Matilda the Musical Bios

Creative Team

Brian Weaver


Brian co-founded Portland Playhouse in 2008 with Nikki and Michael, and has directed productions of Scarlet, Peter and the Starcatcher, A Christmas Carol, Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play, Radio Golf, Gem of the Ocean, Angels in America, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Dying City, Detroit, The Light in the Piazza, After Ashley, and bobrauschenbergamerica.  Regional credits include Third Rail Repertory, Intiman Theatre Company, Shakespeare & Company, Berkshire Theatre Festival, The Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and Seattle Public Theatre. Brian is also a founding member of New World Theatre where he directed the U.S. premiere of the Spanish translation of Jose Rivera’s play, Marisol
Brian loves being a working dad- sharing time between the theatre and parenting Margot and Elliette alongside the love of his life, Nikki. When not in Portland, you can find him on any stream, mountain, or forest trail. He also serves on the Board of Outside In, helping homeless youth and other marginalized people move towards improved health and self-sufficiency.

Kemba Shannon She/Her


Eric Nordin

Music Director

Eric is a multiple award-winning playwright, composer, music director and pianist in Portland, Oregon. This is Eric’s eighth production with Portland Playhouse. Between projects, Eric’s dachshund Oscar continues to lavish him with so many kisses and cuddles that it’s very nearly too much to take.

Dan Meeker~

Scenic & Lighting Designer

Wanda Walden She/Her

Costume Designer

Wanda is an award winning Costume Designer for over 35 years. In 1981 Wanda created a new concept “Retro-Spect Productions ” A Theatrical Modeling Company. Stepping back into the past and reminiscing yesteryear through A Potpourri of Fashion, music and Dance. In 1985 Wanda launched an exciting career in Acting and Costuming. The rest is “LA History” Portland Playhouse: Pipeline, Crowns, How I Learned, What I Learned;Profile Theatre: The Oldest ProfessionMother CourageRuinedFires in the MirrorThe Secretaries; ART: Skeleton CrewWe Are Proud to PresentIt’s a Wonderful LifeAn Octaroon;  OCT: The Journal of Ben Uchida, In This Corner, Cassius Clay. Media Rites/Coho: Brothers Paranormal. Vanport Mosaic: Soul’d, Martha Bakes, Left Hook, Cottonwood in the Flood; Passin Art Theatre: Black Nativity, Two Trains Running, The Gospel of Loving Kindness.

Cassie Greer*

Stage Manager &
Dialect/Vocal Coach

Cassie (@cassiegreer) began her professional career as a stage manager, and after spending the bulk of the past 20 years as an actor, director, and theatre educator, is thrilled to be returning to her roots with this incredible cast and crew! Cassie received her training in the MFA Acting program at Florida Atlantic University; the BA Theatre, History, and Music programs at Goshen College; and in the 9th Certification group of Fitzmaurice Voicework® teachers. In Oregon, she spent 11 years with Bag&Baggage Productions, working in a variety of capacities on more than 30 shows and serving as Artistic Director from 2019-2022. Find more details on all her various interests and past projects at Huge love and thanks to the Playhouse team, and to her family and friends around the country for their continual love, support, and energy.

Thyra Hartshorn She/Her

Asst. Stage Manager & Director of Production

Thyra is a production manager, stage manager and technical director. Her training includes an MFA in production and design with a concentration in stage management from the University of California, Irvine, as well as almost two decades in ballet production. Thyra has toured and worked with companies around the world including San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and the Bolshoi Ballet. Locally she’s also worked with Oregon Ballet Theatre, Profile Theatre, White Bird, Portland Taiko and Northwest Dance Project. Thyra has taught high school stagecraft as well as college-level stage management locally.  

Christina Ricetti

Puppet Designer

Tessa May

Hair and Wig Designer

Tessa is a performer, producer, director and educator in Portland, Or. She is a proud Open space company member at Third Rail Rep and is a Teaching Artist at Portland Drama Club. She holds a Certificate in The Studio Conservatory (Acting for Stage, Film & TV) from the American Musical and Dramatics Academy – NYC. This is Tessa May's first production for Portland Playhouse as a Hair and Makeup desigher. You may have seen Ms. May in “The Sounds of Afrolitical Movement as Oya with portland Playhouse, in “Blink” as Sophie with Third Rail, in “Troy USA” as Cassandra with Bag&Baggage, on tour with The Oregon Children's Theater in The Adventures of the Tartor Patrol as Alex and in Superhero's old folks home as BabyGirl with Echo Theater. Other local credits include The Acting for Kids and Teen – Oregon and Fertile Grounds Film Festival – Oregon. Tessa loves to dance spread joy and mentor in her community. She sends her love to all who support her!
IG: @tessamay22

Joshua Yoon

Head Electrician

Saibi Khalsa

Saibi is a Portland-based designer and sound engineer and is the co-founder of Saster&Saster Productions. Recent credits include Passing Strange (Portland Playhouse), Coriolanus, (Portland Center Stage Associate Designer) What The Constitution Means To Me (Santa Fe Playhouse) Goodnight Moon (Oregon Childrens Theater), On Clover Road (Santa Fe Playhouse), and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Santa Fe Playhouse), Saibi grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico and studied sound at both Sarah Lawrence College and Santa Fe University of Art and Design. She is a proud member of IATSE local 154, and loves every opportunity she gets to work with the wonderful team at the Portland Playhouse. 

Bei Yi Teo^

Scenic Artist

Bei is overjoyed to be back in the Portland Playhouse. She is a scenic artist and propmaker and some of her favorite projects include, Bella an American Tall Tale (Portland Playhouse), Don’t Hug Me and Loch Lomond at Broadway Rose Theater Company, The Found Dog Ribbon Dance at CoHo Theater and Amazon Prime’s Somebody I Used to Know. She thanks her husband for being the greatest support in her pursuit of art.

Keela Johnson She/Her

Cultural Competency Consultant

Keela works as a Cultural Competency Consultant for Portland Playhouse. She began her work in this role during the 21/22 production season and is continuing in her role for the 22/23 season. Keela also works as a private consultant for non-profit and other organizations, as well as an educator at Portland State University. She specializes in institutional, structural, and inter/intrapersonal oppressive ideologies, frameworks, policies, and narratives with an emphasis on healing spaces for all.  Her work over the past 7 years with Portland Playhouse has consisted of providing workshops and other facilitations for staff, critical dialogic spaces for the greater community and critical dialogic spaces for affinity groups. She is moving into her second production year in this role and is so happy, honored and humbled to be on this wonderful journey.

Voni Kengla^

Associate Choreographer

Voni is a Portland-based actor, singer, and teaching artist. She has performed locally in Cabaret (Sally Bowles), Great Gatsby’s Daisy (Daisy Buchanan), Tinderella (Meg), Bojangles of Harlem (Shirley Temple), and God of Vengeance (Rifkele). Her original one-woman musical, “Space Girl” is available to watch on YouTube. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from The Hartt School and was a member of the Season 13 Acting Apprentice Company at Portland Playhouse.

Dayna Lucas

Asst Costume Designer

Dayna is an accomplished costume assistant and designer with a passion for bringing characters to life through clothing. She is known for her creative flair and attention to detail. A Fashion Design graduate from FIDM in Los Angeles, Dayna has worked in costume design for both film and theatre over the past nine years. Her most recent theatre collaborations include Argonautika (2019) for A Noise Within Theatre in Pasadena, CA and A Christmas Carol (2022) at the Portland Playhouse. She is excited be a part of Matilda: The Musical and very thankful for such a talented and hardworking cast and crew.

Tabitha Benitez-Wells

Child Wrangler

Tabitha is very grateful to be working on this magical show! Past theater performances include A Christmas Carol here at Portland Playhouse, as Martha Cratchit/Ensemble for the past 3 years, Something Rotten! (Lakewood Theatre Company), Annie Get Your Gun and A Christmas Story: The Musical (Elsinore Theatrical Productions), The Peppermint Bear (Lakewood Theatre Company), Hello Dolly! (Nutz-n-Boltz Theater Company), and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Tabitha is also finishing up her major in Psychology with an emphasis in Family Studies. She would like to thank the artistic team for this opportunity, and her family for their love and support.

Ryann St Julien They/He

Carpenter & Props

Ryann is a theatre technician based in Portland, Oregon.  They recently received a B.A. in theater from Lewis and Clark College, where their credits include props master for The Secretaries, (Lewis and Clark College); and Medea (Lewis and Clark College).  They were a member of the scene shop crew for Lewis and Clark productions of Medea, Passion Play, The Secretaries, Cabaret, The Christians, Stupid Fucking Bird, and Sweeney Todd.  They have worked around Portland on productions such as King of the Yees (Profile Theater), The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Profile Theater), Chicken and Biscuits (Portland Playhouse), and Home/Land (Hand2Mouth). Check out their website at

Dylan Nebeker+ They/Them

Design Apprentice+

Dylan got their associates degree in theater design and technology from Santa Barbara City College then transferred to the University of California Santa Cruz to finish their B.A. in theater arts, focusing on scenic and prop design/fabrication. Then subsequently returned to UCSC to get their Masters Degree. For their thesis they studied immersive theater and transgender storytelling. They are excited to be working with Portland Playhouse to craft the world of these stories, and to make the most out of this amazing opportunity. If you want to follow their work they can be found on Instagram @dylannebekerdesign

Nya Holmes+

Deck Crew & Production Apprentice


Nya Holmes, a new apprentice at Portland Playhouse hailing from Jacksonville, Florida, is a senior student at Florida A & M University. She brings with her experience as a stage manager for productions including ‘Romeo & Juliet’ and ‘Two Trains Running,’ and most recently served as the dramaturg for ‘The Wiz.’ This marks her first engagement within a regional theatre setting. 

Jacoby Jenkins+ He/Him

Deck Crew & Production Apprentice


Susannah Mars* She/Her

Miss Agatha Trunchbull

Susannah is thrilled to return to Portland Playhouse after playing Mistress Hibbins in Scarlet and Margaret in The Light in the Piazza.  She is a Resident Artist at Artists Repertory Theatre and is on the board at Portland Center Stage.  Over the past thirty-five years, she’s appeared onstage worldwide. Locally, she’s played iconic roles like Mrs. Lovett in Sweeny Todd, Mother in Ragtime, and Mama Rose in Gypsy.  She’s performed her holiday show Mars On Life and also played Diana in Next To Normal, among others. She was on NBC’s Grimm as Drew Wu’s psychiatrist, Dr. Richet. Ms. Mars is the proud recipient of six Portland Drama Critics awards. Lately, she finds herself in a lovely sound booth at home voicing audiobooks, audio-description, and commercials. Find out more, including updates on her short documentary film about art and grief, Symphony of Grief, by subscribing to her newsletter at


Merideth Kaye Clark*

Miss Honey

Merideth's credits include, Portland Playhouse: The Light in the Piazza (Clara) Drammy Award Winner. Other local credits: It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Winter Song (created with Brandon Woolley),The Last Five Years (Cathy), Fiddler on the Roof (Tzeitl) Portland Center Stage; The Sound of Music (Maria); Kiss Me Kate (Kate) Clackamas Rep. Other selected credits: Wicked (Elphaba Standby) First National Tour; Evita (Eva Peron) Northern Stage; Oliver! (Nancy) 5th Ave Theatre; Bright Star (Alice Murphy) Arvada Center. Merideth tours internationally with her original concerts Joni Mitchell’s BLUE and Happy Days Are Here Again: The Music of Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand. She is also half of the acclaimed folk-Americana duo Siren Songs. Merideth is a performance coach and voice and guitar teacher and has taught masterclasses nationwide. TV credits include Portlandia and Emmy-nominated Documentary Now! Original Cast Album: Co-op. What a treat to share the stage with my kids Ever & Arden!

**Meredith will be playing Miss Honey until June 16th, 2024

Danielle Barker

Miss Honey

Dani Barker aka Dani Danger, is a Jamaican-American multi-genre artist with a smooth and soulful sound. Hailing from Fort Lauderdale, FL, Dani currently resides in Portland, Oregon, where she has made a significant impact on the music scene. Dani's musical journey began in 2015 when she moved to Portland to pursue a career in jazz music. She honed her skills at Portland State University and graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor's degree in Jazz Performance. In 2021, Dani took on a new challenge and made her theater debut as the lead in Portland Playhouses' 12-week run of “Bella: An American Tall Tale.” This showcased her versatility as an artist and further solidified her presence in the performing arts community.

Dani is not only a talented musician and actress but also a dedicated educator. Her passion for music and commitment to empowering young minds through education make her a truly remarkable artist. Whether she's captivating audiences on stage or inspiring students in the classroom, Dani's impact on the music industry and the community at large is undeniable. Social media: @danidangerzone

**Danielle will be playing Miss Honey starting on June 19th, 2024

Michael Feldman* He/Him

Mr. Wormwood/Escapologist

 Michael is thrilled to be making his Portland Playhouse debut! Previous credits include Ensemble and principal cover Here Lies Love – Seattle Repertory Theatre. Johnny Cash, Million Dollar Quartet – CDA Summer Theatre. Howl, Howl's Moving Castle – Book-it Rep. Ensemble and principal cover Xanadu – Village Theatre / Arizona Theatre Co. @themichaelfeldman. 

Dana Green*

Mrs. Wormwood/Acrobat

Dana  is delighted to return to Portland Playhouse where she was last seen in Barbecue and to be acting with her daughter Madeline and her niece Finley for the first time! Portland credits include work at Portland Center Stage, Third Rail, and Profile Theatre. She has spent four seasons with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and has performed at numerous regional theaters including The DCPA, The Old Globe, South Coast Repertory, Yale Repertory Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, California Shakespeare Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Court Theatre, Meadow Brook Theatre, and Shakespeare Festival of Dallas. Television/Film credits include Trinkets, Shrill, Significant Other, Test Screening,  Girl in the Woods, The Librarians, and Grimm.

Claire Rigsby She/They

Mrs. Phelps/Big Kid

Claire is thrilled to return to Portland Playhouse after playing Mrs. Cratchit and Old Joe in the 2017 production of A Christmas Carol. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Claire has called Portland her home for the past ten years.  Recent credits include Detective Hayden Quinn in Artist Rep’s True Story, or a multitude of characters in the ensemble of Portland Center Stage’s Rent. Previous credits include  The Alliance Theatre, Profile Theatre, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Broadway Rose Theatre Company, and B Street Theatre. Claire is a graduate of Emory University, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, and the Institute for Contemporary Performance. Offstage, you can find Claire making experimental theater in fountains, plexiglass boxes, and public parks, or sitting with her kitty knitting, crocheting, or tufting. Thank you to all of my loved ones for the endless support and love. I couldn’t do it without you.

Delphon "DJ" Curtis*^ Any pronouns

Doctor/Cook/Sergei/Big Kid

DJ is thrilled to return to Portland Playhouse for this miraculous production of Matilda. DJ is a former Portland Playhouse apprentice and has appeared in A Christmas Carol as Bob Cratchit, most recently as Mr. Franklin/Venus/Joop in Passing Strange, and assistant directed, understudied Man, and sang in the pit and did some percussion for Crowns. What an honor to return for this story about the love of stories and the gift life truly is. You're a miracle, too! Thank you for supporting the arts!

Austin Comfort*

Michael Wormwood/ Rudolpho/Party Entertainer/ Big Kid

Austin is elated to be back at Portland Playhouse with this wonderful show! Recent Portland credits include Anselmo in Man of La Mancha (Clackamas Repertory Theater), Logan in Chicken & Biscuits (Portland Playhouse), RENT (Portland Center Stage), Buddy in Elf: The Musical (Lakewood Theatre) and The Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince in Into the Woods (Broadway Rose Theatre). Austin spent two seasons in the Acting Company of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, appearing in the U.S. premiere of Shakespeare In Love, among others. Other work includes the Fertile Ground Festival, Oregon Fringe Festival, Lunacy Fest, and Puppeteers for Fears. He holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Southern Oregon University. IG: @austincomfort

Austin is also the understudy for the roles of: Doctor/Sergei/Cook/Big Kid

Netty McKenzie^ She/Her

Nurse/Big Kid

Netty is elated to be apart of the Matilda cast! She is a singer/actor born and raised right here in northeast Portland. Netty was last seen in Last Stop on Market Street (Oregon Children’s Theater), and Black Nativity (Passinart Theatre Company). She is a graduate of Portland State University where she received a B.S. in Theater Arts. Netty is also a former Portland Playhouse apprentice for the 2018-19 Season. When she is not performing, she manages an after school program for elementary school students called SUN (schools uniting neighborhoods). She would like to thank her friends, family and beautiful children Kahari and McKenzie for their support in her endeavors. She hopes you all enjoy the show! 

Kathryn Hasson+

Big Kid/Mechanic

Kathryn Hasson is a Bay Area-raised, Portland-based performer, writer, and artist. He has been singing and acting professionally since the age of 7 and has studied with the American Conservatory Theater and the Vassar College Drama and Music departments. He received her B.A. in Drama from Vassar College, and is a trained dramaturg, published poet, and experienced improviser. As a proud alum of Til Dawn Acapella, the Vassar Devils, and the Vassar Jazz Ensemble, he has experience as a vocalist in a range of styles including classical, jazz, musical theater, folk, and soul. Theatrical roles include Else Kolemeier (Homefront), Ma Joad (Grapes of Wrath), Angela (Natural Shocks), Feste (Twelfth Night), Emily Webb (Our Town), Dolly (Safe Hands), and the Nurse (Sunday in the Park With George). He is incredibly grateful to be a current Acting Apprentice at Portland Playhouse.

Kathryn is also the understudy for Miss Phelps

Lily Francis

Matilda Wormwood

Lily is thrilled to be back for Matilda the Musical! She has studied acting and musical theater at OCT, NWCT, Bridgetown Conservatory, and Willowbrook Arts Camp. She is currently in 5th grade at Riverdale Grade School, where she appeared in Beauty and the Beast Jr. and as Young Anna in Frozen Jr. When she isn't acting or singing, Lily enjoys reading and rock climbing. Lily would like to thank her family for all of their love and support, as well as Brian, Charles, Kemba, Eric, Cassie, and the rest of the incredible team at the Portland Playhouse!


Georgia Krugel She/They

Matilda Wormwood

Georgia is beyond excited to be joining Portland Playhouse for the first time! Georgia is currently a 4th grader at the Cottonwood School of Civics and Science and this is her second stage appearance – she previously held the role of Alice in Alice and Wonderland (New Moon Productions). When she’s not memorizing lines, you’ll find Georgia working on her ice skating at Lloyd Center, dreaming up magical games for her little sibling, playing piano, making lots of arts and craft creations, training her dachshund Dolly Pawton, and adventuring with her family. She wants to be a teacher when she grows up, just like Miss Honey.

“I know you are only a tiny little girl, but there is some kind of magic in you somewhere.” – Miss Honey


Nia Scott

Matilda Wormwood

Nia is very excited for her first show with Portland Playhouse! She loves Matilda the Musical and recently appeared in Journey Theater's production as a Little KidNia has also participated in musical theatre classes and shows  at Spotlight Musical Theatre Academy, where she began her training. Nia is in the 4th grade and loves reading, dance, cheer, singing, and hanging out with her friends and sisters. She also works professionally as a model and actor appearing in many ads campaigns and commercials. Nia is so grateful to be playing Matilda in this awesome production with amazing group of new friends. Follow Nia on  Instagram @the.scottsisters!

Nia is also the understudy for the roles of Nigel & Lily

Mia Roman


Mia is so excited to be part of Matilda the Musical, and this is Mia's first production she has been in. Mia is in the 5th grade, she loves to ride her bike, go swimming, wrestling, playing basketball, making bracelets and hanging out with her brothers & cousins. Mia has a 14 year old Corgi name Twinkie.

Henry Tullis They/Them


Henry has loved musical theater his whole life! He began performing on stage when he was 6 years old and only a pandemic has been able to stop him! This is his first show with Portland Playhouse and he is thrilled to be here! Henry has been in Mary Poppins, Frozen, The Secret Garden, The Sound of Music (twice!), High School Musical On Stage, and Shrek. Thanks go to Mom and Dad for driving him everywhere and encouraging him in the arts and to his siblings for putting up with all the practice he does at home! When Henry is not on stage, you can find him playing video games, riding his bike, and reading lots of books! 

Chenoa Johnson She/Her


Chenoa is a lover of people and all things creative. She is a soccer player, ballet novice, and aspiring theater actress. She is very competitive in all she does, which is only matched by her compassion for others. She's the 2nd oldest of 4 siblings, and she makes her parents Phillip and Ambrosia Johnson proud. 

Arden Thorsell She/Her


From Arden: “I am 6.5 years old and about to turn 7. I love to go swimming, skiing, acting, dancing, singing and getting dressed up for performances. I have a dog named Huckleberry. He is 14 years old and he has an infected tooth. My mom is Miss Honey and my sister is Nigel. I love being with friends and family. My favorite foods are tacos and pasta and I love eating ice cream. I love soccer and the Portland Thorns. I was Gretl in The Sound of Music at Clackamas Rep last summer with my sister and mom.”

Claire de la Cruz They/Them


Claire is a elementary school student who is very excited to make their acting debut  in Matilda (though they are not a stranger to the stage!). They are very grateful to Portland Playhouse for giving them the opportunity to tell this story with such talented people. When they are not on the stage or at school, they can be found reading, knitting, playing on the playground, drawing, dancing hula, or ice skating. Claire would like to thank some of their classmates for telling them about the show because otherwise they wouldn't have auditioned in the first place! They would also like to thank their vocal coach, Kat, for rehearsing the songs. Lastly, they would like to thank their parents for making time fit so they could do this!

Madeline Cromer She/Her


Madeline is delighted to be doing her first play with her mom and her cousin.  A few fun facts about Madeline: she loves swimming, acting and devouring candy (giant lollipops are her favorite), she just entered the third grade this fall, she wants to be an actor or a writer when she grows up (or maybe in the Olympics). And her favorite thing about Matilda is that she stands up for herself and others.  

James Alexander Lovely


James is a really good dancer, and a fast runner. He loves Sonic the Hedgehog and pretending to be just like him. James enjoys playing with his lovie Sonic and his toy Lamborghini, Mustang, and Lightning McQueen. James also models and is enjoying being a first grader. And he loves his mama

Ever Thorsell They/Them


Ever has been in the Portland Symphonic Girl Choir for 5 years and played Marta in The Sound of Music at Clackamas Rep. Ever’s favorite things are family, friends, skiing, cats and eating out at restaurants. Ever is so excited to share the role of Nigel with James.

Estella Lindhorst
Any pronouns


Estella is a sixth grader at The Ivy School. They enjoy singing and dancing, but mostly, making art with their friends. They are an active kid, studying pukulan, walking and playing with her crazy dog Mia. This is their first play, and they couldn't be more excited. Thanks to Brian and the Playhouse for the opportunity!! 

Tucker Karsten He/Him


Tucker is a 7th Grader at Rock Creek Middle School. He plays cello for his school orchestra. Aside from theater and music, Tucker loves to rollerblade and bake and has played lacrosse for 4 years. Tucker has trained at Oregon Children’s Theater and Bridgetown Conservatory of Musical Theatre. He has been a crew member for multiple high school theater shows and was a follow spot operator for the Bridgetown production of Side by Side by Sondheim. Matilda the Musical is Tucker’s first full production as a performer, and he is excited to bring his energy to the stage. He’d like to thank his parents, Sissy, family, teachers, and coaches for their support!

Morgane Hepburn She/Her


Morgane is so excited to be apart of Matilda the Musical and this is her first production. Morgane is in 3rd Grade and she loves to sing, dance, create artistic things, and play with her 2 brothers and little sister. Morgane is new to the Northwest,  so being able to be apart of this production is very exciting to her. Morgane wants to become an entertainer. Morgane loves to make others laugh and feel happy. 

Finley Wright


Zahara Beamer She/Her


Zahara is a sixth grader at Harriet Tubman Middle School (go Legends!) In her free time she enjoys knitting, playing with her Calico Critters, and lounging around listening to podcasts. She's very excited to be joining Portland Playhouse for this production of Matilda the Musical, which she likes because it's fast-paced and energetic. She hopes you enjoy it!

Mila Kashiwabara She/Her/Ella


Mila is thrilled to return to the Playhouse for Matilda 2.0. Recent credits include Rosita in
Borderline (Milagro Theatre), Peter Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (Portland Playhouse, 2023), Hortensia
in Matilda (Portland Playhouse, 2023), Pipe’s Little Sister in Our Dear Dead Drug Lord (Crave Theatre,
2023) and Dog in Dragons Love Tacos (Oregon Children’s Theatre, 2023). When she isn’t acting, she can
be found dancing (especially hip hop), researching fashion trends and drawing. She thanks Brian Weaver
and the entire creative team for this opportunity, as well as the cast and crew for being so incredible to
work with. She also thanks her family for their love and support.

Alex Osserman


Juliet Furr


Juliet is excited to be a part of Matilda The Musical.  Her love of theater began when she performed in a school production of The Addams Family, which remains her favorite play.  She is thankful to have had enriching experiences with local children’s theatre productions and two local high school productions, most recently as Mary Lennox in Central Catholic High School’s The Secret Garden.  A very busy fifth grader and voracious reader, when not at rehearsal Juliet can be found listening to music and hanging out with friends.  

Jake Fung

Big Kid/Ensemble

Jake Fung is a performer in the Greater Portland Area, and he is thrilled to be making his debut at the Playhouse! His favorite theatre credits include the Fertile Ground Festival with Theatre Diaspora, Footloose (ACMA), Act Three, Scene Five (Twilight Theatre Company), The Music Man (STAGES), Matilda Jr. (HART Theatre), Side by Side by Sondheim (Bridgetown Conservatory) and MAMMA MIA! (Theatre in the Grove). Jake is a rising senior at Arts and Communication Magnet Academy, where he has a dual-pathway in Theatre and Dance. He was also a member of Dance West, ACMA’s pre-professional dance company, in the 2023-2024 school year. Besides performing, Jake is passionate about scenic design and is fascinated with the concept of Broadway tours, just ask! You can follow him @jake.fung on Instagram. Special thanks to Kemba, Charles, Jeff, Brian, and Jason.   

Kenna Jenkins

Big Kid/Ensemble

Kenna is 15 years old, and absolutely honored to be a part of her first show with Portland Playhouse! This is her second time performing as a Big Kid in Matilda the Musical, as she was a part of Journey Theater’s production last summer. Kenna has been doing theater since the age of 8, and has been in a total of 15 shows. Although she loves all aspects of theater, she has a strong passion for dance. The most memorable role she played was Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz with Journey Theater last fall. She thanks her parents and all the mentors who have poured into her and helped her hone her skills over the years to get her to where she is today. Above all though, she gives all the glory to God, and hopes to shine for Him through her performance. Matthew 5:16

Angie Jaymes

U/S Miss Trunchbull/Miss Honey/Mrs. Wormwood

Angie Jaymes (SAG-AFTRA) is thrilled to be joining the PPH family for her theatrical debut on a PDX stage! She is making her way back into the theatre community after spending the last several years living and working in LA, most notably becoming the host of NBC's kids show, Create the Escape, currently airing on Peacock. When she isn't flexing her theatre kid muscles, you can find her happily checking out books to students at Catlin Gabel Middle School and competing in her own bi-annual amateur Salsa and Ballroom Dance Championships with Oregon Dancesport. She is a proud Theatre Education graduate from Emerson College. Keep up with her latest by following her on instagram: @angie.jaymes

Alec Lugo

U/S Mr. Wormwood/Escapologist
U/S Michael Wormwood/Rudolpho/Party Entertainer/Big Kid
U/S Doctor/Cook/Sergei/Big Kid

Eric Zulu

U/S Doctor/Cook/Sergei/Big Kid

Born and raised in Gary, IN, Eric has been acting and singing in his childhood church since sixth grade. He gained experience traveling the midwest performing in Gospel musicals and wedding performances. After high school, Eric attended Columbia College in Chicago, IL playing lead roles from A Raisin in the Sun, The Color Purple, and Hairspray. Eric later enlisted with the US Army showcasing his talents boosting morale with the USO and the US Army Band along with R. Lee Ermey and Toby Keith. Eric has performed Camelot, The Kiss and 9 to 5: The Musical at Lakewood Theater, The Inheritance at Triangle Theater, Red Velvet at Bag & Baggage, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Raindeer at Northwest Children's Theater, various local advertisements and independent projects, and in the upcoming My Fair Lady at Clackamas Rep this fall. “I love you Sophie, Milo, Harley, and Quinn.”

Monika M. Milani+ She/They/Siya/Isuna

U/S Nurse/Big Kid &

Monika M. Milani is a first-gen Filipino-Persian American voice actor and theater artist from the SF Bay Area, who is now  based in Portland. She has a Theater Arts B.A. with studies in the Opera program from UC Santa Cruz. She is most recently known for originating the role of Zazzie in Zazzie Sings! by Fiely Matias. At Portland Playhouse, she performed as an understudy in the first installment of Matilda (Nurse/Big Kid) and performed as an understudy in A Christmas Carol (Belle/Old Joe/Hermione). Before being a theater artist, she was studying to be a cultural and archaeological anthropologist. Outside of the Theater, Monika enjoys practicing different artistic crafts for fun, playing video games, and cuddling with her adorably loving kitties, Ippo and Astro, and her soon-to-be-home pup, Gizmo. She carries with her a never-ending gratitude for her friends, family, love, and ancestors that are a part of who she gets to be today. She thanks you for your support of her and this wonderful Theater company.

Dorian Baxter

Youth Understudy

Dorian Baxter is from Camas, Washington, finishing his sixth-grade year at Cascadia Montessori. He loves to play piano and sing. He has taken piano lessons for about 10 years and has recently completed his second year with the Oregon Repertory Singers Youth Choir. He enjoys gymnastics, Legos, Star Wars, dinosaurs, and musical parodies. He loved seeing Matilda at the Portland Playhouse during its first run and is so excited to now be part of the cast! 

Olivia Cho-McDonald

Youth Understudy


Ward Baxter


Ward Baxter is a woodwind doubler focusing on the extended families of saxophones, clarinets, and flutes. Prior to relocating to the northwest 20 years ago, he received his Masters of Music in classical tenor saxophone performance from San Diego State University. In the greater Portland area, he performs with many ensembles across a myriad of genres, from jazz and big band to chamber music and avante garde, with an affinity for musical theater. He lives in Camas, WA with his wife, Fauna, and son, Dorian, who is making his debut theater appearance in Matilda this season.

TJ Arko


Percussionist extraordinaire and Scandinavian hand model T.J. Arko is excited to be back at Portland Playhouse to throw the hammer once again for the reboot of Matilda.  Since last time, T.J. has performed in 3 musicals around town (Holiday Inn, Big Fish, and 9 To 5), as well as played shows with his bands 3 Leg Torso and FooVana.  He is excited that his son, Taylor Arko, will be filling in on some of the shows for him, playing drums and eating all of the leftover cake!

Taylor Arko


Eric Nordin


Jesika Westbrook


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