A scene from the recent production of “Queen Zixi of Ix.” Courtesy of Waterman’s Community Center

ELLSWORTH & PORTLAND – The Maine Community Foundation’s Maine Theater Fund has awarded $93,500 in grants to 20 organizations across the state.

The 2021 grantees include: 

  • Acorn Productions, to produce the 2022 Maine Playwrights Festival world premiere plays in a two-week, in-person celebration of Maine playwriting: $3,500
  • Everyman Repertory Theatre, to celebrate the reopening of theaters across the world during its 2022 season: $5,000
  • Stage East, to establish a group of trained theater artists in Washington County: $4,800
  • Waterman’s Community Center, to support a 20th-anniversary revival production of “Islands,” the dramatic and musical portrait of North Haven performed on Broadway in 2001: $5,000.

An anonymous couple, who recognized the connection between vibrant communities and support for the arts, established the Maine Theater Fund in 2005. 

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