Feast on CoHo: Fresh, Local Theater!

Monday, October 24, 2011

6:30pm – Reception & Silent Auction, 7:30pm – Performance

In the Ellyn Bye Studio
Gerding Theater at the Armory – 128 NW Eleventh Avenue

Artistic Directors: Chris Harder and Val Landrum

Hosted by: Tyler Hughs

Featuring: Jon Cole, Philip Cuomo, Chris Harder,
Paige Jones, Sean McGrath, Cristi Miles, Eleanor O’Brien
and Jessica Wallenfels



8 Directors. 8 Ingredients. 8 Minutes. CoHo is proud to announce a feast for the senses at our first  fundraising performance. Eight Directors will cook up original theater pieces for this one-time event, hosted by LiveWire! Radio’s Tyler Hughs. These delicious, Portland-based artists represent the smorgasbord of Portland’s theater talent that view CoHo as a creative home. This event will raise funds for CoHo’s artist salaries.

Tickets: Premiere Circle: $75, Regular Price: $50

503-220-2646 or BUY ONLINE

Listen to the Metroscope podcast interview with Chris Harder and Erin Lucas

Our Performers:



Kristin Olson Huddle
Callie Blackwood
Kristi Alarid
Beth Summers
Sascha Blocker
Susan Martin
Stara Shakti
Eleanor O’Brien
Anne Sorce
Sarah Farrell
Gregory Heaton
Nikki Weaver
Doren Elias
Suzanne Owens-Duval
Lauren Modica
Matt Dieckman
Rebecca Teran
Gerrin Mitchell
Aiyana Cunningham
Kate Sanderson-Holly
Jacob Coleman
Amber Whitehall
Rebecca Lingafelter
Nevan Richard
Katie Watkins
Josh Weinstein
Tim Stapleton
Jonathan Kreitler
Margaux Rajotte
Dainichia Sullwold
Josh Rice
Bryn Striepe
Paige Jones
Melissa Kaiser
Scott Engdahl
Anna Lieberman
Erin McGarry
Robert McKeehen
John San Nicolas


Our Directors:

Jonathan Cole is a director, fight director and performer based in Salem, and is the co-owner of Revenge Arts Stage Combat. He is a Society of American Fight Directors Certified Teacher and Advanced Actor Combatant, and an Associate Professor at Willamette University. Jon is a Director/Choreographer with the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and has choreographed violence for over forty productions at professional theatres and universities throughout the midwest and northwest. His most recent choreography credits include God of Carnage, The Cherry Orchard, Lieutenant of Inishmore and Superior Donuts at ART; As You Like It with Portland Shakespeare Project, and Fortinbras at Profile Theatre. Recent directing credits include Hot n’ Throbbing, the dreamer examines his pillow and Macbeth at the University of Oregon and Woyzeck, Antigone, beckett/shorts, and The American Dream/The Sandbox at Willamette University.



Chris Harder is a professional actor, educator and theatre maker dedicated to new work and artistic risk.  With CoHo Productions he co-produced and played Eddie in Fool For Love, and his own shows Fishing For My Father and The Centering have benefited from workshops and productions in the CoHo Theatre.  Chris has appeared locally at Portland Center Stage, ART, Third Rail, Sojourn, Stark Raving, Sowelu, Profile, Well Arts, The Haven Project, and Portland Civic Theatre Guild. In December he will play Joe in Angels in America with Portland Playhouse.






Tyler Hughs’ performance career peaked in 1973 with his role as “Boy with Marshmallows” in a tv commercial for Montana Savings and Loan.  Its steady decline has been punctuated by roles in Portland area Children’s Theater, Shakespeare in the Parks, DOD Overseas Shows, and a role on TNT’s Leverage. For 7 years he was a member of Faces for Radio Theater, announcer, associate producer and best writer on Live Wire! Radio. As an improviser Tyler was a long time member of Brainwaves Improv Comedy and a short-time member of Super Project Lab. He is the proud father of two extremely awesome boys.


Paige Jones has been leasing herself out to Portland theatre companies for nearly 10 years, portraying characters as diverse as Shakespeare’s King Richard II, Vaclev Havel’s Mrs. Pludek, and William M. Hoffman’s Nurse.  Two of her favorite shows have been performed at the CoHo:  Stark Raving Theatre’s Electropuss and The (original) Cold Comedy ConcoctionPaige Jones Sings! debuted at Vanport Square Studio earlier this year — a cabaret show focusing on lesser-known American standards.  Paige is a huge supporter of CoHo Theatre’s mission, and believes CoHo to be an integral and vital element of the Portland theatre community.





Sean McGrath: After an infamous scandal involving the Duchess of Finland and getting in way over his head with the Lebanese mafia, Sean found his way to Portland in 2002, and since has performed on stage with Live Wire Radio, Oregon Ballet Theater, Soap Street Theater, Sweat Sketch Comedy, and Road House, as well as a smattering of on-camera work (Everyman’s War, “Leverage”, Twilight, and Cell Count.) Sean directed and co-wrote a series of award winning short films through his Cinema Syndicate Productions, and is exceptionally good at ordering the best item on the menu.


Cristi Miles is a native of El Paso, Tx and was last seen on the stage as Rosalind  in Portland Shakepeare Project’s innagural production of As You Like It. Other Portland credits include: Dying City (Kelly) for which she won the Drammy award, El Grito Del Bronx (Lulu) and various staged readings. Prior to living in beautiful Portland, OR she lived in Boston where she was a co-founder of Orfeo Group, an Elliot Norton Award winning company. Cristi has directed and taught at the Berkshire Theatre Festival and with numerous regional theaters nationwide including The Portland Actors Conservatory, Portland Playhouse, The Stoneham Theatre, The Huntington Theatre, New Repertory Theatre and The Boston Conservatory. As an actor she has worked regionally at: San Jose Rep, New Repertory Theatre, The Nora Theatre, Actors’Shakespeare Project, The Stoneham Theatre, The Huntington Theatre, Profile Theatre, Coho Theatre, The Portland Civic Theatre Guild, and New Rep on Tour.  She has trained with Anne Bogart and the SITI company, Double Edge Theatre Company, The Roy Hart Theatre company and is currently a Teacher Trainee at The Oregon Center for Alexander Technique. Cristi holds an MFA from Brandeis University and is a proud member of Portland Playhouse, PETEnsemble, Orfeo Group and Actors’Equity.

Eleanor O’Brien has been acting on Portland stages since forever.  (She made her professional acting debut at Storefront theater in 1980 to give you some context).  In 2005, worn down by NYC and the pressure to appear on Law and Order, she wrote a solo show called GIrls’ Guide: Dominatrix for Dummies and set off to tour the Canadian Fringe.  Arriving back in Portland in 2006, she took a class in devising theater from Michael Rohd (of Sojourne theater fame) and began to create pieces she felt passionate about – and thus Dance Naked Productions was born.  She has directed the last two incarnations of Inviting Desire: A Theatrical Aphrodisiac and Pleasure.Permission.Possibility…. and continues to explore and produce theater that celebrates and illuminates on the topic of sexuality.



Jessica Wallenfels is a director/choreographer, educator and performer. She choreographed Love’s Labors Lost for the 2011 Oregon Shakespeare Festival season, where she has also choreographed Romeo and Juliet and Dead Man’s Cell Phone. In 2010 she directed/choreographed original works Find Me Beside You and Truth and Beauty with her company, Many Hats Collaboration. Other original works with the company include Rest Room, MuttStages, and Break, Then Open. Regional choreography: Dancing at Lughnasa (Seattle Repertory Theatre), The 39 Steps, Sometimes A Great Notion, The Beard of Avon, Twelfth Night (Portland Center Stage); Gracie and the Atom, Distracted (Artists Repertory Theatre) as well as works at Tanglewood Music Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Old Globe Theater, and The Mark Taper Forum. New York: The Civilians (Joe’s Pub), Speed Hedda (La Ma Ma e.t.c.), HERE Arts Center, ps 122, WAX, University Settlement, Culture Project. Wallenfels has been an adjunct professor as guest director of Dead Man’s Cell Phone at Portland Community College Sylvania, in addition to teaching for Portland Actors Conservatory, California State School of the Arts, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Northwest Children’s Theatre, and Northwest Academy. She holds a BFA from California Institute of the Arts and attended Dell’Arte International. She is a two-time Drammy Award winner for Outstanding Choreography and a PAMTA Award winner for Outstanding Choreography. Wallenfels has been an Associate Artist with Cornerstone Theater Company since 1999. Wallenfels will choreograph and perform in “Famished” at Portland Playhouse for the Fertile Ground Festival 2012 and guest direct/choreograph The Adding Machine at Willamette University.


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