Thank you for all of your support over the past five years, from attending our performances throughout Downeast Maine, to financial contributions, words of wisdom and most importantly your valuing our mission.
We wanted to let you know that our staff and board have ultimately moved to dissolve the Harborside Shakespeare Company. Of course we are sad to see this chapter of our lives come to an end, but it has been a pleasure and an honor to bring Shakespeare to Mount Desert Island over the past five years.
From star-crossed lovers in fair Verona to dancing fairies in the woods and a dustbowl tragedy, we have deeply enjoyed bringing William Shakespeare’s words alive within our community. Here are some highlights from our tenure:
-Moved from a startup to stability, completing our last season with a budget surplus.
-Successfully attained multiple grants and secured gifts from over 150 donors.
-Produced 3 acclaimed major plays: Romeo and Juliet, Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet.
-Successfully engaged the community through holding more than 10 Open Mic Nights.
-Performed in 7 downtown Bar Harbor Art Walks.
-Held 8 Shakespearean Vignette Dinners.
-Established a continuing partnership with Camp Beech Cliff around performance training for youngsters. -Reached beyond College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor to establish relationships with venues such as the Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor, Schoodic Arts for All in Winter Harbor, The Grand in Ellsworth and Mayo Street Arts Center in Portland
Co-founders Ariel Mahler and Alicia Hynes are doing great! Ariel is living in New York City, and is continuing to work as a director and filmmaker. Ariel’s most recent directing project, “Oddity,” premiered at the Trans Theatre Festival in Brooklyn this month! Ariel is also working on several film projects, including a new web series, and an original feature, both of which will release in the fall.
Alicia has just returned to Maine after directing, producing and production managing out in Chicago. Some of her favorite projects included production managing the award-winning production of The Hairy Ape with Oracle Productions, directing for 20% Theatre Company Snapshots Festival and directing Mutiny at the Chicago Fringe. Alicia is now an Editorial Assistant at Alice James Books, an independent poetry publishing house affiliated with the University of Maine, Farmington and is very happy to be back in the Pine Tree State!
As we’re fortunate enough to still have a budget surplus in our account, we have decided to donate our remaining funds to Maine Community Foundation. MCF is a wonderful philanthropic organization that supports non-profit initiatives throughout Maine. MCF has generously supported the Harborside Shakespeare Company in the past, and we thought it only fair to give back a little something to show our thanks. Once again, thank you so much for your support, enthusiasm and participation throughout our seasons. To quote the bard himself, “I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.” We hope you’ll stay in touch!
Sincerely, Alicia Hynes and Ariel Mahler
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