Our strong commitment to Education and Community Programs has resulted in a growing array of activities tailored for interested patrons of all ages.


To book tickets for your school group, register for a class or get more information on our various Education and Community Programs, please email or call 503-445-3793.

our impact

Download our Education & Community Programs Annual Report.
Download Beyond the Proscenium to learn more about how PCS is creating a successful ecology for community engagement.
"I thought [the play] was absolutely amazing! I love Shakespeare and this was one of the best things that has happened to me this year. I think it really changed my life. I so needed it. I felt totally absorbed like I was home or something."Prairie High School student
"Just a quick note to say that my students were ecstatic about their field trip experience yesterday....from the show, the Armory building, the workshop, the Q & A, the dancing,...the set design and stage.  They were so excited and impressed.  It was so wonderful how much of an impact your program/show had on every single one of the 20 students who attended...You are having such an impact, and a few of my students had never even been to live theater before.... Wow, wow, wow." -Heather Gordon, Woodland High School Drama Teacher
"Playwriting instantly became a passion of mine when Visions & Voices came to my school. Everything changed when I was introduced into the art of creative writing - I found a way to express myself in a theatrical manner that I never knew was possible.Throughout the process of JAW, I have experienced milestones, laughter, courage and friendships. But most of all, I have experienced growth." -Dina Kdep, Sunset High School Student and 2013 JAW Promising Playwright

Education & Community programs staff

Kelsey Tyler
Education & Community Programs Director

Kelsey has worked as an actor, director, teacher and arts administrator for the past 18 years. He is currently the Education & Community Programs Director at Portland Center Stage, where he has also been seen on stage in Pride & Prejudice, The Thugs and A Christmas Carol. Kelsey has taught and developed educational theater programs for Idaho Theater for Youth, Michigan State University and now PCS. He holds a Masters in Theater History and Dramatic Literature from Michigan State University.


Paul Susi
Education & Community Programs Coordinator

Paul Susi is a Portland-based educator and performing artist, where he has appeared with PlayWrite, Inc., Cerimon House, Anon it Moves, String House, Action/Adventure, Boom Arts, Northwest Children’s Theater, Profile, Milagro, and The Forgery.  Paul has appeared regionally and internationally with Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Tears of Joy Puppet Theater, Vermont Stage Company and Stacja Szamocin (Poland).  Paul works primarily with at-risk youth in a variety of agencies, including Clackamas County Juvenile Department’s Restorative Justice Program, New Avenues for Youth, Janus Youth, and Hooper Detox.  Self-produced original works include (On Holding On), All At Sea, and Nestor Pinakbit Sings The Songs You Used To Love.


Matthew B. Zrebski
Resident Teaching Artist

Matt is the PCS Resident Teaching Artist as well as a longtime teacher for the Visions & Voices playwriting program for high school students. He has also taught for Literary Arts, Portland Actors Conservatory, Willamette University and Pacific University. A professional director and producer, he has mounted more than 40 world premieres and run three theater companies, leading them to garner numerous awards including “Best Of” citations from the media and the Drammy Awards, as well as honors from the Kennedy Center. Matt holds a B.F.A. from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.


2014-15 education programs sponsors

PCS's Education Programs are supported in part by contributions from:

2014-15 Community programs sponsors

PCS's Community Programs are supported in part by contributions from:


Additional support provided in part by

Wessinger Foundation

Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts

Regional Arts & Culture Council

Herbert A. Templeton Foundation

H.W. & D.C.H. Irwin Foundation

Autzen Foundation

Holzman Foundation

Mentor Graphics Foundation


The Second City’s A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens
November 22 — December 24

The Santaland Diaries-2014
November 23 — December 28

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