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
  • Risks failure rather than repeats formula
  • Has an opinion and seeks to change the conversation

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 THE HUMANS, 4th Installment

This past week has been all about tech and timing. There is an exceptional amount of overlapping dialogue in THE HUMANS, combined with scenes happening simultaneously on two levels.

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Fresh Eyes on THE HUMANS, 3rd Installment

This was the last week for THE HUMANS in the rehearsal room; next week the action shifts into the theatre and onto the set.

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Fresh Eyes on THE HUMANS, 2nd Installment

This week in rehearsal saw the actor up on their feet, working through staging and beginning their deeper dives into character and relationships.

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Fresh Eyes on THE HUMANS, 1st Installment

THE HUMANS are on the way! On Tuesday, October 24th, about sixty people gathered for the first rehearsal.

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