Poetic Justice Theatre Ensemble

The mission of Poetic Justice Theatre Ensemble is to stimulate deep dialogue, strengthen community connections, and invite positive action around burning social issues via highly participatory Applied Theatre performances.

Who We Are

Now in our 14th season, the Poetic Justice Theatre Ensemble (PJTE) is a collectively run, multi-generational (currently ages 15-68), multi-ethnic team of citizen actors who share a common interest in personal growth, political awareness, and social action. Very few members of PJTE are professional actors. We are artist/activists from the community. We are students. We are parents. We are educators and workers. We are concerned citizens willing to volunteer our time and commit to being in service using Theatre of the Oppressed and Playback Theatre as our primary tools for social change.
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How We Work

We are one of the few groups in the world that combines and brings together the strengths and beauty of Theatre of the Oppressed and Playback Theatre. Learn more about our methods, listen to a podcast, or take a moment to read an article about our unique approach to social change.

Every performance is unique, whether working with a closed group serving a specific community or open to the general public. We do a combination of welcoming personal stories from the audience, presenting short pre-scripted plays on burning social issues, and problem solving with the action-oriented Forum Theatre.


Who We Serve

The ensemble is prepared to work with virtually any issue or population. We offer our services to groups in need, particularly those struggling with issues of marginalization.

Based in Port Townsend, Washington, we have partnered with various groups throughout Jefferson County and on the Olympic Peninsula including the Boiler Room, Dove House, Port Townsend High School, Jefferson County Health Department, Grey Wolf Ranch, Peninsula Pride Alliance, Occupy Port Townsend, Port Townsend Peace Movement, Peninsula Mental Health, and Local 2020, among many others.  Following is a partial list of interactive performances and projects showing the range of communities and issues that Poetic Justice has served since January 2002.

Poetic Justice Theatre Ensemble
Performances & Projects

“Drinkin’ & Druggin'” – substance abuse
“Eye Witness: Allies to Domestic Violence” – male bystander intervention to DV
“One Thousand Times No!” – unwanted sexual attention
“Our Food, Our Wallets: GMO’s, Monsanto, and I-522″ – taking charge of our food

“Behind Closed Doors” – domestic violence
“Mama Stories: Our Mothers & the Mother in All of Us” – struggles and celebrations

“Access” – racism & White privilege
“Occupy Port Townsend” – non-violent action

“It Doesn’t Happen Here” – racism & multi-racial families
“Makin’ it in Hard Times” – poverty
“Where’s My Life…Boat?” – systematic programming of youth

“Swastikas and Slurs: Hate Symbols — Freedom of Expression?” – hate speech

“Walking the Line” – poverty
“Dousing the Flame” – silencing of youth
“Loss” – aging

“Mending the Gap” – adultism & youth
“Save the Earth – Save Ourselves” – global warming
“Out and Proud on the Peninsula” – LGBTQ visibility

“Flying or Dying” – substance abuse
“Cracks in the Rainbow” – divisions within the GLBTQ community
“Sterotype Straitjackets” – sexual orientation & gender identity
“Crafting Community” – healthy community

“The Wisdom Keepers” – aging
“Just a Breath Away” – disability

“In Our Backyard” – depleted uranium use by the military
“Save the Earth – Save Ourselves” – environmental action
“Boiler Room Blues” – crisis in local youth center

“Paradise or Prison: Being Young in Port Townsend” – criminalization of youth

“Love and Loss” – youth deaths from drugs & alcohol
“Living on the Edge” – homelessness

“Support our Troops – Support Peace: A Paradox or Can We Do Both?” – Iraq war


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