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. 


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.


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 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 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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