Have you seen the press release for PCS's Greenhouse School? It looks promising. Actor/theater artist education is a huge black hole in Portland that no individual or institution has been able to fill, and PCS seems to be trolling for experienced teachers from both in and out of Portland. I think that PCS' Greenhouse School could be a hit and raise the bar for local performance.
Also: take a look at the Casting Policy page under the "About Us" links. PCS states its casting policy clearly and with sensitivity to the aspirations of local actors. Well done.