ANDRES ALCALA has been working as an actor and director in the Portland area as well as throughout Arizona. He worked for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as an actor for two years and as an outreach teacher for five years. Most recently he has directed Ramona Quimby, and played Long John Silver in Treasure Island for OCT. He is the Artistic Director of C.I.T.E. producing and performing for Portland area schools.
JOHN ARMOUR is a fight director and actor based in Portland. He has choreographed Treasure Island, Cyrano, and others for OCT, where he has also taught several classes in stage combat. He teaches and/or directs for nearly all local theatres and most colleges, high schools, and middle schools in the area.
AMY ARONSON lives in Portland, teaching musical theatre at Northwest Children's Theater, accompanying the choir at PHAME Academy, and works as a private piano teacher and musical theatre/audition preparation coach. Amy received her Single Subject English Teaching Credential at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2012, and her BA in Visual Anthropology at the University of Southern California in 2009. Amy grew up in California, and began playing piano at four years old, and took the stage as a dancer, actress, and singer by the age of six. Amy's favorite thing to do is sing around a piano with a bunch of theatre kids!
DANI BALDWIN is OCT's Education Director, where she also teaches and directs. She appeared in The Boxcar Children at OCT, Business as Usual and Who Stole My Dead Husband? with La Famiglia, 7 Great Loves (Drammy Award) and Devine with Sojourn, and five of the 1940's Christmas from Home productions with Tapestry Theatre, among others. She’s also done make-up design, stage management, set/costume construction.
TOM BECKETT has been acting, directing and teaching theater in Portland for twenty five years. He has trained with Shakespeare and Company, the D'ell Arte School of Physical Theater and the Royal Shakespearean Company. Currently he is the Theater director at Cleveland High School.
DAVID BERKSON has been working professionally with young people for over 15 years. He teaches drama at Portland's Northwest Academy, and has also taught for Portland Actors Conservatory, Profile Theatre Project and Northwest Children's Theatre. David's work with young people includes directing productions of Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, and The Tempest; as well as works by Harold Pinter and Edward Albee. Before moving to Portland, he was Education Director for Marin Shakespeare Company and Camp Director for The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. As an actor, David appeared as Jerry in Profile Theatre Project's production of The Zoo Story, and was most recently seen in As Is.
SARA CARMONA received her B.A. in theatre from Willamette University. She is an actress who has taught with OCT, as well as with Children’s Educational Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and has toured internationally.
JEFFREY CHILDS is a music director, accompanist, and musical theater teacher. He was the owner of Theatre ETC in Chico, CA and the staff accompanist at Chico State. Since moving to Portland in 2010, Jeffrey has worked with Portland Center Stage, Broadway Rose, Valley Catholic High School, Robert Gray Middle School, Staged and Oregon Children’s Theater.
STEPHANIE CORDELL has been working as an actor and teaching artist in Portland and throughout the US. She has been fortunate enough to tour nationally, perform at several regional theaters, and teach for such schools as ARS Musica, Youth Performance Company, Stage Coach, and the Russian Academy of Ballet. For OCT she performed in James in the Giant Peach and is currently performing and teaching with the Educational Theatre Program.
JENNIFER DARLING received her MA in Theatre Arts in 2001. She’s been teaching, assistant directing, stage managing, and directing for OCT for over 10 years, working on shows such as Treasure Island, Tom Sawyer, and The Boxcar Children. Other credits include working at Back Stage Theatre, Miracle Theatre, and Oregon Ballet Theatre. In graduate school, Jennifer directed The Informer, Graceland, and Independence. One of Jennifer's favorite projects with OCT was directing the YP show Cyrano in 2009. Jennifer believes amazing things happen to children who come out of the OCT program and it is a pleasure and honor to work within such a creative community. She would like to thank OCT for all their support and the hard work they do to enrich the lives of children.
ROSALIND FELL is originally from London England where she worked as a dancer, actress and choreographer in theatre and television. As a dancer she has performed at many venues in and around London including the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. She also appeared in many BBC productions for television. Since moving to Portland Rosalind has appeared in many theatre productions including Farndale Avenue Ladies (Bag n Baggage) Pride and Prejudice, Northanger Abbey (Quintessence) The Secret Garden, Lettice and Lovage (Lakewood Theatre). She also recently appeared in an Oregon Lottery commercial. Rosalind teaches dance at Northwest Academy and Stagecoach Theatre Arts School.
JAY FLEWELLING was born and raised in Portland, and has been a comedian since birth. He has been involved in the dramatic arts for more than a decade, including being an established member since the first annual Bridgetown Comedy Festival. He has produced, directed, and performed in his own comedy variety show, The Comedy Grab Bag, at the Funhouse Lounge. You will find him, almost any time, practicing his craft on sanctioned and also, surreptitious platforms. He welcomes the opportunity to become an instructor for the OCT and is committed to supporting other comedians in developing their craft. Jay has a passion for youth work and education, he has taught the power of play in a K-8 school assisting children in adopting a more active and healthy lifestyle. Jay has taught in his year of service for the Americorps, for the Outdoor School Program, adult and family classes at Curious Comedy Theater, and is currently at Forest Park Elementary.
MICHAEL TAYLOR FONTAINE recently moved to Portland from Los Angeles, where he was a Casting Session Director for L.A.'s top commercial casting company, Ross Lacy Casting, for fourteen years. Michael has directed nearly a quarter of a million auditions, and overseen casting sessions for more than one thousand national commercials. He taught on-camera acting classes to kids, teens and adults at Aaron Speiser Acting Studio in Los Angeles, as well as teaching dozens of on-camera commercial audition workshops. As an actor and singer, Michael's credits range from appearing on Broadway and acting as a series regular or as a guest on prime-time and daytime network TV and in movies for television, to performing on TV variety shows and on theatre and variety stages all over the United States and in six foreign countries. Michael writes, produces and, with his wife, Terri, performs kids and family music as The Sunflowers. His music has received a Parents Choice Award.
KRISTIN HAILSTONE is thrilled to be teaching with OCT! She holds a BA in Theater from Arizona State University. For 14 seasons, Kristin was a Teaching Artist and member of the acting ensemble for the internationally acclaimed theatre company Childsplay in Tempe, AZ. Favorite roles include Mary Todd Lincoln, Pussycat in The Owl and the Pussycat and 9 sparkly years as The Velveteen Rabbit’s Nursery Magic Fairy. She appeared in the Education Theatre Program’s touring production of The Amazing Food Detective as Mrs. C. Kristin lives and laughs with her wonderful husband and son.
CHANDA HALL is a performer, teacher, writer, producer, and the Artistic Director of Staged! Musical Theatre. She holds a degree in music from Gustavus Adolphus College. She enjoys working with kids throughout the metro area and has served as a faculty member at Northwest Children's Theatre, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and Staged! along with OCT.
CHRIS HARDER received his degree from the University of Wisconsin - Parkside and was a core member of Sowelu Theatre Ensemble for seven seasons (Meisner, Chekhov and Viewpoints training) As an Equity actor he has worked locally in numerous theatre, film, TV and commercial projects and is a certified stage hypnotist, comedy magician and clown performer. Chris has taught regularly with Oregon Children’s Theatre, Portland Public Schools, Playwrite Inc., Actors To Go, and The Young Players. Having worked with students of all ages from grade school to adults, his classes focus on the playful aspects of theatrical performance and acting technique.
Mr. Hoo (aka JEFF INLAY) is a children's musician performing around the Northwest by himself and with his band, The Alphabeticians. He also runs Kid's Recording Studio, where he has engineered and produced CDs for his band and others, as well as over a dozen CDs of kid's singing groups at schools and daycare centers. He has been a professional musician for over 25 years, and has never enjoyed himself more than when he's singing with or for kids.
SARA KENNEDY ADAMS received a BA in Theatre Arts at Southern Oregon University. Sara began her teaching career with OCT in 2002, during which she was their Box Office Manager. In 2009, she became the Main School Drama Coach at StageCoach Theatre Arts- Portland. She has directed numerous plays & musicals, as well as, talent/variety shows at various elementary schools in the Portland area. Sara is an actor and a singer and uses her musical theatre training as a member of Whetsell Adams, a jazz duo.
AMY LAROSA has been teaching theater for the past thirteen years. She graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a major in theater and a minor in music. She was a company member of The Theater Project in Brunswick, Maine where she both taught and performed and taught theater and music for Bar Harbor Maine's Summer Festival of the Arts. Her love of rainy nights brought her to Seattle where she taught for Youth Theatre Northwest and performed with Live Girls! Theater. Her husband brought her to Portland where she now teaches for Young Players and Portland Public Schools, as well as Oregon Children's Theatre.
VAL LANDRUM has been teaching at OCT since 2002 and recently co-directed Antigone Now for the Young Professionals program. An Equity and award winning actor originating from Chicago, Val has worked and trained with several first class regional theaters, including Steppenwolf and The Goodman. Since moving here she has been in productions for OCT, Portland Center Stage, Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Artist Repertory Theatre, Profile Theatre, CoHo, Portland Playhouse, Triangle Productions, and Lakewood. She began her teaching career at Purdue University where she also received her BA and then transitioned into inner city Chicago, working with troubled youth. She has also taught for Northwest Children’s Theatre, Portland Center Stage, The Young Players, ART and several immersion programs with the Portland Public School system.
SIGNE LARSEN has been involved at OCT since she was 6, first taking classes, then participating in the Young Professionals program, and more recently, teaching. She graduated with a BFA in Acting from Cornish College of the Arts in May of 2013, and is thrilled to be joining the staff of OCT.
JAKE MICHELS is a former student at the OCT Acting Academy. His first class, "Whose Line is it Anyway"? with Laura Smith introduced him to his favorite art form; improvisation. As a teen, he was cast in two OCT Productions: Tom Sawyer and Tuck Everlasting . After gratuating from WSU, he returned to Portland and has worked at OCT in the adminstration since 2008. He currently performs, directs, and teaches classes locally, and can be seen as a main stage Playa at Curious Comedy Theater.
MELANIE MOSELEY has her MA in Theatre Arts from the University of Oregon. She teaches improvisational comedy, sketch writing, musical improvisation, and acting to students K-12 throughout the Portland area. Her film and video credits include "Potty Talk," "tiny mini films," "Breaking In," and "My Own Private Idaho." Her stage credits include "James and the Giant Peach" at Northwest Children's Theater, "Bill W. and Dr. Bob" at CoHo Theatre, "How I Learned to Drive" at Backdoor Theatre, and "Fall of the Band" at Action/Adventure. She's mom to an 11-year-old in the Spanish Immersion Program at Beach School and loves working with kids of any age - and adults too.
CHRIS MURRAY is an equity actor and educator living in Portland. He has worked on many stages in town, and has appeared in a number of movies and television commercials. He was in the touring show What Would You Do? and The Pressure Point! at OCT, and has produced a video documentary of the OCT play IF. He believes education through the arts is the only way to truly learn who you are.
MO PHILLIPS has been writing and performing songs for families in the Portland area for the last 5 years, while playing jazz and rock in Portland for the last 20 years having graduated from Lewis and Clark College. Mo also teaches K-2 Music at Sunnyside Environmental School and is a member of Young Audiences, an organization that puts artists inschools throughout the school year. Mo regularly conducts songwriting residencies in area schools with YA. Mo is also a happy dad of two boys and a husband that regularly messes up home improvement projects with aplomb.
ZOE RUDMAN is the Acting Academy Manager at Oregon Children's Theater. As a child she took many classes at OCT, and received a BA in Theatre from Occidental College. She is an actor, dancer and teacher and has worked with numerous Portland theater companies including Theater Vertigo, CoHo Productions and Miracle Theater.
DIANA SCHULTZ is a native Oregonian that studied theatre arts, performance and dance at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC and LA. She's proud to have received movement instruction from Amanda Ellis, Jamie Benson, and Vic DiMonda (The Ailey School.) Diana is passionate about creative collaborations, devising new work, and finds tremendous joy in finding each student's inner dancer!
LAURA FAYE SMITH has performed for OCT in The BFG, Cyrano, Pippi Longstockings, It's a Wonderful Life, and Charlotte's Web. In addition, she has been teaching OCT classes for over a decade. She performs long form improv with Super Project Lab, has numerous film and voice over credits, and has appeared in productions at multiple theatres throughout Portland, including Portland Center Stage, ART, CoHo Productions, Triangle! Productions, Theatre Vertigo, and Profile Theatre. She studied improvisation at The Loose Moose Theatre in Calgary, Canada, as well at Bay Area Theatre Sports in San Francisco. She and holds a B.A. in English and Theatre from OSU.
SUZI SMITH was an agent in Los Angeles for prominent Youth agencies for 15 years. She worked with and enhanced careers such as the Olsen Twins, Hilary Duff, Michelle Williams, Brandy Norwood aka BRANDY, Ericka Christenson, Trevor Morgan, Andrew Keegan, Camilla Belle, and several more. She started at Mary Grady Agency, a children's agent, but was asked to start a youth division for J. Michael Bloom and then Buchwald Agency. She has always loved kids and enhancing these kids lives.She moved to Oregon in 1999 and became a casting director (The Hunted w/ Tommy Lee Jones) and she cast several commercials. She also has been teaching acting classes and now is offering a NEW type of acting workshop. I have a unique perspective to share with the you, the actor. I have been an agent, a casting director, and a mother on the set.
SPRING SNYDER is currently a MFA candidate in the Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities Program at the University of Texas at Austin, and is so happy to be back in Portland for the summer. Her theatre training started at the American and Musical Dramatic Academy in New York City and then continued on to The University of Montana, Missoula. She has worked with Missoula Children's Theatre, Sight Theatre Group, Young Players, and Oregon Children's Theatre. Spring loves using theatre as a way to not only tell stories but to create dialogue, build friendships and communities, educate, and to create laughter.
MARK STEERING has a degree in Performing Arts from Ithaca College in NY. He is a vocal instructor and has taught theatre, music and directed musicals with kids and adults for over 20 + years. Recently, Mark directed You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown with OCT's Young Professional students. Mark was the Theatre Arts Director at MJCC. He is also a composer who has written and produced several musicals, a 30 minute opera for the Saturday Market/Sunday Opera project and has written choral arrangements for Angels, the Next Generation.
CHELSIE THOMAS holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from secondary drama and language arts, and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from SOU. Chelsie has taught at Northwest Childrens Theatre, as well as at the reggio emilia inspired preschool Growing Seeds in NE Portland. She has acted with several companies throughout the Portland area, including: Sojourn Theatre, Lunacy Stageworks, Well Arts, and Curious Comedy Theater. Chelsie is excited to work with Oregon Children's Theatre!
BETH THOMPSON is a teaching artist, actor and Alexander Technique teacher living in Portland, OR. Beth has experience working with students beginning preschool and students taking their craft beyond high school. Her training and practice in Viewpoints, Dance and devising new works endows her teaching with a joyful reverence for the imagination and a focus on engendering student ownership of their work.
BLAKE WALES is an alumni of the Young Professionals Program at Oregon Children's Theatre and has been a part of the OCT family since a very young age. Currently, Blake is a student at Adelphi University in New York as a theatre major where he will receive his B.F.A degree in 2014. Recently he was nominated for the Region I Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship where he represented his University for his work in the show Eurydice. Blake has assistant taught classes at OCT such as, Fairy Tale Theatre, Harry Potter, Beginning Acting, Sing Dance Act, and Beginning Improv. He has been seen onstage at OCT in the shows The Giver, The Ghosts of Treasure Island, and Honus and Me: A Baseball Card Adventure.
MATTHEW ZREBSKI moved to Portland, OR in 1997. He graduated from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University with a BFA in Acting, Directing, and Playwriting. Matt took over the Dallas, TX summer company, Youth Could Know Theatre. In his three-season tenure, he produced seven world premieres and received a Dallas Observer "Best of Dallas" award for innovative theatre. In his five seasons at SRT, Matt directed, wrote, and scored numerous productions, and oversaw 31 plays as they went from page to premiere. His own plays, The Planet ME, Neck, A Place Called Timothy, Parts, Darkstep and Dawning, After the Zipper, and The Vespiary have been produced in the Dallas, Texas and/or Portland, Oregon areas. Matt is a multi-award-winning director and writer, and has also written a wide range of plays for the JAW Festival at Portland Center Stage.
* Teachers subject to change