July 25, 2014

Willamette STAGE Company was founded in early 2007 by a group of theatre artists and enthusiasts led by Artistic Director Robert Delk Hirsh, a veteran professional actor and director. The group recognized the potential for a professional live theatre company to augment and complement the many thriving mid-Willamette Valley performing arts groups. Responding to this vision, the group formed Willamette STAGE Company, a non-profit, private corporation, dedicated to creating provocative, professional live theatre experiences for local artists and audiences.

Willamette STAGE Company productions are carefully chosen for their artistic quality, and for their ability to challenge the conceptions and perspectives of our audience. WSC gathers together the best theatre artists in the area to design, stage, and bring these productions to life. To enhance our patrons’ experience, we plan to offer a variety of seminars, lectures, films, discussions, and other events to complement our productions. In addition, wSc will sponsor special events, including staged readings, concerts, and productions by guest artists and companies.

Artistic Director Hirsh and other company members are available to visit groups and community organizations to provide more information about Willamette STAGE Company, current and future productions, and how you can help us continue to bring provocative, professional live theatre to the mid-Willamette Valley. To discuss or arrange an appearance, email robert@willamettestage.org.

Willamette STAGE Company (wSc) is a non-profit corporation registered with the state of Oregon, a registered 501c(3) charity (all contributions are tax-deductible), and a member of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon and of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Our Venues

Most STAGE productions are performed at The intimate Black Box theatre at Corvallis High School, 1400 NW Buchanan Avenue. See map.

Our Artistic Director

Robert Delk Hirsh is Willamette STAGE Company’s founding Artistic Director. For the STAGE, Robert has appeared in My Fair Lady (Henry Higgins), Rabbit Hole (Howie), and Blackbird (Ray), The Retreat from Moscow (Edward), Heroes (Gustave), The Goat (Martin), A Delicate Balance (Tobias), Frozen (Ralph), Honour (George), A Christmas Carol (Scrooge),   ‘Art’ (Serge) and The Play’s The Thing (Sandor). He also appeared in OSU Bard in the Quad productions as Leonato in 2007’s Much Ado About Nothing, and as The Voyeur in Romeo and Juliet, in 2006. Local roles also include Henry Drummond in Inherit the Wind, Matt Friedman in Talley’s Folly, Jake in Jake’s Women, the title role in Macbeth, and Niels Bohr in Copenhagen. He followed the latter by playing Werner Heisenberg in Copenhagen at Lord Leebrick Theatre in Eugene. Other favorite roles in a long career include Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Jack in The Importance of Being Earnest, Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, James Tyrone, Sr. in Long Day’s Journey into Night, and Sir Wilfred Robarts in Witness for the Prosecution.  Local directorial credits at other theatres include Fiddler on the Roof, A Doll’s House, My Fair Lady, and Noises Off. Robert began his professional life as a political scientist, received his theatre training at the University of Oregon, taught theatre at LBCC, and has appeared in dozens of industrial films and commercials in the northwest.