Paul Angelo

Artistic Director

paulangeloPaul 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.

Paige Rogers

Managing Director

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Paige Rogers is an award-winning actor and arts administrator who earned a BA in Arts Administration and Theatre from Drury University where she trained under Tony Nominee, Robert Westenberg. She further her studies at the Portland Actors Conservatory. She is a resident actor with Theatre Vertigo in Portland.

Sydney Heim

S! Conservatory Social Media Manager

Sydney Heim is a Staged! Alum who graduated from Alliance Charter Academy and Clackamas Community College in June of 2018. She is taking a gap year before finishing her bachelor’s and spending her year as the Social Media lady for Staged! Sydney is also spending her year performing in as many shows as she can including John Hughes High, and Inherit the Wind. She is thrilled to be a part of the Staged! Conservatory for one more year as an onlooker to the program and to spread the word about how amazing the program is.


James Ward

Board President

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.

Vice President

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 Fratianni

Board Treasurer

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

Board Secretary

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.


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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.

Rocco Martin

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 Ward

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.

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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.