George Vafiadis Society

Good-night, sweet prince; And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. ~ Hamlet

Press Release Concerning George’s Passing

We’re sad to the share the news of George’s passing.  He was and will always be our Founder. His legacy, his impact and his imprint on this community is evident in the existence of not one but two theaters.  We are in his debt.  George, Thank You.


George Vafiadis, with Lou Collier, founded Penobscot Theatre Company in 1973.  George was the driving force behind the theater – possessing a strong personality, the passion and dedication to keep it going through thick and thin.  By telling stories the community wanted and needed to hear that reflected their lives he drew people to the Bangor Opera House to share the communal experience of theater.  In creating relationships with patrons and artists alike, he made the theatre a vital part of the community.   Creating connections is what makes theater work.  We strive to follow in his footsteps, maintaining Penobscot Theatre Company as an anchor of the downtown business community and the region.

 George had a fire, a flame, that made him a great actor, inspiring leader and strong member of the community.  We all possess a spark that could be fanned into a Flame.  If you want to be A Flame become a member of The George Vafiadis Society. As A Flame you will ensure the future of Penobscot Theatre Company and the Dramatic Academy through planned giving.  Become A Flame and make sure our lights burn bright long into the future!

 A planned gift can be made in a number of ways.  Below is a list of options.  If you’d like to become A Flame, please contact



All it takes is a quick call to your estate planner or lawyer to ask him or her to include Penobscot Theatre Company in your Will. You can specify a dollar amount, or just leave a percentage of your estate. Please let us know that you have included us in your Will so we can express our appreciation for your gift!


Qualified Charitable Distribution from an IRA

Have you reached the time when you must begin to take distributions from your IRA? Did you know that you can make a distribution directly to a charitable organization from your IRA and it will no longer be considered ordinary taxable income to you? Talk about a win-win! Talk to your tax professional or financial advisor about this efficient and effective method of giving.


Transfer of Stock

We are happy to receive your gift of stock or other marketable securities. They can be transferred directly to Penobscot Theatre Company using the following stock transfer document. Because we are a not-for-profit organization, there may be tax benefits with your gift of shares!


Beneficiary Designation

You can name Penobscot Theatre Company as a beneficiary of stocks, property, insurance policies, your IRA, or your 401k. There may even be tax benefits to doing so. Talk to your financial advisor or account custodian about how to name beneficiaries on your account.

To make a Legacy Gift, please contact Jen Shepard, Managing Director, at jen@penobscottheatre.orgor call (207) 947-6618 ext 102.  


A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.  

~ Joseph Campbell


We are a registered 501(c)(3) and will be happy to provide you with documentation for your tax records.  Donors who give over $100 annually will be listed in our printed playbills.

Penobscot Theatre Company has its roots in the Acadia Repertory Theatre founded in 1973 by George Vafiadis and Lou Collier. Acadia Repertory Theatre presented 97 productions in Bangor before Penobscot Theatre Company was incorporated as a 501(c)3 on March 17, 1983. The School For Wives was the first play officially produced by PTC.