School Tour, Script Commission

Oregon Children's Theatre / Portland, OR


PROJECT NAME:  School Tour, Script Commission



The mission of Oregon Children’s Theatre is to create 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. We approach all our work with respect for the intelligence and creativity of children.


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Oregon Children’s Theatre believes communities are stronger when they are diverse, and we are committed to building a creative and dynamic workplace with that in mind. We are an equal opportunity employer and strive to promote equity in our hiring practices inclusive of race, national or ethnic origin, religion, class, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability status. We recognize that Oregon Children’s Theatre has been historically staffed by predominately white and non-disabled people. We especially encourage applications from those who bring us new perspectives and lived experiences, candidates of traditionally underrepresented identities, and those who will be an active partner in our goals of equity, anti-racism, diversity, and inclusion.


We welcome requests for accommodations during the submission process or during the project.



PROJECT MANAGER:  Artistic Director


LOCATION: Oregon Children’s Theatre is based in Portland, Oregon. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, development work for this project will happen remotely. Due to the remote nature of the work, we encourage submissions from outside Portland, OR.



On behalf of Portland General Electric (PGE), Oregon Children’s Theatre (OCT) will be commissioning a playwright to develop a script for a new production for kindergarten through third grade. The show will focus on clean energy, what young people can do to combat climate change, caring for our environment, and electrical safety. This two-character, 25-30 minute production will likely be produced for a digital platform, with a plan for a live tour when it is safe to do so.




Students will…

KNOW: Climate change is happening and most of it can be attributed to human actions.

UNDERSTAND: We can take steps to slow climate change and avert a climate crisis;

BELIEVE: Everyone can make a difference to this issue. The next generation partnering in a clean energy is the future. PGE is taking steps to slow carbon emissions and create a clean energy future.

BE MOTIVATED TO DO/DO DIFFERENTLY: Consider their habits that can cause climate change. More simplistically- use less energy, use green energy when you have a choice, turn off lights in your bedroom, ride bikes, plant more trees, consider eating less meat; be responsible for our collective actions



The Ideal Partner Will:

  • Be a collaborative and creative problem solver,
  • Have experience creating stories with and for young people,
  • Demonstrate a background or education in environmental studies/climate change, which will be a plus,
  • In order to authentically represent the original stewardship of the land we inhabit and principles of environmental caretaking, we hope to commission an Indigenous or Native American playwright.



Due to constantly changing circumstances with the COVID-19 pandemic, this timeline is approximate.

  • Script development will happen during the Winter of 2020/21
  • Development workshop to be scheduled in Spring 2021
  • Touring or digital production will launch TBA 2021





Email a cover letter, resume, a list of past commissions, and any information relevant to your capacity to accomplish this project to and include “PGE Tour Submission [Your Name]” in the subject line. We prefer if you send all supporting documents as a single PDF.