2019-20 Annual Report


2019 – 2020


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


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

theater to educate, and dedicated to enriching our community.

Board of Trustees


Darrell Pardy

VP Finance

Fredric Farber

VP Governance

Venita Simcock

VP Development

Nelson A. Toner


Sara A. Murphy


Stella Hernandez

Susan Carter

Peter Clough

Scott Cowger

Dear Friends,

As we look back on a very challenging year, I am proud to present Portland Stage’s

2019-20 Annual Report – an overview of our aspirations and accomplishments, none

of which would have been possible without your support.

In the past year, Portland Stage produced the highest grossing play in our

organization’s 46-year history, Almost, Maine by beloved native Mainer, John Cariani.

We continued our nationally renowned Education Programs despite school closures

in the spring, bringing them online and reaching thousands of households across

New England and beyond. We maintained our commitment to fostering New Work by

emerging theater artists during the 31st Annual and very first ever Virtual Little Festival

of the Unexpected, expanding our reach by offering online readings.

As we celebrated Maine’s Bicentennial, we were faced with a global pandemic no one

could have seen coming, yet we were able to close out the year in the black thanks

to the tremendous efforts of our staff and artists and the humbling support of our

devoted community.

Thank you for your help weathering the storm, and here’s to a brighter new year.

Samuel Dunkel

Kristen Jacobson



New Work


Greg Lanou

John F. Leonard IV

Todd Nicholson

Carole Palmer

Jane Stevens

Robin Talbot

Anne Wade

100% board

participation in

2019-20 Annual Fund


Darrell Pardy

President, Board of





With your support, Portland Stage continued our Mainstage, New

Work, and Education programming throughout the pandemic,

serving our diverse community, keeping artists employed, and

investing in the future of the arts in Portland and beyond.

300+ Pay-What-You-Can


discounted tickets sold


145 Mainstage


700+ child &

student tickets sold

local & visiting

artists employed


3 New


Developed during

the 31st Annual

Little Festival of

the Unexpected

1 world premiere




5,000+ students


in our Education



schools and over 2,500

students attended a

Student Matinee

436 teachers

at over 50 schools

engaged with our

Education Programs

We celebrated


years of our Theater

for Kids storefront





Rush35 members

240+ tickets donated to

community organizations

70 community

organizations served

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Portland Stage creates our handcrafted 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 2019-20 season, we received Mainstage show support from our longstanding

corporate partners, Wright-Ryan, Migis Hotel Group, and L.L. Bean, we presented 145 Mainstage shows,

and although the last two productions of our season were cancelled due to the pandemic, we

continued expanding the reach of our programming through digital platforms.

Three of our 2019-20

Mainstage productions focused

on subject matter directly tied to our

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts:

Ain’t Misbehavin’ by Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller,

which painted a vivid picture of the Harlem

Renaissance through song; The Clean House

by Sarah Ruhl, which addressed immigration

and cross-cultural understanding; and

Native Gardens by Karen Zacarias,

which explored the expectations of

neighbors navigating diversity.

Almost, Maine brought

in over $75,000 more

than our budgeted goal and

was generously supported by a

grant from the Maine Office of

Tourism, which allowed us to

promote the show in rural

areas of the state.

The 2019-20 season was Portland Stage’s

46th consecutive year of Mainstage

programming, and we kicked off Maine’s

Bicentennial with our highest grossing

production in the organization’s

history: Almost, Maine by John Cariani.

We brought our

Mainstage to life, quite

literally, during our production of

Native Gardens with a set designed

by Anita Stewart that included living

plants and flowers! Native Gardens

also marked our first foray into bringing

our Mainstage shows online, and ticket

holders were able to experience the

production virtually in spite of our

mid-production closure due to

the pandemic.




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.

We held multiple

readings of local

playwright Callie Kimball’s

Perseverance, a new play timed

to coincide with the Women’s

Suffrage Centennial, including

a reading during the “Suffrage

Tea” hosted by Governor

Janet T. Mills on Women’s

Equality Day.

Our 2019-20

Mainstage season

included the World

Premiere of Clauder

Competition winner

Brendan Pelsue’s

Read To Me.

We hosted the 23rd Annual

From Away international

writers festival, featuring the

work of playwright, director, and

actor Gabriela Román Fuentes

(Mexico), TV and fiction writer Samuel

Menghesteab (Eritrea), and theater

director and writer Chan Ping

Chiu (Hong Kong).

Our first ever Virtual Little Festival

of the Unexpected was broadcast on

Facebook Live and included readings

of Perseverance, What Comes Next by

Jonathan Spector, and Mariana’s Trench

by Scott C. Sickles which was viewed

over 1,000 times!




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.

In September 2019, we celebrated the 10th

Anniversary of our Theater for Kids

storefront space and paid tribute to the

amazing Susie Konkel for her continued

leadership support of our Education

Programs. The celebration featured

special student performances,

raffle items, and refreshments.

During the pandemic and with our community

staying safe at home, our Education team pivoted

to online programming and created a variety of

virtual education resources to continue engaging

young people, families, teachers, and students.

Resources included Facebook live-streaming

of Play Me a Story Dramatic Readings,

Tutorial Videos, Games to Play at

Home, Follow-Along Videos, and

other interactive activities.

During our Fall

Afterschool Class, a group

of 4th-6th graders wrote an

original picture book titled

Pugdog & Inky with illustrations by

Nolan Ellsworth, Teaching Artist &

Former Portland Stage Education

Intern. The students performed the

book at the end of class for a live

audience as part of our Play

Me a Story program.

38 high

school students

attended our winter

Playwriting Workshop

with Almost, Maine

playwright, John



partnered with

the Maine State Museum

to create programming

centered around Women’s Suffrage,

and worked with 59 students over two

days at the museum. Students toured

the museum’s suffrage exhibit followed

by an interactive Theatre for Social

Our Play Me A

Story Living Room

Series brought interactive

storytelling online and into

homes across New England,

and was viewed over

10,800 times!

10 Change workshop inspired by


elements of the exhibit.


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 live theater - an experience 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,

complimentary tickets for partner organizations, and now, by bringing our work online and making it

available to audiences across the globe. 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.

For the second

season in a row, we

received season-long support

from WEX, Inc., our 2019-20

Community Engagement Partner.

For the third season

in a row, we partnered

with Pine Tree

Society in offering

an American

Sign Language


performance of our

holiday production of

It’s A Wonderful Life.

We began a

partnership with the

Theatre Development

Fund to provide Open

Captioning for one

performance of each

Mainstage production.

We received

a Bicentennial

Marketing Grant from the

Maine Office of Tourism,

which enabled us to promote our

production of Almost, Maine and

engage audiences in rural areas

of the state and across New

England, greatly expanding

our typical marketing



Throughout the season, Portland Stage typically hosts several interactive and informative

events that showcase different elements of the theater - from production, to new work, to

education. Participants have the opportunity to 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. Although

our special events season was cut short due to the pandemic, we were still able to

connect with our members in new and exciting ways.

Following the opening night performance of Almost,

Maine, donors joined us in the lobby for a Meet

& Greet with John Cariani and the cast, giving

them the opportunity to chat with the artists face

to face while enjoying a delicious spread from the

Bread & Butter Catering Company.

In lieu of our annual

Spring Gala, we pivoted to a

virtual community engagement

and fundraising campaign,

Together in Maine, which

included a six-week rolling

online auction with items

from local businesses.

We continued our

partnership with local

language services firm,

House of Languages, to

provide translations of

synopses for all Mainstage

productions in Arabic,

French, and Portuguese.

Throughout the

Together in Maine rolling

online auction, we shared

weekly videos featuring board

members, staff, and interns, and

with the support of our corporate

partners Pierce Atwood, Custom

Float Services, and Spinnaker

Trust, we raised over $50,000

in support of our Theater

Artist Fund.

We collaborated

with inaugural poet

Richard Blanco and

members of our community

to create a short film featuring

his poem One Today, which

kicked off the Together in

Maine campaign.

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more than doubled

from FY19 to over













Outside Greater



Portland Area


increased by

nearly $50,000

from FY19!



increased by 40%

from FY19 to


Individual Giving

grew by over

$150,000 in FY20!

Complete FY20 Audited Financial Statements are available upon request.

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2019-20 DONORS




Edwin F. Gamble Charitable Lead


Susie Konkel

The Shubert Foundation

PRODUCER ($25,000+)


Brooks Family Foundation

Harry W. Konkel

East Point Fund of the Maine

Community Foundation

Gordon Russell



Libra Foundation

Josie Merck

The Moser Family Foundation

The Onion Foundation

Jane Shepard

WEX Inc.





Migis Hotel Group

Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust

Anna Marie & John E. Thron Fund of

the Maine Community Foundation

DIRECTOR ($5,000+)

Anonymous (2)

Jane G. Briggs

Susan & James Carter

Benjamin H. Cheever & Janet Maslin


Fisher Charitable Foundation

Ed & Jan Gerry

The Robert & Dorothy Goldberg

Charitable Foundation

George & Cheryl Higgins

Roy A. Hunt Foundation

Jennifer Carolyn King & Timothy Fredel

Maine Arts Commission

Lincoln & Allison Paine

The Virginia Hodgkin Somers


Wright-Ryan Homes


Investing in Portland Stage makes a lasting difference in so many ways, especially during such a challenging

and unpredictable time. 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.


MANAGER ($2,500+)

Tenney & Newell Augur

Diversified Communications

Karen & Fredric Farber

Austin & Eileen Farrar

Ron & Donna Forest

Mabel Gerquest

Sue Gosin

Helen & George Ladd Charitable


Steve & Carolyn Jenks

David & Lynn Jourdan

Greg Lanou & Tracy Skillin-Lanou

Kenneth Spirer & Joan Leitzer

Maine Theater Fund of the Maine

Community Foundation

Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust

Sara Murphy & Peter Wetzel

Leonard & Nancy Nemon

Carole Ann Palmer

Darrell Pardy & Carolyn Hughes

Bill & Jane Pearson

Pierce Atwood

Gretchen Wetzel & Cindy Halliday

Mauria Brough & Bryon Winn

BACKER ($1,000+)

Anonymous (4)

Dan & Joan Amory

Gunard Erik Bergman

Lindsey & Andrew Cadot

Patricia A. Clark

Coffee By Design

Kris & Ken Conant

Debra L. Coyman

Jonathan & Tanya Cunningham

Custom Float Services

Doug & Carolyn Davis

Margaret H. Dayton

Carol De Tine & Roger F. Woodman, Jr.

Helen Dickey & David G. Fitz

Apple Lane Foundation

Friendship Tours

Fulton Theatre

James Gertmenian & Susan King

Lisa Gorman

Guy & Stella Hernandez

Alison Hildreth

Kristen Jacobson

Douglas & Cheryl Jones

Peter & Nancy Kaye

Jamie & Beth Kilbreth

Sara Kingdon & Dmitry Opolinsky

Cornelia Kittredge

Maine Humanities Council

Brian McNiff

Judy Miskell

Moriah Moser & Dan Morgenstern,


Ann & Ted Noyes

Malcolm & Patti Poole

Harry & Anne Pringle

Redmond Family Foundation

Elaine Rosen

Louis F. & Prudence H. Ryan

John Ryan & Jenny Scheu

Ralph T. Perry & Mary Louise


Michael & Venita Simcock

Simmons Foundation

Standish Parks and Recreation

Jennifer Tipton

Anne Wade & Gil Hagan

James Waldo & Susan Mitchell

Sue Yandell

INVESTOR ($500+)

Diana & Tom Allen

Sally & Ron Bancroft

Mary G. Barthelman

Jane & John Berry

Ben & Judy Bertram

Don & Diane Bessey

Katherine A. Black & James E. Fuller

John Cariani

Beth De Tine

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Tom & Judy Exton

Jim & Betsy Fitzgerald

Ken & Cheryl Freye

Tim Cloudman & Lori Garon

David Glendinning

Noah Gordon

Doug Green

Becky Hunt & John Monroe

Jacob Burns Foundation, Inc.

Phyllis Jalbert

Charles & Jean Johnson

Dennis & Sandra King

Brigitte & Hal Kingsbury

Lincoln & Gloria Ladd

Daniel Marra & Barbara Leonard

Lindsay Murphy Photography

Lindy Maine

Martin Lodish & Kristin Schardt

Keith Mahoney

Rob & Doris McAfee

Jan McCormick

William A. McCue

Melanie McShane

Irv Meeker

Todd & Gloria Nicholson

Hugh & Marilyn Price

Nancy & Frank Read

Charles W. & Melissa G. Redman

Dixon & Susan Myer Riley

Rachel & Joe Rosenfield

Jennifer Sarah & Joe O’Donnell

Robert Scribner

Sandra Lipsey & William Shain

Rick & Celeste Shinay

Ronda Snyder

South Portland Parks & Recreation

Joseph & Susan Spagnola

Spinnaker Trust

Cathy Stankard & Gregg Palmer

Jane & Nate Stevens

Sheryl & Jim Stockless

Stonington Opera House

Eric & Wendy Suehrstedt

Karen Sumner

Dorothea H. Swope

Robin Talbot

Nelson & Lisa Toner

Nancy R. Wade

David & Jane Weiman Good

Monica Wood & Daniel Abbott


Anonymous (5)

250 Main Hotel

Alice M. Abbott

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Morgan Stanley Global Impact

Funding Trust

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Lynn Bailets

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Lori Fowler

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Anne Gass

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Virginia Gold

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Ann Donaghy & Nancy Gunzelmann

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Joan Hardy

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Karen Herold & Mark Isaacson

Roslyn & Steve Hershfield

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Tom & Laurie Hyndman

Stephen & Suzanne Irish

Anne & Dick Jackson

Tara & Drew Jenkins

Susan Jennings & Joel Kallich

Allen S. & Sarah S. Johnson

Dorothy Kelleher

Bud & Wendy Kellett

Patrick & Valerie Kelly

Bobbi Keppel

Margery Kerr

Paul M. Knight

Marianne & Tom Kroon

Marilyn Lalumiere & Ed Reed

Neil & Cathy Lamb

Steve & Polly Larned

Richard & Nancy Lemieux

Laurie Lewin

Calien Lewis & Martha Mickles

Burke & Judith Long

Emily & Dick MacKenzie

William & Paige Mangum

Mary Beth Mathews

John & June McClean

Amy Merrill

Marianna and Pete Mickelson

Rick & Debby Molander

Conner & Wendy Moore

Nicholas & Elaine Nadzo

Richard & Sandra Neiman

Larry Nicks

Mary Snell & Irwin Novak

Rebecca Oreskes & Brad Ray

Richard & Carole Palmer

Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. Perry

Hugh & Norma Phelps

Roger Pollak

Jed & Landace Porta

E. Scott Prentice & Kathleen Riley

Peggy & Lew Pusch

Lenore & Norman Rapkin

Liz Rollins

Donald J. Rudalevige

Nataie Safley

Bonnie Nelson Schwartz & Arlie


Tracy Schroeder & Ken Rotner

Peter L. Sheldon

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Douglas Simpson

Dennis Stepro & Charlene Wolfe-


Bud & Susan Stiker

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David & Kathleen Stuchiner

Byron & Hester Stuhlman

Kari & Bob Suva

The Mooring on Foreside

Adam Thibodeau

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Waynflete School

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Anne B. Zill

FRIEND ($100+)

Anonymous (6)

Nancy Abel

Paul Ainsworth & Cheryl Berg

Camille Alden

Nanci & Mark Alexander

Edwin Allen & Barbara Bean

Joanne Allen

Brenda Anastasoff

Donna Anderson

Cindy Holmes Andrews

Adrienne Bogardus & Elizabeth


Elizabeth Armstrong

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John & Ronni Jo Carpenter

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Jennifer Caven

Philip Cawley

Jennifer Cecil

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2019-20 DONORS


Ann Chapman

Mary Charlesworth

Cabot Creamery

Rodger & Melissa Cilley

Carolyn & James Claiborn

Grace Cleaves & Michael Miles

Cynthia Clement

Peter Clough

Andrew & Judith Coburn

Marilyn Coburn

Julian & Maryellen Coles

Teri Collard & Paul Coughlin

Donald & Sandra Collins

Michael & Carol Colton

John & Tiffany Comis

Miriam Congdon

Margaret Leitch Copeland & Rob


Richard & Claire Corbin

Susan Cottle

Priscilla B. Cox

Mary Anne & David Crawford

Mark & Joanne Crepeau

John A. Cunningham & Valerie Ricker

Richard & Margaret Curran

Richard & Judy Curtis

Robert Cuzner

Cathey Cyrus & William Clark

Ed & Barbara Daggett

Sarah Daignault

JoAnne Dally

Victoria Dalzell

The Garon Group at RE/MAX By

The Bay

Brian Damien

Beverly Daniels

Stan & Jane Davis

Endicott & Nanette Davison

Karen Day

Martha L. Day

Jim & Dianne Dean

Margaret DeBruyn

Dr. & Mrs. Joseph R.D. deKay

Joe & Audrey Delafield

Brenda Delahanty

Donna Deletetsky

Paula & David Demers

Barbara & Gil Dichter

Linda J. Docherty

Mr. & Mrs. Charles W. H. Dodge

Mary Doherty

Charles Donahue

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Jane Doyle

George Dreher

Rosanne Ducey

Richard & Martha Dudley

Gary E. Duford & Thomas L. Hinkle

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Patricia M. Dunn

Bonnie Dunn

Mary Lou Dyer

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Nancy Egan & J. Otey Smith

Donna Faith Eldredge & Bernice S.


David Ellenstein

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Lawrence Estey

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Amy Ford

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Katherine Helm

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Willard Hertz

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Ann Landsberg & Tim Baehr

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Jamie Michaud

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Kristina Minister

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Susan Naber

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Linda Nelson

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Michael Newsom

Randa Newsome

Sandra Nichols

Robert & Susan Nielsen

Wendy Nowell

John & Karen O’Brien

Gail Ogilvie

Jackie Oliveri

Tonda L. Olson

James Olson

Shawn P. O’Neil & Scott Bloom

Daniel Oppenheim

Melissa Keyser Professional


David & Jacqueline Orsmond

Jon & Marjorie Oxman

John & Denise Palmer

Stanley & Constance Panetski

Cynthia Parker

James & Judith Parkhill

Jonathan Parrella

Natalie Parsons

Mr. and Mrs. John Paterson

Barbara & Michael Payson

Carrie Peterson & Charles Poliner

Charlene & Jerry Petruccelli

Julie Pew

Paul Pidgeon

Alfreda Piecuch

Henri & Patricia St. Pierre

Randy & Katharine Pike

Norma Piper

William & Dana Poole

Tim & Joan Porta

Lloyd & Nancy Porter

William H. & Jean Preis

David & Elizabeth Puelle

Hope Putnam

Naomi Quenk

Barbara Rachel

Patricia Ramsay & Steven Horowitz

Pauline Rand

Hilary Rapkin & William Stiles

Ginger Raspiller

Christian & Tandy Ratliff

Sandra Record

H. Edward Reed

Richard & Shirley Reese

Kathryn Reid & Hugh Tozer

Frank & Sharon Reilly

Betsy Remage-Healey

Janice M. Rey

John & Marsha Reynolds

Jonathan Rhoads

Anne Richmond

Catherine Rizzo

Jan Roberson

Susan & Jock Robie

Jacqueline Robinov

Patricia Robinson

Ann Roche

Bill & Mary Earl Rogers

Anne Jepson & Steve Romanoff

Donald & Constance Rose

Larry & Robin Rubinstein

Thomas Rumpf & Annee Tara

Joel & Carolyn Russ

Patricia Ryan

Stephen Ryan & James Bishop

Jeff & Susan Saffer

Marjorie & Peter Sampson

Deborah Sandler

John Sartorius

W.B. & Patricia Satterlee

Bruce & Susan Saunders

Elena Schmidt

June Schnitzel

Mt. Ararat High School

Barbara & Albert Schultheis

Mike & Pam Schwotzer

Maxine Sclar & Robert J. Yamartino

Aurelia Scott

David & Clarice Scotton

Curtis & Cornelia Scribner

David Scribner

Sandra Scully

Richard Searles

Orrin & Linda Shane

Peggy Shapiro

Linda Shary & Jeffrey Logan

Scott Shattuck

Nancy Shaw & John Gilmour

Fred & Viola Sheehan

Julie Shelton-Grimshaw

Scott & Nancy Sheriff

Mr. & Mrs. Paul Shiebler

Diana Sholtz & Sandra Basgall

The Shop by Island Creek Oysters

Richard & Lynne Silkman

Kimberly Simmons

Andre & Daniela Skalina

Sina Skates

David Small & Betty Bricker-Small

Leonard Small

Amelia & Tim Small

Bettina Smith

Hugh & Mary Smith

Kevin Smith & Michelle Cacho-Negrete

Margaret H. Smith

Randall & Jean Smith

Richard & Patricia T. Smith

James & Joanne Smith

Carole & Dick Snyder

Elizabeth Soares

Carol & Alan Sockloff

Alan & Jonell Solander

Jeffrey & Dominique Sommer

Drs. David & Heidi Spencer

Betty & Barry Stallman

Lincoln & Virginia Stelk

T. Douglas & Shirley Stenberg

Donna Stephen

Maggie & Stacy Stevens

Patricia Stevens

William Stewart

Anita Stewart & Ron Botting

Matt & Stacy Stewart

Eileen & Howard Stiles

Judith T. Stone

Paul & Mary Stuart

Linton & Bonnie Studdiford

Robert Sullivan

Carla Sullwold

Raymond & Mary Swain

Evie Lynn Swan

Kristin G. Sweeney

Deborah & Terry Swift

Kay & Gene Taylor

John Taylor

Volney & Kathleen Taylor

Mary McCann & Peter Thaxter

Linden Thigpen

Sarah Thomson

Shelly Thorp

Margaret Thumm

Tom Tierney & Martha Williams

Nancy & Bruce Tindal

Marielynn Towers

Robert Traill, Jr.

Vail Traina

Louise Tuski

Jeffrey & Ellen Van Fleet

Beth Van Gorden

Lance & Gina Vardis

Derek Veilleux

Cheslye & John Ventimiglia

Peter & Elizabeth Ventre

Maryanne & Robert Vitalius

Peter & Pamela Vose

Brian & Mary Anne Wallace

James & Barbara W. Warner

Donald & Paula Watson

Katharine Watson

Bonnie & Ed Waybright

Helen Richmond Webb

Seth & Jill Webber

Gene Weeks

Tracey & Verne Weisberg

Prentiss & Leslie Weiss

Ron Wentworth

Natalie West & Robert Sellin

Mike & Janet Weston

Albert & Patricia Wheeler

Mary B. Whittemore

Rob & Robin Whitten

Louisa & Brett Wickard

Dana & Bryan Wiggins

Richard & Lisa Williams

Rosalee Williams & Michael LeBlanc

Douglas & Susan Williams

David & Elise Wilson

Wine Wise Events

David & Gail Witherill

James & Jennifer Wolak

Margo Wood & Wayne Barter

Sarah J. Woolf-Wade

VJ & Kate Wormwood

Mark & Janet Wrona

Penny & Bob Young

Gail & Melvyn Zarr

Margaret & David Zellinger

Richard & Helen Zidowecki

Bill & Patty Zimmerman

Mary Zwolinski




Beth & Eric Berman

Anne & Don Berschback

Caroline Fantasia

Allan Hart

Francois Haymann

Roger & Charlotte Hewson

Steve & Carolyn Jenks

Morgan Stanley Global Impact

Funding Trust

W.B. & Partricia Satterlee

Bruce & Susan Saunders

Elizabeth Soares

Elisabeth Tod

David & Jane Weiman Good

Gretchen Wetzel & Cindy Halliday

Doug & Ann West

Penny & Bob Young

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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 2019-20 Volunteers, many of whom have been donating their time and talent

to Portland Stage for years!


Greg Adams

Deborah Alford

Bonnie Amadei

Joan Anderson

Nancy Anderson

Rosemary Anderson

Debbie Andrews

Steven Barmore

Wendy Barmore

Steve Bates

Melissa Becker

Allen Belsheim

Karin Belsheim

Dotty Bennett

Gene Bergoffen

Sue Bergoffen

Noah Berube

Claire Bilodeau

Judith Blanchard

Linda Blanton

Cindy Boyd

Jennifer Bragg

Jim Braley

Meg Braley

Sarah Brinkman

Meg Hutchins Broderick

Shannon Broderick

Jackie Bromage

Bruce Brown

Diana Brown

Connie Burns

Michael Buzzell

Candice Cammferman

Kira Carey

Hannah Carlson

Susan Carlson

Meghan Casey

Jennifer Caven

John Chaisson

Jan Chapman

Grace Chlosta

Lou Christen

Patrick Christian

Kathy Clark

Pamela Cleghorn

Jana Coffin

Jon Coffin

Susan Comyns

Bill Connolly

Michael Connolly

Jane Coolidge

Anne Marie Craven

Lynne Cullen

Jim Czimbal

Judi Czimbal

Anne Daly

Laurie Davis

Patricia Davis

Anne Demers

Beth Doane

Espahbad Dodd

Elizabeth Dodson

Paul Dodson

Priscilla Donahue

Patrick Donohue

Janie Downey Maxwell

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

Bernard Fortier

Pauline Fortier

Michelle Frye

Sally Gaffney

Buzz Gautreau

Daryl Geer

Laurie Gingrich

Gaetane Gonyea

Alison Goudreau

Benson Gray

Paula Greenlee

Anna Griffin

Mary Griffin

Jennie Gwilym

Jim Gwilym

Andrea Handel

Tom Handel

James Hastrich

Laurie Hasty

Barbara Hauke

Steve Hauke

Ann Havener

Jacqueline Hawkins

Sophaktra Heng

Elizabeth Hewes

Rebecca Hitchcock

Ann Hitzrot

Rick Horton

Alyssa Howard

Lindsay Hudnor

Bob Irwin

Trish Irwin

Robert Isler

Susan Isler

Tara Jenkins

Laurie Jensen

Sheila Jepson

Sally Q. Johnston

Lorraine Johnstone

Spencer Jones

Susan Jones

Ellen Kanner

Christina Keilt

Fiona Kerr

Melissa Kim

Margaret R. Kimball

Rick Kimball

Tirrell Kimball

Karen Kirk

Mary Ann Kotros

Rachel Krawczyk

Sheera LaBelle

Susan Lakari

Karen Lambert

Linda LaRoche

Norman Lavigne

Diane Lawton

Ana Lazar

Dana Legawiec

Stephen Legawiec

Cindy Lemieux

Donna Levi

Annemarie Loffeld

Carole Logan

Thomas Logan

Francis Lorello

Karen Luse

Rick Lynch

Susan Maccalous

Paul Manoff

Ray Marcotte

Elizabeth Margolis-Pineo

Rosemary Mason

Karen Massey

Jane Ann McCabe

Deborah McCoy

Dan McGoo

Katie McGovern

Sharon McHold

Maureen McHugh

Donna Melancon

Patricia Mew

Sarah Mills

Teagan Moon

Bruce Moore

Stephanie Morris

Bradford Morrison

Ann Morse

Joan Mueller

Leigh Mundhenk

Tom Mundhenk

Pat Murray

Roberta Muse

Josephine Mussomeli

Yvette Nadeau

Reta Nappi

Brenda Nicholas

April Noonan

Denis Noonan

Marcia Noyes

Brian O’Connor

Terry O’Sullivan

Jackie Oliveri

David Olsen Pietrowski

Kate Olsen Pietrowski

Patti Olson

Bridget Parker

Ruby Parker

Wendy Patterson

Delene Perley

Eileen Peterson

Gay Peterson

Elaine Piccini

Rich Pizzi

Judith Plimpton

Linda Pomerleau

Kimberly Pondelis

Paula Proctor

Dorothy Provenzano

Laura Ramage

Valerie Razsa

David Reed

Susie Reed

Janice Rey

Fred Roberts

Janet Roberts

Sharon Roberts

Christine Robinson

Mary Robinson

Mary Rokosz

JoAnne Rush Peabody

Sasha Salzberg

Stephanie Scherr

Nancy Seiler

Sally Serunian

Tom Settlemire

Wendy Severson

Roberta Sherwood

Kelley Sigovich

Meg Sigovich

Venita Simcock

Dan Simeone

David Simpson

Ronda Snyder

Gerri Stiles

Kathleen Stokes

Marjorie Stone

Mary Stuart

Jonathan Swan

Lyn Swan

Tina Takacs

Audrey Tanner

Sarah Taubner

Sondra Taylor

Donna Thivierge

Ralph Thivierge

David Tiemann

Maryli Tiemann

Valerie Todd

Barbara Trentacosta

Nina Trowbridge

Ingrid van Duivenbode

Cheslye Ventimiglia

Pamela Vose

Peter Vose

Pam Waite

Andy Walsh

Cathy Walz

Lesli Weiner

Deena Weinstein

Lisa Wendler

Wolfgang Wendler

Mike West

Bart Weyand

Patricia Weyand

Lynne White

Rob Wood

Ginny Wright

Liz Wyrick

Neil Wyrick

Sue Yandell

Laura Young

Brent Zachau

Tracy Zager

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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

Artistic & Production Staff

Meg Anderson, Props Master

Todd Brian Backus, Literary Manager

Daniel Brodhead, Production Manager, Lighting & Sound Supervisor

Hannah Cordes, Education Director

Doane Dorchester, General Manager

Ted Gallant, Technical Director

Myles C. Hatch, Stage Manager

Julianne Shea, Education Administrator

Susan Thomas, Costume Shop Manager

Administrative Staff

Paul Ainsworth, Business Manager

Cody Brackett, Marketing Associate

Chris DeFilipp, House Manager

Nolan Ellsworth, Front of House Associate

Marjorie Gallant, Graphic Design Associate

Beth Given, Development Director

Mical Hutson, Marketing Director

Jennifer London, Company Manager

Martin Lodish, Finance Director

Renee Myhaver, Assistant Box Office Manager

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

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 2019-20 intern company received training

in the areas of Carpentry, Company Management, Costumes/Wardrobe,

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




Sophia B. Diaz, Education

Macey Downs, Directing & Dramaturgy

Zach Elton, Directing & Dramaturgy

Whitney Edmonds, Costumes

Meredith G. Healy, Directing & Dramaturgy

Audrey Kastner, Electrics

Beth Koehler, Stage Management

Mollie Lipkowitz, Costumes

Lizzie Lotterer, Company Management

Courtney Prentiss, Stage Management

Jordan Wells, Education

“This internship has been

formative to my development

as both an aspiring director

and a theater practitioner,

and I feel very fortunate to

be returning in the same role

for another season. I was

attracted to this internship

because it allowed me to gain

a more well-rounded understanding of all of the work it

takes in every department to produce a show at a LORT

theater. I gained experience as a member of the technical

crew, and am now more comfortable working with lights,

sets, and costumes.

In addition to gaining confidence in the different

technical areas, the internship also strengthened my

skills as an aspiring director with a particular interest

in the development of new works. When Portland

Stage pivoted to a virtual version of Little Festival of

the Unexpected last spring, I was able to serve as an

Assistant Director/Dramaturg for two of the three

productions. I found it enlightening to watch the

directors and playwrights engage with this new medium.

During such an unpredictable time for the theater

community, Portland Stage has been a consistent

source of support for those of us in the program.

When the physical theater shut down productions in

March, our intern coordinator began organizing weekly

Zoom calls with theater practitioners from across the

country. We heard from scenic designers, directors,

educators, artistic directors, and stage managers. These

professionals were willing to answer questions about

their career paths and current positions, and provided

excellent advice. The conversations helped expand our

network, and illustrated how connected the staff at

Portland Stage is to the national theater community.

Portland Stage is one of the few regional theaters

committed to providing an internship, housing, and

stipend. I am extremely grateful for the company’s

dedication to mentoring the next generation of theater

practitioners during such an unpredictable season.”

- Meredith G. Healy, Directing & Dramaturgy Intern

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Between the opening of our Mainstage season in the fall of 2019 and our

closure in March 2020, Portland Stage was positioned to have one of the most

successful years in the organization’s 46-year history. Given all of the successes

described in the preceding pages, and with three remaining shows lined up for

the spring, we were well on our way to a record breaking year. However, in

accordance with Governor Mills’ emergency proclamation, we closed our doors to the

public from March 13 through the end of the season due to the pandemic. In the months

When given the option to turn

tickets for cancelled shows into

tax-deductible contributions, over

80% of our subscribers stepped

up and donated the value of their

tickets back to the theater!

that followed, our senior staff and board met virtually and frequently to ensure that Portland Stage would

continue fulfilling our mission and serving our community.

As the pandemic seismically changed our world, the deaths of George Floyd,

Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery confronted us with the unending issue of

racism that has plagued our country since its founding. In mourning and in

response, Portland Stage issued a statement of solidarity with the Black Lives

Matter movement and created an Ad Hoc Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Committee to begin our work in ensuring that we play a leadership role in our

community’s commitment to anti-racism. At our Annual Meeting in June, we

added this call to action to our Strategic Plan, and we will continue to stand

shoulder to shoulder with BIPOC artists, staff, board, audiences, students,

teachers, and members of our community to say no more to white hate, no

more to white indifference.

We dug into the oft changing rules

of the Payroll Protection Program,

and secured a fully forgivable

$225,000 loan, which allowed us to

continue paying staff and artists to

create online content and expand our

virtual presence.

We continued

to engage students

throughout the spring and

summer both virtually and safely

in person, and in the Spring of

2020 alone, our virtual Education

Program content reached over


Once our

Mainstage went

dark, our artists and

production staff kept

storytelling alive through our

weekly PS Stories from the

Stage video series, sharing

memories of their favorite

on-stage and backstage


Before closing our

doors, we filmed our

Mainstage production of

Native Gardens and offered

patrons the opportunity to

stream the production

online - a first for Portland


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As we reflect on our 46th season and look ahead to celebrating our 50th in just a few years, Portland Stage

recognizes the importance and urgency of making our theater and the work on our stages relevant and

accessible to all members of our community - both in person and virtually. We acknowledge our role in the

systemic racism prevalent in our country, and we commit to educating ourselves and inviting our

community to join us as we learn to practice anti-racism.

We will find creative solutions to providing exceptional theatrical experiences during this pandemic and

beyond in a fiscally responsible manner that supports our community, staff, and artists. We are committed

to maintaining the vibrancy of our city and state through all of our programming - from the Mainstage

productions at our core to our reimagined New Work and Education initiatives.

In reflecting on our accomplishments over the past year,

I am overcome with pride and appreciation for our

hardworking staff and artists. Portland Stage started out

our 2019-20 season stronger than ever, and in spite of

the pandemic, we continued to serve our community

during some of the most challenging months ever faced

as an organization, as a community, and as a nation.

Portland Stage remains committed to fulfilling our

mission, and come what may, we will continue to search

for better ways to engage our community with timely

and relevant productions and programming. Now more

than ever, we aim to make the theater more inviting and

accessible, whether in person or online.

To all our friends and supporters, thank you for helping

us get this far and accomplish so much. With your

continued belief in our work, we will keep Portland Stage

a thriving, relevant, and innovative center for the arts in

2021 and beyond.

With gratitude and hope,

Anita Stewart

Executive & Artistic Director

Design: Talley-O, www.talley-o.com | Front Cover Design: Cody Brackett | Printing:

Edison Press | Photos: Todd Backus, Tom Bloom, Aaron Flacke, Beth Given,

Mical Hutson, Lauren Kennedy, Corey Templeton | Actors Pictured: Abigail Killeen*

(cover), Dwelvan David* (cover), La’Nette Wallace* (cover, p.6), Jose-Maria Aguila*

(cover), Raymond McAnally* (cover), Samantha Rosentrater* (cover), Laura Houck*

(cover, p.7), Mitch Tebo* (cover), Michelle Rios* (cover, p. 7), Ross Cowan* (cover,

p.12), Lauren Orkus* (cover, p.12), Dustin Tucker* (cover), John Cariani* (cover, p.7,

p. 12), Kathy McCafferty* (cover, p. 7), Grace Bauer* (cover), Roderick Demmings Jr.

(cover), Qiana McNary* (p. 6), Renelle Nicole* (p. 6), Octavia Chavez-Richmond* (p. 7),

Esaú Mora* (p.8), Lukis Crowell (cover, p. 8), Zach Hobby (p. 9)

*Member of the Actor’s Equity Association, the Union of professional Actors and Stage

Managers in the United States




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