UBS 2017 Presenters
We’re honored to present an extraordinary line-up of speakers and performers taking part in Unconscious Bias: Achieving Gender Equity Symposium 2017.
The following list will continue to be updated as additional presenter information becomes available.
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Dael Orlandersmith was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and Drama Desk Award nominee for Outstanding Play and Outstanding Actress in a Play for Yellowman. She is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, The Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights, a Whiting Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the 2005 PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award for a playwright in mid-career. She is the recipient of a Lucille Lortel Foundation Playwrights Fellowship and an Obie Award for Beauty’s Daughter. She has toured with the Nuyorican Poets Cafe (Real Live Poetry) throughout the world and has had plays produced at the McCarter, the Wilma, New York Theatre Workshop, and Manhattan Theatre Club. Orlandersmith won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for The Gimmick in 1999. Works Include: Liar, Liar (1994); Beauty’s Daughter (1995); Monster (1996); The Gimmick (1999); Yellowman (2002); Raw Boys (2005); Stoop Stories (2008); Bones (2010); Horsedreams (2011); Black n Blue Boys/Broken Men (2012); Forever (2014-2015).
Michaela Watkins is an American film and TV actress best known for starring in the Hulu series Casual and the ABC sitcom Trophy Wife. She studied theater and acting at Boston University, and later moved to Portland, Oregon where she appeared with Portland Center Stage and the defunct improv group Toad City Productions. Upon moving to Los Angeles, she became active in the LA stage scene, subsequently taking on roles with Circle X Theatre and 2100 Square Feet. Michaela began her film career in 1998’s Inconceivable, after which she was cast on an episode of the hit series Charmed. While a member of LA’s Groundlings Company, she appeared on several television series, including Without a Trace, Strong Medicine and Miss Match, Medium, Modern Men, Grey’s Anatomy, Malcolm in the Middle, 7 Deadly Hollywood Sins. In 2008, she joined Saturday Night Live, becoming known for her celebrity impersonations, particularly Joan Rivers, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Arianna Huffington, Barbara Walters, and Glenn Close. Since then she has had recurring roles on such TV shows as The New Adventures of Old Christine, Californication, Enlightened, Transparent, Eli Stone, and Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp in addition to film roles including Prankster and In a World . . .
Minita Gandhi is an actress/playwright/writer who was born in Mumbai, India. Raised in the Bay Area, she is proud to call Chicago her artistic home for over 8 years. MUTHALAND is her first full length play. It was workshopped at Silk Road Rising for their Solo Festival, selected for the Ignition Festival of new plays at Victory Gardens Theater, and invited to the Raven Theater for a special performance sponsored by the Indo-American Heritage Museum. Some of her regional theatre credits include Lookingglass Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage and Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. Minita can be seen in the recurring role of Dr. Prospere on NBC’s Chicago Fire, and has appeared on Fox’s hit show Empire, NBC’s Crisis, ABC’s Betrayal, Fox’s The Chicago Code, and was The Onion News Network’s anchor, Nina Shankar. She is a Master Instructor for Pinnacle Performance Company. She is a storyteller and lover of life.
LaRhonda Steele is the 2016 Muddy Award winner for Best Female Vocalist presented by the Cascade Blues Association. Over the years she has enjoyed working with local, national and international artists, including Curtis Salgado, Tiara Memory Janice Marie Scroggins and Gino Vannelli. Performing at the Lincoln Center with Obo Addy in 2005 and her yearly appearances at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festivals are just a couple of the highlights of her career. LaRhonda currently enjoys directing the Portland Interfaith Gospel Choir, working with B3 organist “King Louis” Pain. Their CD “Rock me Baby” received 4 out of 5 stars in Downbeat Magazine and is currently being played throughout Europe. She also enjoys working with her own band The LaRhonda Steele Band in which her husband Mark is the keyboardist and co-producer of their collaboration “Artistic Differences.” The CD features 12 original songs written and co-written by the duo. Her CD “My Soul’s Song” features some of her gospel favorites.
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Jane Vogel is founder of Age & Gender Equity in the Arts and Co-Chair of UBS 2017. She is an actor, an activist and a clinical psychologist. Jane believes that the arts inform the culture and that gender equity can only be addressed through intersectionality and inclusion. This symposium is dedicated to creating conditions where everyone’s potential can be fully realized.
Carmen Suarez is Vice President for Global Diversity and Inclusion at Portland State University and UBS 2017 Co-Chair. Carmen was previously the founding Chief Diversity Officer of the University of Idaho. She leads various diversity education and learning offerings including bias prevention, sexual harassment prevention, cultural competence, responsiveness and literacy, student of color higher education access, understanding diversity, equity and inclusion, managing diversity, Latino and African American relations, and gender communications. She has developed underrepresented faculty/staff/student strategic recruitment and retention plans, investigated and resolved civil rights and trauma informed complaints, monitored various dimensions of institutional equity, and oversees Title IX, ADA and AA/EEO compliance. She led diversity strategic planning dimensions for two university strategic plans, making concrete the path for institutional inclusive excellence. She has had the privilege of leading multiple teams of dedicated diversity professionals and allies. The greatest satisfaction has come from raising her daughter and being adviser to student groups. Working with students of color matters most to her.
Cynthia Addams joined The Collins Foundation in 1998 and was the Foundation’s first Director of Programs, a position she held for nine years before becoming the Chief Executive Officer in 2007. After receiving her BA and MA in Art History from the University of Oregon, Addams dedicated the next thirteen years to community arts development and management, eventually serving nine years as Executive Director of the Salem Art Association. Addams later held two consecutive positions at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon—Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations and Assistant to the President. During her tenure at Willamette, she was involved in developing the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at the University. A longstanding arts and culture advocate, Addams served eight years on the Oregon Arts Commission, chairing the Commission from 2005 to 2008. She is past president of Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington and currently serves as Treasurer of Foundations for a Better Oregon/ Chalkboard Project.
Adriana Baer is a freelance stage director and professor of theater. She has directed for Profile Theatre (Artistic Director, 2012-2015), Artists Repertory Theatre, The Cutting Ball Theater (Associate Artistic Director, 2004-2007), Columbia Stages, Atlantic Theater Company Acting School, the cell, and The Acting Company. New play development workshops and festivals include Profile Theatre’s In Dialogue Series, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, The Cutting Ball Theater, Primary Stages and The Lark Play Development Center. During her tenure at Profile Theatre, Adriana spearheaded the 3-year diversity and inclusion initiative to produce exclusively female-identified playwrights and playwrights of color. Adriana currently teaches at Portland State University. She holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA in Directing from Columbia University. Member of SDC.
Stephen Marc Beaudoin has been Executive Director of PHAME since 2010. He has worked for over 14 years in nonprofit management, focusing on education, social justice, and arts/creativity. Prior to PHAME, he was Assistant Director of The Fenway Alliance, and was founding Executive Director of Vox Consort. In addition to his role at PHAME, he serves as Vice Chair of the Multnomah Education Service District Board. Stephen has written about nonprofit issues and trends for numerous publications including the Portland Business Journal, Willamette Week, and the Oregonian. He was a 2011 Skidmore Prize winner, noted as an “Oregon Arts Personalities to Watch” by Artslandia magazine in 2012, a 2013 Portland Monthly Rising Star, was the 2014 Rob Delf Honorarium Award winner, and recognized with a 2014 Spirit of Portland award. Stephen serves on the Advisory Board of TEDxPortland, and has contributed time and talent to organizations including Basic Rights Oregon, Oregon Humanities, and Business for Culture and the Arts.
Sascha Blocker is a performer, director, producer and creator of original work. She is an associate artist with Push Leg Theatre Company, which won two Portland Area Theatre Alliance Drammy awards in 2014 for Nighthawks (Best Devised Production and Movement/Choreography). In 2016 Sascha was awarded a RACC grant to produce The Intimacy Project: I’d Like to Get to Know You. Sascha earned an MFA in Performance from the London International School of Performing Arts in conjunction with Naropa University. She has worked locally with Imago, Hand2Mouth, Third Rail, CoHo, Post 5, Liminal Performance Group, and the Portland Actors Conservatory. Sascha is an adjunct faculty member at Clark College and PCC. She teaches classes in Communication Studies and theater.
Julia Bray is a performer, writer, director and producer. Her work has been seen in NYC at Dixon Place, Fresh Ground Pepper, Ars Nova, and Cloud City. Most recently, her solo show Matter is Mother was shown at Portland’s CoHo Theater. She has a bi-monthly performance series she produces in Brooklyn and Portland called “All Boats” which you can check out at www.allboatsgroup.com. BFA from New York University. Proud member of AEA/SAG-AFTRA. Find out more at www.julia-bray.com!
Helen Daltoso serves as a Grants Officer for the Regional Arts & Culture Council, overseeing the tri-county agency’s grantmaking processes including: General Operating Support, Professional Development Grants, Project Support Grants, Arts Equity Grants and the RACC Fellowship. Since 2003 Helen has also managed the RACC Cultural Leadership Program. This program offers consulting, workshop and networking opportunities to emerging and established arts leaders throughout the region. She has been a member of RACC’s Equity Committee since its inception in 2012 and was the recipient of the Community Inclusion Award from the Portland Commission on Disability in 2009. Helen is a member of both Grantmakers in the Arts and Grantmakers of Oregon and SW Washington. She has worked in the arts in Portland since 1995. Before joining the RACC in 1997 as the Neighborhood Arts Program Coordinator, she served as the Program Manager for the Network of Oregon Artists. Prior to her work in the arts Helen worked for three years in Lesotho as a community extension agent and radio producer for the U.S. Peace Corps and USAID.
Barbara J. Diamond is a graduate of NYU Law School and has practiced labor and civil rights law for over 30 years. The founder of Diamond Law Training, Barbara also works as an anti-bias trainer and consultant. She is passionate about using Implicit Bias Theory to help organizations reduce the impact of cumulative, unconscious bias. Her recent training and consultant clients include Portland State University, the Oregon Professional Liability Fund, and the Washington Education Association. Barbara has also presented her trainings at conferences sponsored by the Oregon State Bar, the Teaching With Purpose Conference, and the Oregon Labor Conference.
James Dixon is originally from North Carolina and a local theater actor/singer. After nearly 10 years of travel to over 32 states and 7 countries, he decided to make Portland his home. James enjoys dialect work, sci-fi, social justice activism, and is always a sucker for a good musical. James has done work several LGBTQA organizations and social justice nonprofits, and currently volunteers as a cultural activist and Artistic Ambassador for The Color Now PDX.
Jane Fellows is a fifty-year veteran of the world of live theatre – as a student, as a teacher, as an actor, as a director, and as an advocate for age and gender equity in the arts. Over the years she has had the privilege and honor of telling extraordinary stories and sharing them with audiences. Stories and characters that have had personal impact have included Emily Stilson in Wings, Carrie Watts in The Trip to Bountiful, Ruth Steiner in Collected Stories, Peg in The Outgoing Tide, Emily Dickinson in The Belle of Amherst, Shirley Valentine in Shirley Valentine, Ethel Thayer in On Golden Pond – women’s voices with important stories to tell. Jane is proud to be a part of this remarkable event to bring about change and to celebrate the work we are about.
Trish Garner has been active with promoting social justice and enjoying the dramatic arts for most of her life. She currently serves as the State Public Policy Chair for the American Association of University Women, and is a member of the National AAUW Public Policy Board and the Artists Repertory Theater Board of Directors. AAUW has been promoting equity for women and girls since 1881, and Trish does her best to honor that tradition. This year it’s advocating on behalf of Fair Pay. She has also practiced law as a criminal trial attorney, both as a prosecutor but primarily for the defense. She has a Master’s degree in social work, has worked as a mediator and enjoys time devoted to artistic pursuits. She is interested in astrology and, in particular, the history of astrology.
Chisao Hata is a performer, educator, and social justice activist. Her original work and community engagement address themes of history, identity, place and peace through movement, drumming, ritual, poetic text and cultural wisdom. The Regional Arts and Culture Council, Metro, Japanese American Citizen’s League,Theatre Diaspora, Oregon Humanities, Oregon Nikkei Endowment, McKenzie River Gathering Lila Jewel Women Artists of Oregon, Dance Coalition of Oregon, IFCC (Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center Master Fellowship and Life Time Achievement) Physicians for Social Responsibility, Oregon Council for Social Studies recognize her work as an artist, dance educator and arts integration specialist. Her training in modern dance, theatre, classical Japanese arts, Expressive Arts, Art and Social Change and public education have been inspired at Tamalpa Institute, Urban Bush Women’s Leadership Program, the Dance Exchange in Washington, DC, and Double Edge Theatre and Project Zero in Massachusetts.
Heath Hyun Houghton is a Korean American actor and writer (heath-hyun.net). Recent stage appearances include work with Theatre Vertigo (Assistance), Salt and Sage (Midsummer Night’s Dream), and Post5 Theatre Co. (King Lear). He currently serves as Artistic Director for Well Arts Institute (wellarts.org).
Kimberly Howard is the community education specialist at Portland General Electric. Kimberly also serves as the program officer for the PGE Foundation, the corporate foundation of Portland General Electric. Prior to coming to PGE Kimberly was the Trust manager of the Oregon Cultural Trust, managing director at Portland’s Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, education/outreach director for Artists Repertory Theatre and the Director of Catering for Pazzo Ristorante, part of the Kimpton Group. Kimberly currently serves on the Oregon State Board of Education; she also serves on the board of directors for Oregon Humanities, Portland Playhouse and the Center for Performance and Civic Practice. She represents Oregon on the Western States Arts Federation’s Regional Multicultural Advisory Committee. In addition, Howard is an accomplished actress, with credits in New York, the Williamstown Theatre Festival and several Portland theaters. She holds an MFA in acting from Columbia University and has taught theater at Walla Walla University. She lives in the Montavilla Neighborhood of Portland, Oregon with her twin sons, Madison and Kenton and their cat, Cleo.
Ronni Lacroute brings a life history deeply engaged in the arts, language and theatre to the cultural scene she so actively supports. She enjoyed careers as an Assistant Professor of French at Suffolk University Boston, as a secondary school teacher of French in the Boston suburbs, and as a teacher of French and Spanish in California. Upon moving to Oregon with her husband in the 1990’s and establishing the successful wine business, Willakenzie Estate, she became involved in organizations such as ¡Salud! and the Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation providing healthcare services to seasonal vineyard workers. Immersing herself in the performing arts communities of Yamhill County and Portland, Ronni has sponsored numerous non-profit organizations, focusing especially on the role of the arts in promoting social justice. She serves on the Board of Trustees of Linfield College, where she established the Lacroute Arts Series, which presents distinguished artists in theatre, music, and visual art in programs with an emphasis on social justice.
Anita Menon, director and choreographer, is recognized as one of the leading exponents of Bharatanatyam, a classical dance form originating in Southern India. Anita is the recipient of the prestigious Performing Arts Fellowship in 2014 from the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC), the first Asian-American to receive this honor. Anita is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Anjali School of Dance. She choreographs dances with strong women role models, as well as Western stories told through Indian dance. Anita has directed Indian adaptations of Classical Western plays including Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot murder mystery Death on the Nile titled Murder on the Gange. Her productions are known for using several styles of dance including Indian classical, folk, Ballet, HipHop, Jazz and Bollywood. She co-directed The Jungle Book at Northwest Children’s Theater (2014-2015 season) which received four Portland Area Musical Theater Award nominations. Anita has traveled the world as a dancer. She also serves on the boards of the Northwest Children’s Theater and RACC.
Adrienne Nelson is a circuit court judge and the second African-American female judge in Oregon’s history. She is a frequent speaker on a number of topics including diversity, inclusion, equity, leadership and professional development. Adrienne is actively involved in a number of legal organizations often serving in a leadership capacity. Within the community, she sits on the Reed College Board of Trustees, chairs the Self-Enhancement, Incorporated (SEI) Board of Directors, sits on the Oregon Community Foundation Metropolitan Portland Leadership Council, chairs the Girl Scouts Beyond the Bars Advisory Board (GSBB) and sits on the Coalition of Advocates for Equal Access for Girls Initiative Project Steering Committee. In addition, Adrienne serves as a mentor to many people. She has been recognized by a number of community and professional organizations for her service to others.
Jooyoung Oh is a design researcher with a background in product development, conflict resolution and process-oriented psychology. She provides insights that lead to innovative design strategies for products and services, and supports organizations in the process of integrating insights into their culture and brand. She identifies patterns and insights through investigating the past, present and future experiences, as well as multi-dimensional conciseness, and translates those insights into an actionable framework for concept generation. Jooyoung leads international research projects, teaches design thinking and empathetic design process, and facilitates innovation workshops for corporations, non-profits and schools.
Darleen Ortega is the first woman of color and the only Hispanic woman to serve as a judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals. Darleen has served on a host of legal boards and committees and on the boards of Open Adoption and Family Services, Northwest Health Foundation and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She has been a leader in many state and local bar associations, including several minority bar associations, and has been recognized for her work in equipping women and minorities to succeed in law. She mentors scores of law students and attorneys, speaking and writing frequently on topics related to diversity, inclusion and equity. She also writes film and theater criticism for the Portland Observer.
Anne-Marie Plass is in her ninth year as a student of PHAME. She has especially enjoyed taking classes ranging from Dance and Musical Theater to IPad Music, Yoga, and Rock Ensemble. Her first musical theater experience was Beauty and The Beast, followed by performances in The Secret Garden; Once Upon a Mattress; Grease; Willy Wonka; Bye, Bye Birdie; Up the Fall and as Dorothy in PHAME’s concert production of The Wizard of Oz. She has enjoyed performing with Pink Martini, The Cello Project and at the Green Show at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. When Anne-Marie is not busy with her PHAME classes and performances, she volunteers at the Midland Library and the Multnomah County Animal Shelter. On Fridays, Anne-Marie can be found working at Starbucks. In Anne-Marie’s free time she enjoys her family, traveling, reading, and listening to her favorite group, The Backstreet Boys.
Daniel Pollack-Pelzner holds the Ronni Lacroute Chair in Shakespeare Studies at Linfield College, where he teaches courses in English and Gender Studies. He received his B.A. from Yale and his Ph.D. from Harvard. His articles on Shakespeare, gender, and contemporary culture have appeared recently in The New Yorker, Slate, and The New York Times. He is the scholar-in-residence for the Portland Shakespeare Project and a consulting scholar for Age and Gender Equity in the Arts.
Amrita Ramanan is the Director of Literary Development and Dramaturgy of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF). Founded by Angus Bowmer in 1935, OSF has grown from a three-day festival of two plays to a robust theater arts organization that annually produces eight-months of performances and community events throughout their season. Inspired by the company’s namesake playwright and the cultural richness of the United States, OSF reveals the collective humanity of the world onstage through illuminating and inclusive interpretations of new and classic plays, further enhanced by the kaleidoscope of rotating repertory. Amrita formerly held the positions of Associate Producer and Dramaturg with Double Edge Theatre (Ashfield, MA) and Artistic Associate/Literary Manager with Arena Stage (Washington, D.C.). She is currently a board member for the Network of Ensemble Theaters.
Nancy Ramirez Arriaga is driven by hope, which is reflected in her personal and collective commitment to transform and thrive. Born and raised in Mexico and an Oregonian for more than 20 years, Nancy’s outlook, as well as her commitment to social justice, was shaped by her binational experience. For over 16 years, she contributed to the nonprofit sector in various capacities, including as strategist, developer, director, adviser, consultant and board member. Her specialty: intercultural capacity building and balancing the art and science of designing tailored change strategies. Nancy joined Meyer Memorial Trust in 2016, just as the foundation was intentionally refashioning its grantmaking to focus on equity. As a program officer in Meyer’s Building Community portfolio, she relishes the opportunity to support leaders, risk-takers, innovators, community builders and the organizations that engage them. Nancy holds a M.A. in Leadership and Organizational Development from Saybrook University, and a B.A. in Administration of Justice from Portland State University. Nancy serves on the board of directors at the Nonprofit Association of Oregon.
Bonnie Ratner is a writer, producer, director, actor and educator. Her present writing focus is dramatic literature (plays and movie scripts). Her oeuvre is character-driven stories with a philosophical bent set against socio-political backdrops. Bonnie also writes professionally in the community development and public health fields and has taught writing in venues as diverse as college classrooms, statewide public health conferences, community coalitions and county jail. She has over twenty years’ experience as a consultant, facilitator, administrator and leader in community and organizational development, literacy, social justice, strategic planning, and public relations She also founded and managed successful theaters in California and Colorado. In addition to paying homage to her muse, Bonnie uses and teaches writing as a tool for self-discovery, recovery and gracefully stepping into one’s power.
Dianne Riley is the Oregon Director at Social Justice Fund Northwest, a community foundation that supports progressive movement throughout Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Washington and Wyoming. Born in 1962 to a racially mixed couple prior to the Supreme Court ruling of Loving vs Virginia, she has been active in social change work for over thirty-five years and become seasoned through periods of hope, as well as despair. Her passion for grassroots fundraising began to blossom while living in the mid-West and working with organizations dedicated to economic justice and police accountability. Shortly after arriving in Portland in 2008, she worked for Oregon Food Bank and eventually became immersed in equity work as the Equity Agenda Coordinator at Coalition for a Livable Future. She continued equity work as an independent consultant from 2011 – 2013, supporting transformation and development within local government agencies and non-profits throughout the Portland metropolitan area. As the Oregon Director at Social Justice Fund Northwest, Dianne supports emerging leaders, and community building amidst a burgeoning network of donor activists.
Olga Sanchez Saltveit, Artistic Director Emerita of Milagro, the NW’s premier Latino arts & culture organization, served as the company’s Artistic Director from 2003-2015, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Theatre Arts at the University of Oregon. An actor, director, writer, and educator, her work has been seen in Portland, Seattle, New York City, Los Angeles, Martha’s Vineyard, Peru, Venezuela, Honduras and Cuba. She currently serves as dramaturg for UO’s New Voices productions of The Fruit Stand and On the Street Where You Live, and Milagro’s production of Oye Oya, a new musical based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest, set in Cuba as its relationship with the US transforms. Olga served on the Executive Committee and the Diversity Task Force for Theatre Communications Group’s board of directors, and currently serves on the Steering Committee for the Latinx Theatre Commons, a project of HowlRound at Emerson College. She earned her B.A. in Theatre from Hunter College, C.U.N.Y., and MA in Human Development, specialization in Bicultural Development, from Pacific Oaks College Northwest.
Luan Schooler (Director of New Play Development & Dramaturgy at Artists Repertory Theatre) honed her dramaturgy skills at Perseverance Theatre in Alaska, working with then-artistic director Molly Smith on new plays and devised works with wide ranging artists including Paula Vogel, John Murrell, John Luther Adams and Darrah Cloud. As Literary Manager/Dramaturg for Berkeley Rep, she worked with many luminary writers, including David Edgar, Naomi Iizuka, Salman Rushdie, Dominique Serrand, Rinde Eckert, and Robert Fagles, and astute directors Tony Taccone, Mark Wing-Davey, Stephen Wadsworth, and Lisa Peterson, among others. She has also worked at Denver Center Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival (where she is turging Lisa Peterson’s translation of Hamlet for OSF’s Play On! project), California Shakespeare Festival, A Traveling Jewish Theatre, and Shaking the Tree. Luan joined Artists Rep in April 2015 to lead the new play development program, Table|Room|Stage, which is currently developing projects with Linda Alper, Yussef El Guindi, Larissa FastHorse, Anthony Hudson, Hansol Jung, Dael Orlandersmith, Steve Rathje, and Andrea Stolowitz.
Josie Seid has acted in several shows regionally, including Lina Darling in Lakewood Theater’s Nine the musical and Lola in Cottonwood in the Flood with the Vanport Mosiac Festival. Some of her favorite roles include Viney in The Miracle Worker (Artists Rep), the Soothsayer in Antony and Cleopatra (Portland Actors Ensemble), Calpurnia and Mr. Gilmer in To Kill a Mockingbird (Public House), Trix in The Drowsy Chaperone (Broadway Rose), and as an ensemble member with the Drammy Award-winning Brother Sister Plays with Portland Playhouse. Concert credits include The Billie Holiday Tribute Concert held at the Alberta Rose Theater and Portland Sings with Artists Rep. As a playwright, Josie is associated with the LineStorm playwrights collective. Three of her plays, Petite Dames, Jordan’s Wisdom and Overdue (appearing in this year’s Fertile Ground Festival) have had public readings. Directorial credits include Hazardous Beauty at Artists Rep, and the upcoming American Summer Squash as part of this year’s Vanport Mosiac Festival.
Luisa Sermol is a classically trained actress and teacher who has been part of the Portland Theater community for over three decades. A graduate of the Juilliard School, she also holds a Masters in Education (Lewis and Clark College) and a BA in English Literature (Portland State University). She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, Screen Actors’ Guild and is a private acting coach. Over the years, her teaching/workshop experience has included work with Portland Community College, Lewis and Clark College, Reed College, University of Washington, University of California, Santa Cruz, Foothill College, SIETAR (Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research), Artists Repertory Theatre Actors-To-Go, Rosemont Adolescent Treatment Facility, Open Meadow School, Multnomah County Juvenile Court System, and Portland Center Stage Outreach, as well as being a full time public school teacher for the past 13 years. Her acting credits include Broadway, Off-Broadway, Williamstown, Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre, Broadway Rose, Badass, Profile, Coho, Cygnet, Shaking the Tree, Corrib, and Miracle. She has been honored with five Drammy awards for Actress in a Lead Role. Film/television work includes Leverage, Personals, Zero Effect, Grimm and the award winning animated short, Insect Poetry.
Ithica Tell is delighted to be playing with AGE again. Most recent roles include Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Othello in Othello and Goneril in Lear. Thanks to Isha Tell for infecting me with the bug, Mom for always bragging about her baby, and Ethan LaFrance, for bring the perfect balance to my life with your Love.
Barbara Tint, Ph.D. is Professor of Conflict Resolution at Portland State University and the University of Oregon Law School. She also works as a facilitator, organizational trainer, licensed psychotherapist, and an improviser. She has been trained in improvisation since 2009 and facilitates trainings all over the world using the techniques of Applied Improvisation. She works in government, non-governmental organizations, private industry, academia and community based groups. She uses Applied Improvisation in training about Power and Status, Resilience for Climate Change Adaptation, Conflict Resolution, Organizational Leadership, Intercultural Relations and Gender Relations. She has published journal articles and book chapters on the use of improvisational methodologies in training for disaster preparedness and conflict resolution. She is Co-President of the Applied Improvisation Network (AIN), an international group of practitioners using Improv for a wide range of non-performance based purposes. Of all the modalities Barbara has worked with in her years as a therapist, professor, facilitator and student of life, she is convinced that Improv is the most transformational and joyful modality on the planet.
Todd Van Voris has been a member of the Portland theatre community for 15 years, performing with such theatres as Imago, Profile Theatre, Theatre Vertigo, Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Liminal Performance Group, Post 5, Northwest Classical Theatre, Portland Playhouse, Corrib Theatre, and more. He has directed with Portland Playhouse’s Fall Festival of Shakespeare which works with Portland Public Schools, and has appeared on such television programs as Grimm and The Librarians. He was trained at Playwrights Horizons and studied at New York University.
Andrea White is a Portland native. She moved to Los Angeles for a decade where she concentrated on pursuing film and television. She had guest roles on such shows as Family Matters, NYPD Blue, and Living Single. She was cast in the 30th year revival of Michael Butler and James Rado’s musical Hair in which she played Jeanie for the two-year run. She has recently been seen in Profile Theatre’s Antigone Project, as Linda in the Post Five production of Coyote on a Fence, as Rain in the world premiere of The Udmurts with Defunkt Theatre, in Love and Information with Theatre Vertigo, as Dessie Mae in Portland Playhouse’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Mame in Radio Golf, Black Mary in Gem of the Ocean, and as Lydia in Lesson Before Dying. Andrea is a two-time Best Supporting Actress Winner, for Artist Repertory’s Two Sisters and a Piano and Theater Vertigo’s Hell Cab.
Dawn Monique Williams is a resident artist at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where she is the FAIR Program Manager and is directing Merry Wives of Windsor for the 2017 season. Dawn’s recent directing credits include August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson and Lynn Nottage’s By the Way, Meet Stark. She’s directed a range of plays including the English language premiere of Gracia Morales’ NN12, Othello, Twelfth Night, In the Blood, Steel Magnolias, Children of Eden, The 25th Annual Spelling Bee, Little Shop of Horrors, Burial at Thebes, Medea, and La Ronde; international directing credits include Edinburgh Festival Fringe productions of Scapin the Cheat, Anna Bella Eema, and The Tempest. Dawn is a poet, writer, and scholar frequently lecturing on contemporary Shakespeare performance. She’s the recipient of a 2016 Princess Grace Award in Theatre; awarded a TCG Leadership grant, funded by the Mellon Foundation; a former Killian Directing Fellow at OSF; and is an alum of the Drama League Directors Project. She holds a MA in Dramatic Literature and an MFA in Directing.
Kristina Wong was recently featured in the New York Times’ Off Color series “highlighting artists of color who use humor to make smart social statements about the sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious ways that race plays out in America today.” She is a performance artist, comedian and writer who has created five solo shows and one ensemble play that have toured across North America and the UK. She’s been a commentator for American Public Media’s Marketplace, PBS, Jezebel, xoJane, Playgirl Magazine, Huffington Post and a guest on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, FXX’s “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell,” Al Jazeera’s “The Stream” and AM Tonight on Fusion TV. Her work has been awarded grants from Creative Capital, The Map Fund, Center for Cultural Innovation, the Durfee Foundation, National Performance Network, and six Artist-in-Residence grants from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. She’s been awarded residencies from the MacDowell Colony, New York Theater Workshop, Ojai Playwrights Festival, Montalvo Center for the Arts, Hermitage, and Atlantic Center for the Arts. www.kristinawong.com
UBS 2017 presenter roster subject to change.