Where Are They Now?

Did you know that a number of past and present OSF actors/artists are readers for audiobooks produced by Blackstone Audio? Ray Porter and Anthony Heald are particularly prolific, with 72 and 40 titles, respectively. Other readers include Claudia Alick, Kevin Kenerly, Peter Macon, G. Valmont Thomas, Armando Durán, Eddie Lopez, Barry Kraft, Malcolm Hillgartner (95 audiobooks!) and Caroline Shaffer. To search for books by reader, click here and type in the reader's name in the search box on upper left portion of the screen.

Ako (at OSF 2010-11) recently appeared in Tamar of the River with Prospect Theatre Company in New York City.

Actor/director Kenneth Albers' (at OSF many seasons) directed Noises Off at Rubicon Theatre Company in Ventura, CA, which ran January 29 - February 23, 2014. The cast included familiar OSF actors Catherine Lynn Davis, Andrew Borba, Robynn Rodriguez and William Langan

Linda Alper (at OSF 24 seasons) will appear in The Quality of Life at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland in April-May 2014. Her translation of Napoli Milionaria!, written with Beatrice Basso, was recently produced by American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.  

Frankie J. Alvarez (at OSF 2011) is starring in Looking on HBO, exploring the highs and lows of life as part of a new generation of gay men in San Francisco. Tanya Saracho (playwright of 2013's The Tenth Muse) writes for this series as well.

Charlie Bachmann (at OSF two seasons) is the Community Arts Coordinator at Creative Clay Cultural Arts Center in St. Petersburg, FL teaching Theater, Film and Visual Arts to artists with physical, emotional and/or developmental challenges.

Former OSF director (1982, Black Swan) and Education director Paul Barnes recently retired as the artistic director of the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, MN, after nine seasons. Paul and 36-year OSF veteran James Edmondson will both direct in the company's 2014 season.

Robert Alan Barnett (1986-'88) just completed work on the film Wild with Reese Witherspoon due out next year. He will also play Robert in Renton Civic Theatre's production of Boeing Boeing in February and reprising Neil Simon's Chapter Two for Tacoma Little Theatre in March. 

Raffi Barsoumian (at OSF 2011-12) will appear in a major recurring role on The Vampire Diaries on the CW network.

Stephanie Beatriz (at OSF three seasons) is currently appearing as Rosa Diaz in the new comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine on FOX, also starring Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher.  

Aldo Billingslea (at OSF eight seasons) teaches at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, CA.

Tim Blough (at OSF six seasons) guest-starred on TNT’s Leverage and NBC’s Grimm.

Actor Mark Booher (OSF 1991-92) is the artistic director of PCPA (Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts) in Santa Maria and Solvang, CA.

Actor Catherine E. Coulson (at OSF 20 seasons) recently appeared in David Lindsay-Abaire's Good People as Dottie at the Ensemble Theater Company of Santa Barbara. She will be seen in Into the Woods and The Two Gentlemen of Verona this season at OSF

Actor Megan Cole (at OSF 1970s, 80s & 90s, most recently in 1993) continues her work as “Actor In Healthcare” at venues such as the Mayo Clinic and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. She received the 2010 McGovern Award from the American Medical Writers Association and has a new website: www.megancole.net. Here is a sample of Megan’s recent work at Cerimon House.

Director Shana Cooper (The Unfortunates and Love's Labor's Lost at OSF) recently directed Venus in Fur at Seattle Repertory Theatre.

Actor Lesley Schisgall Currier (at OSF 1987) is the founding Managing Director of Marin Shakespeare Company, since 1989.

OSF Resident Costume Design Assistant/Designer Denise Damico (1998–2007) is now the costume shop manager of Seattle Repertory Theatre.

Actor Dante DiLoreto (at OSF 1985-87) is an executive producer of the hit TV series Glee on the FOX network, as well as "American Horror Story".

Actor Christopher DuVal (actor at OSF 1999-09) and guest fight director (at OSF 2010- 2013), is an Assistant Professor teaching in the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He is teaching Acting, Stage Combat and Voice in their respected BFA program. He continues to act and fight direct regionally, and he recently certified as an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework.

Actors Michael Elich and Robin Goodrin Nordli recently appeared in Amy Freed's The Monster Builder at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, OR. The show was directed by frequent OSF guest artist Art Manke

Richard Howard (at OSF 24 seasons) and Adrian Roberts (at OSF three seasons) both recently appeared in Clybourne Park at Center Repertory Theatre in Walnut Creek, CA.

Brenda Hubbard (at OSF 1982-84) has more than 35 years of experience as a professional actor, director , playwright and artistic director, and has worked with some of the leading theatres in the nation including Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, The Empty Space Theatre, Tacoma Actors Guild, Salem Repertory and San Jose Repertory Theatre. Read more about Brenda here.

JoAnn Johnson a.k.a. JoAnn Johnson Patton (at OSF 1972-94) directed and Ted Roisum (at OSF 1982) played the title role in King Lear at Northwest Classical Theatre in Portland February 28 - March 30.

Kevin Kenerly (at OSF 17 seasons) recently appeared in August Wilson's Jitney at Portland Playhouse, directed by G. Valmont Thomas (at OSF 13 seasons).

Kelly Koehn (OSF costume props artisan from 1986-2006) is now the costume crafts/dyer at ACT in San Francisco, having most recently worked on a production of Vigil with Marco Barricelli. Kelly’s husband Russell Huddleston was the assistant Master Electrician at OSF from 1989-98 and is now working in Oakland as a biologist for CH2mHill.

Actor Dan Kremer (at OSF 1980s-90s) will appear in the title role in King Lear at the Seattle Shakespeare Company, mightily supported by Michael Winters as Gloucester, Linda K. Morris as Goneril and Amy Thone as Kent.  The show runs April 24 - May 11, 2014.

Actor Kimbre Lancaster (at OSF 2010-11) will appear as Sophie Sheridan in the Las Vegas production of Mamma Mia!, starting performances May 8, 2014 at the New Tropicana Resort.

Actor Gregory Linington (at OSF 2001-11) recently appeared on the Showtime show Shameless, and will appear as Cleante in director Dominique Serrand's Tartuffe at South Coast Repertory, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Actor Dee Maaske (at OSF 21 seasons) appeared in Amy Herzog's 4000 Miles at Capital Stage Company in Sacramento, CA March 12-April 13, 2014.

Daniel Mayes and Helen Machin-Smith (at OSF 1981-83) began Island Stage Left in the summer of 1999 with The Tempest and have performed “Shakespeare under the Stars” for the past fourteen years, with a spring, fall and winter shoulder season of modern work including Art, Doubt, Rabbit Hole, The Clean House, The Drawer Boy, Trying and many others. Dan and Helen worked many years in Seattle at Intiman, ACT, Tacoma Actors Guild, and Seattle Repertory Theatre. Helen has directed the company’s productions and Dan has played everything from Iago to Malvolio, Macbeth to Lady Bracknell, Father Flynn to Shylock. They bring other actors (many Equity) to the island from New York, Chicago, Seattle, etc., and their audience comes from around the country. They have two outdoor venues for the summer shows. Phil Davidson came a few summers ago to play Egeon in A Comedy of Errors.

Actor Peter Macon (at OSF five seasons) is currently playing the title role in Othello at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, MN through April 20, 2014. The show is directed by Marion McClinton, who directed OSF's production of To Kill a Mockingbird in 2011.

Former associate artistic director Penny Metropulos recently directed An Iliad at Syracuse Stage. Penny also directed Cyrano de Bergerac at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.

Christine Meyers (OSF costume shop) now lives in Seattle and has designed shows for Seattle Repertory Theatre and other companies.

Christopher Liam Moore (at OSF five seasons) is currently appearing in All the Way on Broadway.

Paige Newmark (assistant director to Andy Traister on his productions of The Threepenny Opera and Strange Snow in 1986) is now artistic director of Shakespeare WA (Western Australia).

Kal Poole (at OSF 2001-03) is now managing director of the Grandstreet Theater in Helena, Montana, where he got his acting start at the age of five. Kal came to OSF in 2001 as the Rex Rabold Fellow, and then earned an MFA in Acting and the Creation of New Work from Ohio State University.

Actors Adrian Roberts (at OSF 2000-02) and Eddie Ray Jackson (at OSF 2013) will appear in August Wilson's Fences at Marin Theatre Company running April 10 - May 11, 2014.

Margaret (Peggy) Rubin (OSF actor 1957-85, director of Information/Education 1973-85, and director of Public Relations 1986-87) received the following awards for her book To Be and How to Be: Transforming Your Life through Sacred Theatre – two Nautilus Silver Seal awards and a Living Now book award. Read more about Peggy Rubin and Sacred Theatre here.

Aura Sperling (OSF costumes and wardrobe for five seasons) spent two years as a costume designer for theaters in Albuquerque, NM before becoming a union film seamstress and costumer in 2010. Her film/TV credits include Breaking Bad, The Avengers and Last Stand. She is currently working in the tailor shop for The Lone Ranger, due for release in 2013.

Actor and director Randall Stuart (at OSF 1981-82, Daedalus Project 1986-91) is the artistic director of Upon These Boards and Founder and Director of Cerimon House in Portland, Oregon which has featured the collaboration of other OSF grads Megan Cole, Gretchen Rumbaugh, Constance Doolan, Brenda Hubbard and Dawn Lisell. His recent directing assignments include Artists Repertory Theatre, Southern Oregon University and Shakespeare Santa Cruz.

The Utah Shakespeare Festival's 2014 season will feature past and present OSF company members, including Nell Geisslinger as Viola inTwelfth Night and Fanny Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility, Henry Woronicz as Sir John Falstaff in Henry IV, Part One and Escalus in Measure for Measure, Christopher Liam Moore directing Boeing-Boeing, and David Ivers directing Twelfth Night and continuing as co-artistic director with Brian Vaughn.

Derrick Lee Weeden (at OSF 21 years) is appearing in a rotating repertory of Henry IV, Part One and Part Two at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. through June 7, 2014. The shows also include former OSF actor Stacy Keach as Falstaff.

Michael Winters (at OSF many seasons) recently appeared in A Great Wilderness  at Seattle Repertory Theatre, and will play Gloucester in an upcoming production of King Lear at the Seattle Shakespeare Company.

Julie Wilson, former OSF costume crafts artisan (1985-1998), has worked with the Shakespeare Theatre Company and Arena Stage in Washington D.C. Her biggest and most enjoyable recent project was working as a lead stitcher for HBO’s seven-part series, “John Adams.” She is currently the costume crafts technician for Cirque du Soleil’s “O” in Las Vegas.

Kurt-Alexander Zeller (Green Show company, 1990, 1991) is Director of Vocal Studies and Opera at Clayton State University in suburban Atlanta, Georgia, and recently (January 2013) directed a program of sacred opera for the National Opera Association.  (The cast included former OSF Green Show singer Amanda Kelley.)  The second edition of his book, What Every Singer Needs to Know about the Body, has just been released by Plural Publishing of San Diego.