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St. Lawrence Arts is owned and operated by the non-profit corporation Friends of the St. Lawrence Church, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization created in 1996 to restore the historic St. Lawrence Church and return it to use as an arts center. The St. Lawrence  has a 3-part mission:

  • Arts & Culture: creating an affordable and accessible venue for a diverse offerings of arts including but not limited to theater, dance, music, film, and workshops;
  • Neighborhood &  Community: adding activity, entertainment, cultural enrichment, social interaction, renovation and investment that serve both the surrounding neighborhood of Munjoy Hill as well as the residents of Greater Portland.
  • Historic Preservation: rehabilitating this local and national landmark with the adaptive reuse of an arts center.

The Friends of the St. Lawrence Church has an active board of directors (see About section for list of Board members), and three full-time staff members. Starting at its creation in 1996, the organization raised $1.5 million and renovated half of the building, opening the 110-seat Parish Hall Theater in May, 2001 (Phase I). The St. Lawrence manages the theater house and rents the facility to artists and production companies. The yearly operating budget of approximately $140,000 is supported fully by revenues from the theater operation and unrestricted fundraising (annual fund, etc.).

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Executive & Artistic Director
Deirdre Nice

Development Director
Julia Kirby

Booking/Rental Information
Deirdre Nice

Theater Manager
Gerry Shannon

Stained Glass Workshop Director
Fritz Lewis

Stained Glass Workshop Director Emeritus
Michael Lorello

Theater In Residence
Good Theater
Brian Allen, Artistic Director
Stephen Underwood, Technical Director