The story of Bag&Baggage (B&B) reads like something out of Elizabethan history. Founded in 2005 by a small group of theatre practitioners, B&B’s original mission was to travel the state of Oregon performing high quality, accessible, classical theatre for communities without a resident professional theatre. Like a travelling troupe of Elizabethan players, this small band of performers would arrive in places like Hood River, Corvallis, Beaverton, Astoria, Sandy and Hillsboro with everything they needed to put on a show in their “bags and baggage…” (hence our company name, which comes directly from Shakespeare’s great pastoral comedy As You Like It).
The company grew quickly, gaining a reputation for artistic quality, affordability and a very quirky sense of humor. In 2006, the company had doubled in both audience numbers and budget size and we found our services to be in greater and greater demand.
Over the course of the next few years, the company (like Shakespeare’s theatre troupe) found a series of patrons in the Hillsboro area and we decided to focus our work exclusively for the citizens of our Artistic Director’s home town of Hillsboro, Oregon.
In 2007, the company was approached by Denzil Scheller, the owner and operator of the soon-to-be opened Venetian Theatre. Originally built as a vaudeville stage, and used as a movie theatre throughout the 1980s, the Venetian was spectacularly refurbished by Denzil in partnership with the City of Hillsboro. Now a state-of-the-art, 400-seat performing arts theatre, Bag&Baggage is proud to call the Venetian their primary performance venue.
Opening our first season in 2008-2009, Bag&Baggage quickly attracted the attention of local and regional press who praised our work as thoughtful, inventive and of a high professional standard.
Our performances follow a standard schedule each season: We begin outdoors at the Tom Hughes Civic Center Plaza in downtown Hillsboro with our annual outdoor Summer Shakespeare production (usually at the end of July – early August) and then head indoors for the remainder of the season. We start at The Venetian with an American classic in September, followed by a Halloween-themed show in October. Late November throughout December is a holiday themed show, followed by a major literary adaptation in March and an English classic in May.
Since our first season, audience numbers have consistently grown year by year. Currently, Bag&Baggage sells upwards of 15,000 tickets annually, making us the largest non-profit arts organization in Hillsboro and one of the largest in all of Washington County.
Bag&Baggage is a participant in the A-ha! Program: Think, Do It, funded by the MetLife Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the professional not-for-profit American theatre.
Get to know our Resident Acting Company! 2016-2017 Resident Acting Company Andrew Beck Andrew is a native of Corvallis, Oregon. He is the first member of his family that has performed in front of people in the last 70 years. His parents are still confused as to where he got the idea from. Andrew got… Read More.
Access Programs – Making Live Theatre Affordable For All Bag&Baggage is committed to making access to professional live theatre affordable to all members of our community. We have implemented a wide range of Access Programs to ensure that everyone who wants to attend one of our shows can do so in an affordable way.… Read More.
Bag&Baggage – Building The Next Generation of Theatre Artists and Audiences There has been a lot of discussion in the past few years about declining audiences for the performing arts. There are a lot of theories about why this is happening; audiences are aging, becoming more interested in television and film, programming choices, and ticket… Read More.
As a group of ambitious, professional theatre practitioners and educators, we inspire Oregonians to engage in creative, accessible and moving live-theatre experiences. Through our commitment to professional, text-based live theatre, we will make Hillsboro a renowned theatre destination for diverse audiences from Washington County and beyond. Our Core Values Fairness. We will commit to paying performing… Read More.
Voting Members: Gayle Nachtigal, Washington County Circuit Court Judge, retired Chair Scott Palmer, Artistic Director President Lisa Dupre, Washington County Fair Complex, Marketing and Events Manager Vice Chair Patricia Logan, Owner, Thomas Tax & Associated Services Enrolled Agent and Licensed Tax Consultant Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair, and Audience Development Committee Donna Swanson, Portland Community College,… Read More.
Scott Palmer, Founding Artistic Director Scott Palmer, Bag&Baggage’s founding Artistic Director, has directed and produced critically acclaimed theatrical productions across the globe. As the Artistic Director of Glasgow Repertory Company (Scotland’s Shakespeare company), Scott directed world premiere adaptations of King Lear, Titus Andronicus, Richard III, Henry V, Antony and Cleopatra, As You Like It and… Read More.
NOTE: ALL AUDITIONERS- GENERAL AUDITIONS ARE BEING HELD AT OUR NEW LOCATION, 350 E MAIN STREET, JUST A FEW BLOCKS AWAY FROM THE VENETIAN THEATRE ON MAIN STREET IN DOWNTOWN HILLSBORO Bag&Baggage 16-17 Season Auditions Bag&Baggage Productions, Hillsboro’s resident professional theatre, is pleased to announce Season Auditions for our 16-17 Season of work. Auditions… Read More.
Want to get involved with Bag & Baggage? We are looking for volunteers to help us bring live professional theater to Hillsboro. We are looking for people to usher, help out in the office, collect donated items, build or take down sets, help with special events and more. Please take a few minutes to tell… Read More.
Bag&Baggage Productions is pleased to announce a commemorative internship in honor of Silverna Scott who is retiring from Hillsboro High School after more than 20 years leading Hilhi’s theatre arts program. B&B has been working with Silverna for a number of years, engaging with Hilhi’s theatre students in workshops and via paid internships with the company.… Read More.