ICP CLASS OF 2020
Morgan Clark-Gaynor graduated from Lewis & Clark college in May of 2019 with a minor in Theatre. Throughout college, they practiced and performed improv comedy, leading to their current employment and participation at Curious Comedy Theater in Portland. They have done research into improv as a structure for gender performance investigation, which instigated the creation of their own improv troupe. They have directed and taught improv both at Lewis & Clark and in Anchorage, Alaska to pursue theatrical and comedic explorations of identity politics. They have also directed and performed in devised and traditional pieces and are currently pursuing a continued career in a variety of theatre approaches. Morgan is interested in theatre's ability to unearth new ideas and collaboratively experience the re-evaluation of everyday life.
Catherine Ming T’ien Duffly is a scholar-director and community-based theatre artist with a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Her teaching and research interests include socially engaged and community-based theatre, 20th and 21st century American theatre, race theory and performance, acting, and directing. Kate has published articles in TDR, Theatre Topics, Theatre Survey, and Theatre Annual and is currently working on an edited collection that examines a broad array of performance practices rooted in community and explicitly engaged in negotiating difference and disruption. In addition to her own directorial and devised performance work, Kate has worked with Cornerstone Theater, Lunatique Fantastique, Touchable Stories, and Wise Fool Community Arts. In 2016, Kate received a grant from Oregon’s Regional Arts and Culture Council to create a community-based theatre project with community organization Western States Center and collaborator Roberta Hunte (Portland State University) about reproductive justice, titled We Are BRAVE. Kate is a board member for the August Wilson Red Door Project, which seeks to "change the racial ecology of Portland through the arts;" and Theatre Diaspora, Oregon’s only professional Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) theatre company. Prior to her position as Assistant Professor of Theatre at Reed, Kate taught as lecturer at UC Berkeley and California College of Arts.
Kimberly Diamond is an experimental performer, story teller, and weirdness maker. After grinding it out in the theatre world in NYC for almost 10 years, she decided to make the trek to the PNW to be inspired by the trees and the rain. She is heavily influenced by non linear modes of story telling. Whether that be through, movement, sound, poetry, light, interpersonal immersion or all of the above at the same time. Sometimes the best moments are the ones that fall through the cracks and she lives to bring those to life. To be able to make art in a setting such as this, inside a city brimming with multi dimensional art makers is a true true and pure dream.