushering during It’s A Wonderful Life. I enjoyed

it so much, I went and saw it again with my

sisters. Also, I have to say, there’s something

about the holidays: seeing families laughing and

enjoying their time together while watching a

holiday show at Portland Stage always brings

a sense of warmth and nostalgia. And as

a patron, there isn’t a holiday show my family

and I ever miss, whether it’s A Christmas Carol,

It’s A Wonderful Life, Snow Queen, or another

holiday show. I know my family and I will always

be there for it!”

“I have only been

volunteering at Portland Stage

for two and a half years, but it certainly

feels like much longer than that! I’ve always

loved theater, and have seen a few Broadway and

Off-Broadway shows, and I thought volunteering as

an usher at Portland Stage would be a great way to

continue enjoying that passion. Additionally,

it’s always a treat to hear what the patrons

thought of a show

(always good things)!”


Greg Adams

Deb Alford

Bonnie Amadei

Joan Anderson

Nancy Anderson

Rosemary Anderson

Debbie Andrews

Sharon Ash Tancredi

Steven Barmore

Wendy Barmore

Steve Bates

Katherine Beach

Allen Belsheim

Karin Belsheim

Dotty Bennett

Gene Bergoffen

Sue Bergoffen

Claire Bilodeau

Eric Blanchard

Judith Blanchard

Linda Blanton

Kristina Boissonneault

Samantha Bowen

Cindy Boyd

Janice Boyko

Jim Boyko

Ann Bragdon

Jim Braley

Meg Braley

Kristine Brassard

Meg Broderick

Shannon Broderick

Bruce Brown

Diana Brown

Connie Burns

Kira Carey

Susan Carlson

Eleanor Carolan

Meghan Casey

Jennifer Caven

Jan Chapman

Louis Christen

Patrick Christian

Kathy Clark

Pamela Cleghorn

Wayne Cobb

Jana Coffin

Jon Coffin

Susan Comyns

Megan Connelly

Michael Connolly

Anne Marie Craven

Paul Craven

Lynne Cullen

Linda Curran

Jim Czimbal

Judi Czimbal

Anne Daly

Laurie Davis

Patricia Davis

Anne Demers

Elizabeth Doane

Espahbad Dodd

Elizabeth Dodson

Paul Dodson

Priscilla Donahue

Ellin Doyle

Ann Dugovic

George Dugovic

Betsy Dunphy

Denise Dwyer

David Dyer

Alleen Eastwood

Carol Eisenberg

Elias Eisenberg

Mary Ellms

Sheila Emple

Richard Estabrook

Jody Fein

Linda Fenton

Susan Fine

Anne Fisher

Brenda Fox

Devon Freeman

Michelle Frye

Sally Gaffney

Buzz Gautreau

Daryl Geer

Ginny Gentile

Laurie Gingrich

Gaetane Gonyea

Jo Ann Goodman

Wayne Goodman

Benson Gray

Paula Greenlee

Mary Griffin

Brooke Hamilton

Lindsay Hancock

Andrea Handel

Tom Handel

James Hastrich

Laurie Hasty

Barb Hauke

Steve Hauke

Ann Havener

Jacqueline Hawkins

Sophaktra Heng

Guy Hernandez

Stella Hernandez

Sara Hetzel

Robb Hetzler

Libbey Hewes

Carina Higgins

Myrna Higgins

Rebecca Hitchcock

Ann Hitzrot

Rick Horton

Alyssa Howard

Bob Irwin

Trish Irwin

Robert Isler

Susan Isler

Dylan Janosik

Laurie Jensen

Sheila Jepson

Sally Johnston

Spencer Jones

Susan Jones

Elliot Katz

Muriel Kenderdine

Melissa Kim

Margaret Kimball

Richard Kimball

Tirrell Kimball

Karen Kirk

Mary Ann Kotros

Dylan Kraekel

Rachel Krawczyk

Ellie Krigman

Sheera LaBelle

Ginny Lacroix

Susan Lakari

Karen Lambert

Linda LaRoche

Diane Lawton

Ana Lazar

Dana Wieluns Legawiec

Donna Levi

Annemarie Loffeld

Carole Logan

Thomas Logan

Frank Lorello

Sharon Lovejoy

Curtis Ludwig

Lanny Lumbert

Karen Luse

Kurt Luthy

Zachary Lutick

Rick Lynch

Susan Maccalous

Paul Manoff

Ray Marcotte

Allen Marsh

Carolynn Marsh

Rosemary Mason

Karen Massey

Janie Maxwell

Jane Ann McCabe

Deborah McCoy

Dan McGovern

Sharon McHold

Maureen McHugh

Colleen McKenney

Donna Melancon

Patricia Mew

Sarah Mills

Judith Mitchell

Bruce Moore

Betsy Morrison

Brad Morrison

Ann Morse

Joan Mueller

Shawn Munro Edgecomb

Pat Murray

Roberta Muse

Ivy Mussomeli

Josephine Mussomeli

Joe Musumeci

Yvette Nadeau

Reta Nappi

April Noonan

Denis Noonan

Marcia Noyes

Brian O’Connor

Jacqueline Oliveri

Therese OSullivan

Bridget Parker

Chuck Parker

Ruby Parker

Wendy Patterson

Sandra Paul

Larry Perkins

Delene Perley

Nora Perry

Gay Peterson

Elaine Piccini

Christine Pistole

Judi Plimpton

Linda Pomerleau

Carol Pooler

Danielle Pride

Paula Proctor

Dorothy Provenzano

Valerie Razsa

Dave Reed

Susie Reed

Emily Reese

Deborah Reifsnyder

Ted Reiner

Patty Renaud

Janice M Rey

William Rixon

Fred Roberts

Janet Roberts

Sharon Roberts

Christine Robinson

Mary Robinson

Mary Rokosz

Carol Sadler

Sasha Salzberg

Stephanie Scherr

Denise Schwartz

Samuel Schwartz

Nancy Seiler

Sally Serunian

Tom Settlemire

Wendy Severson

Clay Shanks

Roberta Sherwood

Kelley Sigovich

Megan Sigovich

Venita Simcock

David Simpson

Alfons Smukala

Jo-An Smukala

Erica Spencer

Sarah Staggs

Gerri Stiles

Kathleen Stokes

Marjorie Stone

Maryanne Strand

Steve Strand

Mei Strout

Mary Stuart

Jonathan Swan

Lyn Swan

Tina Takacs

Audrey Tanner

Sondra Taylor

Donna Thivierge

Ralph Thivierge

Carmen Lee Thomas

Elias Thomas

Hayden Thomas

Maria Thompson

David Tiemann

Maryli Tiemann

Valerie Todd

Amy Topchik

Barbara Trentacosta

Nina Trowbridge

Cheslye Ventimiglia

Philip Vince

Pam Vose

Peter Vose

Anne Wade

Pamela Waite

Ted Walsh

Cathy Walz

Susan Wasserott

Lesli Weiner

Deena Weinstein

Lisa Wendler

Wolfgang Wendler

Ashley Wernher-Collins

Bart Weyand

Patricia Weyand

Emily White

Lynne White

Jill Williams

Rob Wood

Ginny Wright

Virginia Wright

Liz Wyrick

Neil Wyrick

Laura Young

Brent Zachau

Roberta Zimmerman

Barry Zuckerman

Roberta Zuckerman



Portland Stage is committed to strengthening our staff and promoting a philosophy of continual, collaborative improvement. In

working to develop effective methods of communication throughout all levels of the organization, our full-time staff meets regularly

to assess and refine goals with a focus on professional development. Several current staff members are former Portland Stage

interns: a clear demonstration of our belief in the importance of training and supporting future generations of theater professionals.


Anita Stewart, Executive & Artistic Director

Paul Ainsworth, Business Manager

Meg Anderson, Props Master

Todd Brian Backus, Literary Manager

Daniel Brodhead, Lighting & Sound Supervisor

Hannah Cordes, Education Director

Chris DeFilipp, House Manager

Emily Dixon, Carpenter

Megan Doane, General Manager

Julia Fitzgerald, Development Assistant

Ted Gallant, Technical Director

Beth Given, Development Director

Myles C. Hatch, Stage Manager

Lauren Kennedy, Marketing & Social Media Assistant

Alex Kimmel, Company Manager

Martin Lodish, Finance Director

Renee Myhaver, Assistant Box Office Manager

Eileen Phelan, Director of Marketing & Engagement

Julianne Shea, Education Administrator

Donald Smith, Audience Services Manager

Nathan Sylvester, Front of House Associate

Adam Thibodeau, House Manager

Susan Thomas, Costume Shop Manager

Shane Van Vliet, Stage Manager

Shannon Wade, Box Office Associate



The future of theater relies on the passion, commitment, and training of young theater

artists. Through our Intern Program, Portland Stage is advancing the evolution and

growth of one of the world’s oldest art forms—helping to ensure its relevance despite

the challenges facing the performing arts in the 21 st century.

2018-19 INTERNS

Kelsey Book, Sets Intern

Stephanie Collins, Stage Management Intern

Paige Farley, Education Intern

Dylan Gurrera, Directing & Dramaturgy Intern

Carlee Ihde, Costumes Intern

Emily Lawrence, Education Intern

Terysa Malootian, Stage Management Intern

Meaghan Parker, Company & General Management Intern

Rebecca Rovezzi, Directing & Dramaturgy Intern

Vianey Salazar, Electrics Intern

Eileen Thoma, Costumes Intern

Jae-Yeon Yoo, Directing & Dramaturgy Intern

The members of the

2017-18 intern company

have gone on to positions at

Roundabout Theatre Company in

NYC, The Juilliard School, Cincinnati

Playhouse in the Park, Santa Cruz

Shakespeare, and other theaters

around the country

From post-production meetings following each

Mainstage show to mid-year individual intern

reviews, the intern company is given the

opportunity to shape their learning experience at

Portland Stage. As in years past, the 2017-18

intern company embraced the opportunity by

engaging with directors and playwrights on the

new play development process, getting hands on

experience with sound design for a staged

reading on our Mainstage, learning how to take a

show on the road during our school tour of Julius

Caesar, participating in leading activities in after

school workshops and camps under the guidance

of a Master Teacher, and providing research for a

new play produced on our Mainstage.



Portland Stage aims to build community awareness and public

perception of our organization as a creative hub, produce

professional theater on our Mainstage, and nurture the artists

and audiences of the future through our Education and New

Work Programs.

We aim to build a more

diverse audience base and

grow our donor base while

continuing to focus on the work

at our core, the Mainstage

In the coming year,

Portland Stage will focus on

access and inclusivity by

establishing stronger

connections within our



In reflecting on all we have accomplished together over the past year, I am

humbled by the enthusiasm for our work, and immeasurably grateful for the

role our donors, members, and partners have played in supporting it.

In the coming year, we are especially focused on providing and improving

entry to all we do at Portland Stage by establishing stronger connections

within our community. We are committed to building a more robust and

diverse audience base, and we hope that commitment is evident in the

preceding pages of this report.

Portland Stage provides a safe place to come together for shared

experiences, offering fresh perspective and building connections in an

increasingly polarized world. Today, more than ever, I understand our

responsibility as a cultural institution to incite meaningful change, and your

continued support allows us to fulfill that responsibility.

See you at the theater,

Anita Stewart

Executive & Artistic Director

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PHOTO CREDITS: Todd Brian Backus, Aaron Flacke, Beth Given, Diane Hudson, Lauren Kennedy, Corey Templeton, Samara Yandell

ACTORS PICTURED: George Psomas* (cover), Katie Ailion* (cover, pg. 7), Lisa Stathoplos (cover), Monica Wood (cover, pg. 9), Emma O’Donnell* (cover), Julia Trowbridge (cover), Tucker Matilda Wood (cover), Henry Trowbridge (cover), Lily Carrigan

(cover), Shane Van Vliet* (cover), Paige Scala (cover), Michelle Hurst* (cover, pg. 6), Elliot Nye (cover, pg. 6), Tracey Conyer Lee* (pg. 4, 7), Bess Welden (pg. 4, 13), Sturgis Warner* (pg. 6), Steven Skybell* (pg. 6), Sorab Wadia* (pg. 6), Josh

Odsess-Rubin* (pg. 7), Susan Knight* (pg. 8, 13), Alexis Green* (pg. 8, 13), Jason LeSaldo (pg. 9), René Johnson (pg. 9), Daniel Noel* (pg. 9), Moira Driscoll* (pg. 9), Grace Bauer* (pg. 9), Tom Bloom* (pg. 9), Dustin Tucker* (pg. 9), Sally Wood*

(pg. 9, 12), John Cariani* (pg. 12), Erica Murphy (pg. 13), Evah Hellewell (pg. 13), Lisa O’Donnell (pg. 13), Mel McGovern (pg. 17)

*Member of the Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States



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