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.  

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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SHAWNTE SIMS
Board Member

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.    

ERIC ISLAND

Board Member

HELEN BUTLER
Board Member

TIM BUTLER
Board Member

ELIZABETH LENZEN-LOMBARDI

Board Member

SHALANDA SIMS

Founder/Executive Director

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 (M3), 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 theatre and other 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.


AUGUST WILSON MONOLOGUE COMPETITION:

"Through Wilson's plays, high school students learn about the American experience from the African American perspective, an important thread often missing from history lessons or poorly portrayed work for the stage and screen. Guided by professional actors and mentors, and working with local educators and community leaders, students will perform monologues from Wilson's plays at publicly viewed Portland Regional Finals.  The top two finalists will compete in national finals held at the August Wilson Theater in New York City."

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.

ARTS EDUCATION

Imagination Express serves 2500 youth grades K-12.

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

Imagine. Explore. Create. Grow

ANNA LEIGHTMAN

Board Member