Program Staff
Egg 2017 at Artist's Repertory Theatre

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Nate Cohen
Program Director

Along with his work at Isinglass, Nate is also a director, teacher and activist. He is currently a Company Member at Theatre Vertigo, sits on the board of the Portland Area Theatre Alliance, and has worked extensively in various capacities with companies such as Artists Repertory Theatre ( American Hero and Grand Concourse ), the Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble ( Procedures For Saying No , Or the Whale, All Well, Drowned Horse Tavern , The Three Sisters , Enter the Night , AfterThought) , Third Rail Repertory Theatre ( Static, The Night Alive, Bull, ID[ea], Reverse/Loop/Repeat, Off the Rails Festival ), Action/Adventure ( All's Faire, Pilot Season ) and Theatre Vertigo ( Love & Information , A Maze ). He is the lead producer of the international touring production of EM Lewis’ The Gun Show and has also directed the world premieres of the KCACTF award-winning plays Middle Names and Alone in a Taxicab in a Snowy Foreign Country at Three in the Morning .

As a teacher, Nate has worked as a teaching artist in more than a dozen public schools in and around Portland, as well as the Oregon Children's Theatre, and he is currently the head teacher of Isinglass/Artists Repertory Theatre's esteemed Egg summer theatre leadership academy.

Nate is also a spokes`man for the community advocacy organization Empower Portland, is an expert on police Advanced Weaponry, and works as one of the lead organizers of Jewish activist group PDX Never Again.

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Ahna Dunn-Wilder
Program Associate

Ahna is Isinglass’ Program Associate and the newest member of our team! This is her second summer with us, and she previously served as our Performance TA. She is an actor and teacher, specializing in empowering and advocating for youth storytellers. In the past decade, Ahna has taught in youth theatre programs throughout the Northwest, including Whidbey Children’s Theatre, Take to the Stage, and the Classical Conservatory for Young Adults at Island Shakespeare Festival. Onstage credits include: The Maids (Claire), Sense and Sensibility (Marianne), The Amish Project (America), The Tempest (Trinculo), Little Women: The Musical (Meg), Crimes of the Heart (Babe), Much Ado About Nothing (Hero). Ahna’s directorial projects include: The Little Prince (2013), The Vagina Monologues (2008), and A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and a Prayer (2008). She holds a BA in psychology from the University of British Columbia and a Certificate of Acting from the Portland Actors Conservatory. 

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Trevor Sargent
Teaching Assistant

Trevor specializes in Scenic and Lighting Design. His most recent credits include designing projections at Theatre Vertigo, set for Wait Until Dark , and lights for Shaking The Tree’s production of Head, Hands, Feet. Trevor has also worked with Artists Repertory Theatre on their production of The Skin of Our Teeth, assisting in both the scenic and projection departments. Originally from San Francisco, Trevor has been deeply invested in good design and technical theatre work from an early age, and is looking forward to sharing that experience with the students this summer. Trevor is a recent graduate from Lewis & Clark college with concentrations in technical theatre and computer science

Isabele McTighe
Education Intern

After participating in EGG last summer, Isabele is thrilled to be working with Isinglass again. Isabele is a company member with Enso Theatre Ensemble and also serves on their Artistic Board. Isabele is a recent graduate of Cleveland High School and next year she plans to attend Lewis and Clark as a Theatre Major.


2017 Faculty

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Linda Apperson
Stage Management

Linda has stage managed more than 3,000 performances of musicals, dramas and operas. She has stage managed dance and music festivals in London and at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center for Performing Arts Educators. Linda is currently a lecturer and production stage manager for the Stanford University Department of Theater and Performance Studies and is the author of “Stage Managing and Theatre Etiquette.”

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Cristi Miles
Devised Performance

Prior to living in beautiful Portland, OR she lived in Boston where she was a co-founder of Orfeo Group, an Elliot Norton Award winning company. Cristi has directed and taught at the Berkshire Theatre Festival and with numerous regional theaters nationwide. She is a founding member of the Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble, and has trained with Anne Bogart and the SITI company, Double Edge Theatre Company, The Roy Hart Theatre company, and The Oregon Center for Alexander Technique. Cristi holds an MFA from Brandeis University and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity. Portland credits include: [ Or, the whale], 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; and As you Like it with Portland Shakespeare Project. Cristi also directed Portland Playhouse’s A Christmas Carol , which won Drammy Awards for Best Production and Best Ensemble.

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Megan Wilkerson
Design

A professional Scenic Designer based here in Portland, Megan is one of Artists Rep’s Resident Artists. Megan is a member of the women’s theatre company The Rivendell Theatre Ensemble in Chicago, a founding member of the artistic collective Bad Soviet Habits and the Resident Scenic Designer for Bag&Baggage Productions in Hillsboro. Since arriving in Portland three years ago Megan has had the pleasure of working with a bevy of local companies including Teatro Milagro ( Opcion Multiple, American Night ), Portland Center Stage ( Assistant Designer - Clybourne Park ), deFunkt ( The Children’s Hour, Betty’s Summer Vacation ), Theatre Vertigo ( Jekyll & Hyde, The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents ), Northwest Classical Theatre ( Wait Until Dark, Mary Stuart ) and Bag&Baggage Productions ( The Crucible, The Merry Wives of Windsor ). Prior to Portland Megan spent 10 years in the Midwest where she had the pleasure of working for some great companies including the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Next Act Theatre, The Skylight Opera, First Stage Children's Theatre, Michigan Opera Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre and the Rivendell Theatre Ensemble.

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Alexandra Kuechler Caffall
Directing

Alexandra Kuechler Caffall is a director and artist based in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Recent work includes HAMLET (2016), CHOP YOUR OWN WOOD (2015), and WHAT'S YOUR NAME DEAR? (2015) in New York City. Described as 'festive' and 'aggressively female', her work includes both extant texts and original pieces that celebrate femininity, pop-culture and technological dissonance. Her work has appeared at The Duke on 42nd, Baryshnikov Arts Center, NY International Fringe, Curtis Institute, Walker Arts Center and The Public Theater. In 2015 she co-founded Bonneville Theater Company with her husband Tyler Caffall and playwright/actress Lindsey Trout Hughes. Prior to her time in New York, she worked as a resident designer at Artists Repertory Theater in Portland. Alexandra holds a MFA in Directing from The New School for Drama in New York City.