Maples Repertory Theatre Receives ARPA Grant

April 21, 2023

Missouri Department of Economic Development Tourism Grant Funds Theatre Expansion and Renovation

Macon, MO– The Department of Economic Development (DED) announced last week that it has awarded a total of $30 million through the Local Tourism Asset Development Grant Program for 26 projects across the state. The program, funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), is focused on supporting projects that further the recovery of the tourism, travel, and hospitality industries. Maples Repertory Theatre in Macon has been named as one of the recipients. The grant details $250,000 in matching funds for the expansion of Maples Repertory Theatre’s physical operations and continued renovation of the historic Royal Theatre.

“We are really excited to use this money to renovate two vacant downtown buildings into production spaces for the theatre” said Todd Davison, Maples Rep Artistic Director. “ We will move our scene shop out of the basement of the Royal Theatre and into a much more functional space. We will also develop a new headquarters for our Theatre Education department and get a second performance venue in the deal. Our task now is to raise $250,000 in matching funds to allow us to access this grant. It gives our partners the chance to double their gift and make a huge impact on our organization and community."

This news comes just as the theatre is ramping up into its 20th Anniversary Season, featuring BIG RIVER: THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN, DRIVING MISS DAISY, MAMMA MIA!, THE CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, and SORRY! WRONG CHIMNEY.

About the Maples Repertory Theatre

Maples Repertory Theatre is a professional Equity theatre located in the heart of downtown Macon, Missouri inside the historic Royal Theatre. Founded in 2004 and celebrating its 20th season in 2023, MRT’s mission is to provide professional theatre experiences and to develop and promote an appreciation for live theatre in rural northern Missouri. Because of Maples Rep, Macon becomes a temporary home to professional actors, directors, designers, and technicians hailing from New York to California from June to December for our six show mainstage season, performances for youth and families, and other special events throughout the year.

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About the Missouri Department of Economic Development

The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) works to create an environment that encourages economic growth by supporting Missouri’s businesses and diverse industries, strengthening our communities, developing a talented and skilled workforce, and maintaining a high quality of life. As one team built around the customer and driven by data, DED aspires to be the best economic development department in the Midwest. Through its various initiatives, DED is helping create opportunities for Missourians to prosper.

For the latest updates on DED’s current or future programs and initiatives, visit DED’s website.