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Behind the Scenes Team: Kodachrome – Portland Center Stage at The Armory

ADAM SZYMKOWICZ

Playwright

Adam Szymkowicz’s plays have been produced throughout the U.S., and in Canada, England, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Greece, Slovenia and Lithuania. His published full-length plays include Food For Fish, Hearts Like Fists, Incendiary, Clown Bar, The Why Overhead, Deflowering Waldo, Pretty Theft, Adventures of Super Margaret, 7 Ways To Say I Love You, Rare Birds, Marian, or The True Tale of Robin Hood and Nerve. His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, Playscripts, Broadway Play Publishing, Original Works Publishing, and have been featured in New York Theatre Review, The Dionysian, NYTE’s Cino Nights, Geek Theater and numerous Smith and Kraus books. Adam was a featured playwright at The Armory’s JAW: A Playwrights Festival, served twice as playwright in residence at the William Inge Center, and took part in The Dramatists Guild Fund’s Traveling Masters program. He has been commissioned by South Coast Repertory, Rising Phoenix Repertory, Texas State University, The NOLA Project, Single Carrot Theatre and Flux Theatre Ensemble. He received a Playwright’s Diploma from The Juilliard School’s Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program and an M.F.A. from Columbia University, where he was a Dean’s Fellow. He is a two-time Lecomte du Nouy Prize winner, a member of the Dramatists Guild and Writer’s Guild of America, and was a member of Primary Stages’ Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group, the MCC Theater Playwrights’ Coalition, and the first Ars Nova Play Group. He has interviewed 1,000 playwrights on his blog. He is currently the literary manager at The Juilliard School. adamszymkowicz.com

ROSE RIORDAN

Director

Rose is in her 20th season at Portland Center Stage at The Armory, where she serves as associate artistic director and has previously directed Every Brilliant Thing, Lauren Weedman Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Wild and Reckless, The Oregon Trail, Our Town, The People’s Republic of Portland (2013 and 2015), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Typographer’s Dream, LIZZIE, A Small Fire, The Mountaintop, The Whipping Man, The North Plan, Red, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, A Christmas Story, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Receptionist, A Christmas Carol, Frost/ Nixon, How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found, Doubt, The Underpants, The Pillowman and The Thugs, which won four Drammy Awards, including Best Ensemble and Best Director. Rose has recently directed, for various other theaters, Adam Bock’s Phaedra, The Passion Play, Telethon and The Receptionist. In 1999, she founded the annual JAW: A Playwrights Festival. JAW has been instrumental in developing new work for the company’s repertory, including this season’s upcoming production of Kodachrome, as well as Lauren Weedman Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Wild and Reckless, Threesome, Bo-Nita, The People’s Republic of Portland, The Body of an American, The North Plan, Anna Karenina, Outrage, Flesh and Blood, Another Fine Mess, O Lovely Glowworm, Celebrity Row, Act a Lady, The 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.

DANIEL MEEKER

Scenic and Lighting Designer

Previously at The Armory: lighting for Twist Your Dickens, Lauren Weedman Doesn’t Live Here Anymore and Wild and Reckless; scenery for A Christmas Memory/Winter Song, The People’s Republic of Portland and Red (Drammy Award); and scenery and lighting for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Typographer’s Dream, LIZZIE (Drammy Award for Best Lighting), The Last Five Years and The Mountaintop. Recent projects: Così fan tutte, The Difficulty of Crossing a Field and The Little Match Girl Passion (Portland Opera); The Talented Ones (Artists Repertory Theatre); A Christmas Carol and The Language Archive (Portland Playhouse); Judy Moody and Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt (Oregon Children’s Theatre); 26 Hours (Profile Theatre); The Curious  Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Pioneer Theatre Company); and lighting director for the Pickathon festival. Daniel is a graduate of Ithaca College and The Yale School of Drama, and a member of United Scenic Artists.

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 at The Armory, after designing costumes for Fun Home, Lauren Weedman Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Wild and Reckless, His Eye is on the Sparrow, 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 Prague Quadrennial of 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

CASI PACILIO

Sound Designer

Casi’s home base is The Armory, where recent credits include A Christmas Memory/Winter Song, 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; A Small Fire, Constellations and Chinglish with composer Jana Crenshaw; and 11 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.

WILL COTTER

Projection Designer

Will makes multimedia art in Portland and other places. Chicago dramaturgical credits include the world premieres of The Humans and The Project(s) at American Theater Company, where he also designed projections. In Los Angeles, Will devised and played titular roles in Paradise and Moony’s Kid Don’t Cry at The Edgemar Center for the Arts, produced by James Franco and Rabbit Bandini Productions. Around the same time, he received his B.F.A. at CalArts. Thanks to Mom, Dad, PJ, Michael, Rose and Tony.

JANA CRENSHAW

Composer

Jana Crenshaw (aka Jana Losey) is a singer-songwriter and composer originally from Lawrenceville, PA. After touring extensively as a performer, Jana moved to Portland in 2008, reinventing herself as a composer and teacher. Credits include: The Armory (Futura, A Small  Fire, Chinglish, Other Desert Cities, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Constellations), 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 hopes to be composing and performing more and more! Forever thank yous to Casi Pacilio and Mic and Audrey Crenshaw. Janacrenshaw.com

JANINE VANDERHOFF

Stage Manager

Janine is glad to be back for her third season at The Armory. Previous credits at The Armory include: A Christmas Memory/Winter Song, Wild and Reckless, Lauren Weedman Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, The Santaland Diaries, The Oregon Trail, Little Shop of Horrors, JAW, Great Expectations, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Our Town. Other Portland credits include Portland Opera’s Sweeney Todd (followspot caller); DC Copeland’s Play (stage manager/production manager); Portland Playhouse’s How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes and The Other Place (stage manager). Touring stage management credits include: The Graduate (starring Morgan Fairchild), Cats, The Vagina Monologues, Jekyll & Hyde and Show Boat. While in New York, 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); The Fox Theatre (Atlanta, GA). Proud NYU graduate and AEA member.

JORDAN AFFELDT

Production Assistant

Jordan is a stage manager from the small mountain town of Julian, CA. This is her first season at Portland Center Stage at The Armory as a stage management apprentice, where recent credits include Fun Home and A Christmas Memory/Winter Song. Prior to coming to The Armory, she completed internships at Pacific Conservatory Theatre (assistant stage manager for Beauty and the Beast, Lend Me a Tenor, You Can’t Take it With You), Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (assistant stage manager for Coriolanus), and ion theatre company (production assistant for Sea of Souls). She received her undergraduate degree from Northern Arizona University, majoring in theater studies and psychology. She spends her free time playing and writing music in the Portland area.

Portland Center Stage’s Kodachrome ticket and schedule information here.

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