Our Story

Our first production, Julius Caesar, 2015.

Our first production, Julius Caesar, 2015.

 

Bare Portland began under the name "Bare Bard" as an education and outreach arm of Portland Stage in Portland, ME in 2014. Since then, we've grown into a self-sustaining performance collective, focusing on site-specific, genre-defying performance, adaption and devised theatre, and community partnerships. We've partnered with many organizations in Portland and beyond, including the cultural & civic centers, bars & restaurants, and public green spaces.

We engage artists of all mediums, partnering with movers, choreographers, visual artists, actors, writers and more. In our work we focus on telling stories from the margins, retelling classic or historical works in a new, critical light, and experimenting with genre, movement, and form. Our 2017 production of The Yellow Wallpaper marked a new period of sustained interest in devised theatre and performance, as well as company-generated new work.

We believe that stories don’t happen in a vacuum. They happen in communities and the places in which those communities thrive. Performance lives in our libraries, beaches, monuments, and churches. We extract theater from the traditional stage and place it in fresh spaces. Our interactive, site-specific performances make each location a performer. Plays happen everywhere, narrative weaves among us, and our playground is where we live and work.