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 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 iterations 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.
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’ 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 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 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.
Christopher Beatty is a composer, sound designer, multi-instrumentalist, and actor with a penchant for the absurd. He focuses on creating aural textures filled with found object percussion, classical instrumentation, and non-tonal sounds. Coming from a background of modern chamber music and a wide array of contemporary styles, Christopher’s music, at times, blankets every corner of the theater in thick wool, while in others barely audible fragments of sound sneak into your subconscious. Preferring stark contrast in sound, you can expect harsh, abrasive, and dissonant tones to be offset with melodic, delicate lines. Recent projects include The Reformers LĒR, Milagro Theatre’s The Mermaid Hour, Fuse Theatre Ensemble’s Cabaret, and the Spectravagasm series. He is currently a company member of The Reformers and an ensemble member of Fuse Theatre Ensemble.
Richard E. Moore, a founding company member of The Reformers, is a sound designer, singer/songwriter, and composer. A former member of defunkt theatre, Richard has worked with a number of local companies including Theatre Vertigo, PassinArt, Milagro Theatre, Action/Adventure Theatre, and more. He has been designing sound for the stage since the early 2000′s, with work appearing in works spanning multiple genres. He prefers the weird stuff. His favorite color is wood, and beer. He hates writing bios. His work can be found at richardemoore.com.
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.