Company Member Resources
These resources are meant to help you and your organization find the tools and talent you need to create vibrant theatre in our community.
Individual PATA members have indicated in their profiles their technical skill sets. Navigate to our member directory and use our filter feature to find the right person for your technical needs.
Company members of PATA have indicated in their profiles whether or not they have rentable space. Search our directory and then contact the appropriate company member to learn more about availability.
PATA strives to connect our members with the resources they need to create a more equitable environment for our members. If you would like resources to help you or your organization with your EDI initiatives, navigate to the bottom of this page or email our EDI committee chair Samson@PortlandTheatre.com.
Individual Member Resources
Are you an individual member of PATA? Here are some quick and easy ways for you to get involved, get connected and get support.
If you are looking for one on one coaching the best way to get connected is through our Member Directory. Search for a member by their Technical Arts Skill Set and contact them directly.
If you are looking for an Accompanist the best way to get connected is through our Member Directory. Search for a member by their Performance Skill Set and contact them directly.
Many of our Company Members offer ongoing educational opportunities. To find a list of such companies, search our member directory.
We have compiled the following valuable information to help you prepare for an online/taped audition.
Minimum video quality: 1920 pixels x 1080 pixels.
Make sure to have adequate lighting, so that you are clearly visible.
Record in a quiet place to avoid distracting background noise.
Emphasis should be on you rather than your environment. We recommend a default background of a blank wall or backdrop. However a blank background is not required.
Landscape orientation is preferred, but portrait orientation is acceptable.
You may frame yourself as best fits the piece being presented.
- An intimate or quieter piece with little physical movement, or a piece geared toward filmmakers, can be framed to show only your head and shoulders.
- If you are presenting very physical work or seeking to work with outdoor or large venues, full body or 3/4 framing from above the knees and up is recommended.
- If you are undecided, we recommend 3/4 framing as a default.
Trimming the start and end of your video to keep the emphasis on your audition is encouraged.
Editing and cutting your video to showcase your best take of each portion (slate, piece 1, piece 2) is acceptable but not required. If you opt to edit/cut your video, we discourage edits during a song or monologue. The emphasis should be on your performance skills (instead of your editing skills).
If you film your slate and/or performances separately, edit them together to create one seamless video to make viewing easier for the auditors. While our database and the binder can accommodate having multiple links in one blank, it turns out the Excel spreadsheet that some auditors like to use cannot.
You may use the video distribution platform of your choice. Alt hough the option is offered to have a password for password protected videos, we strongly recommend that you adjust the settings of your video to enable anyone with the link to view it. Entering a password would be an additional step for our auditors.
Some platforms (such as YouTube) offer the option to set a video to “unlisted,” which means the platform does not suggest publicly to viewers that they watch the video. However, recipients of the video’s URL can view it.
Note that some platforms (such as YouTube) do not allow viewers to download videos. Other platforms (such as Vimeo) allow viewers to download videos if the person who posted the video has an account upgrade enabling them to make videos downloadable. Making your video downloadable is not required, but enables auditors to save and re-watch your video, even if you have deleted it.
We recognize that due to social distancing measures, access to an in-person in-the-moment accompanist will be difficult if not impossible for many candidates. Therefore, the requirement to work with an accompanist in-person in-the-moment will be waived for 2022 Citywide General Auditions.
Instead, we very strongly recommend that singers sing with a pre-recorded instrumental accompaniment such as a karaoke track.
Accompanying yourself or singing a capella, while allowed, are not recommended. Auditor consensus has been that these methods do not provide the information they need to determine whether to cast you for a musical. If you wish to play your own accompaniment, record the accompaniment separately, and then sing along with the recording.
When recording your audition, place your music player and yourself at distances from your recording device such that neither drowns out the other.
The Citywide General Auditions are like a job interview, so your attire should reflect your professionalism.
Avoid distracting clothes: jewelry, uncomfortable or noisy shoes, loud patterns, torn jeans, T-shirts, etc.
Avoid wearing solid black, solid white, and small patterns.
Style your hair in a way that keeps it out of your eyes.
If you would like to add a resource or report a resource’s expiration, please email the PATA Office Manager. Click a link below to learn more about the resources available. If you are based in Oregon or Southwest Washington, and you are unable to find appropriate assistance using this page, we suggest contacting 2-1-1 by phone or at their website, 211info.org.
- Relief Funds
- Mental Health
- DV/Sexual Assault
- Social Justice
- Legal Services
- Organizational Fundraising
Crisis Text Line: Text “HOME” to 741741
LGBT National Hotline 888-843-4564
LGBT National Senior Hotline 888-234-7243
LGBT National Youth Talkline 800-246-7743
Oregon Behavioral Health Support Line 1-800-923-HELP(4357)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Helpline: 800-662-HELP (4357)
Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)
Trans Lifeline: (877) 565-8860 (US)
Helpline: (866) 488-7386 (phone)
Text “START” to 678-678 to text. (Standard messaging rates apply)
Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-8255 (call); 838255 (text)
24 Hour Crisis Line/Call-to-Safety: 503-235-5333 or 1-888-235-5333
Multnomah County Domestic and Sexual Violence Resource Page
Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force Resource Page
Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence Resource Page
24-Hour Confidential Support Line: 503-640-5311 or 1-888-640-5311
Community Alliance of Tenants (Oregon)
Portland Housing Bureau (For Renters, Homeowners, and Landlords)
Rent and Utility Assistance:
Oregon Department of Human Services Food/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Portland Public Schools online application for free and reduced-price meals for eligible children.
Portland United Against Hate (Hate Incident Report Collection)
Report Racism in Portland Theatre. (Not a PATA project. Created by Samson Syharath independently.)
MRG Foundation Rapid Response Grants Program. Designed to provide grassroots organizations and community organizing projects with rapidly deployed small grants to respond to emergencies and opportunities.
American Theatre Wing database.
Americans for the Arts Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource and Response Center
Artist Relief $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19.
Basic Rights Oregon COVID-19 Resources Page. Curated for LGBTQ Oregonians.
Bradley Angle Resource Page for Domestic Violence Survivors
Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s COVID-19 Resource List
COVID-19 & Freelance Artists Resource List
Dramatists Guild COVID-19 Resources
Eater Curated A List of Relief Funds for Restaurants, Bars, and Food Service Workers
Gimme Shelter Performers Emergency Fund (PDX).
Nonprofit Association of Oregon List of Resources for Nonprofits
Coalition of Communities of Color Tool for Organizational Self-Assessment Related to Racial Equity
The League of Resident Theatres (LORT) list of Resources for Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Portland Center Stage at The Armory IDEA Community Guidelines
Report Racism in Portland Theatre. Not a PATA project. Due credit goes to Samson Syharath.
ReportRacistTheatre.com. Also not a PATA project. Due credit goes to Nicole Brewer.
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture Talking About Race web portal.
The Disability Art and Culture Project
PHAME’s Resource List from One Community Breakfast 2020: Includes documents from JP Morgan Chase’s Autism at Work program and a list community organizations supporting inclusive employment of people with disabilities.