Teaching Artists 2017-2018

Ann Singer (Executive Director, Writing Facilitator) Ann has a BFA in Theatre Arts from NYU and a Masters in Education from San Francisco State University. She has taught children and adults in Spain and Chile while learning to speak Spanish. Through a fellowship with the State Department, she taught at the University of the North West in South Africa, and at the University of Tuzla in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She is the creator of the Stories Series, which she began as a member of Lunacy Stageworks, and is now an annual program produced for Fertile Ground, Portland's festival of new works. She has organized workshops and performances for at-risk youth and underserved populations for eight years in the Portland Metro Area. Ann served on the board of Soroptimist International of Portland whose mission is to improve the lives of women and children around the world, for four years. She currently sits on the board of Echo Theatre Company.

Guest Artists

Danielle Pecoff ( Acting Instructor/Director) is a graduate of Southern Oregon University's Theater Arts program.   She has worked on a variety of projects as an actor, singer, dancer and director. Her credits include Lisa Morrison in Collected Stories, Percy Talbott in The Spitfire Grill, Andromache in Women of Troy, and Lt. Cdr. JoAnne Gallowa in A Few Good Men. She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from SOU and works as a teaching artist. Danielle is the performance facilitator at Boys & Girls Aid.



Tracy Cameron Francis is a theatre and film director with a focus on socially conscious work.  She also works as a producer, deviser, dramaturge and educator. Francis has a strong interest in new international work  and sees it as an important way to build understanding between cultures and countries. Francis has directed and developed new plays from Syria, Uganda, Egypt, Chile, Uruguay, Japan, Iraq, Algeria, Pakistan, France and Finland.

Jeff Desautels
Jeff has worked throughout New England and the West Coast as an actor, clown, performance artist, director, teacher, writer, props master, and lighting technician. Jeff is a founder of the clown trio Box of Clowns, traveling to festivals across North America. He has taught physical theater with Echo Theater and has performed with Tears of Joy Theater, Sir Cupcake’s Queer Circus, and at multiple arts events at The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven.


Marlon Jiménez Oviedo Marlon Jiménez Oviedo, performer & teaching artist, graduated in June from Lewis & Clark College with a double major in Theatre and Environmental Studies. Marlon is also a graduate of the United World College of South East Asia with a bilingual diploma. He has interned for CoHo and Boom Arts, and served as the chair of the Renewable Energy Fee Fund Committee of Lewis & Clark College. He also devised his own performance called Being the Touristed, Part 1: The Unspoken, which debuted at Lewis & Clark. Most recently, he choreographed for Mock’s Crest Ruddigore, at University of Portland. This will be his first season of touring with Milagro.

Emily Newton
Originating from Australia, Emily now resides in Portland, Oregon working as a performer and educator. Having received a MFA in Ensemble-Based Physical Theatre from Dell'Arte International, Emily is passionate about movement, comedy, and physical expression. Emily devises, creates, and teaches theatre that is character-based and incorporates physical comedy




Layna Lewis (Art/Scene Design Instructor) is an Artist whose infectious enthusiasm creates space for us all to recapture Joy through creative expression. A Native Portlander, Layna is a Woman of multi-ethnic and multi-cultural heritage.  And a Single Mother of two lovely girls. She has been active in the Arts her entire life. She is a muralist, painter, sculptor, and educator, and a performing Artist. A Community Health Worker, she actively advocates Equity in Health and Wellness to our most vulnerable populations through Policy, Legislation and direct services. Layna attends PNCA, Pacific Northwest College of Art and is a Living Yoga Instructor. Currently, launching a Non Profit, Viva La Free, providing Direct Services to vulnerable, underserved populations; Art To Aid in Healing Trauma; (Trafficking Survivors, Recovering Addicts) and Public Art to raise awareness and enrich our communities. Layna learned to advocate for herself and others and to ask for help, persistently; to find a way, to make a way and most importantly, to never give up.

Amanda Anderson (Acting Instructor) Though raised in the theatre, Amanda’s official training was at The Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. She has taught acting, singing, movement, and Shakespeare and can be seen in various productions around town.