A Message from OBT Artistic Director, Kevin Irving

We are living through incredibly challenging times of upheaval in both our personal and professional lives. The current paradox of having to self-isolate in order to protect our community is one that has deeply affected the entire arts and culture sector.

For everyone’s safety, all rehearsals, classes, and preparations for upcoming performances and events have been indefinitely halted. (At this point the June performances of Beautiful Decay are still planned – updates will be posted to this page. Please stay tuned.)

As a valued member of the OBT community, we know you can appreciate the impact this global emergency will have on our financial health. The bulk of our resources go to producing world-class performance and training/educational opportunities for our community, not to building up cash reserves to insulate ourselves. If you are interested in finding out how you can help OBT be part of a healthy community for years to come, please click here.

The mission of Oregon Ballet Theatre, is to share, inspire, and connect. The immediate need to distance ourselves from each other has made it impossible to deliver on this mission through our traditional methods, but OBT is committed to providing art to our community in new and innovative ways, regardless of the situation. So OBT will be ready to share and connect again as soon as we possibly can – and in the meantime, please continue to count on OBT for inspiration!

Box Office & Staff Update

In order to best protect our community and the community at large and following the guidelines set by local and state government agencies, Oregon Ballet Theatre offices, will be closed until further notice (for school-specific updates, please visit the OBT School site).

Our staff is working remotely. If you have questions for our box office, or wish to purchase tickets or renew/subscriber for our 2020/21 Season please email: boxoffice@obt.org or call and leave a voice mail at 503.222.5538. We will respond as soon as possible.

Performance Update

Oregon Ballet Theatre’s performances of Beautiful Decay originally scheduled April 9–12 are being postponed until June 5–13 and will replace our performance of The Americans 2.0, which has now been cancelled.

Current Beautiful Decay ticket holders will automatically be assigned your same seat according to the following schedule:

Original Date & Time NEW Date & Time
Thursday, April 9  @ 7:30 pm Thursday, June 11  @ 7:30 pm
Friday, April 10 @ 7:30 pm Friday, June 5 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 11 @ 2:00 pm Saturday, June 6 @ 2:00 pm
Saturday, April 11 @ 7:30 pm Saturday, June 6 @ 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 12 @ 2:00 pm Sunday, June 7 @ 2:00 pm

If you are not able to make this newly assigned date and time, please email us at boxoffice@obt.org

    Current Americans ticket holders have the following options:

  • Donate your ticket(s) and receive a tax deduction for the total ticket value. THANK YOU
  • You may exchange for Beautiful Decay
  • Exchange your ticket(s) for an account credit, which can be used within 6 months of the issue date through the OBT Box Office.
  • Receive a refund for the value of the ticket(s).

Please let us know your preference by filling out this form:

School Update

Dear OBT School Families & Staff,

We have all struggled with the recent news of the consequences of the Coronavirus. In concert with Portland Public Schools effective immediately, Friday, March 13, 2020, both OBT School locations, Portland and West Linn, will remain closed through April 28, with continued connection to any PPS closures beyond that date.

We have been monitoring growing concerns and are dedicated to taking the necessary steps and precautions to mitigate the possible spread of the COVID-19 virus. We are remaining vigilant and very busy formulating options for our students. There are many considerations for us, not the least of which is the continued training of our students. We have several options and will communicate details very soon.

As you can imagine, the school is part of the lifeblood of our organization. Those OBT School staff members who are able will continue to work either remotely or on campus to perform necessary duties and develop thoughtful strategies for our families.

OBT School is an active member of the larger dance community through Dance/USA, and will be sharing information, strategies, and solutions with our affinity group. Our group includes major professional training institutions across the country, all of whom have been communicating similar scenarios and challenges.

We hope to pull the spirit of our OBT community together in these very challenging times, and ask for your patience, understanding, and support. Closing our beloved school in this period of uncertainty for any amount of time will undoubtedly cause budgetary hardships. For those of you able to grant OBT your generosity and help mitigate any potential revenue losses as tax deductible donations, we call on you for your charitable contributions to link us into the foreseeable future. Donations can be made at www.obt.org/contribute.


Marion Tonner
School Director
Oregon Ballet Theatre

Education Outreach Update

Dear Educators,

Due to statewide school closures related to the coronavirus, and restrictions for public gatherings that has been extended through April, 28 2020, Oregon Ballet Theatre sadly must cancel the upcoming Student Performance Series for Beautiful Decay which was to occur at 12 noon on April 10, 2020.

Those who have already paid will receive a refund check in the mail. All other unpaid invoices have been canceled.

We hope you will consider attending our performance of The Americans 2.0 on June 5, 2020. More information and Registration can be found here.

We send you well wishes and look forward to seeing you in the theater in the future.

Kasandra Gruener


We at OBT understand the importance of wellness and health, particularly during this exceptional time. Below are some resources that we hope you may find helpful. As with any exercise regimen, please speak to a physician before beginning these or any programs.


  • Pilates Anytime – Free 15 day trial
  • Beachbody is a great resource for cardio and strength training videos
    • 21 day fix is a great HIIT program
    • LIIFt 4 is good for strength training and HIIT
    • T25 if you need to get your jump on-it is 25 min of jumping for cardio – IMPORTANT: please don’t do this if you are coming back from an injury or have recently had a stress fracture or reaction
  • Dancio – Free 14 day trial