2019-20 Community Profile
Profile’s Community Profile program identifies a specific portion of our Portland community that we think will be particularly impacted by our featured writer. We then assemble a cohort of participants to engage in a full year of community-building and artistic practice together.
For the past three years, we’ve partnered with the Writers Guild Initiative, an independent, non-profit organization that is associated with the Writers Guild of America, East, to bring award- winning writers to Portland to mentor participants in a writing practice that helps them reflect, share, encourage resiliency, ease isolation and form much-needed community. In addition, we hold community conversations, take meals together and see the plays in the Profile Theatre season.
To learn about our 2017 Community Profile program Our City’s Veterans, click here. To Learn about our 2018-19 Community Profile Program for those living with chronic illness and their loved ones, click here.
Welcome To 2019-20
Are you LGBTQIA+ and have a story you want to tell about…
Living with HIV?
The struggle to live your life on your own terms?
Overcoming obstacles just to stand in your power?
Are you looking to develop your own creative voice with other LGBTQIA+ people?
If your answer is yes, we welcome you to COMMUNITY PROFILE 2019-20
An LGBTQ affinity space geared towards Queer and HIV positive people for a full year of community-building through monthly writing workshops with award winning writers and exceptional teachers, cultivating their own creative voices and using writing as a springboard for conversation and fellowship.
Community Profile launched with a Writing Weekend on November 2 at The Q Center. The cohort will continue to meet monthly on Saturday’s until a final writing weekend in June.
We believe that by coming together to share stories with others who have similar life experiences, we can ease isolation, release negative emotions and frustrations, experience positive emotions more regularly and create networks of mutual support that one recent participant called “a life-changer.”
This costs our participants nothing but their time and generosity of spirit and they can participate for as much or as little as they can fit into their schedule. For that, Profile provides food, tickets to our shows, writing instruction and, most importantly, a space for fellowship and community.
We hope to provide a place where the queer communities can see their own lives reflected back to them. You’ll meet people like you, young and old, who are also there to share their stories and listen to yours and together find a little bit of wisdom, support and love.
All you need to do is show up! We’ll provide the place, the teachers, a little food and the inspiration. You provide the story and the community.
Program and Workshop Dates:
WEEKEND PROGRAM– November 2 and 3 — 11am – 5pm
December 7 – 11am-2pm
January 4 – 11am -2pm
February 1 – 11am -2pm
March 7 – 11am -2pm
April 4 -11am – 2pm
May 2 – 11am- 2pm
WEEKEND PROGRAM — June 6 and 7 — 11am -5pm
All programs and workshops will take place at our generous community partner: The Q Center, 4115 N. Mississippi
SESSION 2 Begins:
Writing Session with DAN KITROSSER, award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and storyteller and actor in THE BALTIMORE WALTZ
January 7, 2020 11AM – 2PM @ Q Center
Dan is the 2018 Peter Shaffer Award Winner, and for his writing of TAR BABY, Dan received the Fringe First Award for Playwriting at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a Special Citation from Amnesty International’s Freedom of Expression Awards. And that’s only the beginning! Read more on his website!
Aside from all that, Dan is an effervescent personality and a super-supportive teacher and sharer and YOU ARE WELCOME TO JOIN. For FREE!
If you or someone you know would enjoy and benefit from participating in this exciting program, please contact Bobby Bermea, Director of Community Engagement at Profile Theatre at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 503-242-0080.
Community Profile is made possible by our generous community partners: