A unique training ground
for theater and film!


NOW ENROLLING NEW STUDENTS FOR APRIL.

Classes like no others in the Northwest

Affordable and ongoing. We invest in your development as an artist.


NOW ENROLLING NEW STUDENTS TO BEGIN APRIL 3

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

Class size is limited. Periodically we open enrollment to take in a group of new students. 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 Community House

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

NEW SESSION STARTS APRIL 1

This session, discover the Sowelu approach to acting for film.


10 weeks • Saturdays 10am-1pm • $300 • Taught by Barry Hunt • A brief interview is required


Emphasizing deep fantasy and psychophysical gesture, we explore character and scene development for the camera. Compliment Meisner with 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 Community House

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

NEW SESSION STARTS APRIL 4

Leap into Portland's most original approach to improv.


6 weeks • Tuesdays 6-8pm • $150 • Taught by Dan Hill • 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 Community House

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