A home for new plays
In T|R|S our mission is to create an effective, hospitable environment where playwrights can write their most urgent, shimmering, tender possible worlds into existence.
We are interested by work that:
- Stands at an angle to the world and shows us something anew
- Explores the edges, depths and heights of human experience
- Uses language with originality and vibrancy
- Embodies a muscular narrative structure and rigorous intelligence
- Offers a distinctly theatrical experience
- Risks failure rather than repeats formula
- Has an opinion and seeks to change the conversation
What’s on the Table:
- Commissions to start a new play, to finish one already begun, and to revisit one that hasn’t yet been fully realized. We are committed to offering women, writers of color and writers of work for young audiences a place at the table.
- The Oregon Play Prize, a special commission for an Oregon playwright chosen by Oregonians.
- A flexible program of workshops, readings, and resources for playwrights to develop their work.
- In-house readings of new plays with staff and resident artists to engage our whole company in the discussion.
- Fresh Eyes, a program that brings civilians into the rehearsal room and invites their observations and insights.
- Membership in the National New Play Network; engagement with our like-minded national colleagues in the creation and expansion of culturally relevant work.
In August 2014, Artists Rep was the recipient of a $125,000 Oregon Community Foundation “Creative Heights Initiative” grant to establish a robust New Play Development program that will create opportunities for local and national playwrights, ensure that underrepresented voices are heard on stage and establish Artists Rep and Portland as an engine for new play development, nationally.
Luan Schooler was chosen to lead the bold two-year pilot program that will commission eight new plays. Four of the eight commissions will go to writers of color, four will be women, and one play will be written for young adults. One writer from Oregon will be awarded a special commission – The Oregon Play Prize – and a commitment to a full production of their play’s World Premiere in an Artists Rep season.