Meet the Production Team: Luna Gale

How do you compress a story involving 7 characters in 14 locations over several months into a 2 hour production in 1 small space?

With an extremely talented production team, that’s how.

The design wizards and backstage magicians of Luna Gale have created a space that effortlessly transitions from hospital waiting room to Perkins restaurant to a “standard-issue everything” social worker’s office to modest ranch house kitchen in mere seconds. “There’s just enough scenic detail and lighting onstage to make locations like Caroline’s office or Cindy’s kitchen feel real, but also contained,” writes The Oregonian/OregonLive’s TJ Acena, “so it never distracts when scenes happen elsewhere.” Thanks to individually hand painted floor tiles, smartly chosen practical lighting fixtures, minimal but specific props and set pieces, and subtle costuming details, Luna Gale‘s characters and locations come to life with immediacy and unity. Meet the incredible team of designers, builders, and stage managers who have transformed our small space into a big world.

“Caroline’s office…furnished with standard-issue everything. There are stacks of files that cannot fit into the filing cabinet. Organized chaos, basically.” (Photo by Owen Carey)


Nicole Gladwin (Stage Manager) has been stage managing for companies all over Portland for the past 17 years. She has worked for Profile Theatre, CoHo Productions, The Christmas Revels, Miracle Theater Group, 2Boards Productions, Many Hats Collaboration, defunkt theatre, Sand and Glass Productions, Oregon Repertory Theatre, Theatre Vertigo, Action/Adventure Theatre, Shaking the Tree, Playwrights West, and spent four seasons as Stage Manager in Residence with Stark Raving Theatre. Favorite past productions performed in the CoHo include Faust. Us., The Vespiary, The Mark, Hamlet, and The Few. Nicole is the proud three-time recipient of Portland’s Spotlight Award for Stage Management. She is happy to be back at CoHo (where she just finished stage managing This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing) working with Brandon and our excellent cast and design team.

“A table in the basement break room of the county courthouse.” (photo by Owen Carey)

Kristeen Willis Crosser (Scenic Design) is thrilled to be back working on a show at CoHo. Previously, she designed for several CoHo Productions, including The Gun Show (Scenery, Lights & Projection). She is on staff at Artists Repertory Theatre as Associate Producer and Production Manager and regularly designs such works as The Humans and Between Riverside and Crazy. She has designed scenery and/or lighting for several area theatres including PCS’s Mary’s Wedding; Northwest Children Theatre’s Shrek The Musical; Oregon Children’s Theatre’s Goosebumps The Musical; Miracle Theatre’s Oedipus El Rey (2012 Drammy); Profile Theatre’s Master Harold & the Boys (2013 Drammy) and Third Rail Repertory Theatre’s A Bright New Boise (2014 Drammy) and Gideon’s Knot (2014 Drammy). As always, she is grateful to her husband, Mike, for all of his love and support.

“The Perkins where Karlie works…Karlie, Peter, and Caroline sit at a table. They are all drinking coffee. There is a carafe of coffee on the table, and a piece of pie in front of Caroline, which she doesn’t touch.” (photo by Owen Carey)

Jeff Woods (Lighting Design) has designed over 200 productions since 1996, working with some of Portland’s favorite theatres (past and present) including Triangle! Productions, Theatre Vertigo, Stark Raving Theatre, Post5, Shaking the Tree, and CoHo Productions. Recent designs include Him Her Them Us for Southwest Stageworks, Avenue Q at triangle! Productions, and Miss Julie for Shaking the Tree. Jeff lives in Portland with his wife and son, and a few cats.

Annalise Albright Woods’ (Sound Design) favorite Portland area design credits include Head, Hands, Feet (Drammy Award) and The Masque of the Red Death with Shaking the Tree; Passion Play with Shaking the Tree and Profile Theatre; Dear Galileo with Playwrights West; Pool (no water) (Drammy Award) and The Long Christmas Ride Home with Theatre Vertigo; Crooked for CoHo Productions, Locomotion, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for Oregon Children’s Theatre; Mimesophobia for Sand and Glass Productions; and Find Me Beside You, Mutt, and Restroom, for Many Hats Collaboration. Annalise received an MFA in sound design from the California Institute of the Arts and spends her days as the Program Director for a non profit music school. Love to Jeff and Oliver.

“The kitchen of a modest ranch house. It is dated but very clean.” (photo by Owen Carey)

Gina Piva (Costume Design) graduated with a BA in Theater Arts in 2012 and began a design apprenticeship with Portland Playhouse for their 2013-2014 Season. Since then, Gina has been working as a freelance costume designer with both professional theater companies and high school theater programs. Recent design credits include Twelfth Night (Post 5), Gruesome Playground Injuries (Action/Adventure), One Man, Two Guvnors (Clackamas Repertory Theater), Davita’s Harp (Jewish Theater Collaborative), Lifeboat (Corrib Theatre), and The Mermaid Hour (Milagro Theatre).

“The visitation room at DHS…It is a sad, harshly lit room…the dominating feature is the two-way mirror on the upstage wall.” (photo by Owen Carey)

Sean Roberts (Technical Director) is excited to be technical director for this production of Luna Gale. His last credit was board operator for Profile Theatre’s The Happiest Song Plays Last. He worked as a scenic carpenter, electrician, and assistant technical director for two years while completing his BFA at Western Washington University. He is now a staff member at Artists Repertory Theatre. Outside the theater, Sean enjoys writing, drawing, and exploring the forests of the Pacific Northwest.

Nicki D’Amico (Props Design) is delighted to be part of the Luna Gale creative team, as this story has personal significance. A native New Yorker, Nicki has worked as an artist and in theater across the East Coast since childhood, and in the PNW for the past ten years. Currently, finishing a series of oil paintings to be shown this Spring, finalizing the conceptual movement piece she hopes to produce and direct, and filming the literary rap battle she wrote are all on her immediate to-do list. She hopes to find enthusiastic support as she expands her artistic reach. This show is dedicated to her beloved dogs, Lola, Remy and Wren.

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