Oregon Children's Theatre

1939 North East Sandy Boulevard
503-228-9571

About Us
At Oregon Children's Theatre, we produce more than plays; we cultivate education. These opportunities promote creativity and confidence in students, while also supporting elementary and middle school classroom curriculum.

Acting Academy
With our Acting Academy, young people aged 4 to 17 connect with professional actors who are skilled at teaching the art and craft of acting. We offer year-round acting classes and workshops, which encourage confidence by building theatre skills in a fun, engaging environment. These small classes have an average student/teacher ratio of 12:1 or less. Our mentoring program, Young Professionals, provides additional training and professional opportunities for the more serious student.

Field Trip Productions
Each season Oregon Children's Theatre plays are presented to 70,000 to 90,000 students and teachers during classroom field trip productions. For many children, this is their first time attending a professional play. For teachers, these field trips promote classroom discussion, reading and language arts, while also connecting with daily lessons. Since 1990, we have provided over 45,000 free outreach tickets to schools that otherwise could not afford to attend.

School Services
As teachers face the challenge of limited resources, school field trips to see professional theater become important teaching tools. Our mission is: To advance growth, development and creativity through exceptional theatre experiences. Some of the ways we achieve this mission are by providing study guides and activity packets, Master Teacher workshops, and Loud & Clear workshops (for oral presentation skill development), as well as other resources that help teachers integrate theatre learning in their classrooms.



Reviews

Eleni O'Neill

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Monday, Sep. 11, 2017
The plays that OCT puts on are, of course, fabulous. This review is for their summer camp for kids. My daughter had a fairly good time here: it was her first time having lines to learn, which was fun, and she liked the performance at the end. They don't go outside (nowhere to go), so I think the 1/2 day camp was a good option. The instructor did call my daughter a "tattletale" in front of other children, which upset her a lot (!), but I suspect that was just the one instructor.

Immacula B.

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Saturday, Sep. 23, 2017
I have taken many classes there and have never encountered anything but good times and fun people. I love the opportunities and that they give me and really really hope to come back as a YP.

Judy Pearson

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Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013
My daughter's been going since she was about 7 - she's 14 now. The classes have always been a really great experience for her. The teachers are chosen carefully and, as far as I can tell, really know their stuff. So the acting instruction is outstanding. That said, the founders of OCT - and it seems all the staff and teachers - care first and foremost about how our young people grow up to be big people. The acting comes second to behavior, self-esteem, treatment of others, and so on. I can't say enough good things about the place.

Amanda Scott

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Saturday, June 29, 2013
Let me start by saying that this place has great qualities and they do try to do the best they can. I have seen wonderful things happen at this place. I wish this had been the case for my son when he went to the zombies and monsters class over the summer. I was told every day that he was 'doing great,' I was discouraged from sitting in to avoid distraction (okay, i get that). To my surprise on the day of the little skit I found his teacher 'picking on him. For parents this has happened to you know how heartbreaking it is. For others it will be dismissed as me wanting special treatment of my child. I wanted to burst into tears when after the third time she chastised my son for doing what three others were doing. This was in front of the audience, on the 'big day'. He loved the other kids and Andy. His teacher was K.H. All in all i am sorry that I put my son in her class and I am even more sorry that after being told how great everything was going that I paid for another class. I hope everyone else has a better result. Maybe this teacher had some personal stuff going on that made her act like that. Maybe she just did not like my kid. I don't know. proceed with caution.

Haley Ward

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Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015
I spent 3 years participating in the Young Professional program, 6 main stage shows 1 YP show and working as a teaching assistant. The people who work here make your kids great, you great and the community great. Oregon Children's Theatre is outstanding!