Theatre at Coffee Creek

Carla Grant and Don Kern co-directors of Theatre at Coffee Creek

Carla Grant and Don Kern co-directors of Theatre at Coffee Creek

In October 2014, we began Theatre at Coffee Creek, a theater arts program at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, Oregon, co-directed by theatrical performers and producers Carla Grant and Don Kern. Coffee Creek accommodates all female inmates in Oregon. The group of 15 – 20 women meet weekly for 3 hours with the goal to have regular performances throughout the year.

Twelve Angry Women

Jurors  No. 7 and No. 4 re-enacting  the crime.

Jurors No. 7 and No. 4 re-enacting the crime.

On May 31, 2016 members of Theatre at Coffee Creek performed the play Twelve Angry Women. It was attended by a full house of inmates who eagerly enjoyed the performance.
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Performance at Coffee Creek

"The Release", performed by participants of Theatre at Coffee Creek

“The Release”, performed by participants of Theatre at Coffee Creek

September 2015, the residents of Coffee Creek will perform their latest devised piece, The Release. It will be a fun-filled, potent evening of stories, songs, and skits intertwining personal narrative and flights of fancy. While we hope to be able to invite the public to these shows, this particular event is only available to the women of Coffee Creek.

Women, Prison and the Arts

Women, Prison and the Arts

A special event with Carla Grant, Don Kern and visiting guest, Sherrin Fitzer.


Sunday, September 27, 7 – 9 PM
First Unitarian Church of Portland
1226 SW Salmon St., Portland, OR
$6 suggested donation. No one turned away.


Join us for a lively discussion about women, prison and the arts with our special guest, Sherrin Fitzer, Women and Family Services Administrator and founder of Acting Out Theatre Group at Logan Correctional Center in Logan, IL. She will be joined with our own local heroes, Carla Grant and Don Kern, Co-directors of Theatre at Coffee Creek in Wilsonville, OR.
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An Interview with Carla Grant

Carla Grant
Carla Grant is co-director of Theatre at Coffee Creek. In January 2017, Carla became Board President of Open Hearts Open Minds.
> read our interview with Carla

A Special Thank-you

Theatre at Coffee Creek is the proud recipient of grants from Spirit Mountain Community Fund, the Collins Foundation, the Autzen Foundation and the Jerry and Donna Smith Family Foundation. Spirit Mountain Community Fund Collins Foundation

Oregon Community Foundation

Oregon Arts Commission

Clackamas County Cultural Coalition

Autzen Foundation

Jerry and Donna Smith Family Foundation

Alanna on the Inside

“All of a sudden, the walls come down and sparks of life and vitality replace the pain and despondency that had been so apparent just moments earlier. It speaks to the need of the human spirit to have creative outlets in order to thrive.”

From the Blog "Alanna on the Inside"
Participant of
Theatre at Coffee Creek
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Hand2 Mouth Performance

OHOM's partnership with the theater group Hand2Mouth helped to bring their performance of 'Pep Talk' to Coffee Creek on April 1, 2015.
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