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 Doran 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.
Jenn Lindell works at a 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. Favorite credits include Cabaret (Fuse Theatre Ensemble), Three Sisters (Northwest Classical Theatre Collaborative), King Lear (Portland Actor’s Ensemble), Ghosts of Haddon Hall (The Portland Revels), and Turn of the Screw (Experience Theatre Project). She dabbled with The Reformers on 2019’s Lēr and We’re All Gonna Die before officially joining the fun. Jenn has also worked in Edmonds, WA with The Driftwood Players on their youth theatre camps for several summers and has a particular passion for theatre education.
Mishelle Apalategui is a writer, actor, voice over artist, thrifter, immigration paralegal and mother to her wonderfully terrifying 4 year old, Iñigo. She most recently produced her play, Downward Facing (@downward_facing) as a part of the Fertile Ground Festival to an incredible response. She made her PAE debut as Duke Fredrick and Corin in As You Like It. She is exceptionally content with The Reformers and is very happy to report that cult, er, creative life is treating her well. Her debut with The Reformers was as Cordelia/Burnt Reed in LĒR and then as Lavinia in We’re All Gonna Die at Lloyd Center. Many people fail to recognize her from her roles, but that’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.
Caitlin Nolan is a multidisciplinary artist who has worked with companies including Northwest Classical Theatre Collaborative, Portland Actors Ensemble, Beirut Wedding World Theatre Project, Shaking the Tree Theatre, and The Broken Planetarium. As a Reformers company member, she has co-authored LĒR, Yes No Goodbye, and We’re All Gonna Die with Sean Doran and developed the story of RE: Lilith Lopez with Mishelle Apalategui. 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.
Chris O’Toole is a composer, sound designer, multi-instrumentalist, and actor with a penchant for the absurd. She 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, Chris’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. She is an artistic associate of The Reformers and of Fuse Theatre Ensemble.
Adam J. Thompson is thrilled to be a part of The Reformers Team. He is a graduate of Portland Actors Conservatory. As well as his membership with The Reformers he is a cofounder of and current company member with Monkey Do Theatre. Bouffon, clown, general foolery, and collaborative theatre are all of great interest to him. Building unconventional and experimental shows is his passion. For an exhausting to read exhaustive list of credits, skills, and personal anecdotes, please contact him through email via The Reformers website.
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 Reformers’ The Revenants.