In addition to the monthly PLAYAPresents on campus, residents are encouraged to travel off campus to engage with the communities in the region, choosing from a variety of options or coming up with one of their own. It’s an exciting opportunity for audiences and residents to expand their horizons. From teaching a workshop to doing a reading to staging a performance, please review the options below and, if of interest to you, schedule your community outreach session during your first week of residency through Residency Manager John Martin. 
The Lake County library is open to all PLAYA residents offering workshops in their discipline and welcomes writers, visual artists and scientists to give readings and/or presentations; musicians and performing artists to offer recitals. There is also a school-operated radio station in Paisley, KPAI, and students are eager to interview PLAYA residents during the school year (September – May).  Other possibilities for engaging with the local community include teaching workshops at alternative schools in Lakeview and the North Lake area during the school year, and at Warner Creek Correctional Institution year-round. The Bend Art Center in Bend, Oregon collaborates with PLAYA in facilitating presentations by PLAYA residents, and the Alger Theater in Lakeview, Oregon hosts presentations by PLAYA residents and alumni on a regular basis.

Bend Art Center Hosts Programs

Tuesday, April 10, 6:00 p.m.
Annie Chen
An installation artist and sculptor, Annie Chen forms connections between artistic and scientific inquiry in her work, where she explores between the organic and the alien.

Tuesday, May 22, 6:00 p.m.
Debbie Koppman
Koppman’s work in sculpture, handmade paper and printmaking is created with an eye to installation and collaboration.

The Alger Theatre Hosts Programs By PLAYA Residents

Wednesday, May 9, 7:00 p.m.
Jonathan Walters and Andrea Stolowitz
Videos of play performances followed by a discussion with playwright Andrea Stolowitz and theater director Jonathan Walters about how the plays were produced.

Wednesday, June 27, 7:00 p.m.
Tori Lawrence and Temple Crocker
Dance workshop followed by dance performance by Temple Crocker and Tori Lawrence.

Wednesday, July 18, 7:00 p.m.
Community discussion/symposium with PLAYA artists and scientists, regional representatives and the High Desert Museum: “Information, Inspiration and Integration: Art/Science Solutions to Ecological Problems”

The Alger Theatre is located at 24 South “F” Street in Lakeview, Oregon.


Readings, workshops, performances and presentations can be scheduled at:


  • North Lake Schools (K-12 and Alternative School)
  • Christmas Valley Community Center
  • Christmas Valley Library
  • The Community Breeze


  • Paisley School: K-12
  • KPAI Radio interviews
  • Community Center


  • Lakeview Schools (K-12 and Alternative School)
  • Lakeview Library
  • Alger Theater
  • KORV
  • Lakeview Examiner
  • Warner Creek Correctional Institution


  • Bend Art Center
  • Bend-LaPine School District
  • Deschutes County Library
  • The Boathouse


  • Klamath Falls Library


  • Burns Library