2016-2017 Drammy Committee Bios


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.


Lava Alapai is very happy to join the Drammy Committee! She has been creating and directing theatre in Portland for about 10 years. Her favorites include her work with Oregon Children’s Theater – Locomotion, Charlotte’s Web, and most recently Columbinus. She has also worked with Tears of Joy, Portland Playhouse, Many Hats Collaboration, and defunkt. Lava was born in Okinawa, Japan and moved to Hawaii with her family where she was very lucky to have been introduced to story telling and the art of Bunraku puppetry. She received her MFA at California Institute of the Arts.


Adair Chappell is a longtime Actress, Teacher and Director, having performed in the majority of theatres in town.  She studied acting for 10 years at the Portland Civic Theatre School as a child. She majored in theatre at Southern Oregon State University, then moved to New York for a summer where she studied with HB Studios and The Neighborhood Playhouse.  She moved back home to play the title role in Peter Pan for 8 seasons, closing at The Newmark in 2002.  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.  It ran for three years in Portland, plus a short run in Seattle. Since then, she taught musical theatre for 5 years at The NW Academy, hosted the television show Around Town for 4 years on KOIN, and has raised two beautiful daughters, Ariel and Aurora.  She directs the musical readings for the Portland Civic Theatre Guild every May and has been the President for the last three years.  When not attending theatre she can be seen boating on the Columbia River with her best friend and very supportive husband Dan.


Charmian Creagle is a maker, and has been creating, directing and producing theatre for over 20 years in Portland and NYC. In Portland she was a member of the Otherside Theatre in the late 90’s and a founding member of defunkt. In NYC, she created work with her company Pretention Co., often in collaboration with the women’s theatre company The Looking Glass Theatre. Currently she is a co-artistic director with her husband for the Reformers, a theatrical and often immersive company that loves to push the limits on what theatre can be. https://thereformerspdx.com/


Sixth Grader Darr Durham 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 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.


Glenn Gauer is a Professor Emeritus at Portland State University where he served as a Director as well as a Scenery and Lighting Designer.  Recent PSU directing credits include: Urinetown:The Musical, The House of Blue Leaves, Crimes of the Heart, The Imaginary Invalid, Hedda Gabler, Death of a Salesman, A Flea in Her Ear and The Hostage. Design work includes; for Pixie Dust Productions; La Cage aux Folles, The Wizard of Oz and The Full Monty;  for Artists Repertory Theatre, The Ghosts of Celilo,  for Profile Theater, The Sisters Rosenweig and Talley and Son;  for Triangle Productions, The Rocky Horror Show. With The Musical Company directing credits include Camelot, Fiddler on the Roof and The Pirates of Penzance; design credits include; Paint Your Wagon, La Cage Aux Folles, Camelot, The King and I and West Side Story.for Lakewood Theatre, scenic design for La Cage aux FollesThe Man of La Mancha and lighting design for AmadeusThe Lion in Winter, and A Tuna Christmas.



Marty Hughley is a freelance arts journalist who writes about theater, dance and popular music.

A Portland native, he spent nearly 25 years on the staff of The Oregonian, joining the newspaper in 1989 as a general assignment reporter. He served as pop music critic from 1990 to 2006, and in 2013 was inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame for his contributions to the industry. From 2006 until leaving the paper in 2013, he covered theater and dance.

His honors have included a National Arts Journalism Program fellowship at the University of Georgia in 1996-97, a fellowship at the NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Theater and Musical Theater at the University of Southern California in 2007, and first-place awards for arts reporting in the 2009 and 2010 Society of Professional Journalists Pacific Northwest Excellence in Journalism Competitions.

Prior to joining The Oregonian, Hughley studied history at Portland State University and worked at the alternative newsweekly Willamette Week as pop music critic and arts editor. He loves watching basketball, and is an avowed cat supremacist.


Anna Johnson is a full-time Business Technology instructor at Mt Hood Community College and a volunteer tour guide and usher at Portland’5 Centers for the Arts. Her love of theatre goes back to her childhood in NY, where it was a semi-regular thing in her 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 is also a former librarian and an aspiring playwright.


Since moving to Portland in 2001, Paige Jones 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!

Verónika Núñez

Verónika is a theater artist and educator. She grew up in Caracas, Venezuela, and moved to Portland OR in 2001. Since then, she has work for different theaters in the Portland Metro area, including Northwest Children’s Theater, Post 5, Lakewood, and her home, Teatro Milagro, were she has performed in over twelve productions, directed stage readings, and has collaborated in numerous community projects. She’s also a founding member of Badass Theater. She graduated in Caracas, Venezuela, from Unversidad Católica Andrés Bello (Education Management), and belongs to the 2009 Class of Portland Actors Conservatory. In 2012, she completed the Association of Science and Technology Centers Diversity and Leadership Development Fellows Program. For the past 16 years, she has worked for the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, bringing science programs to underrepresented communities and creating partnerships with different organizations and museums across the country.

Tal Sanders

Tal Sanders holds an MFA in design from California Institute of the Arts. An assistant professor of theatre, he serves as faculty scenic and lighting designer as well as technical director for Theatre & Dance at Pacific University. Tal is an award-winning designer with numerous national credits. He is a member of the United Scenic Artists, and has designed lighting and scenery for many aspects of entertainment. Tal designs regularly in Portland Theatres. His Regional Theatre designs include: Mark Taper Forum, the Ahmanson Theater, Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts, North Shore Music Theatre, Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera, Long Beach Civic Light Opera, and others. In New York City, Tal has worked both on and off-Broadway including: the Vivian Beaumont Theatre, the Vineyard Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, and the Irish Arts Center. Personally, Tal enjoys fly-fishing, visiting museums, traveling, and painting.



Richard Wattenberg teaches theater history, literature, and criticism at Portland State University, and has served on the Drammy Committee for 20 years. He has published the book, Early-Twentieth-Century Frontier Drama on Broadway: Situating the Western Experience in Performing Art, and numerous articles in academic journals, as well as directed a number of full productions and staged readings. A freelance theatre reviewer, Richard has contributed some 400 reviews to The Oregonian.


2 thoughts on “2016-2017 Drammy Committee Bios

  1. We are planning to visit Portland in June. We hope to see the Drammys while we are there. Can you tell me when that will be, so we can plan our trip? Thank you.

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