Well Arts

Stage and Studio
Air date: 
Tue, 03/11/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
Short Description: 
Well Arts Institute's Unexpected Guest


Dmae Roberts features Katy Liljeholm of Well Arts Institute and writers Bonnie Littleton and Gary Gilbert ThUnexpected Guest, in a new theatre performance written by people living with Multiple Sclerosis. Well Arts is a creative arts-in-healing nonprofit  that produces original theatre writing with people who are dealing with from life-changing challenges. Ten years ago, Well Arts Institute partnered with the National MS Society to do a four-month writing workshop, resulting in a performance titled  “Surviving MS”.  The two groups are partnering again to create documenting what it's like to live with MS. 
The Unexpected Guest
March 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd
Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 2pm
Cost: $10 general admission, $5 students/seniors
Portland Actors Conservatory
1436 Southwest Montgomery Street  
Portland, OR 97201
For More Information:
503-459-4500 (Well Arts Office)
Well Arts is an innovative arts-in-healing nonprofit that uses theatre, writing, and other forms of creative expression to empower the voices of people with physical illness, mental illness, and social stigma. They provide trained, professional theatre directors and playwrights to facilitate playwriting and oral history theatre workshops for people experiencing a particular illness and stigma. Once auditioned, actors perform these stories written by the workshop participants in staged readings for the general community, which can empower participants with the knowledge that their story does matter.  This year, Well Arts is partnering with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Northwest Down Syndrome Association, the National MS Society: Oregon, the Urban League of Portland, the Portland Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Alum Society, Portland Vet Center and Boys and Girls Aid Society to help parents of children with disability, veterans, adults living with mental illness and MS, incarcerated teenage girls, and African American women tell their stories, to Portland, on stage.

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