Teaching Artists & Administrative Staff 2018-2019
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.
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.
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 she was raised in the theatre, Amanda’s official training was at The Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. Outside of her work with Rogue Pack, she has taught acting, singing, movement, devised theatre and Shakespeare. Some favorite roles include co-starring in an award-winning independent film called Mandarose, Martha in The Secret Garden, and Clarisse in Fahrenheit 451.
Tara Hershberger is an actor, musician, director and writer. She is the Studio Theater Director at St. Mary's Academy and has taught and directed at the Northwest Children's Theater, and Magik Theatre, of San Antonio, TX. Tara has performed with Portland Actor's Ensemble, Original Practice Shakespeare Festival, Milagro Theatre, Fuse Theatre Ensemble and others. Her play In Toxic was produced during Fertile Ground, 2016. She has a Masters degree in Theatre Arts with a focus in playwriting and dramaturgy from PSU. She loves to devise and make discoveries on stage and believes that theatre is a powerful force for community-building, creative expression, and social change.