PETE (Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble) is a company of theatre artists who make new plays in a collaborative way. We train together and teach our work. We are committed to creative rigor, to the cultivation and enrichment of our local arts ecology, and to connecting with diverse audiences. We challenge established notions of theatrical form and content with innovative forms of practice, presentation and organization. We do all this to achieve a radical kind of presence shared in the performance event.
PETE has been making performance since 2011. Over the past 7 years we have created four original devised works (Song of the Dodo, Drowned Horse Tavern, All Well and Deception Unit), two new plays ([or, the whale] by Juli Crockett and Procedures for Saying No by Robert Quillen Camp) and four revivals (R3, a new adaptation of Richard III, Chekhov’s The Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya, and Maria Irene Fornes’ Enter the Night). Our work has been produced at Northwest New Works at On the Boards, Summerfest at CoHo Theatre, Risk/Reward, Caldera, and PCS’s JAW Festival. Our work has been supported by grants from the Oregon Community Foundation, The Kinsman Foundation, The Miller Foundation, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, The Oregon Cultural Trust, and the Oregon Arts Commission among others. As part of our training institute, we offer community classes in the Viewpoints, Suzuki, Devised performance, Linklater Voice, Alexander and other performance trainings. Our year-long certificate program in performance (Institute for Contemporary Performance) offers 20 hours a week of training over 10 months culminating a festival of new works at the CoHo theatre. 2018 will mark our fourth cohort of new performance makers.