Andrés Alcalá, Actor
Andrés Alcalá has been working with Theatre for Young Audiences for the last 15 years. He has taught and performed with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Northwest Children’s theatre, ART’s actors to go, Miracle Theatre’s Pluma Nueva program and is currently working as an Associate Artist at Childsplay in Tempe, Arizona where he performs, directs and teaches, as well as becoming a multimedia artist. He has received awards for acting and directing both in Arizona and in Oregon. Andrés will be touring as Ferdinand on the National Tour of “Ferdinand the Bull” with Childsplay 2010-11, which he also directed. It is always an honor to work with PlayWrite Inc.
Matt Batchelder, Graphics (Volunteer Position)
Matt Batchelder is a theatre fan and a printer whose clients include Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland Center Stage and the Portland Opera. He is proud to be a “gopher” for graphics-related projects at PlayWrite. Matt believes that if you can talk, you can sing; if you can walk, you can dance; and if you can dance, he wants to be a part of your revolution.
Spencer Conway, Actor
Spencer is a graduate of the Portland Actors’ Conservatory in 1997 with further training at the NoHo Actors’ Studio in LA. He is also a member of Portland’s Sketch Comedy group The 3rd Floor. Spencer was last seen in Compass Repertory Theatre’s “The Cherry Orchard” as Yasha. He also received a Drammy for his role as Martin in CoHo Productions “Fool For love”. Spencer received Bossies for Best Actor in “Our Town” and Best Supporting Actor in “Charlies Aunt” with HART in Hillsboro, OR in 1999.
I have had the honor of working with Bruce and the amazingly talented people at PlayWrite on four separate occasions, and it has always filled my soul with the possibilities of what young writers and performers can accomplish when they get the rare opportunity to work together.
Phoebe Daurio, Coach
Phoebe holds a BA in Theatre and an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Her life has been an ongoing experiment in adventure and variety, which has given her experience in the worlds of non-profit, theatre, restaurants, copywriting, transcription, adult literacy, language learning, bicycle riding, mountains, cooking, eating, and travel. After working in professional theatre in Chicago (primarily in lighting), Phoebe decided to pursue her love of languages and currently teaches ESL to adults in the Portland and Vancouver communities.
PlayWrite has challenged her in new and stimulating ways. It has quickly become one of the more thought-provoking and meaningful experiences of her life. She is a firm believer.
Sarah Liane Foster, Coach and Actor
Sarah Liane Foster graduated with honors in creative writing from Brown University, after which she studied physical theatre at the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre in northern California. Since then she has been creating, performing, and teaching theatre in Portland, around the United States, and internationally. She is co-artistic director of the Nomadic Theatre Co in Portland, and periodically leaves town to go on expeditions with Clowns Without Borders in areas of the world in great need of laughter. Around town you might see Sarah walking on stilts, eating ice cream, and biking furiously up big hills.
Doug Fraser, Music Director/Guitarist/Songwriter
Doug is a long-time professional guitarist/songwriter from Portland, Oregon. Best known as lead guitarist of well-known local groups Johnnie and The Distractions and the platinum selling band Quarterflash, he is also a veteran of countless recording sessions for music productions, commercials and industrial training films, among others. Doug’s latest project, Big Pay, have just released their debut CD “Step Up”.
Noah Jordan, Actor
Noah holds a B.F.A. in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and an M.F.A. in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. Portland credits include productions of “Metamorphosis” and “Assassins” at A.R.T, J.A.W. West for Portland Center Stage, “Prometheus” for MAH Records and “One The Musical” for Insight Out Theatre Collective where he serves on the Board of Directors. Noah has toured internationally with such shows as “Hair”, “Starlight Express”, and a variety of musical revues. In New York, he worked with Anne Bogart, Meredith Monk and Mabou Mines Theatre Co. Television credits include “Days of Our Lives”, “Beverly Hills 90210”, “The Cosby Show” and numerous national commercials.
Victor Mack, Actor
Victor Mack is a graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts BFA Drama program. He has facilitated workshops/residencies in Theatre Arts at schools and community organizations across the country including: Bronx Creative Arts Center, Young Adult Learning Academy - NYC, 52nd Street Project - NYC, Special Audiences of New York, NJ Young Playwrights Festival. Locally, he has worked with Artist Repertory Theater’s education/outreach Spotlight program and PlayWrite Inc. Portland theater credits include: “Radio Golf” for Portland Playhouse and BaseRoots; “Hamlet” at Coho Rep.; “Top Dog/Underdog” and “Take Me Out” at ART; “Throwing Bones” and “One Day” with Sojourn Theatre.
Wade McCollum, Actor
Wade is a child of music and motion. Since graduating from the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts, Wade has contributed his multidimensional talents to the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Willamette Repertory Theatre, Idaho Repertory Theatre, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Celebration Theatre and Insight Out Theatre Collective.
Adrienna Marie Ogin, Coach and Actor
Adrienna received a B.A. in Theatre Arts, performance from Chico State University, CA, and a B.A. in English with writing as a minor from Portland State University. She has also studied theatre in New York with The New Actors Workshop, and has worked as an intern and teacher’s assistant with Northwest Film Center. Adrienna had spent two years living in Germany and the Czech Republic before moving to Portland, Oregon. During her travel, she performed in community theatre for military and their families and German civilians. In the summer of 2009, she toured the Canadian Fringe Festival with Dance Naked Productions, and has recently been accepted into The Attic’s Atheneum Master Writing Program. When not working with PlayWrite Inc., she volunteers her time with Write Around Portland. She is currently editing her first novel.
Cecily Overman, Coach and Actor
Cecily Overman has been very active in Portland theatre for the last ten years, both teaching and performing. She has had the pleasure to be involved with PlayWrite Inc. since the first workshop. Cecily has been seen on many various stages in town including - Oregon Children’s Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Compass Rep, Profile Theatre, Theatre Vertigo, Northwest Classical, and Artists Repertory Theatre, to name a few. Cecily received Bachelor’s degrees in both Psychology and Theatre from Whitman College. She is dedicated to the work of helping people find their voice through the medium of theatre.
Gareth Tabor, Musician
I grew up in a large military family and we moved every couple of years throughout the 1950’s and 60’s, long before electronic onboard entertainment systems. So, we spent long miles between coasts learning Tin Pan Alley tunes from Mom and working out 3 and 4 part harmonies. At 14, Dad gave me my first guitar, a sunburst Stella. In college, I veered off into the sciences, eventually earning a PhD in Cell Biology and, later, a Medical Degree. But old passions never die, and in 2008, I was fortunate enough to take a song-writing workshop from Marv Ross. I’ve been writing and performing my songs ever since. I’m very thankful Marv asked me to join PlayWrite; it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
Michael Tevlin, Composer
Michael Tevlin has been writing professionally for a long time and has been playing guitar since he was 18, and so one day—he doesn’t know what took him so long to think of this—he thought to himself, “You know, I should try writing songs.” Then a friend called and asked if he wanted to go to a Marv Ross songwriting workshop. He’s been writing songs ever since. He’s working on a novel, too. He thinks of songs all the time but he still hasn’t figured out an easy way to write a song and suspects there isn’t one. Just like there isn’t an easy way to write a novel. Michael lives in Portland with his wife, Diane, their dog, Sadie, and likes to ride his bike to as many meetings and events as possible.
Amaya Villazan, Actor
Amaya most recently appeared on the Artists Rep stage as Desdemona in “Othello”. She has also appeared as Kenni in “Becky’s New Car”, Irina in “Three Sisters”, Una in “Blackbird”, Woman Two in “String of Pearls”, and Matilde in “The Clean House”. Other Portland credits include Nora in “A Doll’s House” (Theatre Vertigo); Laurencia in “Fuente Ovejuna” (Miracle Theatre); Marguerite Ida/Helena Anabel in “Dr. Faustus Lights the Lights”, Prisoner 0004 in in “apparati” (defunkt theatre); and Caroline Cassidy in “By the Bog of Cats” (CoHo Productions), among others. She spent many years touring educational theatre to schools with Sight Theatre Group. She graduated with honors from the Professional Actor’s Training Program at Dawson College in Montreal, Quebec. Amaya is a proud member of the Artists Rep resident acting company.
Tamara Wallace, Coach and Actor
Tamara Wallace has been writing and performing since the street theatre of her youth in small-town Oregon. She completed her B.A. in Theatre Arts at Lewis and Clark College, and went on to train and study the methods of Brazilian theatre director/educator Augusto Boal, author of Theatre of Oppressed. In 2005, she traveled to Brazil’s rural Central West to rehearse and perform with the theatre brigades of the MST, Brazil’s Landless Movement. Tamara is founder of TheaterChange * TeatroCambio, a bilingual theatre project that offers training, facilitation, and support in the use of interactive theatre for empowerment, action, and social transformation. www.teatrocambio.org.
Marianna Hane Wiles, Coach
Marianna Hane Wiles is a writer, editor, theatre-lover and PlayWrite coach. She holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Lewis & Clark College and has a Masters in Writing/Book Publishing from Portland State. When not busy with PlayWrite, Marianna facilitates writing workshops for Write Around Portland and runs her own editing business, Trillium Editing. She believes in the power of words to create community and empower individuals and feels lucky to be involved with organizations that advance that vision.
Leah Yanoff, Coach
Leah has been a PlayWrite coach since 2007 and still hasn’t gotten tired of asking the question “Why?”. Leah got her start in theater at the age of three and studied the craft, both onstage and behind the scenes, at Mills and Lewis & Clark Colleges. She believes strongly in the power of theater to heal and transform and is honored to be a part of this amazing organization. Her favorite part of the process is the look on writers’ faces—a blend of amazement, awe, pride and empowerment—when they see their work performed. When not working with PlayWrite Leah can typically be found traveling, plotting her next adventure, trying to coerce someone into playing backgammon with her, or working with youth in another capacity.