The 5 in 5 initiative is an intentionally audacious, self-imposed challenge to create five new works of theater in five years. The 5 in 5 Initiative responds with urgency to the dynamic world in which we live by lifting up the voices of artists through collaboration, engaging perspectives of community members and underrepresented populations, and increasing the diversity of representation on and behind Portland stages.
5 in 5 at a Glance:
—-Over the period 2019-2023, Many Hats will create and produce five new works, intentionally challenging the constraints of a small theater company with an accelerated production timeline meant to respond to the dynamic sociopolitical environment of our time
—-Is a five year experiment in the exploration of theatrical form
—-Will include the creation of a new musical, devised piece, play, dance theater work and adaptation of nondramatic literature or source
—-Each new work will represent an experiment in collaboration, inviting artist(s)/community groups into a creative process to:
———1) Engage multiple perspectives with the goal of expanding understanding and promoting transformation
———2) Amplify the voices of underrepresented groups at a time when vulnerable populations are endangered and dissent is discouraged
———3) Increase representation of diverse populations and model inclusivity through project selection, casting, and employment practice
—-Overall impact by 2023 is to have achieved increased visibility of collaborating artists/groups, created opportunity for emerging artists and voices, impacted and grown Many Hats’ audience, and promoted greater understanding in those audiences with a rapidly expanded body of work for the company
From the Mission Story...
Theater is the study of transformation. Through the conflict of differing perspectives, change is wrought. We believe multiple perspectives are needed more than ever in our rich and dynamic world, and we believe in the principal of group process which underlies the heart of our nation’s governance.