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Oregon Arts Watch
"something electric happens between
storyteller and audience"
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Oregon Arts Watch
"keeps us entranced from start to finish"
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Oregon Arts Watch
"solo storytelling is flexing its muscle as an enduringly powerful form"
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PSU Vanguard
"fosters deeper human connections "
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Portland Tribune
"telling the story never gets old"
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Willamette Week
"lively, absorbing imagery"
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Moving On Up To Alberta!

When Portland Story Theater launches its 2014/2015 Season this September, it will be in their new home, the Alberta Abbey. Built in 1924, this mixed-use building offers the growth opportunity that Portland Story Theater has been looking for over the last couple of years. It's a fantastic opportunity and bittersweet at the same time. Portland Story Theater's current home, the intimate black box space of Hipbone Studio, has been perfect in almost every way for the past seven years. But Portland Story Theater has been growing exponentially. They've had to turn away audience at practically every show. That's going to change, starting this September.

Performance spaces with more than 100 seats that are affordable are hard to come by in Portland but the Alberta Abbey, built in 1924 and located just two blocks west of MLK at 126 NE Alberta Avenue, has it all: fabulously comfortable seats, off-street parking, ADA accessibility, capacity for more than 300, and an adjoining space where they can serve beer, wine, and refreshments. But the most important thing the Abbey offers is an outstretched hand to welcome Portland Story Theater as their resident performance group. The Alberta Abbey and Portland Story Theater are joining forces to build a vibrant performance space together.

One of the original founders of Portland Story Theater, Lynne Duddy, grew up just a few blocks from the Abbey and has witnessed the rise and fall and resurrection of her beloved Albina neighborhood. This move carries a deep emotional connection for Duddy and a commitment to honor the Portland she knows and loves. Duddy and co-founder Lawrence Howard have worked to define a mission for Portland Story Theater that is rooted in giving voice to the true stories of ordinary people, promoting understanding, and building community in the urban environment. Because of the Abbey's location, Portland Story Theater hopes to forge a link between the Alberta Arts District and the Historic Mississippi District. Time will tell.

For all media inquiries, please contact Portland Story Theater at 503-284-2226 or by email at tellers@portlandstorytheater.com.

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Portland Story Theater is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to making the narrative arts an integral part of Portland's rich cultural identity and is committed to bringing an authentic story and theater experience to inspire, challenge and expand a sense of community in Portland's urban environment.

About the founders

There are all kinds of master craftsmen in the world, Lawrence Howard is a master at crafting stories. Howard is best known for his Armchair Adventurer series, in particular "Shackleton's Antarctic Nightmare." www.lawrencehoward.name/

Lynne Duddy is the driving force behind Portland Story Theater and its productions. Duddy also performs as a solo artist and her performance art has been described by The Oregonian as "raw, revealing, and vulnerable." www.lynneduddy.com/

For all media inquiries, please contact Portland Story Theater at 503-284-2226 or by email at tellers@portlandstorytheater.com.

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