Ms. Cole is currently performing with Opera Quest Northwest as the Ingenue in “Opera the Great.” A private vocal teacher and manager at Cole Studios in Battle Ground, she has sung roles in several operas including Emmy in Albert Herring and Armchair in L’enfant et les Sortileges with Portland Opera, and Gretel in Hansel and Gretel with Vancouver Children’s Opera. She has been a featured soloist with the Oregon and Vancouver symphonies, performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall, toured Europe with the Portland State University Chamber Choir and was soprano soloist on the CD On American Shores. In her spare time, Cole enjoys traveling, garage sales and activities with her three children.
Stage Combat & Stage Management
Kristen Mun has worked as a fight choreographer for over half a dozen theatre companies in the Portland area including Third Rail Repertory, Action Adventure, Profile Theatre, Post5, Milagro, and Anon it Moves. She was the 2015 recipient of the Leslie O. Fulton fellowship has won drammy’s for her work on Danny in the Deep Blue Sea, Oedipus El Rey, and Henry IV Part 1. Outside of Portland she has worked at Utah Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Repertory Theatre, and was the assistant fight choreographer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for 2 seasons (09-10). She is an officer and a recognized fight instructor with Dueling Arts International.
Music Director & Dialects
Kylie Jenifer Rose, an actor, singer, puppeteer, and dialect coach with a BFA in Theatre Performance from Central Washington University, is currently based in Portland, OR. To enhance her education she spent a year in the UK researching regional English dialects, and has since then dialect coached for numerous local productions, including Defunkt Theatre’s production of “Blasted” by Sarah Kane. After acting for such companies as Leavenworth Summer Theatre, Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre, and Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, her latest project is developing the contemporary theatre company she has co-founded, Crave Theatre.
Paul Angelo serves as the associate artistic director of Staged! musical theatre and as a director in residence with defunkt in Portland, Oregon. He holds a BFA in musical theatre from the State University of New York (SUNY) Fredonia and an MFA from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival/ University of Alabama. In 1997 he co-founded the New Ensemble Theatre (TNE) in Manhattan; during his five years as co-artistic director, TNE focused on new plays and the plays of Shakespeare creating three seasons and eleven productions. TNE and its members were the recipient of several awards including an OOBR (Off-off Broadway Review) award for outstanding production for the play Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom (2001) and an invitation to the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC for Henry V.
Off-off Broadway directing credits includes Hamlet, The Hunger Waltz(part of the NY Fringe Festival 99′) and Henry V. He has also directed productions of Charlotte’s Web and Godspell for The Capitol Arts Youth Theatre in Bowling Green, Ky. He has directed five musicals for Staged!, Les Miserables, which received two Portland Area Musical Theatre Awards (PAMTA) for Outstanding Ensemble and Outstanding Young Performer of the year. Big River which was also awarded two PAMTAs and the Portland premier of Jason Robert Brown’s ‘13′ this production was awarded a Drammy for Outstanding Pit Ensemble and four PAMTA nominations including Outstanding Direction. Also, Jason Robert Brown’s Parade which was nominated for five PAMTAs, including Outstanding Direction, winning the award for Outstanding Ensemble. And Dogfight by Pasek and Paul, four PAMTA nominations including Outstanding Direction. Other Portland directing credits: The Homecoming by Harold Pinter, Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom by David Zellnik and Blasted by Sarah Kane for defunkt theatre. Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Equivocation, by Bill Cain and Coyote on a Fence by Bruce Graham for Post5 Theatre. Romeo and Juliet for the Portland Actors Conservatory and Ruthless! the Musical for Stumptown Stages. A Civil War Christmas by Paula Vogel for Artists Repertory Theatre, ART Paul is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, SDC.
He served as the resident drama instructor at West Sylvan middle school for seven years from 2006 to 2013 where productions included Grease, Godspell, Oliver!, Little Shop of Horrors, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Guys and Dolls, School House Rock Live!, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, Annie, Hamlet and The Little Mermaid. Other Portland area educational credits include: Into the Woods at Wilson High School.
Tech & Director
Mark is excited to bring his experience and insight to MPAA for this next season. His theater history began in grade school and continued through college. He has held positions at CYT and other theater companies as Set Designer, Stage rigging engineer, Assistant director and Director, as well as a class instructor. Recent directorial credits would include Cinderella,Great American Tall Tales, Aladdin and HONK! Mark holds an Associates Degree in Arts and Sciences from Clark College.
Summer Director & Acting
Sean Kelly has been a teacher in the Vancouver area for 8 years, working in the Evergreen and Camas school districts. He attended Southern Oregon University as a BFA student with an emphasis in Performance. He served as a guest lecturer for the Drama in the Western Culture class at SOU for two years, and performed at the Oregon Cabaret Theater and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival before coming north to the Portland/Vancouver area where he performed and directed in several venues. Mr. Kelly most recently performed with Post5 Theater’s 2015 performances of Twelfth Night and Much Ado About Nothing. Mr. Kelly received his Masters in Teaching at Concordia University, and has been the director of the drama department at Camas High School since 2011. In that time, the CHS Drama department has received state-wide recognition at the 5th Avenue Awards in Seattle earning 48 nominations and honorable mentions for scene design, lighting, directing, performance, and choreography, including 3 nominations for Outstanding Overall Production, and wins for Outstanding Direction for 2013’s Into the Woods, and Outstanding Overall Production for 2015’s Cabaret. Two CHS Drama students have won Outstanding Leading Actor/Actress awards, and have been sent to the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York. This year’s CHS Drama productions included William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.
Jazz, Adult Dance & Choreographer
Kemba Shannon received her BFA from Towson State University and trained at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Martha Graham School, the Edge, Lula Washington, Peridance, and Morgan State University. She has taught dance classes at UCLA, Loyola Marymount, El Camino College and Portland State University among others. Kemba‘s stage credits include: The Lion King (LA cast), The Color Purple (Broadway cast), Cirque du Soleil (Zumanity), Aida and FAME. Kemba‘s ambition and drive have won her world recognition with icons MADONNA (“Drowned World Tour”), PINK (Try This World Tour”), Celine Dion ( Taking Chances World Tour”), RIHANNA (Nike Rockstar World Tour), Kanye West, R. Kelly and FANTASIA just to name a few. Her television credits include: American Dreams (NBC), Oscars (“Chicago” Performance), MTV Music Awards (Pink performance ), the Emmys (Kristin Bell performance), World Music Awards (Kanye West & R. Kelly), NAACP Awards and the Grammy’s. Kemba‘s multifaceted dance style continues to inspire her students to be fierce and dance with their heart and soul.
Director, Music Director, Choreographer, Vocal & Piano
Originally from Ohio, Kristin has been involved both on and off stage since her debut as Mrs. Clause in 2nd grade. She caught the theatre bug and decided to make it her career. While in Ohio, she received her Bachelor of Arts and Communications in Theater Arts from Bowling Green State University. She moved from Ohio to Chicago, IL and began working in various theaters across the city. While in Chicago she was Artistic Director of a non-profit theater company that focused on new play development. In 2009, she moved to Portland, OR to pursue her Master in Theatre, graduating in 2011. Kristin has apprenticed under world renowned directors such as Tito Capobianco, David Edwards and Elizabeth Bachman. She has worked as Acting, Dance, and Directing faculty for the Tyrolean Opera Program in Maurach Austria. She works summers as Acting, Dance and Directing faculty at the Napa Music Festival. This past year she directed Mozart’s ‘Cosi fan tutte’ with Ping and Wolf Opera in Portland, Or and touring to Hood River, OR. She also directed ‘My Fair Lady’ with Sherwood Foundation of the Arts. Recently, she was Choreographer and Actor in Michael Streeter’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ with Post5 Theater. Currently, she privately coaches voice, flute, acting, acting for singers, and Public Speaking, as well as, instructs larger Master classes on Auditioning, and Acting. She is also a voiceover actor for audio books. http://kristinheller.com
Tap & Choreographer
Texas born, Randy Andre’ Davis was raised in Germany and then Portland, Oregon. It was in Portland, Oregon that Randy began his dancing ‘career’ when he joined an experimental magnet program within the public school system. “Dancin’ Davis” hasn’t stopped!
Randy has been seen in numerous Broadway shows and National tours throughout his career. One of his favorites was the colorful Broadway revival of “Guys & Dolls” with Peter Gallagher, Faith Prince, and Nathan Lane where he featured in the Crapshooter Ballet. In “Cats,” Randy performed the challenging and beloved role of Mistoffelles; Noodler the Pirate in Cathy Rigby’s “Peter Pan.” Essential as Dance Captain, Randy assisted in the Broadway production of “All Shook Up.” When theater history was made by the opening of “Harlem Song” at the famed Apollo Theatre, Randy Davis’ name was among the select actors chosen to appear.
In addition to his skills as a dancer, singer and actor, Randy is known for his choreography work. He assisted in the restaging of the National Tour of “All Shook Up” and became the Children’s Director and Stager for the National Tour of “Whistle Down the Wind.” In Japan, Randy choreographed the “Japanese Musical Review” for one of Tokyo’s theaters. Across the country, Randy’s choreography has been in demand by numerous upscale dance studios for the restaging of “Guys & Dolls,” “All Shook Up,” as well as numerous other musicals.
On his first visit to the White House, Randy performed a tap solo at the request of the White House after having seen Randy’s performance in “Hot Mikado.” The second visit was a part of Black History Month celebrations. Randy and the cast of “Harlem Song” were invited to visit and perform in honor of the history of both the show’s content and the Apollo Theatre.
Director, Acting & Broadway Jr
After graduating from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, William received his BFA in Theatre Education from Western Washington University. Previous favorite roles include Puck in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Dream Curly in “Oklahoma” and Jack Sprat in the national tour of “Jack Sprat Low-Fat World.” William is inspired by both theatre featuring children and theatre for children. He aspires to make a living as a teacher and mentor.
Vocal & Music Director
Nathan received his B.M. in Vocal performance from Pacific Lutheran University. Growing up, he participated in a great deal of musical theatre. He’s been in a wide array of vocal ensembles during his collegiate career, most notably as a singer with PLU’s internationally recognized Choir of the West. Additionally, he took part in the world premiere of Fiery Jade: Cai Yan, a western-style opera of a piece of Chinese history composed by PLU’s Professor of Music Gregory Youtz and Chinese poet Zhang Er.
Choreographer & Summer Camps
Ryan Mayfield, an actor, dancer, singer and choreographer studying at Central Washington University living in Camas WA. His training began early in elementary school and continues today. Have served positions as choreographer for MPAA’s Beauty and the Beast jr., MPAA Elf Jr, Liberty Middle Schools Wizard of Oz. And many others. Recently nominated at 5th ave awards in Seattle Wa for his role as Madame in Rogers and Hammerstein Cinderella. He is very excited for this years upcoming classes!
Acting & Director
Jeffrey Puukka is curious and passionate about actor training, and joined Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy to teach Acting Fundamentals in 2017. Additionally, Jeffrey teaches the highly popular and successful Monday Night Acting Lab at Mt. Hood Community College, and is also a mentor and adjudicator for high school competitive speakers. Jeffrey has directed thirty-something theatre productions in the Portland metro area over the past 15 years. Favorites include “Women of Troy” which he adapted from Euripides and directed in 2015, “Elective Affinities” (Portland, the Edinburgh Fringe, and Cambodia), and “Dracula” (Portland, 2004).