Classes, Workshops, & Coaching

Classes taught by Artists Rep & Guest Artists

Our education programs focus on engaging and elevating our community by offering professional-level classes with our resident artists and guest artists. Artists Repertory Theatre is dedicated to working with artists from all backgrounds and disciplines to create a stronger, more equitable, and richer theatre experience in Portland.


Telling Your Story for the Stage: A Playwriting Workshop with E.M. Lewis

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September 15 - November 10, 2018
Saturdays from 10:00am - 1:00pm (no class on October 27)

Everyone is welcome to this playwriting workshop, from experienced storytellers in need of new inspiration to nervous beginners who aren't sure where to start. We'll explore the fundamental tools and elements of playwriting, and try a variety of writing exercises to get the ball rolling! Over the course of eight three hour sessions, you will be encouraged to begin and finish a one-act play, or even launch into a full-length play if you're ready! You'll bring in pages to share every week, for encouraging feedback and support from both teacher and peers. We'll talk about how to write stories that move people, and stories that matter. The class will culminate in a reading of your work with professional actors from our Portland theatre community. Join us!

Cost: $300 (Includes a ticket to Skeleton Crew.)
Maximum class size: 10


To learn more, contact Education Director Karen Rathje at or 503.241.3001. 

E. M. Lewis is an award-winning playwright whose work has been produced around the world, and is published by Samuel French. She received both the Primus Prize and the Steinberg Award from the American Theater Critics Association, the Ted Schmitt Award for Outstanding Writing of a World Premiere Play from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Association, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, a playwriting fellowship from the New Jersey State Arts Commission, and the 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowship in Drama. Her play The Gun Show premiered in Chicago in 2014, and has since been produced in more than thirty theaters across the country, including CoHo Productions in Portland, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.  It was published in The Best American Short Plays 2015-2016, and will be available soon from Samuel French. Lewis' newest play -- an epic adventure story about climate change set in Antarctica called Magellanica -- had its world premiere at Artists Repertory Theatre in spring of 2018.  Other plays by Lewis include: Song of ExtinctionInfinite Black Suitcase, Heads, Now Comes the Night, Apple SeasonReading to VegetablesTrue Storyand You Can See All the Stars (a play for college students commissioned by the Kennedy Center). Lewis is currently working on two opera commissions, a small personal play called How the Light Gets In, and a big, new political play called The Great Divide. She is a proud member of LineStorm Playwrights and the Dramatists Guild. She lives on her family’s farm in Oregon.



We offer private coaching from a variety of qualified coaches. Some coaching options include:

  • Monologue and Audition Coaching 
  • Scene Work Coaching 
  • Public Speaking for Professionals (from individual coaching to in-office seminars)

Contact Education Director Karen Rathje at for more information.



Observe the tech process of one of our mainstage productions! Enjoy a tour of the theatre, observe two hours of tech rehearsal, and participate in a Q&A.

Cost: $15/person
Dates: 8/29/18 (Skeleton Crew), 10/3/18 (Small Mouth Sounds), 11/21/18 (Everybody)

Space is limited!