Welcome to an ensemble of film and theater makers who believe people hunger for a deeper experience.

What if we
don't seek answers?

What if we stay in a constant state of development ruthlessly committed to question and discovery?

What if we're about process over product?

How do we
create depth?

How can we take audiences on a wild, cathartic ride? And no, we don't mean remounting seasonal favorites “with a twist.”

Cathartic isn’t an emotional roller coaster. It's falling off a mountain.

Why do we
tell brave stories?

We believe discovery happens out on the edge. When we foresake sidewalks. Stumble through forests.

Where others put on masks to project truth; how can we take them off in pursuit of it?

Join us for classes unlike any in the Northwest

Sign up for January 2017 sessions. Meisner enrollment is ongoing.

Develop emotional depth and truthful connection

Ongoing • Monday/Wednesday 6-9pm (students attend 2x per week and work in every class) • $200 paid monthly • Taught by Luke Heyerman

Winter break begins December 15 • 2017 classes begin Monday, January 9 • A brief interview is required


It doesn’t matter if you’ve ever been on stage...or never been off. Meisner study is possibly the surest path to a more truthful and vital connection to yourself, your scene, and your fellow actor. A vibrant yet grounded approach that teaches you to live fully in imaginary circumstances without having to do any "acting."

Sowelu's unique, empowering approach blends our extensive experience with the Meisner method into a form that accommodates a new age of stage and media. We offer the only class in Portland based on the extended method perfected by Meisner during his later years in Hollywood where he added new tools and thoughtfully augmented his teachings.

Certainly, no one acting method is for every actor, but the method perfected by Mr. Meisner and adopted by Sowelu has proven to have helped even the most confounded artists bring their truest, most expressive selves to their work.


Call 503.730.9066 or email barrylhunt@gmail.com

All classes will be held at Sunnyside Church

3520 SE Yamhill St (near SE Belmont St)
Portland, OR 97214

Discover the Sowelu approach to text and character

SIGN UP NOW FOR JANUARY • SPACE IS LIMITED

10 weeks • Saturdays 10am-1pm • $250 • Taught by Barry Hunt • New session starts January 7 • A brief interview is required


Compliment Meisner with explorations in deep fantasy and psychophysical gesture—a method used by Sowelu for 20 years, based on the teachings of blind acting meastro Robert Ravan.


Call 503.730.9066 or email barrylhunt@gmail.com

All classes will be held at Sunnyside Church

3520 SE Yamhill St (near SE Belmont St)
Portland, OR 97214

Leap into Portland's most original approach to improv

SIGN UP NOW FOR JANUARY • SPACE IS LIMITED

6 weeks • Tuesdays 6-8pm • $150 • Taught by Dan Hill • New session starts January 10 • A brief interview is required


Experience Meisner-inspired, lightning-speed, in-the-moment storytelling with the founder of Space Time Space comedy show.


Call 503.730.9066 or email barrylhunt@gmail.com

All classes will be held at Sunnyside Church

3520 SE Yamhill St (near SE Belmont St)
Portland, OR 97214

The word Sowelu comes from Norse and Celtic Runes, signifying wholeness, remaining present in the moment, trusting process, and a commitment to truth likened to the action of a “spiritual warrior.”


For 20 years, the Sowelu ensemble and associate artists have created theater and film that deeply impacts the community.

CURRENT & PAST MEMBERS: Barry Hunt, Artistic Director/Board; Lorraine Bahr, Associate Artistic Director/Board President; Jeb Pearson, Board; Tim Stolenwerk, Resident Sound Designer; Kelly Tallent, Grant Writer; Daniel Hill, Instructor/Board; Joaquin Lopez, Board; Tom Mowe; Board; Luke Heyerman, Education Director; Jodi English, Michael Fetters, Chris Harder, Amanda Boekelheide, Lesia Galimore, Nan Gatchel, Jenni Green, Devan McCoy, Sarah McKinlay, Peter Moesler, Jordy Oakland, Brian Russell, Sean Skvarka, Joe Stoddard, Rhea Wolf.

ASSOCIATED ARTISTS: Julie Akers, Deirdre Atkinson, John Breen, Gretchen Corbett, Lea Floden, Keith Goodman, Lauren Hasson, Mychele Hasson, Penny Kavan, Val Landrum, Kevin-Michael Moore, Tom Mowe, Tania Myren, Sue Portinga-Bean, Jen Portinga, Robert Proganski, Jamie Rea, Ted Schultz, Andrea Schwatz-Feit, Brad Scoggins, Clayton Szczech, Michael Williamson, Frank Woodman.


Contact us at 503.730.9066