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"Sense & Sensibility" Cast & Creative Team

Posted 04 January 2019

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The cast and members of the creative team of Sense and Sensibility on the first day of rehearsal.

Sense & Sensibility

By Kate Hamill 
Adapted from the novel by Jane Austen
Staging & Direction by Eric Tucker

The Cast

Lisa BirnbaumMrs. Dashwood/Anne Steele/Mrs. Ferrars
Quinlan FitzgeraldMarianne Dashwood
Kelly GodellFanny (Ferrars) Dashwood/Lucy Steele/Lady Middleton
Lauren ModicaMrs. Jennings
Chris MurrayJohn Willoughby/John Dashwood
Danea C. Osseni   Elinor Dashwood
Violeta PicayoMargaret Dashwood
Darius PierceSir John Middleton/Servant/Doctor
Ryan QuinnColonel Brandon/Thomas/Lady Middleton
Jamie SmithsonEdward/Robert Ferrars/Lady Middleton

The Creative Team

Eric TuckerStaging & Direction 
John McDermottScenic Designer
Alison HeryerCostume Designer
Sarah HugheyLighting Designer
Alex NeumannSound Designer
Alexandra BellerChoreographer
Violeta PicayoDance Captain
Amanda QuiadDialect Coach
Kristen MunStage Manager
Molly Shevaun ReedProduction Assistant
Will CotterLocal Casting
Brandon WoolleyLocal Casting

The Actors and Stage Manager employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Meet the Cast

Lisa Birnbaum, Mrs. Dashwood/Anne Steele/Mrs. Ferrars 
Lisa Birnbaum, Mrs. Dashwood/Anne Steele/Mrs. Ferrars 

Lisa is thrilled to be making her Portland Center Stage at The Armory debut while reprising her roles in Sense and Sensibility. She most recently played Elizabeth Taylor in Lawrence Wright’s Cleo at the Alley Theatre, directed by Bob Balaban. Off-Broadway credits include: F#%king Up Everything (now titled Brooklyn Crush), Abraham Lincoln’s Big, Gay Dance Party, and Lizzie Borden (now titled LIZZIE). Regional: Sense and Sensibility (American Repertory Theatre and Folger Theater); Lysistrata (Connecticut Repertory Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (PlayMakers Repertory Company); Italian American Reconciliation (Long Wharf Theatre); The Cry of the Reed (Huntington Theatre Company); The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Romeo and Juliet and Anything Goes (Williamstown Theatre Festival); and All’s Well That Ends Well (Yale Repertory Theatre). Television credits include Deception, Law & Order, Blue Bloods, What Would You Do?, and Guiding Light. Lisa holds an M.F.A. in acting from the Yale School of Drama. Instagram: @liserbeth | Twitter: @yeslisabirnbaum

Quinlan Fitzgerald, Marianne Dashwood 
Quinlan Fitzgerald, Marianne Dashwood 

Quinlan is excited to be making her debut at Portland Center Stage at The Armory. Portland credits include: The Humans (Artists Repertory Theatre); Ordinary Days and Trails (Broadway Rose Theatre Company); The Angry Brigade (Third Rail Repertory Theatre); Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Peter and the Starcatcher, and You for Me for You (Portland Playhouse); and Love's Labour's Lost (Portland Actors Ensemble). Other credits include Spring Awakening (Out of the Box Theatre Company), Godspell and Audience (Knightsbridge Theatre). She is a past Portland Playhouse apprentice and holds a B.F.A. in acting and a B.A. in communication from University California Santa Barbara. Thank you for sharing this story with us!  

Kelly Godell, Fanny (Ferrars) Dashwood/Lucy Steele/Lady Middleton 
Kelly Godell, Fanny (Ferrars) Dashwood/Lucy Steele/Lady Middleton 

Kelly is delighted to be back at Portland Center Stage at The Armory after appearing in last season’s world premiere of Kodachrome by Adam Szymkowicz. She was most recently seen in Small Mouth Sounds at Artists Repertory Theatre and Radiant Vermin at CoHo Productions. Other favorite credits include The Secretaries and Six Degrees of Separation (Profile Theatre); Noises Off and Mr. Kolpert (Third Rail Repertory Theatre); The Rocky Horror Show (Lurking Squirrel Productions); and Miss Julie (Shaking the Tree). Television credits include Grimm and Leverage. She has a B.F.A. from the University of Oregon. 

Lauren Modica, Mrs. Jennings 
Lauren Modica, Mrs. Jennings 

Lauren is thrilled to work with Eric, the cast, and the crew on this production of Sense and Sensibility. Huge thanks to all involved, and to those who make her heart sing on a regular basis. Regional: Mrs. Cratchit/Rag Doll/Insane Beggar Woman in Twist Your Dickens, Our Town, and JAW: A Playwright’s Festival (The Armory); Anne Steele/Lady Middleton in Sense and Sensibility, Gregory in Romeo and Juliet, and Glendower/Mowbray/Peto in Henry IV: Part One and Two (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Cook/Nurse Spiller in Fingersmith (American Repertory Theatre); and The Skin of Our Teeth (Artists Repertory Theatre). In Portland, she has worked with Profile Theatre, Defunkt Theatre, Northwest Classical Theatre Company, Portland Actors Ensemble, Willamette Shakespeare, Action/Adventure Theatre, on Gretchen Icenogle's Trailing Colors, and other projects. This one is for Grandpa B. Instagram: @laurenmodica

Chris Murray, John Willoughby/John Dashwood 
Chris Murray, John Willoughby/John Dashwood 

Chris is thrilled to be back at Portland Center Stage at The Armory! Previous credits at The Armory include 12 years at JAW: A Playwrights Festival, Major Barbara, Astoria: Part One and Two, The Oregon Trail, Great Expectations, Our Town, Futura, and Sometimes a Great Notion, and he will be appearing in Crossing Mnisose this spring. Regionally, Chris has worked on readings, workshops, and world premieres at several theaters, including the Colorado New Play Summit at Denver Center for the Performing Arts and the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Locally, Chris has performed at Artists Repertory Theatre, CoHo Productions, Profile Theatre, Third Rail Repertory Theatre, and more. Thank you for supporting live theater!

Danea C. Osseni, Elinor Dashwood
Danea C. Osseni, Elinor Dashwood

Danea is so excited to return to Portland Center Stage at The Armory after performing the role of Nettie in The Color Purple. Hailing from the beautiful island of Jamaica, Danea is an actor, model, and singer currently residing in New York City. Past credits include Tiana Vocalist at Hong Kong Disneyland, Ain't Misbehavin'Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Hairspray, Death of a Salesman, Sophisticated Ladies, and the Off-Broadway hit show Sistas the Musical. She's thankful to God, her parents, family, friends, and her precious husband for their support and love. Special thanks to the Portland Center Stage at The Armory family for having her back.

Violeta Picayo, Margaret Dashwood/Dance Captain
Violeta Picayo, Margaret Dashwood/Dance Captain

Violeta is a Cuban-American actor, born and raised in New York City. This is her Portland Center Stage at The Armory debut! Off-Broadway: Sense and Sensibility (Bedlam). New York credits include: Julius Caesar (Pocket Universe), RadioBABEL (SITI Lab), This is How I Don't Know How to Dance (SITI Company), The Taming of the Shrew (Tale Told). Regional: Sense and Sensibility (American Repertory Theater), Young Playwrights Festival (Eugene O'Neill Theater Center). International: American Blues and The Importance of Being Earnest (Edinburgh Fringe), Thyestes (OYL Theater Company, Greece tour). Violeta is a company member at Bedlam and a proud graduate of the SITI Conservatory, the National Theater Institute, and Vassar College. violetapicayo.com

Darius Pierce, Sir John Middleton/Servant/Doctor 
Darius Pierce, Sir John Middleton/Servant/Doctor 

Darius is happy to be back at Portland Center Stage at The Armory, after previously performing here in Stupid F**king BirdCyranoThe Beard of AvonTwelfth NightThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling BeeThe 39 StepsFrost/NixonHow to Disappear Completely and Never be FoundMisallianceA Christmas CarolA Christmas StoryThe Santaland DiariesTwist Your Dickens, and JAW. He has performed at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Folger Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre, Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Broadway Rose Theatre Company, Portland Playhouse, Theatre Vertigo, and more. He is a company member at Third Rail Repertory Theatre and a co-founder of the Anonymous Theatre Company. 

Ryan Quinn, Colonel Brandon/Thomas/Lady Middleton 
Ryan Quinn, Colonel Brandon/Thomas/Lady Middleton 

Ryan is making his Portland Center Stage at The Armory debut. Off-Broadway: Whorl Inside a Loop (Second Stage); The Killer, King Lear, Hamlet, and Antony and Cleopatra (Theater for a New Audience); Dead Dog Park (59E59 Theaters); and Vanity Fair (Pearl Theatre Company)Select regional: Sense and Sensibility (American Repertory Theater), Yellowman (Milwaukee Repertory Theater); Hamlet and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (The Old Globe Theatre); The King Stag (Yale Repertory Theatre); Pride and Prejudice (Dorset Theatre Festival); and eight seasons with The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. TV/Film: Blindspot, Madam Secretary, The Blacklist: Redemption, Person of Interest, Friends from College, and Ovum. M.F.A: Yale School of DramaRyan is the artistic director of Esperance Theater Company in New York City. esperancetheatercompany.org

Jamie Smithson, Edward/Robert Ferrars/Lady Middleton 
Jamie Smithson, Edward/Robert Ferrars/Lady Middleton 

Jamie is excited to be making his Portland Center Stage at The Armory debut. An actor in the D.C. area, some of his credits include: Cake Off and An Act of God (Signature Theatre); Twist Your Dickens and Shear Madness (Kennedy Center); School For Lies (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Fiddler on the Roof (Arena Stage); Sense and Sensibility (Folger Theatre; Helen Hayes Award nomination for Best Actor); Born Yesterday (Ford's Theatre); Fly By Night (1st Stage); Seussical: The Musical (Imagination Stage). Other credits include work at American Repertory Theater (Bedlam’s Sense and Sensibility), Guthrie Theater, The Acting Company, Everyman Theatre, Crescent Stage, The Village Repertory Co., Charleston Stage, and Mile Square Theatre. He holds an M.F.A. from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

Meet the Creative Team

Eric Tucker, Director
Eric was named “Director of the Year” by Wall Street Journal in 2014. Off-Broadway: Uncle Romeo Vanya JulietPygmalionPeter Pan; Vanity Fair; Bedlam’s Sense and Sensibility (Off-Broadway Alliance Award, Lucille Lortel nomination for Best Director; Drama League nomination for Best Revival; four Helen Hayes awards, including Best Director and Best Production); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Drama League nomination for Best Revival; Wall Street Journal’s Best Classical Production); Bedlam’s Saint Joan (The New York Times and Time Magazine’s “Top 10”; Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Revival); Bedlam’s Hamlet (The New York Times’ “Top 10”); Tina Packer’s Women of Will; New York Animals (world premiere by Steven Sater/Burt Bacharach), Twelfth Night / What You Will (The New York Times’ Critic’s Pick); The Seagull (Wall Street Journal’s Best Classical Production). Other: The Rivals (Bristol Riverside Theatre); The Merry Wives of Windsor (Two River Theater), Disney’s Beauty & The Beast (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Pericles (American Players Theatre, Wall Street Journal’s Best Classical Production); Copenhagen (Central Square Theater); The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival); and Mate (The Actors’ Gang). Eric resides in New York City where he is the artistic director of Bedlam. 

John McDermott, Scenic Designer
Design credits include: Sense and Sensibility (Off-Broadway, American Repertory Theater and Folger Theatre), Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet, Pygmalion, and Peter Pan for Bedlam; Pride and Prejudice for Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and Seattle Repertory Theatre; Creditors, 4,000 Miles, The Taming, and Red Velvet at Shakespeare & Company; ms. estrada by The Q Brothers Collective at The Flea Theater; and Zurich, Dry Land, Fish Eye, and Everything is Ours for Colt Coeur Company. Seattle designs include The Psychic Life of Savages at Empty Space Theatre; Skin for Printer's Devil Theater; Prayer For My EnemyUncle VanyaThree Sisters, and Singing Forest for Intiman Theatre, all directed by Bartlett Sher; and four years as associate set designer at Seattle Repertory Theatre. He holds an M.F.A. from the University of Washington and is an associate professor at Adelphi University.  

Alison Heryer, Costume Designer
Alison is a costume designer for theater, film, and print. She is thrilled to be returning to Portland Center Stage at The Armory after designing costumes for Fun Home, Wild and Reckless, The Oregon Trail, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Our Town, Three Days of Rain, and Threesome. Other design credits include productions with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 59E59 Theaters, La MaMa, The New Victory Theater, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Portland Opera, Artists Repertory Theatre, and The Hypocrites. She has exhibited work at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, World Stage Design, and the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space. Alison is on the faculty in the School of Art + Design at Portland State University and a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829. alisonheryerdesign.com

Sarah Hughey, Lighting Designer
Sarah is happy to return Portland Center Stage at The Armory where other credits include A Christmas Memory/Winter SongMajor Barbara, and the upcoming Crossing Mnisose. Additional design credits include projects at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Northlight Theatre, City Theatre Company, Writers Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, The Black Rep (St. Louis), and Court Theatre. Upcoming projects include As You Like It at Guthrie Theater, The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors at Oregon Children’s Theatre, and The Cake at Asolo Repertory Theatre. She has taught lighting design at Northwestern University, Columbia College Chicago, and Willamette University. She holds an M.F.A. from Northwestern University and is a member of USA Local 829. skhugheylighting.com

Alex Neumann, Sound Designer
Alex, a New York City-based sound designer, has worked extensively on Broadway as an associate to several sound designers, including Tony Award-winners Scott Lehrer and Leon Rothenberg, and Tony Award-nominees John Gromada and Matt Tierney. Alex is one of the sound designers on the current national tours of Fiddler on the Roof and The King and I. Regionally, Alex has designed at American Repertory Theater, Huntington Theatre Company, Hartford Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Alley Theatre, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. He is the sound designer of the Drama Desk Awards (Town Hall, New York City) and A Tribute to the Presidential Scholars (Kennedy Center). Alex recently spent two years lecturing on sound design technology at the Yale School of Drama.

Alexandra Beller, Choreographer
Off-Broadway: Sense and Sensibility (The Sheen Center, The Gym at Judson, Folger Theatre, and American Repertory Theater); How to Transcend a Happy Marriage by Sarah Ruhl (Lincoln Center Theater); The Mad Ones by Kerrigan-Lowdermilk (59E59 Theaters); Bedlam’s Peter Pan (The Duke on 42nd Street). Regional: Two Gentlemen of Verona (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival); As You Like It (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and Folger Theatre); The Young Ladies Of by Taylor Mac, Chang(e) by Soomi Kim (HERE); and Spring Awakening (Wake Forest University). Her performance career includes seven years with the Bill. T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and projects with Martha Clarke and John Turturro. Alexandra is thrilled to be returning to Portland in March to teach a directing and dramaturgy workshop on with Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble. alexandrabellerdances.org

Amanda Quaid, Dialect Coach
Off-Broadway: world premiere of Bedlam’s Sense and Sensibility at The Sheen Center; Party FaceWhen I Was a Girl I Used to Scream and Shout; and The Chimes. Film: Playmobil: The Movie; The Chaperone; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny; Non-Stop; and The Harrow. Television: NOS4A2 (AMC). Faculty: HB Studio and Freeman Studio. Private coaching practice in New York City for over 15 years. amandaquaid.com

Kristen Mun, Stage Manager
Kristen is originally from the island of Oahu and holds a B.F.A. from Southern Oregon University. She is excited to return for her sixth season at Portland Center Stage at The Armory. Previous credits at The Armory include stage manager for 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 also a freelance fight chorographer and teacher. Thank you to Adam and her family for always having her back.

Molly Shevaun Reed, Production Assistant
Molly is thrilled to be joining Portland Center Stage at The Armory this season as a stage management apprentice. Recent credits at The Armory include Twist Your Dickens, The Color Purple, and A Life. Originally from Denton, Texas, Molly has worked in stage management, props design, and has developed new work as a director in Dallas and Portland. Local credits include stage manager for Spectravagasm X, director/designer/producer for the one-woman original play Endless Oceans, and assistant director/production assistant for The Few at CoHo Productions. Dallas credits include stage manager for Dry Land at Upstart Theater; and director/designer for the world premiere of Nomad Americana at WaterTower Theatre’s Out of the Loop Fringe Festival (formerly titled Rooting at Nouveau 47 Theatre). Love and thanks to Cam, Fam, Lyss, and Bear.  

Bedlam
Bedlam is a not-for-profit theater company based in New York City under the leadership of Artistic Director Eric Tucker and Managing Director Kimberly Pau Boston. Founded in 2012, Bedlam received instant recognition for its production of George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan, in which only four actors played over 25 characters. Other shows include Sense and Sensibility, Peter Pan, The Seagull, Dead Dog Park, New York Animals, Hamlet, and Twelfth Night. Bedlam has won three IRNE Awards, two Off-Broadway Alliance Awards, and an Obie Grant. Bedlam has also been nominated for two Lucille Lortel awards, a Drama League award, and five Elliot Norton awards, winning for Outstanding Visiting Production and Best Ensemble for Saint Joan and Outstanding Visiting Production for Twelfth Night / What You Will. bedlam.org

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Running January 12 to February 10 on the U.S. Bank Main Stage.

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