Artists Repertory Theatre’s mission is to produce intimate, provocative theatre and provide a home for artists and audiences of varied backgrounds to take creative risks. Artists Rep is Portland’s premiere mid-size regional theatre company and is led by Artistic Director Dámaso Rodriguez. Founded in 1982, Artists Repertory Theatre is the longest-running professional theatre company in Portland. Artist Rep became the 72nd member of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) in 2016 and is an Associate Member of the National New Play Network (NNPN).
Artists Rep has become a significant presence in American Regional Theatre with a legacy of world, national and regional premieres of provocative new work with the highest standards of stagecraft. The organization is committed to local artists and features a company of Resident Artists, more than two dozen professionals of varied theatre disciplines, who are a driving force behind Artists Rep’s creative output and identity.Artists Rep is committed to developing new work through the recently launched new play development program Table|Room|Stage. With T|R|S , Artists Rep strives to empower and support Oregon-based playwrights while also creating a Portland home for writers from around the country to develop their work. Additionally, this program will make a meaningful impact on equity in the arts by mandating opportunities for women writers and writers of color, and cultivating the next generation of theatre- goers by creating work specifically for young people (13 and up). Artists Rep makes a significant impact on the Portland arts community with its ArtsHub, creating space and offering a home to more than eight multidisciplinary arts organizations within its facility.
We are committed to world-class acting, directing, design and stagecraft that support new playwriting and aspire to embody great literature, moving audiences to truly feel — to experience — storytelling in a way that only the best live theatre can.
READ about Artists Rep's history and preparation to join the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) in an thorough article published in American Theatre Magazine, November 2016.
WATCH a video about Artists Rep winning the Inspiring Creativity from Portland Monthly Magazine's Light a Fire Awards.
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If you are a culturally adventurous person who values the thrill of theatrical discovery—Artists Rep is for you! As Portland’s longest-running professional theatre company for the past three decades, Artists Rep has made a name for itself offering adventurous plays – comedies, dramas and musicals alike – that are supremely entertaining, thoughtful and provocative. In our two intimate theatres (you are never more than six rows from the stage) audiences are naturally pulled into the stories and can tap into their own hearts and lives. Artists Rep feeds our community’s artistic soul with world, regional and local premieres, re-imagined classics, new play development, and play-specific education and outreach.