Profile’s mission is to produce a season of first-class productions and community engagement activities centered around a single writer whose vision broadens our perspective on our world and deepens our collective compassion.
Each year we use a master artist’s unique vision as a lens to examine our shared world. Our four signature programs are our main stage season of large-scale professional productions; our innovative In Dialogue programs of lectures and concert stagings; our Community Profile program, which uses the practice of writing to create networks of support and resilience in a dedicated affinity space for a community important to the featured writer; and our Playwright’s Residency, which embeds the featured writer in our theatre, providing multiple opportunities for engagement with our wider Portland community, patrons, and artists.
Our Mission Realized
The dramatists we profile have something significant to say about humankind in all its variety, complexity, humor, tragedy, anger and hope. They cast a light on the desires and demons that drive us to seek a better understanding of who we are, where we are going and why.
As Profile moves into our third decade, we are excited to explore our mission by looking forward, featuring the work of contemporary playwrights who are creating the canon of tomorrow.
In 2016, Profile Theatre launched an initiative that identified Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Access (EDIA) as top priorities. As a result, Profile has worked to make a safe space for individuals with different racial and ethnic backgrounds, genders, and sexual orientations. We’ve prioritized centering stories of women and people of color in our mainstage productions and engagement programs. These remain top institutional priorities.
Today, Profile leadership understands the specific need to combat anti-Blackness in our organization and industry and to fight for racial justice. We commit to identifying and dismantling systemic racism in our work, practices and spaces in addition to the ongoing pursuit of our EDIA goals.
Our Core Values…
1. Engage audiences to have a deep experience with a writer’s work by presenting productions of exemplary artistic merit and quality;
2. Create diverse and high-impact education programming for adults and students;
3. Support artists both artistically and financially, putting our resources back into our local economy;
4. Engage with our community to deepen understanding of our world and foster compassion for each other.