Staff and Board
Josh Hecht (Artistic Director)
At Profile, Josh has directed Paula Vogel’s The Baltimore Waltz and Indecent (co-production with Artists Rep), Lisa Kron’s In The Wake and Well, Anna Deavere Smith’s Let Me Down Easy and the concert staging of Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 and the rotating repertory productions of Quiara Alegria Hudes’ Water By The Spoonful and The Happiest Song Plays Last. Other Portland productions include Mike Lew’s Teenage Dick (Artists Rep). His productions have been seen in New York at MCC Theater, The Cherry Lane, The Duke on 42nd Street, New World Stages, Culture Project, regionally at The Guthrie Theater, the Berkshire Theatre Group, the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Signature Theatre (DC) and internationally at the Dublin Arts Festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and elsewhere. His collaboration with Ping Chong and Company was commissioned by and premiered at The Kennedy Center before touring the northeast.
His directing has received the Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience and Fringe First Awards in Dublin and Edinburgh for Best Production, as well as GLAAD and IRNE nominations; his writing has received the support of the Jerome Foundation. He is formerly the Director of Playwright Development at MCC Theater and the Director of New Play Development at WET and has worked at most of the play development centers across the country including The O’Neill, New York Stage and Film, The Playwrights Center, The Lark, PlayPenn, New Harmony Project, JAW at Portland Center Stage and others. He is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect and an alumnus of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab.
He’s served on the faculty of the New School for Drama MFA Directing program, the Fordham University MFA Playwriting program, Purchase College SUNY’s BFA Dramatic Writing program and has been a guest artist at The Juilliard School, NYU’s Dramatic Writing MFA program, Carnegie Mellon’s MFA Playwriting program, University of Minnesota’s BFA Acting program and others.
Matthew Jones (Managing Director)
Matthew joined Profile Theatre as Managing Director in November 2008. He is responsible for managing the financial aspects of the organization and is the company’s primary grants writer. He has carved out a 30-year career in the management of nonprofit organizations, including working with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, The Lawyers’ Campaign for Equal Justice, Columbia Land Trust, Hollywood Theatre, Portland Jazz Festival, Portland Center Stage and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. His volunteer activities include serving on the Board of Directors for the Arts Council of Southern Oregon, The Advisory Committee of the PCPA, Friends of PCPA and the Board of Friends of Trees. Matthew holds a BA in Arts Management from Western Washington University with post-baccalaureate study an the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington.
Jamie M. Rea (Line Producer)
Jamie has had the pleasure of exploring theatre as a tool for connection and change for over 20 years. After directing in LA, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Ohio, New York, and Portland, she now serves as founding co-artistic director of The Beirut Wedding World Theatre Project. Recent local credits include Jesus Hopped the A-Train, CoHo/Beirut Wedding, Topdog Underdog (Street Scenes) and B*tch in Kitchen as part of Salt with Shaking the Tree. Jamie’s activism work has a heavy focus on survivors of sexual violence. Two local projects include the development of and tour of Telling – a piece where survivors tell their own stories with facilitated audience conversations (3 year partnership with OAASIS – a Portland based resource and advocacy organization for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse). And Made to Dance in Burning Buildings, an interdisciplinary dance/theatre piece of a survivor’s reclamation of self as she navigates PTSD.
Bobby Bermea (Director of Community Engagement)
Bobby is the co-artistic director of the Beirut Wedding World Theatre Project, a proud member of Sojourn Theatre and a long-time member of Actors Equity Association. Bermea has literally appeared in theatres from New York, NY to Honolulu, HI. In Portland Bermea has worked at Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory, Portland Playhouse, Milagro, Cygnet, Life in Arts and CoHo. Previously on the Profile stage, Bermea has been seen in Master Harold and the Boys, My Children! My Africa!, Water by the Spoonful, and just recently, Ruined/Mother Courage, as well as having directed Blue Door and Fires in the Mirror.
Caleb Bourgeois (Company Manager)
Caleb is a trans arts administrator and theatre maker who got his start in the Anchorage Opera in 1996 in Orpheus and the Underworld. Some of his theatre highlights include The Rocky Horror Show with Theatre Artists United (Frank N. Furter), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with Cyrano’s Theatre (William Barfee), and Spring Awakening at Out North (director), among many other design, directing, and performance credits. He currently works with Perseverance Theatre, The Theatre Company, and Profile Theatre.
Mignon Mazique, President
Stephen Schuitevoerder, Treasurer
Linda Jensen, Secretary
The Profile Theatre Resource Council is made up of individuals who generously offer their connections or specialized skill and experience to Profile staff, artists and Board. Resource Council members are our ambassadors in the community and our advisors behind the scenes.
Adriana Baer, Former Artistic Director
Jane Unger, Founding Artistic Director
Priscilla Bernard Wieden