Did you know that a number of past and present OSF actors/artists are readers for audiobooks produced by Blackstone Audio? Ray Porter and Anthony Heald are particularly prolific, with 72 and 40 titles, respectively. Other readers include Claudia Alick, Kevin Kenerly, Peter Macon, G. Valmont Thomas, Armando Durán, Eddie Lopez, Barry Kraft, Malcolm Hillgartner (95 audiobooks!) and Caroline Shaffer. To search for books by reader, click here and type in the reader's name in the search box on upper left portion of the screen.
Ako (at OSF 2010-11) is currently appearing in Tamar of the River with Prospect Theatre Company in New York City, through October 20.
Actor/director Kenneth Albers' (at OSF many seasons) adaptation of Kafka's The Trial played at New Century Theatre Company in Seattle in April/May 2013. Ken also recently directed Brian Friel's Molly Sweeney at American Players Theatre in Spring Green, WI.
Linda Alper (at OSF 24 seasons) appeared as Lynn Fontanne in Ten Chimneys at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland in May 2013. She recently returned from a second visit to Taiwan, via a writers' grant from the National Science Council. Her translation of Napoli Milionaria!, written with Beatrice Basso, will be produced by American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco in 2014.
Frankie J. Alvarez (at OSF 2011) will star in an as-yet-untitled dramedy project on HBO, exploring the highs and lows of life as part of a new generation of gay men. Tanya Saracho (playwright of 2013's The Tenth Muse) will be writing for this series as well.
Ryan Vincent Anderson (at OSF 2008-09) appeared in Clybourne Park at PCPA Theatrefest in Santa Maria, CA September 12-29, 2013.
Charlie Bachmann (at OSF two seasons) is the Community Arts Coordinator at Creative Clay Cultural Arts Center in St. Petersburg, FL teaching Theater, Film and Visual Arts to artists with physical, emotional and/or developmental challenges.
Marco Barricelli completed his sixth season as artistic director of Shakespeare Santa Cruz in 2013, and acted in the production of Henry V.
Former OSF director (1982, Black Swan) and Education director Paul Barnes recently retired as the artistic director of the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, MN, after nine seasons. Paul and 36-year OSF veteran James Edmondson both directed in the company's 2013 season.
Robert Alan Barnett (1986-'88) will be playing Judge Wargrave in Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None for Renton Civic Theatre in October-November 2013, and then remounting Neil Simon's Chapter Two (George Schneider) in Tacoma in March 2014.
Stephanie Beatriz (at OSF three seasons) is currently appearing as Rosa Diaz in the new comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine premiering this fall on FOX, also starring Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher.
Aldo Billingslea (at OSF eight seasons) teaches at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, CA. He recently appeared at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley, CA, in Neil LaBute's This Is How It Goes, and also appeared Lady Windermere's Fan at California Shakespeare Theatre.
Tim Blough (at OSF six seasons) guest-starred on TNT’s Leverage and NBC’s Grimm.
Actor Mark Booher (OSF 1991-92) is the artistic director of PCPA (Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts) in Santa Maria and Solvang, CA.
Orion Bradshaw (at OSF 2009-10) spent his second season in a row with the OSF School Visit program, then returned to Portland and began his new year by directing Post5 Theatre's production of Macbeth, which runs through March 17. In May, performed as Jacobo in Dance for a Dollar at Milagro (Miracle) Theatre. In June, he was seen as Antony in Antony and Cleopatra (Human Being Curious theatre company). In late summer, he will portray Caius Cassius in Julius Caesar (Post5 Theatre). Throughout the year, Orion is also a Drama & Shakespeare outreach teacher with NW Children's Theater, the Young Players Co. & From the Ground Up. www.postfivetheatre.org
Thomas Chapman, once part of the OSF backstage crew, returned again to the Sebastopol Shakespeare Festival as a director/playwright with his own adaptation of The Servant of Two Masters. He also joined Christopher Liam Moore as assistant director for the play Red Herring at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, OR and will do the same for Lady Windermere's Fan at California Shakespear Theatre in Orinda, CA.
Desdemona Chiang (assistant director, King Lear) received a best director award from the Seattle Theatre Critics Association for her 2012 Azeotrope Theatre production of Jesus Hopped the A Train at A Contemporary Theatre.
Actor Megan Cole (at OSF 1970s, 80s & 90s, most recently in 1993) continues her work as “Actor In Healthcare” at venues such as the Mayo Clinic and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. She received the 2010 McGovern Award from the American Medical Writers Association and has a new website: www.megancole.net. Megan recently appeared in Three Tall Women at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Here is a sample of Megan’s recent work at Cerimon House.
Actor Lesley Schisgall Currier (at OSF 1987) is the founding Managing Director of Marin Shakespeare Company, since 1989.
OSF Resident Costume Design Assistant/Designer Denise Damico (1998–2007) is now the costume shop manager of Seattle Repertory Theatre.
Eileen DeSandre (at OSF 16 seasons) appeared in Athol Fugard's The Road to Mecca at Profile Theatre in Portland and received a Drammy Award for the show.
Actor Dante DiLoreto (at OSF 1985-87) is an executive producer of the hit TV series Glee on the FOX network, as well as the television series "The New Normal" and "American Horror Story".
Actor Christopher DuVal (actor at OSF 1999-09) and guest fight director (at OSF 2010- 2013), has started as an Assistant Professor teaching in the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He is teaching Acting, Stage Combat and Voice in their respected BFA program. He continues to act and fight direct regionally, and he recently certified as an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework.
Susannah Flood (at OSF 2010-11) is appearing in Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play at Playwrights Horizons in New York through October 6, 2013.
Laura Griffith (at OSF 2012) recently played Marian Paroo in The Music Man at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre.
Anthony Heald is guest starring in selected episodes of the television series Monday Mornings on TNT.
Malcolm Hillgartner (actor, '78-'79, 2003-04, 2006-07)) and Jahnna Beecham (actor, '77-'78) directed their original musical Holmes and Watson Save the Empire (book, lyrics by Jahnna and Malcolm, music by Malcolm) at First Impressions Theatre in Vancouver, BC in February 2013; directed their musical Dogpark (book, lyrics co-written with Michael J. Hume, music by Malcolm) at Oregon Cabaret Theatre in April 2013; are writing book, lyrics and music for a new musical adaptation of the best-selling children's book The Doll People by Ann M. Martin, which will have its world premiere at Smith College, Northampton, MA, in October 2013.
Brenda Hubbard (at OSF 1982-84) has more than 35 years of experience as a professional actor, director , playwright and artistic director, and has worked with some of the leading theatres in the nation including Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, The Empty Space Theatre, Tacoma Actors Guild, Salem Repertory and San Jose Repertory Theatre. Read more about Brenda here.
Lighting designer extraordinaire James Ingalls (many shows at OSF) began his fall designing The Body of an American with Bill Rauch and Christopher Acebo at Portland Center Stage, and just completed work on Sam Shepard's The Curse of the Starving Class at Long Wharf Theatre in Connecticut. Next, Perpetual Dawn for the Paul Taylor Dance Company, then John Adams' The Gospel According to the Other Mary for Peter Sellars and Los Angeles Philharmonic. After that, it's The Big Knife at Roundabout Theatre Company in NYC, the new musical Sense and Sensibility at Denver Center Theatre, and The Master Builder at Brooklyn Acadaemy of Music.
Kelly Koehn (OSF costume props artisan from 1986-2006) is now the costume crafts/dyer at ACT in San Francisco, having most recently worked on a production of Vigil with Marco Barricelli. Kelly’s husband Russell Huddleston was the assistant Master Electrician at OSF from 1989-98 and is now working in Oakland as a biologist for CH2mHill.
Priscilla Lauris (at OSF 1982-86) appeared in Rapture, Blister, Burn at ACT Theatre in Seattle recently.
Gregory Linington (at OSF 12 seasons) appeared as DeGuiche in Cyrano de Bergerac at PCPA Theatrefest this summer. He also appeared on an episode of the TNT series "Major Crimes".
Kevin C. Loomis (OSF actor, 1981) is currently in Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark on Broadway (with another OSF alumnus, Patrick Page) and recently has played Max in The Producers in one of the first regional productions in Salt Lake City. He toured last year with the new musical adaptation of 101 Dalmatians, directed by four time Tony Award-winner Jerry Zaks.
Louis Lotorto (at OSF 1980s) appeared in The 39 Steps at Glendale Center Theatre July 13 - Aug. 17.
Daniel Mayes and Helen Machin-Smith (at OSF 1981-83) began Island Stage Left in the summer of 1999 with The Tempest and have performed “Shakespeare under the Stars” for the past fourteen years, with a spring, fall and winter shoulder season of modern work including Art, Doubt, Rabbit Hole, The Clean House, The Drawer Boy, Trying and many others. Dan and Helen worked many years in Seattle at Intiman, ACT, Tacoma Actors Guild, and Seattle Repertory Theatre. Helen has directed the company’s productions and Dan has played everything from Iago to Malvolio, Macbeth to Lady Bracknell, Father Flynn to Shylock. They bring other actors (many Equity) to the island from New York, Chicago, Seattle, etc., and their audience comes from around the country. They have two outdoor venues for the summer shows. Phil Davidson came a few summers ago to play Egeon in A Comedy of Errors.
Kathryn Meisle (at OSF 2012) appeared in Clybourne Park at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, MN, through August 4, 2013.
Former associate artistic director Penny Metropulos recently directed An Iliad at Syracuse Stage, which ran May 15 - June 9, 2013. Penny also directed Cyrano de Bergerac at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, which runs Sept. 24 - Nov. 10, 2013.
Christine Meyers (OSF costume shop) now lives in Seattle and has designed shows for Seattle Repertory Theatre (including their recent production of Circle Mirror Transformation) and other companies.
Christopher Liam Moore (at OSF five seasons) recently directed Red Herring by Michael Hollinger at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland. Christopher also directed Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan at California Shakespeare Theatre, in addition to A Streetcar Named Desire and A Midsummer Night's Dream at OSF this season.
The recent production of Measure for Measure at Chicago's Goodman Theatre featured past and present OSF actors James Newcomb, Alejandra Escalante and Kevin Fugaro.
Paige Newmark (assistant director to Andy Traister on his productions of The Threepenny Opera and Strange Snow in 1986) is now artistic director of Shakespeare WA (Western Australia).
Paul Vincent O'Connor (at OSF in 1980s and 90s) recently appeared in Cops and Friends of Cops at the VS Theatre in Los Angeles.
Brooke Parks (at OSF 2010-12) recently played Ophelia in the Yale Repertory Theatre production of Hamlet, starring Paul Giammati. She was also in the acting company at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA this summer, appearing as the Princess in Love's Labor's Lost and also in Mother Courage with Olympia Dukakis.
Kal Poole (at OSF 2001-03) is now managing director of the Grandstreet Theater in Helena, Montana, where he got his acting start at the age of five. Kal came to OSF in 2001 as the Rex Rabold Fellow, and then earned an MFA in Acting and the Creation of New Work from Ohio State University.
Ray Porter (at OSF over 15 seasons) appeared in the movie Argo, directed by Ben Affleck.
Margaret (Peggy) Rubin (OSF actor 1957-85, director of Information/Education 1973-85, and director of Public Relations 1986-87) received the following awards for her book To Be and How to Be: Transforming Your Life through Sacred Theatre – two Nautilus Silver Seal awards and a Living Now book award. Read more about Peggy Rubin and Sacred Theatre here.
Aura Sperling (OSF costumes and wardrobe for five seasons) spent two years as a costume designer for theaters in Albuquerque, NM before becoming a union film seamstress and costumer in 2010. Her film/TV credits include Breaking Bad, The Avengers and Last Stand. She is currently working in the tailor shop for The Lone Ranger, due for release in 2013.
Actor and director Randall Stuart (at OSF 1981-82, Daedalus Project 1986-91) is the artistic director of Upon These Boards and Founder and Director of Cerimon House in Portland, Oregon which has featured the collaboration of other OSF grads Megan Cole, Gretchen Rumbaugh, Constance Doolan, Brenda Hubbard and Dawn Lisell. His recent directing assignments include Artists Repertory Theatre, Southern Oregon University and Shakespeare Santa Cruz.
Actor G. Valmont Thomas (at OSF 13 seasons) appeared in three shows at the recently concluded Intiman Theatre Festival in Seattle, WA.
The 2013 Utah Shakespeare Festival company featured former OSF company members James Newcomb, Henry Woronicz, Jeanne Paulsen, Robynn Rodriguez, A. Bryan Humphrey, and Joe Vincent.
Derrick Lee Weeden (at OSF 21 years) appeared in a rotating repertory of Shakespeare's Coriolanus and Friedrich Schiller’s Wallenstein at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., March 28 -June 2, 2013. The shows also included former OSF actors Lise Bruneau, Patrick Page, Michael Santo and Robert Sicular. Derrick also appeared as Cyrano in Cyrano de Bergerac at PCPA Theatrefest in August 2013.
Julie Wilson, former OSF costume crafts artisan (1985-1998), has worked with the Shakespeare Theatre Company and Arena Stage in Washington D.C. Her biggest and most enjoyable recent project was working as a lead stitcher for HBO’s seven-part series, “John Adams.” She is currently the costume crafts technician for Cirque du Soleil’s “O” in Las Vegas.
Kurt-Alexander Zeller (Green Show company, 1990, 1991) is Director of Vocal Studies and Opera at Clayton State University in suburban Atlanta, Georgia, and recently (January 2013) directed a program of sacred opera for the National Opera Association. (The cast included former OSF Green Show singer Amanda Kelley.) The second edition of his book, What Every Singer Needs to Know about the Body, has just been released by Plural Publishing of San Diego, and he will be presenting at the International Congress of Voice Teachers in Brisbane, Australia in July of 2013.