Three Grants Awarded to the MPB/Dragon’sEgg!

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Mystic Paper Beasts Theatre Company/ Dragon’s Egg
8 Hancox Street, Stonington, Ct. 06378
860 535 3346;


Marya Ursin, Artistic Director, Mystic Paper Beasts/Dragon’s Egg
Phone:860-535-3346; cell: 860 444 7247 (better)

The Mystic Paper Beasts/Dragon’s Egg
Receives Three Grants!! In winter 2021/ 2022
With great gratitude

***CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant from CT Humanities, (CTCFOSG, ) the statewide, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
(December, 2021)

***FY22 General Operating Support Grant \for Theaters and Performing Groups, from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts
(January, 2022)

***An ARPA grant from the Borough of Stonington
(February, 2022)
We are deeply grateful for these grants. These past couple of years have been perilous times for all. These grants will allow the work of the Beasts and of the Egg to continue, in various ways.

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These grants will allow the Mystic Paper Beasts/Dragon’s Egg to continue to simply stay open! They will enable us not only to make repairs, pay bills, lay a gravel driveway – physical needs, but also to continue to offer residencies at the Dragon’s Egg to artists (mostly dancers and actors) of all ages, at all stages of their careers; to make community based theatrical work open to the public, to offer showings of work in progress, to teach workshops and classes, to offer celebrations of the arts, and of life. In Stonington, we shall be collaborating this summer for the first time with the Stonington Garden Club! with Beasts and Poets adding to the beauty and frolic of the day. We look forward to seeing you there, and at the Egg, and out and about!

The Mystic Paper Beasts is a theatre company offering masked performance for all ages – plays, rovings, workshops. It is co directed by Dan Potter and Marya Ursin

The tales told by the Mystic Paper Beasts Theatre Company are original or traditional myths, expressed through humor and movement, in witty and whimsical handmade masks. The primary performers are Dan and Marya, both of whom are artists, writers, dancers.
These performances have delighted audiences of all ages and many nationalities, from Scotland to California, but primarily in the North East of the US, in sites such as museums, libraries, schools, festivals.

Mission of the Dragon’s Egg

The Dragon’s Egg and the Mystic Paper Beasts are committed to being inclusive, to encouraging environmental consciousness within the space, and, by extension, throughout the community.

The Dragon’s Egg and the Mystic Paper Beasts honor the history of the land upon which it stands, land that was home to the Mohegan and to the Mashantucket Pequot indigenous peoples.

The Dragon’s Egg and the Mystic Paper Beasts are committed to peace and justice, and to an exploration of how we may encourage and support these values at the Egg, and in the greater world.

The Dragon’s Egg and the Mystic Paper Beasts are committed to prioritizing communities which have been underserved, locally and distantly, including BIPOC and LGBTQIA communities and individuals.

The Dragon’s Egg/Mystic Paper Beasts is to be used to encourage the creative development of new work, and the rehearsal of old, in dance and theatre; to foster young and old practitioners of these arts; to provide the space and time so that these may more easily be accomplished.

The Dragon’s Egg/Mystic Paper Beasts will host workshops and events to reach out to the local and wider community on issues such as the arts, the environment, and peace and justice.

The Dragon’s Egg is also to serve as a rehearsal space for the Mystic Paper Beasts,
and as a rehearsal and teaching space for related arts: (dance, theatre, yoga, mask, puppetry).

It will also be available for various other workshops and performances of a theatrical and/or spiritual dimension (e.g. poetry readings and workshops, women’s groups, peace groups, anti-racism workshops, consciousness raising gatherings, storytelling workshops, etc.), at the discretion of the board.

The space is offered with the understanding that all who use the space will do so with a sense of reverence and responsibility to the earth upon which it stands, to the actual space itself, and to the communities of which we are all a part, human, animal, bird, fish, stars, all beings.

About Connecticut Humanities
CT Humanities (CTH) is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. CTH connects people to the humanities through grants, partnerships, and collaborative programs. CTH projects, administration, and program development are supported by state and federal matching funds, community foundations, and gifts from private sources. Learn more by visiting

About Connecticut Office of the Arts
The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) is the state agency charged with fostering the health of Connecticut’s creative economy. Part of the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development, the COA is funded by the State of Connecticut as well as the National Endowment for the Arts.

Borough of Stonington ARPA funds
Thank you to Jeff Callahan, Warden, and to the Board of Warden & Burgesses of the Borough of Stonington, Ct.


We thank the CTH and the COA and the Borough of Stonington (ARPA funds), and look forward to seeing You at one of our events, or out and about, for a chat, for a mask making class, for a performance by our residents – or by you! taking pleasure and benefit from these all.

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