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2018 – 2019


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


Darrell Pardy

VP Development

Nelson A. Toner

VP Finance

Greg Lanou

VP Governance

Venita Simcock


Sara A. Murphy


Angie Bryan

Scott Cowger

Fredric Farber

Lindsay Hancock

Stella Hernandez

Kristen Jacobson

John F. Leonard IV

Todd Nicholson

Carole Ann Palmer

Robin Talbot

Anne Wade


Dear Friends,

I am thrilled to present Portland Stage’s 2018-19 Annual

Report – an overview of our achievements over the past

twelve months, none of which would have been possible

without your support.

In the past year, Portland Stage produced the second highest

grossing play in our organization’s history, The Half-Light

by beloved local playwright Monica Wood. We expanded

our nationally renowned Education Programs into nine new

schools across the state, reaching a total of 73 schools and

over 10,000 students; and we continued to foster new work

by emerging theater artists during the 30th Annual Little

Festival of the Unexpected.

Thanks to generous funding from the Davis Family Foundation

and Efficiency Maine, we installed 32 LED fixtures in the

Mainstage theater, which has furthered our efforts toward

energy efficiency, and as Lighting Designer Greg Carville

shares later in this report, has elevated and transformed the

technical capacity of our beloved theater.

As we look ahead to Maine’s Bicentennial and the

celebrations it will bring, we are humbled to reflect on a

tremendous 45th season of handcrafted theater made in

Maine. We hope you will join us in celebrating our success,

and we thank you for continuing to support all we do.

100% board

participation in

2018-19 Annual Fund



Darrell Pardy

President, Board of Trustees

Pictured (left to right, top row) Carole Ann Palmer, Darrell Pardy, Anne Wade, Angie

Bryan, Greg Lanou, Robin Talbot, Nelson Toner, Lindsay Hancock, Stella Hernandez, John

F. Leonard IV, Todd Nicholson, (bottom row) Venita Simcock, Scott Cowger, Fred Farber

Not pictured: Kristen Jacobson, Sara A. Murphy






Live performances



discounted tickets sold


Local & visiting artists employed


Child and student tickets sold



73 Schools reached in 43 towns across 14

counties in Maine

Teaching artists employed


Summer and vacation camp participants


students participated in our In-School Education Programs


Teachers engaged with our Education Programs


Play Me A Story experiences



tickets sold


Unique educational experiences


Students participated

in our In-Theater

Education Programs



400 Over tickets

donated to community organizations

Studio Series productions


Clauder Competition submissions;

each received 2 full reads & written feedback

7Rush35 events


Community Engagement events


increase in grants from FY18


Over contributed income goal


Increase in corporate

partnerships from FY18


Studio Series workshops

of works-in-progress


Community organizations served



raised at the Spring Gala for 3rd year in a row


New Works developed during the

30th Annual Little Festival of the Unexpected



Rush35 members


increase in contributed income from FY18


Portland Stage creates our Maine-made productions 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 2018-19 season alone, we presented over 150 Mainstage performances to upwards of 40,000

audience members from across New England.

The 2018-19 season was Portland Stage’s

45th consecutive year

of Mainstage programming, and included

two world-premiere productions

by female, Maine-based playwrights


Monica Wood’s

The Half-Light, generously

supported by a grant from the

National Endowment for the Arts,

was our 2nd highest grossing

production and brought in

over $20,000 more than our

budgeted goal

Oscar Wilde’s classic

comedy of manners

The Importance of Being Earnest

was a huge hit and surpassed

box office goals by 21%

A longtime supporter

of Portland Stage,

the Shubert Foundation

increased their season-long

support with

a $50,000 grant



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

through high school through our In-Theater and In-School programming. 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.


In the 2018-19 season, our

In-School Education Programs

experienced significant growth.

We reached 6 new schools

through our Directors Lab

Shakespeare School Tour of As

You Like It, and 3 new schools

through our PLAY Program

(Dramatic Reading Series). Our

In-School student reach

increased by 34% from last

season, and our In-Theater

student reach increased by 16%.

Shakespeare Teen

Company kicked off its

second year with a production of

Much Ado About Nothing. The participants

decided to set the play in the 1970’s, clad in

bell-bottoms and flower crowns. Participants

designed the sets, costumes, props, lights,

and sound as an ensemble. The show

was full of hilarious physical comedy,

intense drama, and even a

dance party or two.

This past winter,

Education Director Hannah

Cordes did a 9-week residency with

all of the kindergarten and pre-K classrooms

at Rowe Elementary School. The residency was

focused around their bird unit, so Hannah and the

kids used their voices, bodies, imaginations, and

other theater tools to deepen their study of birds—

all while encouraging collaboration, literacy,

creativity, and bravery. The residency ended

with a final performance of The Big Bird

Play, which the students all worked

together to create.



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 Playwriting 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 we bring

writers from across the globe to Portland to share their work with our community.

In our Studio Series, we

presented workshops of plays

including Three Year Summer by Amy

Berryman, Small Jokes About Monsters by

Steven Strafford, and Deathwings by Bess

Welden, as well as productions of new and

experimental work like Haunting Hour

2.0 by Dustin Tucker and We Can Eat

Love by Margie Castleman


We celebrated 30 years

of new and provocative plays

at Portland Stage during the 30th

annual Little Festival of the

Unexpected, and it was a Clauder

Competition selection year, which

meant all three plays were written

by New England writers

During the 2018-19

season, we premiered two

brand new plays, made in

Maine by our Affiliate Artists:

Bess Welden’s Refuge Malja

and Monica Wood’s The Half-Light;

both inspired incredible discussion

and empathy in our


Two plays originally performed

on our stage have been taking off all

over the world! The Niceties by Eleanor

Burgess went on to The Huntington, Manhattan

Theater Club, The McCarter, The Geffen PlayHouse,

and The West End, as well as over 12 upcoming

productions in the states scheduled this season

alone. Babette’s Feast conceived by Affiliate Artist

Abigail Killeen, which started on our stage in 2018

before transferring to New York, will have

productions in Canada, Australia,

Scotland, and more.

This past Clauder

Competition cycle, we

evaluated over 171 plays,

each read by two different

readers and each received

personalized feedback



Lighting is one of the major elements of theatrical production, and our industry has long been grappling with

the cost and the environmental impact of our art. Over the past two years, Portland Stage has made

significant improvements integrating LED lighting technology throughout our building.

Local lighting designer

Gregg Carville shared the

following feedback after

designing shows on our

Mainstage using both our

old and new equipment:

“Imagine Winslow Homer in

his studio sitting down to paint the ocean. The only

paints he has to use are pigments he chose a month

ago based on the colors of the ocean that day. But

Homer never painted that way—instead he would

mix his pigments based on the colors he was seeing

as he painted.

For most of my career as a lighting designer, I would

work based on color choices made a month or

more prior. This would be based on sketches and

swatches from the costume and scenic designers,

and hopefully, it would all work perfectly when

we put it on stage for the first time during tech

rehearsals. If it didn’t, I had two or three days to

rethink, revise, and make it work in a hurry.

With continued advancement in LED technology,

lighting designers now have a palette of millions of

theoretical colors to work with in the instant they

are creating their work. The flexibility this gives to

a designer is an enormous evolution in the design

process. Color can be fine-tuned throughout the

process of lighting a show to come up with the exact

blend that enhances or subdues costumes, scenery,

and most importantly, performers.

When I lit Nunsense in August of 2018, I had a typical

plot that used around 40 lights to create a backlight

color system. This meant that I could get roughly five

vibrant colors on the stage where the audience’s eyes

would register it. This year, during the process for Ain’t

Misbehavin’, I used only 20 LED lights—half of what I

used last year—which gave me a theoretical unlimited

palette of colors that was also capable of changing

at a moments notice. The flexibility this brought to

the tech process is a significant benefit to the artistic

process since it allows for quicker experimentation in

the lighting design.

I am fortunate to be living through a transformation

of theatrical lighting technology, and Portland

Stage’s implementation of this new technology is a

huge step forward for the organization.”

Thanks in

large part to crucial

support from the Davis Family

Foundation & Efficiency Maine

during the 2018-19 season, we replaced

48 incandescent lighting fixtures used

for over 15 years with 32 brand new

LED fixtures, each of which has

an estimated lifetime of over

50,000 hours.




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. 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


For the second

season in a row,

we partnered with Pine

Tree Society in offering an

American Sign Language

interpreted performance of

our holiday production of A

Christmas Carol

We began a partnership with

local language services firm,

House of Languages,

to provide translations of our

play synopses in our

Mainstage season playbills

During the 2018-19 season, we established a Community

Engagement Advisory Committee to focus on building

new audiences and broadening our range of partner organizations.

We also began hosting a series of Community Meet &

Greets prior to Pay-What-You-Can performances, which provided

an opportunity for us to welcome new patrons to the theater for

pre-show conversation and refreshments.

As part of our

inaugural season-long

Community Engagement

Partnership, WEX

co-hosted the 22nd Annual

From Away international writers

festival, produced in collaboration

with the University of Iowa’s

International Writing




Our Endowment

remained over

$1 million

and is currently 33% greater

than the balance on

our mortgage



individuals $475,862

grants and foundations $232,261

corporations, events, bequest, $139,642

endowment, etc.


single tickets/group sales $779,939

additional (rentals, advertising, $534,977

in-kind, investments)

memberships $387,700

education $130,990

Total Revenue: $2,681,371


Net Income

Assets 2018 2019 TOTAL 2018: $3,117,484 TOTAL 2019: $3,069,318


Accounts/Pledges Receivable

Prepaid Expenses

Bequest Portion

Property & Equipment

(Less Accumulated Depreciation)

Other Assets (Bequests, Investments)

$396,988 $323,869

$7,019 $22,975

$38,332 $72,487

$50,000 $53,000

$1,293,449 $1,202,861

$1,331,696 $1,394,126

Corporate Giving

grew by


in FY19!

Contributed Income


by 14%

from FY18 to FY19!

Complete audited financial statements are available upon request.




Total Expenses: $2,575,448



staff $360,307

marketing $211,681

admin. costs/benefits $124,728

additional (materials, events, facilities) $6,554


actors/guest artists $503,875

production & performance costs $434,420

education $404,272

additional (in-kind, deprec., etc.) $262,668

facilities/occupancy $183,815

royalties $83,129







Outside Greater




Greater Portland






2018 2019 TOTAL 2018: $1,534,977 TOTAL 2019: $1,380,892

Notes Payable

$950,169 $903,331

Grants increased

by 18%

in FY19!

Accounts Payable/Accrued Expenses

Deferred Revenue

Other Liabilities (Notes, Leases, Deposits)

$28,626 $22,957

$542,282 $437,242

$13,900 $17,362

2018 Net Assets:


2019 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 the theater—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 to develop customized partnership packages that highlight corporate

contributions to Maine’s cultural dialogue.

We began

the 2018-19 season with

a lively kickoff event at Maine

Craft Distilling where the cast

of Ben Butler was joined by Executive

& Artistic Director, Anita Stewart, in a

panel discussion that illuminated the

rehearsal process. Many delicious

craft cocktails were consumed

and a great time was had

by all!


In early April, communities

across the country presented

readings of “Twelve Angry Men”

by Twelve Impassioned Women,

spearheaded by the 12,000 Voices Project.

Proceeds from Portland Stage’s reading

benefitted the League of Women Voters and

the Maine Suffrage Centennial Collaborative,

which commemorates the 100th

anniversary of women gaining the

right to vote.


MAINE Spring Gala,

sponsored by Pierce Atwood, net

over $40,000 for the third year in a row!

Portland Stage trustees, supporters, artists,

and staff gathered for an evening in celebration of

handcrafted theater at The Shop and Maine Craft

Distilling. A selection of songs were performed by

the cast of The Last Five Years, and the evening

culminated with a spirited live auction and

pledge round in support of our Intern


Following a sold-out reading of

Big Life/Small City, patrons joined

playwright Monica Wood for an intimate

Meet & Greet reception and raised over $2,000

in support of all we do at Portland Stage.




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.



Edwin F. Gamble Charitable Lead Trust

Susie Konkel

The Shubert Foundation

PRODUCER ($25,000+)

George & Cheryl Higgins

Harry W. Konkel

Portland Education Foundation

East Point Fund

of the Maine Community Foundation


Brooks Family Foundation

Davis Family Foundation

Libra Foundation

National Endowment for the Arts

Sam L. Cohen Foundation

WEX Inc.


Anonymous (2)

Efficiency Maine

L.L. Bean

Maine Arts Commission

Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust

Moser Family Foundation

The Onion Foundation

Anna Marie & John E. Thron Fund

of the Maine Community Foundation

DIRECTOR ($5,000+)

Anonymous (2)

Jane G. Briggs

Susan & James Carter

The Cedars

Fisher Charitable Foundation

Ed & Jan Gerry

The F.B. Heron Foundation

Migis Hotel Group

Judy Miskell

Moriah Moser & Dan Morgenstern, MD

Darrell Pardy & Carolyn Hughes

Roy A. Hunt Foundation

Wright-Ryan Homes



Ellen Alderman & William


Bangor Savings Bank

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Diversified Communications

Edward H. Daveis Benevolent


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Ron & Donna Forest

Helen & George Ladd Charitable


Steve & Carolyn Jenks

Mr. and Mrs. James D. Konkel

Kenneth Spirer & Joan Leitzer

Peter & Kathleen Leslie

Maine Theater Fund

of the Maine Community Foundation

Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust

Sara Murphy & Peter Wetzel

Leonard & Nancy Nemon

Carole Palmer

Pierce Atwood

Hilary Rapkin & William Stiles


Nelson & Lisa Toner

Anne Wade & Gil Hagan

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Maine Humanities Council

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FY19 DONORS cont’d

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The Portland Stage Education Team

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Jenkins given by Donna Faith Eldredge

& Bernice S. Duckrow

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Cole & Margie Kelly

Daniel Heinrich & Alex Kimmel

given by Rabbi Carolyn Braun

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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

2018-19 Volunteers, many of whom have been donating their time and talent to Portland Stage for years!


Volunteer Spotlight:

Cheslye Ventimiglia

“When I retired from my day job, I missed the camaraderie of my work buddies and the pressure of deadlines. I had

done some costume work in community theater (Revels North and Opera North), and my husband John and

I are long-time fans and season subscribers at Portland Stage. I hoped the company could use my help in

the costume shop.

Nine years later, I am still here stitching and making patterns on Wednesdays. Costume Shop Manager

and designer Susan Thomas inspires me with her knowledge and ingenuity, her dedication, and her lovely

temperament. My horizon expands here - I meet actors, designers, directors, staff… people in search of

chocolate. I see donated collections of vintage clothing and hats. Interns keep me up to date with their

podcasts and playlists.

And there are the technical challenges. Where else could one have the gripping experience of making

a corset, figuring out how to set the sleeves of a frock coat, or delving into the mysteries of the inside seam

of a Victorian gentleman’s trousers?

Every season has its highlights. Last year, it was the execution of Kenisha Kelly’s designs for The Importance

of Being Earnest. We all drafted patterns, stitched muslin mock-ups, and manipulated yards of fabric. During Tech

Week the ladies’ gowns passed from hand to hand as we worked to finish. Lady Bracknell’s costume was particularly

grand — she came on stage like a tall ship under full sail!”


Greg Adams

Grace Alfiero

Deb Alford

Bonnie Amadei

Joan Anderson

Nancy Anderson

Rosemary Anderson

Alice Bean Andrenyak

Debbie Andrews

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

Sam Bowen

Cindy Boyd

Jim Braley

Meg Braley

Meg Broderick

Shannon Broderick

Jackie Bromage

Bruce Brown

Diana Brown

Peter Brown

Connie Burns

Jennie Butler

Michael Buzzell

Susan Carlson

Eleanor Carolan

Pauline Carr

Meghan Casey

Jennifer Caven


Jan Chapman

Lou Christen

Patrick Christian

Kathy Clark

Pamela Cleghorn

Jana Coffin

Jon Coffin

Susan Comyns

Megan Connelly

Bill Connolly

Michael Connolly

Anne Marie Craven

Lynne Cullen

Jim Czimbal

Judi Czimbal

Anne Daly

Laurie Davis

Patricia Davis

Buffy DeMatteis

Anne Demers

Pascal Desol

Beth Doane

Espahbad Dodd

Elizabeth Dodson

Paul Dodson

Priscilla Donahue

Scott Donohue

Ellin Doyle

Alaena Dunn

Betsy Dunphy

Jill Duson

Denise Dwyer

Alleen Eastwood

Carol Eisenberg

Elias Eisenberg

Mary Ellms

Sheila Emple

Richard Estabrook

Jody Fein

Linda Fenton

Susan Fine

Anne Fisher

Jack Flagler

Bernard Fortier

Pauline Fortier

Michelle Frye

Sally Gaffney

Buzz Gautreau

Daryl Geer

Laurie Gingrich

Gaetane Gonyea

Jo Ann Goodman

Wayne Goodman

Benson Gray

Paula Greenlee

Mary Griffin

Jennie Gwilym

Jim Gwilym

Janice Hamilton

Andrea Handel

Tom Handel

James Hastrich

Laurie Hasty

Barb Hauke

Ann Havener

Jacqueline Hawkins

Virginia Healey

Sophaktra Heng

Stella Hernandez

Luisa Hetzler

Elizabeth Hewes

Carina Higgins

Myrna Higgins

Rebecca Hitchcock

Ann Hitzrot

Rick Horton

Bob Irwin

Trish Irwin

Robert Isler

Susan Isler

Tara Jenkins

Laurie Jensen

Sheila Jepson

Sally Johnston

Lorraine Johnstone

Spencer Jones

Susan Jones

Tempy Keller

Muriel Kenderdine

Melissa Kim

Margaret R. Kimball

Richard Kimball

Tirrell Kimball

Karen Kirk

Mary Ann Kotros

Dylan Kraekel

Rachel Krawczyk

Sheera LaBelle

Susan Lakari

Karen Lambert

Linda LaRoche

Norm Lavigne

Diane Lawton

Ana Lazar

Dana C W Legawiec

Stephen Legawiec

Cindy Lemieux

Ian-Meredythe Lindsey

Annemarie Loffeld

Carole Logan

Thomas Logan

Francis Lorello

Deborah Lurrs

Karen Luse

Rick Lynch

Susan Maccalous

Paul Manoff

Ray Marcotte

Allen Marsh

Carolynn Marsh

Rosemary Mason

Karen Massey

Janie Downey Maxwell

Jane Ann McCabe

Deborah McCoy

Sharon McHold

Maureen McHugh

Donna Melancon

Jeremy Meuser

Patricia Mew

Sarah Mills

Judith Mitchell

Ella Mock

Bruce Moore

Betsy Morrison

Brad Morrison

Ann Morse

Joan Mueller

Leigh Mundhenk

Tom Mundhenk

Cal Murphy

Pat Murray

Roberta Muse

Josephine Mussomeli

Joe Musumeci

Yvette Nadeau

Reta Nappi

April Noonan

Denis Noonan

Marcia Noyes

Brian O’Connor

Jackie Oliveri

David Olsen Pietrowski

Kate Olsen Pietrowski

Terry O’Sullivan

Bridget Parker

Chuck Parker

Ruby Parker

Wendy Patterson

Lawrence Perkins

Delene Perley

Eileen Peterson

Gay Peterson

Elaine Piccini

Lexi Pilk

Judith Plimpton

Linda Pomerleau

Patricia Potter

Paula Proctor

Dorothy Provenzano

Valerie Razsa

Dave Reed

Susie Reed

Emily H Reese

Deborah Reifsnyder

Janice M Rey

Fred Roberts

Janet Roberts

Sharon Roberts

Christine Robinson

Mary Robinson

Carol Sadler

Sasha Salzberg

Stephanie Scherr

Nancy Seiler

Sally Serunian

Tom Settlemire

Wendy Severson

Roberta Sherwood

Kelley Sigovich

Megan Sigovich

Venita Simcock

David Simpson

Alfons Smukala

Jo-An Smukala

Patricia Soucie

Zoe Levine Sporer

Jym St. Pierre

Gerri Stiles

Kathleen Stokes

Marjorie Stone

Maryanne Strand

Steve Strand

Mary Stuart

Leigh Sullivan

Jonathan Swan

Lyn Swan

Tina Takacs

Sharon Tancredi-Katz

Audrey Tanner

Sondra Taylor

Kylee Terroni

Donna Thivierge

Ralph Thivierge

David Tiemann

Maryli Tiemann

Valerie Todd

Barbara Trentacosta

Megan Tripaldi

Nina Trowbridge

Deb Tukey

Cheslye Ventimiglia

Pamela Vose

Peter Vose

Pam Waite

Cathy Walz

Lesli Weiner

Deena Weinstein

Lisa Wendler

Wolfgang Wendler

Bart Weyand

Patricia Weyand

Lynne White

Rob Wood

Ginny Wright

Liz Wyrick

Neil Wyrick

Laura Young

Brent Zachau



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, Prop Master

Todd Backus, Literary Manager

Daniel Brodhead, Lighting & Sound Supervisor and Assistant PM

Hannah Cordes, Education Director

Chris DeFilipp, House Manager

Megan Doane, General Manager

Nolan Ellsworth, Front of House Associate

Marjorie Gallant, Graphic Design Associate

Ted Gallant, Technical Director

Beth Given, Development Director

Nate Genrich, Carpenter

Myles C. Hatch, Stage Manager, Group Sales

Mical Hutson, Marketing and Communications Director

Martin Lodish, Finance Director

Jennifer London, Company Manager

Renee Myhaver, Assistant Box Office Manager

Julianne Shea, Education Administrator

Donald Smith, Audience Services Manager

Madeleine St. Germain, Front of House Associate

Lauren Stockless, Development Assistant

Nathan Sylvester, Front of House Associate

Adam Thibodeau, House Manager

Susan Thomas, Costume Shop Manager

Shane Van Vliet, Stage Manager

Shannon Wade, Front of House Associate



The goal of the Portland Stage Intern Program is to train the next generation of theater professionals through hands-on instruction

in multiple theater disciplines and immersion in the systems and procedures of a working, professional theater company.

The 2018-19 intern company received training in the areas of Carpentry, Company Management,

Costumes/Wardrobe, Directing/Dramaturgy, Education, Electrics/Sound, and Stage Management.

“Portland Stage truly became a place that

felt like home to me. I am incredibly

grateful for the experiences and challenges

I faced this past year. My year as an intern

shaped me as an artist, allowed me to get

an inside look and experience what it was

like working in the professional world of

theater, and most of all, made me an

educator who is compassionate and

prioritizes inclusivity in theater education…

The internship program at Portland Stage

is one of a kind.”

Paige Farley, Education Intern 2018-19

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.


Angela Armstrong, Lights/Sound

Isabella Brezenski, Education

Jacob Coombs, Sets

Emma Covert, Stage Management

Savanna Genskow, Costumes

Meredith G. Healy, Directing/Dramaturgy

Zoë Lewis, Company Management

Lizz Mangan, Directing & Dramaturgy

Kaylee Pomelow, Directing & Dramaturgy

Emma Scott, Costumes

Olivia Tellier, Stage Management

Madison Worthington, Education



As we reflect on our 45th season and plan for the next 45, Portland Stage recognizes the importance and urgency of making our

theater and the work on our stages known to a wider audience and accessible to all members of our community. We are committed to

providing welcoming, relevant, and exceptional theatrical experiences, and to continue adding to the vibrancy of our city and

state through all of our programming - from the Mainstage productions at our core to our growing New Work and Education initiatives.

As we look to

the future, we are deeply

grateful for the longtime support

of Portland Stage trustee and champion,

Barry Holmes. Always an advocate

for strategic planning and continuous

improvement, Barry’s contributions to

Portland Stage were innumerable and

immeasurable, and we intend to make

him proud as we advance into our

next season and beyond.


In reflecting on our accomplishments, I wish we had the space to highlight

each of the many donors, partners, and volunteers who help make this work

possible. I wish we could share more of the individual stories from students,

audience members, artists, and teachers who experienced transformative

moments at the theater this past year. I am struck by the depth and breadth

of engagement that Portland Stage has organically developed; that growth

has only been made possible by the involvement of our community.

Portland Stage offers a place to share and engage, to explore different

perspectives in a world that has become far too polarized. As we move

forward, we will be searching for better ways to invite our community to

participate in productions and programs. Our goal is to make the theater more

inviting, more accessible, and more relevant.

To all our friends and supporters, thank you for helping us accomplish so

much. I look forward to building a future that will embrace more of our

community and keep Portland Stage a vibrant center for the performing arts.

See you at the theater,

Anita Stewart

Executive & Artistic Director

DESIGN: Talley-O Design, www.talley-o.com | PHOTO CREDITS: Todd Backus, Tom Bloom, Aaron Flacke, Beth Given, Mical Hutson, Lauren Kennedy, Corey Templeton, Samara Yandell | ACTORS PICTURED: Cornelius Davidson (cover, pg.8),

Johnny Shea* (cover, pg.19), Laura Darrell* (cover, pg.19), René Johnson (cover, pg.19), Daniel Noel (cover, pg. 15), Moira Driscoll* (cover), Monica Wood (cover, pg.19), Grace Bauer* (cover, pg.19), Dustin Tucker* (cover), Tonya Ingerson*

(cover, pg. 9), Michael Dix Thomas* (pg. 8), Corey Gagne (pg. 9), Maggie Mason* (pg. 9), Ross Cowan* (pg. 9), Max Samuels* (pg. 9), Susan Knight* (pg. 9), Allie Freed (pg. 9), Christopher Holt (pg. 9, 15), Antonio Hernandez (pg. 12),

Bridgette Loraine (pg. 12), Eric Moody (pg. 12), Joe Bearor (pg. 12), Shauna Bloom* (pg. 13), Anwer Ali (pg. 13), Danielle Slavik* (pg. 13), Tonia Anderson* (pg. 13), Wilma Rivera (pg. 13), Brent Askari (pg. 13), Abigail Killeen* (pg. 13, 15),

La’Nette Wallace* (pg. 14), Nolan Ellsworth (pg. 15), Julianne Shea (pg. 15), Maureen Butler (pg. 15) Meaghan Parker (pg. 15), Rebecca Rovezzi (pg. 15), Nathan Sylvester (pg. 15)

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



The Theater of Maine





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