Our mission at Theatre 33

Theatre 33, in residence at Willamette University, is a new play development company that helps Oregon/NW playwrights develop their new scripts from our 60-hour rehearsed workshop production (fully designed lights, sound, props, set, costumes, entirely blocked with scripts in hand), to a world premiere full production. We are Oregon-centric, as evidenced by our name. Oregon was the 33rd state to join the union.

Beginning our 10th season, we have produced 38 new plays by 28 different Playwrights (20 Oregonians), 11 featuring Oregon/Northwest themes.

  • Last year we provided 13 full scholarships for our High School Playwriting Course to rural/underserved students from all over Oregon. We offered 22 paid university theatre student internships in all phases of theatre production. 
  • Our admission fee is donation-based to accommodate youth, lower-income patrons, and underserved communities.
  • We offer a nurturing, collaborative atmosphere to help authors refine their new scripts. We lodge playwrights in Salem so they can attend rehearsals, engage in rewrites with the assistance of a company dramaturg and attend all performances with audience talkbacks. All of this valuable feedback from audiences and professional artists either finalize the script or move it closer to completion. 12 of our produced plays have been world premiered by other companies in 9 cities nationwide.

Artistic Staff

  • Executive Director - Thomas Nabhan
  • Artistic Director - Susan Coromel
  • Associate Artistic Director - Elizabeth Helman
  • Resident Dramaturg - Laura Wheatman
  • Rachel Kinsman Steck - Production Manager

Resident Artists

  • Rod Ceballos
  • Nora Douglass
  • Elizabeth Rothan
  • Rachel Kinsman Steck
  • Erica Towe
  • Robert Vaughn

Advisory Board

  • Allie Saucy-President
  • Ryan Carty
  • Cameron Hunt
  • LaLa Hunt
  • Kay Johnson
  • Barbara McReal
  • Patricia Moss
  • Rachel Kinsman Steck
  • Ashley Stovin
Willamette University

Theatre 33

Salem Campus

M. Lee Pelton Theatre
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

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