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Voni Kengla

STAFF BACK Voni Kengla was born and raised in Portland and she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from The Hartt School in Hartford, Connecticut. Voni was an Acting Apprentice in the Season 13 Apprentice Company and continued to work on the Front of House team before joining the staff as the …

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Ela Roman

STAFF BACK Born and raised in the UK, Ela is a recent, yet passionate, transplant to the Pacific Northwest. After uni, she spent more than a decade in the Marketing & Communications field, with a special focus on copy, brand, and strategic marketing. In her spare time Ela enjoys Photography, Pottery & will dabble in …

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Jonathan Wykoff

STAFF Audience Services Manager(he/him/his) Jonathan Wykoff is a transplant from Houston, TX who moved to Oregon in 2015.  He came to Oregon to specially work in the legal cannabis industry and pulled it off successfully by carving his own way.  The experience gained in the industry pushed him to do his own thing and he …

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JACE MEYER-CROSBY

STAFF BACK J.C. “JACE” MEYER-CROSBY Education Programs Manager he/him/his  J. C. “Jace” Meyer-Crosby is a Director, Intimacy Director, playwright, actor, speaker, educator, and occasional sound designer. All of these hats have caused him to most concisely identify as a Theatre & Consent Artist. Directing credits include Strindberg adaptation Maid Julie, a well-received original adaptation of Faust, the …

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AIYANA-CUNNINGHAM

STAFF BACK AIYANA CUNNINGHAM DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR pronouns: she/her/hers A long time fan of the Playhouse, Aiyana has been connected to the work here since performing in the wildly joyful bobrauschenbergamerica in the inaugural season. Having also taught as a teaching artist at De La Salle North Catholic High School for the Fall Festival of Shakespeare, …

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RAMONA LISA ALEXANDER

STAFF BACK pronouns: she/her/hers Previous to joining the Playhouse in 2019, Ramona was the Director of Programs for the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) and the Fairmount Cultural Corridor initiative (FCC) in Boston, Ma. She served an integral role in the strategic planning process to form the Upham’s Arts and Innovation District with the City …

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BRIAN WEAVER

STAFF BACK Producing Artistic Director pronouns: he/him/his 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 …

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ALIX KOLAR

STAFF BACK Finance and HR Director pronouns: any! he, they, she Alix has worked in arts- and youth-focused nonprofits and organizations for more than 15 years in the Northwest, including helping to run a national queer arts and music festival. In their time working with nonprofits, Alix started bookkeeping five years ago as a way …

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Hayley Hilmes

STAFF BACK Annual Fund Manager pronouns: she/her/hers Hayley is a fundraiser, database administrator, Pacific Northwest native, avid reader, podcast enthusiast, and sunlight seeker. She earned a BA in Theatre Arts at the University of Puget Sound, with a focus on dramaturgy and directing. At Portland Playhouse, she is proud to support theatrical work that challenges …

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THYRA HARTSHORN

STAFF BACK pronouns: she/her/hers Thyra Hartshorn 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 …

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