From the many to the one, The Reformers welcome you.
Friends, in light of current events, The Reformers have made the difficult but necessary decision to postpone The Landlord’s Game. P.T. Barnum famously said, “The show must go on,” but we’re pretty sure he wasn’t staring down the barrel of a highly infectious global pandemic when he said it, so it’s not really applicable here. Some matters supersede live theater on the cosmic list of priorities, and we The Reformers feel regard for human life and concern for the most vulnerable among us are high on that list. The next few weeks are a big question mark for us all, and there’s much we can’t predict at this point. What we can tell you for sure is that we’re as committed as ever to bringing you even more original weird storytelling, even – and especially! – if we must pursue nontraditional avenues to do it.
To CERN, if you are reading this, please fire Keith and reset the simulation already. You never should have hired a high school student in the first place. In the interim, wash your hands, take care of one another, and stay indoors as much as possible. Spread LVOE!
In solidarity, THE REFORMERS
Charmian Creagle* | Artistic Director, Production Director, Designer & Producer
Charmian is a theatre maker, director and producer. She graduated from SOU in Ashland in 1997 and was an intern at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She moved to Portland after graduation and soon become a member of The Other Side Theatre where she directed multiple productions for the company, including Ubu Roi and Machinal. While working with The Other Side, her shows garnered local Drammy awards and finalist nods in multiple disciplines. She is a founding member of defunkt theatre where she directed Lisa D’Amour’s 3 Mutants (a friend of the company) for its inaugural production. In 2000 she moved to NYC where she worked with members of Elevator Repair Service and Clubbed Thumb as well as becoming an associate director and acting/movement teacher for The Looking Glass Theatre, a local female focused theatre company. There she directed multiple productions including Spring Awakening, a female/gender queer production of Brecht’s Baal and multiple iterations of her own devised piece Communicable Dis-ease. She moved back to Portland in 2009 where she and her husband created a new company – The Reformers in 2012. With this company she has created multiple experiential productions using devising, immersive environments, site specific locales and Reformer created scripts. She has been a member of the Portland Drammy awards committee for the last 7 years. The Reformers are not a cult.
Sean Doran* | Performer (ANDREW BORDEN, GEORGE PARKER) Playwright, Sound Design, Producer
Sean hails from New Mexico and earned his BFA in Theatre from the College of Santa Fe. He is an actor, writer, designer, and producer as well as a founding member of the multi-award winning theatres The Other Side Theatre and defunkt theatre here in Portland. During a ten year stint in the NYC area he and his wife founded Pretention Co. and produced several productions including Ubu Roi. Sean worked with several companies including La Mama where he appeared in Gerald Thomas’ Anchorpectoris. After moving back to Portland Sean and his wife founded The Reformers, whose unique productions include The Revenants [Drammy for Sound Design and Makeup], The Turn [Drammy finalist for Best Original Script], Haunted House, The Van and most recently the Lloyd Mall extravaganza We’re All Gonna Die. Recent credits include Special K with Imago and In the Penal Colony at Portland Opera. He has worked with several local companies including CoHo Productions, Post 5 and Artists Rep.
Caitlin Nolan* | Performer (LIZZIE MAGIE), Playwright
Caitlin Nolan is a multidisciplinary artist who has worked with companies including Northwest Classical Theatre Collaborative, Portland Actors Ensemble, Beirut Wedding World Theatre Project, The Broken Planetarium, and others. She made her Reformers debut in 2016 in the immersive one-act The Van. Most recently she has appeared in Shaking the Tree Theatre’s SALT, a collection of installations exploring civil disobedience, and The Reformers’ LĒR and Yes No Goodbye which she co-authored with Sean Doran. Behind the scenes she has worked with Life in Arts Productions, Badass Theatre Company, and the Miracle Theatre Group where she stage managed the Drammy Award-winning Oedipus El Rey. She can also be seen on IFC’s Portlandia.
Mishelle Apalategui | Performer (LIZZIE BORDEN)
Mishelle Apalategui is a writer, actor, and voice over artist, thrifter, immigration paralegal and mother to her sweet 3 year old, Inigo. She most recently produced her play, Downward Facing as a part of the Fertile Ground Festival here in Portland to an incredible response. Last summer she made her PAE debut as Duke Fredrick and Corin in As You Like it. This is her third experience with The Reformers and is very happy to report that cult, er, creative life is treating her well. Her debut with the company was as Cordelia/Burnt Reed in last year’s LĒR and then as Lavinia in We’re All Gonna Die at Lloyd Center. Many people fail to recognize her from her roles, but tha’s because she is incredibly good at acting. She spent many years on storefront stages in Chicago where she plays such roles as Peter Pan, Christopher Robin, Nora and Ismene. You can see her monthly at the Old Church Concert Hall as an actor with Tesla City Stories, where she plays Betsy Harper and a myriad of 1940’s radio play characters (teslacitystories.com). Follow her Instagram (@cubicle_creep) where she documents life in a cubicle when you’re also an artist and mother. She dedicates all of her performances to her Owen.
Mishelle is running an Instagram for her character Lizzie Borden where she will be revealing the life of this fascinating and misunderstood character of truth and folklore (@Christened_Lizzie).
Adam Thompson | Performer (CHARLES DARROW)
Adam is a graduate of Portland Actors Conservatory 2 year professional training program. He is a co-founder of and company member with Monkey Do Theatre. His theatrical interests center around games dynamics, clown, and bouffon. He is currently retired from the acting world but gets his fix with The Reformers because they share his values of play based exploration, cooperative creativity, doing the risky thing because in spite of it being the hard thing it’s the right thing, and pushing the boundaries of what is theatrically possible. He is currently cringing at the fact that he started nearly every sentence with the word “he” and is survived by literally everyone reading this bio.
Tom Mounsey | Performer (ALBERT PHILLIPS)
Tom graduated from Portland Actors Conservatory in 2008, and has since appeared on stages all over the Portland area. Most recently, Tom was seen as Norm in The Found Dog Ribbon Dance at CoHo Productions and as Poltergeist in Stupid Ghost with Theatre Vertigo, where he is proud to be a member of the ensemble. Other recent productions include Sherwood, the Adventures of Robin Hood with Clackamas Repertory Theatre, Dial ‘M’ for Murder with Lakewood Theatre Company, and Three Sisters with Northwest Classical Theatre Company. Tom is thoroughly looking forward to telling this tale with The Reformers.
Jenn Lindell | Stage Manager
Jenn works separate jobs at a preschool and law office by day and is a freelance stage and production manager on nights and weekends. Since graduating from Reed College in 2014, Jenn has been happily immersed in Portland theatre, working with several companies around town. 2019 credits include LĒR and We’re All Gonna Die (The Reformers), Ghosts of Haddon Hall (Portland Revels), and King Lear (Portland Actor’s Ensemble). Jenn has also worked in Seattle, WA with The Driftwood Players for several summers and has a particular passion for theatre education.
* – From the MANY to the ONE!