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The Conservatory's historic Firehouse Theatre is located just above Portland's city center at the foot of the Goose Hollow neighborhood near downtown. Built in 1906, our two-story brick building was an active fire station until 1964. The Firehouse was subsequently converted by the City's Parks and Recreation Bureau to the Dance and Drama Center in 1966. The building served this capacity, under the direction of artistic director Florine Weiss, until Portland Actors Conservatory took up residence in 1991. The extreme upstage wall of the theatre still retains the original architecture and functionality of the Firehouse doors.
Students of the Conservatory, Studio and Summer On Stage programs study both in the intimate 70-seat Firehouse Theatre, as well as in the
spacious Acting Studio. Our annual Season of Plays is also produced in the Firehouse Theatre.
The Conservatory's cozy quarters allow students to interact
with staff and faculty on a daily basis, housing offices, studio space, and theatre in one location.
We have an onsite library, as well as a warm and inviting green
room with a full kitchen. Our space gives students
and performers a place to work as well as a home in which to relax.
The historic Firehouse Theatre has two spaces for rent: our upstairs studio space for rehearsals and small presentations, and the 65-seat Firehouse Theatre for rehearsals and
performances (the latter of which is fully ADA-accessible).
theatre Rental Information
The theatre has state of the art lighting
and sound systems which are included in rental cost.
A lovely air-conditioned lobby, green room and kitchen, large
AEA compliant dressing room and backstage
bathroom are also included.
Renters are required to provide proof of
501c status to qualify for our nonprofit rates. Firehouse Theatre renters of must also provide the following: proof of $1,000,000 liability insurance, 50% of the rental
fee, and a $200 refundable deposit. Theatre renters must provide his/her own box office
and front-of-house staff.
Dimensions are as follows:
Stage: 21'x40' modified proscenium. Wood-sprung masonite.
studio rental information
The studio is a spacious rehearsal room with lots of natural light, mirrors, sound system, seating, a piano and a marley floor over finished hardwood.
Studio rentals are handled on an hourly basis.
Studio: 25'x40' finished hardwood covered with 1/8" black
marley floor cover.
Please contact Administrative Assistant Jenny Moore by emailing jenny [dot] actorsconservatory [at] gmail [dot] com with inquiries and questions.
*All non-PAC technicians and staff working
for the renter must meet with PAC's Technical Director prior
to use of The Firehouse Theatre.
4' x 12' masking flats ("Tormentors")
(Included in the cost of a performance
Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC) Express 24/48 lighting control
ETC 24 channel 2.4 KW Dimmer Pack with 200 Amp service
24 ETC Source Four PARNel fixtures
19 ETC Source Four ellipsoidal instruments with 36 degree
field angle lenses
5 ETC Source Four ellipsoidal instruments with 50 degree
field angle lenses
12/3 SO Cable (several lengths), cube tabs, 2-fers, 32 circuits, 2 nondims
*Note: PAC's Auditorium has 6 battens; 4 above stage and
2 above house
(Included in the cost of a performance rental):
Pioneer Dolby RTS VSX-D711 Multi Channel Surround Sound Receiver
Two stereo amplifiers
4 Channel Switcher
Four pairs of speakers
Items not included in the cost of a performance rental,
but available for a separate fee:
Stage-width, black velour travelor curtain - $200 per event
Stage-width, rust velour travelor curtain - $50 per event
Travelor curtain track installation - $175
Sky blue cyc - $175
Hollywood style flats and platforms - $10-$25
Black soft borders ('teasers') - $45 each per event
Properties from PAC's stock (prices vary and are negotiable)