Students preforming in the Fall Festival of Shakespeare. Photographer: Brud Giles

Students preforming in the Fall Festival of Shakespeare. Photographer: Brud Giles

Education Mission

Portland Playhouse encourages students of all ages to explore human behavior in a safe and nurturing environment. We commit ourselves to strengthening the voices of tomorrow through immersion in the dramatic arts by providing a visceral learning experience. We do this by utilizing Shakespeare text, Viewpoints, yoga, voice work, actor/director collaboration, and individual mentorships in all areas. Our programs build confidence and self esteem, challenge and examine social perspectives, foster relationships through artistic collaboration, and create empathy through storytelling.

We offer a Fall Festival of Shakespeare for middle school and high school students, adult trainings, and a year-long mentorship for college graduates.

Portland Playhouse has provided learning experiences at the following:

  • Grant High School
  • Rex Putnam High School
  • Roosevelt High School
  • Sabin School
  • St. Andrew Nativity School
  • H.B. Lee Middle School
  • Arts & Communication Magnet Academy
  • Boise-Eliot Elementary School
  • Lake Oswego High School
  • Lakeridge High School
  • Oregon Episcopal School
  • Metropolitan Learning Center
  • Reed College (Dance Department)
  • Willamette University (Theatre Department)
  • King Elementary
  • Jefferson High School
  • Franklin High School
  • De La Salle North Catholic High School
  • Trillium Charter School
  • Fort Vancouver High School
  • Hudson’s Bay High School
  • Catlin Gabel School
  • Cleveland High School
  • Ridgefield High School
  • Lincoln High School
  • Sauvie Island Academy
  • Da Vinci Arts
  • Quatama Elementary
  • George Fox University