About Us

History & Mission, a Message from the Artistic Director, Non-profit Status, and Strategic Planning.

Portland’s Original Shakespeare-in-the-Parks, since 1970

As one of Portland’s longest running theatre companies, the mission for PAE’s Shakespeare-In-The-Parks program has remained virtually unchanged since its first season: “To bring financially accessible classical theater to Portland communities in a non-traditional environment”. We have stood by this mission for over 44 years, and will continue to do so. We are a community service organization and our goal is to share the best theatrical productions possible with all of the people of Portland for decades to come.  To learn more, visit our History page.

Michael Godsey, Artistic Director, Portland Actors Ensemble

I remember the first time that I experienced PAE’s Shakespeare-in-the-Parks.  It was Much Ado About Nothing, 25 years ago now, and I was spending my first summer in Portland as a college student.  Some friends and I heard about the performance and decided to check it out, after all, the price was certainly right.  Arriving at the park and setting up a blanket near the stage line, we didn’t know quite what to expect.  There was no huge set, no lights, just the actors warming up backstage, in various stages of costuming.  As “curtain” time approached, a host thanked the audience for coming and made a few announcements, and all of a sudden the show had begun! I remember remarking to my friends that this is a great way to experience theatre, in the fresh air and sunshine.

Portland Actors Ensemble is recognized as a 501c3 non-profit organization. Your donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. To obtain our letter of non-profit determination, please contact us at info@portlandactors.com.

Portland Actors’ Ensemble is proud to announce that we are embarking on a strategic planning process to propel our mission toward our 50th year season in 2019.  Currently, we are finding stakeholders such as audience members, donors, community leaders, and friends from the theatre community to participate in this exciting visioning process!  Most participants will only be asked to come to one or two meetings, and we’ll bring the refreshments.  Only those who speak will be heard, so if you want to have a say in  the future of free Shakespeare-in-the-Parks, we want to talk to you!  Contact info@portlandactors.com to be heard.