The Reformers aren’t so much a theatre company as a collaborative of artists creating unique experiences that push the boundaries of contemporary performance. We are:
Charmian Creagle 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 D Lujan 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’ 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 The Seafarer 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.