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Profile Theatre


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Profile Theatre has a unique approach: making playwrights the star attraction. They’re the only professional theater company in the U.S. that devotes each season to a single contemporary playwright. The method has some advantages. Each series Profile presents has a natural cohesion from a singular voice. And loyal season subscribers learn to consider more deeply an undersung theater player—namely, the mind behind the action.

Unlike the typical fall-to-spring theater season, Profile sets their season from January to December. Their featured playwright for 2016 continues to be Tanya Barfield, a critically acclaimed Portland native playwright whose unique voice conveys her experience as a biracial gay woman, as well as her interrogation of historical racial politics. In 2017, they’ll feature Pulitzer Prize-winner Quiara Alegría Hudes. “We’re embarking on a three-year ‘Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity’” says Interim Artistic Director Lauren Bloom Hanover, “Through this initiative, we’re intentionally considering playwrights whom, traditionally, our industry has not supported…female playwrights and/or playwrights of color.”

“Profile places itself not only at the center of a current conversation, but also on the leading edge of change.”


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ARTSLANDIA APPLAUDS: Profile’s decision to draw our attention to playwrights from backgrounds that theater has too long ignored.