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Actor Andrea White, Voices of Our Elders
Actor Andrea White, Voices of Our Elders


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Stories by the artists at p:ear, creatively mentoring homeless youth

 Directed by Angie Collins
Facilitated by Ann Singer

Venue: p:ear 338 NW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Festival Dates: Jan 31, Feb. 1 @ Time: 6:00 pm
Tickets: $10 general, $7 student/seniors
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Maybe It’s Because…(I’m So Versatile)written and performed by youth from p:ear–street kids, youth on the edge, transitional youth– will give Portland audiences a glimpse into their world as they reveal the issues closest to their hearts through poetry, song, comedy and mushroom omelets.

The Stories Series returns to the Fertile Ground stage with yet another controversial group presenting more ground breaking topics, continuing to intrigue audiences as they have throughout the last five years. Well Arts Youth Program partners with p:ear, a safe space where homeless and transitional youth are mentored through educational, artistic and recreational programs to bring you closer to the issues effecting youth who experience homelessness. Audiences are invited into p:ear where this dynamic group hangs out, for an evening as they perform their stories.

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Fierce Love

Written by Ann Connor-Griffin, Susan Cushman, Danae Davison, Michelle Haines, Jennifer Peterson, Nicole Silverman

Facilitated and Directed by Heath Hyun Houghton and Erica Terpening-Romeo
In partnership with United Cerebral Palsy of Oregon and SW Washington


IMG_7879Performance Dates
Tuesday, March 17, 7:30pm

Saturday, March 21, 2pm
Wednesday, march 25, 7:30pm
Saturday, March 28, 2pm
Wednesday, April 1, 7:30pm
Saturday, April 4, 2pm
Cost: $10 general admission, $5 students/seniors

Milagro Theatre
525 Southeast Stark Street, Portland, OR 97214
(503) 236-7253




A Healing Opportunity for Local Veterans who are Military Sexual Trauma Survivors

Well Arts Institute in partnership with Returning Veteran’s Project and Wise Comfort and Council to produce a 10 week writing workshop exploring Military Sexual Trauma.

Returning Veterans Project, with Wise Counsel and Comfort and the, Well Arts Institute are inviting women and men in our community who are Veterans and survivors of MST – military sexual trauma (from sexual, gender and sexual-orientation based harrassment to sexual assault) to continue their healing through a process of writing and performance. (MST survivors/writers will have the choice to maintain anonymity throughout this process.)

The goal of this unique partnership is to help MST survivors break through isolation and stigma as well as any physical or psychological aftereffects of the sexual violence and betrayal experienced during their military service.

MST survivors will participate in two groups: one for women and one for men coached by Well Arts staff of the same gender. During 10 weeks of writing scheduled to begin in early February, the writers will explore their MST experiences during safe nurturing writing workshops led by experienced Well Arts facilitators who will share theatre writing tools and techniques through a framework in which the participants’ stories can be told. After the 10 weeks of writing, with input and approval from the writers, their stories will be combined and edited into a final script. Well Arts will then hire professional theater artists (directors, actors, designers) to present staged readings at Milagro Theatre in Portland, OR in May 2015.

We are currently looking for people who have experienced MST who would like to participate in this ambitious project.

Wise Comfort and Council, who will be co-producing the project, will have qualified staff available throughout the process to support the writers as they bring their experiences from page to stage. 

Interested writers should contact Lynne Nesbit by email at: lynnejoy@gmail.com


2015 Season

▪ “Maybe…It’s because I’m So Versatile”
written and performed by homeless youth through a partnership with p:ear

▪ “Fierce Love”
written by mothers caregiving for children with Cerebral Palsy, through a partnership with United Cerebral Palsy of Oregon and SW Washington

▪ “Coming out of the Shadows“
written by veterans surviving military sexual trauma, with Returning Veterans Project and Wise Counsel and Comfort



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Updated on 2015-01-26T21:10:12+00:00, by wellarts.