Portland Actors Ensemble: A year of rest

As one of the longest-operating theatre groups in Oregon, Portland Actors Ensemble is spending this pandemic time in deep contemplation regarding how as an organization we can better serve our entire community.

Keep watching this page: throughout 2021 we’ll be providing updates on our shifts to greater racial and social equity. Art has the power to transform lives and we believe that Portland Actors Ensemble can be part of the solution.

Support Free Shakespeare!

50 years of free classical theatre for the community would not be possible without donations form patrons like you. Thank you!


Check out the show schedules on the calendar. Click on a date to see a map of the location, add it to your Google calendar, RSVP that you are planning to come, find the FAQs.


The Play’s the Thing, since 1970.
We are proud to be one of the longest-operating theatre groups in Oregon. Fifity seasons is a lot of free theatre. See pictures from old shows, find out about cast and crews, and learn about our history and mission here.

Get Involved

Volunteer, invite folks to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, join the board of directors, take part in shaping the future of free Shakespeare-in-the-Parks. There are many ways to be a part of bringing accessible theatre to your community.

Keep Shakespeare Free!

See how you can help this Portland tradition grow and thrive. By helping to spread the word, inviting friends and family, volunteering, joining the Friends of PAE, purchasing some cool PAE swag, making donations, or even shopping as you normally do, you can make a difference.