We are Experience Theatre Project. Welcome to our world!
We create engaging, innovative, and imaginative live theater experiences with unique styles of storytelling that often force down the all too familiar fourth wall that separates the action from the audience.
We strive to bring beautiful experiences to our local Portland area and beyond by hosting unique events, both online and in person, that emphasize storytelling and enhance the curiosity of our audiences. Past events include indoor immersive adaptations of classic literary works from Shakespeare to Agatha Christie and Oscar Wilde, to summer Shakespeare productions at local vineyards to burlesque nights, sketch comedy, musical revues, and interactive online salons that showcases local, national, and international artists.
Our little theater company presented our first mainstage show, A Midsummer Night's Dream, in the summer of 2016. Since that time, ETP has produced two live shows each year: one winter immersive production (a drama) and a lighthearted summer production (comedy). ETP founded the Westside Shakespeare Festival in 2019 and we hope to bring more in person production as soon as the COVID-19 virus is eradicated. In the meantime, we will continue to showcase live events online, which you may view in the safety and comfort of your home.
Enjoy your experience!
What is Immersive Theater anyway?
A typical proscenium stage theatrical production has you buy a ticket, find a seat in a large auditorium, and watch a show performed by actors on a stage. This form of live show is nice, but passive, a little like watching a movie, TV, or other simple, observable entertainment. This traditional kind of theater does not engage the audience in any way. It's good, but ETP believes it could be even better.
When ETP is able to present live, in person shows, ETP produces theatrical experiences rather than a theatrical performance with a fourth wall that separates the audience and the actors. Imagine walking into a 1904 bar in Paris, being seated by a French Maitre D’, and served wine, beer, soda, whatever beverage you enjoy, and perhaps a small hors d’oeuvres plate. As you enjoy your food and drink, the show begins. The entire bar becomes the setting for the show, and there is no bad seat in the house. As you exit the show, you realize that this was no ordinary theater performance. This was a theater experience!