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, events, have been indefinitely halted.

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 scheduled for June 5–13 has now been cancelled.

If you have tickets for Beautiful Decay we will be sending you instructions by email. If you have not seen this communication, please contact us directly at 503-222-5538 | M-F, 9-5 PM. OR email us at boxoffice@obt.org.

    Current ticket holders have the following options:

  • Donate your ticket(s) and receive a tax deduction for the total ticket value. THANK YOU
  • 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 email us at boxoffice@obt.org to discuss your options.

As you can imagine, making such a major change to our performance schedule will considerably impact our organization. We are in great need of your support. If you are able, please consider making a donation HERE – even the smallest amount will make an impact.

School Update

Dear OBT School Students & Families,

We write to update you that with the April 8 announcement from Governor Brown extending the statewide school closures through June 6, OBT School is following suit regarding the continued suspension of all in-person classes, workshops, rehearsals, and activities.

Our staff is compiling resources and information for our student body to offer a personal conditioning regimen from home. These online resources are being compiled to encourage everyone to stay connected to, inspired by, and engaged with OBT and the art form in the weeks to come. Our online learning platform is called OBTS CONNECTS! Currently registered students have received an e-mail with further information on how to participate in this thoughtfully currated content.

OBT School is optimistic that the length of this interruption will be sufficient to avoid any spread of the virus, with classes and programming planned to resume fully for this summer in line with Portland Public Schools District, as well as state and local best practices. We so miss seeing all the happy and engaged young dancers in our studios!

OBT remains committed to ensuring that our community continues to be safe and healthy.

In good health,

Marion Tonner, OBT School Director
Kevin Irving, OBT Artistic Director
Michael Greer, OBT Executive Director

Education Outreach Update

Dear Educators,

Due to statewide school closures related to the coronavirus, and restrictions for public gatherings that has been extended indefinitely, 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 send you well wishes and look forward to seeing you in the theater in the future.

Kasandra Gruener

Dancers’ Resources

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