ARTISTS REPERTORY THEATRE’S (Artists Rep or ART) mission is to produce intimate, provocative theatre and provide a home for a diverse community of artists and audiences to take creative risks.
Artists Rep (est. 1982) is Portland’s oldest professional theatre company and has become a significant presence in American theatre with a legacy of regional, national, and world premieres of provocative new work with the highest standards of stagecraft. In 2016, ART became the 72nd member of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) and is an Associate Member of the National New Play Network (NNPN). Plays developed by ART have subsequently been produced in New York, Chicago, London, and throughout the country. Recognition for ART developed plays includes the Dramatists Guild Foundation Award, the Edgerton New Play Award, NEA Funding, the Mellon Foundation National Playwright Residency Program, American Theatre Magazine’s Most-Produced Plays, and coverage in the New Yorker and the New York Times. In 2021, the Oregon Media Production Association (OMPA) honored Artists Rep with the Creative Innovation Award for the company’s pivot to digital mediums in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Artists Rep is Portland’s premier mid-size regional theatre company and is currently led by Artistic Director Jeanette Harrison and Executive Director J.S. May.
The organization is committed to local artists and features a company of Resident Artists and professionals of varied theatre disciplines who are a driving force behind Artists Rep’s creative output and identity.
ART recognizes that we are a predominately white organization and operate within systemic racism and oppression, and that silence and neutrality are actions of complicity. We recognize the critical role the arts play in our culture and national conversation and accept our responsibility to make positive change through our work, our practices, and our policies. We commit ourselves to the work of becoming an anti-racism and anti-oppression organization, and will work with urgency to end racial inequities in our industry and our culture.
We invite artists, audiences, and colleagues to hold us accountable.
ART gratefully acknowledges our theatre rests on the traditional lands of the Multnomah, Wasco, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Bands of Chinook, Tualatin Kalapuya, Molalla and many other tribes who made their homes along the Columbia River.
The Professional Non-Profit Theater Coalition (PNTC) seeks to advance the thousands of institutions with tens of thousands of workers serving more than 75 million Americans who engage with live theatre and the performing arts every year. Theatermakers are key contributors to the $850 billion arts and culture economy, contributing 4.5 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) each year. The Coalition’s inclusive membership is composed of institutions and diverse leaders from local communities in nearly every state. PNTC promotes lasting governmental partnership with a particular focus on arts education, workforce development and infrastructure needs.
Equity is governed by its own members through an elected Council, representing principal actors, chorus actors and stage managers living in three regions: Eastern, Central and Western. Members at large participate in Equity’s governance through a system of regional Boards and Committees. Equity has 28 designated area liaison cities with over 100 members each.
The primary mission of the Cultural Advocacy Coalition is to increase ongoing public investment in arts, heritage and the humanities. Volunteers serve on the Board of Directors and include representatives from a broad number of interests to best represent the diverse mix of Oregon’s cultural community.