Our Staff

Sam A. MowrySam A. Mowry (Director) Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Sam moved across the country before settling in Portland, OR in 1979.   A professional actor and director for the last 25 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 superhero 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.

Robert KowalRobert A. Kowal (Producer) is a New York University graduate holding a B.F.A. degree in Film & Television with twelve years vocational experience in both creative and technical capacities.  As the sole proprietor of A Priori, specializing in audio, his clients have included ABC News, CBS News, Tokyo Broadcasting System, KHET-TV Asia Now, National Geographic Television, PBS Noble Legacy, A La Carte Communications Julia Child – Cooking with Master Chefs, PBS Scientific American Frontiers.  His proficiencies include audio equipment, synchronous location recording, sound editing and mixing, as well as being fully competent with broadcast video and editing equipment including the Avid Media Composer and Pro Tools.

Cynthia McGeanCynthia 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.   She is proud to be teaching third grade at Lot Whitcomb Elementary School in Milwaukie, Oregon.

Marty GallagherMartin John Gallagher 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.

Marc RoseMarc Rose 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.

Jamie Lawson (Web Mistress) is a writer and artist who is, in a way, an artist in her day job as well.  She co-wrote the Afterhell episode “Sleepless Days,” and is working on several projects for both WRW and Ollin Productions.  Her interest in history is reflected in her podcast, “It Was 20 Years Ago Today.”