The People's Stage

Overview

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.

Guidelines for Participation

Guidelines for Participation

Days and Times

  • The People's Stage - Philosophy and Art, Mondays, 8:30pm - 9:30pm
  • The People's Stage - Poetry and Narrative, Tuesdays, 8:30pm - 9:30pm

Submission Guidelines

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.

Attendance

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.

Structure

Overview

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.

As part of the audience

The audience should applaud:

  • At the end of each speech or presentation
  • At the end of each Q&A, critique, and/or discussion

If you're speaking or presenting

At the beginning of each speech or presentation, the person on stage should provide:

  • An artist's statement
  • Relevant context necessary to understand their speech or presentation
  • Their goals for the speech or presentation, including whether a critique is sought (note: a critique from the audience will only be provided if requested)

At the end of each speech or presentation, the person on stage should:

  • Thank the audience
  • Open up the floor for Q&A, critique, and/or discussion, if desired

The MC will assist the person on stage with facilitating the Q&A, critique, and/or discussion, as needed.

Signing up to take the stage

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.