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 TEENAGE DICK, 1st Installment

Rehearsals began this Tuesday, December 11th, for TEENAGE DICK, Mike Lew's new play that is "vaguely after Richard III".

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Fresh Eyes on EVERYBODY, 6th Installment

EVERYBODY opened on Saturday, December 1st. After four short weeks of preparing for the complexities of the play -- roles assigned by lottery, choreography, intense technological aspects -- the show...

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Fresh Eyes on EVERYBODY, 5th Installment

It's Preview Week and the last finishing touches are being put on EVERYBODY. The technical aspects have been worked out and for the most part are working smoothly, and the...

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Fresh Eyes on EVERYBODY, 4th Installment

This week, EVERYBODY moved from the rehearsal hall onto the stage. Adding the design and technical elements is always a complex process, and this show is made exponentially more complex...

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Fresh Eyes on EVERYBODY, 3rd Installment

Rehearsals for EVERYBODY are now in the third week, and the focus has shifted from the big picture to the details.

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Fresh Eyes on EVERYBODY, 2nd Installment

Fresh Eyes observers Cynthia Herrup and Matthew Minicucci each came in to observe rehearsals this week.

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Fresh Eyes on EVERYBODY, 1st Installation

Fresh Eyes are back in the room to observe EVERYBODY! Rehearsals began on October 30th with presentations from designers and directors.

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