Adult Classes

Taught by a diverse pool of talented professionals from throughout the region and beyond, our Adult Classes provide recurring opportunities for anyone interested in learning more about the living stage and other storytelling art forms.

Upcoming Classes

Read here for more information about our JAW Community Labs, July 28 & 29.

The Dramatist's Toolbox 

Instructor: Matthew B. Zrebski 

Designed as an intro for the beginner or as a brush-up for the seasoned writer, this course focuses heavily on tools that will spark ideas on both what and how to write. Writer's block will never again be an excuse as numerous prompts and techniques get introduced to keep the pen flowing and the key-strokes going. Each writer will end this course with a minimum of three ten-minute plays. They will also walk out with a notebook of exercises for future reference.

Saturdays, September 8, 15, 22, & 29 

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

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Screenwriting for Playwrights 

Instructor: Dan Kitrosser 

Are you a playwright who has always flirted with writing for the screen? Writing for the screen should not mean losing your voice. If so, this two day seminar is for you. Over the seminar, Award-winning playwright and screenwriter Dan Kitrosser will break down the nuts and bolts of screenwriting, and will help each writer adapt one of their original short plays into a short shootable screenplay. The adaptation process will teach writers how to craft a screenplay, how to identify what parts of their stories make for good filmmaking, and how to maintain their voice as a writer in this new medium.

Writers should come with a laptop, as well as copies of a pre-written 5-10 page play.

Saturday October 13 & Sunday October 14

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

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No Intermission! A Playwriting Class on the One-Act Play

Instructor: Matthew B. Zrebski

The one-act play is the lightning bolt of the theatrical form.  It strikes hard, fast, and powerfully, never letting an audience off the hook with an intermission.   This intensive explores the unique challenges of the one act: how to quickly engage an audience, rapidly build to a climax, and conclude so as to spark dialogue long after the curtain has fallen.  By the end of class, students will have a strong outline as well as one to two fully written scenes.  They will leave ready to draft and conquer this thrilling structure.

Saturdays, October 27, November 3, 10 & 17  

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

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Meet the Instructors


Matthew B. Zrebski (Playwriting) is a founding member of Playwrights West and has had numerous original plays produced locally and nationally. As Portland Center Stage’s Resident Teaching Artist, Matt serves as lead instructor for the Visions & Voices high school residency program and frequently leads adult playwriting workshops. He is a two-time recipient of the Rosenfield Playwriting award and has won Drammy Awards for his scripts To Cape and Ablaze: an a cappella musical thriller. He has been a guest instructor for Portland Actors Conservatory and Literary Arts' Writers in the Schools program. He holds a BFA in Acting, Directing, and Playwriting from Southern Methodist University.


Dan Kitrosser (Screenwriting) is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and storyteller. His plays include TAR BABY (First Fringe Award, Edinburgh Fringe, and an Amnesty International Citation for Excellence), DEAD SPECIAL CRABS (monologues published in Smith & Kraus Best Men’s and Women’s…) and THE MUMBLINGS (optioned for TV series by FOX). He cowrote the screenplay for WE THE ANIMALS which premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2018, winning the NEXT: Innovator Award and will open across the country this summer—and at Cinema21 in Portland, Oregon in September! Dan is currently at TimeWarner, developing his new TV series THE MOVE about Jewish and African American relations in 1980s West Philadelphia  and is writing a new screenplay for Tony Award Winning producer Una Jackman.  Dan was also a the resident storyteller for Central Park and Bryant Park for much of the 2000s, and is the artistic director of Writopia Lab’s Worldwide Plays Festival, a festival of plays written by young playwrights from all over the world, now in its 10th year.  He received his MFA from The New School for Drama in 2014, where he is now on faculty. He is a proud member of LineStorm Playwrights, the resident playwright group of Artist Repertory Theater and a PATA board member. Dan lives in Portland, Oregon with his soon-to-be husband Jordan and their dog Daisy.

What Other People Are Saying...

"The feeling of being creative in a safe environment: Matt did that perfectly, he has a great sense of humor and excellent student rapport. Whether we were experienced or not, it felt like the needs of each students' level could be met. It was nice to focus on playwriting in a space that produces players and sponsors and nourishes creativity. It’s energy is in the walls!" - Playwriting Toolbox Participant

FAQs

What to Bring

Class participants will receive a welcome/introductory email the Wednesday before their class providing specific details of what to bring to class. Class participants are always welcome to bring bottled water, and coffee or other beverages with a lid are also permitted. Please ensure cell phones and other noise-making devises are placed on "Silent Mode" or Off during class hours. There is no need to bring a printed copy of your ticket. 

Refunds and Exchange Policy

The Armory does not offer refunds on purchased class registrations; all sales are final. Class exchanges can be made within 24 hour notice prior to the first class meeting. In rare circumstances when a class may be cancelled (due to extreme weather, artist absence or other unavoidable situations) we will offer refunds or replacement registration for a future class.

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Arts for All

The Armory is proud to participate in Portland's Arts for All program. This means those Oregonians receiving SNAP benefits or with an Oregon Trail Card can receive discounted tickets to Community Events and Classes, available in person at the Box Office. Please have your Oregon Trail Card with you at time of purchase. 

Getting Here

The Armory is located at 128 NW Eleventh Avenue in the Pearl District of Portland, Oregon. We’re exactly one block north of Powell’s Books, between Couch and Davis.

  • Bus: The Armory is located in the heart of the Pearl District on NW Eleventh Avenue and Davis Street, just a short walk from most bus lines.
  • MAX: From the eastbound train, get off at the 9th Avenue/Library stop. From the westbound train, get off at the Tenth Avenue/SW Morrison Street stop. Walk to Tenth Avenue and turn right, follow Tenth Avenue to Davis (approx. 6 blocks) and turn right to corner of Eleventh Avenue or Walk to corner of Tenth and Yamhill and board the Portland Streetcar, get off at Couch Street stop and walk to corner of Eleventh Avenue and Davis Street.
  • Streetcar: The Armory is also conveniently located directly on the streetcar line. The Portland Streetcar runs on Tenth Avenue (to NW 23rd) and on Eleventh Avenue (to Portland State University) and stops on the corner of NW Couch Street respectively. The entrance to The Armory is on the corner of NW Eleventh and Davis (one block north of Couch).

For complete transit directions from your location use the trip planner at www.trimet.org.

Accessibility

The Armory is committed to making our facilities accessible to all of our patrons. For specific program questions and ticket information, or if you need assistance, please contact the Education Department at 503-445-3795 or email us at education@pcs.org.

Parking

The Pearl features 2-hour metered on-street parking around The Armory, from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. on Sunday.  

For a parking garage, we recommend The Brewery Blocks/Whole Foods Underground Parking Garage. It is the largest lot in Portland and it is located one block from The Armory. It’s a well-lit, security-patrolled underground garage that houses 1,300 parking spaces. There are two entrances to this lot: NW Twelfth Avenue or NW Thirteenth Avenue, between Couch and Davis Streets. The elevators take you into the M Financial Building lobby (just around the corner from the Armory) or into Whole Foods on the corner of Couch and NW Twelfth Avenue.

Other questions? 

 If you have any additional concerns or questions, please contact the Education Department at 503-445-3795 or email us at education@pcs.org.

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