Clara-Liis is a graduate of Reed College. A proud company member of Theatre Vertigo, she is also a past resident actor for Bag&Baggage. She was last seen in Caucasian Chalk Circle at Shaking the Tree, Gyspy at Broadway Rose, Godspell at Lakewood Theater (Drammy Award for Supporting Actress), world premiere Carnivora as Woodwoman (Theatre Vertigo) and as the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz (NW Children's Theater). Favorite roles: Graeae Sister in Up The Fall with PHAME, Wait Until Dark (Susan Hendrix) with NWCTC, Our Country's Good (Liz Morden) and Julius Caesar (Casca) with Bag&Baggage; The Seagull (Masha) with NWCTC. When she's not onstage, Clara-Liis works for Portland Center Stage at The Armory as their Education & Community Programs Associate and teaches Dance and Theater for NW Children's Theater and Riverdale High School. Thank you to Heath K. for his love and patience and Mom and Kaia for their strength and inspiration. For Ted.
Emilie is a current company member of Theatre Vertigo and has worked on stage and off with: Action/Adventure, Experience Theatre Project, Portland Actors Ensemble, Nutz-n-Boltz, Profile Theatre, Post5 and Portland Playhouse. She wrote the book to the new musical, Matthew McConaughey vs. The Devil: An American Myth, which was an official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival Next Link Project.
Gary Strong has been performing in the Pacific Northwest for over 10 years now. His professional career started as one of the inaugural members of the Resident Acting Company with Bag&Baggage where he is still an associate artist. Gary’s previous work includes The Merry Wives of Windsor as the comical knight Sir John Falstaff with Bag&Baggage, and most recently Michael in Life in the Arts The Pillowman, where he received a Drammy for best-supporting actor. He is currently a company member for Vertigo Theatre as well as a part of a local improv group called No Filter, performing regularly around the Portland area.
Jacquelle Davis is a proud Portland native and member of Theatre Vertigo. She studied acting at Willamette University. Jacquelle performs regularly with her beloved improv group, No Filter. Her favorite roles include Jane Fonda in That Pretty Pretty; Or, The Rape Play, and Box Worker 2 in Box. Jacquelle loves puns and pickles.
Joe Rogers is a Midwestern guy who loves to stage manage, play disc golf and is a self-proclaimed dog dad. He recently was on Fly Crew for Peter Pan at Northwest Children's Theater and School, Stage Manager for Enso Theatre Ensemble's She Is Fierce and Stage Manager for Insignificance at defunkt theatre.
Joel Patrick Durham
Joel Patrick Durham is a director, actor, and the creator of Nesting, an episodic horror/thriller with multiple seasons. He is a life-long Portlander who began working professionally in the theatre a decade ago. Since then he has had the opportunity to collaborate with many wonderful artists and theatre companies. Most recently he wrote and directed Nesting: Vacancy, which received three Drammy nominations. On stage, he has performed as Luciana/Dromio in The Bomb-itty of Errors (Post 5), Rosencrantz in Ros. & Guil. are Dead (Anon it Moves), Zeek in Ablaze (Staged!), Beethoven in Dog Sees God (CoHo), Michael/Ensemble in Zen Shorts (Rogue Artist Ensemble of L.A.), and as Juliet/Ophelia/Gertrude/Cleopatra and many others in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] with Portland Actors Ensemble. As a director, he is influenced by dynamic, and often dark, storytellers like David Lynch, Amelia Gray, and Roberto Bolaño. Joel is a proud member of the 2013/14 Third Rail Mentorship Program. Visit his website for more info about his upcoming projects.
Kaia Maarja Hillier
Kaia is a current Theatre Vertigo company member, a Board and Company member of the Pulp Stage, a No Filter Improv Troupe member, and Costume Designer. Past acting credits include: Jessica in A Maze (Theatre Vertigo); Nora in Assistance (Theatre Vertigo); and April in The Best of Everything (Bag &Baggage). Kaia has had SO much fun performing with the new ensemble in readings that celebrate Vertigo's rich artistic past. Thank you to everyone who has come out to support the new ensemble and to helping keep Theatre Vertigo and the Shoebox thriving-we need these space to stay alive and let our community grow and share their art. Much love to Mom, the Ensemble, the Associate Artists, Clara, and JQ.
London Bauman is an actor, writer, sound designer, and Theatre Vertigo company member. As an artist, he is interested in immersive physical theatre, magical realism, and new collaborative works. Selected work includes the role of Torch in Beirut (The Steep & Thorny Way to Heaven), Barnaby the Barkeep in the devised Western Melodrama Bang! (Action/Adventure’s pilot season) and sound design / original compositions for The Romeo and Juliet Project (Enso Theatre Ensemble). In August, London will be traveling to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland as Robert in Chet Wilson’s new play Gayface.
McKenna is an actor, producer, costume designer and Theatre Vertigo company member working in Portland, Oregon. She is a former Third Rail Repertory Mentee, as well as a former educator with Tears of Joy Theatre and company member with Northwest Classical Theatre Company. Some of her favorite acting credits include: Mrs. Farley in Playhouse Creatures (CoHo w/ Brenan Dwyer and McKenna Twedt) Scout/Jean Louise in To Kill a Mockingbird (CoHo w/ Public House), Phil's Girl in Fire Island (defunkt), Phil in bobrauschenbergamerica (Third Rail Mentees), as well as Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Ophelia in Hamlet (Salt and Sage). Some past design credits include: Fire Island (defunkt), Macbeth (Post5), King Lear, Arms and the Man and Othello (NWCTC), Hunter Gatherers, Aloha Say the Pretty Girls, Jekyll and Hyde and Assistance (Theatre Vertigo). McKenna received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting and Costume Design from Western Oregon University. Please join McKenna for her next co-producing and acting project, The Taming with CoHo Productions and Rebel(lions) opening October 27th, 2018.
Paige is a Midwestern gal with a Bachelors in Arts Administration and Theatre from Drury University. After graduating, she attended the Portland Actors Conservatory (PAC). Paige is a company member of Theatre Vertigo. Acting credits include Brinn/ MMA Fighter in Girl in the Red Corner (Defunkt Theatre), Duchess of York in She is Fierce (Enso Theatre Ensemble), Carol in The Amish Project (PAC), Mrs. Jennings in Sense and Sensibility (PAC) and Titania in Midsummer Night’s Dream (PAC).
Samson is so excited to be a member of Theatre Vertigo! He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre from the University of Arkansas Fort Smith. He also studied at the Portland Actors Conservatory where he is now Artistic Associate and instructor. Acting credits include work for Portland Shakespeare Project, Portland Actors Ensemble, Salt and Sage Productions, Defunkt Theatre, Action/Adventure Theatre, Broadway Rose Theatre Company, Lakewood Center for the Arts, Post5 Theatre, and Milagro, among others. Samson is a company member of both Theatre Vertigo and Theatre Diaspora. Samson recently received the Leslie O. Fulton Fellowship from the Portland Civic Theatre Guild and is part of the Theatre Communication Group’s Rising Leaders of Color 2017 cohort. Visit his website for more information about his work.