Administrative Staff 2019-2020

Ann Singer - Executive Director, Writing Facilitator:

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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.

Teaching Artists 2019-2020

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Cambria Herrera holds a BA in Acting and Directing from George Fox University. Recent credits include: Romeo and Juliet at Penguin Productions (Director) Peter/Wendy at Bag&Baggage (Tiger Lily), As One at Portland Opera (Assistant Director), The Little Mermaids Project at Enso Theatre Ensemble (Director and co-producer), Proof at Valley Repertory Theatre (Director), Balkan Women at George Fox University (Director) and Twelfth Night at George Fox University (Antonio). Their next project is directing and co-producing the circus show "Yellow, Yellow, Yellow" with Red Balloon Theatre Collective this summer. They are also involved in the Portland community as the facilitator/co-founder of The AGE Theatre Collective and a leadership committee volunteer for PDX Latinx Pride.

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Justin Charles is a bi-lingual Latinx transplant to Portland, who originally hails from East Texas and has traveled the country since studying theatre-forensics at The University Of Mississippi (Ole Miss) participating in various activities. Thy is a newcomer to Rogue Pack, and has recently collaborated with Bag & Baggage, Theatre Vertigo, Portland Center Stage, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Oregon Zoo, Milagro, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, MadCap Puppets, Cortland Repertory Theatre, Western Playhouse*, and spends thy time writing, expanding resume skills, crafting jokes, and developing fictional band names. Thy is an avid reader, commemorative stamp collector, music lover, and suffers from restless-leg syndrome. Thy would like to continue to pursue a life of creativity in the arts.

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Joe Jatcko is a writer, director, and filmmaker originally from Boulder, CO, who has taught enrichment classes in Portland for almost a decade. He’s produced award-winning shows in Portland and Los Angeles, and worked locally with Imago and CoHo Theatres. His crowning achievement so far has been Mustache the Musical, which he directed as part of an enrichment program at Sunnyside Environmental school last year. This inspired him to focus his efforts on using theatre to inspire confidence and compassion in young people. He will begin teaching with Oregon Children’s Theatre in the fall.

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Amaranta Colindres - Art Facilitator:

Art teacher, fine artist and muralist with 6 years’ experience teaching the Arts to Children from age 3 to 8th grade in Elementary Schools and camps. Her passion is to lead children in creative activities that result in improved creative skills and increased self esteem. She is trauma informed and bilingual in Spanish and English. When not teaching or painting, she enjoys traveling and exploring the outdoors with her dog, a husky named Shasta.

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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.

 

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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.

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Lissie Lewis has lived in the PNW all her life. She has a bachelors in psychology from Portland State University. Lissie has worked for Multnomah County Probation & Parole and Oregon Youth Authority, and has chosen to combine that background with her love of theatre. Lissie was first employed by Staged! and has worked with Original Practice Shakespeare for eleven years. Lissie is looking forward to marrying her fields of expertise.

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Christian Mitchell is a recent University of Oregon graduate, with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts. He has been directing and performing improvisation for over five years and has worked with Absolute Improv in Eugene and with the Deep End Theater and the Brody Theater in Portland. Christian has an eternal love of comedic improvisation, and in his free time he studies the art of French clowning in addition to his work in live theater and improvisation.