Portland Center Stage
Established in 1988, Portland Center Stage serves more than 170,000 people annually from its home in the Gerding Theater at the Armory. Embracing their mission to inspire their community by bringing stories to life in unexpected ways, Portland Center Stage produces an annual season of ten plays that range from enduring classics to world premieres by some of the most talented voices in American theater. The company’s youth education programs include Visions & Voices, in-school playwriting classes; Stage Door workshops; and youth matinees that engage more than 7,000 youths annually. The company works with over 100 artists, cultural organizations, community groups, and social service agencies each year to provide a variety of free public programs, including music concerts, visual arts displays, the Ideas in Play discussion series, film screenings, and more.
For Shakespeare in American Communities, Portland Center Stage will present student matinees of Othello (April to May 2014) directed by Artistic Director Chris Coleman, as part of their Stage Door education outreach program. The company will provide related educational activities, including workshops, Beyond the Proscenium lecture/tours, and a resource guide for teachers. They anticipate reaching 30 schools from five counties in the greater Portland area.