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Hayley Hilmes

STAFF BACK Hayley is a fundraiser, 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 our assumptions, introduces us to new points …

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NIKKI WEAVER

STAFF BACK Born in Los Angeles and raised in Sydney, Australia, Nikki moved back to the U.S. in 2005 after graduating from The Australian Academy of Dramatic Arts with a BFA in Acting. Since 2005, Nikki has created many projects, some of which include: a yoga program for 4-12 year olds, acting classes for 4-18 …

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BRIAN WEAVER

STAFF BACK Brian co-founded Portland Playhouse in 2008 with Nikki and Michael, and has directed productions of Peter and the Starcatcher, 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 …

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TAMERA LYNN

STAFF BACK Southwest Atlanta native, Tamera Lyn, is setting her sights on the boundless world of creative art as a young black woman. Graduate from Florida A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance. She works as an actor, director, and writer throughout the city, both in theatre and film. Tamera is also …

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ALIX KOLAR

STAFF BACK 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 to support the small organizations they value. Alix is …

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ELENA HEIN

STAFF BACK 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 …

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THYRA HARTSHORN

STAFF BACK 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 including San …

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CHARLES GRANT

STAFF BACK Charles grew up in sunny California, where he pursued a BFA in Acting and a minor in Black Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. A few months after he graduated, he joined the 2016-2017 Apprentice Company. Portland Playhouse credits include A Christmas Carol (Ghost of Christmas Present), pen/man/ship (Ship Crew) and …

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CORINNE GAUCHER

STAFF BACK Corinne was born and raised on the New England coast and quickly fell in love with the power of theatre and entwining it with education. Grateful for her own experiences making theatre as a child, she co-founded the Summer On Stage Program at the historic Garde Arts Center in Southeastern Connecticut which continues …

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LA’ TEVIN ALEXANDER ELLIS

STAFF BACK La’ Tevin Alexander Ellis is a native of Perry, Fla. The acting bug caught him during the 12th grade and it has been with him ever since. He then enrolled at Florida A&M University to study Theatre. After meeting Nikki Weaver at the Southeastern Theatre Conference, he decided to bring his talents to …

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