The Portland Civic Theatre Guild renames The Portland Civic Theatre Award in Support of Theatre and seeks applications for awards and fellowships totaling $10,000.

In honor of the memory of our inspirational member Isabella Chappell, the Portland Civic Theatre Guild announces that the Portland Civic Theatre Award in Support of Theatre will now be named the Isabella Chappell Award in Support of Theatre. The name change marks  Mrs. Chappell’s passing on February 1, 2019 and honors her life and work. Isabella Chappell, a Portland Civic Theatre Guild Lifetime Member, was for many years the managing director of the Portland Civic Theatre. She was an actor, teacher and mentor of many in the theater world, and a friend and patron of local artists. Her support of the arts in Portland had tremendous impact over more than fifty years. The Isabella Chappell Award in Support of Theatre will be awarded annually by the Portland Civic Theatre Guild. The award amount, $3000, is directed toward purchase of capital items. Theatres must be located in the Portland Metro area.

The Portland Civic Theatre Guild is currently seeking applications for its 2019 awards and fellowships totaling $10,000.

The Isabella Chappell Award in Support of Theatre, $3000.

This award honors Isabella Chappell, a Portland Civic Theatre Guild Lifetime Member, and a longtime leader of the arts community in Portland. For many years Isabella served as the managing director of the Portland Civic Theatre, as well as an actor, teacher and mentor of many in the theater world. The award is directed toward purchase of capital items. Theatres must be located in the Portland Metro area.

Application deadline April 26, 2019

The Mary Brand Award, $2000.

This award is directed to individuals and programs that involve young people in theatre education as participants, observers, or students. The award honors Mary Brand who founded the Portland Civic Theatre Guild in 1958 as a way to assist the theatre. Among the programs sustained by Guild activities was the Portland Civic Theatre School which provided training to thousands of theatre students of all ages over several decades.

Application deadline is March 15, 2019

The Leslie O. Fulton Fellowship, $5000.

This award is directed toward theatre artists of high merit to sustain and enhance their creative process. This award is made possible by a gift from Neil Fulton in honor of his late wife, Leslie O. Fulton. She was an active member of the Portland Civic Theatre Guild. Mrs. Fulton initiated the PCTG Endowment Fund through the Oregon Community Foundation and its fellowships as a way to continue the legacy of the Portland Civic Theatre.

Fellowship applicants must be from the Portland theatre community in terms of official residence or professional activity. They must be active on a regular basis in Portland area theatre and recognized as a professional by their peers.

 Application postmark deadline is April 26, 2019

The recipients of these awards will be chosen by selection panels comprising theatre professionals and Guild members. Applicants will be evaluated in a variety of areas including excellence of proposal, feasibility of completion, and contribution to artistic growth of the applicant, theatre company, or program. Full details are presented in the application.

The fellowships and awards are offered by the Portland Civic Theatre Guild, a nonprofit group founded in 1958 as an adjunct to one of the nation’s oldest and largest community theatres. The Guild presents the Portland Civic Theatre Guild First Tuesday Readers Theatre season at The Sanctuary October through May each year. In addition, the Guild sponsors the Drammy Awards and the Portland Civic Theatre Guild New Play Award as part of Fertile Ground: Portland’s City Wide Festival of New Works.

Applications are available on the web at www.portlandcivictheatreguild.org.

 For further information please contact Margaret Chapman, margaretlouisechapman@gmail.com.