Staged! produces stellar contemporary musical theatre and nurtures young talent. Since bounding onto the Portland arts scene in 2005, Staged! has become the city’s premiere training destination for teens and young adults. Dedicated to story-driven musicals and growing the next generation of artists, we never put musicians in a pit.
Artistic Director/Founder Staged!
Chanda Hall founded Staged! Musical Theatre in July of 2005. A graduate of Gustavus Adolphus (MN), she holds a degree in music performance with an emphasis on arts administration. She has spearheaded numerous arts initiatives and is active in the arts education arena. She has worked with New York’s City Center’s Young People’s Dance Series, and dance and the Child international (daCi). A member of Alpha Psi Omega and the honor society Guild of St. Ansgar, Chanda is the recipient of numerous awards for both service and arts achievement. She has performed in venues throughout the United States and has served on panels for Oregon Thespians, Regional Arts & Culture Council, and Portland Area Theatre Alliance. A sought-after teaching artist, Chanda has served on the faculty of Northwest Children’s Theatre, Oregon Children’s Theatre, and Oregon Ballet Theatre as well as Staged! She is a member of Portland’s Emerging Arts Leaders.
Associate Artistic Director
Paul Angelo is a director, actor and theatre educator working and living in Portland, Oregon. He received a BFA in musical theatre from the State University of New York (SUNY) Fredonia then went on to receive an MFA from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival/University of Alabama. In 1997 he co-founded the New Ensemble Theatre (TNE) in Manhattan; during his five years as co-artistic director, TNE focused on new plays and the plays of Shakespeare creating three seasons and eleven productions. TNE and its members were the recipient of several awards including an OOBR (Off-off Broadway Review) award for outstanding production for the play Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom (2001) and an invitation to the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC for Henry V. Off-off Broadway directing credits includes Hamlet, The Hunger Waltz (part of the NY Fringe Festival ‘99) and Henry V. Paul directed the Staged! productions of Les Misérables, which received two Portland Area Musical Theatre Awards (PAMTA), Big River (two PAMTAs), the Portland premier of Jason Robert Brown’s 13, which was awarded a Drammy for Outstanding Pit Ensemble, and Parade (PAMTA – Best Ensemble). He served as the resident drama instructor at West Sylvan Middle School for seven years.
Diane has over 25 years of experience in professional theatre, working as an actor, director, dramaturg, producer, manager and educator. Currently, she freelances as a director, acting coach, and dramaturg and also coordinates the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts.
Diane’s New York credits include a workshop of Heart Failure at the York Theatre (Off-Broadway) and Pinokenstein for the International Cringe Festival (Off-Off-Broadway). As the Associate Artistic Director of Portland Repertory Theatre, Diane directed productions of The Sisters Rosensweig, Angel Street, Beau Jest, Sight Unseen and A Right Spirit and workshopped dozens of new plays in the Rep Readings series she created and ran. At Artists Rep, she directed Lobby Hero and staged readings of After Easter and Wrestling With Charlotte as part of the ART Unplugged series. Diane directed and coordinated the kick-off event for JAW at Portland Center Stage for several seasons. Diane is the Co-Founder and Producer of SPECTRE Productions, dedicated to producing new works, for which she produced A Grimm Late Night – Fairy Tales for Adults in the PCPA.
For two seasons, Diane has participated as a director and book writer for 4×4=8 Musicals with Live On Stage. Other directing credits include the original musical Heart Beatings at CoHo Productions (PAMTA for Best Original Musical); Romeo & Juliet, To Kill A Mockingbird, A Christmas Story, Nancy Drew, Arthur and Merlyn, Junie B. Jones, and Little Women for Northwest Children’s Theater; Lettice and Lovage, The Dinner Party, and The Woman in Black (Lakewood Theatre); Still Life, Miss Lulu, The Tinderbox – all original scripts at Stark Raving Theatre; Honus and Me and Mr. A’s Amazing Maze Plays at Oregon Children’s Theatre; Much Ado About Nothing, The Person I Once Was at AHA! Theatre in Seattle, where she was also on the Board; and productions with Broadway Rose, Portland Actors Ensemble, NW Playwrights Guild and Play Workshop Theatre.
Diane is also an audio describer providing and promoting access to live theatre and opera for patrons who are blind and visually limited. Diane did an internship at Pioneer Theatre Company, received a BFA in theatre from the University of Utah and an MBA in nonprofit management from Marylhurst University. She also has a brown belt in taekwon do.
S! Conservatory Coordinator
Khameelah Waldon is a proud alum of Staged! Conservatory and now works with Staged! as the S! Conservatory Coordinator. She graduated from Tigard High School in June of 2016 and will be a music student at Portland State University in the fall of 2017. Khameelah hopes to continue working with Staged! in the future!
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
James is an IT Solution Architect for A-dec, Inc. He spent several years volunteering as a robotics team coach for high school students. He taught children in various STEAM topics (e.g. 3D printing to Internet of Things) for the Saturday Academy and local community education programs. He has volunteered in various capacities for community theatre productions, the Staged! Conservatory and Oregon Children’s Theatre. He has participated in the 48 hour film project, volunteered for the Willamette Falls Media Center and co-directed two stage shows with his wife at their children’s middle and high schools. James’ support of the performing arts comes from his belief that live performance is essential to communicating and sharing stories about human condition and does so better than any other medium. He joined the Board in May 2016.
Larry S. Sherman, Ph.D.
Larry is a Senior Scientist, Division of Neuroscience at Oregon National Primate Research Center and a professor in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at Oregon Health and Science University.
Lisa originally hails from upstate New York. After graduating from Union College, she moved to Oregon where she earned a Post Baccalaureate in Accounting from Portland State University. She worked as a CPA in public practice and with private companies for over 20 years. She has served on many nonprofit boards including the Police Activities League, the Rental Housing Association of Portland, Willowbrook Arts Camp and Northwest Dance Theatre. Lisa is an avid supporter of the arts and arts education. Lisa joined the Board of Staged! in May 2015.
Grace Lee is a Staff Design Engineer at Intel Corporation where she has worked since 1992. Grace earned her BSE and MSE degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan. Grace is an active volunteer in her daughter’s school. She has previously served as President of the EE student honor society at the University of Michigan, and as a Brownie Girl Scouts Leader. Grace joined the board of Staged! in August 2012. In her leisure time, Grace enjoys skiing and hiking.
MEMBERS AT LARGE
David Mitchum Brown
David took advantage of many years’ steady employment as a professional dancer to obtain Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Nevada and worked in programming and system administration before settling into technical communication. He established a small consultancy in 1995 and has worked with software companies in the US and Canada. Along with serving on the board of Friends of Arts Magnet Education (FAME, private supporters of Beaverton’s Arts and Communication Magnet Academy) and the board of the Portland Opera Guild, David returned to dance in 2003 and to acting in 2010, and has appeared in dozens of stage and camera productions. He joined the Staged! board in July of 2015.
I come from Reno, NV and attended college at UNR and UI Champaign/Urbana in the field of Computer Science. I’ve lived in the Portland area for 25 years now, and have a wife and two college attending daughters. Both of our children have fallen in love with music and theatre, and we’ve done everything we can to encourage their growth in this area. I’ve always loved how music and theatre can make you FEEL, and firmly believe that all children need exposure to the arts.
Linda has a lifelong love of the arts, which began while performing in many competitive speech and drama productions in high school and college. Since then, she has been actively involved by volunteering for community theatre/dance groups, as well as Staged! Conservatory and Oregon Children’s Theatre. She has participated in the 48 hour film project, volunteered for and performed at seasonal events for the Willamette Falls Media Center and co-directed two stage shows for her children’s middle and high schools. All three of her children have been involved in performing arts at one time or another both on and backstage. She joined the Staged! Board in May 2016.
Staged! Statement of Nondiscrimination
Staged! is committed to diversity among its artists, students, and patrons. Staged! is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, ethnic identity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, marital or family status, political opinion, source of income, or any other legally protected basis. Our policy is to recruit, hire, train, promote and administer our staffing and programs with equal opportunity for all.