Apprentice Company

Lauren Bartelt

Lauren graduated with honors and earned a B.A. in Theater from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.  She is a native of the Minneapolis area.  At some point in her career Lauren hopes to play both “Mother” in Ragtime and “Claire” in A Delicate Balance.  Her favorite animal is the owl and she loves words such as crepuscule.

Alexandra Deahl

Alexandra is the Playhouse’s first Set Design Apprentice. For the Playhouse, she has assisted with Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Phaedra’s Love, and King Hedley II. She couldn’t be happier with the opportunity to work with this talented group of professionals and approach each project as if it is a puzzle to be solved.

Calli Dunaway

Calli graduated Magna Cum Laude from California State University Long Beach with a B.A. in Theatre Performance. Her dream role is “Sonya” in Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. Her first time on an airplane was to audition for graduate schools in New York this past January.

Ricardy Fabre

Ricardy, from Long Island, New York, is a 2011 graduate of St. Johns University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications. His dream role is Othello. Ricardy is of Haitian descent, loves traveling and hopes to continue learning new languages while exploring different cultures.

Joseph Gibson

Joseph hails from Houston, Texas where he caught the acting bug early on. He received some training at the Esper studio in New York and continued his training in Oregon with Derek Sitter of Actors Realm.  Joseph’s dream role is Belize in Angels in America. In addition to being an actor, Joseph is an unlicensed hypnotist.

Erica Jorgensen

Erica is originally from southern California and graduated from the University of Oregon with a BA in Theatre Arts and Spanish. Erica would love to play Cleopatra and be in another Bob Fosse musical. Authority figures like to question her about her overly dilated pupils and she was mistaken for Shakira by sunglasses salesmen in Peru.

Corey Maier

Corey recently graduated from Baylor University with a BFA in theatre -performance. Her dream role (as of right now) is “Masha” in The Seagull. Her favorite play is The Mountaintop by Katori Hall. When Corey was in first grade, a boy in her class took a rabid bat to school. Corey was one of the 7 children who touched the bat in the school and had to get rabies shots. She is semi-famous in her hometown of San Antonio for being one of the “bat children.”

Melissa Murray

Melissa, originally from Memphis, TN, received her BA in Theatre Performance from Marymount Manhattan College in NYC. Since graduation she has toured nationally and performed locally in several theatres. Melissa’s dream role would be to play the “Pirate King” in a reverse gender version of Pirates of Penzance. Melissa has 4 brothers and 3 sisters and enjoys gluing googly on inanimate objects.

Jennifer Rowe

Jennifer is Portland Playhouse’s first Directing Apprentice. Her work with the Playhouse thus far has included directing the apprentice company in a production of Phaedra’s Love by Sarah Kane and serving as Assistant Director for August Wilson’s King Hedley II. She is a founding member and Artistic Director of The Quick and Dirty Art Project where she has directed Ethan Coen’s Waiting, Bertolt Brecht’s The Jewish Wife/The Informer, Craig Wright’s The Unseen, Philip Ridley’s Mercury Fur, and the world premier of Matthew B. Zrebski’s Unda. Her work as an actor in Portland includes MiracleTheatre’s Labyrinth of Desire, Profile Theatre’s Independence, Portland Playhouse’s Twelfth Night and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Artists Rep’s Speech and Debate and Distracted, and Portland Center Stage’s JAW festival ‘10-’12, as well as performances with The Jewish Theater Collaborative and Live on Stage. Her recent work with Our Shoes are Red/The Performance lab includes performances in Ursula, Foreman Festivals ‘08/’11, and Will Eno’s Oh, The Humanity.

Jim Vadala

Jim is a 2012 graduate of West Chester University (BA – Performance) and a Philadelphia native; his dream roles include “Biff” in Death of a Salesmen and “Val” in Orpheus Descending. Jim has been unicycling for 10 years and is a founding member of the Greater Philadelphia Area unicycling Team S.W.A.T (Single Wheeled Attack Team).