Staff

Josh Weinstein, Audience Services Manager

Born and raised in Tallahassee, FL, Josh moved to Portland in 2011 for the 2011/12 Portland Playhouse Acting Apprenticeship. Since then, he has appeared in Body Awareness (CoHo; Drammy Award, Supporting Actor); Red Herring and Foxfinder at Artists Rep; and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and A Christmas Carol here at the Playhouse. Around town, Josh has directed students from Trillium Charter School as part of the Portland Playhouse’s Fall Festival of Shakespeare. Other youth theatre teaching
and directing includes Oregon Children’s Theatre and Exploration Summer Programs at Wellesley College in Massachusetts.

Need to reach me?
Email: josh (at) portlandplayhouse (dot) org
Call: 503-488-5822

Brian Weaver, Artistic Director

Over the past two decades, Brian has examined the art of theatre through many different lenses.  He received his MFA from Brandeis University in 2007 and has acted, directed, taught and produced for a variety of companies such as Shakespeare & Company, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Bridgework Theatre Company, New World Players, and Actors’ Theatre of Louisville.  He founded Portland Playhouse in 2008, where he has directed productions ofRadio Golf, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Gem of the OceanAngels in AmericaBloody Bloody Andrew JacksonDying CityDetroitThe Light in the Piazza, and bobrauschenbergamerica.  Regional acting credits include Third Rail Repertory: American Buffalo (Bobby),  Intiman Theatre Company:Scapin (Octave) and Titus Andronicus (Alarbus), Shakespeare & Company: Ice Glen (Denby) and Romeo and Juliet (Romeo); Berkshire Theatre Festival:Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone (Tommy Flowers) and The Illusion (Amanuensis);  The Idaho Shakespeare Festival: The Comedy of Errors (Dromio twins); Seattle Public Theatre: Incorruptible (Brother Felix); and Brandeis Theatre Company: Big Love (Nikos) and The Bacchae (Messenger). Brian is also a founding member of New World Theatre and directed the U.S. premiere of the Spanish translation of Jose Rivera’s play, Marisol.

Need to reach me?
Email: brian (at) portlandplayhouse (dot) org
Call: 503-488-5822

Kevin Kruse, Managing Director

Kevin Kruse, for over 30 years, has held leadership positions with a number of regional theatres throughout the United States, most recently Cleveland Play House, where he was CFO and Director of Administration, as well as San Diego Repertory Theatre, American Stage Festival in New Hampshire; The Hartman Theatre in Connecticut; and Michigan’s BoarsHead Theatre. Mr. Kruse has also held executive positions in the motion picture and television industry with Columbia Pictures and The Walt Disney Company, both in Los Angeles. He has served on various government arts grant-making panels, among them the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the City of Cincinnati. Mr. Kruse received his Masters of Fine Arts in Performing Arts Business Administration from City University of New York at Brooklyn College.

Need to reach me?
Email: kevin (at) portlandplayhouse (dot) org
Call: 503-488-5822

Liam Kaas-Lentz, Production Manager

Liam is a native of Bellingham, WA. He is an ensemble member of Sojourn Theatre, having served as their stage and production manager for the past nine years and eleven productions. He has also stage managed for Hand2Mouth Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre,The Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts, Geva Theatre Center, Oregon Children’s Theatre, the Kitchen, Pixie Dust Productions, River to River Festival, Teatro Milagro, and many others. He received his B.F.A. in stage management from Southern Oregon university and his M.Ed in curriculum and instruction from Portland State university. Liam has also taught stage and production management with a focus on ensemble, devised, and site-specific contexts and methodologies at Georgetown University, Northwestern University, Portland State University, and Lewis and Clark College. He is a proud member of Actors Equity Association, and lives with his wife and two cats in the Southeast.

Need to reach me?
Email: liam (at) portlandplayhouse (dot) org
Call: 503-488-5822

Elena Hein, Development Director

Elena has over a dozen years of professional experience in the non-profit arena. She is responsible for the development and implementation of the agency’s overall fundraising strategies, the coordination of fundraising events and campaigns, and the preparation of proposals and grant applications. As a volunteer for several organizations, she values community involvement and is excited about bringing equity to the arts at Portland Playhouse. Elena is also pursuing a Masters in Public Administration degree from Portland State University and is a part-time jewelry designer.

Need to reach me?
Email: elena (at) portlandplayhouse (dot) org
Call: 503-488-5822

Katie Watkins, Marketing and Communications Manager

Katie has been living and working in Portland since 2011 as a performer, director, and arts administrator. She began working with Portland Playhouse in their 2011-2012 apprentice company. Elsewhere in town, Katie has worked as assistant director for The Left Hand of Darkness (Hand2Mouth Theatre, 2013; co-produced with Portland Playhouse) and recently assistant directed Pep Talk (Hand2Mouth Theatre, 2014). This fall, Katie was named Hand2Mouth Theatre’s first Artist-in-Residence at Shout House, giving her the opportunity to create and direct Paper Doll, a work exploring gender and power dynamics of a modern relationship. Portland performance credits include: …And the Great Refraction (devised; String House Theatre), The Lilac Chaser (film), A Christmas Carol (Portland Playhouse, 2014 Drammy Award for Best Ensemble and Best Production of a Play), Reservoir Dolls (Bossanova Ballroom), Confluence (2014 JAW Press Play performance directed by Tracy Cameron Francis), and her solo work Why I Left Home (devised; Portland Playhouse). In the upcoming year, Katie is excited to be working with companies Risk/Reward, Shaking the Tree, Sojourn Theatre, Hand2Mouth Theatre, Mariano Pensotti, and Portland Playhouse. Katie is currently developing a solo performance, Schizo, exploring her relationship to her brother’s mental illness, directed by Hand2Mouth Theatre’s artistic director Jonathan Walters, and premiering in 2015.

Need to reach me?
Email: katie (at) portlandplayhouse (dot) org
Call: 503-488-5822

Nikki Weaver, Education Director

Regional credits include: Shakespeare & Company: Hamlet (Ophelia), The Shakespeare Theater: King Lear (Cordelia) and The Malcontent (Fool), Centastage: More than What (Eve), Apollinaire Theater: Dead City (Jewel), 11:11: The Autumn Hours (Marie), Pilgrim Theater: Road (Claire), Sydney Art Theater: The Golden Age (Bethsheb), CoHo Theater: Reasons to be Pretty (Steph) and Animals and Plants (Cassandra). Portland Playhouse credits include: Telethon, bobraushcenbergamerica, After Ashley, Mauritius, and The Scene (2011 Drammy for best actress). When not on stage, she can be found initiating ideas educational programs at Portland Playhouse, or standing on her head at Yoga Pearl or Root Whole Body. She holds a BA in Performing Arts from the Australian Academy of Dramatic Arts and an MFA from The George Washington University in Classical Theatre. More information can be found at: nikkimarieweaver.com 

Need to reach me?
Email: nikki (at) portlandplayhouse (dot) org
Call: 503-488-5822

Ruth Wikler-Luker, Literary Manager

Ruth holds an MA in Theatre Studies, a BA in History, and a British NVQ degree in contemporary circus and physical theatre. A recent transplant to Portland from New York City, Ruth also serves as Programs Consultant to the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at the CUNY Graduate Center in midtown Manhattan and runs her own production company, Boom Arts (www.boom-arts.com), based in Portland. Her work in the performing arts, primarily in NYC since the mid-1990s, ranges from arts administration in community arts programs and international arts exchange to artistic creation in circus, opera, and ensemble theatre to scholarship and arts journalism with a focus on socially engaged arts and cultural movements in Spain and Latin America. She is passionate about the intersection of theatre, ideas, and society, and loves being a mom to her two kids, Julian and Nadine.

Need to reach me?
Email: ruth (at) portlandplayhouse (dot) org
Call: 503-488-5822