Staff Report

Solvang Theaterfest has received a $400,000 grant from the Hind Foundation to fund three of the theater’s six new custom-fabricated, metal lighting columns.

“We are so honored that the Hind Foundation has given its generous support to our rebuilding project,” said Ann Foxworthy Lewellen, Solvang Theaterfest Board Vice-Chair. “Our project goes hand-in-glove with the Hind Foundation’s mission – ‘working together to build an enduring legacy for future generations’.”

The $4.7 million Theater rebuilding project will ensure structural integrity and safety for generations to come. The planned improvements include replacing the 47-year-old utility poles with new steel lighting columns, and completely rebuilding the rear wall and walkway of the theater, thereby increasing the wall height to 14 feet. This will improve the audience and actor experience by reducing wind and noise. The project is slated for completion by July of 2022.

The Hind Foundation works in partnership with community-based nonprofits whose volunteers and members engage in decisions that affect the quality of life in their communities for today and for future generations.

Solvang Theaterfest is the 501c3 nonprofit corporation that owns and operates Solvang Festival Theater. It is managed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors.

For more information, contact Solvang Theaterfest Executive Director Scott Coe at