We are foolhardy dreamers, critical thinkers and tenacious makers. We dream and we do.

 
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John Zajac

Executive Director + co-founder

John co-founded Isinglass in 2012 to provide strategic problem solving services to the performing arts industry. After graduating from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music with a double degree in Stage Directing and Opera Performance, he moved to Chicago to develop and produce original work in the city's thriving blackbox theatre scene. While there, he started his career in design and advertising, working for some of the most iconic brands in the world, including Xbox One, Proctor and Gamble, Samsung, MacDonald's, Microsoft and Amazon. Upon moving to Portland, John engaged the professional theatre and theatre education communities to help them innovate new ways to build a sustainable arts ecosystem in the city, creating the Egg Theater Leadership Academy to activate student leaders in public high schools as advocates for their art form.

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Ahna Rose Dunn-Wilder

Program Director

Ahna 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.