In Celebration of the AGE WOC PDX Theatre Collective Mentorship Program
Presented at Portland Center Stage at The Armory
June 19th, 2019 7:30 PM
FUNDRAISING GOAL: $4,000
FUNDRAISED TO DATE: $4,380
The AGE WOC PDX Theatre Collective is an inter generational mentorship program that pairs early-career theatre women of color (WOC) artists with WOC artist mentors. The Collective empowers and raises up the voices of queer, black, brown, indigenous, disabled, undocumented, trans, and non-binary theatre artists.
Join us in building the resiliency of WOC artists in PDX by supporting our emerging artists and their mentors.
Thank you in advance for your generous contribution!
Funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.
About the emerging playwrights:
Marissa Sanchez is originally from the small agricultural town of Watsonville in California. She graduated from Humboldt State University with a BA in Theatre. She is a teaching artist and actor for Teatro Milagro’s touring troupe. She is currently playing Xiomara Torres in their production of Judge Torres. Other Milagro work includes stage managing for their Christmas show, A Xmas Cuento Remix and playing various roles in the fall touring production of Bi-. During her time at HSU, she played Ana in their production of Real Women Have Curves, and was in Hermanas Unidas production of Latinologues. She was also Scenic Designer for Lime Production’s Doubt & Gruesome Playground Injuries. She interned for the Arcata Playhouse Round Story Project bringing multi-generational members of Humboldt’s community and the student body together to address racial equity and justice through theatre. She is a strong believer that theatre can be used as a catalyst for social change.
Nicky Nicholson-Klingerman studied journalism at Northwestern University. Besides high school and community theater, she has performed numerous spoken word and slam poetry pieces. In 2018, she helped write and star in the sold-out performance of The Little Mermaid’s Project. Earlier in 2019, she played an Afro-Cuban girl looking for her roots in La Isla en Invierno, a play written by a Cuban-American for the Latinx community. When she’s not performing, she creating worlds and turning princesses into princes with her words.
Lisa Collins began writing in the junior high school while living in Okinawa, Japan. Lisa has traveled and enjoys a rich love of the arts: acting, singing, writing, and visual medium. Lisa writes poetry, screenplays, short stories, and academic manuscripts. The short play, Pass The Jam, was produced in 2019 Fertile Ground, Dasiy Duke Shorts. Lisa’s one-act play Lunch Room was produced at the Manhattan Repotire Theater in New York in 2017. Currently, Lisa is a district-level administrator in education and is pursuing an Education Doctorate at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
Cambria Herrera holds a BA in Acting and Directing from George Fox University. Recent theatrical credits include: Peter/Wendy at Bag&Baggage (Tiger Lily) As One at Portland Opera (Assistant Director), The Little Mermaids Project at Enso Theatre Ensemble (Director and Co-producer), Proof at Valley Repertory Theatre (Director), Balkan Women at George Fox University (Director) and Twelfth Night at George Fox University (Antonio). Their next project is directing Romeo and Juliet at Penguin Productions in Newberg, OR this summer. They are the facilitator/co-founder of AGE's Women of Color in PDX Theatre Collective and a leadership committee volunteer for PDX Latinx Pride.
Video by: Jasmine Jackson for the AGE WOC in PDX Theatre Collective
Beat by: TrackFiendz
Poem by: Cambria Herrera and Tayllor Johnson
Reading by: Cambria Herrera and Nicky Nicholson Klingerman
Art featured by: Johanna Toruno's The Unapologetically Street Series and Eileen Jimenez
Special thanks to: Melissa Munoz, Laura Munoz, Kayla Flowers,
Michelle Gonzalez, Lisa Johnson, Marissa Sanchez, and Yasmin Ruvalcaba
We appreciate your generous support. It will be put to work immediately to create lasting change.
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