Our audiences to exit their comfort zones,
Our peers to collaborate before competing,
Our community to manage our resources sustainably.
Shift the Paradigm.
Fuse is celebrating over a decade of producing paradigm shifting theatre in Portland, OR, and around the world. The recipient of six 2019 Drammy Awards, Fuse has become a stalwart of politically motivated theatre in the Portland community. They are the recipient of the 2019 Regional Arts and Culture Council Project Grant, 2019 MCCC grant, 2017 Regional Arts and Culture Council Arts Equity Grant, 2007 Regional Arts and Culture Council Project Grant. They have travelled the world with their production of Suburban Tribe, won Drammy Awards for their productions of Cabaret, Tether: ADHD+BDSM, Under the Influence and for their props design for Artist Rep's The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Fuse has been an ambassador of the Pacific Northwest theatre touring to New Orleans, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Bali, Adelaide, Australia, and Avignon, France. In less than a decade, Fuse has fostered the creation of 13 original works (Craft/Craeft/Kraft, Slap That Bitch, Suburban Tribe, MySp_ce, #smarter_than_phones, Karaoke Night! (the musical), A Virgin in Neverland, (...), Sonnetscape, Tether: ADHD+BDSM, The Importance of being Frank, I am an Actress, and unde+ec+able) while also producing Portland's annual celebration of the LGBTQIA+ contribution to theatre, The OUTwright Theatre Festival.
Ernie Lijoi and Michael J. Teufel in A View from the Bridge
Photo: Greg Parkinson
One of the most foundational aspects of Fuse is our commitment to developing and producing solo work. For Fuse, this commitment was born not only out of our love of solo work but also out of necessity. At one point in time in our history, we found ourselves financially challenged with a lease payment due monthly on our theatre. We realized that our greatest commodity was "us" so the ensemble began creating "empty space" solo shows that could generate revenue. Almost unintentionally, these shows also started to develop into a major part of our brand.
Nearly a decade later, solo works have become the cornerstone of our development as an ensemble. As a sort of rite of passage, each member of the ensemble is encouraged to not only create a solo show, but to then also perform that show around the world.
Our solo shows have been produced as parts of festivals and/or individually in: Portland, OR, San Francisco, CA, Los Angeles, CA, New Orleans, LA, Adelaide, Australia, Avignon, France, Bath, England, Bali, Indonesia
Fuse produces award winning plays and musicals, choosing both original works and classics, that inspire conversation around current social issues. Classics like Cabaret and A View From the Bridge to more modern pieces like Bootycandy and Sordid Lives to brand new original musicals written by local writers like Under the Influence.
The mission of this Portland, OR festival is to celebrate contributions of the LGBTQ community to the art of theatre by staging both original and classic works thus creating an incubator of new theatre for and by the LGBTQ community.Learn more about OUTwright
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