About Us

Our theatre.

Our stories.

Our mission is to present excellent, affordable theatre by and about the African diaspora. Our purpose is to provide black youth access and opportunities to creatively express themselves unapologetically through theatre, strengthen connections within our culture, and establish long-term artistic development.

Our History

Confrontation Theatre was founded in 2016 by La’ Tevin Alexander. Beginning as only a virtual project for his Theatre Management course at Florida A&M University. La’ Tevin finished up his undergraduate degree then made his move to Portland, OR as an Acting Apprentice with the Portland Playhouse. It was there that Mr. Alexander saw first-hand how a young SPT is operated, managed, and sustained. It was also during this time that he noticed a lack of theatre for artists of African descent. After completing his apprenticeship, the dream to have a company which will support and attract artists of African descendant became pressing. And so, in the spring of 2016, Confrontation Theatre debuted its first production then finished off the year in the fall. Confrontation may only be just starting but it plans to be here to stay for a very long time.

Our Objectives

  • Engage an all-inclusive audience in hopes that they have an understanding of underrepresented cultures through remarkable artistic excellence and care
  • Expose Black youth to theatre early in their development
  • Increase the number of audiences within the African diaspora
  • Support and nurture artists of African descent
  • Build community support and participation via communal-based events and activities

Filling the void in Portland, OR

With a slew of theatre companies in the Portland metropolitan area, it’s easy to assume there is an adequate proportion of diversity within this vibrant arts hub. Although there are dozens of companies here, only THREE were operated and/or managed by Afro-Americans, Blacks or Africans in 2014. With this reality, it was imperative that another company founded and managed by Black women and men emerge to not only entertain, confront and enlighten audiences but also create more opportunities for Black artists to display and develop their share and share their authentic stories unapologetically.