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.
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 Folles, The Man of La Mancha and lighting design for Amadeus, The Lion in Winter, and A Tuna Christmas.
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 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.