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Arts and Entertainment: Chapel Theater
By Dennis McNabb, Contributing Writer

Comedy shows, plays, dance performances, rehearsals, instructional classes, private events, and so much more! Simply stated, Chapel Theatre is the premier venue in the area for any and all varieties of performance-based artistic expression. If you can dream it, they can provide the space necessary to manifest those dreams into reality.

Founded in 2018 by husband and wife team, Corinn and Illya deTorres, Chapel Theatre was named such in honor of the church that operated there fron the 1930s. Although not affiliated in any way with religion, the Chapel Theatre does espouse inclusivity and community above all else. Corinn and Illya have worked tirelessly to foster an open and inviting atmosphere where Black Lives Matter, where BIPOC voices have an important place in the arts, and where LGBTQ members are an integral part of their thriving community.

Corinn, the Theatre Director and Dance Instructor, is herself a dancer (founding and directing the “TriptheDark” Dance Company for 12 years). Illya, the Technical Director, is a musician and actor. Passion for the arts runs in their veins and they are both humbled and enthused to be such an integral part of the local creative community. They do produce their own shows (through the Chapel Theatre Company) while renting the space to partners (TriptheDark Dance Company, Bridge City Improv, Telltale and more). Regardless of who is currently in residence, there is always something fun and exciting happening. Located at their Chapel Theatre Annex, they even have a full-service music recording and mixing studio, as well as a rehearsal, performance, learning and music event space.

Their Youth Summer Camp program is a huge draw and classes run the gamut from teaching behind the scenes production to stage direction, to script work, to acting and movement. Amanda Healy, who is their Lead Educator and Production Assistant, is incredible with the kids and teaches all their youth classes. They are proud to announce that recently she has even branched out into the Clackamas School District to start teaching acting in local classrooms.

Regardless of your personal tastes, Chapel Theatre offers something for everyone. There is nothing quite like it anywhere else in the Milwaukie area. Whether looking to put on a show of your own or to enjoy those of other local theater/comedy/dance troupes, look no further than Chapel Theatre.

For more information regarding upcoming shows, space availability, room rates and more, visit their website chapeltheatremilwaukie.com. And don’t miss out this August when they kick off their 2024/2025 season with the punk rock musical parody production of “Repo Man”. Chapel Theatre is located at 4107 SE Harrison Street in Milwaukie.