Angela Van Epps spent her formative years in Minnesota, until she realized that it was much too cold a climate for her. She earned a B.A. degree at Bethel University in Theatre with an Acting/Directing emphasis. Following her B.A. she completed the Professional Training Program at Dell 'Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, CA. She has acted, costumed, devised, and directed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Sydney, Australia, Blue Lake, California, and Portland, Oregon. She is currently trying her hand at writing a play.
A native of Portland, Jay showcases his broad comedic prowess in several different rodeos around town. Jay is not only a cast member of Curious Comedy Theater but also performs in the power house troupe, J Names (Vancouver International Improv Festival, Seattle Festival of Improv Theater).There are many facets to Jay’s comedic talents. He is not only a performer, but a multitalented comedian with a knack for storytelling as well. Jay has been featured onNPR’s LIVE WIRE! Kevin Allison' RISK!, The Moth,Mortified, and performed with Kevin McDonald (The Kids in the Hall) and Colin Mochrie (Who’s Line is it Anyway?). Work Shmerk, Jay’s one-man storytelling show received rave reviews from The Oregonian and The San Diego Reader.In addition to being a performer, Jay also knows a thing or two about producing. He currently produces Friday Night Fights at Curious Comedy. His most recently produced film short won Best in Humor at Dan Savage’s HUMP! Film Festival. http://www.jayflewelling.com/
Forever inspired by my talented, thrifty, creative mother, I cannot deny my roots...so I craft! I give new life to tired wooden bowls by dotting them. If there is an official name to what I do, of that I am unaware, but I call it simply ,"dot painting". I scour the thrift stores for those smooth, lonely bowls, gather up my basic acrylics, and get dotty. My craft has definitely given me a sense of freedom and a release of tension when I'm in the moment of creation. I thoroughly enjoy getting into a "trance" when I paint, and I even sometimes paint super fast to just see where the dots land! It can be exhilarating!
Hanna Anderson resides in Ashland, OR with her husband Logan (the composer for Enso's Price and Prejudice, an adaptation) and their 8 month old son, Leif. For more of Hanna's art & a collection of lovely vintage pieces, check out her Etsy shop, "To The Fullest" http://www.etsy.com/shop/tothefullest Thanks for meandering!
Melissa Barrett works primarily in acrylics but also loves watercolor and mixed media. Born and raised in Montana, she graduated from Montana State University and has adored living in the Portland area for the past 30 years. In 2001 she started a small business, Melissa Barrett Paint Design, and has delighted in painting wall murals in Oregon and Washington creating beautiful, fun and unique art in both residential and business spaces. Her website can be found at: mbPaintDesign.com.
Like her on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/MelissaBarrettPaintDesign/
It seems that the human condition is quite often paired with a state in which mind-numbing mental chatter consumes the majority of us. Many of us float about in a state that is neither present in the moment or present in our thoughts. We lack mindfulness and feel we are a victim of our minds. I wish for you, the viewer, to take a step back and realize that you are, in fact, completely in control of your body and your mind. You are completely in control of your thoughts and your present whereabouts. Breathe in to an empty heart, an empty chest. You are real.
Each piece displayed is part of a series shot on a Canon AE-1 on 35mm Ilford film. I used to think I was entranced by the nostalgia of film photography, but I now realize I am drawn to the ability it gives me to stay present in the moment while shooting. Rarely do I find myself caught behind the lens, attempting to shoot the perfect shot. The shot, in turn, becomes the perfect portrait of the moment I am in. The image then becomes a separate art formed by living and breathing in the moment. With film I can live and let go. Each piece is an individual moment that has come and gone. Each moment photographed, just as the present moment, is fleeting. Live and breathe. You are real.
Amy King has a passion for theater but has found her talents more useful on the visual arts side. She has dabbled in mediums such as set design & painting, props design, and poster design, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of Enso Theater Ensemble's premiere!
"To have the mind be completely free has always been a challenge for myself and my other millennial peers, especially when information starving for attention climbs out to reach for us at all angles. But I find an escape being underwater, where your brain stops registering anything except for its immediate surroundings, encouraging your body to move through the new setting. All of your senses become altered, and your focus is interpretation. Above water I may be uncoordinated or clumsy, but below water I am a gymnast, an acrobat, and weightless."
My process begins with handmade paper- specifically the act of making it. The physicality of the process fixes me in the time that I spend beating fibers, agitating the vat, dipping my mold and deckle and scooping out of swirling pulp a sopping sheet. And then time passes, the paper dries within stacks of cardboard and blotter paper until it is removed and piled high. From there I begin on the books; most books begin with the paper they will hold and everything else (the size, papers on the cover, the thread I will use) is dictated by that. Others begin with a certain paper or material for the covers, or with a person in mind. I collage the covers intuitively, usually in groups, so that I can work with a few papers multiple times, seeing how I can layer and reveal, how I can create textures and depth on a flat surface, how I can give some clue to the possibilities that lie within a blank notebook. I want my books to be touched and used, given and carried around, filled with the least important junk and the most invaluable, left places, and held close.
Olivia Barber is a graduate of Alfred University’s School of Art and Design. She is a New Jersey native currently residing in Philadelphia, PA. Olivia likes making things, eating things, eating things she’s made, sharing things she’s made, winking at babies, and watching cartoons.
You can contact her at email@example.com and follow her on Instagram @booksbyob
Samie Pfeifer is a fresh graduate of the Portland Actors Conservatory. Prior to moving to Portland to attend the school, she received a BA in Communications, while playing in Celtic, Folk, and Americana bands around Kansas. Having taken a break from her music to study acting, Samie is excited to get back to one of her favorite past times as a musician. http://paigerogers425.wix.com/samiepfeifer
Bruce McCollum, Jon Oace and Will Wigmore, Portland's premier 3-piece band playing theater and event performances.
Box of Clowns is a physical theatre ensemble that hails from Portland, OR. Our ensemble methods have grown out of the teachings at Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre, our own research, and a collective desire to find delight and humor in unexpected places. www.boxofclowns.com
Chantelle Krause is a current undergraduate student at Portland State University, studying music and theater. She is passionate about a great number of things, and doesn't like having to choose. She is a musician, an actress, a singer, a writer, and a social activist, and enjoys spending what little free time she has hanging out with her cat. She has worked professionally as a horn player in several Portland-area ensembles, and continues to act and volunteer whenever she can.