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.
Gary 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.
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 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, costume designer, and producer. A graduate of Western Oregon University with BFAs in Acting and Costume Design, McKenna is committed to producing rarely seen works created by artists of gender, identity, and racial diversity. She has worked with several Oregon companies including Third Rail Repertory Theatre (Mentee program), CoHo Productions (actor and co-producer for The Taming and Playhouse Creatures, as well as Hard Times and To Kill A Mockingbird), Northwest Classical Theatre Company, and the Ashland New Plays Festival. McKenna is a current producing Ensemble Member of Theatre Vertigo where she will be working on A Dark Sky Full of Stars, a world premiere (April 2019)