Studio Series

The Studio Series is an ongoing project consisting of performances hosted by Portland Stage featuring Affiliate Artists and are performed in the Studio Theater.

These performances range from readings of fledgling plays, more focused and rehearsed workshops, and even full productions.

Our Affiliate Artists present and participate in a diverse range of programs each season, dedicated to exploring new theatrical works, bringing the written word to the stage, and welcoming the community into the theater.


  • Circle Reads are down and dirty, unrehearsed readings of plays. Actors are assigned roles ahead of time and the reading begins with audience and actors seated in a circle. Circle Reads are a gathering of people who want to hear a play that is free and open to the public. Circle Reads are presented either in our Studio Theater or our Theater For Kids Storefront Space.
  • Staged Readings have been rehearsed with actors and are often presented with actors at music stands either in the Studio Theater or on the Mainstage.  Staged readings often include a discussion to follow, especially with new plays.
  • Studio Series Workshop Readings are readings of new plays that have been workshopped with actors over a day or more.  The playwright is present, and often changes and additions are being made to a script. This process is followed by a Staged Reading before the public and a discussion to follow.