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“Our Town” Cast and Creative Team

Posted by Claudie Fisher | 15 August 2015

Our Town
By Thornton Wilder
Directed by Rose Riordan

Cast

Shawn Fagan*……………………………...............................Stage Manager
Paul Cosentino*…………………………...............................Dr. Gibbs
Chris Murray*................................................................Joe Crowell, Jr./Si Crowell/Mr. Carter and others
Vin Shambry*……………………………...............................Howie Newsome
Gina Daniels*……………………………................................Mrs. Gibbs
Tina Chilip*………………………………................................Mrs. Webb
Sathya Sridharan*…………………….................................George Gibbs
Hailey Kilgore……………………………..............................Rebecca Gibbs
Henry Martin.…………………………................................Wally Webb
Nikki Massoud*…………………………...............................Emily Webb
Leif Norby*………………………………….............................Professor Willard/Joe Stoddard and others
John D. Haggerty*………………………..............................Mr. Webb
Lauren Modica………………………....................................Woman in Balcony and others
Gary Norman……………………………................................Simon Stimson and others
Sharonlee McLean*……………………...............................Mrs. Soames and others
Chris Karczmar*…………………………..............................Constable Warren
Ricardy Charles Fabre…………………..............................Sam Craig and others
Laura Faye Smith*…………………....................................Lady in Box and others
Holden Goyette...............................................................Townkid
Aida Valentine.................................................................Townkid
 

 

Creative Team

Thornton Wilder………….....................Playwright
Rose Riordan ………………....................Director
Tony Cisek……………………...................Scenic Designer
Alison Heryer………………....................Costume Designer
Diane Ferry Williams…….....................Lighting Designer
Casi Pacilio……………………...................Sound Designer
Rick Lewis……………………….................Music Director and Vocal Arrangements
K.L. Cullom……………………...................Assistant Director
Janine Vanderhoff*...............................Stage Manager
Marialena DiFabbio*………....................Assistant Stage Manager 
Rose Riordan & Brandon Woolley........Casting
 
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

 

Cast Biographies



Tina Chilip
Mrs. Webb 
Tina Chilip is delighted to be back at Portland Center Stage, where she appeared in Chinglish in 2014. She was recently in after all the terrible things I do at Huntington Theatre Company. Off-Broadway credits include Golden Child (Signature Theatre), Flipzoids (Ma-Yi Theater Company), Joy Luck Club (Pan Asian Repertory Theatre), A Dream Play (National Asian American Theatre Company). Other regional credits: The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide... (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Chinglish (Syracuse Stage), M. Butterfly (Guthrie Theater), Yellow Face (TheatreWorks), Trinity Repertory Company, American Conservatory Theater, among others. Internationally, she was in David Henry Hwang’s Golden Child at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. TV: Royal Pains. Tina is a proud graduate of the Brown University/Trinity Rep M.F.A. Acting Program. www.tinachilip.com 

 

Paul Cosentino
Dr. Gibbs
Off-Broadway: The Mapmaker’s Opera (Perry Street Theatricals); American Dreams: Lost & Found, As You Like It (The Acting Company). Regional Theater: Gross Indecency, Macbeth, Don Quixote (Denver Center Theatre); Suddenly Hope (Momentum Productions); The Madness of George III (Palo Alto Players); Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the title role in Pericles (Festival Theater Ensemble). TV: Biography Channel, The Blacklist. A native of Northern California, Paul earned a Bachelor of Music degree from San Jose State University prior to graduating with an MFA from the National Theater Conservatory. Recently, he has been traveling with a solo show called Bad Connections? that was written specifically for him by New York playwright Michael Levesque. Thus far it’s played in Edmonton, Orlando, Toronto, Rochester, Santa Cruz and Vancouver, BC. Paul lives in New York City and is delighted to be making his debut at PCS! www.paulcosentino.com   

 

Gina Daniels
Mrs. Gibbs
Gina, a company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, is delighted to make her way north to PCS. OSF shows include Midsummer Night's Dream, A Streetcar Named Desire, Julius Caesar and Well. Originating the role of Coretta Scott King at OSF, Gina was a member of the Broadway company of Tony winner All The Way. She has worked extensively in New York, internationally and regionally, including The White Snake (Wuzhen Theatre Festival); Vanya Sonia Masha Spike (Paper Mill Playhouse); Broke-ology (TheaterWorks); Measure for Measure (Lake Tahoe Shakespeare); Doubt (Kansas City Rep); Cyrano (Willamette Rep); All’s Well That Ends Well (Utah Shakespeare); Private Lives  (Shakespeare Santa Cruz); Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth (Delaware Theatre Company); Ideal Husband (Center Stage); The Story (Milwaukee Rep); Medea (Pittsburgh Public); As You Like It (Arden Theater).
www.gina-daniels.com

 

 

Ricardy Charles Fabre
Sam Craig and others
Ricardy Charles Fabre is originally from New York and is a resident actor at The Flea Theatre (NYC). He was a 2012-2013 acting apprentice at Portland Playhouse. Ricardy is ecstatic about working with Portland Center Stage where he was last seen as an ensemble member in Othello. Past Portland credits include: Jitney (Portland Playhouse), Belleville (Third Rail Repertory Theatre), The Lion in Winter (Northwest Classical Theater), Cymbeline (Portland Actors Ensemble). Ricardy would like to thank his friends and family for their support and Rose Riordan for the opportunity.

 

Shawn Fagan
Stage Manager
Favorite regional roles include Prince Hal/Henry in The Making of a King: Henry IV & V (PlayMakers Repertory Company); Caleb in The Whipping Man (Cleveland Play House); Krogstad in Ingmar Bergman’s Nora (Westport Country Playhouse); Hugh Voysey in The Voysey Inheritance (Denver Center Theatre); and Marchbanks in Candida (Utah Shakespeare Festival). He’s also worked at Arena Stage, Dallas Theatre Center, Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC), Arden Theatre Company and American Players Theatre. In New York, Shawn has been seen in Wife to James Whelan, Fashions for Men, Rutherford and Son (Mint Theatre); Henry IV Part 1, The Misanthrope (Pearl Theatre); Peninsula (Soho Repertory Theatre); Dearest Eugenia Haggis, Freakshow (Clubbed Thumb); Milk-n-Honey, AJAX: 100% FUN, Shutter (Lightbox). www.shawnfagan.net 


Holden Goyette
Townkid
Holden is a 10-year-old 5th grader from Sherwood Oregon. Acting since the age of five, he has enjoyed such roles as Young Wilbur in Charlotte’s Web (Oregon Children’s Theatre), Gavroche in Les Misérables (Sherwood Foundation for the Arts), Charlie in Peppermint Bear (Lakewood Theater), Pinocchio in My Son Pinocchio (STAGES), and Bert in All My Sons (Valley Repertory Theatre). Holden has done several films and commercials working for the likes of Dreamworks, Hallmark Channel, Intel and OMSI to name a few. He can be seen as Francis in the upcoming feature film Zilla and Zoe, and as the voice of Snowby the Polar Bear on Hallmark Channel’s Polariffic. This is Holden’s debut with PCS and he would like to thank Rose and Brandon for this amazing opportunity! 


John D. Haggerty
Mr. Webb
Portland Center Stage debut! Other regional theater includes I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (Barnstormers Theatre), the King in The King and I (Forestburgh Playhouse), Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (La Jolla Playhouse, Des McAnuff, dir.), Engineer in Miss Saigon (Media Theatre), A Man for All Seasons, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream (North Carolina Shakespeare Festival), Dr. Parker in Bat Boy (Red House Arts), Fa Zhou/Emperor in Disney's Mulan (Tuacahn Arts). John lives in New York where he has appeared on Broadway in Les Miserables (including Toronto and the National Tour) and has worked with B-Side Productions, The Directors Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Mirror Repertory Company, MultiStages, National Asian Artists Project, New York Musical Theatre Festival, The Actors Company Theatre, Target Margin Theater, Theater Masters and York Theatre Company. TV:  Gotham. B.A., Brown. 


Chris Karczmar
Constable Warren
Chris Karczmar is delighted to be making his first appearance at PCS. Regional credits include: The Groom, The Wedding (Mark Taper Too); Ben Redleaf, Canadian Gothic (Steppenwolf Theatre); Zappy, Angel’s Fall (Northlight Theatre); Pompeii, Antony and Cleopatra (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Ensemble/Caliban understudy, The Tempest and Outlaw, Two Gentleman of Verona (Stratford Festival); Humphrey, Lady’s Not for Burning (Court Theatre); Pablo Gonzalez, A Streetcar Named Desire (Wisdom Bridge Theatre); Channon, The Dybbuk (National Jewish Theater); title role, Anatol and Angelo, Measure for Measure (Center Theatre- Chicago); Uncle Peck, How I Learned to Drive (Stage Works/Hudson); Otto, The Diary of Ann Frank (Shakespeare in Action); Macduff, Macbeth (Actors & Writers). Awards: Joseph Jefferson Citation, L.A. Weekly Award. Television/Film: The Border, Dark Justice, Lady Blue, Chicago Story, Unsolved Mysteries, General Hospital, Above the Law, Thief. Chris is an acting professor and coach. Inquiries at chris.karczmar@gmail.com.

 
 

Hailey Kilgore 
Rebecca Gibbs
Hailey is so excited to be making her professional debut as Rebecca Gibbs at PCS! She is thrilled to share the electricity of theater with her fellow actors. Hailey is a junior at Clackamas High School where she enjoys studying all aspects of production. Hailey's theater credits include Hairspray (Lil Inez), Fiddler on the Roof (Fruma Sarah), Romeo and Juliet (Prince, Friar John, Page and chorus), Peter Pan ( Tiger Lily), Crumbs from the Table of Joy (Ermina Crump), Perfect Works in Progress (Donald) and Oregon Symphony's A Gospel Christmas (Northwest Community Gospel Choir, Soloist). Hailey recently represented Portland at the National August Wilson Monologue Competition in the August Wilson Theatre in New York City. Hailey hopes you all embrace Our Town and return to Portland Center Stage for Ain't Misbehavin’! wedding. 

 
 

Henry Martin
Wally Web
Henry was previously seen at PCS in A Christmas Story and as Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol.  He is an intern at Northwest Children’s Theater where he has been seen on stage in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Seussical, Busy Town and Goodnight Moon.  A sophomore at Skyview High School, he is an avid sports fan, a connoisseur of shoes and probably available to guest DJ your wedding. 


 
 

Nikki Massoud
Emily Webb
Nikki is thrilled to be making her PCS debut! Regional: Marina in Theresa Rebeck’s Zealot (South Coast Repertory, world premiere); Laila in A Thousand Splendid Suns (American Conservatory Theater, extended workshop); Ruthie Joad/Musician in The Grapes of Wrath (Trinity Repertory Company); and The Dove in Conference of the Birds (B Street Theatre); Laura/Ensemble in The Glass Menagerie Project (Arena Stage); Celia in As You Like It, title role in Marisol and Mary Swanson in Middletown (Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company). Education: M.F.A., Brown University/Trinity Repertory Acting Program; British American Drama Academy; B.A., Georgetown University. Love and gratitude to the amazing Bernard Bunye, my friends and my beautiful family.   

 

 

Sharonlee McLean
Mrs. Soames and others
Sharonlee has worked for Portland Center Stage since 1995 (most recently The Typographer’s DreamVanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike and JAW 2015). Portland credits include projects at Artists Repertory Theatre, CoHo Productions, Portland Playhouse, Clackamas Repertory and Portland Repertory Theatre. Her recent film/TV credits include Signal Flare, guest starring roles on Leverage and Grimm, and the feature film Extraordinary Measures, where she played Harrison Ford’s secretary. Drammy Awards: A Question of Mercy at Artists Repertory Theatre (1999), The Thugs Portland Center Stage (2014). Sharonlee comes to Portland from Hollywood. In her 30-something years there, she did her share of film, television and stage, and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for the role of Annie Degeralamo on the soap Santa Barbara. 


 

Lauren Modica
Woman in Balcony and others
Lauren is beyond excited to be returning to PCS after two (soon to be three) seasons of making mischief as Mrs. Cratchitt in Twist Your Dickens, and JAW 2014 (Promising Playwrights). Area work includes Ruth in the West Coast premiere of In The Forest She Grew Fangs and Jessica in the world premiere of Undiscovered Country (Defunkt Theatre), The Fool in King Lear (Northwest Classical Theatre Collaborative), Tituba in The Crucible (Theatre Vertigo/Anonymous Theatre), Rose in Gretchen Icenogle’s Trailing Colors and Agnes in Silence (Jakers Productions), Verges in Much Ado About Nothing (Willamette Shakespeare), Queen/Belarius in Cymbeline (Portland Actors Ensemble) and others. Gratitude to Rose, KL, Brandon, cast/crew, and all of the incredible people at PCS who make it such a killer place to play. Love to all who have her heart. G$. 


 

Chris Murray
Joe Crowell Jr./Si Crowell/Mr. Carter and others
Chris is happy to be back working at Portland Center Stage with Rose and this amazing cast. Previous credits at PCS include ten years at the JAW Festival, futura and Sometimes a Great Notion. Regionally, Chris has worked on readings, workshops and premieres of new plays at several theaters including The New Play Summit at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and the 38th Annual Humana Festival at the Actors Theatre of Loiusville. Chris has acted in many local stage productions, has appeared on Grimm and Portlandia, and is the founder of Whiz-Bang Productions. It is an honor and a privilege to create art in the greatest city in the world.

 
 

Leif Norby
Professor Willard/Joe Stoddard and others
Leif was last seen as De Guiche in Cyrano. Other PCS appearances include Rodrigo in Othello, ensemble in both Anna Karenina and Sunset Boulevard, Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps, Tateh in Ragtime and Benny Southstreet in Guys and Dolls. Other recent Portland appearances include Dr. Givings in In the Next Room (Profile Theatre), Tom in The God Game (Brandon Woolley prod.), Jane/Edgar in Mystery of Irma Vep, Sam in Grace (Third Rail Repertory Theatre), Verne/George in And So It Goes… and Frank Keller in Red Herring (Artists Repertory Theatre), Charlie in The Scene (Portland Playhouse) and Beast in Beauty and the Beast (Pixie Dust). TV credits include Oregon Lottery and Leverage. Leif is a proud member of Actors’ Equity, sends Love to his wife Susie, and thanks you for supporting live theater.  


 

Gary Norman
Simon Stimson and others 
Gary Norman is delighted to make his PCS debut in Our Town. This is his third time working with director Rose Riordan; the first was The Receptionist at Coho Production and the second was Telethon at Portland Playhouse. He has appeared on stages all over town including Artists Repertory Theatre in The Playboy of the Western World, Theatre Vertigo in The Adding Machine, Shaking the Tree in One Flea Spare and Broadway Rose Theatre Company in Chicago, to name a few. He has also appeared on NBC's Grimm and TNT's Leverage and The Librarians. Originally from Virginia, Gary has called Portland home for 19 years and vows never to go back.

 

Vin Shambry
Howie Newsome
Vin is honored to be back at PCS, where he was last seen in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. He is a resident artist at Artists Repertory Theatre where credits include Intimate Apparel, (I Am Still) the Duchess of Malfi and Superior Donuts (2011 Drammy Award, Lead Actor). Other Portland credits: Executioner in Salome (Portland Opera); August Wilson’s Jitney, King Hedley II, Gem of the Ocean and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Portland Playhouse); two productions with Oregon Children's Theatre; and Songs for a New World (Staged! and Miracle Theatre, 2011 Drammy Award, Lead Musical Actor). Broadway credits include Tom Collins in Rent and John in Miss Saigon. National tours: Rent, Miss Saigon, Honk and Big River. In 2007, Vin was awarded the Audelco Award for Best Actor in a Play for Black Man Rising. He has a B.F.A. in musical theatre from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC and is working on a collection of short stories about his childhood. www.vinshambry.com


 

Laura Faye Smith
Lady in Box and others
Laura Faye Smith last appeared at PCS in JAW 2015 and The Typographer's Dream. Other PCS shows include Anna KareninaPride and Prejudice, The Thugs, How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found, Frost/Nixon, A Christmas Carol, The Receptionist, A Christmas Story and JAW in 2008-2014. She has also performed in The God Game (Brandon Woolley prod.); God of Carnage (Gulfshore Playhouse); International FallsDay of the DocentThe Receptionist, Boy Gets Girl and Spinning Into Butter (Coho Productions); Mr. Burns A Post Electric Play and The Scene (Portland Playhouse); Last of the Boys (Third Rail Repertory); Mr. Marmalade (Artists Repertory Theatre); The Heiress (Triangle! Productions, 2005 Drammy); and The Trip to Bountiful (Profile Theatre, 2010 Drammy). Television credits include NBC’s Grimm and TNT’s Leverage. She is the current voice of Princess Rosalina for Nintendo, and has narrated several audio books that are available on Audible.com, iTunes, and Amazon.com. 

 

Sathya Sridharan
George Gibbs
Regional: Hapgood (Williamstown Theatre Festival); The Philadelphia Story and As You Like It (Chautauqua Theatre Company). Off-Broadway: The Fatal Eggs (The Araca Project); Faster Than The Speed Of White (co-writer, New York International Fringe Festival). NYU: Richard III, The Seagull and Adam Rapp’s The Eggs. TV: Madam Secretary. Film: Open Roads, Tourists and Daastar. Sathya is a proud actor-volunteer at The 52nd Street Project in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC; winner of the 2013 Princess Grace Award (Grace Le Vine Theater Award); native of St. Louis, Mo. Education: M.F.A. from NYU Tisch Graduate Acting Program. 

 

Aida Valentine
Townkid
Aida is a 5th grader at Arleta elementary. She has enjoyed working with many theater companies around Portland including Broadway Rose Theatre Company, Lakewood Center for the Arts, Stumptown Stages and Portland Opera. Though her first love is musical theater, she just finish filming her first movie where she played the title character, Zoe, in Zilla and Zoe. She is excited to be playing James in Oregon Children's Theatre's production of James and the Giant Peach this coming spring. Aida is ecstatic to perform for PCS and thanks Rose and Brandon for the opportunity. All my love to Baz. 

 

Creative Team Biographies


Thornton Wilder
Playwright
Born in Madison, Wisconsin and educated at Yale and Princeton, Thornton Wilder (1897-1975) was an accomplished novelist and playwright whose works explore the connection between the commonplace and the cosmic dimensions of human experience. The Bridge of San Luis Rey, one of his seven novels, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1928, and his next-to-last novel, The Eighth Day received the National Book Award (1968). Two of his four major plays garnered Pulitzer Prizes, Our Town (1938) and The Skin of Our Teeth (1943). His play The Matchmaker ran on Broadway for 486 performances (1955-1957), Wilder’s Broadway record, and was later adapted into the record-breaking musical Hello, Dolly!. Wilder also enjoyed enormous success with many other forms of the written and spoken word, among them translation, acting, opera librettos, lecturing, teaching and film (his screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock’s 1943 psycho-thriller, Shadow of a Doubt, remains a classic to this day). Letter writing held a central place in Wilder’s life, and since his death, three volumes of his letters have been published. Wilder’s many honors include the Gold Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Book Committee’s Medal for Literature. On April 17, 1997, the centenary of his birth, the U.S. Postal Service unveiled the Thornton Wilder 32-cent stamp in Hamden, Connecticut, his official address after 1930 and where he died on December 7, 1975. Wilder continues to be read and performed around the world. Our Town is performed at least once each day somewhere in this country, with his other major dramas and shorter plays not far behind. In 2008, Our Town and The Bridge of San Luis Rey were selected as a joint choice for the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read program. In recent years Wilder’s works have also inspired a growing number of adaptations, among them an opera based on Our Town (music by Ned Rorem, libretto by J.D. McClatchy) and a dramatized version of his novel, Theophilus North (Matt Burnett). Reflecting the renewed interest in Wilder, the Thornton Wilder Society sponsored the first international conference on Wilder in fall 2008. www.thorntonwilder.com
 
Rose Riordan 
Director
Rose is in her 18th season at Portland Center Stage, where she serves as associate artistic director. At PCS she has directed The People’s Republic of Portland (2013 and 2015), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Typographer’s Dream, LIZZIE, A Small FireThe MountaintopThe Whipping ManThe North PlanRed, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s NestA Christmas StoryThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling BeeThe Receptionist, A Christmas CarolFrost/NixonHow to Disappear Completely and Never Be FoundDoubtThe UnderpantsThe Pillowman and The Thugs, which won four Drammy Awards, including Best Ensemble and Best Director. She has also recently directed, for various other theaters, Adam Bock’s PhaedraThe Passion PlayTelethon and The Receptionist. In 1999 she founded Portland Center Stage’s annual JAW: A Playwrights Festival. JAW has been instrumental in developing new work for the PCS repertory: Threesome, Bo-Nita, The People’s Republic of Portland, The Body of an AmericanThe North PlanAnna KareninaOutrage, Flesh and BloodAnother Fine MessO Lovely GlowwormCelebrity RowAct a LadyThe Thugs and A Feminine Ending. Rose has also directed some of the staged readings for JAW festivals: The Thugs (2005), Telethon (2006), A Story About a Girl (2007), 99 Ways to F*** a Swan (2009), The North Plan (2010), San Diego (2012), The People’s Republic of Portland (2012), Mai Dang Lao (2013) and A Life (2014). She enjoys being part of a company committed to new work and having a beautiful building in which to work.
 
Tony Cisek
Scenic Designer
Tony Cisek has collaborated with Rose Riordan on the PCS productions of A Small Fire, The Whipping Man, The North Plan, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, A Christmas Story and Frost/Nixon. For PCS he has also designed the premieres of A Feminine Ending and Sometimes a Great Notion. Tony’s work has been seen Off-Broadway and regionally at Roundabout Theatre, Arena Stage, Guthrie Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse, Alliance Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Center Stage (Baltimore), Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, New York Theatre Workshop, Cleveland Play House, Folger Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Round House Theatre, Studio Theatre, GALA Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival and Signature Theatre. He has received four Helen Hayes Awards in Washington, four Drammy Awards in Portland, and a Barrymore Award nomination in Philadelphia.  www.tonycisek.com
 
Alison Heryer
Costume Designer
Alison Heryer is a costume designer for theater, film and print. She is thrilled to be returning to Portland Center Stage, after designing costumes for Three Days of Rain and Threesome. Other theater credits include The Bluest Eye (New Victory Theater); The Fall to Earth, A Lesson Before Dying, Orange Flower Water and World Set Free (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); Pippin, The Whipping ManA Little More Alive and The Who and the What (Kansas City Repertory Theatre); The King and I, 33 Variations, RENT and Doubt (ZACH Theatre), Jackie and Me at (Indiana Repertory Theatre), Bum Philips All-American Opera (La MaMa) and The Price at Artists Repertory Theatre. Recent awards include the Austin Critics Table Award and the ArtsKC Inspiration Grant. Alison is a faculty member at Portland State University. She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and The University of Texas at Austin and a member of United Scenic Artists.
 
Diane Ferry Williams
Lighting Designer
Diane Ferry Williams is pleased to be returning to Portland. Diane has worked for many theaters around the country and abroad. Her most recent design is a national tour of How to Succeed beginning in Beijing, China. In the U.S., she has worked for many theaters around the country, including the Marriott Theatre in Chicago, Alliance Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, Goodspeed Opera House, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Goodman Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theater, ACT-Seattle, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Ford’s Theatre, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Regional Dance America. Other international work includes The Harlem Gospel Singers in Paris and the European tour, and Die Shone Und Das Biest in Berlin and the European tour. She has also lit several national tours and premieres. Awards include a Jeff Award, an After Dark Award, a Carbonelle Award, five Drammy Awards (the most recent being The Whipping Man) and seven Jeff nominations. Diane has an M.F.A in Theatrical Design from Northwestern University.
 
Casi Pacilio
Sound Designer
Casi is the resident sound designer at PCS, where recent credits include Three Days of Rain, Cyrano, The People’s Republic of Portland, Other Desert Cities, Threesome and Dreamgirls, The Last Five Years, Othello, A Small Fire, Twist Your Dickens, The Mountaintop, Fiddler on the Roof; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike with composer Jana Losey; and nine seasons of JAW. National shows: Holcombe Waller Surfacing and Wayfinders; Left Hand of Darkness, My Mind is Like an Open Meadow (Drammy Award 2011), Something’s Got Ahold Of My Heart and PEP TALK for Hand2Mouth Theatre. Other credits include Squonk Opera’s Bigsmorgasbord-WunderWerk (Broadway, PS122, national and international touring); I Am My Own Wife, I Think I Like Girls (La Jolla Playhouse); Playland, 10 Fingers and Lips Together, Teeth Apart (City Theatre, PA). Film credits include Creation of Destiny, Out of Our Time and A Powerful Thang. Recordings: Glitterfruit’s fruit snacks.
 
Rick Lewis
Music Direction and Vocal Arrangements
PCS shows: Dreamgirls, The Last Five Years, Twist Your DickensFiddler on the Roof, Somewhere in Time, Sweeney Todd (Drammy Award), Black Pearl Sings!, Oklahoma!, The Huntsmen (JAW), The Imaginary Invalid, Sunset Boulevard, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Ragtime (Drammy Award), Grey Gardens, A Christmas Carol (Composer), Guys and Dolls (Drammy Award), Cabaret, West Side Story (Drammy Award), The Fantasticks and Bat Boy. He is the creator of the hit Off-Broadway musicals The Taffetas and The Cardigans (NYC Bistro Award, “Outstanding Musical Review”). Musical supervisor for the West Coast regional premiere of Next to Normal (Artists Repertory Theatre). Assistant conductor/vocal director for the pre-Broadway workshop of Cy Coleman’s The Life. Rick has written for Disney Live Family Entertainment, American Hawaii Cruises, American Classic Voyages and developed The Cinnamon Bear Cruise. Rick is a private vocal coach, concentrating on musical theater audition/performance technique. www.rlewismusic.com
 
K.L. Cullom
Assistant Director
Kelly (K.L.) has been part of the Portland theater community for more than a decade, with the exception of her three-year hiatus for graduate school. She worked full time in stage management and lighting from 2004-2010. She holds an M.F.A. in Directing from The New School for Drama in NYC. New York directing credits include: Five Flights by Adam Bock, Saudades (original adaptation), Aperture (world premiere) and Jackie (U.S. Premiere, dir. Tea Alagic, Women's Project Theater). Last season she assisted on The Typographer's Dream at Portland Center Stage (dir. Rose Riordan) and Timmy Failure: Mistakes were Made at Oregon Children's Theatre (dir. Marcella Crowson). You can see her directing work at Theatre Vertigo in October with Adam Bock's The Drunken City.
 
Janine Vanderhoff
Stage Manager
This New York native is proud to call Portland her new home. Janine has had the pleasure of working the world premiere of DC Copeland's Play (stage manager/production manager); as well as stage managing How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes and The Other Place (Portland Playhouse). Janine's touring experience is primarily with Broadway musicals such as Cats, Jekyll & Hyde and Show Boat. However, she has also toured plays such as The Graduate starring Morgan Fairchild and The Vagina Monologues. While in NY, Janine had the opportunity to work on The Lion King on Broadway, as well as with many Off-Broadway and regional companies. Production management credits include: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart for “Democalypse 2012 Republican National Convention” (Tampa, FL); Straz Center (Tampa, FL); and The Fox Theatre (Atlanta, GA). Janine is thrilled to be working at Portland Center Stage. Proud NYU graduate and proud AEA member.
 
Marialena DiFabbio
Assistant Stage Manager
Maria is thrilled to be working on this show! Portland credits include: 2015 JAW Festival and Dreamgirls (Portland Center Stage), The God Game (Brandon Woolley prod.), Love's Labour's Lost (Post5 Theatre), Revival/ Dear Momma (Fertile Ground)and Twelfth Night (Portland Actors Ensemble). Before heading west, she worked for two years at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT. Sending love to my family.
 

Our Town
Previews performances Sep. 12-17 | Opening night Sep. 18

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