T&F Alumni & Faculty News
Kristin Groulx (90s) plays Temora the Sorceress in the webseries "Corynwyth" and works as a background performer on many feature films in Ontario. She wrote a YA book series "The mis-adventures of Alyson Bell." The first book The Ghost of Colby Drive is in discussion to become a feature film.
Grace Reed finished her MA in Conflict Resolution and published two books after working with at-risk youth at Donald Long Juvenile Justice Center.
Melody Bridges (90's) is now Director of New Business at Sockeye http://sockeye.tv/.
Jenn Rowe (10's) is currently appearing in "After the Revolution" April 30-June 1 at Portland Playhouse.
Emily Sahler (80s) is currently appearing in "The Bikinis" April 17-May 18 at Broadway Rose Theatre.
Douglas Soesbe (70's) recently wrote a feature film entitled “Boulevard.” It stars Robin Williams, and premiered at New York City's Tribeca Film Festival, April 20, 2014.
Valerie Asbell has started a theater company called Clever Enough www.cleverenough.org, March 2014.
Rob Harrison (90's) and Clara Hillier (00's) are appearing in "King Lear" at Northwest Classical Theatre, through March 30, 2014
Caitlan Spencer (10's) is now Teacher at Glendale Elementary School District, March 2014. Congratulations Caitlan!
Michelle Maida (90's) and Bill Barry (90's) are appearing in and Jason Coffey (90's) is stage manager for "Next Fall" at Triangle Productions, March 13-April l6, 2014 - with a Talk Back with Basic Rights Oregon at the 6 April performance.
Michelle Maida (90's) is a 2014 board member at Triangle Productions.
Michael O'Connell, acting faculty, directed "Gidion's Knot" for Third Rail Repertory playing through March 15 at CoHo Theatre.
Sam Mowry (80's) is playing the voice of God in MEDICARE-fully FABULOUS for Triangle Productions Feb.6-Mar. 2, 2014.
Lana Veenker (90's) received the Oregon Media Production Association Award for Excellence (January 2013)
Kim Mathie (MS'98) is Web Content Specialist at Sam Houston State University, eff. Nov. 2012. Prior to that she was a Columnist for Calaveras Enterprise/Sierra Lodestar, and Marketing Director, Sierra Repertory Theatre.
Jon Plueard (00's) is touring with Tears of Joy Theatre as Production Manager (October 2013)
Melody Bridges (90's) is in her third year as Director of Marketing, Communications and Sales at Portland Children's Museum (October 2013)
Bill Barry (80's) is appearing in October 2013 in Nine to Five, presented by Stumptown Stages at the Brunish Theatre, PCPA.
Clair Calloway (90's) was recently appointed executive secretary to President Wim Wiewel, PSU. Nicolle Nixon Dupont (90's) was recently named Associate Director of Registration, PSU. (October 2013)
Douglas Soesbe (70's) is a story analyst and editor working for NBCUniversal. He recently wrote a feature film entitled “Boulevard.” It is being shot in May of this year with Robin Williams starring (October 2013)
Valerie Stevens (90's) recently appeared in Ithaka, May 28, 2013 - June 30, 2013, at Artists Rep
Pam Roylance (70's) recently appeared in The East (2013) directed by Zal Batmanglij, with Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Toby Kebbell.
Sandra Mathern, ('83 Dance) was promoted to the rank of Professor, at Denison University, Granville, OH. http://sandramathern.com/
Brian Adrian Koch ('05) is directing and starring in Manos The Hands of Fate, the comic adaptation of the movie of the same name, "maybe the worst horror movie ever made." The show incorporates video projections, a recycled cardboard set design aesthetic, a live band playing the score, men and women in drag, and an actress from the original 1966 film doing the voice of the character she played 57 years ago. Brian has been working as an actor and musician in Portland and recently created a new production company, Capital I Productions.
Jon Plueard (00's) was set designer for the Northwest Dance Project's world premiere "Spring Performance," March 28 - 30, 2013 in the Newmark Theatre.
Rob Harrison (90's) and Clara Hillier (00's) are appearing in the Northwest Classical Theatre Company's production of Antony and Cleopatra, 2013.
Katelan Braymer ('09) is a freelance Lighting Designer for Theatre, Dance, and Opera, designing for a number of companies in both Portland and Los Angeles. Katelan is an Associate Artist with Hand2Mouth Theatre in Portland, and is currently in her second season as an ALD at the LA Opera. http://katelanbraymer.wix.com/lightingdesign
Michael O'Connell (acting faculty) has recently completed performing a feature role in "That Hopey Changey Thing" October 5-28, 2013 at Third Rail Repertory Theatre.
Cameron McFee (00's) has recently complete Production Manager and Sound Design for "That Hopey Changey Thing" October 5-28 at Third Rail Repertory Theatre. Assisting him were fellow alums Clair Callaway, Stage Manager, Jason Stanley, ME, and Jennifer Lin, Light Board Operator.
Sam Mowry (80's) is performing in Yazmina Reza's ART (also starring David Benzali), playing at various galleries in Portland September 21 - October 21.
Lorraine Bahr (acting faculty) appears as the Angel in the Portland Playhouse production of "Angels in America: Milllenium Approaches" December 10-30. (12/13/11)
Michael O'Connell (acting faculty) directed "Animals and Plants" at Coho Theatre, running through November 14. Appearing in the production is Jon Plueard (00s). (10/15/11 )
Valerie Stevens (90's) is currently appearing in "The Pain and the Itch" at Third Rail Repertory, through October 30. Clair Calloway (90's) is Stage Manager (10/15/11 )
Cassandra Hohn (90’s) will perform her show, “Bathing in Bette”, October 13 – 15 at The Headwaters Theatre. Conceived by Ms. Hohn, this show has performed to sold-out audiences in Upstate New York, Florida and New York City. The show will be making it's international debut later this year when it travels to Sydney, Australia. Larra Snyder (10s) will Stage Manage. (9/26/11)
Douglas Soesbe (70's GR) has sold his fourth cable movie, entitled Look Again, a thriller that is in production in Montreal with "V" actress Morena Baccarin. (9/15/11)
Film Program graduate Vincent Caputo completed his M.A. at the University of Chicago, where he wrote the thesis, “Footsteps of Film Noir: Carne, Siodmak, and the Influence of French Poetic Realism.” While in Chicago, he was a tutor/teaching assistant at Hyde Park Academy High School. He now teaches high school in Las Vegas and is pursuing a Masters in Education degree.
Film Graduate Katrina Petrovich works for the media experience design firm Upswell, located in Central Eastside. She is an assistant interactive producer, working mainly with film and design content for museums and cultural centers. During the past year, she has worked on 13 separate media exhibits for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights located in Winnipeg, Canada.
David Kaufman and original filmmaker Rebecca Guberman-Bloom are working together to raise money to update BLOODLINES, an incredibly moving film about Youth living with HIV/AIDS made 15 years ago. It has been an educational documentary shown in middle and high school classrooms nationwide, and has been a catalyst for youth to talk more openly about sexuality, intimacy and boundaries. David is also working on his own documentary, tentatively entitled "Chopping Wood Carrying Water: The Life of Dr. Ryan Drum." This film follows a day in the life of the famed herbalist and seaweed expert Ryan Drum, and explores his rejection of societal constrictions in a way that we can all relate to.
Jarrett Hayman is an experimental filmmaker and film programmer working in Austin, TX. He is a member of of Experimental Response Cinema (ercatx), a group of filmmakers/programmers, and his recent program is, "Mann on the Street: Videos by Andy Mann. See some of Jarrett's work at his website is jfhayman.wordpress.com
Allison Higginbotham received her MA in Film and Television Studies at University of Warwick in Coventry, England where she focused on the intersections of new media and network television.
Vincent Caputo is at the University of Chicago's Master of Arts Program in the Humanities, specializing in Cinema Studies. (2/25/14)
Bryn Hubbard ('09) completed his MFA in filmmaking at Florida State University in 2013. He currently is working on productions in L.A.; http://www.brynscotthubbard.com (2/4/14)
Stephanie Hough's film "HEART" will be screening at the Portland International Film Festival in the Oregon shorts program. All of the films being shown also happen to be made by women filmmakers! Screening is Tuesday, Feb. 11th at 8:30p in the Whitsell Auditorium. http://festivals.nwfilm.org/piff37/schedule/3300/ Stephanie Hough was interviewed on KBOO's The Film Show alongside Kimberly Warner and Oscar nominee Irene Taylor Brodsky.
Steve Amen (70's) Documentary Film faculty, celebrated the 25th year of Oregon Field Guide (October 2013)
Stephanie Hough ('11) works as an Education Program Coordinator at the Northwest Film Center, and her film, HEART, is screening on Saturday, Nov. 16 in the 40th NW Filmmaker's Fest. HEART screened at the 10th BendFilm Festival, the Bootleg Film Festival at the TriBeca Film Center in NYC, and won Best Dramatic Short at the Oregon Independent Film Festival . She just finished shooting a new experimental 16mm project called "Something Should B There But Isn't // Something Is Here But Shouldn't B" (10/21/13).
Mark Baker works as a videographer for Multnomah County (10/13).
Vanessa Berntsen is a technical support engineer for Netflix in their global escalations division.
Jon Garcia's fourth feature film, The Falls: Testament of Love, had its world premiere at the Portland Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, and it currently is screening at tilm festivals around the country: http://www.thefallsmovie.net/testament/testament.html (10/13)
Julie Nakama, PhD student at the University of Pittsburgh, has been awarded the Richard C. and Barbara N. Tobias Dissertation Fellowship towards work on her dissertation about fashion and costume in 1960s Hollywood film. Julie also was awarded the A&S Dissertation Research and Development Grant by the university so that she can conduct research at the Margaret Herrick Library in Los Angeles.
The PSU Vanguard wrote about film faculty Dustin Morrow's web series http://psuvanguard.com/news/film-versus-film-airs-full-episodes-online/ .
The Portland State Magazine wrote about the film program http://www.pdx.edu/news/cinematic-craft .
Jon Garcia (Film '09) recently completed his third feature film, The Hours till Daylight, shot in Bastrop, Texas this past summer. Jon graduated in 2009 and immediately started his first feature, Tandem Hearts the summer after graduation. Jon's second film, The Falls, a drama about two male mormon missionaries that fall in love on their mission has also just been accepted into it's 9th film festival and acquired International distribution through Breaking Glass Pictures. It is set to be released in North America in the Spring.
Aside from making narrative films, Jon has also worked on PBS show Biz Kidz, and in 2010 started his own production company and has since worked on video, animation, and underwater photography/videography projects for clients such as Target, Wild Tangent, Standard, Kmart, and Wacom. The Falls will be showing at Cinema 21 on September 30th in the Portland Lesbian and Gay film festival at 5pm.
Stephanie Hough's (Film '11) film "HOW TO FEEL" screens in the The Near Side program of the EFF PDX in May 2012.