Our Story

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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 arts organization focused on site-specific performance 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 believe that stories don’t happen in a vacuum. They happen in communities and the places in which those communities thrive. Theater 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, and our playground is Portland. Come see and celebrate our city. We never turn anyone away.