Welcome to Portland Story Theater!
Portland Story Theater delivers engaging, true stories for adult audiences.
We are a grass-roots operation, commited to creating original work and building awareness and appreciation for
the narrative arts. We believe that stories are the glue that hold us together and sustain us as a community.
Creating A Dialogue
Portland Story Theater provides a unequalled live theater
experience where the artist and the audience constantly are creating a dialogue, making direct eye-to-eye contact, responding heart-to-heart.
The story that unfolds between them has been called "raw, revealing, vulnerable,"
by The Oregonian and it is Portland Story Theater's groundbreaking work that "keeps audiences entranced
from start to finish."
What We Do
Portland Story Theater gives voice to the true stories of ordinary
people, builds community, and promotes understanding. We preserve,
promote, and practice the oral tradition in a way that enriches
contemporary life. Our storytelling and solo performances teach the
narrative arts and build connections in the urban community.
How We Do It
Portland Story Theater uses a collaborative model to produce our work.
We work with all kinds of people: architects, authors, social workers, therapists, teachers,
artists, computer programmers, anthropologists, actors, designers
- anyone who
is passionate about story - to join
us in co-creating a program that is woven together collaboratively. We
workshop the stories together, creating a synergy within the ensemble, and
honing the stories in preparation for performance. Lawrence Howard, Lynne Duddy , and Penny Walter
have been priviledged
to work with a number of talented
people in the Portland artistic community, including
Olga Sanchez, and
Rick Huddle, to name a few.
In 2009, we established ourselves as a not-for-profit business and are an IRS certified 501(c)(3) public charity. Your kind donations are appreciated.
Portland Story Theater is working to build its resources. These good people are helping us take it to the next level.
Portland Story Theater Programs
This workshop series gives people an opportunity to craft their story so that it flows through them, seamlessly, in its true form, without any barriers: open, fresh, revealing.
People from all walks of life showcase their personal
stories as part of The Art Of Personal Narrative Workshop. It's not acting. It's not writing. There's no script.
This is narrative, spoken straight from the heart.
Real. True. Stories.
Every January audiences are mesmerized by stories from the Armchair Adventurer. Since it's inception in 2008, these stories have been about Antarctica and have featured: Shackleton's Antarctic Nightmare, Mawson's Mettle, and Polar Opposites.
In 2012, we make a slight detour from Antarctica to bring you to Britain, late 1800s, for the true story of John "Babbacombe" Lee, who came to be known as "The Man They Couldn't Hang."
This is a solo performance festival that takes place each Spring
and spotlights Portland Story Theater's commitment to the
narrative arts. Gaining momentum every year, this festival
began in 2009 and was an immediate hit with the fans, friends,
and followers of Portland Story Theater.
An evening of scary stories in honor of All Hallows Eve
that celebrates our community, the art of storytelling,
and brings crucial funds to Portland Story Theater and
Portland Story Theater is the Pacific Northwest's Premier Storytelling Organization .