Weston Theatre Fund Named to Honor Founding Directors
The Board of Directors of the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company announces the establishment of The Ewen-Fort-Stettler Fund, honoring Malcolm Ewen, Tim Fort and Steve Stettler and their contributions to Weston, to Vermont, and to the American Theatre.
The three founders are retiring after 30 years of leadership at Weston.
The Ewen-Fort-Stettler Fund will support their enduring legacy, the brand new Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm. A 140 seat studio theatre and arts center, it opened in September 2017 and is already getting rave reviews as a performance venue and community gathering place. The new Second Stage is in addition to the company’s Main Stage at the Weston Playhouse in the center of historic Weston Village.
The Fund is an important part of the Theatre Company’s $13.5 million Capital Campaign. With an initial goal of $1.5 million, and designed to be replenished by future donations, the Fund will be a revolving source of annual support to help offset the expansion of the company’s artistic and community programs at Walker Farm. Contributions to the Fund are fully tax-deductible, and pledges to the Fund may be paid over up to five years.
Oliver Olsen, Chair of the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company Board of Directors, said: “We have set an ambitious $1.5 million goal for the Fund to honor a collective 90 years of service to the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company. Mal, Tim and Steve have led the company from its days as a summer stock company to an award-winning regional theatre. Naming the Fund for the ‘three guys’, as they’ve long been called, is a richly deserved recognition of their extraordinary leadership.”
Wayne Granquist, Chair Emeritus of the Company Board of Directors and Chair of the Capital Campaign, added: “The Fund will give our successful New Works program a substantial boost and deliver the support our new facility at Walker Farm needs to bring year-round excitement to Weston and Southern Vermont.”