Oregon Children’s Theatre (OCT) is pleased to announce that it has received a $10,000 grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust. The grant will be used to develop the original script and world premiere production of “Gathering Blue” (an adaptation of Lois Lowry’s companion novel to “The Giver”), as well as free education and outreach services related to the show.
Valley Repertory Theatre will kick off its second season of live theatrical performances with the upcoming September 20th opening of their original play, A Break in the Clouds: Stories of Newberg.
Northwest Dance Project is proud and honored to announce that another of our company members, Franco Nieto, has won the most prestigious and coveted award in dance, the Princess Grace Award (company member Andrea Parson won in 2010). The award is given to only up to six outstanding dancers a year who are training and dancing with the country’s best dance companies and institutions.
From 1995-2008, Oregon Ballet Theatre presented OBT Exposed in the South Park Blocks of downtown Portland. Each year, these free weeks in the park allowed the public to see the daily regimen of OBT’s dancers and artistic staff and enjoy a daily break with the ballet. After a hiatus in 2009 and 2010, OBT Exposed returned in July 2011, moving toDirector Park in the heart of downtown Portland.
Magenta Improv Theatre in Vancouver, WA presents a night of family friendly improv! What is it??? Think “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” but performed in a collegiate format. The MIT players are adults and teens, but our shows are always clean and family-friendly. Audience participation is voluntary. (If you don’t volunteer, we won’t call on you.) Our goal is simply to deliver a fun, laughter-filled evening. Plus, this is a great opportunity to see some familiar Magenta faces as you’ve never seen them before!
Today in Portland there are nearly 12,000 children attending schools that do not have any art, dance, drama, or music instruction. And the rate of decline for arts education here has been shockingly steep. Portland is home to six school districts and in the last five years, two of them (Parkrose and Centennial) have cut their arts and music teaching staff by half, while our largest (Portland Public Schools) has dropped all arts instruction in 22 schools in just two years.
With the Arts Education and Access Fund, the City of Portland will restore arts education by providing stable, long-term funding for certified teachers for every elementary school serving Portland residents and support arts organizations citywide to improve access to the arts in every classroom and community.
In a city full of festivals, beer festivals, food & wine festivals, arts & craft festivals, it’s really nice to see a theatre festival in Portland dedicated to the heritage of the Hispanic arts. Personally, I’ve always been completely impressed with the attention to detail Miracle Theatre has put forth in everything they do. From their social media, to their blog, from their press releases to their publicity material, the quality of theatre & art functions they have & just supporting the local community has always been what sticks out in my mind about this company.
Everyone said Peter would be a brilliant astronomer. Then he bet his career on a disproved theory about the planet Jupiter. Everyone said Craig would be a brilliant mathematician. Then he disappeared. It’s years later and Peter’s newest round of research funding has been stolen – by Craig.