Deception Unit Summer Showings

May 19, 2017

We’re pleased to announce that our newest show, Deception Unit, will be showing at two incredible festivals this coming summer.

The first will be June 9-11 as part of Northwest New Works at On the Boards in Seattle (TICKETS). This twenty-minute showing will share the stage with three other northwest artists (Kim Lusk, Katie Piatt, and Cameo Lethem) presenting new work.

July 13-16, PETE will present an hour-long version of Deception Unit as part of Summerfest at CoHo Theatre (TICKETS). We’ll be the fifth and last weekend of the festival, which in previous weeks includes Shaking The Tree, Eric Davis, Kelly Kinsella, and Diana Lynn Small.

ICP Festival is coming May 5-7!

April 24, 2017


Created and performed by the ICP class of 2017

May 5/6 at 7:30pm, May 7 at 2pm

at the CoHo Theater (2257 NW Raleigh St, Portland, OR)

The culminating event of this year’s training program is a festival of original work–created, directed, and performed by Sandi Coughlin, Sullivan Mackintosh, Nicola Rossi, and Jake Simonds. This festival’s four interdisciplinary performance pieces draw on sources both iconic and personal, using material from classic literature, famous films and historical revelations to explore themes of isolation, individualism, identity and agency. In addition, the CoHo lobby will feature a video installation which chronicles the creative process of ICP student Jake Simonds for one minute per day over the 139 days leading up to the Festival.

Training in 2017

January 17, 2017

We’ve just announced our first three trainings for 2017. Upcoming trainings are Clown Class with Philip Cuomo, and two Suzuki/Viewpoints Intensives in June. We have also just begun accepting applications for our 2017/18 Institute for Contemporary Performance year of training. Contact Jacob Coleman at for more on any of these training opportunities.

PETE Awarded OCF Grant For Chekhov Project

We are thrilled to announce that the Oregon Community Foundation has chosen PETE as one of 18 recipients of their Creative Heights grant. This major award will support work on PETE productions of Chekhov‘s Uncle Vanya, The Seagull, and The Cherry Orchard, in collaboration with translator Štĕpán Šimek. Over the next two years, PETE will work with Šimek to develop fresh English translations of these classic texts, and in 2018 we’ll premiere a vital new Uncle Vanya. We are honored to continue the collaboration that began with our work on The Three Sisters, and look forward to bringing you dynamic, surprising Chekov productions in the years to come. This unprecedented grant of $77,000 represents a huge step forward for PETE. We’ve got a lot to do. Please consider joining OCF in supporting PETE’s future work – check out our support page for more. We look forward to the next two years of growth, collaboration, and experimentation.

Introducing PETE’s new studio

PETE has a new studio! We’re pleased to be teaching, rehearsing and training in our new home in inner SE Portland. Check out the upcoming classes there at our training page, and see our new space page for info on renting our studio for yourself. We hope to see you there soon!

Post-show panels for Procedures

June 21, 2016

Please join us after Procedures on June 22 and 30 for lively panel discussions. Discussions are free of charge, tickets for the performances are available HERE.

Processes for Making New Work

Panelists: Linda Austin & Jeff Forbes
Moderated by Amber Whitehall

Wednesday June 22nd
Shaking the Tree Theatre
823 SE Grant St

Join us for this lively panel discussion about different approaches to making new performance. PETE’s intersection with Linda Austin’s work was inspiration for this conversation as a way to start dialogue across disciplines from dance to performance to theatre.

Writing for Devising

A conversation with Robert Quill Camp
Moderated by Rebecca Lingafelter

Thursday June 30
Shaking the Tree Theatre
823 SE Grant St

Director Rebecca Lingafelter leads a conversation and Q&A with OBIE award winning playwright and PETE collaborator Robert Quill Camp. The evening will focus on the challenges and rewards of writing for devising process and the unique way in which Quill worked with PETE to create Procedures for Saying No.


Tickets for Procedures On Sale Now

April 11, 2016

Tickets for Procedures for Saying No are on sale now. We run June 18 – July 2, and each night seats are very limited. Get a space now!


Procedures For Saying No

June 18-July 2, 2016

Tues-Sat at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm and 8pm




OR, The Whale closes Jan 23

January 19, 2016

A huge thanks to everyone who has made it to [or, the whale] so far.

We have just one weekend left, and hope you can join us for this spectacular event.


A few thoughts from the press:

“Original, funny, thought-provoking” – Oregon Arts Watch

“A joyful journey into the mind of a madman” – Willamette Week

“A fully immersive experience that engages multiple senses” – Broadway World

Welcome to The Edge

January 14, 2016

PETE is excited to announce the start of The Edge Society. We’re looking for a deeper connection to our audiences and donors, and to that end, we’re offering several exciting ways to get closer to PETE. Take a look at The Edge Society page and join us.

[or, the whale] Panel Discussion 1/14

January 13, 2016

Reflecting a Reflection: 
Resonances of Moby Dick in Or the Whale
January 14th, 8:30pm
Reed Performing Arts Center
Diver Studio
Join us for a stimulating panel discussion around the connections between Melville’s Moby Dick and Juli Crockett’s Or the Whale. The panel will include Professor Pancho Savery, (Chair of the Reed English Department), Ellen Walkley (Third Rail Repertory Dramaturge and Melville scholar) and Professor Robert Camp (PETE embedded scholar and Visiting Professor at Lewis & Clark College).
Panel discussion is free, tickets to [or, the whale] HERE.