We are Experience Theatre Project. Welcome to our world!
We create engaging, interesting, and interactive live theater with unique styles of storytelling that force down the all too familiar fourth wall that separates the action from the audience.
We strive to bring beautiful experiences to far, far west Portland by hosting unique events, such as burlesque nights, sketch comedy, musical revues, and unconventional, immersive activities that raise money for to produce interesting, immersive adaptations of classic literary works from Shakespeare to Agatha Christie and Oscar Wilde.
Our little company is only four years old. We started out by producing summer kids camps in 2015, and presented our first mainstage show, A Midsummer Night's Dream, in the summer of 2016. Since that time, ETP has produced live shows at the Beaverton Round, the Beaverton Library Lawn, Washington County wineries, and even a vacant storefront. ETP is always on the lookout for its next place to perform, ideally in a large, open, empty warehouse.
As our little theater grows, we intend to produce both outdoor and indoor productions. We hope you will join us for the ride!
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.
ETP strives to produce 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!