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.