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Stephanie Hough's (Film '11) film "HOW TO FEEL" screens in the The Near Side program of the EFF PDX in May 2012.

Chelsea Villareal (Film, ’10) is a production/research intern Ark Media, working with Academy Award Nominated Barak Goodman and Rachel Dretzin. Ark Media is a production company headquartered in New York that produces films for PBS and is currently working on a genealogy series. (11/10/11)

Martha Early (Film, ’11) interned for Rooftop Films and the Independent Filmmaker Project in New York this summer. In the fall, she started freelancing as an assistant editor and videographer and currently works with Arcade44, a video magazine. She also is an editing intern at the New York City Ballet and is writing a new short film.

Kat Olsen currently works on the production team at Sandymontana. (10/19/11)

Bryn Hubbard recently worked on the crew of Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter amongst other features. In Fall 2011, he started the MFA program in film production at Florida State University.

Eric Whedbee is completing a master's degree in film studies at Concordia University in Montreal. He is planning on continuing into a doctorate program to continue research in issues related to affect, ethics and process philosophy regarding post-World War II cinema.

Jeffrey Richardson is currently active in the video performance group WEIRD FICTION, and his documentary Drill, about Oregon National Guard soldiers preparing for the unimaginable just one weekend a month, was accepted into the 38th Northwest Filmmakers' Festival: November 11-19, 2011. As a freelance video producer and editor he has been working on projects in Portland, Detroit, and Kandahar, Afghanistan.


8/8/11 We are very sad to report the untimely passing of cherished faculty member and PSU alum Carolyn Holzman on August 5th. Carolyn most recently directed "White Nights" in June in Lincoln Studio Theatre. We in Theatre and Film know that she was beloved by her students and that they as well as we, will miss her dearly. Services were held on August 12th. Carolyn's family welcome contributions to her memory book at

7/21/11 Dug Martel and Ed Lyons (10's) are currently appearing in "Tooth of Crime", which they also produced and Dug directed, at The Hostess until July 31. See Facebook and Twitter for details.

7/18/11 Jayne Stevens (00's) is appearing in "For Better" at Clackamas Repertory Theatre.

7/15/11 Jennifer Rowe (00's) directed "The Unseen" playing at CoHo Productions. Lighting designer is Cameron McFee (00's) and the cast includes Matt Pavik (00's).

7/15/11 Dennis Kelly (00's GR) is appearing in "An Oak Tree" directed by Devon Allen, playing in the Lincoln Studio Theatre.

6/15/11 Theater Arts at the 2011 Drammys: Cameron McFee (00's) was awarded a 2011 Drammy for Sound Design, "Last of the Boys" Third Rail; Kelly Tallent (90's) was awarded a 2011 Drammy for Actress in a Supporting Role, "Reasons to be Pretty" Coho Productions and Lucky Apple Productions.

Jim Caputo in HBL Nov. 20106/14/11 The Jimmy Caputo Memorial Celebration was held in Lincoln Performance Hall, and a cast party followed. The 475 seats was filled and an estimated 50+ people were in the aisles. The tributes were spectacular, and it was good to see so many of Jim's friends and fellow alums in the house.

The Portland theater community has set up a fund to benefit Jim's family and allow Karen, Lorenzo and Ian a time of respite and reflection. Gifts may be made to the James M. Caputo Fund at any branch of Key Bank.

5/31/11 Theatre and Film congratulates 2011 KC/ACTF Irene Ryan Acting Award Nominees: Tara Wilson and Sam Morrison for their performances in HAMLET (May 2011).

5/19/11 Jimmy Caputo Memorial Celebration will be held in Lincoln Performance Hall, Lincoln Hall, 1620 SW Park, on Tuesday, June 14th, 6-10 pm. People are encouraged to arrive at 6:00 pm and the celebration of Jim's life will begin around 6:30. Join us in a show of celebration of the "love bomb" that Jimmy dropped on all of our lives. Please no somber dress. Let us fill the room with the bright colors of his light and his laughter. So many Jimmy stories, so little time.... As an open mic would keep us there into the wee hours, we would like to collect your favorites on paper. Please bring them with you (or writing tables will be available). Lorenzo would like to create a book of these memories. A cast party will follow to complete our gathering.

5/18/11 Mary Kadderly (80's) reports "Saturday May 21, Hunt's Point Children's Shakespeare Ensemble, "Twelfth Night," featuring music I've written, at Live at the Edge Theater, The Bronx, NY and Sunday May 22 at the Five Angels Theater, New York, NY
and.... Summer 2011 PDX Jazz Singing Workshop with Nancy King and Mary Kadderly. Tuesdays June 21, 28, July 5, 12, and 19, 2011 For registration and information, e-mail or call 503-222-7310

5/12/11 We are very sad to report the untimely passing today of cherished alum Jim Caputo (80's). Jim appeared in "The House of Blue Leaves" directed by Glenn Gauer in November in Lincoln Hall.

5/7/11 Michael O'Connell, acting faculty, is appearing in "Last of the Boys" by Steven Dietz, May 6, 2011 through May 29, 2011 at Third Rail. Also appearing is Valerie Stevens (90's). Stage Manager is Clair Callaway (90's) and Sound Design is by Cameron McFee (10's).

5/3/11 Cassandra Hohn (90's) writes "Just wanted to update you on what I am currently doing. I graduated in 2000 from PSU's Theater Department. I am going to be leaving my position as the House Manager for The Duke on 42nd Street, an Off Broadway Theater in NYC that I have been Managing for over 5 years. I will be heading to The Winterpark Playhouse in Orlando Florida to perform my Cabaret Show, BATHING IN BETTE. A Tribute show to Bette Midler and the shows at The Continental Bath House that made her a star and Crowned her "The Divine" I will be performing the show for the month of June at the 125 seat theater. After that I will be taking the show to Sydney Australia for its international debut! I hope to bring the show to Portland sometime this year. More news to come later." Great to hear from you, Cassie!

5/2/11 To reflect our current degree offerings and programs, the PSU Faculty Senate approved the department's proposal to change the name to Department of Theatre and Film.

4/28/11 The National Assoc. of Schools of Theatre announced the reaccreditation of the Theater Arts program and degrees, and accredited the Film program and degrees, through 2021.

4/24/11 Satheara Sin, theater student, received a rave for her dancing in the PSU Opera production of "Street Scene" playing 21 April to 1 May in Lincoln Performance Hall.

3/10/11 Theater Arts congratulates 2011 KC/ACTF Irene Ryan Acting Award Nominees:Christina Holtom and Brooke Markham for their performances in Fefu and Her Friends (March 2011).

3/8/11 Merrill Lynn Taylor (GR 80's) is directing Stoppard's "Rough Crossing" for the Coaster Theatre in Cannon Beach, playing March 18 - April 23, 2011.

3/4/11 Arthur DeBow (70's) is Alumni Coordinator and Exhibitions Director at the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, where he has worked for the last 14 years, following a fibre arts and costume and fashion design career in New York City.

2/3/11 Jeanne Arnold (80's) writes from Cairo (Zamelak) on her Facebook page, "thanks to all for your concern and good wishes. I am safe and very well, and plan to stay in Cairo unless things get too dangerous. For now I am staying in and watching the events unfold on Al Jazeera. Will keep you all informed as long as the internet stays on."

2/1/11 Doug Soesbe (GR 70's) is a story analyst at Universal Stdios in Los Angeles. Soesbe is working with Martin Scorsese on a bio of Frank Sinatra. He recently worked on "Little Fockers" currently playing nationwide.

2/1/11 Susan Holway (GR 80's) is the founder of the Finnish-American Fold Festival in Naselle, WA. She is currently working on a biography of Oysterville, WA people.

1/24/11 Theater Arts congratulates 2011 KC/ACTF Irene Ryan Acting Award Nominees:Damon Apelt and Kris Mahoney-Watson for their respective performances in The Zoo Story and Mountain Language (January 2011).

1/14/11 Scott Parker, Theater Arts faculty, is appearing in Agatha Christie's "The Hollow" at Lakewood Theatre Company January 14 - February 20. Also appearing are John Morrison (GR 70's) and Melissa Whitney (00's).

1/10/11 Mark Berrettini, Film faculty, authored a new book, "Hal Hartley," published by the University of Illinois Press, February 2011.

1/10/11 Lorraine Bahr, Theater acting faculty, is appearing in "The Missing Pieces" at Portland Playhouse, 20 - 30 January.

12/10/10 Melody Bridges (90's) is appearing as Miss Hannigan in "Annie" from December 10 through January at NW Children's Theatre.

12/1/10 Theater Arts congratulates 2010 KC/ACTF Irene Ryan Acting Award Nominees: Mindy Patrick and Rachel Wolf for their performances in House of Blue Leaves (November 2010); Molly Parker and Damon Apelt for their performances in Crimes of the Heart (June 2010); and, Stephanie Woods and Jeffrey Spence for their performances in "Working" (March 2010).

12/1/10 Hester Schell ('80's) who earned her MFA from U. Utah, writes she has been teaching film and theatre in California. "Great news: I've published a book!! CASTING REVEALED: A Guide for Film Directors from Michael Wiese Productions, the world's top publisher of film guide books.

11/20/10 D J Selmeyer (00's) earned his MFA in Lighting from the U. of Montana, and lives and works in Phoenix.

10/20/10 Pam Roylance (70's) is appearing in The Social Network, currently playing at theatres nationwide.

10/18/10 Dr. E.J. Westlake (90's) was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure at the University of Michigan in spring 2010.

10/5/10 Acting faculty member Michael O'Connell and Theater Arts Alum Valerie Stevens (90's) are appearing in Portland Playhouse's "Telethon" October 7-31.

10/1/10 James Mapes (10's) is serving as the technical director for The Works at PICA's Time-Based Art Festival, production manager for Hand2Mouth Theater's upcoming West Coast tour of "Everyone Who Looks Like You," and will be stage managing BodyVox's "BloodyVox" at the end of October.

9/25/10 Jayne Stevens (00's) and Dennis Kelly (00's GR) performed feature roles in "The Tempest" at Clackamas Repertory Theatre, September 23 - October 10, 2010.




7/15/10 Emily Beleele (80's) is appearing as Mama Rose in the Lakewood Theatre production of "Gypsy" playing July 15 - Aug 22, 2010.

7/5/10 Portland Center Stage's JAW Festival, MADE IN OREGON, will feature a reading of "Portrait of the Widow Kinski" by Sara Jean Accuardi (00's) on Sunday, July 18th at 8:00 pm, Mainstage. After graduation from PSU, Sara earned an MFA in Playwriting from Northwestern University, and currently resides and works in the Chicago area. The Made in Oregon Series features Oregon playwrights for one night only readings of works in progress.

7/1/10 Tere Mathern (80's), Dance faculty member, was featured in January and again this week on OPB's Oregon Art Beat. The episode was about her new piece, "Pivot" commissioned by White Bird Dance for the Uncaged series, and performed in January 2010.

6/15/10 Theater Arts at the 2010 Drammys: Dennis Kelly (00's GR) was awarded a 2010 Drammy for his performance in "This Lime Tree Bower" , CoHo Productions; Valerie Stevens (90's) was awarded a 2010 Drammy for her performance in "The Gray Sisters", Third Rail Productions at World Trade Center.

6/1/10 Tracy Conklin (80's) is featured in "Educating Rita" at Bag and Baggage Productions, June 5 - 20, Venetian Theatre, 253 E. Main St., Hillsboro,

6/1/10 Danielle Curran (00's) is a media buyer and planner for Standard TV and Appliance.

6/1/10 Josh Fuhrer (00's) made the Portland Business Journal's 2010 Forty Under 40 list. He is a Gresham city councilor.

6/1/10 Cindy Sage-Midgorden (80's GR) and her husband, Barry Midgorden, have written a children's book, Scottosaurus the Little Dinosaur.

5/1/10 Emily Beleele (80's) and Brooke Markham (Junior Theater Arts Major) are featured performers in ART's production of "Gracie and the Atom" on the Alder Stage, April 27 - May 30, 2010,

5/1/10 Dennis Kelly (00's GR) has a feature role in "This Lime Tree Bower" directed by Devon Allen, TA acting faculty, at Coho Productions, May 7 - June 12, 2010.

5/1/10 Valerie Stevens (90's) is appearing in Third Rail's production of "The Gray Sisters" on the WTC Stage, Apr 30 - May 23, 2010.

4/1/10 Scott Parker (80's GR), Victoria Pohl (90's GR), Cindy Tennant (80's) and Bob Zavada (70's) are appearing in the Waggie and Friends Reunion at the Brody Theatre, April 2-3, 2010.

4/1/10 Matthew Pavik (00's) is appearing in the Northwest Classical Theatre production of "Love's Labours Lost" at the Shoebox Theater, through April 18, 2010.

3/1/10 Lorraine Bahr, Theater acting faculty, is currently appearing in the title role of "Lettice and Lovage" at Lakewood Theatre Company, March 12 - April 18, 2010.

3/1/10 Patricia Hunter (70's) is a feature actor in "Kinder-transport", a production of the Jewish Theatre Collective, performing at ART Alder Stage. February 25 - March 21, 2010.

2/12/10 Sam Mowry (80's) is playing the title role in "King Lear" at Mt. Hood Community College, February 26 - March 7, 2010.

1/26/10 Katie Sinback (TA Department Office Coordinator) gave birth to Rosalie Clementine Bass-Sinback on Tuesday, January 26 at 6:49 a.m. Rosie clocked in at 7 lbs, 20 inches. Congratulations Katie and Josh!

1/4/10 Scott Parker, TA acting faculty, and John Morrison (MA 70's) are appearing in "Spider's Web" at Lakewood Theatre Company Jan 15 through Feb 21. Costumes are by Margaret Chapman (MA 90's).

1/1/10 Tere Mathern (80's), Dance faculty member, is featured in on OPB's Oregon Art Beat. The episode is about her new piece-in-progress, "Pivot" commissioned by White Bird Dance for the Uncaged series, and performed for the first time in January. In that White Bird program also is "KISS," Choreographed by Minh Tran (80's), and "Twine," a duet Choreographed by Tere Mathern and Minh Tran.

12/5/09 Mary Kadderly (80's) composed the music for "Twelfth Night" produced by Northwest Classical Theater Company and playing Dec. 11 - Jan. 10 at the Shoebox Theatre. For Mary's own performance schedule, see and/or

11/15/09 Michael O'Connell, Theater Arts acting and voice faculty, is appearing in Third Rail's production of "The Lying Kind," Nov. 20 - Dec. 13, 2009 at the World Trade Center. The production Stage Manager is Clair Callaway (90's).

11/8/09 Lorraine Bahr, Theater Arts acting faculty, is associated with two productions in Portland Playhouse's 2009-2010 season. She is performing in "Bingo With the Indians" playing Nov 20 - Dec 13, and directing "Willow Jade" playing Jan 22 - 31.

11/3/09 A TRIBUTE TO TOM TAYLOR @ 36th NW Film & Video Festival on Sun, Nov 8, 2009 at 2 PM Tom Taylor, born in Butte, Montana, on December 4, 1927, died this year on St. Patrick’s Day. Tom was an inspiration and guide to many in the late 1960s and ’70s who imagined that telling stories with moving images might be a way to spend a life, and a way to change the world. Tom arrived in Portland in 1965 from southern California to start the Center for the Moving Image at Portland State University with his mentor, friend, and former professor at USC, Andries Deinum. Together, they incubated and nurtured a community of film and video artists who gained world renown. They also set the stage for the establishment of the Northwest Film Center in 1971. Tom’s integrity, patience, commitment to social justice, and insistence on craftsmanship continue to remind us of the importance of quality media to the health of democracy. Today we celebrate Tom with a screening of a number of his films, including: THE POTTER (1956)—A simple, elegantly crafted, beautifully photographed first film about the art, the processes, and the pleasures of being a potter. (12 mins.) CAPRICE WILL BECOME THE RULE (1969)— Made by Tom and his students, CAPRICE is a delightful and chaotic piece shot during rehearsals for the PSU Group for New Music’s “Beulahland Rag.” (13 mins.) THE SEVENTH DAY (1970)—A behind-the-scenes look at student protests at Portland State against the killings at Kent State and the U.S. bombing of Cambodia. (29 mins.) BECOMING (1973)—A sponsored film produced for the Women’s Division of Continuing Education at PSU that explores the pressures on women to find meaningful lives in a conformist culture. (24 mins.) IN THIS VERY ROOM (1993)—Produced by the Senior Community Video Project, a community based non-profit Tom founded, IN THIS VERY ROOM offers a poignant look at a project that creatively helps seniors suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s. (13 mins.)

11/1/09 Lorraine Bahr, Theater Arts acting faculty, directs Well Arts Institute's production of "Voices of Elders" an original play based on stories collected at senior centers in Portland. The shows run November 6-15 in Portland.

11/1/09 Jennifer Darling (90's GR) has taught for OCT since the summer of 1999. Professionally, she was assistant director on OCT's The Adventure of Treasure Island and stage manager for OCT's 2001 season. Jennifer recently worked for Oregon Ballet Theatre as a production assistant and child coordinator and for Miracle Theatre as a stage manager.

11/1/09 Portland Actor's Conservatory, founded by Artistic Director Beth Harper (80's GR), recently achieved accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Theatre. Chris Mikolavich (80s) is the PAC Technical Director. Both are also associated with the Theater Department at Lewis & Clark College.

10/31/09 Minh Tran's (80's) Forgotten Memories, about his 2004 visit to Tuol Sleng ("hill of the poison tree"), a Cambodian school turned Khmer Rouge interrogation center. is appearing at Imago Theatre, 7:30 and 9 pm Friday-Sunday, Nov. 2-4.

9/20/09 Sara Accuardi (00's) recently received her MFA in Writing from Northwestern University, and finished an internship at Chicago's Raven Theater, where she worked in the literary office.




9/7/09 Devon Allen, Theater Arts faculty, is appearing in the OurShoesAreRed production of Howard Barker's "Ursula" at IFCC, Sept 11 - Oct 3. Also appearing is Sarah McGregor (00's GR) and lighting design is by Peter West (70's).

8/28/09 Cassie Hohn (90's) reports "I have lived in New York for over 9 years Managing a theater on 42nd Street called The Duke, and performing as a singer around the city. Having produced a few theatrical productions I took a stab at independent documentary film and the result of this is the award winning documentary film The Promise of New York." The film made it's Oregon Premiere in Auguest at the Salem Cinema with all proceeds going to benefit the Salem Film Festival.

8/9/09 Joe Gillie (80's MA) is executive director of Old School Square Cultural Arts Center in Delray Beach, FL. For more about Joe, see:

8/5/09 TONIGHT and every Wednesday in August at COHO --Original Plays by Valory J. Lawrence (90's GR) 10 pm - sliding scale $5-1,000,000! 2257 NW Raleigh!

7/30/09 Matthew Pavik (TA Senior) is appearing as Fallstaff in the Portland Actors Ensemble production of "Henry IV, Part 1" for Shakespeare in the Park, August 1 through September 7.

7/15/09 Amanda Jensen Alsman (00's) and Theater Arts major Alex Fuchs, are appearing in "Taking Steps" at Clackamas Rep, July 1-26.

7/10/09 Sean Kennedy (80's) has worked locally in film/tv for over 20 years as Art Director, Set Decorator, Set Buyer and Prop Master. He recently completed work on "The Crowley Project."

7/6/09 Will Goblirsch (00's GR) will be appearing as Romeo in "R & J" at Bag & Baggage Productions, Tom Hughes Civic Center Plaza, Hillsboro, July 17 - August 2 @ 7:30.

6/8/09 Carolyn Gage (80's aka Seidman) is an accomplished playwright and touring performer, and will be in the Portland area in October for a booking on the 16th at Pacific University. She writes, "I have deep and fond memories of my years at PSU ..." In May 2009, Carolyn won the top LGBT book award in the US, the Lambda Literary Award, for her most recent collection of plays. Her web address is

6/2/09 Theater Arts at the 2009 Drammys: Valerie Stevens (90's) for Actress in a lead role, "Fabuloso" at Third Rail, and Peter West (70's) for Lighting design, "El Grito del Bronx" at Miracle Theatre.

5/11/09 Schuyler Schmid (00's) is appearing in "Three Sisters" at Artists Rep, May 5 - June 14.

5/8/09 Emily (Sahler) Beleele (80's) is appearing in "Into the Woods" at Lakewood Theatre Company, May 8 - June 14.

5/4/09 Lorraine Bahr, Theater Arts faculty, is appearing in "Live Nude Fear!" May 7-23, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm. Tickets: 503-205-0715.

5/4/09 Valerie Stevens (90's) is appearing in "Fabuloso" at Third Rail Repertory May 8th-31st.

5/1/09 Gene Dent (70's) is a professional lighting designer and President/CEO of STUDIO CONCEPTS

5/1/09 Cochise Anderson (80's) accomplished actor (SAG/AEA/AFTRA) and musician, has worked as a Native American cultural arts educator for the past eighteen years throughout the country. His website is

5/1/09 Currently staff members at the Northest Children's Theatre are Melody Bridges (90's), Development Director, Roger Monroe (90's), Company Stage Manager, Paul Brown (90's), Technical Director, and Wendy Reznicsek (00's), Production Manager.

5/1/09 Tere Mathern (80's) is Artistic Director with Mary Oslund of Conduit Dance Inc.

5/1/09 Sandra Mathern-Smith (80's) is an Associate Professor of Dance at Denison University.

4/24/09 The short "Florida" by Jeffrey Richardson (Film major) will screen as part of the PDX Film Fest's Shorts Program #2 "Friends and Neighbors: New Videos by Portland Artists" on Saturday, May 9, 2009 @ 1:00 PM at the Clinton Street Theater.

4/24/09 In Memoriam. Thomas T. Taylor III, 1927-2009, Tom Taylor was a faculty member of the Center of the Moving Image, the original Film program at Portland State University, which graduated a number of alumni who have gone on to be distinguished professionals in the industry.

4/20/09 Theater Arts congratulates 2009 KC/ACTF Irene Ryan Acting Award Nominees: Sarah McGregor and B. Fife Ririe for "Minutes from the Blue Route"

4/20/09 Selective admission starting Fall 2009 For many years, the department has been increasing its commitment to excellence by raising the academic standards of our incoming students. Students will formally apply to our programs, either Theater Arts, Film or Dance, after completing 2 years of lower division core courses and other appropriate coursework. We have set our admission standards at a minimum GPA of 2.33 GPA.

4/17/09 John Duncan (01 GR) is currently appearing as George in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" with Twilight Theatre Co at Triangle Theater.

4/9/09 Blitzen Trapper ( including drummer Brian Koch (00's) is featured on the cover of today's A&E, The Oregonian.

4/8/09 Naomi Fast (00's GR) was recently hired by PATA as their new Communications Coordinator.

4/2/09 Lorraine Bahr, Theater Arts faculty, is currently appearing in "Bobrauchenbergamerica" at Portland Playhouse, April 2-26.

4/1/09 Scott Parker (70's GR), Theater Arts faculty, is currently appearing in "A Flea in Her Ear" at Lakewood Theater Company.

3/20/09 Theater Arts congratulates 2009 KC/ACTF Irene Ryan Acting Award Nominees: Anneke Wisner and Noelle Eaton for "Electra"; Sarah McGregor and William Goblirsch for "Burn This"

1/9/09 Stewart Lessel (80's) continues to teach English in Japan. ( He wrote on 4/20/09, "I am currently writing a play, a drama for a contest held by the BBC Worldservice which offers a prize for the best one. I went to the British Council in Tokyo and received an application. Every year the BBC presents radio dramas on shortwave and the internet. I still play chess as a tournament player and i won first place last January."

1/5/09 M. Thomas Cooper's (TA major) "Tongue, Tied and Other Short Plays" (ISBN: 9780573663680) was recently published by Samuel French, Inc. "Tongue, Tied" was included in the 2008 Humana Festival of New American Plays. His short play "The Plaid Man," which is included in the Samuel French collection, is a finalist for the 2009 Heideman Award. Also, his first novel, 42 (ISBN: 9781932010244) was published in July by Ooligan Press. For more information you can visit Both books are available at Powells or

Theater Arts congratulates 2008 KC/ACTF Irene Ryan Acting Award Nominees:
Clara Weishahn, Carrie Emrich and Kevin Crowe for "The Triumph of Love"
Celia Adams and Skye Champagne for "Savage in Limbo"
Chelsie Kinney and Darren Merrit for "Haroun and the Sea of Stories"
Jackie Kronyn and Corinna Van Liew for "Dancing at Lughnasa"

Guest Residency Scheduled in Documentary Film Production for Winter/Spring 2009 with Steve Amen (80's)

12/1/08 Melik Malkasian (80's) can be seen in the title role of THE AUTEUR (2008) at Cinema 21, playing Dec. 5-12. The film is directed by John Westby and filmed in Portland.

12/1/08 Michelle Kopper (80's), relocated back to Portland from NYC, offers group and private lessons in singing, acting and yoga at her studio (

11/20/08 John Morrison (70's GR) is currently appearing as Grandpa in "You Can't Take It With You" at Lakewood Theatre Company, through 14 December. Margaret Chapman (90's GR, aka Ball) designed costumes for the production.

11/19/08 Brian Koch (00's) appeared with Blitzen Trapper ( on Conan O'Brien on Nov. 17th. Blitzen Trapper last appeared on the PSU campus in the Theater Arts production of "Lysistrata".

11/19/08 Check out Victoria Pohl (90's GR aka Parker) and Kelly Brooks (70's) on you tube:

11/19/08 Chelsie Kinney, TA major, appeared as Elma in "Bus Stop" in August at Mt. Hood Repertory Theatre. In March, she designed costumes for the Staged! production of "Les Miserables."

11/6/08 Erin Way (00's) appeared in ABC's Private Practice ("Medical Records Moment" Season 2, Episode 2), on Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - as a pregnant dying teenager. Check it out on the Web!

11/1/08 Bruce Abbott (70's) is currently in production on HOUSE OF RE-ANIMATOR with William H. Macy, with release scheduled 2010.

11/1/08 Pam Roylance (70's) can be seen on Tuesday, Nov. 11 in MURDER SHE WROTE "Dead to Rights" (#9.18) on the Hallmark Channel.

10/20/08 Jennifer Rowe (00's) is currently appearing in "Speech and Debate" at Artists Repertory Theatre.

10/6/08 Another JAZZ SINGING WORKSHOP with Mary Kadderly ('80's) and the great NANCY KING: Five Mondays October 27 through November 24, 2008. Hours: 7:00-9:30 PM ish For more information, see and/or

10/1/08 Jim Eikrem (80's) is Instructor of Theatre at Central Michigan University.

10/1/08 Jack Sowle (70's) is Director, Sales at Alaska Distributers Company (wine & spirits) in Seattle.




9/1/08 Joanna Goff (70's) is the Chair of Theater at Edmonds Community College.

9/1/08 Brad Duffy (80's GR) heads the Theater program at Grays Harbor College, Aberdeen, WA.

8/1/08 Jeanne Arnold (80's) is Assoc. Professor of Theater at American University in Cairo.

8/1/08 E. J. Westlake (90's) is Asst. Professor of Theater (Theater Studies) at U. Michigan, Ann Arbor. She has also taught at Auburn and Bowling Green State.

7/4/08 Graduate student William Goblirsch is currently appearing in "Julius Caesar" presented by Portland Actors Ensemble's Shakespeare-in-the-Parks.

7/2/08 Graduate student Dennis Kelly, currently appearing in "See How They Run" for Clackamas Rep (through July 27), has been selected as an Acting Intern for the 2008-09 Season at the Milwaukee Rep, Milwaukee, WI.

6/30/08 TAD ALUM'S FILM SCREENING. Ian Berry's screening of his film Don't Break Easy is this Saturday, July 5 at 11:30pm at Cinema 21 (It's a $5 suggested donation.) A group of ALUMNI FRIENDS are planning to meet around 9:30pm at the North 45 bar for a celebratory drink before hand. Please feel free to join us! And feel free to dress up!

6/9/08 Victoria Pohl (90's GR) received the 2008 Leslie O. Fulton Fellowship from the Portland Civic Theatre Guild at the 2008 Drammy Awards.

5/23/08 Merril Lynn Taylor (80's GR) is directing "See How They Run" for Clackamas Repertory Theatre, playing 7/10-27, 2008. Appearing in the production is graduate student Dennis Kelly.

5/20/08 Rollie Carlson, major in Theater Arts, is appearing in "The History Boys" at Artists Rep, playing May 1 through June 8, 2008.

5/12/08 The premiere of "The Labyrinth of Desire" by Caridad Svich plays May 9-31, 2008 at the Milagro Theatre. The play is directed byDevon Allen, acting faulty member, with PSU Theater Arts majors Clara Weishahn, Joshua Spencer, Hans Eleveld, Jennifer Rowe, Alex Fuchs, and Dennis Kelly in leading roles.

PSU film class to host award-winning director, Allison Anders.

5/21/08 Denise Damico (90's) recently completed her first season as Costume Shop Manager at the Seattle Repertory Theatre. Previously, she worked at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for almost 10 years as Assistant to the Costume Designer.

4/25/08 Valerie Stevens ('90s) is appearing in "Nobody Here But Us Chickens" at Third Rail Rep at the IFCC, April 25 - May 24. Appearing also in the production is Michael O'Connell, acting and voice faculty member.

3/31/08 Theater Arts student's play at Humana Festival.

3/08/08 Jason Coffey ('90s) appeared in the world premier of "Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera" at the World Trade Center, 2/21 - 3/8, 2008.

2/14/08 The Terence Knox website (80's aka Terry Davis) is

1/1/08 Abra Flores Paudler (80's) is head of the Theater Department at Oxnard College.

Theater Arts congratulates 2007 Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Irene Ryan Acting Award Nominees:
October - William Goblirsch and Dennis Kelly for "The Rope"
December - Alex Fuchs and Dennis Kelly for "Glengarry Glen Ross"

12/15/07 Amy Fowkes ('90s GR) directed in 2006-07 at the Florence International Theatre Company (FITC) Firenze, Italia

12/15/07 Blythe Urutia (90's) passed the Oregon Bar Exam in July 2007.




6/15/07 Barbara Moshofsky ('70s) is Newsletter Editor/Graphic Designer with Norris & Stevens Inc.

2/25/07 Jim Davis ('80s) appeared with Alan Nause and William Hurt in "Vanya" (adapted from Chekhov) at Artists Rep, 1/16 - 2/25, 2007. The production was directed by Beth Harper (GR 80's).

1/15/07 Lana Veenker ('90s) is principal of Lana Veenker Casting, Portland, OR

1/15/07 Valerie Stevens ('90s) is a founding company member of Third Rail Rep at the IFCC. See

1/15/07 Michelle Maida ('90s) is a principal broker with John Scott Realty.

1/15/07 Danielle Curran ('00's) is a media buyer for Bradshaw Advertising, a Portland-based advertising agency. She is married to Paul Rector, who was a fellow theater arts student at PSU, and they have two children.