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Bring your students to the theater or bring the theater to them! OCT committed to bringing great stories to life onstage, nurturing students' love of reading and the arts, providing experiential learning environments where students can find their own voices, and bringing free theater resources to educators around Oregon and SW Washington. We'll work with you to make planning and executing your field trip or OCT program stress-free and straightforward, and all of our programs connect back to the Common Core standards you're using in your classroom.
Great books make great plays! Join us at Hatfield Hall in downtown Portland and treat your students to the field trip adventure of the school year! Or join us at our Young Professionals Studio Theatre in NE Portland to see our talented teens in an intimate black-box theater.
In partnership with Kaiser Permanente, we offer FREE touring productions designed to promote healthy living for grades K-12. The programs prompt peer-to-peer learning experiences that reach students in a creative, nontraditional way.
Loud and Clear, our public speaking residency program, uses theater techniques and experiential learning to build confidence and meet speaking and listening benchmarks. In Read, Write, Act, students adapt a work of literature into scripts for the stage. Residencies available for grades K-8.
Our annual playwriting contest is an open call for middle school students to submit short plays exploring a rotating issue or theme, such as bullying or what defines a family. Selected finalists work with professional playwright mentors and have their plays performed in a staged reading at the Winningstad Theatre in downtown Portland! Learn more about how middle schoolers, teachers, and whole classrooms can get involved.
Are you a teacher looking for theater skills to get your students engaged and on their feet? Looking to go behind the scenes, meet an author or a playwright, or help OCT brainstorm our next new school program? Join our Teacher Liaison Network to stay in the loop about all of our exciting opportunities for teachers. Workshops and other events are always free. Clock hours available for select events upon request.