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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

Improvisation with Nicholas Kessler

Instructor: Nicholas Kessler

Nicholas Kessler of The Liberators and Twist Your Dickens teaches this uproarious, immersive workshop on the fundamentals of improvisation. This workshop is perfect for anyone who wants to feel the rush that comes from jumping into the unknown onstage. Chock-full of simple take-away lessons, this energizing and lighthearted workshop focuses on accepting the best of what’s right in front of you, finding humor without jokes, and what to do when your mind goes “blank.” Whether you’ve spent most of your time on the stage or in the audience, this fun and inspiring workshop will leave you feeling bolder and more aware.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

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Improvisation with Rebecca Sohn 

Instructor: Rebecca Sohn

Rebecca Sohn of Second City, iO, The Annoyance and Twist Your Dickens teaches an improv workshop you’ll regret … missing! Are you an experienced, ace improviser? Are you brand new to improv? Are you somewhere in the middle? Wherever you’re at, all levels welcome in this inclusive and joyful improv workshop. Come play with people better than you, less experienced than you, and everyone in between. We learn from all experiences, so expand your horizons and learn new skills by playing and having fun. 

Sunday, December 9, 2018

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

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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 to write and how to write.  Writer's block will never again be an excuse as numerous prompts and brainstorming exercises get introduced to keep the ideas flowing.  Each writer will end this course with a minimum of two, ten-minute plays.  They will also walk out with a notebook of exercises for future reference.

Saturdays, January 12, 19, 26 and February 2

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

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Meet the Instructors

Nicholas Kessler
Nicholas Kessler

Nicholas is an actor, comedian, and coach here in Portland. He is the host of OPB’s The Moth StorySLAM and GrandSLAMlive, as well as a contributor to other storytelling shows throughout the city. Nicholas is an improviser and ensemble member at The Siren Theater, and with Improv Giants, Leviathan and The Liberators. Nicholas’ television credits include roles on Portlandia, Grimm, and The Librarians. Nicholas is an educator for Portland Center Stage at The Armory, and an executive communications coach throughout the region. He is married and is a proud father of two kids, who are just as thrilled as he is that he’s back in Twist. He’s elated to spend the holidays at The Armory. 

Rebecca Sohn
Rebecca Sohn

Rebecca is an alum of Chicago’s Second City e.t.c. currently living in Los Angeles. She’s an accomplished improviser, writer, and actress of scripted works. She has performed with The Annoyance Theatre, The iO Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, and as Sally Bowles in Cabaret for No Stakes Theater Project, among many others. TV credits include NBC’s A.P. Bio, CBS’s Early Edition, and the role she improvised for NBC’s Shrink. Before coming to Portland to play with this wonderful cast, she performed her latest original show, My Solo Show of All Duets, to packed houses in Los Angeles. She thanks her brilliantly talented husband for his love and support.  

Matthew B. Zrebski 
Matthew B. Zrebski 

Matthew 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.

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


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


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


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