Mountain Actors Workshop is embarking on a new project to renovate the old Hayfork Theater building into a community performing arts center.

While efforts had started in 2005 when the Dunaetz Family Trust donated the building to the nonprofit, 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 has announced 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,” Semer said.

Alongside those efforts, the organization also re-launched its website,, in which you can find more information about the project and how to donate.

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