Imagine. Explore. Create. Grow

World Stage Theatre is a multi-cultural, inter-generational arts organization with a focus on history,  literature, music, storytelling through original works designed to catapult performers and audience members into social consciousness by integrating fantasy, fiction and a pinch of reality.  


Through arts, education, and advocacy, we create platforms to amplify disregarded voices while building bridges of unity to disband isms.

Founded in 2006, World Stage Theatre was birthed out of a desire for change in storytelling, the narrative, accurate and diverse representation in the arts, textbooks and Portland Metropolitan community.

We see arts and culture as the centerpiece of our community development table creating a gathering where connection and collaboration foster partnerships.


World Stage Theatre celebrates service to our community through performances, creative conversations, partnerships, projects and volunteer opportunities.    

ELIZABETH LENZEN-LOMBARDI

Board Member

LEANNE BROWN-OWENS
Board Member

SHALANDA SIMS

Founder

TIM BUTLER
Board Member

ARTS EDUCATION

Imagination Express serves 150 youth grades K-12.

Who I Am Celebrating Me 2018 expanded into Black History Festival NW reaching more than 30,000 people.

ANNA LEIGHTMAN

Board Member

SHAWNTE SIMS
Board Member

CLASSES/WORKSHOPS/MASTER CLASSES:
Keeping true with our mission, taught by working artists and educators, we offer theater classes for youth of all ages, community workshops and master classes led by industry professionals.

IMAGINATION EXPRESS SUMMER CAMP:
Taught by working artists and educators (July through August) students K-12 are submerged in music, movement, and monologues, ending with a performance for the community.


PERFORMANCES:
World Stage Theatre produces 1-2 plays per season. Auditions are open to everyone.

IN SCHOOL/AFTER-SCHOOL...
World Stage Theatre's teaching artists partner with schools and teachers introducing students to role-playing, creative exercises, improvisation, physical movement, breathing, vocal warm-ups, and other basic performance techniques designed to coincide with classroom curriculum. 

WHO I AM CELEBRATING ME...
An annual celebration of culture, past, present, and future, highlighting a montage of African-Americans. Visit www.wiacm.info for further detail, to schedule a performance at your school, business or organization or to purchase tickets for our upcoming performance.

"Thank you for all you do in the community, for taking my daughter in and increasing her confidence."
                                                   ~Parent 

volunteering

We receive more than 7,500 volunteer hours each year to help make the difference in the lives of youth and adult artists.  Find out how to become our partner.

Fantastic night at the Beaverton City Library tonight for the World Stage Theatre's "Who I Am - Celebrating Me: A Black History Retrospective"

I sat there by myself, amidst a host of others, with tears in my eyes. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Absolutely loved the Q&A with the cast at the end.   
   ~Gunnar S. (audience member)

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HELEN BUTLER
Board Member

mission & vision

The mission of World Stage Theatre is to provide exploration, experience, and exposure to underserved youth interested in the performing arts while providing culturally relevant, live performances and arts education for the community.