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Portland Theatre and Dance

The Lewis & Clark College Theatre Department maintains a close relationship with the theatre world beyond the campus. There are a number of larger and smaller theatre and dance companies in the city that offer a variety of offerings. In fact, our students regularly attend theatre productions in town, and the faculty is closely involved with the theatre life in Portland as members of board of directors, directors, dramaturges, and designers for professional productions in town, and as active members of the theatre and dance community as such. Furthermore, many of the current and former theatre department students are invited to collaborate with the faculty on their off-campus professional work, and number of our graduates became respected theatre and dance artists in and around Portland.

In addition, the ongoing relationship between the larger theatre and dance community and the Theatre Department allows us to bring professional artists from the city to campus. Actors, directors, designers, and dancers and choreographers often teach ad hoc classes, meet with students in discussion about particular performances, offer workshops, and bring their work to the Department.

We believe that the active engagement with the larger Portland community is an essential part of the theatre education here, and the broad array of cultural events in Portland makes such engagement relatively easy. Within a short twenty-minute bus trip to downtown Portland, the students find a large number of theatre and dance companies that offer a vast array of theatre and dance forms.


Artists Repertory Theatre

Blue Monkey Theatre Company

BroadArts Theater

Broadway Rose Theatre Company

Brody Theater

Classic Greek Theatre

CoHo Theatre

Cosmic Tomato Productions

defunkt theatre

Do Jump Physical Theatre

Fever Theatre

Hand2Mouth Theatre

Imago Theatre

Insight Out Theatre Collective

Integrity Productions

Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center

Lakewood Theatre Company

Live on Stage

Masque Alfresco

Miracle Theatre Group

Northwest Classical Theatre Company

Oregon Children’s Theatre

Portland Actors Conservatory

Portland Actors Ensemble

Portland Center for the Performing Arts 

Portland Center Stage

Portland Institute for Contemporary Arts

Portland Opera

Portland Theatre Works

Profile Theatre

Quintessence Language & Imaginative Theatre

Tapestry Theatre

Sojourn Theatre

Tears of Joy

Third Rail Repertory

Triangle Productions


BodyVox Dance Company

Conduit Dance

Do Jump!  Extremely Physical Theatre

Minh Tran and Dancers

Oregon Ballet Theatre


White Bird