"Constellations" Cast and Creative Team
April 12, 2017
By Nick Payne
Directed by Chris Coleman
|Silas Weir Mitchell||Roland|
|THE CREATIVE TEAM|
|Jason Sherwood||Scenic Designer|
|Eva Steingrueber-Fagan||Costume Designer|
|William C. Kirkham||Lighting Designer|
|Casi Pacilio||Sound Designer|
|Mary McDonald-Lewis||Dialect Coach|
|John Armour||Fight Director|
|Barbara Hort, Ph.D.||Consulting Dramaturg|
|Kristen Mun||Stage Manager|
|Michael DeMaio||Production Assistant|
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.
Silas Weir Mitchell
CREATIVE TEAM BIOS
Nick Payne’s plays include If There is I Haven’t Found it Yet (Bush Theatre and Roundabout Theatre Company, New York), Wanderlust (Royal Court Theatre), Sophocles' Electra (Gate Theatre), One Day When We Were Young (Paines Plough/Sheffield Theatres and Shoreditch Town Hall), Lay Down Your Cross (Hampstead Theatre), Constellations (Royal Court Theatre and Duke of York’s Theatre, winner of the 2012 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play and nominated for the 2013 Olivier Award for Best New Play), and The Same Deep Water as Me (Donmar Warehouse). Nick is the recipient of the 2009 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright and the 2012 Harold Pinter Playwright’s Award.
Chris joined Portland Center Stage at The Armory as artistic director in 2000. Before coming to Portland, Chris was the artistic director at Actor’s Express in Atlanta, a company he co-founded in the basement of an old church in 1988. Chris returned to Atlanta in 2015 to direct the world premiere of Edward Foote at Alliance Theatre (Suzi Bass Award for Best Direction, Best Production and Best World Premiere). Other recent directing credits include the Off-Broadway debut of Threesome at 59E59 Theaters; a production that had its world premiere at The Armory. Favorite directing assignments for The Armory include Astoria: Part One (which he also adapted), A Streetcar Named Desire, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Three Days of Rain, Threesome, Fiddler on the Roof, Clybourne Park, Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline (which he also adapted), Anna Karenina, Oklahoma!, Snow Falling on Cedars, Crazy Enough, King Lear, Outrage and The Devils. Chris has directed at theaters across the country, including Actor’s Theater of Louisville, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, ACT Theatre (Seattle), The Alliance, Dallas Theatre Center, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop and Center Stage (Baltimore). A native Atlantan, Chris holds a B.F.A. from Baylor University and an M.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon. He is currently the board president for the Cultural Advocacy Coalition. Chris and his husband, Rodney Hicks – who is appearing in the new musical Come From Away, which opened on Broadway in March – are the proud parents of an 18-lb Jack Russell/Lab mix, and a 110-lb English Blockhead Yellow Lab. For the past three years, Chris has had the honor of serving as the director for the Oregon Leadership Summit.
Jason Sherwood is an award-winning scenic and environment designer of theatrical productions and events. He recently designed the stage adaptation of Frozen for Disney Creative Entertainment. His Off-Broadway design for the new musical The View UpStairs was profiled in The New York Times for his creation of gay and queer immersive nightlife spaces for theatrical audiences. Other recent credits include designs for New York Theatre Workshop, The Old Globe, Signature Theatre, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 5th Avenue Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Goodspeed Musicals, Alliance Theatre, Studio Theatre, Ford's Theatre and Kansas City Repertory Theatre. He is an NYU graduate, a repeat guest artist at Yale, a Henry Hewes Design Award nominee, and was named a “Designer to Watch” by Live Design Magazine. Follow him on Instagram: @JasonSherwoodDesign.
Eva is very excited to make her design debut at Portland Center Stage at The Armory. For the last six years, Eva has been one of the cutter/drapers for The Armory’s costume shop, where she enjoys the collaborative process of bringing a designer’s vision to the stage. Before moving to Portland, Eva worked in Los Angeles creating costumes for movies and television. While in Los Angeles, Eva designed costumes for Kafka’s The Trial (Company of Angels) and co-designed costumes for Miss Desmond Behind Bars (Court Theatre in West Hollywood, Garland Award for Costume Design). Eva is originally from Augsburg, Germany, and has a background in fashion design. While in Germany, she earned her master’s degree in art education from the University of Augsburg, completed a dressmaker’s apprenticeship, and won the Young Fashion Designers Award from the City of Munich for her collaboration in fashion design.
William C. Kirkham
William C. Kirkham is thrilled to return to The Armory. Recent credits include: The Oregon Trail, Little Shop of Horrors (The Armory); Moby Dick (Alliance Theatre); Julius Caesar, Murder for Two (Utah Shakespeare Festival); Moby Dick, The Little Prince – 2014 Jeff Award for Lighting Design (Lookingglass Theatre Company); Life and Limb (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); United Flight 232 (The House Theatre of Chicago); Stupid F**king Bird, Antigonick (Sideshow Theatre Company); Three Sisters, The Tennessee Williams Project (The Hypocrites); Gidion’s Knot, From Prague (Contemporary American Theater Festival); Wonderful Life (ArtsWest Playhouse); Bud Not Buddy, A Year with Frog and Toad (Chicago Children’s Theatre); Pete, or the return of Peter Pan, Girls Who Wear Glasses (Childsplay). William earned his M.F.A. in stage design at Northwestern University and is a proud member of USA Local 829. wckirkham.com
Casi’s home base is The Armory, where recent credits include Lauren Weedman Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Wild and Reckless, His Eye is on the Sparrow, The Oregon Trail, Little Shop of Horrors, A Streetcar Named Desire, Great Expectations, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Three Days of Rain; A Small Fire and Chinglish with composer Jana Crenshaw; and ten seasons of JAW. National shows: Holcombe Waller's 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 tours); 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. Imagineer/maker of the Eat Me Machine, a dessert vending machine.
Jana Crenshaw (aka Jana Losey) is a singer-songwriter and composer originally from Lawrenceville, PA, pop. 600. Though her beginnings are small-town, Crenshaw has toured extensively, performing first with an avante-garde musical troupe, and most recently with her solo material, under her maiden name, Jana Losey. After a hiatus from music, Jana moved to Portland in 2008, composing music for: The Armory (Futura, A Small Fire, Chinglish, Other Desert Cities, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike), Portland Playhouse (Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K LeGuin/Hand2Mouth), Liminal (Our Town), CoHo Productions (Note to Self), and performing in a devised piece called Please Validate Your Identity as part of Portland’s Fertile Ground Festival. Jana is currently writing a third-grade musical, working on a new solo album, writing a solo theater piece, and hoping to be composing and performing more and more! Forever thank yous to Casi Pacilio and Mic Crenshaw. janacrenshaw.com
Mary McDonald-Lewis has been a professional artist since 1979. She resides in Portland, Oregon, and is an international dialect coach for film, television and stage. She also works as a voice actor, on-camera actor, stage actor and director. Constellations is MaryMac's 29th show with Portland Center Stage at The Armory, and you can also hear her work at Artists Repertory Theatre, where she is a resident artist, voice and text director. She is deeply grateful to the patrons and audience members of The Armory, whose support allows the theater to provide her services to the actors. MaryMac loves what she does, and she thanks Finnegan, Sullivan and Flynn for always wagging their tails when she comes home.
John is an actor and fight director who has been choreographing violence for more than 25 years. He is based in Portland, where he choreographs for many local theater companies and teaches throughout the region at colleges, high schools and middle schools. John’s work has been seen regularly on stage at The Armory, Portland Opera, Artists Repertory Theatre, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Miracle Theatre and many others. John’s work has twice been recognized within the Portland theater community for Best Fight Design.
Barbara Hort, Ph.D.
Barbara Hort, Ph.D., has maintained a private practice in Portland for over 25 years, working primarily from the psychological perspective developed by the Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung. At the invitation of Chris Coleman, Dr. Hort has served as a dramaturg on The Armory productions of Sweeney Todd, Clybourne Park, the 2013 JAW festival, Fiddler on the Roof, Othello, Dreamgirls, Threesome, Three Days of Rain, Ain’t Misbehavin’, A Streetcar Named Desire, Astoria: Part One and now, Constellations, providing material on the psychological dynamics of the play that can be used by the artists who are creating the performance.
Kristen Mun is originally from Hawaii and graduated from Southern Oregon University with a B.F.A. in stage management. This is her fourth season at The Armory, where previous credits include: production assistant on His Eye is on the Sparrow, The Santaland Diaries (2015 and 2016), Hold These Truths, A Streetcar Named Desire, Each and Every Thing, Forever, Three Days of Rain, Threesome, LIZZIE and Fiddler on the Roof. Outside of Portland, she has worked at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Repertory Theatre and Actors Theater of Louisville. Outside of stage managing, Kristen is a fight choreographer and stage combat teacher. She is forever grateful to Adam and her family for their love and support.
Silas Weir Mitchell as Roland and Dana Green as Marianne in Constellations. Photos by Kate Szrom.