This is the Time & This is the Place
Eight years. It is mind-blowing to think how far we have come in just eight short years; from a budget of less than $7,000 to nearly half a million – from a few shows performed out of luggage from the back of my car to a six-show season attracting thousands of patrons – from a cheeky, “we think we can, we think we can” little company to one of the most important cultural institutions in the region – the journey has been truly remarkable. And the journey isn’t over; in fact, the best is yet to come.
All things evolve, and the time has come for Bag&Baggage to do so, too.
With the incredible, visionary support of The City of Hillsboro, Bag&Baggage has purchased an amazing new building that will become our permanent home in Hillsboro. Located in the heart of downtown, the former Wells Fargo Bank Building is an ideal space for us. Intimate, flexible, modern, edgy and…most importantly…ours.
We are launching a $1.4 million capital campaign to renovate this amazing new space to create a bold, intimate and highly flexible permanent home.
Over the course of the next 20 months, B&B staff and supporters will be engaged in a highly focused capital campaign to raise the funds necessary to transform the Bank Building into a 150 seat, flexible studio theatre space, including administrative offices, a concessions/bar area, storage, meeting space and shop space – literally everything we need to succeed and evolve.
The new building will not only be home to our own programming but will also serve as a destination for other arts organizations to present their work, and will be a new space for corporate and event rentals. The space will also allow B&B to dramatically expanded our educational and outreach work.
But most importantly, the Bank Building will allow Bag&Baggage to explore our provocative, innovative theatrical style in a significantly more intimate space. Our new home will enable us to deepen our work, improve our quality, and experiment with new theatrical technologies such as immersive digital environments.
This is the time.
This is the place.
Founding Artistic Director