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 EARNEST, 5th Installment

The Importance of Being Earnest is opening this Saturday, May 20th. The week leading up to opening night is a combination of afternoon rehearsals and evening preview performances, all focused...

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Fresh Eyes on EARNEST, 4th Installment

Tech week! After three weeks in the rehearsal hall with the set design taped out on the floor and bits of costumes (mostly petticoats, corsets and shoes), the cast and crew...

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Fresh Eyes on EARNEST, 3rd Installation

Detail, details, it's all in the details! The third week of any rehearsal is all about the details: drilling into the play, moment by moment, to make sure that intentions...

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Fresh Eyes: Fresh Eyes on The Understudy, 4th Installment

Fresh Eyes checked in on The Understudy at the first preview performance this week – their last time as a group.

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Fresh Eyes on EARNEST, 2nd Installment

This week, rehearsals for The Importance of Being Earnest moved from working around the table to staging. Now the actors are walking and talking, and absorbing a myriad of details.

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Fresh Eyes on EARNEST, 1st Installment

This week, rehearsals began for our upcoming production of The Importance of Being Earnest. Artists Rep's production of Oscar Wilde's classic comedy that sends up Victorian society comes with a twist: an...

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An Artistic Home at Last, by Andrea Stolowitz

Andrea Stolowitz shares the happy news of her appointment as Lacroute Playwright-in-Residence at Artists Rep.

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