Welcome to Sanctuary Stage, a community outreach program, where our projects focus on creating original plays through Devised, Applied and Community Engaged Playmaking. We strive to promote diversity, social justice and awareness. Our projects often focus on, but not limited to, the stories of micro-communities found within the Pacific Northwest. We are committed to learning through mutual mentorship and welcome all communities who wish to have their stories told. Our process requires us to listen, learn and develop partnerships that facilitate and support the accurate dipiction of a community's concerns.
We are excited to announce our community partnership with the Oregon Coast Aquarium! Through our partnership and collaboration, we have created a children's play that explores the problem of plastic pollution in our oceans.
Oregon Statehood: Roots in Racism
Oregon began as a whites-only state. In 1844, the government of Oregon voted to exclude black settlers; a law authorizing punishment for any black settler remaining in the territory to be whipped with "not less than twenty nor more than thirty-nine stripes" for every six months they remained. This project will examine the far reaching effects of these laws which resulted in the systematic racism and police brutality within a state founded on the promise of a white utopia.
The experiences of foster children and foster parents in the Willamette Valley, Oregon.
What does the future hold for children in Oregon’s overburdened foster care system?
We are proud that the Oregon State Board of Education passed a resolution in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, declaring state education officials' commitment to anti-racism, equity, and full access to education. “We fully support Black Lives Matter as a civil rights movement that aims to combat racism and support Black individuals,” said Jim Green, Executive Director of Oregon School Boards Association. “We stand beside Black Lives Matter, as a statement of social justice and an affirmation of the value and worth of Black people.”