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Oregon Children’s Theatre may put on kids’ plays, but don’t expect them to recite you any nursery rhymes. This contemporary company commissions multiple world-premiere scripts for their five-play season, based on the books that kids are reading right now and the lives that young people lead.
OCT also educates and transforms lives, running an Acting Academy that helps young thespians gain skills and confidence. Because OCT casts age-appropriate actors—kids in kid roles; adults as adults—some of the young actors on the OCT stage come from the Acting Academy (after they audition, of course).
Oregon Children’s Theatre also works with schools to emphasize and enrich arts education. Every mainstage performance includes weekday matinees for schools to attend. OCT connects reading to the arts through their “Ticket to Read” program, and delivers educational performances and residencies to Oregon schools and community groups.
Each year, OCT also accepts 60 kids into their in-house teen mentoring program, Young Professionals Company, where adolescent performers get to work on advanced skills with local professionals, and cut their teeth on more mature dramatic themes by producing three plays themselves in OCT’s studio theater. Armed with this pre-professional savvy, many YP alumni have gone on to prestigious college theater programs nationwide.
With a mission to create exceptional theater experiences that transform lives, it’s clear that OCT wants to leave a lasting impression—on actors and audiences alike.
Oregon Children’s Theatre
1939 NE Sandy Blvd.
Portland, OR 97232