The People's Stage is an open mic and a place to share in front of a lively and engaged audience. Our Monday night stage is appropriate for ideas and art, and our Tuesday night stage is appropriate for poetry and narrative. Many participants use the Stage in order to receive audience feedback, critique, or Q&A. We feature recently published writers and poets during our Tuesday night Stage.
Participants are welcome to submit scripts or digital replicas for review, which is suggested for those who want closer feedback on the content of their speech or presentation.
Participants are welcome to drop in as their schedules and interests allow.
Members and committed participants are encouraged to follow a weekly or every-other-week participation schedule.
If a participant must miss a meeting that they have signed up to attend, that participant should let administration know of their absence by emailing ThePeoplesColloquiumPDX@gmail.com.
Around 8:30pm, the MC takes the stage, welcomes everyone present, introduces himself/herself, and announces the night’s speeches and presentations. Up to 5 individuals will be scheduled to take the stage during each meeting, each individual receiving a proportionate amount of time for a combination of their reading, speech, or presentation, and the resulting Q&A, critique, and/or discussion. At 9:30pm, The MC will take the stage, thank everyone for participating, and announce the close of the night's stage.
The audience should applaud:
At the beginning of each speech or presentation, the person on stage should provide:
At the end of each speech or presentation, the person on stage should:
The MC will assist the person on stage with facilitating the Q&A, critique, and/or discussion, as needed.
To sign up to take the stage, please email ThePeoplesColloquiumPDX@gmail.com. Some speeches, readings, or presentations will be decided night-of when openings in the stage's schedule allow for them. Priority will be given to those who are signed up to attend The People’s Stage as a member.