The Pack facilitates storytelling theatre workshops for underserved youth.

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Our staff of theatre artists helps students write their stories and aids them in developing a script.

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Teens write, organize, edit, and direct their stories—the entire rehearsal process. 

We differ from other youth organizations because of our focus. We allow underserved youth to tell their stories through song, dance, or comedy. They engage wherever they feel most passionate. Performing, working behind the scenes, or telling their story through drawing. RP asks youth what they would like to learn within the story process, then makes it possible. 

The process of writing and staging their stories strengthens their ability to connect. Audiences then gain an understanding of children who are usually seen as “acting out.” It also provides a broader range of universal life skills.

What can telling stories accomplish?

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Raise morale by providing youth with an educational experience. Encouraging them to continue the path toward higher education.

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Enhance their educational development. By engaging in group-skill building, children establish communication and interpersonal skills.

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Find a voice. With bold honesty, children build resiliency. In a nurturing class setting, children can be themselves without judgment.

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Improve their writing and project development skills through the staging of their stories. This improves their writing, reading, and public speaking. Useful for any future professional.

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Connect with the community. We are opening up a dialogue with the audience with talkbacks after performances. We give voice where there has been silence.

Who Runs With The Pack?

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As the program grows each year, so does the cultural access. Cultural diversity and artistic expression promote understanding, support, and connectedness throughout the community.

Our leaders, guest artists, and board include people of all backgrounds. Our youth-board diversifies the ages of our leadership team.

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Pack Instructors

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Kayla Kelly

Kayla Kelly

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Kayla is an actress, improviser, and teacher. She holds a BA in Theatreand likes to find creation in everyday life. She enjoys dabbling instandup comedy and writing. And is excited to join TheRouge Pack Theatre Collective as a teaching artist.  

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Myronie McKee

Myronie McKee

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When not ironing her husband’s tube socks or flossing her cat’s teeth, Myronie loves watching others succeed and fail at improv. She has her Master's in Spiritual Development and when not acting, loves to direct productions for local theaters. Her last role on stage was playing  Auoda in Around the World in 80 Days just before quarantine started.. You might also spot her in the occasional commercial thanks to her agent. Her greatest joy comes from helping people finding their own voice.

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Ashley Hollingshead (they/them)

Ashley Hollingshead (they/them)

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Ashley Hollingshead is a Portland based theater director, performer, and teacher who focuses on creating devised theatre. They recently received their MFA in Experimental Performance from Columbia College Chicago.  When Ashley is not in a rehearsal room, they like to read books on the couch with their cat and spend as much time in the sun as possible.

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Ann Singer (she/her)

Ann Singer (she/her)

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I’m the Executive Director and Writing Facilitator for Rogue Pack. 

I hold a BFA in Theatre Arts from NYU and a Masters in Education from San Francisco State University. I have taught children and adults throughout the world, including Spain, Chile, South Africa, Bosnia, and Herzegovina.

I have organized and taught storytelling workshops and performances for underserved populations in the Portland Metro area since 2009. I served on the board of Soroptimist International of Portland whose mission is to improve the lives of women and children around the world, for four years. I currently sit on the board of Echo Theatre Company.

The theatre is a place where all labels can fall away. People can accept each other, no matter their background. Communities can support one another and individuals can feel safe. I want to create that experience for teens today. Especially those that are struggling. Rogue Pack is a place where children are lifted up, so they can be seen and heard.

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Sponsors

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Herbert A. Templeton Foundation

Portland Civic Theatre Guild

PrintRunner

Regional Arts and Culture Council

Autzen Foundation

Oregon Community Foundation

Partners

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Eastside Village

HomePlate Youth Services

Janus Youth Programs

Sellwood Community House

Corrib Theatre

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Your support means the world to us. Donations allow us to continue empowering Portland’s youth.

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