Stan Foote Youth Access Fund

The Stan Foote Youth Access Fund builds upon the legacy of long-time Artistic Director Stan Foote by supporting OCT’s founding value: that theater is a creative, welcoming and transformative art form every child deserves to experience. The Stan Foote Youth Access Fund upholds this foundation by ensuring OCT remains a place where all children can thrive for generations to come. 

Your gift made to the Youth Access Fund will be matched dollar to dollar by the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund up to $20,000! 

The Stan Foote Youth Access Fund will support two pillars of OCT’s growth goals:


OCT will increase its commitment to providing scholarships and fee waivers to children, families and schools. We intend to increase this commitment annually until at least half of those participating in our programs can do so without charge. With your support, the Youth Access Fund will reach the following objectives in the 2019-20 season:

  • 10,000 children will receive free or deeply discounted theater tickets to OCT’s main-stage productions, including 6,000 who will receive both tickets and books through our “Ticket to Read: Linking Literacy to Live Theater” project. 

  • 600 children from under-resourced schools will participate in OCT’s acclaimed in-school residencies in their classroom at no cost to their schools. 

  • 250 children will participate through scholarships in extra-curricular theater enrichment to OCT’s Acting Academy classes, including teens participating in the Young Professionals Company, a year-round professional training and mentorship program for aspiring teenage actors.


OCT will deliver more of its programs in more diverse locations to overcome geographic barriers that block many families from participating. In addition, we have outgrown capacity at our current leased space and have a vision for a new permanent home. The Youth Access Fund will support the following activities:

  • Extend OCT programs into new neighborhoods and invest in innovative service delivery models. Next year, we will open our first satellite Acting Academy program at the Multnomah Arts Center, in SW Portland, and we are exploring locations in neighborhoods with limited arts access. 

  • Plan a new, permanent home base with classrooms, rehearsal studios, and a black box theater for our Young Professionals Company. In the next year, we will begin conceptual design, community engagement, and a feasibility study for a capital campaign to replace our leased facility.

Invest in the future generations of young people by donating to the Youth Access Fund today!