Performing arts

Portland expresses its creativity through a robust range of theatrical and dance companies and events.

A production at Portland Center StageA production at Portland Center Stage

Portland’s performing arts community includes musical, dance and theater offerings — often combined in unexpected ways.

  • Oregon Ballet Theatre's Swan Lake

    Dance in Portland

    Portland dance has an inventive spirit that welcomes collaborations and often spills beyond the generally accepted boundaries of “dance.”

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  • August Wilson's "Seven Guitars" at Artists Rep

    Portland theater

    Portland has a well-established network of venues and theater companies and an increasingly dynamic and diverse small theater scene.

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  • Roald Dahl's The BFG at Northwest Children's Theater

    Children’s theater

    Portland's rich collection of children's theater companies offers just the introduction kids need to see that people in costume are fun, not scary.

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  • Portland Actors Ensemble stages Macbeth in Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery.

    Summer performing arts guide

    This summer, Portland theater and dance companies explore the wilder side of experimental theater and head out of doors — often at the same time.

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  • Luke Burbank hosts Live Wire's mix of music, theater, interviews and comedy.

    Live Wire Radio

    Live Wire! is “radio variety for the attention-span-challenged” taped in Portland weekly and broadcast on dozens of stations from Tallahassee, Tenn., to Reading, England.

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  • Daver Morrison and Nikki Coble in "Othello" at Portland Center Stage.

    The Complete Works Project

    From 2014 (Shakespeare’s 450th birthday) to 2016 (the 400th anniversary of his death), 15 Portland troupes will endeavor to stage every play he wrote at venues citywide.

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  • Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol at TBA 2012

    Time-Based Art (TBA) Festival

    Modeled on Euro and Aussie blowouts, TBA unites artists and performers from around the world for two weeks of performances and events.

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  • ALL CAPS: A Comedy Show with Character(s) curated by Scott Rogers. Photo Jason Traeger.

    Fertile Ground Festival

    Spanning two weeks every January, the Fertile Ground Festival is where you go to see Portland's newest performance works first.

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