Many Hats Collaboration exists to create theatrical events that enrich and illuminate the inner life of our community through live performance. Artistic director Jessica Wallenfels creates multidisciplinary projects that gather diverse audiences for shared, real-time experiences of awe, curiosity, imagination, beauty, and wonder.
Many Hats imports artists to enrich the Portland audience member with people outside our city limits. As Many Hats, Wallenfels and a shifting cast of collaborators range from local to international artists. Each group grows its storytelling skills by creating together.
We believe in challenging the theatrical status quo through nontraditional theatremaking techniques grounded in physicality and devising to reinvent the way stories are told. Our interdisciplinary performances combine music, dance, and theater to re-route experiential pathways and activate multiple intelligences in our audiences.
Many Hats inspires connectivity and greater insight into the human experience through:
Creation and production of original works and adaptations employing interdisciplinary performance that provokes and disrupts the expected theatrical experience.
Cultivating audience of tomorrow by teaching techniques in physical and devised work for artists and people at the high school, college and post-college level.
Leveraging the artist’s impulse toward enhanced audience development across all arts disciplines.
We advocate for live performance to reverse the trend of entertainment consumption toward a solely isolationist perspective. Many Hats works to cultivate audiences for the arts at large.
Many Hats Collaboration is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and all donations are fully tax-deductible.