The Maine Theater Fund of the Maine Community Foundation recently awarded 20 grants that total $75,250 to support professional and community theaters in the production and presentation of live theater. The 2018 grant recipients include the Midcoast’s Everyman Repertory Theatre, for its 2019 season comprising two Art on Stage collaborations with the Farnsworth Art Museum; and a show on the topic of gun violence titled “Up in Arms.”

The Everyman Repertory Theatre is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit professional theater company committed to bringing live theater to the people of Midcoast Maine. For more information, visit

Other Midcoast groups in the grant cohort are Bayside Arts in Northport; and Belfast’s Midcoast Actors’ Studio and Belfast Maskers. An anonymous couple who recognized the connection between vibrant communities and support for the arts established the Maine Theater Fund in 2005 to strengthen and sustain theater performance throughout the state. Awards are typically between $2,500 and $5,000. The next deadline for applications is Sept. 15, 2019. Guidelines are available at

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