It is with great pleasure that we announce that starting this summer, Profile will make Artists Repertory Theatre our new home! We will produce and rehearse our next season at Artists Rep, beginning in January with our 2014 Sam Shepard Season. This June, we will move our business office from our current location at the Theater! Theatre! Building in SE Portland, to offices on the east side of the Artists Rep campus. Opening Night of our 2014 season is scheduled for January 18.
This partnership offers a phenomenal opportunity for collaboration between these two longstanding Portland theater companies. This agreement quickly fell into place shortly after we learned that our lease at Theater! Theatre! would not be renewed in June.
With Profile’s urgent need to find a home and both organizations embracing a time of transition with new artistic leadership, we believe that despite the unexpected circumstances, the timing and organizational evolution is nearly perfect for both companies.
“Profile's residency at Artists Rep is a major step toward meeting two of our long-standing company goals: turning our phenomenal facility into a constantly buzzing hive of production and performance, and serving a supportive role in Portland’s artistic community,” said Dámaso Rodriguez, incoming Artistic Director at Artists Rep. “Profile has an undeniably distinct mission and excellent reputation within the Portland theatre community, which I believe both contrasts and complements the work we do. I expect this residency will inspire collaboration that will greatly benefit each of our companies and will yield artistic rewards for our audiences.”
“I am so thrilled for Profile, and for our artists and audience, that we have found a new artistic home at Artists Rep,” said Adriana Baer, Artistic Director at Profile Theatre. “While our missions are very different, Artists Rep and Profile share a deep commitment to creating thought-provoking productions, diverse educational outreach and to fostering a strong arts community in Portland.” She continues, “As another new Artistic Director in town, I am especially excited to be coming to Artists Rep at the beginning of Dámaso’s tenure. I know this move will broaden Profile's programming opportunities and prove energizing for all involved.”
Now celebrating its 30th season, Artists Repertory Theatre is the longest-running professional theatre company in Portland. Artists Rep strives to challenge artists and audiences with plays of depth and vibrancy in an intimate setting. Artists Rep explores the strengths, frailties, and diversity of the human condition primarily through regional premieres, commissioned works and selected classics appropriate to contemporary issues.
Artists Rep’s Artistic Director is Allen Nause, who is retiring at the end of the 2012/13 season after 25 years as Artistic Director. The Incoming Artistic Director is Dámaso Rodriguez.
The 2012/13 Artists Repertory Theatre season is presented by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. Premiere season sponsors are Ronni Lacroute/WillaKenzie Estate and The Oregonian. Season hotel sponsors are Mark Spencer Hotel and Hotel deLuxe. The 2012/13 radio sponsor is KINK.FM. Other support comes from Regional Arts Culture Council, Work for Art, Oregon Arts Commission, Harold and Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation, All Classical, Maletis Beverage and Poster Garden.
Artists Rep is located at 1515 SW Morrison Street.