ICP Class of 2019
August Augustine: August, also known as Skweekz, is exploring the textural world of nature and the aesthetics of the human form. Just as the birds sing in the trees, August hopes to ignite a fire through their heart that sings to the passion of the individual. Their works explore the process of being cleansed by the rains of creating. A beautiful flower emerging from the ground that transforms into a butterfly ready to take flight.
Julia Brandenberger: I’m coming to ICP from Philadelphia- having grown up the farmlands and woods of the Pennsylvania suburbs. My artistic awakening came from the ballet world, which I entrenched myself in until I found improvisational storytelling. Once I broke open the different capacities within myself to perform I found that immediacy and direct presence with an audience were my preferred methods of reaching people and making art. I’ve come to hold this true above all else; Art must be at service to humanity, not the other way around. My objective with art is to use expression as a tool to better know myself and the human condition, through the medium of performance. I have studied theology at Pendle Hill Center for Quaker Studies. I have a BA in French Language and Linguistics from Penn State. I have studied performance at a long list of dance institutions, at Panorama Philly and the Headlong Performance Institute. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.roguetheology.com
Bayley Brown has been interested in performance since a small age. Growing up in West Virginia she began at the age of 6 creating plays in her living room with her siblings for her parents and friends. As a junior in high school she started a very successful professional radio career which lasted for 15 years and took her to work at various radio stations in the United States and the United Kingdom. Bayley graduated with a BA in Mass Communication from York College of Pennsylvania and a MS in Journalism from West Virginia University with two popular thesis papers which received critical acclaim. She’s trained in commedia, clown, aerial, improv and took a lovely Summer Intensive at Dell’Arte International. As a theatre artist she’s interested physical comedy, clown and character development. In her spare time she’s a foley artist, sound designer, lighting designer, aerialist and general theatre nerd.
Keegan Kyle: Keegan was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and he attended Grant High School. He attended University of Puget Sound in Tacoma Washington (class of 2017) where he received a B.A. in Theatre and Philosophy. There he was a member of Ubiquitous They Sketch and Improv clubs and acted in main stage and student directed shows including The Seagull (Treplyev), Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play (Mr. Burns), Twelfth Night (Sebastian), Afterlife: A Ghost Story (Postman, Blackbird), Gnit (various characters), How I Learned to Drive (male chorus), and 365 Plays/365 Days (ensemble). He has also played Uncle Vanya in Uncle Vanya with The Serf Theatre Company in Seattle Washington.
Rebecca Miles: Rebecca is a performer and director based in Portland, Oregon. Rebecca is a graduate of George Fox University’s theatre program (2018) where she performed in numerous main stage productions. And now, just recently, she’s allowing herself to jump. To jump and soar into something new. A world of devising, expressive work and movement. She seeks to find the greater good in our world and wrestles with exploring where kindness and beauty are in society and where we can find it in each other.
Claire Rigsby: Originally from Atlanta, Claire graduated from Emory University in 2010 and bopped around the theatre scene in her hometown before heading West in 2013 for a training program in Sacramento. That experience led her to a summer of exploring in the Claireavan, her 1992 Tioga Montara RV, which became her home for four years in Portland. She’s performed in musicals, Shakespeare, children’s theatre, site-specific works, more “traditional” theatre spaces, devised pieces, tours, and more in Georgia, California, Oregon, England and China. Claire’s interest in the physical body and the mind-body connection has grown exponentially as she’s aged, leading her to yoga teacher training, ecstatic dance, Vipassana 10-day silent meditation retreats, Butoh, Aerial Silks, Viewpoints, Suzuki, and Alexander technique. She’s dedicating this year to focusing more deeply on her connection to her physical body, and the ways in which that will aid her growth as an actor, artist, and human being.
Patton Small is a director and performer with a passion for Theatre that pushes boundaries. Originally from Midland Texas, Patton fell in love with devised theatre as a teenager while first discovering the performing arts. He proceeded to attend Carleton College (‘17) and graduated with distinction in the degree of Theatre Arts, additionally receiving a Bachelors in Philosophy and an Interdisciplinary Concentration in Archaeology. Before joining ICP Patton trained in Stanislavski technique as well as in Grotowski technique and in Contact Improvisation. Most importantly Patton is passionate about the intersection of philosophy and performance creation. He believes in creating art that starts conversations and helps reimagine the world around us. Notable productions Patton has recently worked on include: Perpetrators (Performer); BAAL (Director); Hamletmachine (Director). In addition to his love of the arts Patton also maintains a deep affection for the outdoors. He is an avid mountaineer and works as a guide at Rare Earth Adventures.
ICP Class of 2018
Clifton Holznagel: I've been rolling around onstage since the late nineties and don't plan to stop anytime soon. I began life in Cleveland, Ohio and credit Near West Theatre for my early development as an empathetic human/artist, Pierre Davignon (RIP) at St. Ignatius High School for inspiration in the craft of Acting, and the Ohio University Division of Theatre for developing my attention to voice, body and mind in their BFA program. Shout out to Grandpa and Dad, I'm proud to bring our performance lineage into the 21st century with its third generation.
Myia Johnson is a local actress and improviser. She graduated in 2013 from Pacific Lutheran University with a fancy degree in acting/directing. Here are some accomplishments she wants you to know about: ensemble member at Deep End Theater and the Brody, performed in the 19th Del Close Marathon in New York, and member of the local ensemble for the 2017 Stumptown Improv Festival. She also loves cats, pizza, and glitter.
Jonathan Lee: With a great interest in iconoclastic forms, Jonathan was a founding member of the guerilla theater company Loose Change Players, led by director Mark Kelty in Columbia, Missouri in the 90’s. With poet Adam Good, he created the ontological performance research collective We Are Science in Washington, DC. He has worked in collaboration with Forum Theatre and Dog and Pony DC, and was a faculty member at Washington Improv Theater. Jonathan is an award winning creative director and writer, most notably helping to create the WWF Together app and the promotional campaign for Fallout 3. Jonathan is currently working on a piece called I Need to Never Not Nothing, a series of durational performances based on the living room and garden of the house where he lives.
He can be reached by hand.
Myriel Meissner is a young director, performer and educator, with a background in children's and dance theatre. She recently received her B.A. in Theatre from Lewis and Clark College, and is now teaching classes at OCT and with New Moon Theatre Productions. As an artist she enjoys to use humour to make witty statements about the sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious ways social and political issues play out in our world. Myriel spent her summer on a Fringe Theatre Tour to Canada and Colorado, where she performed as a shadow puppeteer in Sam Reiter's play Baba Yaga and is thrilled continue her theatre training at ICP.
Rose Proctor is a performer, illustrator, and native Oregonian. She was a member of the Third Rail Mentorship program and is a graduate of Kenyon College and the National Theater Institute.
ICP Class of 2017
Sullivan Mackintosh received her post-secondary theatrical training from Lewis & Clark College, National Theater Institute, and Institute for Contemporary Performance. She is currently the Artistic Director for CCA Children's Theatre and Phoenix Theatre, both focused on producing theatre for young audiences in the Columbia Gorge. In Portland, Sullivan can often be seen teaching at Oregon Children's Theatre, where she has also worked as a stage manager, performer, and costume designer. She also frequently performs in parks and schools with Original Practice Shakespeare, including a recent pilot project bringing Romeo & Juliet/Theatre of the Oppressed to Portland Public middle schools. When she takes off her many figurative and literal theatre hats, she enjoys crafting, board games, and fair-weather hiking.
Nicola Rossi has considered Oregon home for the past six years since relocating from Massachusetts. After playing hide and seek with performance for the past few years, Nicola is excited to be found at ICP.
Jake Simonds is an award-nominated actor, writer, podcast host, and international touring artist. He has performed in New York City, London, Ottawa, Toronto, Seattle, Portland and Perth, Australia. When not touring critically acclaimed solo work ...like nobody’s watching, Jake resides in Portland where theatre credits include Hawthorne at Action/Adventure, The Three Sisters with Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble, How to End Poverty..., and A Christmas Carol at Portland Playhouse, Present Laughter and Unnecessary Farce at Lakewood (2X OTAS nominee), and One Man, Two Guvnors at Clackamas Rep. Jake hosts and produces ...like nobody’s listening, a Fringe conversation podcast. You can find that and more at jakesimonds.com.
ICP Class of 2016
Colin Trevor joined ICP fresh out of Reed College, where he earned a B.A. in Theatre. While at Reed, he appeared in over a dozen student, faculty, and thesis productions. He was most recently seen in Reed's mainstage production of Eugene Ionesco's The Bald Soprano and The Lesson which made up the production component of his senior thesis. Colin has studied at institutions such as New York's Public Theater. In 2013, he completed a semester at Russia's Moscow Art Theatre through the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center.
Grace Rittenberg was born in Brookyln, NY and lived there until she moved to Portland to attend Reed College. While in college, she wrote plays, performed in main stage and thesis shows, studied in London for a summer, and directed a thesis production of Ionesco's The Lesson. Her favorite things she learned are movement based theatre and devising, so ICP was the perfect next step. She hopes to stay on the west coast for the foreseeable future.
Charlotte Markle is a recent graduate of Lewis & Clark College with a B.A. in Theatre. At L&C she participated in multiple productions as a performer, a director and a writer. Her favorite roles have included Duke Ferdinand/Duke Senior in As You Like It, Thea in Spring Awakening and Trinculo in The Tempest. Originally from San Francisco, Charlotte has worked as a teaching artist with Bay Area Shakespeare Camps and as an assistant teacher with ACT’s Youth Conservatory Summer Program. Prior to joining the Institute for Contemporary Performance, Charlotte collaborated with Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble as the assistant director and dramaturg on their production of The Three Sisters.
Stephanie Woods graduated from PSU with a Bachelors in theater arts (2012). Since then she has worked locally with theaters such as Sowelu and Imago. Studying with the Institute for Contemporary Performance, she is closing in on something she hadn't thoroughly tapped into. And she's stoked.
J'ena SanCartier moved to Portland from Central Florida to expand her artistic horizons. And that's exactly what she's been up to. She is a recent graduate of Portland Actors Conservatory, where she had the fateful opportunity to create performance with PETE for the first time-- an experience she wouldn't soon forget. After graduating, she starred in The Lower Rooms, a feature length film done with Sowelu Theater. She is so incredibly stoked to be working, creating, and exploring new performance with ICP.