The Poet's Shadow: A PHAME Production
to Aug 31

The Poet's Shadow: A PHAME Production

About the Show

This summer, PHAME is thrilled to present The Poet’s Shadow, a rock opera written by PHAME artists in collaboration with Portland Opera. The run of seven performances will begin August 23 and will run through August 31.

A contemporary and original fairy tale, The Poet’s Shadow tells the story of Elizabeth, a young poet who, in despair following a break up, writes a series of poems that take on a life of their own. In search of resolution, she embarks on a quest that will challenge everything she knows about courage, strength, and love.

The Poet’s Shadow features artists with developmental disabilities at every stage of the process, not just writing and performing the opera, but also composing the music, designing the costumes, creating set design elements, and more.

The rock opera brings to fruition an 18-month collaboration between PHAME Academy and Portland Opera. In addition to lending PHAME the use of their Hampton Opera Center for the production’s performances, Portland Opera has taught opera-related classes at PHAME and has provided one-on-one vocal coaching to lead actors. The production also partners with Portland’s acclaimed dance duo Wobbly Dance, who will be choreographing the movement chorus, and with Metropolitan Youth Symphony, whose students will join PHAME’s iPad musicians in making up the production’s orchestra.

The show is recommended for ages 5 and up. It will run for about an hour, with no intermission.

For questions or to purchase your ticket over the phone, please call Development Director Rebekah Morris at 503-764-9718 ext. 4.

For online ticket purchases, visit


  • $30 VIP Reserved Seat—You can arrive just before curtain knowing that one of the best seats in the house is reserved for you!

  • $21 General Admission

  • $15 Student/Child General Admission

  • $5 tickets for Oregon Trail Card holders—Call to purchase, not available online

  • 2 for 1 tickets for Arts Card holders—Call to purchase, not available online


We welcome patrons with disabilities and seek to make our performances enjoyable for all patrons. With this in mind, all shows will have the house lights on at a low level and patrons who need to vocalize or move around are welcome. Additionally, all patrons will have access to flyers outlining what to expect from the show, as well as character guides. A quiet space will be available for patrons who need it. Patrons are welcome to bring fidgets or toys that help them focus or feel comfortable. Note that no food is allowed in the theatre at any time.

We will also be offering a Sensory-Friendly performance on Sunday, August 25 at 2 pm. At this performance, lighting and sound will be less extreme in order to accommodate patrons with sensory sensitivities. Patrons will be allowed to reenter the theatre if they leave for a break (other performance dates will not allow reentry). This performance is meant to accommodate the needs of patrons who experience Autism and/or need to be able to take breaks from the space, however all are welcome at this performance and at all other PHAME performances.

For patrons who prefer to know what to expect before attending the performance, click here to view a visual checklist and click here to view the production’s character guide. Please feel free to contact us if you need more information.

ASL interpretation will be available at the Thursday, July 29 performance.

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Joy Ride Screened and Alive: Adventures of Unavoidable Embodiment
7:00 PM19:00

Joy Ride Screened and Alive: Adventures of Unavoidable Embodiment

Joy Ride Screened and Alive shares three films, a reading, live dance and an historic documentary from six Northwest artists working in multi-discipline, multi-gender, multi-ability dance and performance passions, identities and locations. They align to uncover the common celebration of embodiment through re-abling and resourcing the generous creative spirit of presence in their unique arts. They are Wobbly Dance’s Erik Ferguson and Yulia Arakelyan (Portland), Syniva Whitney/Gender Tender (Seattle), Karen Daly (Eugene), Corrie Befort (Seattle), Karen Nelson (Vashon Island). They collaborate annually at Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI), offering a workshop experience called “Start where you are.”

All-ages. $13-16

For tickets and more info visit


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Inclusive Dance Jam
2:30 PM14:30

Inclusive Dance Jam

Come As You Are!
Echo Theater Company and Wobbly Dance invite movers and
non-movers of diverse identities, abilities and
humanities to explore, share, and connect through our unique physical languages. This is an open, low-key, judgement-free dance party where you can move how you want.

ASL Interpreter at each Jam.
$5-25 per jam, but NO ONE turned away!
*This is a scent-free event

For more info or to request accommodations, email:

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"TIDAL" at Portland ReelAbilities Film Festival
6:30 PM18:30

"TIDAL" at Portland ReelAbilities Film Festival

The Disability Art and Culture Project presents the Portland ReelAbilities Disability Film Festival: Portland’s second biennial Disability Film Festival April 20 - August 4, 2018.

This event is free and open to the public.

This Portland ReelAbilities film screening presents national and local short films. Live performance and film from the Inclusive Arts Vibe Dance Company.

Local Films
- “Click Clack Choo” directed by Kathy Coleman, choreographed and performed by Adelene Nelson and Scott Selby
- "Hide Away," directed by Kim Wohlsein, produced by Myles de Bastion, and choreographed by Scott Selby
- "In My Home," directed by Cheryl Green
- "Stinky Chicken Dog," directed by Jennifer Funk
- "TIDAL," directed by Wobbly
- "When I Feel Blue," directed by Kathy Coleman, choreographed and performed by Rachel Esteve

National Films
- “Four Quarters of Silence,” directed by Cody Broadway
- “The Battle," directed by Poppy Walker

For more about films, the Portland ReelAbilities Festival, all Festival film showings and events, accommodations, or to volunteer: |

Thank you to our partners: The Collins Foundation, the Oregon Community Foundation, and the Regional Arts and Culture Council

Thank you to our sponsors: Beneficial State Bank, the Pride Foundation, the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, and The Standard

Event image description: [Dancers Adelene Nelson and Scott Selby wear coveralls and hats. They stand with one arm bent at their sides on a concrete sidewalk in an industrial area. Orange flags lay on the ground in front of them.]

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TIDAL - the first cut
2:00 PM14:00

TIDAL - the first cut

Wobbly’s new experimental film “Tidal” is an exploration of the relationship between the rhythm of mechanized breath and the rhythm of the oceans. It is a fantastical film, where breathing masks transform into diving masks, ventilator tubing morphs into costumes, and an ancient diver who calls the ocean home, draws us into his world. We fall, we dream, we dive. We transform from human to jellyfish and everything in between. This film is a continuation of the exploration of Wobbly’s dark, dream-like and sometimes absurd aesthetic. Starring Yulia Arakelyan and Erik Ferguson as the dreamers, Nathan H.G. as the Diver, and a special appearance by Grant Miller.

We are thrilled to once again be collaborating with cinematographer Ian Lucero, costume designer Jenny Ampersand and musicians Sweetmeat. Additional animation was created by Kurtis Hough. Make-up by Sumi Wu and Jenny Ampersand. Photography by Kamala Kingsley.

This film is generously supported by a Project Grant from the Regional Arts, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant and Culture Council and by the numerous people who have donated both time and resources to make this project happen.

Join us on December 2nd at 2pm and 7:30 pm for the first wave, the first cut of our new film. 

Q&A to follow after the 2pm showing.

We will also be screening Waking the Green Sound: a dance film for the trees.

We are currently working on confirming an ASL interpreter and Audio Description for the screenings. We will update the event page once it is confirmed. 

$10 General Admission
$5 Artists, Seniors, Disabled, Low-Income

Advance tickets are available at

The Headwaters Theatre
55 NE Farragut #9
Portland, OR

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