Tony Fuemmeler


Hi, Tony! Tell us about yourself.

I grew up in rural Missouri, but I've lived in Portland 10 years after previous periods in Minneapolis and NYC. I'm trained in both theatre design and performance, and I work primarily in mask work, puppetry and ensemble theatre. Arts education is an important aspect of my work. I teach all ages of learners in a variety of settings. 

How did you begin coaching with PlayWrite?

Several friends had begun coaching for PlayWrite, and I went to see the performance day for a workshop. I was struck by the clear emotions and conflicts that the writers were sharing and working through in their plays. And I loved that it was done through non-human characters! The respect and commitment given to the words by the actors was exciting and powerful.

What makes PlayWrite so unique?

One-on-one partnerships between writer and coach make all the difference. It's a rare thing to have someone listen deeply to what you are sharing and creating, and it really makes a difference in the lives of these young people. I'm excited to see how our work can deepen as well as broaden to communities both within and outside of Portland.

A glimpse into your world outside of PlayWrite...

I make masks for performers, teachers and collectors. You can follow my work through my blog. I am also one of the cofounders of the Teaching Artist Studio, a professional development lab for teaching artists in all arts disciplines. As a program of Young Audiences, we provide opportunities for artists to build community and skills for working in collaboration with schools. I love the natural areas in the Pacific NW and I value travel for expanding my horizons in all parts of life.