A Year-end Message from Artistic Director Dámaso Rodríguez

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The human spirit is a miraculous thing. It’s resilient. It has the capacity to contribute to the world by creating. In striving to realize our full potential and creativity, we experience the highest of highs and the lowest of lows – progress doesn’t always follow a straight line.

The catalyst for the creative process has always been conflict. Writers begin their process with friction. What will the characters have to face and overcome in order to proceed? Artists are problem solvers and dig into the tapestry of the human experience in pursuit of truth and understanding and whatever is unearthed from that digging, we study and learn and grow.               

Now more than ever Artists Rep is committed to remaining an agent of progress. To use our work not just as an escape, but as a force for empathy, community building, and rigorous dialogue. Our audiences and donors have a direct impact on that progress.

I ask you to make a tax-deductible gift to ensure that this resilient artistic home continues to produce complex, challenging, and diverse work. 

By supporting Artist Rep, you share our commitment to giving voice to new and diverse perspectives. Behind-the-scenes your gift ensures that the ArtsHub provides an affordable home to emerging arts organizations. You make possible the work of Table│Room│Stage that commissioned four new plays last season and will commission four more in the next. You help launch the Frontier Series, offering special engagements from internationally acclaimed artists. And, of course, your gift ensures Artists Rep’s productions and programs are accessible and affordable. Programs like free student matinees and $5 Arts for All tickets. You provide the critical funding that closes the gap between what we earn in ticket sales and the actual cost of producing great theatre.

And right now, all new and increased donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a challenge grant from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, meaning your support could have double the impact.

In a time where voices ring from the left and the right with loud conviction, resilience is the quiet belief in humanity. And being human is a story we all know. Sharing the human experience is our purpose as theatre makers, and if we persevere, our community will gradually see progress until we are succeeding more often than not.

Thank you for your generosity and your patronage. We look forward to partnering with you to keep Portland a place where the arts and working artists thrive.

Best wishes for 2017!

Dámaso Rodríguez
Artistic Director