Whether your child aspires to become an actor or just wants to have fun and make new friends–OCT has the best class options in town.

 OCT’S Acting Academy has a class for you! You’ll find classes offered after school and on weekends with plenty of choices for students ages 3 to 18.

Our Acting Academy features:

• A staff of professional theater and teaching artists, eager to share their knowledge and joy of theater.
• Beginning to college-level training to engage new and experienced students.
• Specific goals in each class that challenge students, as well as celebrate their success.
• A welcoming environment that encourages each student to grow as an artist and as a person.
• Every class features a final class demonstration for friends and family to attend.
Young Professionals Company mentoring program for teens.
• Our yearlong playwriting intensive–Inkwell!



Oregon Children’s Theatre creates exceptional theater experiences that transform lives. 

We believe theater and storytelling can educate, empower, inspire, and entertain in remarkable ways.


Our vision is that all children, families, and communities have opportunities to learn and grow through theater and the arts.


Since 1988, Oregon Children’s Theatre has been creating extraordinary theater for young audiences. We bring great stories to life on stage, with productions distinguished by their professional polish and awe-inspiring staging.  For many children, attending an OCT production is their first experience with professional performing arts. 

Our work is grounded in the belief that theater and storytelling can educate, inspire, empower, and entertain in remarkable ways.  Each season, we reach more than 120,000 children and families through:

  • Unforgettable theater productions that delight and inspire families and school groups.

  • Acting Academy programs that teach the craft of theater while fostering life skills.

  • Dynamic performances, classes, workshops, and residencies in schools and in the community that use theater and storytelling to teach and inspire.


    OCT’s mission and vision compel us to serve not only as a valued arts organization, but as a change agent advancing social justice in our community. We recognize the urgent need to address inequities on an institutional level, and we embrace our responsibility to mitigate real and perceived barriers to participation. Reaching out and engaging with all parts of our community will lead to a fuller understanding of the cultures that surround us, and provide us with insight into how we tell meaningful and relevant stories.  That’s how we build trust and credibility, build audiences, provide positive impacts on children, remain sustainable and relevant, and help grow the spirit and soul of OCT.


    OCT was created by Sondra Pearlman as the "Theatre for Young People" under the auspices of the Portland Civic Theatre in 1988.  When Portland Civic Theatre closed its doors in 1990, Pearlman formed Oregon Children's Theatre with the goal of providing children their first exposure to theater and the performing arts through field trip performances.  Since that start, we evolved by adding family performances and robust arts education programs.