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In the Heights Cast & Creative Team

Posted August 23, 2019

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In the Heights

Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes

Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Directed by May Adrales

Cast

in alphabetical order

Karmine Alers*Camila, u/s Abuela Claudia
Yassmin Alers*Abuela Claudia
Ryan Alvarado*Usnavi
Maria Bilbao*Nina
Lillian Castillo*Daniela, u/s Camila
Debra Cardona*Abuela Claudia (Cover 8/31-9/6)
Tony Chiroldes*Kevin Rosario
Chaz Alexander Coffin*Partial Swing, u/s Benny
Alexander Gil Cruz*Jose, Ensemble, u/s Usnavi De La Vega
Henry Gainza*Piragua Guy, u/s Kevin
Nicolas Garza*Sonny
Alyssa V. Gomez*Vanessa
Paola Hernández*Carla, u/s Nina Rosario
Lily LeyvaYolanda, Ensemble
Emily Madigan*Ensemble, u/s Carla, u/s Daniela
UJ Mangune*Graffiti Pete
Eddie Martin Morales*Ensemble, u/s Sonny, u/s Piragua Guy
Claudia Mulet*Ensemble, u/s Vanessa
Alex Nicholson*Benny
Gabriella Pérez*Swing
Julien ValmeEnsemble, u/s Jose, u/s Graffiti Pete

Band

Eugenio A. Vargas
Musical Director, Conductor, Keys 1 
Mont Chris Hubbard
Musical Director, Conductor, Keys 1  
Mieke Bruggeman-SmithReeds
Ryan Meagher 
Guitar
Levis Dragulin  Trumpet
Amy Roesler Bass
Darian Anthony Patrick  Drums, Percussion
Marc Grafe  Reeds sub

The Creative Team

William Carlos Angulo
Choreographer
Eugenio A. VargasMusical Director & Conductor
Tim Mackabee Scenic Designer
David Israel ReynosoCostume Designer
Robert J. AguilarLighting Designer
Sharath Patel Sound Designer
Nancy Lemenager Associate Director
Gabriella Pérez* Associate Choreographer
Mont Chris Hubbard Associate Musical Director
Emily Schmit Associate Lighting Designer
Mark Tynan*
Stage Manager
Kristen Mun*Assistant Stage Manager
Macarena Subiabre
Dana Petersen
Production Assistants

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Meet the Cast

Karmine Alers, Camila, u/s Abuela Claudia
Karmine Alers, Camila, u/s Abuela Claudia

Karmine is so excited to be joining the In the Heights family here at Portland Center Stage at The Armory, especially to once again share the stage with her sister Yassmin. Broadway: On Your Feet! (u/s Gloria Fajardo, Consuelo), Rent (Mimi). National Tour: On Your Feet! (Ensemble, Gloria Fajardo). Regional: In the Heights at Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Cincinnati Playhouse (Camila), Aida (Aida), On Your Feet! (Gloria Fajardo). TV/Film: Bull (CBS), Fosse/Verdon (Fox), Naked As We Came (Netflix), Blood Bound (Independent), and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix). To the Romeos for their love. To her siblings, Jo-Ann, Yassmin, Papito, and Wally. The hydrants are always open with love. This and every performance is dedicated to her parents, with adoration, #5. Para Siempre.

Yassmin Alers, Abuela Claudia
Yassmin Alers, Abuela Claudia

Yassmin is thrilled beyond belief to be reunited with this loving cast and her sister Karmine. Theater credits include On Your Feet! (Broadway, Gateway Playhouse), In the Heights (Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Women on Fire (Royal Family Productions, New York), The Rocky Horror Show (Broadway), Paul Simon’s The Capeman (Broadway), Rent (Broadway, National Tour), The Ten Commandments (Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles), The Who’s Tommy (European premiere), As Much as You Can (Celebration Theatre, Los Angeles), The Third From the Left (Edinburgh, Scotland). Film/TV credits include West Side Story (Steven Spielberg, Dir.), The Code, Madame Secretary, The God Committee, The Americans, High Maintenance, Elementary, The American Mall, and Across the Universe. Represented by Avalon Artists Group. Yassmin dedicates every performance to her parents: “Seguiras en mis recuerdos para siempre.”

Ryan Alvarado, Usnavi
Ryan Alvarado, Usnavi

Ryan is thrilled to be back in the barrio! National Tour: Hamilton: An American Musical (1st Broadway National Tour). Regional: In the Heights (Midtown Arts Center, Westchester Broadway Theatre, Toby’s Dinner Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); The Tempest, Antigone, and Macbeth (Classical Theatre of Harlem); American Idiot, Henry V, and The Rocky Horror Show (Roxy Regional Theatre); Salomé and Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Hair and Godspell (Seacoast Repertory Theatre); Guys and Dolls, The Music Man, and Young Frankenstein (Mac-Haydn Theatre); and Will Power’s The Seven (Columbia Stages). All love and thanks to his family and friends, te amo mucho! @_ryanalvarado_ ryanalvarado.net

Maria Bilbao, Nina
Maria BilbaoNina

Maria Bilbao is absolutely thrilled to be joining the cast of In the Heights! Regional credits include the role of Gloria Estefan in On Your Feet (Westchester Broadway Theatre) and Evita (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis). She would like to thank the creative team and cast for their overwhelming support and for welcoming her with open hearts; she would also like to thank her dream team at The Mine, and her family (chosen and not) for their unconditional love — los amo con todo mi corazón.

Lillian Castillo, Daniela, u/s Camila
Lillian CastilloDaniela, u/s Camila

Lillian’s heart is super stoked to make her Portland Center Stage at The Armory debut. Goodman Theatre: Music Man. Milwaukee Repertory Theater: Why Do Fools Fall in Love?, In the Heights. MCC Theater: Ride the Cyclone. Alliance Theatre: Ride the Cyclone. Chicago Shakespeare Theater: The Taming of the Shrew, Seussical the Musical, and Ride the Cyclone. Marriott Theatre: Mamma Mia!, She Loves Me, Man of La Mancha, and Sister Act. Drury Lane Theatre: Hairspray and West Side Story. Paramount Theatre: In the Heights. Arkansas Repertory Theatre: Glorious! and Hairspray. ACT: Ride the Cyclone. Phoenix Theatre: Hairspray. Utah Shakespeare Festival: The School for WivesH.M.S. Pinafore, The Taming of the Shrew, and Macbeth. Thank you to her husband, family, and Stewart Talent for all their support. @lilithca5tl3

Debra Cardona, Abuela Claudia (Cover)
Debra Cardona, Abuela Claudia (Cover)

New York credits include A Christmas Carol (Madison Square Garden), Temple of the Souls (Innovative Theater Award nomination) and Soul Doctor (Off-Broadway). Debra has toured the U.S. with On Your Feet!, Mary Poppins, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, and Fiddler on the Roof. Favorite regional credits include In the Heights (Ordway, Fulton Theater, Pioneer Theatre Company, PCPA Theaterfest), Ragtime (Paper Mill Playhouse), Candide (Guthrie Theater), and The Light in the Piazza (Pioneer Theatre Company). TV credits include Hector’s Mom on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, RENT: LIVE, Pose, Fresh Off the Boat, and Scandal. Twitter/Instagram: @debracardona

Chaz Alexander Coffin, Partial Swing, u/s Benny
Chaz Alexander Coffin, Partial Swing, u/s Benny

Portland Center Stage at the Armory Debut. Originally from Northern Virginia. National Tour: ELF the Musical; Regional: John W. Engeman Theater at Northport: Aida; Signature Theatre: The Scottsboro Boys; Arizona Broadway Theatre: Hair; Short North Stage: Dreamgirls; Derby Dinner Playhouse: Sister Act, The Addams Family; Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: The Wiz; Bigfork Summer Playhouse: Shrek the Musical, Grease, 42nd Street, Young Frankenstein; ECU/Loessin Playhouse, Machinal, Las Meninas, RENT, Kiss Me, Kate, The Great God Brown; Interlakes Summer Theatre: 42nd Street, Miss Saigon, Hello, Dolly!, The Wiz. B.F.A. East Carolina University. chazalexandercoffin.com @chizzie82 #blacklivesmatter

Tony Chiroldes, Kevin
Tony Chiroldes, Kevin

Tony is an original Broadway cast member of In the Heights and Paul Simon’s The Capeman. This is his Portland Center Stage at The Armory debut, having performed in this production at Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. International/regional credits: Carmen La Cubana (Théâtre du Châtelet, arranged by Alex Lacamoire), Señor Discretion Himself (Arena Stage), Elemeno Pea (Pittsburgh’s City Theatre). He’s the Hulamouse in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Voice-over work: hundreds of English/Spanish commercials, audiobooks including The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan (Earphones Award for narration) and Ricky Martin's autobiography Yo, as well as the video games Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Bioshock, The Walking Dead, and Red Dead Redemption 2. He regularly performs simultaneous translation into Spanish on HBO’s Real Sports. tonychiroldes.com

Alexander Gil Cruz, Jose, Ensemble, u/s Usnavi
Alexander Gil Cruz, Jose, Ensemble, u/s Usnavi

Alexander is thrilled to be living his American dream in such an important show with an even more important message. His past roles include Bernardo in West Side Story (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, North Shore Music Theatre, Ordway, Theatre By The Sea), Paul in A Chorus Line (National Tour, North Carolina Theatre, Surflight), Ensemble and Hook u/s in Peter Pan (North Shore Music Theatre), Mercedes and Jean Michael/Jacob u/s in La Cage Aux Folles (Goodspeed Musicals), Ensemble in In the Heights (Ordway), and Ensemble/Diesel Cover in West Side Story (National Tour). TV: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon), The Get Down (Netflix), Saturday Night Live. Alexander is also a budding choreographer with credits such as Holiday Inn (The 5th Avenue Theatre) and In the Heights (Ordway). He will be the associate choreographer for the 2020 production of Evita (The 5th Avenue Theatre). He’s beyond proud to tell this story and to be a part of the legacy. Thanks to Derick and Dom.

Henry Gainza, Piragua Guy, u/s Kevin
Henry Gainza, Piragua Guy, u/s Kevin

Broadway: On Your Feet! (Original Cast/Cast Album). Off-Broadway/NYC: 4 Guys Named Jose … (Original Cast/Cast Album), I Am Harvey Milk (Lincoln Center), Jose Limon (Symphony Space), The Mapmaker’s Opera (Pearl Theatre Company), Zapata (Signature Theatre). International: Grease, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Regional: The Kennedy Center (In the Heights), Goodspeed Opera House, Arena Stage, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Zoetic Stage, Actor’s Playhouse. TV: Saturday Night LiveThrowdown with Bobby Flay, GMAThe View, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Stephen Colbert, and the Tony Awards. Concept Albums: Frank Wildhorn’s Wonderland and Tears of Heaven. Henry is also an award-winning songwriter, having been honored by the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, the USA Songwriting Contest, and the International Songwriting Contest. ¡Para Papi ... Para Siempre!

Nicolas Garza, Sonny
Nicolas Garza, Sonny

Nicolas is from Helotes, Texas, and is making his Portland Center Stage at The Armory debut. National Tour: Nickelodeon’s PAW Patrol Live!. Regional Theater: The Buddy Holly Story (The New Theatre), In the Heights (Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, ZACH Theatre), Peter and the Starcatcher, Evita, and A Christmas Carol (ZACH Theatre). Other credits include Forever Plaid (Mountain Repertory Theatre); Avenue Q, Altar Boyz, and Godspell (Jean’s Playhouse); West Side Story (Georgetown Palace); and three summer seasons at SeaWorld San Antonio. B.F.A. in Theater Education from The University of Texas at Austin. nicolas-garza.com @nicolasgarza

Alyssa V. Gomez, Vanessa
Alyssa V. Gomez, Vanessa

Alyssa is honored to make her Portland Center Stage at The Armory debut in a show so close to her heart! Originally from New York with a B.A. in Acting/Directing from Emerson College, Alyssa was last seen on Samantha Bee’s, “Not The White House Correspondent’s Dinner”. Tour: Motown the Musical (2nd Broadway National Tour). Regional: In the Heights (Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Musical Theatre West), Rent (Ivoryton Playhouse), American Idiot (Roxy Regional Theatre). Much love to mi familia and many thanks to Avalon Artists Group. “No pare, sigue sigue!” alyssavgomez.com @alyssavgomez

Paola Hernández, Carla, u/s Nina
Paola Hernández, Carla, u/s Nina

Making her Portland Center Stage at The Armory debut, Paola is really excited to be part of this beautiful familia! Born and raised in Puerto Rico. Proud Circle in the Square Theater School Alumna. Recent credits: Man of La Mancha (Antonia) at Westport Country P layhouse, Rent National Tour (Mimi Marquez), Rent National Tour (Swing, u/s Mimi, Maureen), Twelfth Night (Viola) at Circle in the Square Theatre, Spring Awakening (Martha) at the Victoria Espinoza Theater, Legally Blonde (Vivienne), Hairspray (Dynamite), Godspell at Centro de Bellas Artes, Hair at Manship Theater. Gracias to her familia. This is for the dreamers. Paciencia y Fe, siempre. paola-hernandez.com @p_vhernandez

Lily Leyva, Yolanda, Ensemble
Lily Leyva, Yolanda, Ensemble

Lily is originally from Las Vegas, Nevada where she grew up training at Inspire Dance Company and Las Vegas Academy of the Arts. She graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a B.F.A in dance and currently resides in New York City. She has performed works by Robert Battle, Travis Wall, Stacey Tookey, and Alexandra Damiani. Her professional credits include: Mr. Abbott Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Madonna’s MDNA Skin, and Sonya Tayeh’s “You’ll Still Call Me By Name”. Lily is thrilled to be making her musical theater debut with In the Heights and she is so grateful for the constant support from her family, friends, and agents at MSA! @lily_leyva_

Emily Madigan, Ensemble, u/s Carla, u/s Daniela, Dance Captain
Emily Madigan, Ensemble, u/s Carla, u/s Daniela, Dance Captain

Theater credits include West Side Story (Guthrie Theater and Ordway); In the Heights (Ordway, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); Cabaret (Theater Latté Da); Footloose (Marriott Theatre); Micha: Visions (Joe's Pub); Still Dance the Stars (Yellow Tree Theatre); Hairspray (Chanhassen Dinner Theatres and Artistry); Bye Bye Birdie, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and The Little Mermaid (Chanhassen Dinner Theatres); Promise Land (Transatlantic Love Affair); Queens (Sandbox Theatre Company); Calvin Berger (Minneapolis Musical Theatre); and CABARAVE: #sexuality, MadHaus, Love.Trumps.Hate, Light the World, and Love Languages (Rathaus Productions). Choreography credits include A Raisin in the Sun (Park Square Theatre); Leap of Faith and Toxic Avenger (Minneapolis Musical Theatre); and CABARAVE: #sexuality, MadHaus, Love.Trumps.Hate, Light the World, and Love Languages (Rathaus Productions). @emilydmads

UJ Mangune, Graffiti Pete
UJ Mangune, Graffiti Pete

A proud artist and activist from Seattle, UJ is honored to share such an important American story with this talented cast. After moving to a rural city, UJ found an outlet in dance training through YouTube videos. His work has since been featured at The Fifth Avenue Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Village Theatre, Ordway, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival, and the Marriott Theatre. Commercial credits include Amazon, Macklemore, T-Mobile, and the Filipino game show Wowowee. These experiences provided him with the education he never would have been afforded, and he has since prioritized providing youth and youth of color the same opportunities. Shout out to them and love to his mentors Ioana and William. Make him check his Instagram: @ooo.jayyy

Eddie Martin Morales, Ensemble, u/s Sonny, u/s Piragua Guy, Fight Captain
Eddie Martin MoralesEnsemble, u/s Sonny, u/s Piragua Guy, Fight Captain

Eddie is ecstatic to be back en el barrio and making his Portland Center Stage at The Armory debut in In the Heights! Eddie is an alumni of the New World School of the Arts Conservatory, where he received a B.F.A. in Music Theater. Eddie is from south Florida and was last seen as Abe in The Maltz Jupiter’s production of Disgraced. Some of his other credits include Into the Woods (Baker), Gypsy, Sweet Charity, and Curtains (Ensemble). He would like to thank the incredible team at The Armory for giving him the opportunity to tell this beautiful story about family and community once more! You can follow Eddie and all of his future endeavors on Instagram: @spaghedddiee

Claudia Mulet, Ensemble, u/s Vanessa
Claudia Mulet, Ensemble, u/s Vanessa

Claudia was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. She is a graduate of Cuba’s prestigious Superior Institute of Arts and soon after graduation was cast in The Nederlander’s historic Cuban production of RENT in Havana, directed by Andy Señor Jr. in collaboration with Michael Greif. Three years after arriving from Cuba, Claudia made her U.S. professional debut in the First National Tour of On Your Feet!. She is thrilled to be part of the In the Heights family! @claudiamulet89 claudiamulet.com

Alex Nicholson, Benny
Alex Nicholson, Benny

Alex is beyond grateful for the opportunity to step into the world of a dream role like Benny. This is his Portland Center Stage at The Armory debut! Off-Broadway: Vanity Fair (Pearl Theatre), The Mutilated (New Ohio Theatre), The Taming of The Shrew (TP&co), As You Like It (Shakespeare Off Broadway). Regional: Ragtime (Barrington Stage Company). National Tour: We The People (TheaterWorksUSA). Many thanks to his friends and family who continue to support this crazy dream, especially his beautiful wife, Amanda. Shout out to his Talenthouse team (Megan Lohne, Peter Kaiser). Proud Circle in the Square graduate. alex-nicholson.com Twitter/Instagram: @cyrus_alexander

Gabriella Pérez, Swing, Associate Choreographer
Gabriella Pérez, Swing, Associate Choreographer

Gabriella is an actor, singer, dancer, and choreographer. National Tour: Kathleen Marshall’s Anything Goes. Off-Broadway: Prospect Theatre’s 1000 Nights and One Day. Concerts: Radio City Music Hall, Joe’s Pub, Newport Music Festival, and Second Stage. Regional experiences include Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, PCPA TheatreFest, Geva Theatre, Westchester Broadway Theatre, In The Heights (Nina; Carla in the U.S. Spanish premiere), My Fair Lady (Eliza Doolittle), West Side Story (Anita), The Music Man (Marian Paroo), Henry IV, and Julius Caesar. Gabby teaches at Geva Theatre, and her choreography has been seen at Forestburgh Playhouse, Geva Theatre, and The Tank. A Helen Hayes nominee, Gabby holds a B.F.A. from New York University. She thanks her parents, Sean, Dulcina Eisen, May, and William for bringing her into this family. gabbyperez.com

Julien Valme, Ensemble, u/s Jose, u/s Graffiti Pete
Julien Valme, Ensemble, u/s Jose, u/s Graffiti Pete

Julien is from Miami, Florida. Julien graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet Performance at the University of South Florida. After college, Julien moved to Chicago to dance with River North Dance Chicago and DanceWorks Chicago, with Julie Nakagawa. Most recently, Julien has been working with Dance Lab New York, as well as the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

Meet the Band

Eugenio A. Vargas, Musical Director, Conductor, Keys 1
Eugenio is so glad to be back in the barrio with this amazing company. Music direction credits include In the Heights (Ordway, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); The Wedding Singer (The Secret Theatre, NYC); Women of the World (Feinstein’s/54 Below); My Whitelist Cabaret (The Thalia at Symphony Space); CarouselThe Rocky Horror Show, and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Northwestern University); among others. Acting credits include Evita (Che) at Arts Center of Coastal Carolina and Actors’ Playhouse, Carousel (Enoch Snow) at Olney Theatre Center, and Altar Boyz (Juan) at Tent Theatre. Thanks to this incredible familia for all the love and support. To Mom and Dad, thank you for everything I know. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and the American Federation of Musicians. eugeniovargas.com @DMJazzyHands

Mont Chris Hubbard, Associate Musical Director, Keys 2
Mont Chris is an accomplished Portland composer, performer, and music director. He is the creator and host of Portland's most endearingly strange variety show, The Mont Chris Hubbard Bonus Show, and hosts an occasional late-night piano bar around town. He has released five CDs of solo piano improvisations, and his band Scotland Barr & The Slow Drags won the 2012 Portland Music Award for their final album, We Will Be Forgotten. He is a proud member of the American Federation of Musicians, the union of professional musicians, and a proud supporter of the labor movement. montchrishubbard.com

Mieke Bruggeman-Smith, Reeds
Mieke is a performer, educator, composer/arranger, and the education coordinator for the Portland Jazz Composers’ Ensemble (PJCE). She performs regularly with the all-female sax quartet, Quadraphonnes; the Afro-Cuban band, Melao de Cuba; the 12-piece jazz chamber orchestra, PJCE; the Ezra Weiss Big Band; as well as performing in musicals. Recent Portland Center Stage at The Armory productions include: The Color Purple, Fun Home, and Ain't Misbehavin'. Mieke also enjoys teaching private lessons at her home studio and co-teaching at Roosevelt High School, Beaumont Middle School, and the Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra. She is heavily involved in promoting music education and loves collaborating with her music community. Music is the one outlet that (as author Tom Robbins might say) keeps the oxygen from leaking out of her life!

Ryan Meagher, Guitar
Originally from San Jose, California, Ryan launched his international reputation as a jazz guitarist and composer in New York City in 2003. He has seven albums under his own direction and has been an in-demand sideman for a wide range of notable and legendary jazz artists. He is currently based in Portland, Oregon, where he is active in the jazz and creative music scenes as an artist, educator, and organizer. He teaches guitar at the University of Portland and Mt. Hood Community College, and runs the jazz programs at Lower Columbia College and the Metropolitan Youth Symphony. In addition to his teaching duties, he is also active as an administrator in important cultural outlets like the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble as its director of operations and director of the PJCE Records label. He is also a co-founder of Montavilla Jazz Festival, where he is the programming director.

Levis Dragulin, Trumpet
Levis began performing on trumpet when he was 11 years old. In 2006, he was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Music from Portland State University. His work on Royal Caribbean cruise lines as lead trumpet for the theater band allowed him to travel the world for four years to places such as Australia, New Zealand, Alaska, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean. In the last six years, Levis has been involved in around 30 musical productions in the Portland area, including Annie Get Your Gun, Bye Bye Birdie, South Pacific, La Cage aux Folles, Cats, My Fair Lady, Beauty and the Beast, Show Boat, The Music Man, Dreamgirls, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Oklahoma!, Anything Goes, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Chicago, Man of La Mancha, Gypsy, and Billy Elliot. 

Amy Roesler, Bass
Amy is thrilled to be making her debut with Portland Center Stage at The Armory. Favorite past highlights include being in the pit for West Side Story and Guys and Dolls at Broadway Rose Theater Company. Since moving back to Portland, Amy has also performed on violin, viola, and bass for shows at Lakewood Center for the Arts, Stumptown Stages, and Pixie Dust Productions. She has also played for cabarets and variety shows, as well as local orchestras, with genres ranging from classical, jazz, rock, and bluegrass. Amy is especially grateful for the many people in the theater community who have helped her find her footing in Portland.  

Darian Anthony Patrick, Drums/Percussion
Darian is a multi-instrumentalist based in Portland. Focusing on percussion, with training in classical and jazz vocal performance as well as electric and bass guitar, Darian performs a broad range of musical styles with specialization in African diasporic traditions, including Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian styles. He has studied percussion in Portland with masters Israel Annoh (Ebo Taylor, E.T. Mensah, Obo Addy, Ghana Broadcasting Orchestra) and Caton Lyles (Obo Addy, Nu Shooz, Janice Scroggins, Mel Brown), and performs regularly throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Marc Grafe, Reeds sub
Marc hails from Portland and is a performer, conductor, composer, and sound designer. While working at The Kitchen in New York, he toured with the Robert Ashley Ensemble and John Cage's Song Books. Locally, he has worked with Columbia Symphony, Newport Symphony, Ne Plus Ultra Jass Orchestra, Felicidades, and Arundo!, a reed quintet. Pit work includes The Color Purple, Guys and Dolls, Beauty and the Beast, Billy Elliot, Addams Family, West Side Story and Man of La Mancha. Marc has taught at Warner Pacific University and Reed College; is the recipient of a Meet the Composer, Inc. grant; collaborated with Ursula K. Le Guin; and recorded for Lyrichord, Nonesuch Records, and CRi: Music. A specialist in the repair of professional flutes and clarinets, his favorite music is what's on the stand in front of him.

Meet the Creative Team

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Music & Lyrics
Lin-Manuel Miranda is an award-winning composer, lyricist, and performer, as well as a 2015 MacArthur Foundation Award recipient. Broadway: composer/lyricist/Alexander Hamilton of Hamilton (11 Tony Awards, Pulitzer Prize, Grammy Award, Drama League Awards for Distinguished Performance and Outstanding Production of a Musical), composer/lyricist/Usnavi of In the Heights (four Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Score, Grammy Award, Pulitzer Prize finalist), Bring It On: The Musical (co-composer/co-lyricist, Tony nomination for Best Musical), West Side Story (2009 revival, Spanish translations). Off-Broadway: Hamilton (ten Lortel Awards, eight Drama Desk Awards, among others). With Tom Kitt, Lin-Manuel received an Emmy Award for “Bigger” from “The 67th Annual Tony Awards.” TV/Film: Freestyle Love Supreme, How I Met Your Mother, Smash, Do No Harm, Modern Family, House, The Electric Company, Sesame Street, The Sopranos, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, 200 Cartas, and Disney’s Moana (2017 Academy Award nomination for Best Song, “How Far I’ll Go.”). linmanuel.com

Quiara Alegría Hudes, Book
Quiara Alegría Hudes is a playwright, professor of writing and theater at Wesleyan University, and native of West Philly, U.S.A. Hailed for her work’s exuberance, intellectual rigor, and rich imagination, her plays and musicals have been performed around the world. They are Water By the Spoonful, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama; In the Heights, winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and Pulitzer finalist; Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue, another Pulitzer finalist; Daphne’s DiveThe Good PeachesMiss You Like Hell; and The Happiest Song Plays Last. Hudes is a playwright in residence at New York's Signature Theater and a proud alum of Philadelphia Young Playwrights.

May Adrales, Director
May is thrilled to be back at Portland Center Stage at The Armory after directing Chinglish. She has worked nationally, primarily directing new plays, including Qui Nguyen’s award-winning Vietgone (Manhattan Theatre Club, South Coast Repertory, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Seattle Repertory Theatre). Her work has been seen at Lincoln Center Theater, The Public Theater, Signature Theatre, Second Stage Theater, Old Globe, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Goodman Theatre, Two River Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse, Cleveland Play House, and Syracuse Stage. She proudly serves as an associate artistic director at Milwaukee Repertory Theater. She is a former director of on-site programs at the Lark Play Development Center and artistic associate at The Public Theater. She received an Alan Schneider Director Award, TCG New Generations Grant, Josephine Abady Award, Denham Fellowship, and Drama League Fellowship. She has taught and directed at Juilliard, ACT, ART/Harvard, Brown and served as an adjunct professor at Yale. M.F.A., Yale School of Drama. mayadrales.net

William Carlos Angulo, Choreographer
Choreography includes Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in The Park, Chicago Shakespare Theatre, Marriott Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Paramount Theatre and more. He was given a Joseph Jefferson Award for his original choreography for Paramount Theatre’s revival of West Side Story, and he was honored with an ALTA Award for his work on La Havana Madrid at Steppenwolf 1700 and The Goodman Theatre. Directorial credits include East O’ West O’ at Steppenwolf 1700, MICHA: VISIONS at The Public Theatre’s Joe’s Pub, and Seussical! at Marriott Theatre. He has served as Teaching Artist and Choreographer at Indiana University, Millikin University, and Northwestern University. He was a founding teaching artist and developed dance curriculum for the first ever musical theatre training programs at The Goodman Theatre’s Center for Education and The Arts Academy of Banja Luka in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He holds a BFA in Musical Theatre and Drama from Indiana University and trained on scholarship at Hubbard Street Dance Center and Ballet Chicago. Para Elena y Édmond.

Tim Mackabee, Scenic Designer
Portland Center Stage at The Armory: Chinglish. Broadway: The Elephant Man (starring Bradley Cooper), Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth (dir. Spike Lee). West End: The Elephant Man. Off-Broadway: Describe the Night, Guards at the Taj (2016 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Set Design); Our New Girl (Atlantic), VietgoneImportant Hats of the Twentieth Century (Manhattan Theatre Club); Heathers: The Musical, Luce (Lincoln Center Theater); Gigantic (Vineyard); Much Ado About Nothing (The Public Theater). Regional: Geffen, A.C.T. San Francisco, Ford’s Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Old Globe, Center Stage Baltimore, DCPA Theatre Company, Cleveland Play House, Dallas Theater Center, Geva Theatre Center, and Yale Repertory Theatre. Dance: Doug Varone and Dancers, Cedar Lake Dance. TV: Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo, Gotham, Smash, and The Today Show. Education: North Carolina School of the Arts, Yale School of Drama. timothymackabeedesign.com

David Israel Reynoso, Costume Designer
David is an internationally renowned costume, scenic, exhibit, and immersive designer pleased to be making his Portland Center Stage at The Armory debut. He is the Obie Award-winning costume designer for Punchdrunk’s Off-Broadway sensation Sleep No More (New York and Shanghai) and is also the creator/director of the innovative Waking La Llorona (Optika Moderna). David is recognized for his widespread theatrical designs for The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, American Conservatory Theater, American Repertory Theater, Arena Stage, The Finnish National Ballet, Moscow Art Theater, The Kennedy Center, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, The Gloucester Stage Company, and Lyric Stage Company, among others. Concert Tours: Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under, Juan Son’s Mermaid Sashimi.  His scope of work extends beyond theater to include exhibit designs such as PostSecret and Living with Animals (The San Diego Museum of Man), as well as immersive/experiential design for brands and theme parks. davidreynoso.com IG:@designreynoso

Robert J. Aguilar, Lighting Designer
This is Robert's first design for Portland Center Stage and he's delighted to be here! Other Pacific Northwest credits include: In the HeightsTiny Beautiful Things, MAC BETH, A Raisin in the Sun, I Am My Own Wife and Lizard Boy (Seattle Rep);  Bulrusher, Native GardensHir, Barbeque, and Angels in America (Intiman Theatre); The Year of Magical ThinkingRomeo and Juliet and The Wolves (ACT); Urinetown and Little Shop of Horrors (ACT/The 5th Avenue Theatre); The Pajama Game, How to Succeed in Business..., and Jasper in Deadland (The 5th Avenue Theatre); Spelling BeeStringTrails, and Afterwords (Village Theatre); Uncle VanyaThe Cherry Orchard, and The Three Sisters (The Seagull Project); Next to Normal (Contemporary Classics). Regional credits include Marjorie Prime (Pittsburgh Public); Dancing at Lughnasa (Tantrum Theatre); Full Gallop (The Old Globe); In the HeightsSeven Spots on the Sun (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); In the Heights (Milwaukee Repertory Theater). Robert is the managing director and resident lighting designer of Contemporary Classics. He is the lighting director of Seattle Repertory Theatre. robertjaguilar.com @fake_robert

Sharath Patel, Sound Designer
Before arriving in the Pacific Northwest, Sharath spent nearly a decade as a lead sound designer in New York City. Recent work includes The Breath of Life, The Color Purple (Portland Center Stage at The Armory); Wolf Play, Teenage Dick, Skeleton Crew (Artists Repertory Theatre); Nina Simone: Four Women (Alabama Shakes); Christmas at Pemberley Pt. 2 (Marin Theater Company); Ibsen in Chicago, Tiny Beautiful Things (Seattle Repertory Theatre); Pass Over, The Crucible, The Royale (ACT Theatre); As You Like It (California Shakespeare Theater); Free Outgoing (East West Players); WIG OUT! (American Rep/CompanyONE). Regional/international credits include designs in Washington, D.C., Norfolk, Raleigh, Aspen, Dublin, India, France, England, Germany, and Romania. Sharath is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829, IATSE, as well as the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association. He is an Arts Envoy for the U.S. Department of State and a resident artist at Artists Repertory Theatre. M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama. sharathpatel.com

Nancy Lemenager, Associate Director
Nancy’s theater credits, as a performer, include the Broadway productions of Chicago, Movin’ Out, Never Gonna Dance, Kiss Me Kate, Dream, How to Succeed in Business …, and Guys and Dolls. Regionally she has appeared in Sweat (Cleveland Playhouse), Sex with Strangers (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Other Desert Cities (Pioneer Theatre Company), God of Carnage (John Engeman Theatre), and Sense and Sensibility (Actors Theatre of Louisville). Nancy has been seen on film/TV in Ocean’s 8, The First Purge, FBI, Blindspot, Power, Jessica Jones, Madame Secretary, Gypsy, Elementary, Girls, The Good Wife, Nurse Jackie, 30 Rock, and Law and Order. As an associate director or choreographer, Nancy has worked on Animal Farm (Milwaukee Repertory theater), Camelot (Lincoln Center), and In the Heights (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park).

Emily Schmit, Associate Lighting Designer
Emily is a lighting designer and assistant designer raised in Lake Oswego and living in Brooklyn. She has worked with Seattle Repertory Theatre, The 5th Avenue Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Guthrie Threatre, and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. She has designed for the Downtown Urban Arts Festival NY and collaborates on immersive events, fashion shows, and festivals in New York and around the country. She is excited to be returning to her hometown to share this production. 

Mark Tynan, Stage Manager
Imagine being in a room full of artists, watching the birth of an idea, a movement given purpose, a sentence, phrase, scene, act given life. Then imagine that room translating to the stage with lighting, sound, costumes, scenery, and props; then you can imagine what Mark’s job is like. Special thanks to the stage management apprentices, Dana Petersen and Macarena Subiabre. Prior to Portland Center Stage at The Armory, Mark toured nationally and internationally with musicals including Dreamgirls, The King and I with Rudolf Nureyev, How to Succeed …, Grand Hotel, The Phantom of the Opera, Rent, and Jersey Boys. Other Portland credits include several summers with Broadway Rose Theatre Company in Tigard. Regional credits include Alley Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, and Casa Mañana Theatre.

Kristen Mun, Assistant Stage Manager
Kristen was born and raised on the island of Oahu and holds a B.F.A. from Southern Oregon University. She is excited to return for her seventh season at Portland Center Stage at The Armory. Previous credits at The Armory include stage manager for Native Gardens, Until The Flood, Sense and Sensibility, Constellations, and Major Barbara; assistant stage manager for The Color Purple, Fun Home, and Astoria: Part Two; and production assistant on many others. Kristen is a proud member of Actors Equity and is a freelance violence designer and teacher. She sends her love to Adam and her family for always having her back.

Macarena Subiabre, Production Assistant
Macarena is excited to join Portland Center Stage at The Armory as a production assistant this season. She graduated in 2018 with a B.F.A. in Stage Management from the University of Utah where she stage managed productions such as: Arcadia, Cats, Into the WoodsGood Kids, and the U.S. premiere of The Beautiful Game. Other credits include: A Comedy of Tenors (Pioneer Theatre Company); How I Learned to Drive (Salt Lake Fringe Festival); You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Salt Lake Shakespeare); and Steel PierDogfight, and A Funny Thing Happened … (University of Utah). She was also lucky to complete an internship with Cirque du Soleil where she worked on Zumanity and the Cirque Cabaret 2018. She thanks her family, Bruce, and cat for all their love and support.

Dana Petersen, Production Assistant
Dana is thrilled to beginning her first season at The Armory as a stage management apprentice! Dana graduated from The Ohio State University in May 2019, where she stage managed shows such as: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeMichael Von Siebenberg Melts Through the FloorboardsFour PeopleExecution of JusticeBeyond all Recognition, Stupid F***ing Bird, and 7 Ways to Say I Love You. In addition, Dana interned at The Old Globe where she was a production assistant on Much Ado About Nothing. Dana sends all of her love to Mom, Dad, Carmen, and Murphy! 

Andrea Zee, CSA, Additional Casting
Off-Broadway/New York City: Neurosis; Syncing Ink; Elf. National Tours: The Sound of Music; Bullets Over Broadway; Elf; Finding Neverland (Youth Casting). Regional: In The Heights (TUTS); Around the World in 80 Days (Alley Theatre); The Christians (Alley Theatre). Credits as Casting Associate include Broadway: Chicago; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812; On The Town; Pippin. Off-Broadway/New York City: Puffs; The Apple Boys; Radio City Christmas Spectacular. National Tours: Fiddler on the Roof; The King and I; Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CinderellaA Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Film/TV: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix); Y: The Last Man (FX); Blue’s Clues and You (Nickelodeon). Commercials: Comcast; Grammarly. Proud member of the Casting Society of America and Artios Award nominee. For Filff and Alan of OR/ME.

John Tanner, Musical Supervisor
John scores, arranges, and composes music for television, radio, advertising, film, and theater. He creates original music and sound design for many of the world’s most well-known brands and companies. His work has won numerous international Golden Reel Awards; Telly Awards; national, regional, and local American Advertising Federation “Addys,” Silver Microphone, and RAC awards. John has also garnered both Gold and Platinum sales certification for his studio engineering work.

Daniel Kazemi, Original Music Director
Dan is a New York-based composer, actor, music director, director, and is an associate artist at Milwaukee Repertory Theater. His recent credits include Ring of Fire (Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville), In The Heights (Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Murder for Two, Guys and Dolls, Man of La Mancha, Dreamgirls, and A Christmas Carol at Milwaukee Repertory Theater. In Philadelphia, Dan recently musical directed See What I Want to See (Barrymore nomination) and Herringbone (Barrymore nomination), and orchestrated and musically directed the world premieres of Queens of the Night (Opera Philadelphia), Field Hockey Hot (Barrymore nomination), and Tulipomania. He received Barrymore Awards for 11th Hour Theatre Company’s Avenue X and LIZZIE. Dan’s music has been performed at the Cirque de Demain in Paris, Ballet Fleming, and in 213 Productions collaborations Untitled Project #213 and Your Attention Please!. Dan is also the composer of a new musical, The Tapioca Miracle.

Megan B. Henninger, Original Sound Designer
Megan is a Milwaukee-based designer and has served as designer and assistant designer on shows large and small. Favorite designs include In the Heights (Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), The Bridges of Madison County (Peninsula Players), Sweeney Todd (Skylight Music Theatre), A Streetcar Named Desire (Williams Street Rep), R.R.R.E.D (New York Musical Theatre Festival), The Martian Chronicles (Fordham University), and The Turn of the Screw (Lyric Opera, Kansas City). Assistant designs include You’re Welcome America, Ghetto Klown, Stick Fly, and Blithe Spirit (Broadway) and Company (Lincoln Center).

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