Oregon’s Largest Arts Organizations
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Bill Rauch, Artistic Director; Cynthia Rider, Executive Director
Address: 15 S Pioneer St., PO Box 158, Ashland 97520
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is one of the largest non-profit theaters in the country. Established in 1935, it has an annual attendance of almost 400,000. It annually presents more than 760 performances of eleven plays in repertory from mid-February through October on its three stages. The festival also offers backstage tours, classes, lectures, concerts and play readings.
Oregon Symphony Association
Scott Showalter, President and CEO
Address: 923 SW Washington St., Portland 97205
Phone: 503-228-1353; Toll Free: 1-800-228-7343
Led by Music Director Carlos Kalmar, the Oregon Symphony is one of the largest performing arts organizations in the Pacific Northwest. Its many performances each year include the classical concert series, pops concerts, youth and educational concerts, family concerts and special performances at its home in Portland, as well as in Salem and elsewhere in Oregon.
Portland Art Museum
Brian Ferriso, Executive Director
Address: 1219 SW Park Ave., Portland 97205
The Portland Art Museum, founded in 1892, is the region’s oldest and largest visual and media arts center and one of the state’s greatest cultural assets. The museum is a premier venue for education in the visual arts and for the collection and preservation of art for the enrichment of present and future generations.
The internationally renowned museum presents special exhibitions drawn from the world’s finest collections. The permanent collection showcases unique American tribal objects and Japanese, Chinese, and Korean objects up to 3,000 years old. European, modern and contemporary art, Northwest art, photography and graphic arts round out the collection. Located in downtown Portland’s cultural district, the museum offers lectures, tours and family activities. Admission is free to children ages 17 and under.
Christopher Mattaliano, General Director
Address: 211 SE Caruthers St., Portland 97214
Internationally renowned singers perform with the Portland Opera Orchestra and Chorus in a four-production season of opera at the Keller Auditorium in Portland. Although sung in their original languages, the operas are easily understood by an avid and growing audience, thanks to the opera’s projected English translations. The opera’s efforts are not limited to the Keller Auditorium stage. The Portland Opera Studio Artist program, a training ground for up and coming young singers from around the nation, is featured in its own opera production in the Newmark Theater. In addition, the opera’s Education and Outreach programs continue year-round, including fully staged traveling opera productions that tour the state, in-school programs, student dress rehearsals, pre- and post-performance lectures, public presentations and radio shows, as well as costume shop and backstage tours.
In addition to its opera productions, the company also presents the Broadway Across America Portland series, which delights regional audiences with nationally touring Broadway productions.