The ArtsHub in Action
November 15, 2017
Not everyone knows that The ArtsHub @ Artists Rep is home to 12 resident companies, 25 resident artists and that we hosted 602 events and 324 rehearsals by 51 groups in the last year.
The ArtsHub sprung out of our natural inclination to share underutilized parts of our facility. We’re inviting folks into our home to do their own thing and serve the community in a different way than we ever could on our own. We want that home to be vibrant and bustling, so we’re providing access to affordable space and staffing to elevate the abilities of our guests to do what they do best: create and share their work with others.
For most companies, closing Caught, loading in The Humans and opening resident company Profile Theatre’s rotating repertory of Water by the Spoonful and The Happiest Song Plays Last all in one month would be plenty, but that’s only the beginning. On non-show nights, we’ll host events on a live set. It’s practically unheard of in large theatres across the country because frankly, it’s easier not to. However, space for the arts is hard to come by in Portland and it doesn’t feel right to let our theatres sit dark.
In November we’ve partnered with PlayWrite Inc. on workshops to help writers of all levels develop one-act plays, culminating in a night of performances onstage. We’ll also host a series of one-time events including: a CD release party by resident company Portland Revels, annual elections for our neighbors the Timbers Army, monthly Bystander Intervention workshops by Don’t Shoot Portland and a celebration of the unique culture of the Maasai people of Kenya by The Friends of Sironka Dance. In our studios, we’ll house rehearsals for resident company The August Wilson Red Door Project’s production of Hands Up, a reading of Dead Special Crabs by resident company LineStorm’s Dan Kitrosser, a workshop for teaching artists by Young Audiences, and weekly classes by resident artists Michael Mendelson, Chris Harder, Sarah Lucht, local actor Joe Costa and resident company Staged! Conservatory. In addition, our newest resident company, Portland Actors Conservatory, operates up to three classes a day for the 23 students in their two-year accredited professional actor training program. To top it all off, we’ll finish up our FOURTH set build this month for resident company Portland Shakespeare Project’s world premiere of Pericles Wet by local playwright Ellen Margolis in December. What a month!
We envision the ArtsHub as a model for theatres across the country, demonstrating a commitment to share, to engage, and to ensure our creative communities have a place we can all call home. Check out our website and learn more about what’s happening here next month. Our home is always bustling with new art and we want to share it with you. Join us.