Photo above by Jenny Warren

Bedrock Theatre was created in 2016 by a group of theatre artists and environmentalists. Originally inspired by the vibrant landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, the founders envisioned a type of storytelling that could only be fully realized out on the trail. These hiking plays combined the founders’ love for theatre and nature, immersing audiences in their own ecosystem through storytelling, music and play.

Bedrock Theatre currently operates from Portland, OR--but of course, we go where the trail takes us.

Bedrock Band: 2019 Season announcement


This was an evening of firsts for Bedrock: our first event at the gorgeous Leach Botanical Garden, our home for the season; our first time debuting several new songs; our first season announcement as we revealed the title of the story we'll be developing this year: PERSEPHONE. (Check out video clips here!) 

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 at 7pm

Manor Fireplace Room

Leach Botanical Garden

6704 SE 122nd Ave Portland, OR


Photo by Jenny Warren

Photo by Jenny Warren

Created & Performed by Joellen Sweeney, Emily Eisele and Sean Grosshans

Bedrock’s original adaptation of The Nightingale was revised and performed in an intimate residential garden setting in June 2018. This format takes its cue from campfire storytelling, inviting the audience to relax, snack, listen, and even add their own embellishments to the tale. Bedrock Garden Parties feature a smaller cast who portray multiple characters, trade off narrating, and play live music.

The Nightingale - Powell Butte hike

The Nightingale rehearses "Where It's Green"

The Nightingale rehearses "Where It's Green"

Created & Conceived by Joellen Sweeney, Emily Eisele and Sean Grosshans // Text by Emily Eisele & Joellen Sweeney // Music by Sean Grosshans & Ensemble //  Directed by Sean Grosshans // Performed by Olivia Weiss, Conor Eifler, Kilee Rheinsburg, Emily Eisele, Sean Grosshans, and Joellen Sweeney

Opening of  The Nightingale  at Powell Butte Nature Center

Opening of The Nightingale at Powell Butte Nature Center

Based on the folktale by Hans Christian Andersen, The Nightingale is the Bedrock team’s first original adaptation. A legendary songbird waits just out of reach. A covetous king sets a reward. A crafty kitchen maid seizes an opportunity. Their paths converge in a tale that questions the true nature of beauty, and why we are compelled to possess it for ourselves. Guided in small groups by storytellers, audiences explore this vibrant story just as the characters do, in the woods. The Nightingale premiered in September 2016 on a 3-mile loop at Powell Butte Nature Park in Portland, Oregon.