Harbor Residency Resources

We're delighted that you will be joining us in Stonington for the Harbor Residency program. Please take a moment to read through all the information below and prepare yourself for your time with us. If you have questions, please email Interim Artistic Director, Peter Richards.


All residents need to provide their own transportation to Deer Isle. Deer Isle is reachable by car, bus or plane. If you are arriving by either bus or plane, a staff member from Opera House Arts will collect you from either Bangor or Bar Harbor and bring you to the island.


If you need assistance planning your travel, or to arrange for pickup from a local bus station or airport, please contact Peter Richards.


Opera House Arts is not responsible for, nor can be held liable for, any lost, stolen or damaged property brought on premises by any resident artist or guest nor for any property or bodily harm occurring on the premises. Should participants decide to travel with valuables, they are encouraged to bring their own means of securing them.



From beginning to end, residencies are casual affairs, so don't worry about bringing your evening wear. By virtue of coming to Maine in the off-season, you get to experience the beauty of our island in winter. (Or early spring, but you might think it is still winter...)


January-March, temperatures are usually below freezing -- often well below, and snow is common. Bring wool sweaters, long underwear, scarves, gloves and water replellant pants/coats. Boots for snow are important. 



All residents will be staying at houses located in the towns of Deer Isle and Stonington.



Unfortunately our housing policy does not allow for pets. Please make alternate plans for the care of your pets during your residency.


Clean bed linens and a clean towel will be provided at the beginning of your stay.

There is no mid-residency housekeeping services. Artists are expected to maintain clean living quarters. There is laundry available at the theatre.


Kitchens are fully stocked with basic cooking needs and daily essentials.


Need to receive mail or a package during your residency? Have it mailed to:


Your Name

Opera House Arts

PO Box 56

Stonington, ME 04681



Free wireless internet access is provided at each residence facility as well as at the Opera House and offices.

  • Shared use of Stonington Opera House – specifics of access to be determined in advance of each residency.

    • Opera House stage is 24’ deep x 29’ wide with proscenium opening of 9’x20’

  • Opportunity to share work and process with community and other artists.

  • Limited tech support. Be sure to include specific technical requirements in application.

  • Private single or double-occupancy rooms (for participating artists only – additional guests may be accommodated on a case-by-case basis). All accommodations include: shared baths, communal kitchens, communal living spaces, free laundry facilities, linens and towels provided.

  • Wi-fi – available in most housing options and in the theatre

  • Parking for any vehicles brought by visiting artists, or loan of vehicle if needed.

  • Access to OHA office with use of printers and photocopiers as necessary (subject to availability and limitations).

  • Local amenities include a community-run grocery store, a fantastic café, the spectacular Maine coast, hiking opportunities, quiet island time.


  • Transportation to/from Deer Isle – Deer Isle is reachable by car, bus or plane. If you are arriving by either bus or plane, a staff member from Opera House Arts will collect you from either Bangor or Bar Harbor and bring you to the island.

  • Per diems/honorariums for artists

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207.367.2788 | info@operahousearts.org

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