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Since 1988, Oregon Children’s Theatre has been creating extraordinary theater for young audiences, bringing great stories to life on stage, with productions distinguished by professional polish and awe-inspiring staging.
OCT also offers educational programming, 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).
OCT 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 teen mentoring program, Young Professionals Company, where adolescent performers 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