Photo by Tim Young



We have so enjoyed working with all of the young fairies that enhance every performance of Portland Actors Ensemble’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, playing this weekend at Gabriel Park, with Saturday and Sunday performances beginning at 3pm.


We are now very excited to announce that Portland Actors Ensemble will be offering educational outreach shows for local schools in the 2014-2015 academic year!


To give you a little overview:

The mission of the Portland Actors Ensemble Educational Outreach Program is to promote active engagement with the works of William Shakespeare in the Portland- and Southwest Washington-area school systems. By doing so, we hope to nurture respect for the power of language, encourage the examination of complex ideas, fire imaginations, and deepen understanding and tolerance for the richness of the human experience.

Our educational touring shows are approximately 50-minutes long, are based in Shakespeare’s works, and cover a vast array of topics.  These productions are meant to enhance and clarify teaching methods and to work within the Oregon and Southwest Washington school systems. These shows are suitable for grades 4-12 and are exciting, fun, and informative. They will keep your students laughing and discussing and thinking. Each show works equally as well in the classroom or the auditorium with all production elements already in place and feature some of Portland’s most talented artists. It is a stimulating way to bring language alive in the classroom.

We have five fabulous educational outreach shows, all written and directed by Douglas Lay, with original music written by K. J. McElrath.  In the coming weeks, I will give you a peek into each of those shows, so stay tuned!

Have any questions about our new Educational Outreach Shows?  We’d love to hear about it down in the comments, so feel free to stop by and say hi!


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Till next time,

Take pains; be perfect; adieu!

DCFC0486.JPGAthena McElrath is an actor and singer who is also an Administrative Board member with Portland Actor’s Ensemble.  She helps PAE with social media and educational outreach.  She often works onstage with her husband, K.J. McElrath, in their cabaret act, called McElrath Cabaret, which features songs from classic Broadway, Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley.  For more: