Huge news for Bag&Baggage Productions, my artistic home. The City of Hillsboro has made a commitment to keeping the company in the city by offering a loan that allows to secure a permanent performance space.
My heart is so full right now that I may not be able to adequately express in words how important this is to my life and the lives of my fellow artists in the company. Coming from a city where almost every performance space was a rotating rental house with no core company, the knowledge that we will have a home to create and share art is a balm for the soul.
The last time I was part of a core company with a permanent space, I was straight out of undergrad in Arizona. A couple of great artists who took a chance on me as an apprentice asked me to come join their family and challenged me like I never thought possible. We did crazy, wonderful art in our own space, on our own terms. That experience has kept me in the theatre for more than 20 years because I know how good it can be, and I will chase that experience, that possibility for as long as I have legs to stand on.
And now, it’s going to be that good again, perhaps even better. With this building, Bag&Baggage can further hone and define our vision, expand our programming, and take greater risks — attacking the big shows we always promised ourselves we’d do if we ever found the right space for them.
We found the space. The time is now.