Renovation Revival

February 13, 2019

Photos by Brian Gossman

Mountain Actors Revives Theater Renovation Efforts

Mountain Actors Workshop (MAW) announced it is embarking on a new project to renovate the old Hayfork Theater building into a community performing arts center in Hayfork.

While efforts had started when the nonprofit was donated the building in 2005 by the Dunaetz Family Trust, it was found by engineering experts at the time that extensive work was necessary and would’ve meant rebuilding the entire structure and losing its historical value. But, thanks to a large donation from a Hayfork community member, MAW is excited to announce the completion of a new engineering study that provided the much-needed framework to apply for grants, while also retaining the original building.

“We have recently been gifted an extremely generous gift of $10,000 from Trinity Mountain Products for the express purpose of getting the building renovated once and for all,” said MAW President Chris Semer. “This donation finally tipped the scales so we could proceed with the first major hurdle with engineers, while also retaining the structure of this historical building in Hayfork — one of the last still standing in this community.”

With the engineering study now complete, MAW has begun extensive grant efforts to ensure the completion of this project. “We welcome the community to join us in this still-promising endeavor, whether through expertise, donations, or by becoming a MAW member.”

Photos by Brian Gossman