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Rob Smith

MUSICIAN BACK Originally from Washington DC, Rob has been drumming since the age of 12 and has performed in countless scenarios since. As well as drumming, Rob has worked in arts education for over 20 years with a focus on social justice and human rights, motivated by the belief that everyone deserves equal and affordable …

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BRANDON MORAYO

ARTIST BACK Visual expression has always been a passion for Brandon Morayo. In college he studied color theory and graphical applications in marketing. After graduating from Troy University Brandon began to focus on becoming a full time professional creative. His expressive use of organic shape and color were further explored through various design mediums such …

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LOU BELLAMY

DIRECTOR BACK Director Lou Bellamy is the founder and artistic director emeritus of Penumbra Theatre. During his 40 year tenure, Penumbra has evolved into one of America’s premier theaters dedicated to dramatic exploration of the African American experience. Under his leadership, Penumbra has grown to be the largest theater of its kind in America and has …

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AUGUST WILSON

PLAYWRIGHT BACK PLAYWRIGHT (April 27, 1945-October 2, 2005) authored Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Fences, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, The Piano Lesson, Two Trains Running, Seven Guitars, Jitney, King Hedley II, Gem of the Ocean, and Radio Golf. These works explore the heritage and experience of the descendants of Africans brought to North America, decade-by-decade over the course …

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SERELLE STRICKLAND

CAST BACK Serelle started dancing, singing, and loving the stage at the age of 3 years old. She wants to be a dancer, singer, actress and illustrator when she grows up. She wants to thank all of her teachers from Maryland Dance Academy and Mr. Bobby. She plans to continue her studies in the arts …

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IMANI HILL

CAST BACK Imani Hill is a 7 year old 2nd grader who  has been interested in performing arts since she could talk. She is a very bright and entertaining  young lady and has been blessed with the gift of performing and making others laugh. Imani has worked with World Stage Theater for the past two …

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LA’TEVIN ALEXANDER

CAST BACK With God as the owner of my teamHaving my family and friends as my teammates is a living dreamMy most recent play was And in This Corner: Cassius ClayI’m batting.880 on The Red Door Project’s Hands UpIf that ain’t enoughI’m stuffing the stat sheet with film stuffHomered Portlandia and GrimmAnd even RBI on …

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SETH RUE

CAST BACK Seth is so delighted to be back at The Playhouse, where it all began for him five summers ago. He is fortunate to be able to work with some of his most favorite people on such a tremendous achievement as Wilson’s Fences. Seth, a Drammy-nominated actor, studied at the American Conservatory Theatre and is …

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BOBBY BERMEA

CAST BACK This is Bobby Bermea’s fourth stint at Portland Playhouse where he previously appeared in Radio Golf, How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes and The Brother/Sister Plays, for which he won a Drammy for Outstanding Actor in a Lead Role. Bermea is the co-artistic director of The Beirut Wedding World Theatre Project, a …

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ERIKA LAVONN

CAST BACK Erika LaVonn is grateful to make her Portland Playhouse  debut as “Rose” in Fences, and counts this as her 8th production of an August Wilson play, and the 5th within his cannon.  She’s worked small and big screens, in soaps and dramas, including Law & Order: SVU, and War of the Worlds. From …

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