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congratulations to the 2019 winners

stage manager: Joe Rogers

crew: Breydon Little

other: Wynee Hu


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The Spotlight Awards are an opportunity to recognize those who perform behind the scenes for the Portland area theatre community.


nominees

Stage Managers
Berl Dana'y
  • Berl is the hardest working stage manager I've worked with. He is a dedicated leader who is always prepared, steps up to any task, and is a pleasure to work with.
  • Berl Dana'y has stage managed for theatres like Lakewood, Broadway Rose, and Milagro - all with glowing reviews of attention to detail and professionalism. His artistic eye and Jack-of-all-Technical-Theatre skills have made him an invaluable asset to many productions. Beside his talents and experience - Berl has incredible heart. Berl cares deeply about the safety, respect, and treatment of all his cast, crew, and staff. Rarely have I seen a stage manager who not only upholds the quality of the art produced but also the humanity of those producing it. He helps the Portland Theatre Community uphold their integrity on all fronts!"
Colin Herring
  • He is always present and upbeat. Always there when you need something. Goes above and beyond his duties. At a such a young age he is already making a name for himself. He is so inclusive and supportive. He has the voice of an angel.
  • I have worked on multiple shows with Colin and all I can say is the work is always better when he is around. Colin has a generous heart that fills the room. He is hard working and willing to do all the nitty gritty work to bring a show together and create ease in the room. Portland is lucky to have such a gem in our town. The ultimate Stage Management team is Joe Rogers and Colin Herring together. If you can make that happen-you've struck gold.
  • Colin is incredible! He brings joy, positivity, generosity of spirit, empathy and laughter to the rehearsal room and performances. He calms the room and gets the job done. Can’t wait to work with him again
  • I am the BIGGEST fan of Colin! Professional, positive, intelligent, kind, experienced, thoughtful and all around wonderful person. His attention can be both micro and macro at the same time. His generosity is, perhaps, unparalleled in our community among stage managers. He is an absolute joy to work with and a blast to be around! Cannot sing his praises enough. HIRE HIM
  • I've had the pleasure of working with Colin and his level of professionalism and positivity is off the charts. He has a deep and genuine love and talent for stage management, and it shows. We are so lucky to have this rising start in our community.
  • I've had the pleasure of working with Colin and his level of professionalism and positivity is off the charts. He has a deep and genuine love and talent for stage management, and it shows. We are so lucky to have this rising star in our community.
  • Colin is wonderful!! He's fun, prompt, professional, and excellent at his job. I am so so so lucky that he was a part of my last project. I would hire Colin in a second!
  • Colin is responsible, professional and fun to have around!
Emily Trimble
  • Emily does so much amazing, challenging work at Oregon Children's Theatre. I had the pleasure of having her as a stage manager this year, and she is so thoughtful, aware, on top of it, and versatile. She works for the well-being of the production and is incredibly supportive. She deserves this!
Joe Rogers
  • Working on Pontypool, Joe was always punctual, polite, and professional. He went above and beyond in rehearsals, cuing up sound effects, reading in characters when actors were late, taking copious line notes, and he never once let the hard work bring down his attitude. He also cleaned up gallons and gallons of blood every damn night and then double check it the next day. We call him "Bloody Joe".
  • Joe Rogers is a delight to have on your team, as a Production Manager, Stage Manager, Crew member, and friend. His leadership qualities and can-do attitude will make him a Portland Go-To for any crew needs. He was such a valuable asset to A Map of Virtue, and I will always choose to work with Joe.
  • Joe is a steady hand behind the scenes! He is kind, fun, easy to work with and very reliable.
  • Joe Rogers is the person who list when you think of your dream team in theater. His main goals, besides creating a brilliant show, is to take care of the humans in the room. He treats all the actors with warmth and support. He treats the designers with respect and humor. His laugh is infectious and brings joy to any room he is in. I will always choose to have him on my team.
  • During Slipping, Joe was an absolute rock star - from being the calm, organized, and driving force during rehearsal to managing over 100 cues during the run of the show, Joe made our jobs as actors easy and worry-free. Trusting your stage manager, as an actor, can really make or break the experience for you, and I trust Joe Rogers wholeheartedly. This man cares.
  • Joe is a wonderful stage manager that you can count on for any situation. He handles each production with thought and care that you never have to worry about anything. If something is broken, he'll come fix it. If something is not working, he'll come check it out. Just need a good laugh, Joe can do that. He is a true asset to any production!
  • Having just come off a show in which I was producing, directing, and acting, Joe was absolutely invaluable. His professionalism is unmatched, while still having a blast doing what he's doing. Joe knows how to set the right tone for every situation, and does so with grace and confidence. Joe is the best stage manager I have every experience. He's especially wonderful when working with Colin Herring, another fabulous stage manager! Seriously. Joe is AMAZING and everyone would be lucky to have him on any project!
  • There's no one better than Joe.
Karen Hill
  • Karen was amazing at keeping us all on track for Well and Let Me Down Easy at Profile this year. Really a joy to work with! She made it fun and yet had great discipline.
  • Karen Hill is THE rising star in the stage management field. She's literally everything you want: smart, knowledgeable, fast, hard-working, strong, prepared, patient, perceptive, and effervescent. You can't walk all over her, nor do you ever feel the need to. She's the rare breed of stage manager who straight up makes the art better because she's so damn good at her job. She's a hotshot. And I hope to work with her again and again and again.
Maddie Grace Mondeaux
  • Maddie was an absolute treat to work with on Rutabaga Story Co.'s "Fire and Meat." As stage manager, she absorbed every detail and was masterful in making sure everything ran smoothly. Maddie also acted as a stage parent, making sure everyone involved in the show was emotionally prepared and helping them if they were in need.
Megan Moll (Thorpe)
  • Megan is so calm, organized, and joyful, I want her in every rehearsal room that I have. She cares about each person and each prop/costume/set with incredible respect and love. She uses the right amount of muscle in stressful situations, and the right amount of tenderness in delicate situations- something that can take years to learn- she has the finesse to do so now.
Michael DeMaio
  • Held together a rowdy bunch of actors, many of whom were directors and standup performers, strong personalities, and kept us on track and performing at peak over 5 weeks, even when we had to reconfigure one show with a missing performer! All done with professionalism,grace and good humor.
Nicole Gladwin
  • Nicole is a seasoned, top-tier professional. She holds more things in her head at once than any 10 people put together. She is a master of logic; a psychologist by nature; mommy when necessary; stoic during times of crisis. She is the antidote to chaos. She has the rare ability to extinguish flames of hysteria that can rise in a room full artists who rely on her for things beyond the call of duty.
Roger Monroe
  • Roger is the heartbeat of every production at NWCTS. He creates an inclusive and safe environment for casts of all ages, comes up with games for downtime and makes sure that the building and staff are secure and safe. He's pretty rad.
  • What a legend! A steady hand, a fun and very caring stage manager that cares equally about the production as he does about the cast and crew.
  • Roger is one of the most hardworking and dedicated stage managers I know. He makes the performance process not only smooth and successful, but also fun and entertaining. He never fails to put a smile on my face and makes the theatre community in Portland a better place.
Crew Members
Breydon Little
  • Breydon was our ASM for Well/ LEt Me Down Easy and assisted in dozens and dozens of quick changes. He was always always there, with humor and sass and nimble fingers. He went above and beyond, and he looked AMAZING doing it (the jewelry! The scarves!) He brought so much style to his job as ASM. He is a GEM!!!
Brooke Larson
  • As Assistant Stage Manager, Brooke brought a high level of positivity and thoughtfulness to the rehearsal process from day one. From stepping in for absent actors, to managing props, to leading the backstage crew during performances, she does it all with grace and attention to detail. Her enthusiasm and professionalism have made her a much appreciated part of our team.
Joe Rogers
  • Working on Pontypool, Joe was always punctual, polite, and professional. He went above and beyond in rehearsals, cuing up sound effects, reading in characters when actors were late, taking copious line notes, and he never once let the hard work bring down his attitude. He also cleaned up gallons and gallons of blood every damn night and then double check it the next day. We call him "Bloody Joe".
  • Joe Rogers is a delight to have on your team, as a Production Manager, Stage Manager, Crew member, and friend. His leadership qualities and can-do attitude will make him a Portland Go-To for any crew needs. He was such a valuable asset to A Map of Virtue, and I will always choose to work with Joe.
  • Joe is a steady hand behind the scenes! He is kind, fun, easy to work with and very reliable.
  • Joe Rogers is the person who list when you think of your dream team in theater. His main goals, besides creating a brilliant show, is to take care of the humans in the room. He treats all the actors with warmth and support. He treats the designers with respect and humor. His laugh is infectious and brings joy to any room he is in. I will always choose to have him on my team.
  • During Slipping, Joe was an absolute rock star - from being the calm, organized, and driving force during rehearsal to managing over 100 cues during the run of the show, Joe made our jobs as actors easy and worry-free. Trusting your stage manager, as an actor, can really make or break the experience for you, and I trust Joe Rogers wholeheartedly. This man cares.
  • Joe is a wonderful stage manager that you can count on for any situation. He handles each production with thought and care that you never have to worry about anything. If something is broken, he'll come fix it. If something is not working, he'll come check it out. Just need a good laugh, Joe can do that. He is a true asset to any production!
  • Having just come off a show in which I was producing, directing, and acting, Joe was absolutely invaluable. His professionalism is unmatched, while still having a blast doing what he's doing. Joe knows how to set the right tone for every situation, and does so with grace and confidence. Joe is the best stage manager I have every experience. He's especially wonderful when working with Colin Herring, another fabulous stage manager! Seriously. Joe is AMAZING and everyone would be lucky to have him on any project!
  • There's no one better than Joe.
Kelly Terry
  • Not only is Kelly one of the most amazing lighting designers I have seen, she is always down to talk in the phone and trouble shoot if there are lighting issues- lighting that isn’t even her own. She is such a pleasure to work with. She is warm and inviting and precise at her job. She is always willing to help if there is an emergency and doesn’t even mind coming in late. She is the essence of professionalism and kindness.
  • I second Kelly's nomination. She is not only a delight to work with in person, but her lighting design brings such dimension and depth to each production.
  • Kelly is my go to when someone says Lighting Designer. The heart and smile of a goddess, she is one of the smartest and most talented lighting designers I have ever met. And most of all, she just loves creating worlds with you! No matter what company, what show, what budget, she wants you as a producer-director-fellow designers-even actors to feel that the lights support you and vision. A treasure for any company to book-she is gonna blow up and take over this town.
  • Kelly goes above and beyond in all she does! She is a fun, engaged, exciting designer and is a complete team player. She refuses to quit fixing and adjusting her design until she is sure she’s reached the best possible design. Everyone should hire her!
  • Kelly is my go to when someone says Lighting Designer. The heart and smile of a goddess, she is one of the smartest and most talented lighting designers I have ever met. And most of all, she just loves creating worlds with you! No matter what company, what show, what budget, she wants you as a producer-director-fellow designers-even actors to feel that the lights support you and vision. A treasure for any company to book-she is gonna blow up and take over this town.
  • Kelly is my go to when someone says Lighting Designer. The heart and smile of a goddess, she is one of the smartest and most talented lighting designers I have ever met. And most of all, she just loves creating worlds with you! No matter what company, what show, what budget, she wants you as a producer-director-fellow designers-even actors to feel that the lights support you and vision. A treasure for any company to book-she is gonna blow up and take over this town.
  • KELLY IS PHENOMENAL! Absolutely fantastic lighting designer, collaborator and professional. Her work this past season has genuinely blown me away - especially with her creative use of unconventional and practical lighting. Her ideas are always fresh and innovative. Her kindness and generosity truly knows no bounds because of how deeply she cares for her passion. Her wealth of knowledge as well as her ability to "speak lights" to a layman is a gift. She may be one of the most dedicated and delightful theatre artist I have ever met!
  • Kelly is one of a kind. Anyone would be lucky to have such a brilliant, kind, ambitious lighting designer on their team. The amount of times Kelly went above and beyond to ensure her design was perfect and exactly what the director was looking for is probably like, ten million. I always want her as a designer!!
  • First off, there is no one quite as magical as Kelly! Her lighting designs are absolutely wonderful as she puts so much creativity into them. She did so many lighting things that I didn't even know were possible! In addition, Kelly is fantastic when it comes to problem solving. She was able to correct any lighting glitches that occurred on our show based on her extensive knowledge and dedication for a perfect show. I'm truly amazed by her!
Margot New
  • Young, driven, professional, positive thinking and very skilled. She works multiple jobs, and still finds time to put her energy and skills into theater.
  • Margot is so driven and always knows whats up. She always finds a way to be helpful!
Mikal Goldman
  • An incredibly skilled and smart young theater tech. He is able to take on lots of challenging work and hit a home run every time he comes up with a challenge.
  • Mikal is easily the most passionate and hard-working tech I've ever had the pleasure of working with.
  • Mikal's a phenomenal tech with a versatile set of skills. He is very creative at figuring out ways to work with the equipment he has available to deliver the best result.
  • Mikal is one of those people you run into and think "wow, this guy is competent".
Sharath Patel
  • Sharath is one of my favorite designers to work with. His sound designs are always richly textured, imaginative, and serve the story beautifully. He has an unimpeachable work ethic, and he is a calm and grounding presence in the room even in high-stress situations. He's the type of artist whose involvement elevates the quality of the production.
Other
Becca Reyes-Geislinger
  • Becca is always calm, cool and collected, even in the most stressful of situations. She is incredible at her job, running the volunteer program AND house managing every show at NWCT! She learns the names of every volunteer and makes sure that everyone feels that they are a valuable part of the team. She is an all around fantastic person, and such a valuable member of the Portland theatre community!
Becky Hawkins and Amanda Mehl
  • Becky and Amanda are the box office managers at Northwest Children's Theater. They both are responsible for coordinating the sensory friendly shows, sign language interpreted shows, ticket donations, and so, so much more. They also both balance managing the box office with artistic endeavors of their own. They are amazing at what they do!!
Dany Gray
  • Danny Gray was responsible for the largest project related to Rutabaga Story Co.'s production "Fire and Meat," quite literally! He designed and built the props and puppets, including the large MOTHER puppet that took up almost the entire stage of The Headwaters Theatre. He also stepped up and voiced the puppet, working with another puppeteer to bring a fascinating and engaging character to life.
Evan Tait
  • Evan has worked with a lot of theatres, but his work with Stumptown Stages is nothing short of brilliant. He can flawlessly flip from social media coordinator to running the box office with grace and aplomb. He’s a problem solver backstage with the crew and creative team, an excellent asset onstage and knows the business. From helping run auditions to understudying leads while simultaneously stage managing, Evan is a jack of all trades and any theatre who has the pleasure of working with him is made instantly better. Evan’s a true Portland treasure.
Garrett Brown
  • Garrett Brown pulled double duty with Rutabaga Story Co.'s "Fire and Meat" as a sound designer and a crew member. The sound helped build the story, and worked with Stage Manager Maddie Grace Mondeaux to make sure every cue flowed smoothly.
Mary McDonald-Lewis
  • An accomplished stage, film, television and voice actor, Mary also works tirelessly - and often unacknowledged - as Portland's premier dialect coach. Mary researches a dialect meticulously and creates a path for an actor into the heart and soul of a character via the sounds of time and place. Mary is an invaluable asset to our community, raising and supporting through her work the level of professionalism Portland presents to the world.
Wynee Hu
  • Wynee has been a Portland Theater Goddessent. Taking over as PATA general manager and bring much needed stability to the community audition. As the The Armory Concierge she is always a helping hand and smiling face for the patrons and visiting artist. She represents our community like a true professional.