S.T.A.R. Foundation of Monterey County (Support Theater Arts Regionally) was founded in 2009 to support youth-related theatrical arts throughout Monterey County. In the fall of 2013 it changed focus to include all youth-related performing arts.  Studies show that participation in, and expression through, the arts helps to develop a young person’s thinking skills and and social interactions. As the student’s awareness of his own identity and his environment are explored, his understanding of the world around him deepens. It is S.T.A.R. Foundation’s hope to better society by providing the stage whereby personal discovery can occur. Educational programs can be a vital vehicle for this growth. But, often times, the financial support for the continuity of these programs is either insufficient or not forthcoming. S.T.A.R. Foundation provides needed funding for the enrichment of theater programs currently existing in our schools and community theaters, and assists in developing new youth programs where there are none. It is the belief of the Board of Directors of S.T.A.R. Foundation that the power of self-discovery and identity is the key to cooperative societal interaction. Participation through positive multi-cultural performing arts programs is an important aspect in understanding all people and all ethnicities.


S.T.A.R. Foundation Grants

The S.T.A.R. Foundation of Monterey County supports youth-related performing arts activities in Monterey County. We provide support for programs operating under the umbrella of a non-profit organization. Our grants are designed to supplement existing programs by providing funding for technical equipment (e.g., lighting, sound and musical equipment), augment instruction by providing guest artists/docents in acting, make-up, scenic, sound and lighting design, maintenance of musical instruments, and more. We also will fund programs providing discounted tickets for students and their families for local productions.  The Board of Directors will entertain ideas and approve funding on an ongoing basis. There are no deadlines to apply.

 HOW TO APPLY:  Interested organizations should send a letter (via email is fine) explaining the needs and program, as well as any budgetary information, including sources of other funding to Susanne Mentzer, Administrator-susanne@starfoundationmc.org


Founder and Executive Director Reg Huston and the S.T.A.R. Foundation are profiled


S.T.A.R. tops $600,000. in Grants and Scholarships since Inception

PRESS RELEASE:  May 8, 2014

The S.T.A.R. Foundation of Monterey County (Support Theater Arts Regionally) Announces Recent Grants and Scholarships

This round of grants brings the total to over $600,000. since 2010.

> The S.T.A.R. Foundation of Monterey County is happy to announce the latest grants awarded April 1 to May 6, 2014

  • Pacific Repertory Theatre, $15,000. to upgrade the sound system
  • Youth Orchestra Salinas, $5000.
  • Youth Music Monterey, $5000.
  • Hidden Valley Music Seminars, $5000.
  • Spector Dance, $5000
  • Sol Treasures, King City, $4600
  • Stage Hands, King City, $2700
  • Stage Kids- Big Sur, $5250
  • Monterey Bay Charter School, $5000.

>CONGRATULATIONS! The following graduating high school seniors will each receive a $1000. college scholarships from the S.T.A.R. Foundation of MC for achievement in the performing arts.

  • Miguel Valdiva, Alisal High School, Salinas
  • Sofia Sarlat, Monterey High School
  • Eveyn Essert, Notre Dame High School, Salinas
  • Catherine Alexandra Moreland, Carmel High School
  • Miranda Perl, Trinity High School, Monterey
  • Shaquira Robinson, Trinity High School, Monterey
  • Ashley Yukihiro, Trinity High School, Monterey


> The Foundation funded this year’s American Sign Language program enabling deaf and hard of hearing children to attend performances at All Saints’ School in Carmel and Santa Catalina School in Monterey.

>The S.T.A.R. Foundation of MC has a commitment of $50,000. to the Pacific Repertory Capital Building Campaign.

> The Foundation has awarded a matching grant of $10,000 to the Monterey Pennisula College Theater Charitable Trust.




S.T.A.R. sponsors ASL interpretation at area school performances

PRESS RELEASE October 14, 2013 The S.T.A.R. Foundation of Monterey County (Support Theater Arts Regionally) will sponsor American Sign Language interpretation for deaf and hard of hearing children at area performances. This new program, funded by S.T.A.R. will help the children experience more fully theatrical events they otherwise might not attend. This follows on the heels of the visit by The Little Theatre of the Deaf, the children’s wing of the National Theatre of the Deaf this past summer, also sponsored by S.T.A.R. During the coming year, about 25-30 students in grades 9-12 from North Salinas [...read more.]