Eastern Oregon Regional Theatre (EORT) was formed in 2003 by two Baker City women: Abby Dennis, a college graduate with a degree in acting and costuming and Lynne Burroughs, the local high school Theatre Arts teacher and director, and a Shakespeare scholar. They were joined by Jean Simpson-Geddes the one-woman, long-term theatre support person in Baker City and past member of the Crossroads Players acting troupe. Together, they produced The Taming of the Shrew and Crimes of the Heart in 2003.
In the ensuing years, EORT has produced a variety of shows including Shakespeare, mysteries, comedy, children’s theatre, and plays that raise our social consciousness. In 2008, we passed the 20 play mark and forged on. In the spring of 2009 we added a musical production and it has become an annual event. In 2015, we passed the 50 play mark and now in 2018 we are producing 10 scheduled shows plus 2 special benefit productions, for a total of 12!
One of the company’s major goals is to provide live theatre to the rural communities that have no access to such performances. The company has over the years often traveled to Halfway, Huntington, Richland, Burnt River and Elgin among others to provide children’s theatre and social awareness plays. It is our hope to be able to continue this outreach.
EORT is run totally by volunteers, and includes actors and technical workers from all age groups. The directing staff willingly teaches acting and technical skills to seniors, children, and to anyone in-between. EORT welcomes new players regardless of prior experience or training.
Eastern Oregon Regional Theatre is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation. Its income is derived from memberships, program advertisements, grant writing and fundraising. EORT has been supported through the years by the Leo Adler Foundation and the Baker County Cultural Coalition, and has had the support of such community partners as Crossroads Arts and the Baker Historical Society.
Our theatre is located in Baker City, Oregon in the historic Basche Sage Mall at the corner of Main and Broadway. It is a 48 seat theatre with a large foyer and public restrooms. It is warm in the winter and cool in the summer. We dubbed our home the Iron Gate Theatre in honor of the iron work throughout the building.
EORT has not lost the vision of mounting a capital project to provide a Performing Arts Center in Baker City. Our dream is to expand the performing art experience in Baker County. Thanks to a generous local donation, we have acquired an historic building on Main Street and are working on the renovation of the Baker Orpheum Theatre, a 350 seat theatre to host local and visiting performers.
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