2013-2014 Drammy Committee bios

JULIE ACCUARDI

Julie Accuardi is delighted to be a member of the Drammy committee. She was a theatre teacher for thirty three years, most of it at Wilson High  School. She holds a BA in Theatre and a Masters in Directing, both from Portland State University where she had the good luck to study with Jack Featheringill. Julie is proud member of the Portland Civic Theatre Guild and chair of the Guild’s New Plays committee for Fertile Ground.  Many thanks to all the Portland area theatre artists. It is an honor to see your work.

BOBBY BERMEA

Bobby Bermea is the artistic director of BaseRoots Theatre and an artistic associate of the critically acclaimed Sojourn Theatre. He received a Drammy for Outstanding Actor in a Lead role for Ogun in The Brother/Sister Plays (Portland Playhouse) and another Drammy, for Supporting Actor, for his work as Asagai in A Raisin in the Sun(Artists Repertory Theatre). Bermea has appeared at LaMama in New York, Centerstage in Baltimore, Vortex Repertory in Austin and Intiman, ACT, The Group, The Langston Hughes Cultural Center, A-Ha, The Empty Space and The New Mercury Theatre in Seattle with such theatrical luminaries as Ping Chong, Julie Harris, Marion McClinton, James Marsters and Michael Rohd. On the Portland stage Bermea has performed with Artists Repertory Theatre, El Teatro Milagro, Portland Center Stage, Cygnet Productions, Tygre’s Heart, Profile Theatre Project, Portland Playhouse and Sojourn Theatre.

ADAIR CHAPPELL

(From Oregon Music News, 2010, by Holly Johnson).

Adair Chappell was, plain and simple, a theatrical wunderkind in her youth. The youngest daughter of Portland theater mover and shaker Isabella Chappell, former long-time general manager of the now-defunct Portland Civic Theater, Chappell the Younger would end up after school down at the Civic, as it was affectionately called, a sort of latchkey kid immersed in culture, surrounded by a never-ending swirl of musicals and straight plays alike.

What emerged from the swirl was a slight yet striking blond kid with an amazingly big voice, a natural actor who looked far younger than she was (which earned her many roles). Her acting talent simply blew everyone away. She’s done over 70 shows so far in major Portland theater and most of them have been musicals. Her star role was the lead part in “Peter Pan” in the mid-80s and later again in 2001. Then came the incredible hit “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” for which she won a Drammy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical”

DARR DURHAM

Sixth Grader Darr brought down the house (literally) as a messenger girl on a runaway bike in a production of Final Dress Rehearsal, directed by the renowned Florine Weiss.  Darr is a proud graduate of the Portland Civic Theatre Junior School.  After a year of “I’m done with theatre” at Lewis and Clark College, she spent a term in NYC seeing shows every waking moment (excellent training for the Drammy Committee).  The 2.0 theatre credits from the NYC trip led to a double major in Theatre and Communications, and a job as the Box Office Manager of PCT.  She was lucky enough to be cast in Jack Featheringill’s PSU production of Equus, and ultimately performed in the American College Theatre Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.  Darr was one of the first Willie nominees, and although she was robbed, When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder won the first Willies for Best Direction and Best Production. and really, that rewards everyone for doing a great job!  Politics intervened, until Darr joined the Guild around 1992, eventually serving as Chair for five years.  While wrapping up service on the Artists Repertory Theatre board, she was lured to the Drammy Committee (1999-2000), where she rose to Chair in 2012-2013

MICHAEL FOSTER

Michael has been a theatre advocate throughout his life. Starting as an actor in grade school, he then worked locally as a stagehand and a performer in high school shows and the Portland Civic Theatre. He continued in college to study acting, directing, writing, set design/construction, and theatre history at Miami of Ohio and Portland State. He feels the production and support of local theatre is of vital importance to the health and well-being of any community, and is grateful that Portland has such a vibrant and involved culture. He, like most of  the Drammy committee, sees 70-80 plays a year and views it as a civic pleasure, a labor of love, and a privilege.
Coming from a large arts-inclined family, and as a 6th generation native Oregonian, he can’t imagine living any other place than the Pacific Northwest.

CATE GARRISON

Cate Garrison gave her first public performance at the age of three and took part in her first play at nine.   For the next quarter-century,  she acted in various theatres in England in a wide variety of roles, including for  OUDS and ETC, as well as at The Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich, under the professional leadership, direction, and mentorship of the late Ian Emerson, and at The People’s Theatre in Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne (so named by George Bernard Shaw). She has also performed on the Fringe in Edinburgh in straight plays, musicals, and cabaret; she likewise helped organize and run Days of Dance throughout East Anglia, and has led theatre workshops in various venues.

In Portland, where she has acted occasionally, she mostly lays claim to fame as theater reviewer for Willamette Week in the late ‘eighties and early ‘nineties, during which time she was also on the Drammy Committee.  Since then, she has served on the boards of several theatres, and of Portland Actors Conservatory, where she has been excited to keep up with actor training and to watch the growth and development of the many students and alumni who grace Portland’s stages today.  She was last seen on the boards in 2012 as a guest artist at PAC  in Holy Ghosts, as Mrs Wall (and yes, she played the piano). She is, of course, an avid theatre-goer, in Portland and elsewhere.

More about Cate’s writing can be found at http://categarrison.blogspot.com/

 

NICOLE GLADWIN

Nicole Gladwin studied Theater Arts at Portland State University, and began stage managing all over town in 2001. She has worked with Profile Theatre, Miracle Theatre Group, CoHo Productions (with co-producers Val Landrum, Chris Harder, call in sick productions, and Chris Murray), Portland Revels, Theatre Vertigo, 2Boards Productions, Many Hats Collaboration, defunkt theatre, Sand & Glass Productions, Oregon Repertory Theatre, Action/Adventure Theatre, Playwrights West, and spent four seasons as Stage Manager in Residence at Stark Raving Theatre, at a time when the company was exclusively developing new works. Nicole also holds a certificate in paralegal studies, and currently works at an intellectual property law firm where she is not a paralegal and does not wish to be one. When not at a theater, she greatly enjoys breakfast, coffee, and pie, and is always open to recommendations for any of those things. Nicole recently served as the Master of Ceremonies for the 34th Annual Drammy Awards (just before joining the committee), and is the proud three-time recipient of Portland’s Spotlight Award for Stage Management. To learn more about Nicole’s work, please visit www.nicolegladwin.com.

MARTY HUGHLEY

Marty Hughley writes about theater, dance, and the related performing arts.   A Portland native, he joined the Oregonian in 1989, and served as pop music critic from 1990 to 2006 before becoming the paper’s principal performing arts reviewer.

ANNA JOHNSON

Anna Johnson is a full-time instructor at Mt Hood Community College, where she teaches web design and business technology courses and serves on the leadership team of the Faculty Association. Anna’s love of theatre goes back to her childhood on Long Island, where her mother was an actress and it was a semi-regular thing in their family to skip school on Wednesdays for a Broadway matinee. Since 2001 Anna has shared her life with the super-talented Matt Pavik, with whom she moved to Portland in 2005. They both feel so blessed to live and work in this amazing community of theatre artists. Anna volunteers with the PortlandCenter for the Performing Arts as an usher and tour guide (and Starlight Parade marcher) and has volunteered for many (most?) local theater companies. She is also a former librarian and an aspiring playwright.

PAIGE JONES

Since moving to Portland in 2001, Paige has worked as an actor for numerous local theatre companies, directed at Stark Raving Theatre, taught theatre arts to children aged 4-17 at A.R.T., OCT, and NWCTS; she also has performed on-camera (most recently opposite Geena Davis and Rico Colantoni), and as a VO artist on regional and national radio and television advertising campaigns.   Pre-2001, she worked in Colorado as a theatre Business Manager, Artistic Director, Director, Theatre Education Director, Teaching Artist, Costumer, Set Dresser, and Actor; she also created a live historical show for Keystone Resorts, a travel/visitor’s television show for Resort Sports Network, worked as a radio copywriter and frequent voice-over artist for radio station KSMT The Mountain.  Before that, Paige did the off-off Broadway thing in New York while studying at HB Studio, after graduating with a B.A. in Music from HunterCollege (part of City University of New York).   And before all that, Paige worked as an actor in the American military theatre community in Heidelberg, Germany.  Yowza.   There is almost 30 years in a nutshell!

JENNIFER KELTNER

Jennifer has been involved in theater since first grade, when she began taking classes at Portland Civic Theatre and played her very first role, “Butter,” in The Knave of Hearts. With degrees in Music-Vocal Performance (Linfield College) and Theater (Florida State University), she has participated in every aspect of theater while living in Texas, Florida and Oregon: performing, stage and house management, run and build crews, ushering, member of the Board, and much more. In recent years she has focused her efforts on the front-of-house needs of different companies around Portland, where she has ushered, worked special events, coordinated volunteers, worked the box office and served as House Manager. She is honored to work with Push Leg in their front of house and box office operations. During the week you’ll find Jennifer working in the administration office of the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing in NW Portland. On evenings and weekends, you’ll find her wine tasting and attending live theater with her wife, Sandra.

LAURA FAYE SMITH

Laura Faye Smith is a stage, film, and voice over actress, who has been performing in Portland for over fifteen years.  She has appeared on numerous Portland stages, including Portland Center Stage, Artist’s Repertory Theatre, Third Rail Repertory, Portland Playhouse, Profile Theatre, Theatre Vertigo, Triangle! Productions, Coho Productions, Miracle Theatre, Corrib Theatre, Action/Adventure Theatre, and Oregon Children’s Theatre (along with a few other companies that don’t exist any more).  One of her favorite things about being on the Drammy committee is the opportunity to see the work of so many new artists and up-and-coming theatre companies in town.

http://about.me/laurafayesmith

AMANDA SODEN

Amanda was born in Nairobi, Kenya and spent most of her childhood living in eastern and southern Africa and the Indian subcontinent.  She was bitten by the acting bug at age 10 when she was cast in a television movie for Belgium TV which was filmed in refugee camps along the Afghan/Pakistani border.  Amanda earned her BA in Theatre & Philosophy from PrincipiaCollege in southern Illinois.  In July of 2004, she moved to Portland to work with Sojourn Theatre.  With Sojourn, Amanda toured the state with Witness Our Schools, and was also cast in The Visit.  Favorite acting credits include: The Road to Mecca, Uncommon Women & Others and The Sisters Rosensweig (Profile), Blind-Ness: The Irresistible Light of Encounter (Ping Chong & Company), Snow Falling on Cedars and Misalliance (Portland Center Stage), The Uneasy Chair (CoHo), Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act (Shaking-the-Tree), Ragtime (Lakewood), and The Love of the Nightingale (Theatre Vertigo).  Amanda pays the bills by working as a paralegal for the law firm of Shenker & Bonaparte and enjoys volunteering at the Oregon Humane Society.  She is a fierce advocate for women’s rights and is an avid soccer player/ rabid fan.

TIM STAPLETON

Tim Stapleton is a multi-disciplinary artist originally from Letcher County Kentucky.

A theatrical designer with an MFA in Creative Inquiry, Tim has four Drammy awards from the Portland Area Theatre Alliance for his stage designs, and a Fellowship from The National Endowment for the Arts. He was the resident designer for Boarshead: Michigan Public Theatre in Lansing, Michigan for eight seasons. Tim worked with the Regional Arts & Culture Council in Portland as a liaison to Social Services, and taught Theatre courses in Scenic Design, Scenic Painting, Costume History & Design and Introduction to the Theatre for WillametteUniversity, CentralWashingtonUniversity, Lewis & ClarkCollege, and SlipperyRockUniversity in Pennsylvania. His paintings have been exhibited at the Mina Dresden Gallery and The California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, the LansingArtGallery in Lansing, Michigan, the Huntington Galleries in Huntington, West Virginia, Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, in Kyoto, Japan, and with the Kentucky Arts Commission. Inkwater Press published his short story Finding Eric in an anthology in the winter of 2007. In the spring of 2008, he won an award in the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival at LincolnMemorialUniversity in Harrogate, Tennessee for his prose piece The Reunion. Finishing the Quilt, a short essay accompanied by two photographs was recently published in Alltopia. In June of 2009, with a project grant from RACC, Tim mounted an installation at the InterstateFirehouseCulturalCenter in Portland, including photographs, paintings, and a performance piece called Leaning on the Everlasting Arms. He has also written a soon to be published memoir titled BLACK RIBBON ROADS: coming out of Appalachia. You can also find Tim’s prose online at: www.imfromdriftywood.com, and on his website: www.twstapleton.com.

Most recently he mounted an exhibit at The Portland Actors Conservatory titled: FAITH and WORK that dealt with his coal-mining heritage.

RICHARD WATTENBERG

A Professor of Theatre Arts at Portland State, Richard primarily teaches theater history and dramatic literature courses. His research interests are in American theater, and for some years he has focused on plays dealing with the American frontier experience. His book Early-Twentieth-Century Frontier Drama on Broadway:  Situating the Western Experience in Performing Arts was published by Palgrave, Macmillan in 2011.   Richard’s articles have appeared in a number of journals including Journal of American Drama and TheatreAmerican DramaModern Drama, Essays in Theatre, and Theatre Annual. As a theater professor, he has directed a number of full productions and stage readings.  Over the past fifteen years, Richard has also worked as a freelance theatre reviewer, publishing some 400 reviews in THE OREGONIAN.   Richard received his PhD in Theater and Drama from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

ANNALISE ALBRIGHT WOODS

Annalise Albright Woods received an MFA in sound design from the California Institute of the Arts and has designed and production managed with a variety of theatres in the Portland area since moving here in 2004.  Favorite sound design credits include Locomotion and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for Oregon Children’s Theatre; Mimesophobia for Sand and Glass Productions; Beside You, Mutt, and Restroom, for Many Hats Collaboration; Pterodactyls, Long Christmas Ride Home, Tango and Love of the Nightingale for Theatre Vertigo.  When not working on or seeing a show she does education-based work for a local social service agency and can be found hanging out with her husband Jeff and their menagerie of animals.

MATTHEW B. ZREBSKI

A founding member of Playwrights West, Matthew B. Zrebski is a multi-award winning writer/director/composer whose career has been defined by new play development.  Produced plays and musicals include Darkstep and DawningThe VespiaryTo Cape, and Ablaze: an a cappella musical thriller.  Texting the Sun and 1 ½ toured with Oregon Children’s Theatre.  His work has been featured at One Theatre World Conference, JAW: A Playwrights Festival, Fringe (at Edinburgh), and Oregon Art Beat.  He serves as the Resident Teaching Artist at Portland Center Stage and holds a BFA from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s