Portland Actors Ensemble

The mission for Portland Actors Ensemble (PAE) Shakespeare-In-The-Parks program has remained unchanged since its first season: "To bring financially accessible classical theater to Portland communities in a non-traditional environment". They are a community service organization and their goal is to share their best theatrical productions with the people of Portland for years to come.

In the summer of 1970, PAE began their Shakespeare-in-the-Parks program with a two-week production of As You Like It, performed at Laurelhurst Park. Every summer since then, they have produced at least one Shakespearean play, free of charge, in various outdoor settings around the city. Each year a production tours to 6 different parks over a six-weekend run, reaching as many communities as possible. They select parks to evenly cover the Portland Metro area so audience members can attend a show near their homes.

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