To explore, develop, and practice creativity
as a means of wellness
Exploring the health of our community
through the reflective lens of the arts.
What We Do
Well Arts Institute partners with area organizations to provide a platform – a public forum to talk about the issues that face their members and communities.
Our process begins with a series of workshops that focus on writing techniques for the stage, blending oral history and playwriting. Next, the writers move into production, working with theatre professionals to use the writing produced in the workshop to create a new work for the theatre.
Our productions serve our partnering organizations by allowing them to share some of the experiences that shape their members and communities.
We support the participants by offering them a creative space to develop their experiences into imaginative, theatrical presentations in collaboration with professional actors and stage directors.
By connecting our community through stage work we offer a safe space to have public conversations about how we can heal together.
How We Began
Well Arts Institute began in 2000, as a part of the Artists Repertory Theatre‘s community and education outreach. In a partnership with OHSU, cancer patients were offered the opportunity to write stories of their experiences. Actors performed the stories written by the cancer patients as a companion piece to the mainstage production. It proved a life changing experience for the writers, actors and audiences and had an extended run.