Interview on KBOO Radio
Jan
16
9:00 AM09:00

Interview on KBOO Radio

Lisa Loving and Suzanne LaGrande interviewed one of our most recent PlayWrite graduates, Jaclyn, who participated in the Mt Scott Learning Center workshop, and PlayWrite Coach & Actor Victor Mack, along with our Executive Director Bruce Livingston.

Listen online! The program was broadcast live on Wednesday, January 16th, 9AM at 90.7 FM in Portland, 91.9 FM in Hood River, and 104.3 FM in Corvallis/Albany.

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Oregon Public House - Charity of the Day
Dec
17
6:00 PM18:00

Oregon Public House - Charity of the Day

  • The Village Ballroom, at Oregon Public House (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Celebrate the end of the year with PlayWrite and help support our work in the new year! Buy tickets in advance and your first beer is free!

See a live performance from our recent Syrian youth workshop, win fabulous raffle prizes including a signed poster from the cast of “Hamilton” and more! 

RSVP here for the 6pm event. $5 entry includes your first beer - choice of Lagunitas or Gigantic Brewing.

Can’t make it at night? Stop in early for lunch or happy hour and participate in a FREE drop in writing workshops! *A percentage of all pub food and drink purchases all day go to supporting PlayWrite’s work with youth at the edge. (no RSVP needed for lunch or happy hour drop in writing workshops).

About Oregon Public House
"Portland, Oregon is the craft brewing capital of America and supports an extensive, thriving pub culture. Portland also hosts more non-profit organizations per capita then any other city in America. Our vision is to leverage these two unique attributes of our city by creating a family-friendly pub environment where our neighbors from the surrounding area can come to enjoy community around good food and craft beer while supporting great causes. To integrate this vision of pub with benevolent outreach, we have established relationships with a number of non-profit organizations to which our pub donates all profits after operating expenses and contingency savings. When customers purchase their food and/or beverage they have a chance to vote for how our donation should be given from a list of local charities. We've simply positioned ourselves to be the "fundraising department" for these charitable organizations, by providing the community with great food and great beer in a warm, inviting environment.

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Mt Scott Learning Center Workshop Performance
Dec
11
1:45 PM13:45

Mt Scott Learning Center Workshop Performance

The culmination of 2 weeks of work leads to today: original plays written and directed by students at Mt. Scott Learning Center, and performed by professional actors, onstage at the Clinton St Theater.

FREE

Mt. Scott Learning Center (MSLC) opened in 1994 to serve the needs of students struggling to succeed in traditional classrooms. Today, MSLC serves 160 students in grades 9-12. The organization is fully accredited by AdvancED and registered with the Oregon Department of Education to provide full-day academic services to students referred by area school districts.

A landmark of Portland cinema history, The Clinton Street Theater is one of the oldest operating moviehouses in the United States. 

Opening in 1915 as the Clinton, the theater became the 26th Avenue Theatre in 1945 and the Encore in 1969. In 1976 it reverted to its original name.

Although the theater has undergone many changes over the years, it remains an intimate single screen venue with the capacity for 222 patrons.

Famous for its long-standing exhibition of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, the theater is currently a magnet for independent / revival films.

In April of 2012, the Clinton Street Theater was purchased by Roger and Lani Jo Leigh. It has a revolving cast of volunteers and film freaks who enjoy helping support its existence.

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Mt. Scott Performance
Feb
6
1:00 PM13:00

Mt. Scott Performance

Come see plays written by young writers from Mt. Scott Learning Center! They direct their own plays, performed for you by professional actors.

The performance will be at Artist Repertory Theatre's Alder Stage, 1516 SW Alder St. in Portland. Please arrive at least ten minutes in advance for the 1:00pm showtime.

Join us for this FREE performance! 

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PlayWrite’s One-Act Boot Camp is for YOU!
Nov
6
to Nov 14

PlayWrite’s One-Act Boot Camp is for YOU!

  • Artists Repertory Theatre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

No matter where you’re starting, finish with a one-act. 

PlayWrite is offering a thrilling five-day workshop for adults that takes you behind the curtain on writing for the stage.

“It was a revelation, and re-directed me from working with surface noise to understanding underlying causes… it was transformative for me. Thank you for the care and expertise that the PlayWrite staff invested in taking me through this workshop.” —Corbett Gordon, named Portland’s Best Management Labor Lawyer 2012 by “The Best Lawyers in America”

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Bienestar Performance
Aug
16
7:00 PM19:00

Bienestar Performance

Come see plays written by young writers Bienestar! They direct their own plays, performed for you by professional actors!

The performance will be at the Glenn and Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E Main, Hillsboro, OR 97123.

Join us for this FREE performance! 

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May
17
6:00 PM18:00

Pizza Social for PlayWrite Grads

Visit our office in Portland's Hollywood neighborhood, hang out with other PlayWrite grads, eat pizza, and try some fun writing and art activities (coloring, anyone?) to get your creative brain in action. 

Event open to anyone who has completed a PlayWrite workshop. Please email elisabeth@playwriteinc.org to RSVP. Let us know you're coming so we know how much pizza to order!

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Mar
12
1:00 PM13:00

Improv Workshop for PlayWrite Grads

Are you yearning to perform, but unsure where to begin? Looking to add depth to your acting abilities?

Whether you're a total beginner or have previous stage experience, improvisation is a marvelous tool for building confidence, listening skills, open-mindedness, and a positive outlook. In a safe and supportive environment, you'll experience the fun and freedom of improvisational acting.

In this one-day workshop, open to all PlayWrite grads, you will:

  • Learn the value of "yes, and" in almost any situation
  • Play theatre games that will help you energize and focus
  • Learn how to use improv to strengthen communication skills
  • Understand the value of a playful attitude toward accepting new ideas
  • Create a short performance piece developed from improv with peers
  • Begin work on a field study character observation

You’ll leave class with specific techniques to help you shine on stage, and will take home an observation journal to help inspire and motivate you in your daily life.

This Improv Workshop is FREE and open to anyone who has completed a PlayWrite workshop. All materials (plus snacks) will be provided. You just need to bring your enthusiasm and willingness to play!

SUNDAY, MARCH 12 1:00pm – 5:00pm

PlayWrite HQ: 1907 NE 45th Ave., Portland

Space is limited! Email elisabeth@playwriteinc.org to reserve

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WORD.VOICE.
Jan
29
6:00 PM18:00

WORD.VOICE.

  • Portland Center Stage/U.S. Bank Main Stage at the Armory (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

WHAT:  Word.Voice.

WHEN:  Sunday, January 29 6 p.m. One night only!

WHERE:  Portland Center Stage, U.S. Bank Main Stage at the Armory

ADMISSION:  Free general admission. Register for tickets through Eventbrite. 

The heart of each writer’s play is a pair of non-human characters, assembled by the writers from their own memories, imaginations and deepest emotional truths. Now, cast with professional  actors, these courageous works are ready for an audience! Join us in a celebration of these amazing young artists! 

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Narrative Techniques Graduate Workshop
Dec
17
10:00 AM10:00

Narrative Techniques Graduate Workshop

Narrative Strategies:

Turn Your Good Idea into a Good Story

Saturday 12/17 10am-2pm


Do you have an idea in your head that you just know would make a great story, but you’re not sure how to get started? Whether you want to write a book, screenplay, graphic novel, TV show, or another narrative work, this workshop will give you the tools you need to build the house of your story.

 

In this one-day workshop, open to all PlayWrite grads, you will:

·      Practice pitching your idea to get it out of your head and into the world

·      Learn about specific narrative tools to use in constructing your story

·      View clips from film and TV shows that demonstrate effective narrative techniques

·      Do short, targeted writing exercises to practice these techniques

·      Spend dedicated time working on your own creative project, whatever it may be.

 

You’ll leave class with a fine-tuned pitch for your project, the first full scene or page, and a plan for how to continue.

This Graduate Workshop is FREE and open to anyone who has completed a PlayWrite workshop. All materials (and a pizza lunch) will be provided. You just need to bring your idea and your enthusiasm to create!

 

Space is limited; email elisabeth@playwriteinc.org to reserve your spot.

 

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Mt. Scott Learning Center @ Portland Center Stage!
Dec
13
1:30 PM13:30

Mt. Scott Learning Center @ Portland Center Stage!

  • Portland Center Stage: Ellen Bye Studio (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

PlayWrite and Mt. Scott Learning Center have been collaborating for over a decade! 

We would love to see you at this celebratory event, where 8 Mt. Scott students will direct professional actors in the live performances of their PlayWrite pieces.

Click here to read selected Mt. Scott student testimonials! 

This event is free and open to the public. Please reach out to chelsea@playwriteinc.org with any additional questions. 

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PlayWrite at Milagro Theatre!
Nov
21
3:30 PM15:30

PlayWrite at Milagro Theatre!

This performance marks the conclusion of a 10-day PlayWrite workshop with one of our long-term community partner sites. We are so grateful to Milagro Theatre Group for hosting this event. Please reach out to us at chelsea@playwriteinc.org if you'd like to attend, and we'll add your name to the list! In respect of these students' privacy and anonymity, this event is invitation-only. 

Please consider joining us in viewing the brave plays of PlayWrite's "youth at the edge" at the vibrant Milago Theatre!

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November 3, 2016 at the Exchange Ballroom
Nov
3
5:30 PM17:30

November 3, 2016 at the Exchange Ballroom

Save the date!

PlayWrite's Fall 2016 Fundraising Event

PlayWrite invites you to an evening of truly original plays and songs, written from the heart by youth in our playwriting workshops. Celebrate the deep diversity and creativity of youth ‘at the edge!’ Portland’s top-notch actors and musicians will perform, whilst you enjoy fabulous food from Vibrant Table and drinks from our fine local artisans! It’s all about what happens when hidden creative sparks are fanned into brilliant flame, and witnessing young creative artists’ birth. Celebrate with us through an evening (5:30-8:30) of sharing joy and creativity, and an opportunity to give vital support to 'youth at the edge.'

Tickets available here!

 

 

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Picnic + The Comedy of Errors at Laurelhurst Park
Aug
21
1:00 PM13:00

Picnic + The Comedy of Errors at Laurelhurst Park

Join us for Original Practice Shakespeare's outdoor performance of The Comedy of Errors, a hysterical farce full of slapstick and puns. Meet at 1 PM for a light picnic lunch provided by PlayWrite (feel free to bring additional snacks and beverages for yourself and/or to share). The show begins at 2 PM. 

Event is free to the public, so invite a friend! Bring a blanket or low lawn chair for seating.

Check out the Original Practice Shakespeare Festival on Facebook or the OPSFest website!

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Bag & Baggage Productions: Shakespeare's Coriolanus
Jul
22
6:15 PM18:15

Bag & Baggage Productions: Shakespeare's Coriolanus

Bag&Baggage Productions, Hillsboro’s resident professional theatre company, starts their 2016-2017 Season with an explosive, world-premiere adaptation of Shakespeare’s most political play, performed outdoors at Hillsboro’s Civic Center by an all-female cast.

PlayWrite graduates from June 2016's Bienestar workshop in Hillsboro will attend this outdoor production in the vein of "Shakespeare in the Park."  The show begins at 7:30 PM. Those who arrive at 6:15 will have the treat of a pre-show conversation with the play's director, Scott Palmer. As this is an outdoor production, no seating is provided. Audience members are strongly encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on!

Note: admission is free for all PlayWrite Graduates and youth under 18 years. If you're a graduate and would like more information or assistance with transit to Hillsboro, email us at elisabeth@playwriteinc.org. Let's make it happen!

More info: see Bag&Baggage Productions

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Clackamas County Juvenile Department
Jun
13
7:00 PM19:00

Clackamas County Juvenile Department

  • Clackamas Community College/ McLoughlin Auditorium (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join PlayWrite in our second collaboration with GREEN Corps Fresh Start, a Clackamas County Juvenile Department program. GREEN Corps Fresh Start is a youth job and life training program, offering Clackamas County youth the opportunity to develop the skills needed to redefine their place in their communities. PlayWrite writers will direct their work in live performance at 7 pm on Monday June 13th, at Clackamas County Community College.

This event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there! Please call the PlayWrite office with any questions or assistance with directions.

To learn more about GREEN Corps Fresh Start, view this informational video or visit http://www.clackamas.us/juvenile

 

 

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The Skin of our Teeth
May
25
7:30 PM19:30

The Skin of our Teeth

Join PlayWrite on Wednesday May 25th, as we applaud a group of our grads and coaches acting in live performance at Artist Repertory Theatre. ART has invited us as community guest stars in their renowned show, The Skin of Our Teeth.

About the play: 

This comedic masterpiece spans the entirety of history, with one ordinary American family who lives through it all. Dad’s just invented the wheel, Cain is throwing rocks at the neighbor kid, mammoths and dinosaurs lounge in the family room and mom frets about how to get all those animals on the boat two by two. Through Ice Ages, biblical floods and political conventions, the Antrobus family of Excelsior, New Jersey perseveres. With a giant cast and time-set across the ages, this theatrical allegory captures the human spirit – of brilliance, idiocy and ultimately sweet survival.

Come and support ART and PlayWrite graduates and coaches as they make their debut in The Skin of Our Teeth!

Where: Artist Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St. Portland, OR 97205

What: The Skin of Our Teeth written by Thornton Wilder, directed by Dámaso Rodriguez

When: Wednesday, May 25th, 7:30pm. 

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