Peninsula Players Receives Grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board

Peninsula Players Theater announces it was awarded a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board (WAB) through their WAB’s Creation & Presentation program. Funds of the grant will support the Peninsula Players continued development and presentation of theatrical productions and community programs as the theater prepares for its 83rd season in 2018.

Peninsula Players ranked among the highest-scoring applicants for these state grants, which are awarded on a competitive basis through a rigorous evaluation process. Panelists cited the 83-year-old theater’s long-term financial health, increasing attendance, range of programming and creative efforts to stimulate community interest. The awarding of this grant indicates the Players programming and community engagement provides the highest level of excellence.

“I am extremely thrilled that this grant will assist Peninsula Players to continue to create high-caliber theater for the people of Door County and its visitors,” said Brian Kelsey, the Peninsula Players managing director. “It is particularly rewarding to see panel members from across the state acknowledge the significance of this Door County theatrical gem.”

The Peninsula Players 2018 season opens with Now and Then, the world première of a magical comedy-drama by Sean Grennan.

“One of the most satisfying things I’ve been able to do at Peninsula Players is to help a playwright bring his or her creation into the world,” said Greg Vinkler, the Peninsula Players artistic director. “I couldn’t be happier seeing a brand new play launched from our stage.”

Funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board, a state agency, will augment the support Peninsula Players receives from the community and visitors through ticket sales, individual contributions and corporate and foundation support. Organizations that receive Arts Board funding are required to match state tax dollars with such additional public and private funds.

Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 season. Learn more at

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