Portland Interviews

The latest interviews about live + streaming theatre in Portland.

Interview: Jessica Wallenfels, Artistic Director of Many Hats Collaboration, on Wrapping Up the 5 in 5 Initiative, Looking to the Future
by Krista Garver - January 10, 2024

At the end of 2023, Many Hats Collaboration, which creates theatre performances that reimagine music and movement onstage, wrapped up its 5 in 5 Initiative....

Interview: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD's Maeve Moynihan Shares her Journey to Becoming Scout in the National Tour
by Chloe Rabinowitz - September 26, 2023

In BroadwayWorld's exclusive interview, Maeve Moynihan discusses her journey and excitement of starring in the national tour of To Kill a Mockingbird. Read on to learn more about her experience and role as Scout....

Interview: christopher oscar peña and Kristoffer Diaz on Their New Plays, the Current State of Theatre, and More
by Krista Garver - May 04, 2023

A chat with christopher oscar peña and Kristoffer Diaz about their projects, the importance of residencies like Playwright Convening, and the current state of theatre in America....

Interview: ANASTASIA's Willem Butler Talks Life After BroadwayWorld's NEXT ON STAGE & Making His Touring Debut
by Chloe Rabinowitz - September 25, 2022

Willem Butler, winner of BroadwayWorld's first ever season of Next on Stage, is currently shining bright on stages across the country as Dmitry in the National Tour of Anastasia. A recent graduate from Elon University, Anastasia is Butler's touring debut! Read BroadwayWorld's interview with Willem B...

Performer Joshua Cruz Talks STOMP National Tour
by Chloe Rabinowitz - December 27, 2021

STOMP's percussive rhythms and electrifying performers have been wowing audiences for 30 years, and the stage phenomenon is currently making its way through the US on a National Tour! Blending dance and performance with music created using everyday objects, STOMP is a one-of-a kind experience you wo...

Fertile Ground Festival Managing Director Dré Slaman
by Krista Garver - September 12, 2020

Fertile Ground 2021, which takes place Jan. 28 - Feb. 7, will a virtual, curated festival. To learn more about what both artists and audiences can expect, I spoke with managing director Dré Slaman....

Alyah Chanelle Scott On Her Dream Role in THE BOOK OF MORMON
by Gil Kaan - February 19, 2020

The national tour of THE BOOK OF MORMON makes its latest missionary stop at the Ahmanson Theatre, opening February 18, 2020. Birthed from the comically fertile minds of South Park creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, THE BOOK OF MORMON follows the misadventures of newbie missionaries travelling glo...

Storm Large on Revisiting Her Autobiographical Solo Show CRAZY ENOUGH a Decade After Its Acclaimed Premiere
by Krista Garver - June 07, 2019

Storm Large is a rock star, a memoirist, and the creator/star of the autobiographical musical CRAZY ENOUGH, which was originally commissioned by Portland Center Stage at The Armory. Premiering in 2009, CRAZY ENOUGH ran for 21 weeks straight and still holds the record as the longest-running and most ...

Christine Toy Johnson Utilizing the Arts To Make You COME AWAY More Knowledgeable & Compassionate
by Gil Kaan - December 12, 2018

Already a few cities into their 27-city national circuit, the touring company of COME FROM AWAY has landed in Los Angeles at the Ahmanson. Helmed by its Tony Award-winning director Christopher Ashley, COME FROM AWAY runs through January 6, 2019. Still fresh and reeling from the audience's passiona...

Rosalinde Block on Proving Naysayers Wrong, Being a Boomer with Something to Say, and Her One-Woman Show DRAMA OF THE GIFTED GROWNUP
by Krista Garver - March 19, 2018

As a woman, a musician, a writer/illustrator, and a single mother, Block faced her share of setbacks and naysayers. Now in her 60s, she's back once again to prove the naysayers wrong and show that Baby Boomers still have plenty to say with her new solo show, DRAMA OF THE GIFTED GROWNUP: A MUSICAL JO...

Karen Zacarías on Writing, Passion for Theatre, and the World Premiere of Her Play INTO THE BEAUTIFUL NORTH, at Milagro Theatre
by Krista Garver - May 10, 2016

This spring, Portland's Milagro Theatre, whose mission since 1985 has been to provide 'extraordinary Latino theatre, culture, and arts education experiences for the enrichment of all communities' is presenting the world premiere of its first commissioned play, INTO THE BEAUTIFUL NORTH: AN ADVENTUROU...

Source Material's Samantha Shay Talks About Upcoming Premieres
by Krista Garver - January 11, 2016

Source Material Collective is an international group of artists who recently established a home base in Portland and will be premiering two works here in the upcoming months....

BWW Interviews: Grimm Stars Sasha Roiz and Silas Weir Mitchell Talk About THREE DAYS OF RAIN, Opening May 22 at Portland Center Stage
by Krista Garver - May 12, 2015

The stars of PCS's THREE DAYS OF RAIN sat down with the media to talk about the play, how the collaboration came about, and the difference between acting on TV and on stage....

BWW Interviews: Playwright, Composer and Director Matthew B. Zrebski and ABLAZE World Premiere
by Debbie Lamedman - April 06, 2013

When I arrived in Portland two and a half years ago, the name I heard repeatedly throughout the Portland theatre community was Matthew B. Zrebski. In the time I have lived here, I have had the opportunity to not only work with Matt in several capacities, but to also call this gracious and humble ma...

BWW Interviews: Spotlighting Playwright Patrick Wohlmut
by Debbie Lamedman - August 04, 2012

Patrick Wohlmut is a member of Portland's notable playwrighting group Playwrights West. Wohlmut's play, CONTINUUM is about to open next week at the CoHo Theater, and Patrick took the time to talk with me about this play and its journey from inception to world premiere....

BWW Interviews: Spotlight on Portland Playhouse Artistic Director Brian Weaver
by Debbie Lamedman - June 11, 2012

Theater in Portland is booming. There is exciting theater happening all over the city, and in the midst of it all is the burgeoning Portland Playhouse. Artistic Director, Brian Weaver, talks to us about the past, present and future of the highly regarded company....

BWW Interviews: Spotlighting Lyricist Aaron Kirk Douglas & New Musical SPACED OUT!
by Debbie Lamedman - May 29, 2012

I had the opportunity to chat with Aaron Kirk Douglas, one of three creators of the new musical SPACED OUT!: THE BEST ALIEN ABDUCTION MUSICAL IN THE UNIVERSE. The show is still a work-in-progress, but the notable creative team is busy getting the show ready for a Portland reading within the year....

BWW Interviews THE BLACK LIZARD, Playing at Imago Theatre through June 2nd
by Barrett Johnson - May 28, 2012

Getting to pick the minds of the director, dramaturge, and two leads in one of the most exciting plays of the season? Never let such an opportunity go to waste. BWW chats with Jerry Mouawad, Laurence Kominz, Anne Sorce, and Matthew DiBiasio concerning their recent success, THE BLACK LIZARD...

Lauren Weedman Returns to Portland for JAW Festival
by Debbie Lamedman - May 10, 2012

Last spring, Portland audiences were delighted by actress, playwright and comedian Lauren Weedman, when she performed her outstanding solo show "Bust" at Portland Center Stage. Apparently, Lauren was delighted by Portland as well, because she's coming back with a new show commissioned specifically ...

BWW Interviews: Spotlighting Portland Solo Artist Eleanor O'Brien
by Debbie Lamedman - May 04, 2012

Eleanor O'Brien is a force of nature and her one-woman show, Good Girls Guide: Dominatrix for Dummies has thrilled Portland audiences with its unexpected tale of a woman finding self-confidence and self-acceptance while looking to survive as an actress in New York City. In the upcoming months, O'Bri...


Stories & Bones - Hightlights from The Rosetta Project: Wakeman in Portland Stories & Bones - Hightlights from The Rosetta Project: Wakeman
Alberta Rose Theatre (2/25 - 2/25) Tracker
Girl From the North Country in Portland Girl From the North Country
Keller Auditorium (6/18 - 6/23)
Kronos Quartet in Portland Kronos Quartet
Patricia Reser Center for the Arts (4/9 - 4/9)
Time for Three in Portland Time for Three
Patricia Reser Center for the Arts (3/12 - 3/12)
Everybody in Portland Everybody
Twilight Theater Company (5/10 - 5/26)
SPEAR by CN Smith in Portland SPEAR by CN Smith
Corrib Theatre (2/16 - 3/10)
Sweeney Todd in Portland Sweeney Todd
Twilight Theater Company (10/18 - 11/10)
Lightning Thief in Portland Lightning Thief
Hillsboro Artists' Regional Theatre (HART) (6/1 - 6/16)

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