Performance Space and Marketplace
In this time of isolation, artists are still creating and connecting through their craft. We’re gathering performances, services, and products produced by Portland area artists (and a few from further afield) for you to enjoy, engage with, and support.
If you are a Portland artist who would like to be featured on this page, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: From Anne Washburn’s Mr. Burns, a post-electric play starring Isaac Lamb, Laura Fay Smith, Jenn Rowe, Tobias Anderson, Cristi Miles and Kemba Shannon. Photo by Brud Giles.
Performances - Theatre
CORONA WORMHOLE PANDEMIC THINGY (Parts 1 and 2)
By Ashley Nicole Baptiste (Williams)
While sheltering in place in her home in Jersey City, NJ, Ashley and director Michael Morgan Gyekye are making short films to bridge the creative gap. Watch Corona Wormhole Pandemic Thingy Part 1 and Part 2, check out her acting reel, then help Ashley bridge the financial gap by supporting her on Venmo @ashleywilliams-baptiste
By Jake Simonds, Former Portland Playhouse Apprentice Company Member
This one-hour long Las Vegas- style Cabaret performance is entirely produced and performed by a guy who spent the last 8 months on a deserted island.
Pay-What-You-Will through Venmo @Jake-Simonds
SIDES: THE MUSICAL
By Matthew Capurro
Matthew’s new song cycle “Sides” raised curtain on its workshop performances in January 2019 at Portland Playhouse. Audiences found it charming, relatable, and clever. With a mix of poignancy and comedy, “Sides” has something for everyone.
Watch the entire musical ‘Sides’ on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JG-PY4LdAk&list=PLQtBfo1SsAkkOa9yDW6ZCUt-Uyzp1NOII
Find more music from Matthew in our “Shops” section below.
Performances - Storytelling and Comedy
STORYTELLING AND COMEDY
With Corey Maier, former Portland Playhouse Apprentice Company Member
Corey is a clown, writer, and actor. She is currently sheltering-in-place in San Francisco, after completing the Circus Center’s Clown Conservatory program.
Listen to her read her work “The Crow Crone” on Quarantine Radio Hour, an arts podcast for the times we are in. (Starts at 8:25)
Support Corey’s work with a gift through Venmo: @corey-maier-1
BACKFENCE PDX: TINY GIGANTIC
A virtual show of mixed media performances.
Grab a quarantine snack and n-joy. In this episode: A song from Kisha Jarrett, Fashion quarantine tips from Eden Dawn, C. Sparkman animations, and a sweet story from Patrick McCreery.
BackFence is creating these episodes for entertainment and in hopes that people can toss a little cash to Oregon Food Bank who has already seen a huge surge in demand. Every dollar donated = 3 meals.
Follow BackFence on Instagram @backfencepdx and watch the episode here: https://www.instagram.com/tv/B-NWd6Gh0JX/?igshid=eq9ujxz8v8nq
JAM – Junior Art Museum
An online gallery of cutting edge art work by kids.
The aim of this website is to give kids/families art prompts which will be fun and lead to some art-filled activity and conversation. The kids then get to see their work online in this brand new Junior Art Museum!
LAST STOP OF MARKET STREET by Matt de la Peña
Read by La’Tevin Alexander, former Portland Playhouse Apprentice Company member
La’Tevin does a full reading of Last Stop on Market Street, the book that inspired the musical of the same name that he was going to co-direct with Lava Alapai for Oregon Children’s Theatre this spring.
Click on the photo to hear the reading.
With Tina Mascaro, Former Portland Playhouse Apprentice Company Member
Catch “Miss Tina” in the pilot of this new animated series scheduled to drop in September.
You can also support Tina’s work by subscribing to the Superbook Series.
FREE DANCE CLASSES AND PERFORMANCE VIDEOS
PDX Contemporary Ballet
Join Briley Neugebauer on Friday mornings for a one hour practice on Instagram.
You can catch up on classes you may have missed and see videos of past performances and classes on their YouTube Channel.
Classes are free, but if you are able, please donate HERE.
VOICE OR VIOLIN LESSONS – ENGLISH/GRAMMAR TUTOR
With Fiona Palazzi (cast member of The Wolves)
Beginning Level voice or violin lessons for adults or kids via video chat.
English writing or grammar tutoring for kids who need a little extra help.
HELEN ROSE SKIN CARE
A unique organic skincare line designed to moisturize, heal and restore dry, damaged and irritated skin while addressing mood disorders such as anxiety, depression, and insomnia, Helen Rose Skincare, Co. also gives part of its profits to Om Thrive – Yoga for Survival. Om Thrive’s mission is to provide healing yoga practice to survivors of domestic violence.
Learn more about Day Bibb, the founder of both Helen Rose Skincare, Co. and Om Thrive and purchase emotionally uplifting products to help calm feelings of anxiety, support restful sleep, and promote feelings of well being here: https://helenroseco.com/
SPEAK ORACLE LLC
Handmade Jewelry by Matthew Tomas (Kerrigan)
Neutral – Minimal – Timeless
Pandemic hit. My assortment of odd jobs paused or lost. Like many, the landscape of work changed almost overnight. Panic mode set in. So did shelter in place. How can I make a difference? How can I keep creating? How can I lean into instead of resisting? This small business, Speak Oracle, is a new part of that ongoing conversation.
A pandemic is in the air and revolution is being called for in the streets. I know jewelry is not at the top of everyone’s list of things to buy. And that’s okay! But this is what I’m good at. This is part of my answer to help bring about change. This is how I’ve been able to keep the channel of creativity open. This is where I start. Small waves, big change.
$1 of every sale goes to Black Lives Matter. Like, forever. As long as people are buying, Speak Oracle will be donating.
By Isaka Shamsud-Din
HAND SEWN WASHABLE FACE MASKS
By Katie Watkins
100% cotton, washable masks available in fun fabrics (or your own!). $10 plus shipping, or $5 if you live in Portland and use code “PLAYHOUSE” when ordering.
Order or contact Katie through her Etsy shop
MATTHEW CAPURRO -SINGER-SONGWRITER, MUSICAL DIRECTOR, VOCAL TEACHER
Matthew has been writing music for almost 20 years. You may have seen his musical ‘Sides’ at Portland Playhouse during the 2019 Fertile Ground Festival. In addition to writing for musical theatre, he writes and performs his own personal singer/songwriter work, his most recent album being “Young Man’s Soul”.
All 3 of his demo albums including Young Man’s Soul are available for purchase here: https://www.matthewcmusic.com/store
By Chris Murray
Actor Chris Murray has been creating long lasting, original scented candles for two decades. You can now bring his crisp (Ginger and Lemongrass, Lavender, Instant Sauna, Oregon Wildflower, Frozen Pine, and sexy (Camp Crystal Lake, French Vanilla & Oak, Barbershop, Tobacconist, Dark Crystal) scents into your home or workspace.
Each candle is handmade in Portland with natural, skin safe, 100% carbon neutral soy wax, scented with the highest quality oils, and wicked with unbleached, hand braided cotton. Available for delivery within the Portland area.
Chris is currently working on a website, but in the meantime, please send an email to email@example.com he’ll send you all the information you need to order.
Delicious Dairy-Free truffles
Missionary Chocolates have been a long time supporter of Portland Playhouse, supplying our theatre concessions with delicious vegan truffles for years.
Their truffles, CBD truffles, chocolate covered cookies and candies as well as an assortment of Easter goodies are available by phone for pick up or shipping. https://missionarychocolates.com/