History 2018-03-14T22:32:05+00:00

Eastside Theater Company, formerly known as Corbett Children’s Theater, began as an after school arts program for the Corbett School District. Starting in June of 1998 in Susan Scott’s backyard, the fledgling group worked with the local school district to provide a fun and educational performing arts experience for students in East Multnomah County.

Rehearsals for our first performance, a production of Peter Pan, were held in Susan Scott’s backyard during the summer and performed in the Corbett School District’s Multi-purpose room that fall. Next was a performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Nights Dream.

Within a few years, we were working closely with the school district and were granted access to the Springdale School building for storage, rehearsal space, and eventually a performance venue. As members of the Eastside Theater Company (then Corbett Children’s Theater) community joined together to restore the old school building, it was discovered that it was not properly zoned for community use, which led to a long period of the group continuing on without a permanent home.

Even through this chaotic time of moving from Corbett to Troutdale and eventually to our current home in downtown Gresham, Eastside Theater Company continued to expand; adding new families from the surrounding communities in East Multnomah and Clackamas Counties. In recent years, we have experienced tremendous growth, welcoming actors and audience members from throughout the region who are drawn in by our high-quality, family-friendly productions.

In July 2017, Corbett Children’s Theater officially changed its name to Eastside Theater Company. This name change signals to our investment in the East Multnomah and Clackamas Counties and the surrounding communities, an area that is underserved when it comes to the performing arts. We hope that highlighting our commitment to support arts & culture growth in this area will enable us to partner with other non-profits, artistic groups, and granting organizations.

While we have seen many changes in our time as an organization, our mission has remained the same. Since then we have found a temporary home on Stark Street in Troutdale, down the hill from Mount Hood Community College, but through it all the mission has remained the same:

To educate, challenge, and inspire young artists to excellence; cultivate collaborative and supportive learning environments; and instill self-confidence in a safe, inclusive community through the performing arts.