Cast and Crew
Atticus Welles Mowry (Actor)
Atticus was Foley artist for Sundays by the Philco for the second year at the Mt. Hood Repertory Theater. Atticus has been working with the Willamette Radio Workshop since their production of Dracula and has acted and provided Foley for a half dozen productions since. He especially enjoyed reprising his roles in Around the World in 80 Days at the BITE of OREGON and would love a second go round with Dracula. His growing list of on stage credits include roles in ,As You Like It for Shakespeare in the Park, Twelfth Night for both NW Classical Theater and Speak-the-Speech.com and the role of Valmont in Les Liasons Dangereuses at Portland State University. Personally, he is a college student living in Portland, OR. Outside of his exceptional involvement in radio theatre, Atticus is a fencing medallist and is adept at chess.
Bill Gregory (Writer)
Bill Gregory has been retired in Portland for four years. Before that, he was a university librarian/bureaucrat/racehorse breeder/journalist. His writing has included a volume of poems, several magazine articles, and a thesis entitled The Theater Architecture of Sir Christopher Wren.
In addition to her work as a child and family therapist, Catherine Beckett has been performing since the age of five; while her primary background has been on the stage, she has been pleased to expand her artistic repertoire into improvisational theatre, radio and film since moving to Portland in 2000. Favorite roles over the years have included Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Abigail in The Crucible, and Prudence in Beyond Therapy. She was featured most recently in the short film One Knife Stand, and can be seen most weekends performing live improv with Comedy Sportz of Portland.
Chris Porter (Actor)
Chris Porter is a founding member of the WRW and has served as an actor in most of its productions. He was the doomed radio correspondent Carl Phillips and the Secretary of the Interior in War of the Worlds. He was good guy Professor van Helsing in Dracula and bad guy Joe Bricker in The Shadow: Silent Avenger. In our adaptation of Dickens’ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â A Christmas Carol he played Scrooge, and was a department store psychologist and the harried D.A. in Miracle on 34th Street. He took part(s) in Murder of Crows, where he was called upon to do much screaming.
Mr. Porter was rather surprised to find that a movie he once appeared in has surfaced on video, having avoided all the fooferaw attendant upon actual theatrical release. It’s called Ricochet River and features a very young Kate Hudson. Chris’s 15 minutes of fame start at about 40 minutes into the film, and last a minute or two.
He has relatively recently taken on some writing tasks for the WRW in the form of short story adaptations, most notably H.P. Lovecraft’s Pickman’s Model, currently undergoing script modifications. His previous writing credits unless you count letters of apology and skits written in the ’60s for Cub Scout Pack 622Â is limited to short parodies of Shakespeare that he wrote for fundraising events for Portland’s Tygres Heart Shakespeare Company, with whom he became a (literally) grizzled veteran.
Curtis Hanson (Actor)
Curtis Hanson started acting at Oregon State University, receiving best actor awards in 1965 (as Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons) and 1968 (as Jack Absolute in The Rivals.) An alumnus of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Curt began acting in Portland in 1972. He has played Doc in Come Back Little Sheba, Governor Danforth in The Crucible, Prospero in The Tempest, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, and 30-odd other roles. Included, this century, are his work as James Tyrone, Sr. in Long Day’s Journey Into Night, as Henri de L’Enclos in William S. Gregory’s Child of Pleasure, King Pellinore in Camelot, and most recently, as Baron VanSwieten in Amadeus. A member of the Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA, Curt has acted in several supporting roles in made-for-TV films; an NBC mini-series, Dead by Sunset; the USA channel’s sci-fi opus, Home-wrecker; and as Mr. Perkins, in the Warner Bros./Amblin production of The Goonies. (Not to mention his work in numerous commercials, training videos and voice-overs.) Curt began working with the Willamette Radio Workshop in 2004 and has appeared in WRW’s Halloween production of Frankenstein.
Cynthia McGean, WRW’s dramaturge and resident playwright is an award-winning published writer, director, actress, social service veteran and educator. Her original script Pandora’s Box received the Grand Prize from the National Audio Theatre Festival’s 2005 Script Competition and her adaptation of Frankenstein was awarded a Special Gold Ogle Award for Best Adaptation. Original scripts for WRW include Call of the Mummy, Meditations of a Gargoyle , The Truth About the White Eagle and Can You Hear Me Now? Along with Frankenstein, she has adapted Around the World in Eighty Days and The Hobbit for WRW. Cynthia leads the Writers-On-the-Air Workshop and has just finished her first novel. She has written scripts for traditional stage productions, readers theater, puppetry and audio theater. Henry and Ramona , her adaptation of Beverly Cleary’s beloved stories, has been produced at theaters throughout the United States and her original script, Perseus, Hero of Ancient Greece , is part of Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre’s rotating repertoire. She has acted in numerous productions for WRW and a variety of local stage theaters. Directing credits include an audio theater production of The Tempest for Speak-the-speech.com and pieces for WRW’s Murder of Crows, plus stage theater productions of The Yellow Wallpaper, A Christmas Carol, Winnie-the-Pooh, The Secret Garden, Taming of the Shrew, The Monkey King and Marvin’s Room. Â She is proud to be teaching third grade at Lot Whitcomb Elementary School in Milwaukie, Oregon.
David Ian (Foley Artist / Writer)
David Ian has provided Foley artistry for Coaster Theatre, OPB radio, Imagination X Web Radio, and most successfully for Tapestry Theatre’s Christmas From Home series where he was awarded Portland’s prestigious Drammy Award for designing and performing live staged sound effects using circa 1940s materials. As an actor, David’s voice talents contributed to other excellent production values for Imagination X Web Audio Theatre’s The CONvergence which was awarded the Gold Mark Time Award for best Science Fiction Audio on the Planet for 2004. David’s turn of the pen has gained him an award-winning Shakespeareanesque play script slated for performance fall of 2006, along with sketch comedy for LIVE WIRE! on OPB. David is the founder and Artistic Director of Unchained Productions, a theatrical resource company, and when he is not writing, directing, acting and doing sound effects for stage and radio, he does fight choreography, sometimes even for productions.
David Loftus (Actor)
David Loftus (Actor) is a native Oregonian who lived several years in Europe as a child and had a ten-year layover in Boston before returning to his home state in 1987. His first roles with WRW were Second Swordsman and Shogun in Hiro and Liling in December 2004. Since then, he has performed in “The Hobbit,” read for the Summer writing workshops, and played Scrooge a number of times in WRW’s free “Christmas Carol” shows for nursing homes and hospices. Elsewhere in 2005 he played Duke Senior and Corin in Portland Actors Ensemble’s Shakespeare-in-the-Parks production of “As You Like It,” and was a member of the Chorus in Classic Greek Theatre’s production of Euripides’ “Alcestis.”Â David has also acted the Rev. Jeremiah Mears in God’s Man in Texas, the title role in The Norman Conquests, Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, and singing roles in productions of Annie, H.M.S. Pinafore, and The Pirates of Penzance. David voiced the hero, Sanford, of Wand Productions’ 2004 stop-action animated cartoon The Journey; has done character voices for several of Ollin Productions’ Afterhell series; and voiced more than a dozen characters for Dry Smoke and Whispers. He also did many incidental voices (including Gandhi and Mao) for Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Bridging World History videos. He sang with the Portland Symphonic Choir for five years and is a founding member of the Bridgetown Morris Men. David has read aloud to live audiences at Powell’s Books, Borders, and several branches of the Multnomah County Library, and currently reads every month in his “Story Time for Grownups” series at Grendel’s Coffee House in Portland. He has recorded books for the blind for the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and OPB’s Golden Hours. A sometime journalist, editor, and proofreader, he is the author of The Unofficial Book of Harvard Trivia and Watching Sex: How Men Really Respond to Pornography.
Eric Newsome (Actor)
Eric graduated in 1989 from University of Portland with a B.A. in theatre and business mgmnt. He also studied in Bennington Vermont at Shakespeare and Company with Tina Packer and Kristin Linklater. Eric currently works as a casting director’s assistant for films, television, and commercials. He has also appeared in numerous television shows and feature films among them: Americas Most Wanted, Discovery Channel’s Cold War Submarine Disasters, Switched at Birth, Nowhere Man, Men of Honor, Harvest of Fear, and Skinhorse. Eric has also appeared in commercials both nationally and locally. He works as a voice-over talent as well. Theatrically Eric has appeared in 18 Shakespearean productions for Tygres Heart, and Portland Center Stage. As well as performing with Profile Theatre Project, A.R.T., Readers Theatre Rep, and New Rose Theatre. Eric considers himself to be blessed in that he gets to perform among the great talent Portland has to offer, also that he was fortunate enough to mentor under Tom Lasswell one of the most giving people to have graced the face of the earth.
Holly Spencer (Actor)
Holly Spencer has played Miranda in Speak-the-speech.com’s The Tempest and was compelling as the Orator in WRW’s Fall of the City. Holly has also been seen as Allison in Mall America (Coho Theatre), and Zoe in Flesh and Blood. She has toured with the National Shakespeare Company (NYC) as Lady Macbeth (Macbeth) and Rosalind (As You Like It). Other Shakespeare favorites include Adriana (Comedy of Errors), Ariel (The Tempest), both with Shakespeare on the Hudson (NYC). She has been in many Indie films and local commercials.
James Lawrence (Actor)
James Lawrence- Although James has been active in Portland theater for 25 years, the last 4 years he has been an actor more heard than seen. His first project with WRW was, William S. Gregory’s The Wind That Shakes the Corn. James can also be heard on KBOO 90.7 fm in the Sudden Radio Project 11pm the last Monday of every month. It streams on the web!(Shameless plug!)
Jerrel McQuen (Author)
Jerrel McQuen (Author) of Jewel for the UFO Festival, and Writer and Illustrator for Dry Smoke, is a writer, illustrator and graphic artist. Working originally for print shops, and then in advertising for the past twenty years, he is most comfortable in front of a computer screen, digitally channeling alternate dimensions and detailing them from neon skyscrapers down to the glass pebbles in alleyway tarmac. He is currently writing, illustrating and marketing for the audio series “Dry Smoke & Whispers”, and has just finished his first website for same: www.drysmoke.com. Other projects include “Tales of Farwan”, the chronicles of an advanced civilization that has miraculously bonded turreted villages and bucolic vistas with high technology, as told in a series of children’s books. Jerrel thanks WRW for his first opportunity to write in the format of a live play, and for their excellent performance of “The Jewel”, WRW’s live adaptation of the Dry Smoke universe.
Jodi Eichelberger (Actor)
Jodi Eichelberger has written both book and music for Other Hand Productions’ Snow Queen and Pinocchio. He has also composed for the Raleigh Symphony and Spectre Productions. He served as artistic director for Tears of Joy Theater for three years.
In addition to performing as a singer and actor, Jodi is co-director of Other Hand Productions. He received his advanced theatre and music training at Regent’s College (London), Shakespeare & company (MA), and Gardzienice Theatre (Poland).
Laura Faye Smith (Actor)
Laura Faye Smith has appeared with WRW in Next Year’s Girl and Hiro & Liling, working both shows from the Writer’s On the air Workshop to final broadcast. Recent Portland appearances on stage include Loot and Spinning Into Butter at Coho, The Heiress, Bash, Blood Brothers, Torch Song Trilogy, Unidentified Human Remains, and Christmas With The Crawfords at triangle! Productions; Cyrano, It’s a Wonderful Life, and Pippi Longstocking at Oregon Children’s Theatre; King Lear and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Tygres Heart; and Never Swim Alone, Poona the Fuckdog, Popcorn, and This Is A Play at Theatre Vertigo. Her work as Poona in the Stage Direct film production of Poona The Fuckdog earned her an outstanding acting award at New York’s IndiVision Film Festival, and she has done numerous film and voice over jobs, teaches improvisation for Oregon Children’s Theatre where she will appear as a giant in BFG (Big friendly Giant).
Lee Forrest (Actor)
Lee Forrest (Actor) trained in Los Angeles, California with Val Dufour and Richard Boone. He performed with Accent Theater, Hermosa Beach Playhouse, and Cornet Theater. Moving his talents to Portland, OR he appeared on stage with Shakespeare Martyr Complex, Tygers Heart, Civic Theater, Columbia Theater, Sumus Theater, A.R.T., New Rose Theater, Willamette Repertory, and Firehouse Theater. He has performed such roles as Scrooge, A Christmas Carol; Duke, Two Gentlemen from Verona; Jacques, As You Like It; Tobias, Delicate Balance; and Dr. Bradley, Man Who Came to Dinner. His work in film and television includes Knott’s Landing, Penalty Phase and Kindergarten Cop.
Linda Goertz (Actor)
Linda Goertz has been acting since she was 14 and has been involved in Portland theatre since the 1970s. She appeared in many of the original Portland Actors Ensemble’s Shakespeare-in-the-Park presentations, and also performed with Tygres Heart Shakespeare Company during its inaugural year. She has worked with Tapestry Theatre, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Lakewood Theatre Company, Phoenix Theatre, New Rose Theatre, Columbia Theater, as well as co-founding, co-directing and acting with Simple Gifts Ensemble, a story-telling theatre company. Linda recently portrayed Gonzalo and Iris in a recording of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” for the Internet, as realized by Willamette Radio Workshop and Speak-the-Speech.com. Linda’s favorite roles include Shakespeare’s Beatrice in “Much Ado About Nothing” and Dionyza in “Pericles”; Julia in T.S. Eliot’s The Cocktail Party; Job’s wife in Archibald MacLeish’s J.B.; and the ultimate Wicked Stepmother in the Grimms tale The Juniper Tree.
Marc is a composer, sound designer who has been co-producing Dry Smoke & Whispers Holodio Theatre on and off for 23 years. In addition to bringing to life the inter-dimensional exploits of Emille Song and company, Marc has composed themes for the likes of AT&T, Jack Hanna’s Wildlife Adventures, Busch Entertainment and Capitol Radio London.
Margie Boule (Actor)
Margie Boule has forged a professional career that has enabled her to pursue her interests and talents in writing, reporting, singing and acting. To date she has had leading roles in over 50 musicals, operettas, operas and plays. In Seattle Ms. Boule founded her own commercial jingle production company, writing, arranging and recording commercial jingles. She has sung hundreds of jingles and done voiceover work for numerous national clients that include State Farm Insurance, Ford, Carnation, Payless, and US Bank, among many others. Ms. Boule was host and producer for the “AM Northwest” program at KATU TV, where she stayed for 11 years. Since 1987 she has written a column for The Oregonian, winning dozens of national and regional journalism contests for public interest and investigative journalism and commentary. In 2000 she was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. While pursuing her writing, Ms. Boule has continued to concertize as a guest soloist with symphonies across America. For the last five years Ms. Boule has performed improvisational comedy with the professional troupe ComedySportz. Ms. Boule is the proud mother of one daughter, Alexandra who is an aspiring opera singer.
Mark Homayoun (Actor)
Mark Homayoun has been with WRW since the beginning (at least he thinks so). He has been heard in Dracula, War of the Worlds, Miracle on 34th St., A Murder of Crows (he also contributed the short story I’m Here for that production), the Hobbit, and The Poetry Readings of Sam Gregory. Mark wishes to personally thank WRW:Â “It has been a distinct pleasure collaborating with all those involved with the various productions. I look forward to many more.”
Mark Twohy (Actor)
Mark Twohy has been acting and singing since he was ten. He had the great fortune of studying theatre and theatre management under Dr. Tom Lasswell at the University of Portland. Since 1989, Mark has been active in the Portland theatre scene as a stage and radio actor, technical director, lighting and sound designer and/or technician, stage manager, and recently, director. Favorite projects include: the annual Shakespeare Martyr Complex readings of A Christmas Carol; The Baby Dance, at Stark Raving Theatre; The Secret Of Singbonga, with Tears Of Joy Theatre.
Martin John Gallagher (Resident Sound Designer)
Martin John Gallagher (Resident Sound Designer) is an award-winning national musical director, computerized musical arranger and sound designer based in Portland, Oregon. He is a three-time Drammy winner, and a five-time nominee. He works in five Western states, and he’s worked with every significant theatre company in Portland. He designed the synthesizer programming for the Portland Opera’s recent production of View From a Bridge. This summer he musical directed Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella for the City of Portland at Washington Park Rose Garden using computerized sequencing to simulate the pit band (and stay within budget).
He is a featured presenter and writer for The United States Institute of Theatre Technology. He was a judge and keynote speaker for first ever Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival sound design competition last year. Also, he has just released an interactive CD-ROM Wireless Microphones In the Theatre for Sound, Costume, Wig and Makeup Designers, and Production Coordinators. It is available directly from Mr. Gallagher.
His educational web site about theatrical sound design is http://www.mediadwarf.com/dwarf/marty. He claims to have paid for his tickets to the original Woodstock Festival in 1969.
Mary Robinette Kowal (Actor, Writer)
Mary Robinette Kowal has worked as a professional puppeteer since 1989. During that time she performed, using a wide range of character voices, for the Center for Puppetry Arts, Jim Henson Pictures and her own company, Other Hand Productions. Her work has garnered two Drammys and an UNIMA-USA Citation of Excellence, the highest award an American puppeteer can achieve.Â She is a published author, and wrote Sweetheart for Murder of Crows.
Peter Armetta (Actor/Composer)
Peter Armetta is an actor/playwright/composer whose scores, both synthesized and live, for Oregon theater productions include The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, The Diary of Anne Frank, Wait Until Dark, Uncle Vanya, No Exit, Rumi, Six Characters in Search of an Author, and Fahrenheit 451. He is also the composer/librettist of What Isn’t There, a chamber opera premiered by New Music Visions in 1999. Other past projects include a musical version of The Gift of Speech, The Saturday Market Sunday Opera and a National Residency with Nautilus Music Theater of St. Paul, MN. He has received funding from the Regional Arts and Culture Council, the Paul Allen Foundation for the Arts and the Rose Tucker Charitable Trust. As an actor, Peter has appeared with Portland Repertory Theater, Mt. Hood Repertory Theater, Tygres Heart Shakespeare Company and Classic Greek Theater of Oregon, among others.
A member of the Board of Directors of the Oregon Friends of C. G. Jung, he has been astounded, challenged, and grateful to the Maker of Dreams for more than twenty five years.
Peter Pressman (Actor)
Peter Pressman is the founder and current president of Speak the Speech, a small company committed to providing free audio productions of Shakespeare’s plays online. Peter’s acting credits include Orsino in Twelfth Night, Arkady in A Month in the Country after Turgenev, the Policeman in Blood on the Cat’s Neck, Epihodov in The Cherry Orchard and the Baker in Into the Woods. While studying overseas in London, he performed in Feathers and 24 Hours with Stanislavski. His roles for children’s theatre include Pinocchio with Other Hand Productions, Don Quixote for the Miracle Theatre, and Doctor Petri Chaos for Mad Science of Portland and Vancouver. His commercial experience includes playing a corpse for a Don’t Drink and Drive campaign in Idaho. He enjoyed working with the talented cast of The Tempest, and he looks forward to Speak the Speech’s future productions.
Phil Rudolph (Actor)
Mr. Rudolph was born and grew up in Portland, Oregon, attending a series of Portland public schools. He joined the Air Force in 1961 and served a tour or duty, returned to Portland and entered Portland State College. During this period he met and married Ann Johnson, and after graduation and grad school at San Diego State, started a family. Sara Ann was the first born and Elisabeth Ellen came three years later. Phil began doing theater in sixth grade with a radio broadcast on KBPS. An eighth grade play introduced him to stage performance, though his attendance of a performance of various readings by Lunt, Fonatine, and Gielgud, may have permanently effected his delicate psyche. After his time in the USAF, he followed no particular career path, but studied first management and then law at PSU, until the second year grades came out, and then went screaming off after a degree in Theater Arts. This mania lasted through as much grad school as he could afford. Since then Mr. R has spent 17 years in various aspects of the insurance industry. For the past decade and a half, he has done penance for his follies in the halls of paper, and joined the real world as a city transit operator.
None of this has managed to interfere with following the smell of the grease paint nor the muttered grousing of the paltry crowd, and has continued performing in several locations on the west coast. Most notably with Phoenix Theater, North West Children’s Theater, Willamette Radio Theater, and, most recently, North West Classical Theater Co. Mr. R is current married to a brilliant, beautiful and, most importantly, tolerant woman, that even encourages his mania for the life of an actor.
Robert A. Kowal is a New York University graduate holding a B.F.A. degree in Film & Television with two decades industry experience.
Robert is a co-founder of the Willamette Radio Workshop.
Through A Priori Sound, Robert has served as location sound recordist, editor and sound designer for features, episodic television, documentaries, and commercials.
In addition to his work in media, Robert has pursued a passion for wine professionally: first as a volunteer, then cellar hand, and finally as assistant wine maker with Bethel Heights Vineyard, a small family winery in Oregon’s Williamette Valley. While there he established his own artisan label, Frameworks Wine, which produces tiny quantities of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in select years.
In 2006 Robert and his wife Mary moved to Iceland to work on the children’s television series LazyTown. Upon returning to the US in 2007, they settled in New York City.
Sam A. Mowry (Artistic Director, Actor)
Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Sam moved across the country before settling in Portland, OR in 1979. A professional actor and director for the last 24 years, Sam has produced dozens of independent productions on stage. Founder and director of the Heart Theater (notable productions include, The White Devil and The Trial) and The Shakespeare Martyr Complex, (Christmas Carol, Satan’s Fall, The Yellow Wallpaper). Some representative stage roles from over 100 options, Henry Higgins My Fair Lady, Lennie in Of Mice and Men, Macbeth, Edward II, James Leeds in Children of a Lesser God, Clark in Short Eyes, Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew, Andrew Wyke in Sleuth, Daniel Webster in The Devil and Daniel Webster, Dr. Astrov in Uncle Vanya, Shere Kahn in Jungle Book, Dr. Stockman in An Enemy of the People and Richard in The Lion in Winter.
A much sought after voice over actor, Sam has represented such companies as: Parker Furniture, The Discovery Channel, OMSI, Adidas, Nike, GI Joe’s, The Steinbeck Center and Thomason Auto Group. Sam is very excited to be voicing the titular character in Dry Smoke and Whispers Holodio theater‘s new series on XM Radio, Shadow Man. Sam is also the Voice for the Horned Avenger, a faith based creativity super hero series on DVD. He recently played Caliban in The Tempest for Speak-The-Speech.com, an internet audio project that will eventually provide new versions of all Shakespeare’s plays free of charge over the world wide web.
Personally, Sam is married to teacher, Director and playwright Cynthia McGean with whom he has collaborated on numerous occasions. His son Atticus Welles Mowry is attending college locally as he pursues a wide variety of interests. Sam is represented by Stacey Stahl and Tara Strong at IN BOTH EARS.
Scott Jamieson (Actor)
Scott Jamieson (Actor) was very active in Portland theater when he lived here in the 1980s, mostly with groups that were great in their day but sadly don’t exist anymore, such as New Rose and Sumus. He spent most of the 90s as a disk jockey and producer for KTIL radio, in Tillamook, and a volunteer programmer for NPR affiliate KMUN in Astoria. Since his return to Portland in 2002, he’s been happily involved with a number of WRW productions, beginning with Dracula that fall and most recently appearing as Bilbo Baggins in the 2004 production The Hobbit’s Greatest Hits.
Tim McKennie (Actor)
Tim McKennie (Actor) enjoyed working with WRW in A Christmas Carol and War of the Worlds. He has performed with Portland Actor’s Ensemble (Comedy of Errors, As You Like It), Epicurean Productions (Twelfth Night), Coho Productions (The Folio), Sylvia’s (Laura, The Foreigner), Heartland Theatre (A Few Good Men), NW Children’s Theatre (Dracula), Masque & Mirror Productions (Cat On A Hot Tin Roof), HART (Cyrano De Bergerac, To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday) as well as Portland Repertory Theatre (Explorator’s Club) and Artist’s Repertory Theatre (Ballerina) among others. His most favorite recent role was as Biff in Death of a Salesman.
Toni Lima (Actor)
Toni Lima has been performing with WRW for many years, including past Halloween productions such as: Frankenstein, Jekyll and Hyde, Dracula and others. Her favorite roles have included: Melly, from the radio play Sunshine, and the nefarious French Housekeeper, Madame DuBley from Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Toni has been acting since she found out it was a life possibility and was trained at an early age at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. She enjoys reading books out loud to her two sons, who claim she is the best reader-out-louder.
A graduate from Portland State University, with a degree in Theatre Arts as an actor and director, William has been involved in the Portland theatre scene for the past 12 years. He provided his vocal talent in a variety of roles for the WRW in their live show A Murder of Crows performed Halloween 2003 and as Trinculo in their production of The Tempest which was presented in April 2004. He has been seen in many productions and some favorite roles include Hugh Houghtontot in The Pirate Show (Really BIG Dance Company), Principal Blandsworth/ Detective McSmogg in Miss Nelson is Missing (Northwest Children’s Theater) and Touchstone in As You Like (Quintessence:Language & Imagination Theater). He is also the Artistic Director of his own company, Six on Shakespeare, which produces alternate versions of the Bard’s work including The Comedic Tragedy of Macbeth and Hamlet the Vampire Slayer.
William S. Gregory (Writer)
William S. Gregory is a Portland area playwright. He has written over 36 scripts and is known for the richness of his language and use of unexpected humor. Coho Produtions produced his plays Mary Tudor 1999 and Child of Pleasure (2003) produced by Coho Productions, and he has contributed to A Grimm Late Night (2000) produced by Spectre Productions. William S. Gregory is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America.
Yani Berkshire-Cruse (Actor)
Yani Berkshire-Cruse(Actor) Originally from the San Juan Islands in Washington, Yani has been performing since the early age of three. Many moons and a whole lot of training later you can find her performing for the city of Portland in everything from Film-The Good Lot, The Dust Factory, Television-The Gold Door, Theatre-The Canterbury Tales, to various Dance floors and of course Live Radio Theatre-Murder of Crows. Yani is thrilled to work once again with Sam Mowry and the Willamette Radio Theatre. Yani would like to thank her father and his continued support in her pursuit of the Arts. Thanks.