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Graphic image with title Words From The Wings and photo of actor preparing to enter the stage.

Dear Friend,

I hope you have been enjoying these gorgeous days of sunshine and blue skies. They have certainly put a “spring” in my step! 

As the vaccine rollout becomes more widespread, bringing with it a bit more peace of mind and the gradual reopening of businesses that have been shut down for more than 12 months, we at Portland Center Stage are excited to be rolling out our plans for reopening in the fall. You’ll hear more exciting details from us in the weeks ahead! 

In the meantime, please continue to visit us online to enjoy the rich and innovative PCS Remix season, including original works, delightful play readings, and engaging education and community outreach programs. You can view many of our recent programs on our Watch Now page. 

Our wonderful community of donors has supported us in so many ways over the past year! Thank you for your financial contributions, for your encouraging emails, notes and comments on social media, and for joining us online to watch PCS Remix.

Our Soaring Together campaign is off to a great start — thank you to those of you who have contributed! We will be focused on this campaign through June 30, the end of our fiscal year, and we’ll keep you updated on our progress. With your support, we will close this fiscal year with sound finances, so we are well positioned to kickoff a new season and reopen The Armory!

Staying connected is deeply meaningful to me, and I am only a short email or phone call away. Please reach out if you’d like to learn more about the work happening at PCS.

With warm regards,

Portrait of Luisa Adrianzen Guyer.

Luisa Adrianzen Guyer

Director of Development
Direct: 503-445-3729
Email: LuisaG@pcs.org

Soaring Together: Insights from Marissa Wolf

A year ago at this time, facing the full cancellation of our 2020-2021 season was devastating. I moved through a fog for days and weeks at a time, feeling unmoored without the daily ups and downs of directing and producing theater, cheering with audiences, and plugging into the vibrant life of downtown Portland.

You all were there to show up and support us in that time of fantastic need. I will be forever grateful for that ongoing generosity, which has allowed us to create something new and powerful.

The PCS Remix season has offered a space for cultivating new project ideas that will serve the company for years to come. We’ve commissioned major national playwrights, collaborated with some of Portland’s most exciting musicians, activists, and theater makers, and responded to the full-throated appeal from our field to dismantle harmful racist systems to create a space where all people’s full humanity is loved and cherished on and off stage.  

The past year was a time of planting new seeds of abundance and possibility at PCS, and it is these bright green stalks of new growth that we take with us into the season ahead. As we hire back many laid off staff, contract artists for our beautiful in-person season, and look forward to welcoming audiences back into The Armory, I think of Tony Kushner’s appeal for abundance and joy at the end of Angels in America: “More Life.” 

I see this company — whose green stalks are interconnected to our community in entirely new ways — as a place of rich possibility, even as we navigate through our continued, critical need for financial health and sustainability. 

Soaring Together. That’s what we’re doing. Each of your contributions lift PCS, and together we will come back with beauty and strength.

Supporting PCS since the very beginning! 

“We donate to the things we love — it’s that simple!"

Guys and Dolls, 2008-2009 season.

Sally and Bob Landauer have been attending PCS shows since our earliest productions and, as annual fund donors and subscribers, their PCS love is still going strong today. And speaking of long-lasting love, you won’t want to miss Sally’s incredible story of Bob’s proposal in our latest donor spotlight interview. 

Guys and Dolls is my favorite musical of all time, and when PCS produced it, I saw it twice! I loved Burn This and it blew us away. The day after we saw it, during a 3-hour drive to Central Oregon, all we could talk about was the play.” –Sally Landauer

If you are interested in taking the next step in giving long-lasting support to PCS as an annual fund donor, explore our Individual Giving options online or contact Jack Ridenour-Starnes, Development Manager, at jackr@pcs.org.

Corporate Spotlight: A Note from 

KeyBank is proud to be a supporter of Portland Center Stage. A night at the theater can be magical and memorable, but it is even more than that. When we support the arts, we are supporting creativity, imagination, originality, and fresh thoughts. The arts have an unparalleled ability to inspire us and to remove us from our daily lives for at least a couple of hours as we explore new worlds. Our mission at KeyBank is to help our communities thrive, and we consider the arts to be an impactful cornerstone of a thriving community. We are proud to be a supporting player in advancing the arts in Portland through our long-standing affiliation with Portland Center Stage.

Thank You!

PCS donors are vital to our success, and we are grateful to each and every one of you. Please join us in welcoming our newest donors!

Amy Allen
Heidie Ambrose
Grace & Paul Andrews — In honor of Scott & Linda Andrews
Shelley P. Ashford
Mark F. Baker
Paulette Baxter
Toni W. Beard
Scott Beeman
Greg Bond
Orion Bradshaw
Maura A. Campbell-Balkits
Alice Cascorbi
Yolanda Clay
Stephen Coxen
Rita Czeck
Kyle Dalrymple
Laurel & Bruce Daniel
Page Davidson
Diana L. deTar-Marchand
Sarah J. Dillon
Sophia Douglas
Michael & Patricia Esler
Jaylin Freeman-Broadous
Holly Freewynn
Mary Garrard
Jesus A. Gaspar
Bryan Gonzalez

Three actors dancing gleefully with their arms in the air and expressive joyful faces.

Duke Harjo
Ned Harkness
Bryan M. Holt
Lindsey R. Johnson
Vera D. Johnson
Jared Jonas
Thomas La Berge
Jennifer Lin

Rachel Linkhart
Catalina Lopez
Shannon M. McGraw
K McLoughlin
Lilith Mist
Carlson Mun
Marian Pierce
Maureen Porter
Laxman Prakash
Xavier Reynolds
Teresa Robinett
Wendy Russell
Vincent Schade
Sarah Shea
Eric Slade
J. Stern
Jennifer & Jenny Sullivan
Devlyn Swenson
Jonathan Thomas
Lincoln P. Thomas
Dale Todd-Thompson
Stevyn Travilllian
Matthew Tucker
Joyce Washington
Kelli Wilson
Linda Woodbury
Richard Wright
Leah Walsh

See our full list of supporters!

Learn more about how you can support creative work at PCS!

Our Community Values

Theater often brings productive discomfort to the surface. Portland Center Stage is committed to grappling with that discomfort, on and off the stage, and we invite members of our community to participate in that growth process with us. Our goal is to co-create safety for our community by identifying and interrupting instances of racism and all forms of oppression, when we witness them, through specific actions rooted in the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA). Learn more.

Photos: Lana Gordon backstage during The Color Purple, photo by Kate Szrom. Luisa Adrianzen Guyer photo by Kate Szrom. Marissa Wolf photo by Gary Norman. Members of the cast of Guys and Dolls, photo by Owen Carey. Leif Norby and Merideth Kaye Clark in Winter Song, photo by Patrick Weishampel. Graphic designs by Mikey Man