Classes & Workshops

Classes taught by Artists Rep & Guest Artists

Our education programs focus on engaging and elevating our community by offering professional-level classes with our resident artists and guest artists. Artists Repertory Theatre is dedicated to working with artists from all backgrounds and disciplines to create a stronger, more equitable, and richer theatre experience in Portland.

For questions or further information, feel free to contact or Education Director Karen Rathje at 503.972.3001

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Dramaturgy for the Audience: Choice? What Choice? The Process of Making Theatre with Dámaso Rodríguez & Luan Schooler

Movement for Everybody with Jessica Wallenfels

Audition Prep for Generals 2019- Make Those Two Minutes Count! with Sarah Lucht & Amy Newman

Writing About History & Current Events: A Playwriting Workshop with E.M. Lewis

Playwriting Boot Camp with Andrea Stolowitz

Tell Your Own Story: A Four-Session Writers' Workshop with Linda Alper

Authentic Accents & Dialects with Mary McDonald-Lewis

Tech Wednesday!


Dramaturgy for the Audience: Choice? What Choice? The Process of Making Theatre
with Artistic Director Dámaso Rodríguez & Director of New Play Development & Dramaturgy Luan Schooler


Wolf Play
February 27, March 6, & March 27
All Classes: 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Every production at Artists Rep is shaped by two sets of choices: The first are the playwright’s choices about how best to express and explore their idea through characters, structure, language, style, etc. And the second are production choices made by designers, directors, actors, and the theatre itself about how to bring the playwright’s work to life. Choice? What Choice? will look at those two distinct sets of decisions, and is intended for people who enjoy seeing plays and would like to have more tools and vocabulary for assessing what they see.

The next session will focus on our upcoming production of Wolf Play. It is highly recommended that participants plan to see the production before the second session of the class. Scripts will be provided.

Wolf Play
February 27 – Discussion about the playwright’s intentions and choices, lead by Luan Schooler
March 6 - (Bonus Session!) Discussion with the playwright Hansol Jung
March 27 – Focusing on the production choices and how they relate to playwright’s intentions, with Dámaso Rodríguez (who is also serving as production director) and Luan Schooler.
All Classes: 7:30pm - 9:00pm

ENROLLMENT COST: $60 (script included)


Click here for more information about Luan Schooler 
Click here for more information about Dámaso Rodrígue

Movement for Everybody with Jessica Wallenfels

Saturday, February 23
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Do the words 'choreography' or 'dance' strike fear in your soul? Or do you simply want the joy and energy of movement in your everyday life? In working with the actors on the show Everybody, co-director/choreographer Jessica Wallenfels led the creation of accessible, meaningful movement sequences designed to be danced by ANYBODY. In this easy, beginner's mind class we explore how these types of movement phrases are created, and get exposed to a warm-up which incorporates strength and flexibility moves done to irresistible music. While devastatingly simple and accomplished in under 10 minutes, the warm up cultivates connection with one's own body, breath, and energy, while contacting those qualities in others. Take 3 hours on a Saturday to set aside any anxiety around dancing, and get a reminder of the value of movement for EVERYBODY at every age. 



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Jessica Wallenfels is a director/choreographer and educator. Wallenfels creates new work that is music and movement driven with her company, Many Hats Collaboration. Recent projects include co-directing Everybody at Artists Reprtory Theatre, co-directing the new musical Scarlet at Portland Playhouse, and directing Ella Enchanted and Pete the Cat for Oregon Children’s Theatre. Selected choreography credits include the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Portland Playhouse, Artists Repertory Theatre, and Seattle Repertory Theatre. Wallenfels directed the original work The Snowstorm, which won the Drammy Award for Best Production in 2015. She has guest directed at Portland State University, Willamette University, Western Oregon University and others. Wallenfels teaches movement and devising with Staged! and the Portland Playhouse apprentice program. She holds a BFA from California Institute of the Arts and an MFA in directing from the University of Portland. Upcoming projects include The Undertaking through Many Hats, to debut in the Fertile Ground Festival 2019, and Into the Woods at Broadway Rose.

 Audition Prep for Generals 2019- Make Those Two Minutes Count! with Sarah Lucht & Amy Newman

Tuesdays, Feb 26, March 5, 12 & 19
6:30pm - 9:30pm

The time for company general and PATA auditions is upon us. And now is the time to do what it takes to feel utterly confident, know you are bringing your best self to the auditions and (yes, it's possible!) actually have a good time. There is no big secret to what is involved here: prepare, prepare, and then... make sure you are prepared!

Let us help you with this process in four sessions taught by experienced stage performers, auditioners (we've been there, and are going to be there again!), and acting coaches. We will structure and guide your preparation process by evaluating your material, giving you feedback, coaching your performance, and ensuring that your audition is a confident and polished reflection of you.

Please bring two short monologues (totaling no more than 2 minutes) to the first class.



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Click here for more information about Amy Newman

Writing About History & Current Events: A Playwriting Workshop with E.M. Lewis

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March 12
Tuesday 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Angels in America. Streamers. Fences. Henry V. The Great Society. The Normal Heart. M. Butterfly. The Amish Project. The Laramie Project. A Walk in the Woods. Red. Bent. Copenhagen. The Crucible.

Are you interested in writing about what's happening in the world, but aren't sure where to start? Do you have a moment in history that speaks to you, or a character from history you are moved to write about?

Many playwrights have grappled with current events and real moments in history in their work, to great effect.

Join award-winning playwright E. M. Lewis (Magellanica, The Gun Show) for a three-hour playwriting workshop about writing history and current events. We'll do a series of guided writing exercises designed to inspire! And we'll talk about some of the challenges of writing this kind of story.

This workshop is appropriate for anyone aged 14 to 104! All are welcome, from fledgling writers to more experienced playwrights. Start where you are!

Join us!



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E.M. Lewis is an award-winning playwright whose work has been produced around the world, and is published by Samuel French. She received both the Primus Prize and the Steinberg Award from the American Theater Critics Associations, The Ted Schmitt Award for Outstanding Writing of a World Premiere Play from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Association, a Hodder Fellowships from Princeton University, a playwriting fellowship from the New Jersey State Arts Commission, and the 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowshop in Drama. Her play The Gun Show premiered in Chicago in 2014, and has since been produced in more than thirty theaters across the country, including Coho in Portland and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. It was published in The Best American Short Plays 2015-2016, and will be available soon from Samuel French. Lewis' newest play -- an epic adventure story about climate change set in Antarctica called Magellanica -- had its world premiere at Artists Repertory Theatre in the spring of 2018. Other play by Lewis include: Song of Extinction, Infinite Black Suitcase, Now comes the Night, Apple Season, Reading to Vegetables, True Story, and You Can See All the Stars (a play for college students commissioned by the Kennedy Center.) She is a proud member of LineStorm Playwrights and the Dramatists Guild. She lives on her family's farm in Oregon.

 Playwriting Boot Camp with Andrea Stolowitz

Friday, April 26: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday, April 27: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Sunday, April 28: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Friday, May 3: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

This is a 14-hour four meeting course that meets over one week. It is designed to allow writers to either start a new project or work in depth on a play in any stage of development that would benefit from writing/rewriting. In the course we will read and discuss short plays talking about rules of theatricality, do writing exercises and share results, talk about structure using your own plays and play ideas as points of departure, and address each person’s play/play idea. Participants will share their work and read other participants’ work out loud. The class is spaced to give a maximum amount of time on the first weekend and an opportunity to meet for a final reading of our work five days later. This is an intermediate through advanced level class and is open to anyone who has completed a previous playwriting workshop or has a background in any aspect of creative writing or theater.



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Tell Your Own Story: A Four-Session Writers' Workshop with Linda Alper

Saturdays, March 30, April 6, 13 & 20
11:00am - 2:00pm

Do you have a personal or historic tale that you want to use in an inspiration talk, turn into a play, or use in a short story?

Students will free-write in class, using specific prompts to deepen recall, free imagination, find detail and avoid cliché. We will also explore different styles and forms of structure to give you a confident foundation for inspirational writing and communicating your memory and research to a wider audience.

For beginners and experienced writers.



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Click here for more information about Linda Alper

Authentic Accents & Dialects with Mary McDonald-Lewis


A two-weekend intensive to learn & apply accents and dialects for film, television, & theatre. Actors will learn how accents and dialects are built, learn four accents, and acquire new tools to use forever. Each class includes instruction in accent and dialect acquisition, practice and application of four accents/dialects, and a wealth of written, audio, and video materials.



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Tech Wednesday

Observe the tech process of one of our mainstage productions! This includes a tour of the theatre, two hours of tech rehearsal observation, and a Q&A.
Cost: $15/person
Dates: Dates: 1/23/19 (A Doll's House, Part 2), 3/6/19 (Wolf Play), 4/24/19 (The Revolutionists)
Time: 7:00pm

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