Setting the Stage is a four-part narrative podcast that tells the true story of the Stage East theater in Eastport. It features interviews with members of the Eastport community and Cornerstone Theater Company. The story begins in 1990, when a group of idealistic theater majors arrived in a sleepy fishing village with one lofty goal: to create a theater that could sustain itself in a rural, economically disadvantaged, and socially divided community. This is the story of Eastport, Maine, Cornerstone Theater Company, and the decades that followed.
Interviewees include: Jean Wilhelm, Joyce Weber, Barbara Smith, Jay Skriletz, Ann Skriletz, Brian Schuth, David Reiffel, Lynn Mitchell, Meg McGarvey, Chris Grannis, Lou Esposito, James Bundy, Alison Brennan and Greg Biss.
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Setting the Stage creator Quinn Rose (Quinn Sluzenski) was born and raised in Charlotte, Maine, and started attending EAC programs regularly when she joined Eastport Strings in elementary school. She played with the orchestra until her high school graduation in 2014, and came back to the EAC as a publicity intern in the summer of 2015. In the summer of 2018, Quinn wrote for the Quoddy Tides and interviewed a dozen members of the community to produce Setting the Stage.
Quinn graduated from Harvard College in 2018 with a degree in sociology and a minor in theater, dance, and media. She currently lives in Chicago, IL, where she works as a freelance podcast producer and editor, and spends a lot of time thinking about and watching theater. Learn more about Quinn’s work at