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Meet the Cast: Astoria – Portland Center Stage at The Armory

JEREMY AGGERS

Donald Mackenzie/ R. Stuart/Coles/LeClerc/ Ensemble/Musician

Jeremy Aggers is a voice-over artist, songwriter and actor based out of Atlanta, GA. He’s pleased to be returning to The Armory after making his debut in Astoria: Part One last season. He has released three albums under the Brash Music label and has narrated over 200 audiobooks under Jeremy Arthur and other pseudonyms. His Atlanta theater credits include Edward Foote (directed by Chris Coleman), Shakespeare in Love, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, The Whipping Man, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Alliance Theatre); Significant Other, Kimberly Akimbo, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Based on a Totally True Story (Actor’s Express); A Sander’s Family Christmas (Theatre in the Square); Bach at Leipzig and Singles in Agriculture (Aurora Theatre Company). All his love to Kristin.


F. TYLER BURNET

David Stuart/Bradbury/ Ensemble

The Armory: Astoria: Part One. Tours: Sister Act (Joey, United States and Japan), West Side Story (Officer Krupke, United States and Canada). Regional: To Kill a Mockingbird (Cunningham, Milwaukee Repertory Theater), A Christmas Carol (Christmas Future, Milwaukee Repertory Theater), As You Like It (Charles/Silvius, Riverside Theatre in the Park). Thanks to Brandon, Rose and Chris for helping me make my Portland theater debut. Thanks to Kaitlyn, Rod, Mom and Dad for everything else.




DOUGLAS DICKERMAN

Wilson Price Hunt/ Ensemble

Douglas is thrilled to be making his debut at The Armory. Off-Broadway: Never Swim Alone. Theater: The Jeweler’s Shop (Carnegie Hall); Husbands and Wives, Opus (Ensemble Theatre Company); The Curse of Oedipus (Antaeus Theatre Company); The Unseen (The Road Theatre); The Last Seder (Ensemble Studio Theatre, LA); Three Sisters After Chekhov (Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble); The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice (Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival); The Action Against Sol Schumann (Hypothetical Theatre Company); Unidentified Human Remains … (The Gene Frankel Theatre). Film: Tyler Perry’s Acrimony (upcoming), Faceless, but Remembered, C’mon Man, How to Be a Serial Killer, Terminal Conversation. Television: Law & Order, Numb3rs, Medium, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Out of the Blue. Web Series: Los Americans.

 

NICK FERRUCCI

Simon McTavish/A. Ross/ John Day/Ensemble

Nick is honored to be returning to The Armory for the conclusion of Astoria. He holds an M.F.A. in acting from Northern Illinois University and a B.F.A. in theater from Southern Oregon University. He has also studied with Moscow Art Theatre in Russia and The Second City in Chicago. Regional: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Portland Playhouse, Profile Theatre, Maples Repertory Theatre, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Commonweal Theatre Company, Heritage Theatre Festival, Jewish Theatre Collaborative and Bright Star Theatre. Film: The Falls, One Foot in the Gutter. Television: Grimm.

 

JIMMY GARCIA

Pierre Dorion/Aiken/ Ensemble

After studying at Southern Oregon University and performing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Jimmy is happy to be back in Portland where he began his acting career years ago on the stages of Milagro, Stark Raving Theater and Portland Center Stage at The Armory. In Southern Oregon, he performed a variety of roles working with such esteemed directors as Bill Rauch, Libby Appel and Pat Patton, to name a few. Most recently, he performed in Artists Repertory Theatre’s An Octoroon and A Civil War Christmas; Profile Theatre’s Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue and Happiest Song Plays Last; and Milagro’s world premiere of Òye Oyá.

 

MICHAEL MORROW HAMMACK

Frobisher/Thomas Jefferson/Winton/John Reed/Ensemble

Michael is very excited to be returning to The Armory after last season’s Astoria: Part One. He was last seen as Mike in Trails with Broadway Rose Theatre Company. Other local credits include Mitch in Adrift in Macao with Broadway Rose Theatre Company and Fabrizio in The Light in the Piazza with Portland Playhouse. Before returning home to Portland, Michael created the role of Telemachus in the world premiere of Crown of Shadows: The Wake of Odysseus at Round House Theatre in Washington, DC. Favorite roles: Monty in Violet, Gayman in The Lucky Chance, Tim in Suburbia and Peter in Theatreworks USA’s national tour of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. He holds a B.F.A. in musical theater from Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts. He would like to thank his amazing wife, Caroline; parents, Diane and Fred; and sister, Meghan, for their unconditional love and support. Thank you for supporting live theater!

 

CHRISTOPHER HIRSH

Alexander McKay/Colter/ Robert Stuart/Ensemble/ Musician

Christopher is thrilled to return to his home state after making his debut at The Armory last season in Astoria: Part One. Film: God of Love (Oscar, 2011), Asockalypse. TV: A Crime to Remember. NYC: Ensemble/Producer, US by Asia Kate Dillon, Dixon Place; Macbeth, Macbeth, New York Distilling Company. Hartford Stage: John Hancock, POETRY (workshop). HartBeat Ensemble: RFK/ Norman Mailer, Jimmy and Lorraine. Barrington Stage Company: Billing, An Enemy of the People. Long Wharf Theatre: Walter/Frank Wild, Endurance. Connecticut Repertory Theatre: Walter Burns, His Girl Friday; Berowne, Love’s Labour’s Lost; Rosse, Macbeth. Two River Theater: Borachio, Much Ado About Nothing. NC Shakes: Ferdinand, The Tempest. Great River Shakespeare Festival: Lucentio, The Taming of the Shrew. Illinois Shakespeare Festival: Chorus/Williams/Constable of France, Henry V. Christopher is a producing director of MIRROR/FIRE productions. Find out more at mirrorfire.org. #BlackLivesMatter #TransLivesMatter

 

GAVIN HOFFMAN

Duncan McDougall/ Hoback/Ensemble

Gavin is happy to be back at The Armory where he played Duncan McDougall/ Hoback/Ensemble in Astoria: Part One, Joe in Great Expectations, Ligniere in Cyrano, Iago in Othello and Karl/Steve in Clybourne Park. Other local credits include: Ted in American Hero, Harry in The Understudy and Dieter in The Monster- Builder at Artists Repertory Theatre; Ellard in The Foreigner at Lakewood Theatre; Wolf/Red in To Cape, The Tripping Point at Shaking the Tree; Ken in Fifth of July at Profile Theatre; Frank in Body Awareness for CoHo Productions; and Hank in A Noble Failure at Third Rail Repertory Theatre. He has worked regionally and in New York City. Gavin has guest-starred in The Big Easy (USA) and Leverage (TNT), co-starred in Grimm (NBC) and appeared in Portlandia. He is the recipient of four Drammy Awards. Gavin is a graduate of P.C.P.A. and has a B.F.A. in acting from Ithaca College. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA.

 

ANTHONY LAM

Angus/Le Gauche/Harry/ Wasco Chief/Northrup/ Ensemble

Anthony is excited to be making his debut at The Armory! He was last seen as Elliot in the trilogy Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue, Water by the Spoonful and The Happiest Song Plays Last at Profile Theatre. His past theater credits include: Michael in the staged reading of Washer/Dryer with Theatre Diaspora and Atómiko in the world premiere of Into the Beautiful North at Milagro. He just finished a feature film in Eugene, OR, and has appeared on NBC’s Grimm, as well as in various commercials throughout the Northwest. He received his B.F.A. in theater arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

 

MICHAEL EVANS LOPEZ

Greene/Les Yeux Gris/2nd Mate/Peter/Tatoebetse/ Josechal/Ensemble

Michael Evans Lopez is a graduate of the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program. He is thrilled to be debuting at The Armory and delights in the opportunity to work with Chris Coleman again. Fun fact: Chris was Michael’s very first professional director! Michael started his acting career at Actor’s Express, which was created and run by Chris in Atlanta, GA. Favorite recent theater roles include Macedonio Guerra in The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at Curious Theatre Company in Denver and Jocasta and Tiresias in Oedipus the King at Classic Greek Theatre of Oregon, for which he was awarded a Drammy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Film and TV credits include the award-winning films Santiago and Dust, Reno 911! and The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. To learn more about Michael, and to see the spectacular, sci-fi/fantasy short Dust, visit michaelevanslopez.com.

 

CHRIS MURRAY

Antoine Clappine/Fox/ Wilbury/Farnham/ Ensemble

Chris is happy to be back at The Armory working with Chris Coleman and this amazing cast. He will also be seen in The Armory’s spring show, Major Barbara. Previous credits at The Armory include 11 years at JAW: A Playwrights Festival, Astoria: Part One, The Oregon Trail, Great Expectations, Our Town, 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 Denver Center for the Performing Arts and the 38th Annual 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. It is an honor and a privilege to create art in the greatest city in the world.

 

BEN NEWMAN

Gabriel Franchère/A. Mackenzie/Reznor/ Ensemble

Ben is a theater maker and fly fisherman based out of Portland, OR. He is delighted to be returning to The Armory to finish this journey. International: Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2013. New York: Classic Stage Company, Columbia Stages, Wide Eyed Productions, Theatre for a New Audience. Regional: Portland Shakespeare Project, Creede Repertory Theatre, Shaking the Tree, Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Profile Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City Actors Theatre, Riverside Shakespeare Festival. Upcoming: Between Riverside and Crazy at Artists Repertory Theatre. TV: Grimm, The Librarians. Ben has devised and directed new and classical ensemble-based stories in Portland, Israel, for the University of Northern Colorado, and in New York City. B.A., University of Northern Colorado. M.F.A., University of Missouri – Kansas City. AEA/SAG-AFTRA. mbennewman.com

 

LEIF NORBY

John Jacob Astor/Jacques/ Aymes/Robinson/D. Thompson/R. McClellan/ Ensemble

Leif was last seen in A Christmas Memory/Winter Song, Wild and Reckless, Astoria: Part One and The Oregon Trail. Other appearances at The Armory: Professor Willard/Joe Stoddard in Our Town, De Guiche in Cyrano, Rodrigo in Othello, ensemble in Anna Karenina and Sunset Boulevard, Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps, Tateh in Ragtime and Benny in Guys and Dolls. Other credits include Cervantes in Man of La Mancha (Lakewood Theatre Company), Dr. Givings in In the Next Room (Profile Theatre), Tom in The God Game (Brandon Woolley prod.), Bastion in Mr. Kolpert and Jane/Edgar in Mystery of Irma Vep (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: Portlandia and Leverage. Leif is a proud member of Actors’ Equity, sends love to his wife, Susie, and thanks you for supporting live theater.

 

BEN ROSENBLATT

Jonathan Thorn/Joseph/ John Clarke/Ensemble

Ben Rosenblatt is thrilled to be returning to The Armory! Last year Ben had the pleasure of performing in Waiting for Godot at the Commencez! International Beckett Festival in Paris, France. In New York, he has appeared at Primary Stages, Project: Theater and in the Drama Desk-nominated production of Death of a Salesman with New Yiddish Rep. Regional: Actors Theatre of Louisville, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Round House Theatre, Shakespeare & Company, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC), Cape May Stage, The Public Theatre (ME), Ivoryton Playhouse and more. As an associate artist of American Records in New York City, Ben has toured United States’ military bases internationally with ReEntry and has been developing his solo play, Hiccups, a docu-drama about OCD. TV: Unforgettable (CBS), Crashing (HBO). Co-host of Love Bites Radio. M.F.A., Brandeis University. B.F.A., University of Connecticut. benrosenblattactor.com

 

DELANNA STUDI

Marie Dorion/Sarah Astor/ Ensemble

DeLanna Studi is honored to return to The Armory after making her debut last season in Astoria: Part One. She recently starred in Indiana Repertory Theatre’s Finding Home: Indiana at 200. DeLanna’s Off-Broadway debut in Informed Consent at Duke Theater on 42nd Street was a New York Times Critics’ Pick that described her performance as “moving gravity.” She was a company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for two seasons. She performed in the First National Broadway Tour of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning August: Osage County. Her film credits include the award-winning Hallmark/ABC’s Dreamkeeper and Chris Eyre’s Edge of America. She recently starred in the award-winning short Blessed. Television credits include General Hospital, Showtime’s Shameless and SyFy’s Z-Nation. Her latest project, And So We Walked, written and performed by DeLanna, details her and her father’s journey following their family’s footsteps along the Trail of Tears. She is the chair of the SAG-AFTRA National Native American Committee.

 

BENJAMIN TISSELL

Ramsay Crooks/Small/ Ensemble/Musician

Benjamin is delighted to be returning to The Armory to tell this remarkable story. A Portland-based actor, Benjamin has been seen locally in The Angry Brigade (Third Rail Repertory Theatre), Fly By Night (Broadway Rose Theatre Company), Billy Elliot, The Musical (Pixie Dust), Peter and the Starcatcher (Portland Playhouse), Godspell (Lakewood Theatre Company) and many others. Benjamin has also directed locally for Lakewood Theatre Company, Portland Playhouse, Northwest Children’s Theatre and others. In addition, Benjamin performs regularly as a singer–songwriter around the region. His music, concert dates and upcoming productions can be found at benjamintissell.com. Benjamin is represented in the Northwest by Mitchell Artist Management.

 

RAFAEL UNTALAN

Concomly/J.G. McTavish/ Ensemble

Rafael Untalan is delighted to be making his debut at The Armory. Currently based out of Washington, DC, Rafael is a native Portlander who spent three years as part of the acting company of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He has since worked at various theaters across the country, including Cleveland Play House, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, ACT Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Imagination Stage, Theater J and, most recently, Arena Stage. His favorite roles include Sherlock Holmes in Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery; Shag in Equivocation; Rama in The Ramayana; Marcus Gee in Yellow Face (DC Metro Theater Arts 2014, Best Featured Actor in a Play); Sydney Carton in A Tale of Two Cities; Bosola in The Duchess of Malfi; Leontes in The Winter’s Tale; and Walter Franz in The Price. Rafael holds an M.F.A. from the Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University. For Zoë, Henry and Jennifer.

Portland Center Stage’s Astoria Part One and Two ticket and schedule information here.

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