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Our strong commitment to Education and Community Programs has resulted in a growing array of activities tailored for interested patrons of all ages.  To book tickets for your school group, register for a class or get more information, please email education@pcs.org or call 503-445-3795.

Download our Education & Community Programs Annual Report.  Download Beyond the Proscenium to learn more about how PCS is creating a successful ecology for community engagement.

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Stage Door

Our Stage Door program seeks to provide all young people with opportunities to experience and directly participate in the art of professional theater in a context that supports their education.  Focusing on youth between the ages of 12 and 18, the Stage Door program offers:

  • Discounted tickets to PCS thursday matinees and weekday evening performances
  • FREE tickets available to Title 1 schools and social service agencies
  • FREE pre-show workshops for students providing additional background about the plays
  • FREE post-play discussions with the cast following each Thursday matinee performance
  • FREE tours of The Gerding Theater at the Armory
  • Resource Guides to spark conversations back in the classroom with curriculum for select productions.

School matinee schedule and age recommendations for the 2014/2015 season here.  Please email education@pcs.org, or call 503-445-3795 for more information.

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“The course of true love never did run smooth.”  Four exciting young actors.  Six famous scenes of romance and regrets. One hour-long program designed to take Shakespeare out to our community and explore the complex relationships of the bard’s most famous couples.  Join Romeo and Juliet, Beatrice and Benedick, Hamlet and Ophelia and more for a deeper look at love found, love lost, love forgotten and, most of all, to celebrate the master of the language of love.

Booking now for schools, community centers, businesses, libraries, universities and everything in-between.  Contact 503-445-3795 or education@pcs.org for more information. 

Cost: $400 with limited full and half-scholarships available.

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Visions & Voices

Initiated in 1999, the Visions & Voices student playwriting program brings professional teaching artists into public high school classrooms for intensive, month-long residencies during which students learn about the basic elements of theater, with each writing a short play.  Designed to meet Oregon benchmarks for Arts and English/Language Arts, Visions & Voices’ curriculum addresses theatrical conventions and dramatic structure, as well as acting, writing and constructive critical response. The program culminates at the end of the school year with free, public readings of plays selected from all the residency sites, performed by professional actors.  In addition, up to six Visions & Voices “graduates” are chosen to participate as Promising Playwrights in PCS’s annual JAW Playwrights Festival, working alongside professionals from across the country as they further refine their plays, which are again performed.

 

TEENS

Summer Teen Theater Intensives

Let PCS introduce you to the confidence-building fun of learning performance skills in a stimulating, supportive environment through the city’s flagship theater.  Our teaching professionals, drawn from Portland’s theater elite, eagerly await the chance to share their experience with you.

Session I: Advanced Acting & Audition Intensive
For students entering grades 11 & 12
June 15 – June 26, 2015 - Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm - $650

Dive into advanced character building and the actor's most difficult job: the audition.  Students will leave this two-week session having prepared a professional audition comprised of two contrasting monologues. The session culminates with students performing their audition pieces before a panel of Portland casting directors.

Register for Session I

Session II: Musical Theater
For students entering grades 9 through 12
July 27 – August 7, 2015 - Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm - $675

Experience the excitement and fun involved in creating musical theater. This two-week intensive is for teens interested in becoming "triple threats." Working with professional musical theater performers, participants can explore dance styles, vocal performance, and acting for the musical stage. The session will culminate with an informal presentation for friends and family.

Register for Session II

Session III: Entrance to Professional Theater 
For students entering grades 9 through 12
Dates: July 27 – August 7, 2015 - Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm - $600

Under the guidance of working theater professionals, participants will explore a wide variety of contemporary theater studies including monologues, scene study and playwriting. While this session is suitable for students new to theater, it is also an excellent building block for the ambitious teen wishing to develop stronger ties to the professional community.  The session will culminate with an informal presentation for friends and family.

Register for Session III

Check out our amazing instructors!

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PCS Teen Council


The Teen Council at Portland Center Stage is composed of high school students desiring a deeper involvement with professional theater and opportunities to take part in advanced theater experiences.  In exchange for serving as ambassadors for PCS, teens can earn free tickets to all of the productions at PCS, enrollment in workshops taught by working actors, backstage interviews with cast, and perhaps a party here and there.  Activities are as wide and varied as the teen council can dream up.  Typically the teen council meets on the first Sunday of every month October – June, with exceptions made as they arise.

For more information please contact Paul Susi at education@pcs.org or 503.445.3795.

 

ADULT EDUCATION

Theater and business classes at PCS offer unique theater training and related studies for people at all degrees of involvement with the living stage. Our courses are taught by exceptional teachers drawn from Portland’s diverse community of talented professionals, many of whom may be familiar to you from our past productions and programs. Improve your business skills by enrolling in an Art of Presentations, Art of Communication, or Art of Saying “Yes” class, unleash your inner dramatist by joining a playwriting course or take the stage in one of our acting classes. Whether you’re honing skills you already have or nurturing new ones, PCS has a class for you.  For more information on current classes, or to register, call 503-445-3793 or email education@pcs.org

Resource Guides - PCS prepares resource guides for each production that provide detailed information about the artists and world of the play.  The guides are constructed for students of all ages and are designed to spark conversations around themes and elements found in each play.  Click here for a list of this year's guides and an archive of past offerings.

Prologues are free, pre-performance introductions to most U.S. Bank Main Stage plays for all patrons attending that night's performance.  Led by PCS staff members in the back of the U.S. Bank Main Stage auditorium, prologues are offered on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings during the regular run of each U.S. Bank Main Stage production from 6:55 - 7:10 p.m. 

Q&As are informal conversations with the cast and PCS staff about the production, following every Thursday noon matinee performance during the regular run of each production.

Community Programs inspire connections between theater and the arts, sustainability, history and community.  How can we use the lens of the theater to explore who we are, what we believe and how we connect to one another?  Please scroll down to learn more and to find out about upcoming programs.

Community programs

Community Programs

PCS is dedicated to creating new programming that enhances your experience at PCS and our productions. Public programs inspire connections between theater and the arts, sustainability, history and community.  How can we use the lens of the theater to explore who we are, what we believe and how we connect to one another? Please check back often for more information about upcoming events!

Current & Upcoming Community Programs

  • Two Ways to Give
  • Vanya, and Sonia, and Masha, and . . . Chekhov! with Kate Bredeson.  (description coming soon) on 1/24

The Gallery
In our Armory Gallery on the Studio Lobby level, PCS regularly exhibits the work of local artists.  For questions regarding the Armory galleries please email Armory Curator Elizabeth Spavento at gallery@pcs.org

Community Program Archive

2014-15 education programs sponsors

PCS's Education Programs are supported in part by contributions from:


2014-15 Community programs sponsors

PCS's Community Programs are supported in part by contributions from:


       
 

Additional support provided in part by
 

Wessinger Foundation

Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts

Regional Arts & Culture Council

Herbert A. Templeton Foundation

H.W. & D.C.H. Irwin Foundation

Autzen Foundation

Holzman Foundation

Mentor Graphics Foundation

 

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