Actors Kat Templeton, Samson Syharath, The Unexpected Guest
Actors Kat Templeton, Samson Syharath, The Unexpected Guest


Well Arts Institute offers participants a challenging yet satisfying journey of creation.

We work with populations to explore how the art of story telling can be a healing emotional and psychological experience. 

Our facilitators and directors guide the participating writers through a rigorous process to create an evening of theatre. 


Writers of Jump at the Sun


We begin with writing for theatre workshops. A professional artist will facilitate the 6 – 8 week writing workshops. Through this process, participants learn how to write scenes and monologues of their stories and experiences.




Actor Kristen Olson-Huddle, What's Important is The Story
Actor Kristen Olson-Huddle, What’s Important is The Story


Next we produce an evening of devised theatre with the writers. This process includes script development, rehearsal, production and performance. We bring in local theatre artists and actors to work closely with the writing participants to finely hone their pieces for the stage.



Continuing Workshops


Beautiful MindsBeautiful Minds


This is a drop in workshop for people living with mental illness, as well as caregivers, family, and friends of people living with mental illness.  We’re working on metaphors, style, voice, and character to reveal the truths of mental illness, as well as, you know, being alive.  The performances will be in March 2012.

Location: Washington County Center, 18680 Southwest Shaw Street
Aloha, OR 97007-1250.

Time: 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month from 11am-12:30pm

 Click here for a map to NAMI Washington County.


Soldier's HeartSoldier’s Heart

Soldier’s Heart is a creativity and story workshop at Portland Vet Center, open to veterans served by Portland Vet Center and referred by a staff counselor.  We use meditation, theatre exercises, visual art and writing to help veterans feel comfortable beginning to explain their experiences to those who are closest to them.  This is an annual, 2 month workshop with an invited read at the end of the workshop on location at Portland Vet Center.  Each veteran invites one family member or friend to hear their story.  The next workshop begins in September.


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Youth Stories for Portland

Boys and Girls Aid of Portland

It’s slam poetry night and a group of transitional teenage girls spin their stories into gold through prose, poetry, fairytales, music and dance. Landays! Slap Rhythms! Fairytales where the girls slay dragons, build emotional and financial independence as well as keen analytical minds that also leave room for intuition and inspiration.

These courageous and sassy young girls cast themselves as the heroines in their own stories.

The workshop culminated with a very well received presentation during Portland’s Fertile Ground Festival.


StoriesOne Day in the Life

Created by and starring the amazing young women at STEP

Well Arts Youth program continues their partnership with Boys and Girls Aid with 10 incredible young women in the STEP (Shelter, Transition and Evaluation) program.

These are girls ages 10-18 who are part of the foster care system, and do they have stories to tell- funny, tragic and always epic. They’ve participated in an improvisational comedy storytelling workshop since February, and now they’re gonna show us their stuff! First they’ll warm up the crowd with their expertise in imitation, give a glimpse into their daily lives through parody and sketch comedy. The final act will leave you wanting more when they perform original stories and poems intermingled with songs performed as solos, duets and all together as a group. Then they will top off the evening showing the audience improvisational games they have mastered, even having them join along. What could be more fun and exciting?

Join us in June for the final show which will be open to the public.


Writers of Jump at the Sun
Writers and cast of Stories


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Updated on 2014-06-13T02:19:43+00:00, by wellarts.