Local theater companies are looking at ways to be more inclusive and accessible. One theater company, Portland Playhouse, is implementing BIPOC Affinity Nights as a way to welcome BIPOC audiences and provide a safe space for them to enjoy a good performance.
Cailey McCandless is the program director of Teen Musical Theater of Oregon, a youth theater program based in Medford. The program, which provides a safe space for young artists, produces several performances a year. But the pandemic shut down the company’s spring show two days before opening night, forcing McCandless to come up with innovative ways to keep the production alive.