Table|Room|Stage

A home for new plays

In Table|Room|Stage our mission is to create an effective, welcoming environment where playwrights can write their most urgent, tender, and shimmering worlds into existence.

We are interested in work that:

  • Stands at an angle to the world and shows us something anew
  • Explores the edges, depths and heights of human experience
  • Uses language with originality and vibrancy
  • Embodies a muscular narrative structure and rigorous intelligence
  • Offers a distinctly theatrical experience and embraces 'liveness' as an essential quality
  • Risks failure rather than repeats formula
  • Has an opinion and seeks to change the conversation
  • Galvanizes collaboration with our audiences and stimulates conversation and engagement
  • Re-imagines how theatre is made and shared

What’s happening in T|R|S:

  • At the Table offers commissions to start a new play, to finish one already begun, and to revisit one that hasn’t yet been fully realized. We are committed to offering women, non-binary, and transgender writers, writers of color, and writers of work for young audiences a place at the table.
  • On The Workbench delves into projects that test the idea of what theatre can be.
  • In the House is home for our Playwright in Residence.
  • Fresh Eyes brings “civilians” into the rehearsal room and invites their observations and insights.
  • The Oregon Play Prize is a special commission for an Oregon playwright chosen by Oregonians.

About Table|Room|Stage

In August 2014, Artists Rep was the recipient of a $125,000 Oregon Community Foundation “Creative Heights Initiative” grant to establish a robust New Play Development program that will create opportunities for local and national playwrights, ensure that underrepresented voices are heard on stage and establish Artists Rep and Portland as an engine for new play development, nationally. Luan Schooler was chosen to lead the bold two-year pilot program.

Recent Blog Posts

Fresh Eyes on MAGELLANICA, 7TH Installment

For the last seven weeks, the cast, crew, director, designers, and playwright have been building this epic journey to Antarctica, step by step and layer by layer.

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Fresh Eyes on MAGELLANICA, 6th Installment

MAGELLANICA has moved from the rehearsal hall into the theatre, and on Saturday the company began adding in all the technical elements. Tech rehearsals are generally famous for being slow.

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Fresh Eyes on MAGELLANICA, 5th Installment

Sometime, one looks at the rehearsal schedule for the day and it says something like "11-5, Run/work part 5".

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Fresh Eyes on MAGELLANICA, 4th Installment

A rehearsal process always moves from broad strokes to detail work. It begins with figuring out where actors can stand or sit -- that takes the first couple of weeks...

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Fresh Eyes on MAGELLANICA, 3rd Installment

This was Magellanica's third week of rehearsal. In this short time, they have staged nearly the entire play — which is no mean feat, given that the script is 298...

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Fresh Eyes on MAGELLANICA, 2nd Installment

This week, the actors in Magellanica have begun to talk and walk. After the first few days of sitting around the table and digging into the script, it is time...

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Fresh Eyes on MAGELLANICA, 1st Installment

Almost exactly a year ago, we – the Artists Rep staff – became enthralled by E.M. Lewis’s play, MAGELLANICA.

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