Category Archive: Backstage

Portland’s Space Race

Profile is featured in this article written for American Theater Magazine by local arts writer TJ Acena.  Learn more about the transitions coming at Artists Rep as well as the dire need for art spaces in Portland.

Portland Mercury Review

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

by Megan Burbank

“Undeniable and frightening political resonance”



Willamette Week Review

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

“A scalding standup routine and a love letter to her father.”

“Packed with affectionate jabs”

“A spectacular showcase for the talents of actress Allison Mickelson”

“2.5 Minute Ride” Recalls a Drug-Addled Trip to an Amusement Park and a Sobering Journey to Auschwitz

Profile Theatre’s new production juggles those seemingly contradictory parts with grace to create an uproarious and cathartic whole.

(David Kinder)
“A scalding standup routine and a love letter to her father.”

“Packed with affectionate jabs”

“A spectacular showcase for the talents of actress Allison Mickelson”



“A sift and savvy ride” Oregon Artswatch review

A comprehensive introduction to and review of 2.5 Minute Ride.

“A journey worth taking”

“Powerful in its simplicity”  

“Very funny”

“Mickelson makes the perfect Lisa”

A swift and savvy ride

The Oregonian previews the 2018-19 season

Thanks to Amy Wang at The Oregonian for a lovely preview of the 2018-19 season, beginning with 2.5 Minute Ride on January 25th!

Read the full article HERE


Playwright Profile: Lisa Kron

By the end of our 2018-19 Double Season, you and Lisa Kron will feel like old friends.  Here’s an introduction to her life and work:

Lisa Kron grew up in Lansing, Michigan and like many artists, moved to New York after college. As a teenager and young woman in Michigan and in New York, she pursued acting in straight plays, increasingly dissatisfied with the roles for women, and especially LGBTQ women. Seeing the work of the  pioneering group Split Britches had a profound impact. Lisa writes, “it was so beautiful and complete and so utterly unlike anything I had ever seen before. It was strange yet totally familiar. Funny and heartbreaking and so sexy.  It was non linear – that blew my Midwestern MIND. And – they made it themselves. To me this was a revelation.”

Through Split Brithes, Lisa found her way to the WOW Cafe, a hot-bed for experimental lesbian-centered work in the New York’s East Village, the city’s bohemian heart. At WOW’s tiny storefront theatre she found a like-minded tribe of theatre-makers devising their own work, writing their own plays,  sometimes in a few months, sometimes in a few days, with sets and costumes made from found materials. It was here that she started doing her own solo work. And it was here that she, her girlfriend Peg Healy, and friends Maureen Angelos, Babs Davy, Dominique Dibbell, formed the Five Lesbian Brothers. Throughout the ‘90s, both Lisa’s solo work and the plays created with the Brothers gained increasing prominence, and were produced throughout New York at PS 122, The Kitchen, Dixon Place, HERE Arts Center and eventually at large off-Broadway venues like New York Theatre Workshop and in 1997 The Public Theater, where 2.5 Minute Ride opened to rave reviews, winning OBIE, Drama-logue and GLAAD Awards.

The Public Theater became an artistic home for Lisa, developing and producing her plays Well, which transferred to Broadway, earning Tony nominations for Lisa and co-star Jayne Houdyshell; In The Wake, Lisa’s most traditionally well-made play; and Fun Home, her musical written with Tony-winning composer Jeanine Tessori, which also transferred to Broadway, winning 5 of its 12 Tony nominations, including Best Musical of 2015.

Throughout it all, what makes Lisa’s writing indelibly Lisa’s is her interest in the mix of theatrical forms — from the straight play to solo story-telling to ensemble-generated work, sometimes co-existing in the same piece — her commitment to politically-engaged work, and her conviction that laughter and tears, joy and sorrow, can inhabit the same moment. You’re in for a wildly funny and deeply moving ride.

-Josh Hecht, Artistic Director

2.5 Minute Ride Cast & Creative

Allison Mickelson


Allison Mickelson is honored to debut at Profile Theatre with the brilliant writing of Lisa Kron. Favorite roles include Alison in Fun Home (Portland Center Stage, OR), Mother in Ragtime (Surflight Theater, NJ), Lola in Damn Yankees (Allenberry Playhouse, PA), Emily in Elf The Musical (National Tour), and Mame in Mame (Allenberry Playhouse and Riverside Center for the Performing Arts, VA). Allison has written and performed numerous solo cabarets in NYC, MA, PA, SD and OR. She teaches music and yoga, conducts choirs, and works with art and worship at Middle Collegiate Church, a progressive worshiping community in the East Village. Special thanks to Jane Unger, Josh Hecht, the creative team and the crew. Profile Theatre’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative warrants high praise and Mickelson thanks patrons for supporting live theater and the highlighting of these voices.

Jane Unger


As the founding Artistic Director of Profile Theatre Project, Jane is delighted to return to Profile and usher in this extraordinary season featuring Anna Deveare Smith and Lisa Kron with Kron’s 2.5 Minute Ride. During her fifteen years at the Profile helm she had the pleasure of producing and directing seasons by playwrights Arthur Kopit (inaugural season), Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Constance Congdon, Romulus Linney, Harold Pinter, Edward Albee, Terrence McNally, Lanford Wilson, Wendy Wasserstein, John Guare, Neil Simon, Horton Foote, Lee Blessing and Athol Fugard, working directly with many of these writers on new play development. Recently in Portland at Artists Repertory Theatre, Mothers and Sons by Terrence McNally and the world premiere of The Talented Ones by Yussef El Guindi. Other directorial work: Triad Stage, The Inge Festival, Creede Repertory Theatre, Idaho Theatre for Youth, Great Plains Theatre Conference and in Portland Storefront Theatre, Miracle Theatre, CoHo Productions, JAW at Portland Center Stage and New Rose Theatre. She adapted and directed Carver Country for Literary Arts, based on Raymond Carver short stories and worked as a consultant with Book-It Repertory Theatre in Seattle on The Financial Lives of the Poets and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. As an actress, Jane worked in the New York area at theatres including Manhattan Theatre Club, Manhattan Punch Line and Hartford Stage. Among the awards Jane has received, she is especially proud of her Drammy Award for Best Director for Wings and the Drammy Lifetime Achievement Award.


Peter Ksander, Scenic Design

Sarah Gahagan, Costume Designer

Miranda k Hardy, Lighting Designer

Casi Pacilio, Sound Design

Jana Crenshaw, Composer

Kyra Bishop, Props Master

Carol Ann Wohlmut, Stage Manager

Rory Breshears, Production Manager

Charlie Capps, Production Assistant

PRESS Reviews, mentions and more

Profile doubles the impact

Richly rewarding productions of Quiara Alegría Hudes’ “Water by the Spoonful” and “The Happiest Song Plays Last” open in rep


Stage and Studio Interview

With Dmae Roberts on KBOO

November 7th, 2017

Director Josh Hecht and actor Anthony Lam were guests on the show.  They shared insights into working on Water by the Spoonful and The Happiest Song Plays Last.  Anthony plays the leading character of Elliot in both productions and opened the season in the title role in Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue.

Listen to the full interview HERE

Pulitzer winner Quiara Alegria Hudes expands the idea of family in ‘Elliot Trilogy’


 Read it here: THE OREGONIAN

The Oregonian Features Quiara


Quiara in the OregonianIn October Quiara Alegría Hudes was interviewed by Lee Williams for The Oregonian/Oregon Live!  We are thrilled that The Oregonian recognized the significance of presenting the work of a Pulitzer Prize winning writer – and her upcoming visit to Portland.

She spoke of her gratitude for people’s response to the devastation of hurricane Irma, saying “It’s really profoundly moving how much the nation has just come out with deep love for Puerto Rico.”

She also praised Profile saying that we’ve impressed her with our “Level of thoughtfulness and creativity and care toward the work they do.” Thanks Quiara!

The full article was published in print on Friday, Oct 27th and is available online!

Water/Happiest Cast

In order of appearance






Anthony Lam

Elliot Water/Happiest  

Anthony is returning to Profile Theatre to continue his work as Elliot Ortiz, seen in the season opener Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue. His past theatre credits include: Michael in the stage reading of Washer/Dryer with Theatre Diaspora and Atómiko in Miracle Theatre’s production of Into The Beautiful North. He spent the summer filming Translated, a feature film in Eugene, OR as well as working on commercials throughout the Northwest.

Crystal Ann Muñoz






Crystal Ann Muñoz

Yaz Water/Happiest

Crystal is honored to be working with this earnest, fearless group of artists. Profile audiences may have seen her previously in Eyes for Consuela (Sam Shepard season) or the Drammy Award winning Orlando (Sarah Ruhl season). Other Portland credits include The Importance of Being Ernest; Civil War Christmas (Artists Repertory Theatre), Olivia in Twelfth Night (Portland Shakespeare Project), The Hunstmen (Portland Playhouse), Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Triangle Productions) and In The Heights (Stumptown Stages), another work by our playwright, Quiara Alegría Hudes. Thank you for joining us. “Somos Americanos. Punto.”

Wasim No'Mani






Wasim No’Mani

Ghost/Ali Water/Happiest

Wasim is an actor. Meaning, he tries to tell the truth whilst lying. Indeed, he is as confused as that sounds. Wasim THANKS every one of his stupendously talented cast-mates. Watching their work is both a jubilant joy and frantically frightful. Wasim deeply THANKS director, Josh Hecht, for including him in this creative process. An emphatic extension of GRATITUDE to Quiara Alegria Hudes whose words we are all trying our damndest to live up to. Wasim eternally THANKS his family for their insistent support, despite the questionable nature of the undertaking  Finally, Wasim THANKS YOU, audience member. Without you, there’s no point in this.

Julana Torres






Julana Torres

Odessa Water

Julana is a Portland local with an extensive career in dance, music, and theatre. She has recently returned to the stage after a long hiatus to teach with Portland Public Schools and establish the full time dance program for Franklin High School. She is beyond ecstatic to return to Profile after performing last spring as Beatriz in 26 Miles. Other credits include Óye Oyá (Milagro Theatre), Cuba Libre (ART), West Side Story (Musical Theatre Company), Peter Pan (Civic Theatre). Upcoming works include feature film Losing Addison, and Between Riverside and Crazy this spring with Artists Rep. She also performs as the lead singer for popular latin jazz orchestra The Bobby Torres Ensemble.

Member Actors Equity Association







Akari Anderson

Orangutan Water

Akari is thrilled to be making her Portland debut at Profile. Theatrical credits include Anna in The Baltimore Waltz (Powerhouse Theatre), Ophelia in Hamlet (Martel Theatre), Sabina in The Skin of Our Teeth (Vassar College), Susan in The Secretaries (Idlewild Ensemble), and Ensemble Member in On The Table (Sojourn Theatre Company). Film: Frances Ha (dir. Noah Baumbach). Holds a BA in Drama from Vassar College. Special thanks to Tomiko, Reed and Hiroko.

Bobby Bermea






Bobby Bermea

Chutes & Ladders Water

Bobby is thrilled to be returning to Profile where he last appeared on stage during the Athol Fugard season in “Master Harold” …and the Boys and My Children! My Africa! He also directed last season’s Blue Door. Bermea is co-artistic director of The Beirut Wedding World Theatre Project and a member of both Sojourn Theatre and Badass Theatre Company. He is a playwright, director, contributor to Oregon ArtsWatch and three-time Drammy award winning actor. Bermea has worked in theaters literally from New York, NY to Honolulu, HI. Coming up, look for Bermea in Between Riverside and Crazy at Artists Rep, Fences at Portland Playhouse and The Librarians on TNT.

Member Actors Equity Association


Duffy Epstein






Duffy Epstein

Fountainhead/Lefty Water/Happiest

Duffy is really happy to be working at Profile Theater again, having appeared as Saul in True West.  Recent appearances include Slank in Peter and the Starcatcher; Ian in The Other Place (Portland Playhouse), Duane/db in db (Coho), Harold in I Want To Destroy You (Theater Vertigo), Cash in The Pain and the Itch (Third Rail). For Judy!

Dre Slaman






Dre Slaman

Shar Happiest

Dré earned her MFA in Acting at Northern Illinois University where she studied the Meisner Technique under master teacher Kathryn Gately. She has also studied at the Moscow Art Theatre, the William Esper Acting Studio (NYC) and received her BA in Theatre Arts at University of Pacific. Theatre Credits include: Jaffa’s Gate, The Stinky Cheese Man, Nine Parts of Desire, The Arab-Israeli Cookbook, Albee’s Everything in The Garden, Edgar’s Pentecost, and Hair. Dré’s on-camera credits include GRIMM, MEDIUM, and others. She owns and operates local company Farm to Fit and is on the Board of the Portland Area Theatre Alliance.






Jimmy Garcia

Agustín Happiest

After studying at Southern Oregon University and performing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Jimmy is happy to be back in Portland where he began his acting career years ago on the stages of Milagro Theater, Stark Raving Theater and Portland Center Stage.  In Southern Oregon, he performed a variety of roles working with such esteemed directors as Bill Rauch, Libby Appel and Pat Patton to name a few. He has most recently performed in Milagro’s world premiere Óye Oyá, ART’s A Civil War Christmas, Profile Theater’s Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue, and ART’s An Octoroon.

Member Actors Equity Association