Professionals Coach High School Students

Now in its ninth year, the Ulmer-Collins Project Event is a one-day theatre arts enrichment opportunity held in October. Theater students from the six Salem-Keizer High Schools assemble for workshops in acting and hands-on tech training for drama productions. Workshop instructors are theater professionals from Oregon colleges, universities and professional theater groups. Workshops are structured and evaluated around the Salem-Keizer (SK) District and State of Oregon Arts Standards.


The Mission of the Ulmer-Collins Event, sponsored by the Children's Theatre Foundation and other partners, is to provide much-needed enrichment workshops for high school performing arts students and drama teachers in the SK School District.


The goals of these workshops are:

  • SK theatre students will be provided with educational challenges in master acting classes,and technical theatre classes that relate to the SK's general arts curriculum goals and the Oregon Content Standards for the Arts.

  • SK drama teachers will gain skills in building a successful extra-curricular drama program through collaboration with art and music departments, and other community resources.

  • Career-related learning standards will be addressed in workshops geared toward technical theater students who strive to learn technological literacy and work skills to enhance the cultural environment of each of the high schools.