The Mary Brand 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 the Guild activities was the Portland Civic Theatre School, which provided training to thousands of theatre students of all ages over several decades.

Grants, Awards and Fellowships are for theatres and artists in the Portland Metro Area only.

Click here for the 2022 Application.


The Isabella Chappell Award in Support of Theatre provides funds to be used by a theatre company for capital expenditures and may not be used for general operational or production expenses. The award honors Isabella Chappell, General Manager of the Portland Civic Theatre for 18 years.

Grants, Awards and Fellowships are for theatres and artists in the Portland Metro Area only.

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The Leslie O. Fulton Fellowship is directed to an established theatre artist for personal growth, enrichment, or renewal. This Fellowship has been funded in honor of Leslie O. Fulton, the Portland Civic Theatre’s first development director. The purpose of the award is to help artists of high merit sustain or enhance their creative process. It is not intended to support a staff position at an established company, provide operational support, or production support. Rather, we wish to honor an established artist with the time and funds to explore something beyond everyday responsibilities.

Grants, Awards and Fellowships are for theatres and artists in the Portland Metro Area only.

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From Past Mary Brand Award Recipients

Letter from Oregon Children’s Theatre, winner of the 2021 Mary Brand Award

Dear PCTG,

We are SO very grateful, especially during this time when folks are struggling. Your support was put to good use and was very appreciated!  The students who received the financial support have done MANY amazing things, such as received college audition coaching, performed in professional plays, and participated in workshops such as Theater for Social Change, Directing, Acting for Film, WellVersed (our script reading/analysis workshop), among many others.

We received this letter from one of the recipient's parents:

Dear OCT Donor,
I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for the funds you provide to OCT, which have allowed for a partial scholarship for our daughter's tuition as part of the OCT Young Professionals Company. Lulu, now age 16, began to perform on the OCT Mainstage at age 11, and considers OCT to be her home as an actor. As parents, we know that our teenager is happy and most herself when she is doing what she loves, and envisioning how to make theatre a part of her professional life as an adult. The Young Professional Company at OCT has given her, and continues to give her, the opportunity to do what she loves with people she loves, grow her skills and envision possibilities for her continued journey as a performer. Like so many during the times of COVID, our family has had an unexpected rough couple of years including in the financial arena. Your support and generosity make a difference for our family, and especially to our daughter.

Thank you again for the help! These students need support and I was thrilled to be able to offer this to them.

Dani Baldwin
Artistic Director, Young Professionals Company at Oregon Children’s Theatre

Results from Louanne Moldovan and The Cygnet Radio Hour, winner of the 2020 Leslie O. Fulton Fellowship

A Retrospective on the Results of the Fellowship

  1. THE BEGINNING—Going Beyond Live Theatre

The creation of a show begins with an idea, a concept, a desire to create something for others to consume and enjoy.

In my case, with the Cygnet Radio Hour, this creative dream was a continuation of my production company, Cygnet Productions, which was established in 1992. Cygnet has produced dozens of theatrical performances, some of which you may know, such as The Wild Party; Faith Healer; Not About Heroes and Vitriol & Violets: Tales From the Algonquin Round Table.

When the pandemic hit, and live events came to a complete standstill in March 2020, I knew I wanted to create something that would help the performing arts remain vital and available to audiences everywhere. My goal was to develop a project that would be free and accessible to as many people as possible and keep our theatre artists performing.

The solution?

The Cygnet Radio Hour

Click here for the full retrospective.