Summerfest Week 5: PETE’s Drowned Horse Tavern

July 9-12

Drowned Horse Tavern (A Sea Shanty Cabaret)

by Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble

Amber Whitehall, Christi Miles, Rebecca Lingafelter. Credit Owen Carey


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Salty. Adventurous. Rowdy.

Batten down the hatches and clutch your grog tight – in the Drowned Horse Tavern drunken sailors meet to tell tales of shipwreck and lurking leviathans, to sing songs of adventure and loneliness, to whisper of the unfathomable sea within. PETE will spin vaudeville, live music and visceral performance style into a raucous evening of salty cabaret as part of PETE’s The Journey Play Is The Whole Thing: A Constellation Of Art Events, Objects and Experience.


Production Credits:

Direction by Jacob Coleman

Performance by Rebecca Lingafelter, Paige McKinney, Cristi Miles, Claire Thomforde-Garner,

Mark Valadez & Amber Whitehall

Design by Jenny Ampersand, Miranda Hardy, Peter Ksander, Mark Valadez

Embedded Scholarship by Robert Quillen Camp

Line Production by Claire Thomforde-Garner

Stage Management by Kristina Mast


About the Artists:

Jenny Ampersand

Jenny Ampersand is a costume, set, and mask designer who works with companies in Portland and Seattle.   Most recently, she designed scenery and costumes for the PETE’s Enter THE NIGHT.  She also designed costumes for PETE’s *The Three Sisters *and *Song of the Dodo*.  Some of her best-loved design projects have been creating puppets for Strawberry Theatre Workshop’s *This Land-Woody Guthrie*, costumes for Liminal’s *7deadly Sins* (2003 Drammy Award), *Liminal presents Gertrude Stein*, and Wobbly Dance’s *You too are made of stars, *scenery for  Consolidated Work’s *Antony & Cleopatra* and for Empty Space’s *Ming the Rude*, and painting scenery for Arkham NW Production’s film *Cthulhu*.  She received her BFA in Scenic and Costume Design from Cornish College of the Arts.


Robert Quillen Camp

Robert Quillen Camp is a theater artist and scholar whose current research focuses on the overlap between fin-de-siècle mysticism and the birth of experimental theater. He also researches the phenomenology of performance, collaborative creation, and the intersection of theater and contemporary conceptual art. He has written extensively for the stage, including writing the text for Pig Iron Theater Company’s OBIE-award winning CHEKHOV LIZARDBRAIN, which has toured internationally and been published by 53rd State Press. His most recent play, ALL HANDS, a collaboration with the Hoi Polloi Theater Company, premiered at NYC’s Incubator Arts Project in 2012, directed by Alec Duffy, with music by Dave Malloy and choreography by Dan Safer. Another collaboration with Pig Iron, the Barrymore Award nominated PAY UP, will return to the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival in the fall of 2013. His plays and performance works have been produced at many venues in the US and abroad, including the Public Theater Under the Radar Festival, the Ohio Theater, the Ontological-Hysteric, Peak Performances at Montclair University, The Empty Space, Prelude Festival, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and HERE. His plays have been published in the literary journals Conjunctions, Chain, Conundrum, Factorial, and Play A Journal of Plays. BA Reed College, MFA Brown University, PhD (in progress) University of California, Santa Barbara.


Jacob Coleman

Jacob Coleman is a director, performer, teacher and founding member of Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble (PETE). Recent roles include Tuzenbach in PETE’s The Three Sisters, Aston in Pinter’s The Caretaker at Imago Theatre, and Richard in PETE’s R3. Jacob directed PETE’s Song of the Dodo and co-directed Opus 3 at the Portland Actors Conservatory. Jacob was an artistic director of Fever Theater from 2002-2009, acting in or directing each of their ten original performances.  Jacob has collaborated with Liminal Performance Group (The Resurrectory), Hand2Mouth and the Portland Art Center (Portland Catacombs), Portland Center Stage (JAW Festival), Jenny Vogel (Cruelty of Pirates), zoe|juniper (a crack in everything [installed]), Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (10 Tiny Dances, TBA ’09) and Amber Whitehall (Near To The Wild Heart, On Killing). Jacob has taught Suzuki, Viewpoints and Composition in Portland since 2007, and is currently teaching in the Applied Theatre program at Pacific University.


Miranda Hardy

Miranda K Hardy is a light designer now based in Portland.  She designed lights for PETE’s Song of the Dodo and R3 (for which she was honored with a Drammy Award).  Thus far her work with light has been for theater, opera, dance, live music, museum and corporate events. A bridge is not out of the question as a future dream project.  She is a member of the performance by design collective TENT, has company affiliations with Banana Bag & Bodice and Latitude 14 as well as being a co-founder of tinyelephant a studio dedicated to the performing object.


Peter Ksander

Peter Ksander has designed sets and lighting for performance events at all scales.  His work has been presented at: The National Theater of Hungary, Maison des Arts de Creteil, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Public Theater, The Intiman, The Walker Art Center, Arts at St. Ann’s, La Mama ETC. PS122, HERE Arts Center, The Ontological-Hysteric Theater, The ICA (Boston), Theater for a New Audience, The California Institute of the Arts, The TBA Festival, and Under the Radar.  In 2005 Peter was a recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program and in 2008 he won an Obie award for the scenic design of Untitled Mars (this title may change). He is a founder of the Incubator Arts Project and is an Associate Professor at Reed College.


Rebecca Lingafelter

Rebecca is a performer, director and educator based in Portland, OR. She is a founding member of PETE and has performed in R3, Song of the Dodo and Three Sisters, and produced Enter THE NIGHT. She is also a member of Third Rail Repertory with whom she has performed in Collapse, That Hopey Changey Thing, Sweet and Sad and Belleville. Other local credits include work at CoHo Theatre, Boom Arts and Profile Theatre. New York credits include Nomads at OHT Incubator, Rocky Philly at Bushwick Starr, The Ring Cycle at PS122, and Uncle Vanya at Classic Stage Company. She is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Lewis & Clark College. SAG/AFTRA/AEA. MFA Columbia University.


Kristina Mast

Kristina Mast is a stage manager and recent transplant from Corvallis, Oregon. Her most recent work includes Mr Burns, a post-electric play, How to End Poverty in 90 Minute at Portland Playhouse and Gypsy, The Sound of Music, and RENT at the Majestic Theater in Corvallis, Oregon. She received her training at Goshen College, the Guthrie Theater, and Portland Playhouse.


Paige McKinney

Paige McKinney was recently seen in *Our New Girl* with Corrib Theatre and *No Man’s Land* at Action/Adventure Theatre. As an Associate Artist with PETE, Paige played a confused but lively Dodo in *Song of the Dodo*, the Duchess of York in *R3, *and served as Movement Director for *The Three Sisters*. Upcoming projects include movement direction for *The Yellow Wallpaper* this winter at CoHo. Paige is a Drammy-award winning choreographer and an AmSAT-Certified Alexander Technique teacher.


Cristi Miles

Portland credits include: *Enter THE NIGHT*, *The Three Sisters*, *Song of the Dodo* and  *R3* with PETE; *Midsummer (a play with songs)* with Third Rail Rep, *Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play,* *Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson* and *Dying City* (Drammy award) with Portland Playhouse; *As you Like it* with Portland Shakespeare Project; *El Grito Del Bronx *with Miracle Theatre and various staged readings. Regional credits include; *As You Like it*  at San Jose Rep; *The Clean House, A Streetcar Named Desire,* and *Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol*, at New Repertory Theatre. *Marisol *with the Orfeo Group, *Buried Child* with the Nora Theatre, *The Winter’s Tale*with Actors Shakespeare Project, *Hamlet, Macbeth,The Glass Menagerie* and *Our Town* all with New Rep On Tour. Cristi holds an MFA from Brandies University and is a proud founding member of PETE.


Claire Thomforde-Garner

Claire Thomforde-Garner fell in love with Portland while receiving her BA in Dance and Theatre at Reed College. Claire has trained in performing arts, dance studies, and creative process with Carla Mann, Minh Tran, Eiko Otake, Ishmael Huston Jones, and Headlong Dance Theatre. Her artistic process embraces whimsy and spandex, competition and laughter, rage, anxiety, and one Baywatch bathing suit. In 2013, Claire choreographed original work for On the Boards’ NW New Works Festival in Seattle, WA – written up in The Seattle Times as “strong, compact, innovative work from Portland.” Since then, she has free-lanced for Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre/Northwest, Sydney Skov’s Free Body Project, Our House Dinner Series, and Imago Theatre in Portland, OR. In 2014, Claire studied experimental performance with the competitive Headlong Performance Institute in Philadelphia, PA. She currently serves as Producer for Portland Experimental Theater Ensemble, Managing Director for Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre/Northwest, and Executive Director for sub.set dance.


Mark Valadez

Mark Valadez is a sound designer who has made work on stages in New York, Seattle, Portland, San Fransisco and Budapest, Hungary. Portland Credits include: Grounded (CoHo), Belleville (Third Rail Rep), Enter the Night (PETE), The Mystery of Irma Vep (Third Rail Rep), The Three Sisters (PETE), Midsummer, a play with songs (Third Rail), Song of the Dodo (PETE), Bo-nita (PCS), R3 (PETE). Other selected credits include, The Verge (The Ontological Theater, NYC), Caucasian Chalk Circle – 2010 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Original Music (The Chocolate Factory/Mabou Mines, NYC), M4M (Chashama, NYC), Reluctant (Here Arts Center, NYC, Brava Theatre, SF), Dead Letter Office (Here Arts Center/Chashama, NYC), Cleansed (Columbia Stages, NYC), Blood Wedding (The Walker Space at the Soho Rep, NYC), created sound for Forth, a new play by Tommy Smith at the Magicfuturebox in Brooklyn, and Motherland/Foreign Relations as part of the the Ground Floor residency at Berkeley Rep. Mark is a core company member of Third Rail Repertory and an associate artist with PETE.


Amber Whitehall

Amber Whitehall is a founding member of PETE (Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble). She is an actor, performance maker and teacher. Amber works with the body/voice to cultivate presence, build new story structures, share human experience and make meaning in real time/space. She is a regular practitioner and teacher of the Viewpoints and Suzuki actor training. MFA: Contemporary Performance.

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