Meet the Cast and Creative Team for The Call
Chantal DeGroat is excited to finally work with Profile Theatre, and honored to work in the Barfield season! She is a Portland-based actress represented by Arthouse Talent and Literary. Chantal trained with Shakespeare and Company (Lenox, MA) and Emerson College (Boston, MA), where she studied closely under Kristin Linklater. She is also so darn excited to be Third Rail Rep’s newest company member. Local Companies: Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre, Badass Theatre, Portland Playhouse, Clackamas Repertory Theatre, Jewish Theatre Collaborative and Chehalem Players Repertory. Chantal performs and teaches with– The August Wilson Red Door Project, PlayWrite, Inc, Portland Center Stage (Shakespeare outreach program), and abroad at Exeter University in England. Proud to be newly AEA. www.chantaldegroat.com
This is Jasper’s second production with Profile Theater, the first being a staged reading of A Lesson From Aloes. Jasper is very excited and humbled to be apart of the wonderful cast and crew that has been assembled to bring to you The Call. Jasper has been in numerous television commercials, print ads and has also had parts on various television shows, such as, Grimm and Leverage, since moving to Portland, from Ohio, seven years ago.
Anya Pearson is delighted to be returning to Profile having previously been seen in Nothing But The Truth and Knowing Cairo. She is an actress, playwright, screenwriter, essayist, poet and writing coach. A graduate of the prestigious William Esper Studio in New York City, she is thrilled to be making Portland her home again. After The Call, she can next be seen in Streetcar Named Desire at Portland Center Stage. She is the author of the play, Made to Dance in Burning Buildings, a fusion of poetic text and violent and visceral contemporary dance, which poses the question: how do we heal from trauma? She believes that through the transformative power of performance and literary arts, she will be able to effect meaningful change in the world.
Amanda is delighted to be treading the boards at Profile Theatre once again. Previously, Amanda had the privilege of playing Elsa in The Road to Mecca (Athol Fugard season), Holly in Uncommon Women & Others and Pfeni in The Sisters Rosensweig (Wendy Wasserstein season). Favorite local credits include: The Hen Night Epiphany (Corrib Theatre), Foxfinder (Artists Rep), Snow Falling on Cedars; Misalliance (Portland Center Stage), Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act (Shaking The Tree Theatre), and The Love of the Nightingale (Theatre Vertigo). Amanda has also had the opportunity to create ensemble devised work with Sojourn Theatre and Ping Chong + Company.
Tom is thrilled and humbled to be returning to Profile Theatre to work with such a talented cast and crew. Previous Profile credits include HE/Johnny in the staged reading of Stage Kiss, Gideon Le Roux in the staged reading of Playland and Jed in The 5th of July. Tom has been active in the Portland acting community since 2001 and has been seen in many theaters, independent films and television in that time. Most notably is his 14 year membership with the Northwest Classical Theatre Company.
Gemma is the founding Artistic Director of Corrib Theatre. For Corrib she has directed Little Gem, The Hen Night Epiphany, St. Nicholas, A Night in November (Drammy nomination for Direction). In Portland: Broomstick, Ithaka for Artists Repertory Theatre, Words that Burn for Los Porteños, and at Boom Arts, and JAW. She was the founding Artistic Director of Wilde Irish Productions in the Bay Area. For Wilde Irish: The Importance of Being Oscar (Dean Goodman Award for Direction), U.S. premiere of Ariel by Marina Carr, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Eclipsed and Endgame. Other favorites: Last Summer at Bluefish Cove (Cable Car Nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Directing), Vita and Virginia (Curve Magazine, Best Theatre of the Year Award), for Theatre Rhinoceros; and Equus (Little Theatre Nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Directing). BA Trinity College Dublin, MA UC Berkeley, MFA San Francisco State University. Member SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers Society). www.gemmawhelan.com
Megan Wilkerson is a resident artist at Artists Repertory Theatre, the Resident scenic designer for Bag&Baggage Productions, and a member of the Rivendell Theatre Ensemble. Her design work has been recognized by The Chicago Tribune, The Oregonian, The Austin Critics Circle and The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Regionally Megan has worked with The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, The New Conservatory, Renaissance Theaterworks, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Broadway Rose, Teatro Milagro, deFunkt Theatre, Theatre Vertigo, Northwest Classical Theatre, Next Act Theatre, Skylight Opera, First Stage Children’s Theatre, Michigan Opera Theatre, Pittsburgh Public, Portland Center Stage and the Portland Opera. She is a member of United Scenic Artists and holds an MFA from The University of Texas at Austin.
Ruth Nardecchia happily returns to Profile Theatre’s design team. Past lighting designs include Blood Knot at Profile, Cinderella at Northwest Children’s Theatre and Christmas Unplugged at Artists Repertory. She thanks Profile for another opportunity of collaborative art.
Born and raised in Portland Oregon, Sara graduated from Portland State with a BA in History in 2012. She began working with Profile that same year through their intern program and has since designed the Festival of One Acts in 2014, True West in 2014, and Passion Play in 2015. In addition to her MainStage work, she assists with Profiles outreach program in the public schools teaching kids about the craft of costume design. Additional credits include Once on this Island at Enlightened Theatrics in 2012, High School Musical Enlightened Theatrics 2013, and American Night at Milagro 2014. Outside of costume design, she works as a production glass blower and moonlights as a props designer, credits include Eyes for Consuela Profile 2014 and upcoming Peter and the Star Catcher at Portland Playhouse in 2016.
Sharath Patel is very excited to be back for his ninth design with Profile. Portland credits include In the Next Room, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, True West, Buried Child, The Road to Mecca, Blood Knot (Profile Theater), The Price, Tribes, The Mother F**ker with the Hat (Artist’s Rep), The Piano Lesson, The Brother/Sister Plays, Jitney (Portland Playhouse), Waiting for Godot, Mary Stewart, Wait Until Dark (Northwest Classical), American Night, Oedipus el Rey (Miracle Theatre), A Pigeon and A Boy (Jewish Theater Collaborative). New York and International credits include designs at The Westside Theater, La MaMa, Playwrights Horizons, Theater Row, PS122, Columbia, Yale, Harvard, India, France, England. Sharath earned his MFA in Sound Design from the Yale School of Drama.
A graduate of Illinois State University’s Scenic Design Program, Emily works with a variety of materials and with various age groups, musicians, organizations and budgets. She enjoyed three seasons in Illinois Shakespeare Festival Prop Shop, has led mural & public arts projects, and has spearheaded puppetry workshops at public schools, libraries and the Children’s Discovery Museum. The Call being her first show with Profile, Emily’s worked with several companies in the area including Northwest Classical Theatre Company, Artists Repertory Theatre, Lincoln High School, Valley Repertory Theatre and Enlightened Theatrics. Navigating the Northwest arts scene, she takes every opportunity to broaden her reach! www.emilywilken.com
Portland Stage Management credits: Orlando; Fall Festival: Passion Play Parts 1+2; In the Next Room, or the vibrator play; Dead Man’s Cell Phone; True West; Fall Festival: Festival of One Acts; Buried Child; Eyes for Consuela; The Road to Mecca (Profile Theatre); The Light in the Piazza (Portland Playhouse). Oregon Shakespeare Festival, non-equity Assistant Stage Manager: The Unfortunates (2013), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2013), Troilus and Cressida (2012), The Very Merry Wives of Windsor, Iowa (2012), Julius Caesar (2011), The African Company Presents Richard III (2011). BA in Theatre Management from Western Washington University, MFA in Stage Management from Columbia University. Active member of Actor’s Equity Association
Jake Turner is a performer, stage manager and creator. His previous works include co-stage managing Far Away at Portland State University, stage managing Children of Eden with Alaska Arts Southeast, and assistant stage managing Passion Play with Profile Theatre and Shaking the Tree Theatre. He has performed onstage in shows such as Dead Man’s Cell Phone at Profile and Romeo and Juliet at Portland State University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in theater.