The Armory
128 NW Eleventh Ave, Portland, OR 97209 · 503-445-3700 ·
The Armory

While our building is closed, you can still renew subscriptions for the 2020-2021 season and make donations online. If you are able, gifts of any size are incredibly meaningful right now. If you had tickets to a canceled production, please visit this page.

School Groups & Programs

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Cast members Ithica Tell and Shalanda Sims lead a workshop for Jefferson High School students before a matinee of The Color Purple.

Student Matinees

The Armory provides young people an unforgettable opportunity to experience professional theater in a context that supports their education. Targeted toward students age 12 to 18*, we are proud to provide: 

  • Deeply subsidized $15 tickets to Thursday 11 a.m. matinees and weekday evening performances for students & chaperones.
  • FREE tickets for Title 1 schools and social service agencies to Main Stage and Studio productions (limited supply in the Ellyn Bye Studio per performance).
  • FREE in-school workshops, providing additional background about the play and theatrical craftsmanship.
  • FREE post-show discussions with the cast following each Thursday matinee performance.
  • FREE backstage tours of the The Armory.
  • Resource Guides containing informative content design to spark conversation in the classroom before and after the theatrical experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Student Matinee Schedules & Age Recommendations

For more information, contact us at or call 503-445-3795.

*School group pricing is intended for middle and high school students and chaperones. For college groups, adult discounts for groups of 10 or more are available. See Group Tickets for info.

Visions & Voices

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The Visions & Voices student playwriting and performance residencies each bring professional teaching artists into public high school classrooms for intensive, month-long residencies during which students learn about the basic elements of theater.

Designed to meet Oregon benchmarks for Arts and English/Language Arts, the Visions & Voices Playwriting 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 residency sites, performed by professional actors.

Every summer, up to six Visions & Voices graduates are chosen to participate in JAW: A Playwrights Festival, which is nationally recognized for its role in developing new works for the stage. Promising Playwrights write original short plays from start to finish in the span of two weeks, under the mentorship of nationally recognized artists and our resident teaching artist. Their plays are then performed by professional actors at the festival’s kick-off event in the Ellyn Bye Studio.

The Visions & Voices Performance Residency is designed to engage the creativity and imagination of students through acting and improvisation exercises. Students discover the confidence and empathy-building power of performance as they find physical ways to embody different characters. The residency culminates in a performance of a piece of theater written and performed by the students.

For more information, or to bring a Visions & Voices residency to your school, email or call 503-445-3785.

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