Company Members

Jacob Coleman

Jacob Coleman (Co-Artistic Director, Founding Member) is a director, performer, and teacher. Recent roles with PETE include Procedures for Saying No (Peter), [or, the whale] (Ahab), Enter THE NIGHT (Jack), Three Sisters (Tuzenbach), and R3 (Richard). Jacob directed PETE’s All Well, Drowned Horse Tavern, Song of the Dodo and co-directed Opus 3 at the Portland Actors Conservatory. Jacob has also worked locally with Shaking The Tree (A Doll’s House), Imago Theatre (The Homecoming, The Caretaker), Liminal Performance Group (The Resurrectory), zoe|juniper (a crack in everything [installed]), Amber Whitehall (Near To The Wild Heart, On Killing), and in NYC with Jenny Vogel (Cruelty of Pirates). Jacob was an artistic director of Fever Theater from 2002-2009, acting in or directing each of their ten original performances. Jacob teaches with PETE at the Institute for Contemporary Performance, and in the Applied Theatre program at Pacific University. Naropa University, MFA.

Rebecca Lingafelter

Rebecca Lingafelter (Co-Artistic Director, Founding Member) is a performer, director, teacher and producer based in Portland, OR. Her work with PETE includes [or, the whale] (Ahab), R3 (Buckingham), Song of the Dodo (Dodo), and Three Sisters (Olga). Locally Rebecca has worked with Third Rail Rep where she is a core company member (Belleville, Collapse, That Hopey Changey Thing, Sweet and Sad), Profile Theatre (The Fifth of July, Knowing Cairo),and CoHo (Grounded). Directing credits include The Realistic Joneses (Third Rail), Peter and the Starcatcher (Portland Playhouse), and Procedures for Saying No (PETE). Upcoming work includes Bright Half Life (Profile), DB (CoHo) and The Angry Brigade (Third Rail). In New York she performed at Classic Stage Company, PS122, The Ontological Hysteric Incubator, HERE Arts Center, The Bushwick Starr, The Chocolate Factory, Judson Church, Vortex Theatre Company, Target Margin Theatre, and The Metropolitan Opera. She has performed internationally in Korea, Germany, Italy, England and Budapest, Hungary. She was co-artistic director of experimental theatre ensemble Performance Lab 115 from 2005-2010, where she produced and performed in over 12 productions. In addition she was lead-artist for PL115’s six-month residency with Mabou Mines mentored by Ruth Maleczech in 2008. Rebecca is currently an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Lewis and Clark College. In addition she has taught at the The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Art, The Public Theater, Classic Stage Company, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Portland Actors Conservatory.  Rebecca is a proud member of Actors Equity and SAG/AFTRA. Columbia University, MFA.

Cristi Miles

Cristi Miles (Co-Artistic Director, Founding Member) is a native of El Paso, Texas. Portland credits include: Enter THE NIGHTThe Three SistersSong of the Dodo and R3 with PETE; Midsummer (a play with songs) with Third Rail Rep, Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Dying City (Drammy award) with Portland Playhouse; As you Like it with Portland Shakespeare Project; El Grito Del Bronx with Miracle Theatre and various staged readings. Regional credits include; As You Like it  at San Jose Rep; The Clean House, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, at New Repertory Theatre. Marisol with the Orfeo Group, Buried Child with the Nora Theatre, The Winter’s Tale with Actors Shakespeare Project. Prior to living in beautiful Portland, OR she lived in Boston where she was a co-founder of Orfeo Group, an Elliot Norton Award winning company. Cristi has directed and taught at the Berkshire Theatre Festival and with numerous regional theaters nationwide including The Portland Actors Conservatory, Portland Playhouse, The Stoneham Theatre, The Huntington Theatre, New Repertory Theatre and The Boston Conservatory. As an actor she has worked regionally at: San Jose Rep, New Repertory Theatre, The Nora Theatre, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, The Stoneham Theatre, The Huntington Theatre, Profile Theatre, Coho Theatre, The Portland Civic Theatre Guild, and New Rep on Tour. She has trained with Anne Bogart and the SITI company, Double Edge Theatre Company, The Roy Hart Theatre company and The Oregon Center for Alexander Technique. Cristi holds an MFA from Brandeis University and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.

Amber Whitehall

Amber Whitehall (Co-Artistic Director, Founding Member) is a performer, writer and teacher. Her work is a distinct synthesis of technique, concept and practice informed by extensive experience making original work in a collaborative way. She writes in time and space to share a likeness of lived feeling and to see the familiar anew. She believes in the utility of ambiguity. She believes in the power of metaphor. (Even if it takes a lot of work and a good deal of confusion.) Her research and teaching includes creative compositional process, embodied awareness and expression, and the symbiotic relationship between composition and improvisation. She has produced work and taught in Portland, Seattle, NYC, and Europe. She is a dedicated practitioner of the Viewpoints and the Suzuki Method actor training, as well as Roy Hart Voice and extended vocal work. Amber taught acting and movement in the BFA program at Naropa University; butoh dance at The Evergreen State College; composition at Conduit Dance; voice at Portland Actors Conservatory; Acting at Lewis & Clark College. She is currently faculty at the Institute for Contemporary Performance. She is also a Registered Yoga Teacher. MFA: Contemporary Performance.

Kristina Mast

Kristina Mast (Administrative Director) is a stage manager from Corvallis, Oregon. She has stage managed with PETE for [or, the whale], All Well, and Drowned Horse Tavern. Other recent work includes Smokey Joe’s Café at Stumptown Stages, One Man, Two Guvnors at Clackamas Repertory Theater, Mr Burns, a post-electric play, and How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes at Portland Playhouse. She received her training at Goshen College (Goshen, IN), the Guthrie Theater, and Portland Playhouse.

Associate Artists

Miranda K Hardy

Miranda K Hardy is a light designer now based in Portland.  She designed lights for PETE’s Song of the Dodo and R3 (for which she was honored with a Drammy Award).  Thus far her work with light has been for theater, opera, dance, live music, museum and corporate events. A bridge is not out of the question as a future dream project.  She is a member of the performance by design collective TENT, has company affiliations with Banana Bag & Bodice and Latitude 14 as well as being a co-founder of tinyelephant a studio dedicated to the performing object.

Peter Ksander

Peter Ksander has designed sets and lighting for performance events at all scales.  His work has been presented at: The National Theater of Hungary, Maison des Arts de Creteil, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Public Theater, The Intiman, The Walker Art Center, Arts at St. Ann’s, La Mama ETC. PS122, HERE Arts Center, The Ontological-Hysteric Theater, The ICA (Boston), Theater for a New Audience, The California Institute of the Arts, The TBA Festival, and Under the Radar.  In 2005 Peter was a recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program and in 2008 he won an Obie award for the scenic design of Untitled Mars (this title may change). He is a founder of the Incubator Arts Project and is an Associate Professor at Reed College.

Paige McKinney

Paige McKinney has performed with Mary Oslund, Gregg Bielemeier, Linda Austin, and others, and won a Drammy Award for Best Choreography. She appeared with PETE in Song of the Dodo (2012) in Seattle and in R3 as the Duchess in 2013. Paige teaches the Alexander Technique in Portland and at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance in Eugene. More about Paige at

Mark Valadez

Mark Valadez is a sound designer who has made work on stages in New York, Seattle, Portland, San Fransisco and Budapest, Hungary. Selected credits include, The Verge (The Ontological Theater, NYC), Caucasian Chalk Circle – 2010 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Original Music (The Chocolate Factory/Mabou Mines, NYC), M4M (Chashama, NYC), Reluctant (Here Arts Center, NYC, Brava Theatre, SF), Dead Letter Office (Here Arts Center/Chashama, NYC), Cleansed (Columbia Stages, NYC), Blood Wedding (The Walker Space at the Soho Rep, NYC). He most recently created sound for Forth, a new play by Tommy Smith at the Magicfuturebox in Brooklyn, and workshopped Motherland/Foreign Relations as the Ground Floor residency at Berkeley Rep.

Jenny Ampersand

Jenny Ampersand is a costume, set, and mask designer who works with companies in both Portland and Seattle.   Most recently, she designed costumes for the PETE productions The Three Sisters and Song of the Dodo.  Some of her best-loved design projects have been creating puppets for Strawberry Theatre Workshop’s This Land-Woody Guthrie, costumes for Liminal’s 7deadly Sins (2003 Drammy Award), Liminal presents Gertrude Stein, and Wobbly Dance’s You too are made of stars, scenery for Consolidated Work’s Antony & Cleopatra and for Empty Space’s Ming the Rude, and painting scenery for Arkham NW Production’s film Cthulhu.  She received her BFA in Scenic and Costume Design from Cornish College of the Arts.

Embedded Scholar

Robert Quillen camp

Robert Quillen Camp is a theater artist and scholar whose current research focuses primarily on the ways in which expanded dramatic practices intersect with contemporary post-conceptual visual art. His other research areas include European modern drama and the phenomenology of performance.

He has written extensively for the stage, including writing the text for Pig Iron Theater Company’s OBIE-award winning CHEKHOV LIZARDBRAIN, which has toured internationally and been published by 53rd State Press. His most recent play, ALL HANDS, a collaboration with the Hoi Polloi Theater Company, premiered at NYC’s Incubator Arts Project in 2012, directed by Alec Duffy, with music by Dave Malloy and choreography by Dan Safer. Another collaboration with Pig Iron, the Barrymore Award nominated PAY UP, will return to the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival in the fall of 2013. His plays and performance works have been produced at many venues in the US and abroad, including the Public Theater Under the Radar Festival, the Ohio Theater, the Ontological-Hysteric, Peak Performances at Montclair University, The Empty Space, Prelude Festival, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and HERE. His plays have been published in the literary journals Conjunctions, Chain, Conundrum, Factorial, and Play A Journal of Plays.

BA Reed College, MFA Brown University, PhD University of California, Santa Barbara.

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