Theater innovator and impresario Scott Kelman, who founded the Portland performance collective Brooklyn Bay, died Thursday of long-term health problems. He was 70.

For decades, the gravel-voiced Kelman originated a range of theater works and methodologies - many based on his devotion to Eastern philosophy - in his native New York and Los Angeles.

After moving to Portland, he launched Brooklyn Bay in 2004, creating an offbeat home for inventive theater, storytelling events and performance workshops in a storage bay along Southeast Powell Boulevard.

Brooklyn Bay will continue under the guidance of former co-artistic director Melanya Helene, who will become artistic director, and others. Kelman is survived by his wife, Anet.

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