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The Campaign for Artists Repertory Theatre

Stories help us make sense of the world.

Theatre has long been a place where we gather to immerse ourselves in stories.

Stories that question our differences and foreground our connections.

Stories that help us talk to each other, listen to each other, and allow us to cry and laugh together.

As the lights come up, we rise with a better understanding of ourselves, of others, and our chance in the world.

Clockwise from top left: The Talented Ones (2017): Madeleine Tran, Michel Castillo. Photo by Brud Giles. Event photo. The Thanksgiving Play (2018): Claire Rigsby. Photo by Russel J. Young. 1984 (2019): Chris Harder. Photo by Kathleen Kelly.

Artists Repertory Theatre has been dedicated to producing contemporary theatre that addresses the issues of our time since it was founded by Portland artists in 1982.

As Portland’s oldest professional theatre, ART has risen to become a significant presence in American theatre, with a legacy of producing acclaimed regional and world premieres.

“Artists Rep has been instrumental in cementing Portland’s place on the National Theatre scene.” —Broadway World

ART develops and produces stories that vividly express a diverse aesthetic and cultural values.

We create space for fresh perspectives from playwrights of color, women, gender nonconforming, and LGBTQ+ writers — to raise their voices in an environment that enables provocative, intimate theatre that challenges, illuminates, and inspires.

Through creation of the innovative ARTsHub, ART has risen to meet the challenge of Portland’s lack of affordable performance and rehearsal space by providing programs and services that help smaller arts and community organizations survive and thrive.

“Under the tenure of artistic director Dámaso Rodríguez, Artists Repertory Theatre has become an artistic…hub for local theater with robust support for new works.” —Carol Wells, The Oregonian

In the 2018/19 Season alone...

  • 1,500+ events held in our building
  • 42 local nonprofits
  • 11 resident companies
  • 380 ARTsHub public events
  • 462 rehearsals
  • 422 classes
  • 306 ART events

The next phase in ART's development is the reinvention of our building.

Originally an Elks Lodge health club, the building has reached the end of its useful life.

A major gift in 2018 paid off our mortgage on the entire downtown block catalyzing our 2019 sale of the north half.

The $9 million received in the sale is now the lead investment for the reimagining of the remaining building.

The roof and a massive wood beam will rise to create a modern multiuse performing arts center with two theatres, four rehearsal halls, and collaborative spaces that will give rise to many new stories waiting to be shared.

Second floor plan
Ground floor plan

We RISE to share stories that make sense of the modern world and bring us together.

We RISE to support Portland’s artistic ecosystem through the ARTsHub.

We RISE to create a building of quality equal to ART’s artistic work that enables community building through storytelling.

We can build a legacy of understanding through stories that makes our world a better place.

Together, we rise.

Our Mission: To produce intimate, provocative theatre and provide a home for a diverse community of artists and audiences to take creative risks.

Artists Rep 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.

For more information contact JS May, jsmay@artistsrep.org, 503-807-6224