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.
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.
PATRICIA A. HUNTER
Patricia A. Hunter (AEA-SAG-AFTRA) has been an actor, producer and casting associate for many years. In 1979 she helped produce and appeared in When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder? (with Darr Durham!) which resulted in the very first Drammy (nee Willie) for Best Production. While living in New York, she worked at Princeton Rep, The McCarter, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Lincoln Center, Playwrights Horizon, and her summer home for 20 seasons, The Dorset Theatre Festival (where she was honored with 15 Best Actress awards!). She became a casting associate in 1992 working with ABC Television, The Guthrie, Syracuse Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, Buffalo Studio Arena, Since returning to Portland in 1998 she has acted on Grimm, Leverage, Portlandia, The Librarians and with Shaking-The-Tree and Profile, among others. Much more at www.q6talent.com/patricia-hunter
Bobby is jubilant and elated to be serving on the Drammy committee! As a shy high schooler Bobby jumped at a chance to perform in a one-act comedy his sophomore year. Since then he’s been hooked on the charm of the stage, and shy no more! Prior to choosing Portland as his home 22 years ago Bobby toured with the Missoula Children’s Theatre across the U.S.A. and Canada teaching and directing theatre to children ages 5-18. He made one stop in Portland along that route and decided to live here three years later. Since then Bobby completed his B.S. in Music Performance from PSU, and has been very active with the Portland theater and entertainment scene. He performed as a union chorister with Portland Opera for 11 years, and with numerous musical theater groups including Broadway Rose Theatre Company, Lakewood Theatre Company, Pixie Dust Productions, and Mock’s Crest Productions. He also spent two years as Cruise Director and entertainer aboard the Queen of the West paddlewheeler along the Columbia and Snake Rivers. As well, Bobby has recorded and performed with Pink Martini and can be heard on their CD, Splendor in the Grass.
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.