Teaching Artists & Administrative Staff 2019-2020
Vanessa Hopkins - Program Director, Two Wolves Theater School (coming this Spring):
Since childhood, Vanessa has lived a life in the theater: Whether as a performer, director, writer or teacher, theater has been her life. She has had the privilege of teaching yoga, improvisation, and acting, to the underserved youth communities in both Portland and California. Formerly, she was the creative director for www.liveatthearmory.com - a concert venue in Ashland Oregon, where she worked as the art director in marketing, creative director of video, interior designer, as well as a program director for events. More recently, she is the founder of www.lifeisshortfilms.com a digital content marketing company that serves non-profits, start ups, and innovative sustainable products. Vanessa is passionate about helping to build the Two Wolves Theater School in partnership with Rogue Pack. She believes the expressive arts are the best way to give our youth the tools they need to thrive in a complex world.
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.
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.
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.
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.