PDX Theatre News: Festival Deadlines, New Mentorship Form, Musical Theatre Workshop and More!

PATA Check-In

October 2018

Deadline to Submit to PATA's 10th Annual Fertile Ground Festival is Monday, October 15th

Over 100 new works will take the stage this January! Will your original piece premiere, too?!

Send us your materials by Monday, October 15.

For an additional fee, we do accept festival submissions until the end of October. However, all materials are due by MIDNIGHT on November 1, no exceptions. 

Can't wait to see all the art PDX has to offer! 

Email fertileground@portlandtheatre.com with any questions.

Fertile Ground FAQs

Fertile Ground Producer Registration

Rock Your Musical Theatre Audition: 2-Week Workshop with 2 Expert Instructors

Mont Chris Hubbard & Natalie McClure

This Musical Theater Workshop focuses on making your audition the best it can be, top to bottom. From music selection to acting your songs to audition wardrobe choice, you will receive honest and valuable feedback to give you the confidence to nail your next audition.

October 30 & November 6 from 7 to 9:30 pm at Artists Repertory Theater.

Save Your Seat  - Register Now!

Mentor Emerging Theatre Artists - FORM FIXED! 

Every day Portland theatre artists are submitting amazing new works to PATA's 10th Annual Fertile Ground Festival

This year, for the second time, we're proud to connect young artists with established professionals. Tell us a little bit about your theatre background and we'll match you with a first-time Fertile Ground producer.

Fill Out This Form to Let Us Know You're Interested

Some of you had trouble filling out the mentorship form from the previous check-in... this one is FIXED! You may also email fertileground@portlandtheatre.com with any questions.

Opportunities from the PATA Switchboard

The PATA Switchboard is an open theatre community board with asks and offers throughout PDX. 

Anyone can join and post on the Switchboard! 

Create your free account here.

Oct 21: African Dance Lab with Neil Totton & the Color Purple Cast (Details)

Oct & Nov: Submit Your Co-Production Proposal for an Opportunity to be in Co-Ho Season 24 (Details)

Posted Oct 4: Seeking Performers for Third Rail's Production of Arlington (Details)

Posted Oct 8: Rogue Pack Needs Program Director to Start Youth Theatre Classes (Details)

Find More on the Switchboard

Fertile Ground Round Robin Producer Discussion

Tuesday, October 23 from 6 pm to 8:30 pm at Milagro’s El Zócalo space at SE 6th & Stark

Fertile Ground is interested in exploring a new financial structure for Fertile Ground 2020 and is seeking input from other festival leadership, producers who have produced in festivals outside of Fertile Ground, and our community. Join us for a community conversation with local Festival Directors to discuss approaches to festival financing that could better support the artistic community. 

Discussion moderated by Beth Lewis, PATA Board President and Managing Director of Bag&Baggage 

Participants: Nicole Lane (Fertile Ground Festival of New Works, PATA),  Eleanor O’Brien (Come Inside Festival, Dance Naked Productions), Dre Slaman (Fertile Ground Festival of New Works, PATA), Jerry Tischleder (Risk/Reward Festival, Risk/Reward), Rusty Tennant (The OUTwright Theatre Festival, Fuse Theatre Ensemble)

The Valentine Fund

Since 1987, The Valentine Fund has awarded over $15,000 in financial assistance to members of the Portland-area theatre community in times of emergency. 

The Valentine Fund is made possible by generous donations from the community, businesses, and PATA members. Thank you!

Give back to Portland theatre. Donate to the Valentine Fund. 

Are you an artist with a financial need? Apply for Valentine Fund.

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Thanks to our Sponsors!

The Portland Area Theatre Alliance thanks our Business Sponsors for providing direct support to Portland’s performers, directors, producing companies and theatre technicians. We can’t do what we do without the generosity of our local business community! We encourage the PATA community to patronize our sponsors, continuing the cycle of good-giving. 

Diamond Sponsor

Artists Repertory Theatre


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Emerald Sponsor

Bridgetown Conservatory of Musical Theatre


Home Advisor

Ruby Sponsor

The Broadway Rose Theatre

The Drammy Committee

EMA Video Productions

Invisible Harness - Video for the Arts

Jerry Foster-PassinArt: A Theatre Company

Milagro Theatre


Oregon Children's Theatre

Portland Center Stage

triangle productions!

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Become a Sponsor! Click HERE to join the fun.