FACULTY

Guest artists, panelists, and Staged! Conservatory faculty are drawn from the professional theatre world, many of whom have their terminal degree. All are committed to nurturing the next generation of artists. We are proud to have worked with the following teaching artists:

 

Adam Gwon, Lava Alapai, Eric Little, Andrew Bray, Kristen Mun, Linda K. Johnson, Paul Angelo, Laura Haney, Jeff George, Erin Shannon, Jimmy Garcia, Vin Shambry, Eric Nordin, Mark LaPierre, Chanda Hall, Diane Englert, Alwynn Accuardi, Darius Pierce, Claire Willett, Susannah Mars, Merideth Kaye Clark, John San Nicolas, Vonessa Martin, Lauren Bloom Hanover, Jon Quesenberry, Annie Rimmer Weeks, Ruth Jenkins, Jennifer Davies, Catherine Olson, and more.

 

Master class instructors are all working Broadway professionals from New York City. We are proud to have hosted JASON ROBERT BROWN, SHOSHANA BEAN, RODNEY HICKS, BARRETT WILBERT WEED, JANET DACAL, and MARC KUDISCH as part of our Student Master Class Series.

Laura Haney - Dance, BeMoved

Laura Haney attended Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA, where she studied dance and music. She was a member of River North Dance Company and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, toured nationally as a featured performer in the Broadway musical Fosse and was a cast member of Susan Stroman’s production of A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden for two seasons. Laura was a company member of BodyVox from 2005-2008 and most recently performed in Lane Hunter Dance’s The Beginning Is Near and PSYkO. She is a Stott Pilates, Evoluton PDX, and BeMoved certified instructor and taught dance workshops and master classes across the country. Laura directs the dance program and student company at Multnomah Athletic Club.

Chanda Hall - Musical Theatre Technique

large_chanda-hall-fullsize-headshotChanda Hall founded Staged! Musical Theatre in July, 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, writing curriculum and devising innovative arts programming. 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 composer, pianist and audition coach, and a member of Portland’s Emerging Arts Leaders and Business for Culture and the Arts.”

Erin Shannon - Dance, Yoga

large_erin-shannon-headshotErin holds a BFA in Dance from Oklahoma City University including extensive training in dance pedagogy. She has been teaching theatre dance, tap, jazz, lyrical, and ballet for almost 15 years, and is currently the resident dance and yoga instructor at the Northwest Academy. Erin has performed and choreographed for numerous Portland theatre companies including Broadway Rose, Lakewood Theatre Company (OTAS award winning choreography,) Many Hats Collaborations, Live On Stage, Stumptown Stages, Milagro Theatre, and Tin Pan Alley (PAMTA award winning choreography.) She has also taught and choreographed for several local high schools. She was recently featured on Oregon ArtBeat for her work on The Producers with Lakewood Theatre Company. Erin recently choreographed 13 at Staged! for which she received a PAMTA nomination, and was the Assistant Choreographer for the world premiere of Ablaze.

Jessica Wallenfels - Viewpoints

large_jessicawJessica Wallenfels is a director/choreographer, educator and performer. She is currently choreographing three productions for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2013 season. Recent work with students includes productions at Portland State University, Pacific University, and Willamette University in addition to teaching for Portland Actors Conservatory and California State School of the Arts.  She choreographed and performed in Famished, presented by Portland Playhouse in the Fertile Ground Festival. Regional choreography includes three seasons choreographing for Oregon Shakespeare Festival as well as credits at Seattle Rep, Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre and Tanglewood Music Center. She has choreographed new and original work in New York and Los Angeles. Her company, Many Hats Collaboration, has produced many original works including Find Me Beside You and Truth & Beauty. Jessica holds a BFA from California Institute of the Arts and attended Dell’Arte International. She is a 2-time Drammy Award winner for Outstanding Choreography and a PAMTA Award winner for Outstanding Choreography. Jessica co-directed Staged!’s very first musical (entirely) in one weekend (Into the Woods), and recently choreographed Staged!’s world premiere of Ablaze.

Paul Angelo - Acting

paulangeloPaul 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. He has been a member of Staged! since The Secret Garden in 2007. He has directed four musicals for Staged!: Les Miserables, which received two Portland Area Musical Theatre Awards (PAMTA) for Outstanding Ensemble and Outstanding Young Performer of the year, Big River which was also awarded two PAMTAs and the Portland premiere of Jason Robert Brown’s 13 the Musical which earned four PAMTA nominations including one for Outstanding Direction and was awarded a Drammy for Outstanding Pit Ensemble. Most recetnly he directed the company’s Portland premier of Jason Rober Brown’s Parade. Other Porltand directing credits include The Homecoming and Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom for Defunkt and Hamlet for Post5 theatre. In the upcoming theatrical season he will direct Romeo and Juliet for the Portland Actor’s Conservatory (Feb 2015), Ruthless! the musical for Stumptown Stages (Feb 2015), The Undiscovered Country for Defunkt (May 2015) and Equivocation for Post5 theatre. (fall 2015)

Andrew Bray - Music, Acting

large_headshotambray_0Andrew Bray has been educating actors in Portland non-stop since he moved here 8 years ago. In 2008 he music directed STAGED’s award-winning production of Les Miserables, and in 2012 he won a Drammy for Outstanding Pit Ensemble for his music direction of 13 the Musical. He also serves as Music Director for the Columbia Gorge School of Theatre, and teaches at many of the Portland Area Schools. As an actor, Andrew has performed on almost every stage with almost every company since he moved to Portland, so chances are you’ve seen him somewhere. Recent roles include Lt. Cable in South Pacific (Lakewood Theater) and Matt in Red Light Winter (Bad Badger Productions). Andrew also works as a private voice and acting coach for training and professional actors. A graduate of the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts.

Kristen Mun - Stage Combat

Kristen Mun

Kristen Mun has worked as a fight choreographer for over half a dozen theatre companies in the Portland area including Third Rail Repertory, Action Adventure, Profile Theatre, Post5, Milagro, and Anon it Moves.  Kristen choreographed the Staged! productions of Parade and Dogfight. She is the recent recipient of the Leslie O. Fulton fellowship and has won Drammy Awards for her work on Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Oedipus El Rey, and Henry IV Part 1.  Outside of Portland she has worked at Utah Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Repertory Theatre, and was the assistant fight choreographer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for 2 seasons (09-10).  She is an officer and a recognized fight instructor with Dueling Arts International.

Linda K. Johnson - Alexander Technique

Linda K. Johnson, dance artist, is an Oregon native. For over three decades, she has been deeply influential in the maturation of dance in the NW region, contributing as a maker, performer, academic, somatic educator, Contemporary Alexander Technique teacher, mentor, curator, and arts administrator. Her choreographic work has been presented by PICA/TBA, On the Boards, and ORLO, among many others. Nationally, she is honored to be one of five custodians of Yvonne Rainer’s seminal post-modern work, Trio A. Johnson has participated in residencies at Yaddo, Caldera, Sitka, and Rauschenberg/Captiva, and is one of 12 featured artists in the recently released book by KristinTimkin – The New Explorers, which includes a forward by Lucy R. Lippard.  In 2014, she opened her private practice teaching Contemporary Alexander Technique, having studied for four years with master teacher Robyn Avalon and the Alexander Alliance.

Jennifer Davies - Voice

Jen appeared in the acclaimed Staged! production of Parade. Comfortable in both musical theater and operatic/classical repertoire,

Jennifer Davies

Jennifer has performed with companies such as Portland Opera (Carmina Burana), Opera Theater Oregon (Sophie in Werther/Out of Eden), Broadway Rose Theater (Evita, world premier and recording of Ripper, and Pinocchio),  Lakewood Theatre (Grand Hotel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Pixie Dust Productions’ Legally Blonde – The Musical and The Wizard of Oz, and Portland State Opera’s The Merry Widow and Falstaff. Jennifer has had the privilege of teaching private voice for the past few years and has worked with and coached some of the top high school and middle school choirs in the state of Oregon. Jennifer has extensive experience teaching both drama and voice classes for middle school through college aged students, and has also vocal directed for musical productions with Christian Youth Theater (Beaverton), Theater Outreach (Salem), and West Linn High School. Jennifer has also served on the faculty at George Fox University teaching Musical Theater Performance. Jennifer received her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from Portland State University, studying under Christine Meadows and Douglas Schneider. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music (Vocal Performance emphasis, minor in Theater Performance) from George Fox University.

Jessica Hirschhorn - Kids Camp Teacher

 

Jessica Hirschhorn

Jessie is a transplant from NYC having recently graduated from Ithaca College with a BFA in Acting. She is a Core Member and the Fundraising Chair of the Original Practice Shakespeare Company, a PATA board member, and a freelance actor, director, teacher, and plus size model. She has taught all over the world, from Peru and Costa Rica to northern Thailand as a theatre and music teacher! She is thrilled to be joining the Staged! team.

OTHER FACULTY MEMBERS INCLUDE:

Chantal DeGroat, Rob Fishel, Jeff George, Diane Englert, Andres Alcala, Debbie Lamedman

GUEST ARTISTS INCLUDE:

Susannah Mars, Rodney Hicks, John San Nicolas, Sara Mishler Martins, Jeff Whiting, Lava Alapai