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 serves on the board of Soroptimist International of Portland whose mission is to improve the lives of women and children around the world.
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.
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.
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.
Board of Directors
Alan Miles (Chairman) works as a database developer for the City of Portland and teaches as an adjunct faculty instructor at Portland community college.
Jane Babcock - Hewitt (Secretary)
Hester Schell (Fundraising Chair)
Research Advisory Council: Monica Leon, Engineering Degree, Bimal RajBhandary, Masters in Urban Planning