About Us

Mary Weaver
Producer/Director and Teacher

Mary Weaver is the Director of The Playhouse. Her responsibilities include artistic direction, as well as executive and business management. She has produced theater in Belfast since 1982 and she founded The Playhouse in 1994. She has a degree in Theater Arts from the University of Michigan.

Mary moved to Waldo County, Maine in 1970 and to Belfast in 1981. She has been producing theater and teaching young people how to act since 1982. Mary’s contributions to the community include street parades, seasonal performances all around the parks and waterfront of Belfast, productions in the Belfast Opera House, and New Vaudeville shows in tents, as well as original musicals and plays. These productions were part of an effort to return the historic opera house to the community. Mary also produced a summer theater program for two years with a professional New York theater company and its international Equity intern program at The Crosby School – all before she established The Playhouse.

She teaches acting and theater skills to children and has acted for the Belfast Maskers, The Assembled Players, at The Playhouse, and on the streets of Belfast. At the University of Michigan she studied children’s theater, television and radio, directing, makeup and costume creation.

Board of Directors

Peter Paton – President
Peter is an actor of stage and screen, a playwright and a producer, and he has appeared in many Playhouse productions.

Elizabeth Garber
Elizabeth is an acupuncturist, a published poet, and a parent of early students at The Playhouse.

Lucy McCarthy
Lucy is an active land conservationist. She helped begin the initial productions of The Playhouse by bringing Mary Weaver to the Vinalhaven School to work with students.

Leslie Stein
Leslie is a retired guidance counselor, an actress, a musician and vocalist, and a parent of early students at The Playhouse. She has appeared in many Playhouse productions.

Doug Van Horn
Doug is a retired Unity College professor, a blueberry farmer, and a parent of early students at The Playhouse.

Grants and Donations

CLAP! Inc. has received generous grants from The Basil Burwell Foundation, the Maine Community Foundation, The Waldo County Fund, The Maine Theater Fund, and the Maine Expansion Arts Fund. Most of our funding comes from donations from friends of The Playhouse, and their donations are essential to keeping the doors open at The Playhouse.

Creative Learning & Performance Inc. is a non-profit, tax-exempt, 501(c) 3 organization. Donations made to CLAP! Inc. are fully tax-deductible.