Our Stories

Our Stories – What We Love About Ovations

Our Stories – What We Love About Ovations

We just passed the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. It seems fitting that this turning point in the universe, at which the sun is at its maximum declination and then begins slowly to subside for those of us in the northern hemisphere, is also the end of Portland Ovations’ organizational year: a … Read more

Our Stories – An Unforgettable Season

Our Stories – An Unforgettable Season

What a season, unlike any other, 2020-2021 was. Thank you for joining us virtually, on demand and outdoors this past year. We couldn’t have done it without you. How many Ovations’ events did you experience?  Daniel Bernard Roumain at Performances in Our Parks, Oct. 2020 OCTOBER 2020 We couldn’t gather in our usual spaces but we could … Read more

Our Stories – For the Love of the Work: Maine Artist Galen Koch

Our Stories – For the Love of the Work: Maine Artist Galen Koch

Maine media artist Galen Koch enjoys connecting with other artists. Born and raised on Deer Isle, Galen, like most Maine islanders, does a variety of things for work. As her website notes, she makes radio stories. Podcasts. Videos. She writes stories. Sometimes she creates fiber arts. And sometimes she teaches. Galen likes it this way.  … Read more

Our Stories – A Sneak Peek: from Street to Screen to Stage…

Our Stories – A Sneak Peek: from Street to Screen to Stage…

In-person performance is coming back to Ovations in the Fall of 2021. On June 15, we present Screen to Stage, a virtual sneak peek of the artists we will be bringing LIVE to Portland stages in our upcoming season, as we gratefully move off of our screens and back to in-person gatherings together. In 2019, with … Read more

Our Stories – Wabanaki Storytelling

Our Stories – Wabanaki Storytelling

In January, we were in conversation with Starr Kelly to begin to share the partnership that Portland Ovations and the Abbe Museum are building in order to create a performance for young people that centers Wabanaki storytelling and the artists that tell these stories. We see this partnership and the performance as an opportunity for Wabanaki storytellers … Read more

Our Stories – Maine Artists Kerem Durdag & Andy Happel

Our Stories – Maine Artists Kerem Durdag & Andy Happel

Everyone has a story. The urge to share our story, to connect with others, is at the root of human nature. Taking one’s own story and making the personal universal is the sacred role of artists. Weaving tales of family, personal journey, cultures, folklore and immigration – SoulRoar is the creative endeavor of poet/lyricist Kerem … Read more

Our Stories – dee Clarke. Playwright. Social Activist. Survivor.

Our Stories – dee Clarke. Playwright. Social Activist. Survivor.

“What we’re doing,” playwright and SurvivorSpeakUSA founder dee Clarke said in regard to THE LAST GIRL, her play-in-development, and her advocacy work, “is putting the last girl first. And we’re survivors leading the way.”  The Last Girl: the one whose life is unseen by others. The girl who, due to her gender, race and class is … Read more

Our Stories – Meet Dance Artist Riley Watts

Our Stories – Meet Dance Artist Riley Watts

After nearly a decade on the road touring internationally with the Forsythe Company, dance artist Riley Wattsdecided it was time to come home to Maine. For Riley, moving back to Maine was the right thing to do. It’s meant time and space: to heal, to pursue a different lifestyle for his body and mind and, … Read more

Our Stories – Meet Maine Artist Samuel James

Our Stories – Meet Maine Artist Samuel James

We’ve been lucky to get to know musician, storyteller and writer Samuel James this year as one of our Commissioned Maine Artists. This has included winding conversations about music, culture, home and justice, along with impromptu performances over Zoom. And now, through this series, we hope some of you are getting to know this marvelous … Read more

Our Stories – Seeking Belonging

Our Stories – Seeking Belonging

The more than year-long pandemic has taught us much to take into the future together. One of the things many Ovations’ Members have mentioned to us is how our human need to gather and to belong — to groups, to communities, to a place and to each other — have been made more visible by our social … Read more