who we is

The Reformers are a collective of theatre folk looking for a good time.  Currently:

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Sean Doran

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 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’ production of 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 and The Van. Recent credits include Medea and Hughie with Imago. He has worked with several local companies including CoHo Productions, Post 5 and Artists Rep.

Charmian Creagle
Charmian is a theatre maker, director and producer.  She graduated from SOU in Ashland, and completed an Oregon Shakespeare Festival internship.  She moved up to Portland in the late 90s to 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 included 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 for it’s 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.  There she directed multiple productions including Spring Awakening, a female led production of Brecht’s Baal and multiple iteractions of her own devised piece Communicable Dis-ease.  She moved back to Portland in 2009 where she and her husband reformed a new company – The Reformers. With this company she has created multiple experiential productions using devising, immersive environments and Reformer created scripts. She has been a member of the Portland Drammy awards committee for the last 4 years.


Richard E. Moore (+10 charisma for artsy look)
Richard E. Moore is, among other things, an award-winning sound designer, singer/songwriter, and composer. He has been designing sound for the stage since the early 2000’s. His work has appeared in numerous pieces, ranging from cutting-edge avant-garde experimentation to an original indie-rock adaptation of Rapunzel for children and teens. As a musician, Richard has released six independently produced albums, and has been performing since the late 1990’s. His sound design work attempts to recreate the listening process, incorporating elements of psychology, spatial acoustics and illusion in order to achieve a desired emotional or narrative effect.

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Chris Beatty

Chris Beatty is an actor, composer, sound designer, and sometimes stage manager also known as the wonderful super great guy perfect man and excellent mattress salesman and aura coach, Rod Sturgill. He’s worked for companies such as The Jewish Theatre Collaborative, Post5 Theatre, and Salt & Sage Productions filling whatever roles they need; usually providing live underscoring and speaking things on stage at people. Specifically interested in exploring the absurd in every aspect of his life, when not with the Reformers he is usually moonlighting in the Spectravagasm series: bringing the ridiculous to the Portland theater eye.


Caitlin Fisher-Draeger
Caitlin is a director who acts and a producer who dances. She is the Co-founder of Anon it Moves Theatre, and was most recently seen in their inaugural Production of ‘The Fifth’ as Montjoy and Katherine. Previously she held the position of Associate Artistic Director at Post5 Theatre. She was recently awarded a Drammy for her direction of Post5’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and a Drammy for her makeup design for The Refomers’ The Revenants. She’d like to thank all of her people for their humor, love and support.

Amanda Boekelheide

Nadav Hirsh
Nadav is thrilled to be working with such a great team on The Turn. Since moving to Portland, Nadav has designed for The Honest Liars and worked with Action/Adventure Theatre. He holds a BA in Drama from Tufts University where he studied and practiced lighting design. Many thanks to The Reformers for the opportunity to work with light and darkness in new and creative ways. Thanks also to Erin, Emily, Caitlin, and of course Maayan. Enjoy the show, and don’t forget to look behind you.

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Paige Jones
Paige has performed with many Portland theatre companies; favorite local productions include Mother Courage and Her Children at Theatre Vertigo, Richard II at  Northwest Classical Theatre Company, The Garden Party at defunkt theatre, and Inspecting Carol at A.R.T.  Paige graduated from Hunter College, CUNY, with a BA in Music; she also studied theatre there, and at HB Studio.  A former theatre instructor and theatre manager, she spends her off-stage hours these days growing her Paige Jones Pet Masseuse business, her career as an audiobook narrator, and spinach.

Tai Sammons

Agatha Olson

Christy Bigelow
Christy Bigelow
Christy is thrilled to be working with the Reformers for the first time in The Revenants.   She is a proud graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy’s studio program in NYC.  Since moving to Portland she has worked with many theater companies, including Northwest Classical Theatre Company (Twelfth Night), Theatre Vertigo (Ruby Sunrise), Lakewood Theater (Arcadia, The Hollow, 3 Musketeers), Classic Greek Theatre of Oregon (Antigone, Orestes), Artists Rep (Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant), and most recently defunkt theatre in Three Days of Rain, Attempts on Her Life, and the multiple Drammy award winning production of 4.48 Psychosis.  Christy was also a company member and writer with the sketch comedy troupe Superego, and can be seen exercising those comedic muscles on the most recent season of Portlandia.  Many thanks to everyone for supporting Portland theater!!

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David Bellis-Squires
David is a company member of defunkt theatre, and has worked with many theaters including Portland Actor’s Ensemble, Original Practice Shakespeare, Profile, CoHo, Blue Monkey, and UVic’s SATCO. He was most recently seen as Joey in defunkt theatre’s production of The Homecoming. Favorite roles include Shadow in Back Bog Beast Bait (defunkt), Benedicke in Much Adoe About Nothing (OPS), and the Emcee in Five Red Balloons (SATCO). When not performing, you can find him at PSU or cluttering up a pinball machine in SE.

Kaye Blankenship
As a scenic, lighting, and props designer, Kaye has had the pleasure to work with several theatres in town, and spent the last year as the Design Mentee with Third Rail Rep.  Past favorite productions include: …And the Great Refraction (String House Theatre), Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom (Third Rail Mentees), Crooked (CoHo), The Aliens (Third Rail), Dance for a Dollar (Miracle Theatre), Arabian Nights (Post5), Mother Teresa is Dead (Portland Playhouse), The Road to Mecca (Profile Theatre), and Underneath (Wobbly).

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Jen Elkington
Jennifer Elkington received her BA in Theatre from Southern Oregon University, as well as  a Certificate in Performance from American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. She moved back to Portland in 2010 and has worked for Portland Actors Ensemble and The Working Theater Collective, has performed in four original musicals, and is an ensemble member of the online sketch comedy show pottytalkpdx. She is a passionate traveler and has lived and/or studied theatre in Australia, Germany, England, Pennsylvania, California, Washington and Oregon.
Adrienne Flagg

Adrienne trained in New York at SUNY Purchase and New Actors Workshop with Gene Hackman, Paul Sills, Mike Nichols, and Elaine May. While in NY she performed as April in Hot L Baltimore, Alex in On the Verge, and appeared in Sills’ improv shows. From 1994-2007 she directed/performed improv and new work with her own Portland, OR company Toad City Productions. She’s also directed for Stark Raving Theatre, Integrity, JANE, and for young people at DaVinci Arts Middle School,  and Young Musicians and Artists. She founded Portland Theatre Brigade in 1999. Favorite roles include Cat References to Salvador Dali… (Miracle Theatre), Vanessa Jingle Spree (CoHo), Izzy Rabbit Hole (ART), Mom Tales of A Fourth Grade Nothing (OCT), Camille Deadly Murders (Lakewood), and she won a Drammy as the lead in The Waiting Room (Bump in the Road). She regularly improvises with The Relatives, and VOX spoken word ensemble.

Chris Murray
Chris Murray
Chris is a company member of Third Rail and was last seen in The Aliens. Chris recently produced Weekend at Bernies: Live on Stage. He recently appeared on NBC’s GrimmBloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at Portland Playhouse, (I am Still) The Duchess of Malfi at Artists Rep, and Third Rail’s Penelope. Previous credits include, The Oregon Symphony’s FalstaffSometimes a Great Notion, Futura and the JAW Festival at Portland Center Stage, Mr. Marmalade and Take Me Out (Drammy) at Artist’s Rep, Animals and Plants, Hamlet and The Receptionist at CoHo Productions and several shows at Profile Theatre including Six Degrees of Separation and The Sisters Rosensweig. Chris is so happy to be living the dream of producing and acting in the greatest city in the world.

Tamara Sorelli
Tamara Sorelli was bitten by the theatre bug at an early age when her parents started a community theater.  Since moving to Portland in the late 90s, she has trained with the Brody Theater, Do Jump!, Hand 2 Mouth, Portland Actors Conservatory, and Fever Theatre (SITI in Portland).  Her most recent stage work has been at Twilight Repertory Theatre, where she is an associate artist.  She is also involved in the local film scene on both sides of the camera.  She directed and played Claudius in “Hallucinations of Hamlet,” a gender-reversed short film drawn from the classic play, and acted in the local independent film “The Lilac Chaser” in the fall of 2012, due to be released in June 2013.

Beatrice Yanazzo
Beatrice is a stage manager and scenic artist from Brooklyn, NY. Portland credits include stage manager for “Manos : The Hands of Fate” at IFCC, “Ready.Set.Write” at PCS, and the upcoming Theatre Vertigo production “End of Sex” at the Shoebox Theatre. Beyond the city limits, she has stage managed dozens of productions of all shapes and sizes in the Northeast and New Zealand. She is thrilled to add “theatre in a garage” to her list of venues which already include theatre in a barn, living room, airplane hanger, converted factory, park, abandoned school, church basement, as well as some amazing theatres.

Erin Giblin
Emily Stadulis
Ginnie Loomis

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