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.