Community Profile offers free monthly writing workshops with award winning writers and exceptional teachers. This season, one of our Community Profile cohorts is focused on the LGBTQIA+ community and people who are living with HIV. Inspired by the passionate advocacy of Featured Writer, Paula Vogel.

Cultivate your own creative voice and use writing as a springboard for conversation and fellowship!

Due to COVID-19 we aren’t meeting in person at this time. But we are meeting online and have found it is a rich experience for participants.

ONE PARTICIPANT CALLED IT “A LIFE CHANGER”
By coming together to share stories with others who have similar life experiences we ease isolation and build authentic connection.

FREE FOR EVERYONE
Community Profile costs our participants nothing but their time, creativity and generosity of spirit. For that, Profile Theatre provides free access to our programming, writing instruction and a space for fellowship and community. 

QUEER AFFINITY SPACE
With this cohort we work to provide a place where queer communities can see their own lives reflected back to them. You’ll meet people, young and old, who are there to listen to your story, share their own, and create networks of support.

2020-2021 MENTORS

  • Mark Doty – Poet and Memoirist, National Book Award-winner, Lambda Literary Award-winner and Guggenheim Fellow
  • Daniel Alexander Jones – Playwright and Performer, Guggenheim, Doris Duke and USA Fellow
  • Taylor Mac – Playwright and Performance Artist – MacArthur “Genius” Awardee, Guggenheim Fellow, author of Gary on Broadway starring Nathan Lane 
  • Winter Miller – Playwright (In Darfur, The Public Theater)
  • Diana Oh – Playwright and Performance Artist ({my lingerie play} at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, commissions from The Public Theater
  • christopher oscar peña – playwright and TV writer (CW’s “Jane The Virgin,” HBO’s “Insecure”), Artistic Associate Arizona Theatre Company
  • Lucy Thurber – Playwright, Obie Award-winner, Scarcity at Atlantic Theater Company with Kristen Johnston and Jesse Eisenberg 
  • Chay Yew – Playwright and Director, former Artistic Director at Victory Gardens, plays produced at Portland Center Stage, The Public Theater, Mark Taper Forum, Manhattan Theatre Club, La Jolla Playhouse, Intiman Theatre and London’s Royal Court
  • Claire Willett – is a company member of the Oregon writers’ collective Playwrights West and a founding artist of the Fertile Ground Festival. She has received grants from the Oregon Arts Commission and Regional Arts & Culture Council, and was the 2011 Oregon Literary Fellow for Drama.
  • Matthew B. Zrebski – is a multi-award winning playwright, composer, script consultant, teaching artist, and producer-director. He has served as the Artistic Director for Youth Could Know Theatre, Theatre Atlantis, and Stark Raving Theatre – all companies specializing in new work – and since 1995, has mounted dozens of world premieres.

2020-2021 CALENDAR

All sessions take place on Zoom from 11AM-2PM (PST)

Sept. 12+13, 2020: Opening Weekend with all mentors from the season
Oct. 3, 2020: Chay Yew
Nov. 7, 2020: Taylor Mac
Dec. 5, 2020: Winter Miller
Jan. 9, 2021: christopher oscar peña
Jan. 23, 2021: Mark Doty
Feb. 6, 2021: Diana Oh
Mar. 6, 2021: Lucy Thurber
Apr. 3, 2021: Daniel Alexander Jones
May 1, 2021: Matthew B. Zrebski
Jun. 5, 2021: Claire Willett

READY TO JOIN IN?
All you need to do is to sign up and show up! We meet once a month for three hours from. We provide the mentors and space, you provide the story, and together we build the community.

READY TO JOIN IN?
All you need to do is to sign up and show up! We meet once a month for three hours from. We provide the mentors and space, you provide the story, and together we build the community.