Theater at Monmouth
Theater at Monmouth was founded in 1970 and was named the Shakespearean Theatre of Maine by the State Legislature in 1975. The mission of the company is to present innovative approaches to Shakespeare and other classic plays through professional productions that enrich the lives of people throughout the state of Maine. Since its founding, Theater at Monmouth has produced expertly crafted, engaging productions in their three-month summer repertory season entertaining audiences from 36 states and through education tours annually reaching more than 15,000 students statewide. They are a community-based, professional, arts organization working to promote quality arts and humanities experiences and education for their community. They seek to foster and strengthen partnerships between cultural organizations and the community; provide community members access to engaging arts experiences and arts learning; and promote the value of the arts throughout the state of Maine. They are located in Monmouth, Maine which is an hour’s drive of more than 60% of state’s population. Education tours crisscross the state from Rangeley to Lubec, Fort Kent to Kittery and many locations that most other touring programs skip. In the past eight years, they company has brought productions to each of state’s 16 counties. They bring classic literature to students who have little to no access to the arts, who are geographically or economically isolated, and hungry for connection to great art and the artists who make it.
For Shakespeare in American Communities, Theater at Monmouth touring performances of Twelfth Night directed by Resident Company Member James Noel Hoban, as part of their Shakespeare in Maine Communities program. The company provided related educational activities, including post-performance discussions, workshops, and a teacher resource guide. They reached more than 2,600 students from 25 schools located in Maine.