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.