About Us

History & Mission, 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 50 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.

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.