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Antoinette Hatfield Hall

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Antoinette Hatfield Hall is home to the Newmark, Brunish and Winningstad Theatres. It sits next to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Southwest Broadway, and it also houses the Portland’5 box office that serves all five of the city-owned theaters in downtown — Keller Auditorium, Schnitzer Concert Hall, and the three theaters in Hatfield Hall. It is named in honor of arts patron Antoinette Hatfield, wife of former U.S. Senator and Oregon governor Mark Hatfield.

History of Antoinette Hatfield Hall

Antoinette Hatfield Hall was part of the city’s investment in the arts in the 1980s, along with the renovation of Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. It opened in 1987 to serve mid-sized Portland performing arts groups and more intimate fare from larger groups. Designed by a local architecture firm, it features some of the more innovative combinations of public art and architecture in the city.

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

This historic downtown performance spaces houses the Oregon Symphony and hosts many touring acts.

Theaters in Antoinette Hatfield Hall

Newmark Theatre

The Newmark Theatre is a mid-sized theater, seating around 900 in an orchestra section and two balconies. The sightlines are excellent throughout the theater, the stage is large enough for most musicals and plays, its stage technology is excellent and acoustics are accurate. These qualities have made it very popular among local presenters and arts organizations.

Winningstad Theatre

Built after the model of the Elizabethan courtyard theater, the Winningstad Theatre is a smaller theater — in most configurations it seats around 300 or so — and very versatile.

Brunish Theatre

The Brunish Theatre is a small, black-box theater with a capacity around 200. More informal, it is often used for meetings, dinners, conferences and performances.

Resident companies of Antoinette Hatfield Hall

Oregon Children’s Theatre

Founded in 1990, Oregon Children’s Theatre has become one of the country’s leading theater companies for child-appropriate fare. It adapts popular children’s literature titles and commissions its own work, all with the highest standards in set design and acting. It also understands how important it is to deliver high-energy, high-quality theater to the next generation of potential theater fans. Shows tend to be a little more than an hour in length, and the company is careful to publicize the age range best for each play. It serves more than 120,000 kids each year.

Children’s Theater

Portland's children's theater companies introduce kids to live theater and teaches them people in costumes are fun, not scary.

Stumptown Stages

Begun as a musical theater company in 2005, Stumptown Stages regularly wins local awards for its productions. Recent shows have included “Grease,” “The Wiz” and “Carrie, the Musical,” so the focus is often unabashedly on fun at the theater.

Other events at Hatfield Hall

Many other companies use the Hall (especially the Newmark Theatre), including Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland Opera and White Bird dance presenter. Concerts by touring music groups and comedy shows are common, and almost anything can pop up: illusionists, avant-garde performance artists, circus acts and lectures of all sorts.

Every summer, the theater sponsors Music on Main, a weekly series of free concerts featuring a wide range of styles and performances. Running from 5–7 p.m. on Wednesdays in July and August, the informal concerts are held outdoors between Schnitzer and Hatfield halls.

Performance Art in Portland

Portland Theater

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

Dance in Portland

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

Classical Music in Portland

Portland's opera, symphony and other companies offer an ongoing lineup of inspiring performances, from timeless works to modern interpretations.

Upcoming events

At Antionette Hatfield Hall

Editor's Pick
Me...Jane: The Dreams and Adventures of Young Jane Goodall
Oct. 19–Nov. 17, 2019

Me…Jane: The Dreams and Adventures of Young Jane Goodall

Newmark Theatre Free

‘With the wind in her hair, she read and reread the books about Tarzan of the Apes, in which another girl, also named Jane, lived in the jungles of Africa.’ Ten-year-old Jane Goodall and her sidekick Jubilee (a stuffed monkey doll) journey no further than their quaint, English backyard. In Jane’s daydreams, however, they eat…

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2019 Calvin & Mayho Tanabe Address
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019

2019 Calvin & Mayho Tanabe Address

Newmark Theatre $20 general admission, $10 for students

Described as a “force of nature,” Ezekiel Emanuel is one of America’s leading voices in the complex and challenging effort to transform how health care is delivered and medicine is practiced. His own experience as an oncologist, academic leader, policy adviser and author has led him to prescribe some provocative cradle-to-grave fixes for what ails…

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Me . . . Jane
Oct. 19–Nov. 17, 2019

Me . . . Jane

Newmark Theatre $15-$34

Ten-year-old Jane Goodall and her sidekick Jubilee (a stuffed monkey doll) journey no further than their quaint, English backyard. In Jane’s daydreams, however, they eat breakfast on the Sahara, feel the ground shake during the Great Migration on the Serengeti, and smell the air on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. Commissioned by the Kennedy Center…

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Sugar Skull! A Día de los Muertos Musical Adventure
Monday, Nov. 18, 2019

Sugar Skull! A Día de los Muertos Musical Adventure

Newmark Theatre $19.50 – $39.50

Young Vita thinks her family has gone loco planning a celebration for deceased loved ones. Why throw a party for the dead? But when a candy skeleton on her abuelita’s cemetery ofrenda suddenly springs to life, Vita finds herself on a magical, musical journey to unravel the true meaning of Día de los Muertos. Meet…

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White Bird presents: CNDC-Angers/Robert Swinston
Nov. 21–23, 2019

White Bird presents: CNDC-Angers/Robert Swinston

Newmark Theatre Free

Presented by White Bird. Under the direction of former Cunningham dancer Robert Swinston, France’s National Center for Contemporary Dance/Angers will perform two masterworks by the legendary Merce Cunningham. In Biped, the animate and inanimate meet through a fascinating intersection of enthralling choreography and motion-capture technology. In Beach Birds, dancers move with the fluidity of flocks…

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Hayden Magician
Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019

Hayden Magician

Winningstad Theatre $27.50 & $34.50

Hayden is an award-winning magician based out of New York City who has performed for organizations nationwide such as Lowe’s and Bank of America, and has been gaining popularity for his original and fast-paced magic show.

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The Hot Sardines
Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019

The Hot Sardines

Newmark Theatre $25-$45

Fueled by the belief that classic jazz feeds the heart and soul, The Hot Sardines are on a mission to make old sounds new again and prove that joyful music can bring people together in a disconnected world.

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Gloria
Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019

Gloria

Newmark Theatre $15-$22

Join the Portland Choir & Orchestra with special guest Big Horn Brass for their Christmas concert, Gloria. 150 performers on stage for this one-of-a-kind Portland holiday event. Tickets are priced for the whole family to attend.

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