This Random World by Steven Dietz
This Random World Cast List
Scottie: Kathleen Worley
Tim: Jacob Beaver
Beth: Kristin Barrett
Bernadette: Melissa Buchta
Rhonda: Tyharra Cozier
Claire: Christa Helms
Gary: John D’Aversa
A Man: Guest Artist
Director: Beth Harper
Scenic Designer: Max Ward
Costume Designer: Beth Harper
Lighting Designer: Jeff Forbes
Sound Designer: Sharath Patel
Technical Director: Chris Mikolavich
Property Designers: Jacob Beaver
Kathleen Worley (Scottie) resides in Portland, OR and has spent over 25 years as a professional actor and teaching artist. She has worked for regional theatres around the country. Caren was last on the boards in Spokane, joining Interplayers Theatre as their guest artist playing Beverly in Adam Bock’s dark comedy The Receptionist. In Portland, Caren has enjoyed performing at Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland Repertory Theatre, and Northwest Children’s Theatre. Caren has performed lead roles with Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland and Portland, Asolo State Theatre in Sarasota, Florida, and several seasons with Virginia and Colorado Shakespeare Festivals, Seattle Children’s Theatre, among others. Favorite roles include Maria in Twelfth Night, Paulina in The Winter’s Tale, Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit, Mrs. Hardcastle in She Stoops to Conquer. Caren received a Drammy for Best Actress for her work in Amazing Grace at Artists Repertory Theatre. She would like to thank her family for their support.
Jacob Beaver (Tim) is more than thrilled to be sharing the stage with this amazingly talented group of actors with this year and season opener at Portland Actors Conservatory: Hay Fever! Prior theater credits include Songs for a New World at Beaverton civic theater, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at HART theater, Into the Woods at Beaverton Civic Theatre. Jacob will also be playing Reverend D/Baby in In the Blood and Tim in This Random World. “The best audience is intelligent, well educated, and a little drunk.” Jacob hopes you are all three of those; enjoy the show!
Kristin Barrett (Beth) is a Portland native who trained at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and with Scott Rogers of Scott Rogers Studios in Portland. Recent film credits include a lead in Collapse, Jordan in Zompocalypse: Dead End, Anatolya in Last Flight of the Cosmonaut”. Favorite past roles include Chick in Crimes of the Heart at Lakewood Theater, Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, and Cassandra in Trojan Women. Kristin has been privileged to work with Beth Henley (Pulitzer winning author of Crimes of the Heart), and tap dancing instructor Hiroshi Hamanashi (Riverdance). Kristin will be playing Amiga Gringa/Beauty in In the Blood and Beth in This Random World.
Melissa Buchta (Bernadette) moved from Fairbanks Alaska to pursue her acting education in Portland. She returned to Fairbanks last summer to play Titus Andronicus in the Fairbanks Shakespeare theater’s production of Titus Andronicus. Melissa is a graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks theater department with a bachelor of arts and theater. Melissa was recently seen on stage as Jackie in Hay Fever.
Tyharra Cozier (Rhonda) is very excited to be in this season of plays at Portland Actors Conservatory. From Coral Springs, Florida, Cozier graduated from Florida State Univeristy with a Bachelors of Arts in Theatre. Her recent credits include Aunt Sponge in Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach and Narrator from Eve Engsler’s The Vagina Monologues, both at Florida State University. She is currently playing the role of Nikki in the seasonal tour of HANDS UP! (August Wilson’s Red Door Project). She also be played Judith in Hay Fever and The Welfare Lady/Bully in In the Blood. Many thanks to her family and friends for all their support! www.TyharraCozier.com
Christa Helms (Claire) was born and raised in Portland Oregon. Christa has a B.A. in psychology from Reed College and a PhD in behavioral neuroscience from Oregon Health and Science University. Her experience in improvisation at the Brody theater was the bridge to her joining Portland Actors Conservatory. Her most memorable experiences on the stage include Catharina in Taming of the Shrew and Linda and Shanley’s Savage in Limbo, as well as performing stand-up comedy and improv at multiple Portland venues. She also played Sorel in Hay Fever and stage managed In the Blood.
Tyharra Cozier (Rhonda) is very excited to be in this season of plays at Portland Actors Conservatory. From Coral Springs, Florida, Cozier graduated from Florida State Univeristy with a Bachelors of Arts in Theatre. Her recent credits include Aunt Sponge in Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach and Narrator from Eve Engsler’s The Vagina Monologues, both at Florida State University. She is currently playing the role of Nikki in the seasonal tour of HANDS UP! (August Wilson’s Red Door Project). She will also be playing The Welfare Lady/Bully in In the Blood and Rhonda in This Random World. Many thanks to her family and friends for all their support! www.TyharraCozier.com
John D’Aversa (Gary) is originally from Chicagoland, Illinois. After graduating with a BA in Theatre Arts and Asian Studies from Augustana College-Rock Island, IL, he drove across the United States to attend Portland Actors Conservatory. Through the conservatory, he has made many friends and gotten work as a techie at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, Echo Theatre, and at the conservatory. Overjoyed to finally perform on the Firehouse stage. John also played Richard in Hay Fever and Chili/Jabber in In the Blood.
Beth Harper (Director) ) is proud to be celebrating her 32nd year as founder and Producing Artistic Director of the Portland Actors Conservatory. An award-winning actor and director, Beth has been involved in local, regional and national theatre for the past 32 years. She was most recently seen in the Menagerie as Amanda at Portland Actors Conservatory and in Artists Repertory Theatre’s Circle Mirror Transformation. She has toured Southeast Asia, Africa and the Middle East with Arts America, Area directing credits include Drawer Boy featuring William Hurt and Allan Nause, How I learned to Drive and Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music and FM at Artists Repertory Theatre, Beth is a recipient of the Leslie O. Fulton Fellowship for Artistic Excellence, the Drammy and Willie awards for directing and acting.
Aries Annitya (Stage Manager) would like to welcome you to this experience. Aries was recently seen on stage as Simon in Hay Fever and The Doctor/Trouble in In the Blood.
Monica Fleetwood (Assistant Stage Manager) is from Little Rock, Arkansas where she received a BA in . She is currently playing the role of Nikki in the seasonal tour of HANDS UP! (August Wilson’s Red Door Project) and recently played the roles of Myra in Hay Fever and Hester in In the Blood.
Jessica Bobillot (Resident Costume Designer) is an apparel artist who has worked on dozens of theatrical productions. Some of her fondest memories are: One Flea Spare (Shaking the Tree), Eyes for Consuela (Profile Theatre), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Resident Designer at PAC), Seven Guitars (ART), La Rondine (PSU Music Dept), As You Like It (Portland Shakespeare Project) and Dracula(Northwest Classic Theater Company). She has a B.S.A. in painting and printmaking and a second B.S.A. in apparel design. She is delighted to collaborate all the talent at The Conservatory: students, teachers and creative folks.
Jeff Forbes (Resident Lighting Designer) is a ten-time winner of the Willie and Drammy Awards for theatre for such companies as Artist Repertory Theatre, Broadway Rose, Imago Theatre, the Musical Theatre Company, Storefront Theatre, and Tygres Heart Shakespeare Co, as well as the American Repertory Theatre, Portland Center Stage and many others. He tours nationally and internationally with Theatre, NorthWest Dance Project, and Ate9 Dance Company, among others. He currently is the Technical Manager for White Bird Dance, and has served as a technical director for PICA’s TBA Festival since its beginning in 2001. He is a co-founder, with Linda Austin, of Performance Work
s NorthWest, for which he also serves as technical director.
Sharath Patel (Sound Designer) is a composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist who operates a music production facility in Portland Oregon. Recent collaborations with Portland Actors Conservatory include The Amish Project, Reckless, Six Characters in Search of an Author and Romeo & Juliet. His compositions, performances, musical direction and sound designs have been featured at Artist Theatre, Broadway Rose, Vertigo, Milagro, Stumptown, and others. Hal also teaches Music Technology and Sound Design at the University of Portland.
Chris Mikolavich (Technical Director) has been with the Conservatory since 1985. He has acted, directed, and stage-managed both locally and nationally. He is a scenic designer, a lighting designer and an award winning sound designer. Chris is the Conservatory’s Technical Director and Instructor for Theatre Management, Practicum and Technical Theatre. In addition to working for many Portland theatre companies, he has been the Technical Director, Shop Foreman, Instructor and Facilities Manager for Lewis & Clark College Theatre Department. He has been a casting director for feature films, TV movies and national commercials, and has toured internationally as Lighting Director for major recording artists.
Max Ward (Scenic Designer) is a Portland-based scenic designer whose past work has included collaborations with a diverse set of theater makers and companies from London to New York City, including the English Touring Opera and The Ontological-Hysteric Theater. His most recent works include 1776 at Lakewood Theatre; The Udmurts, Blasted, and Cock at Defunkt Theatre; and Parade with Staged! at the Brunish Theater. Max holds an MA in Scenography from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
PORTLAND ACTORS CONSERVATORY ADMINISTRATIVE AND EDUCATIONAL STAFF
Producing Artistic Director Beth Harper, Office Manager/Registrar Samson Syharath, Business Manager Loren Johnson, Financial Aid and Compliance Officer Manazza Kayani, Technical Director/Stage Coach Chris Mikolavich, Graphic Designer Matt Livengood, Faculty: Michael Griggs, Chris Harder, Beth Harper, Conner Kerns, Matthew Kerrigan, Val Landrum, Shelly Lipkin, Victor Mack, Chris Mikolavich, Ben Newman, Elizabeth Rothan, and Samson Syharath.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chair, Bruce Chaser, Milt Dennison, Jeff Gorham, Beth Harper, Scott Moore, Jane Robinson, Scott Oen
Advisory Board: Bob Conklin, Joe Gillie, Kevin Jones, Jed Petersen, Damaso Rodriguez, George Thorn, Julie Vigeland
PORTLAND ACTORS CONSERVATORY STUDENTS: 2016-2017
Alex Albrecht, James Bowen II, Enrique Dominguez, Megan Haynes, Rickey Junior, Jessica Kohl, Trishelle Longhurst, Amethyst Mortimer, Bianca Murillo, Yolanda Porter, Melissa Reeves, Colleen Socha, and Steven Stanford
Kristin Barrett, Jacob Beaver, Melissa Buchta, Tyharra Cozier, John D’Aversa, Monica Fleetwood, Christa Helms, Alonso Law