Jenny R. Stadler, Ph.D., Executive Director
Jenny has worked in executive leadership and consulting in the arts and education for the last 15 years, and was thrilled to join the PHAME staff in September of 2017. Jenny obtained her Ph.D. in Human Development from Boston University in 2001. After working as a researcher and research director for several years, Jenny became the California State Executive Director for Citizen Schools, a national social entrepreneurial after-school program for low-income middle-school children. Since 2008, she has become a member of Portland’s cultural fabric in her Executive Director role at the Portland Revels and as a member and past-Board President of the Choral Arts Ensemble.
Favorite PHAME moment: Hearing the amazing blend and harmonies of the PHAME chorus during rehearsals for our 2017 Summer Production, In a Single Breath.
Phone: (503) 764-9718 ext. 1
Matthew Gailey, Director of Arts & Education
Matthew brings over three decades of experience as a performer and over two decades as an arts educator to his work at PHAME. Serving in a variety of roles in the performance and education programs since joining PHAME in 2011, his specialties include directing music ensembles, vocal coaching, and building arts curricula that places equal emphasis on the classroom and the stage as arenas for learning and growth. Matthew holds a BA in Music Education from Florida Southern College and studied opera theatre and jazz vocal performance at Indiana University’s graduate music program with renowned baritone Andreas Poulimenos and jazz luminary David Baker. Matthew's life as a performer has taken him from singing in gospel choirs and fronting big bands in the US and Europe to performing in Opera and Musical Theatre. Local collaborations include the Portland Cello Project, China Forbes with the Bureau of Standards Big Band, Andres St James, Ron Steen and others. In addition to his artistic pursuits, Matthew is currently pursuing a post-baccalaureate certificate from University of California San Diego in Teaching Adult Learners.
Favorite PHAME moment: Anytime I get to collaborate on stage with our students and guest artists. It's always such a fantastic time and an opportunity to show audiences what we are collectively capable of.
Phone: (503) 764-9718 ext. 3
Rob Smith, Director of Community Engagement
Rob has worked in the Community Arts field for almost 20 years and joined the PHAME team in March 2016. He began his career in Arts Education in 1997 as an Administrator and Assistant Registrar at Levine School of Music in Washington D.C. With a focus on human rights and the belief that everyone deserves equal and affordable access to the arts, Rob served as the Director of Students and Outreach at Sitar Arts Center, a multidisciplinary arts facility serving median to low income families and at risk youth in Washington D.C., from 2004-2014. Through his experience at Sitar, Rob was able to partner with organizations like Washington Ballet, Shakespeare Theater, CITYDANCE ensemble and Corcoran Museum. As a musician, Rob has been drumming since the age of 12, and started teaching beginners at the age of 19. He has performed in countless scenarios in and around the DC music scene including The Smithsonian, Harmon Theater, Joe’s Public Theater, 9:30 Club, drumming for dance companies or supporting other artists. Rob attended Montgomery College in Maryland, majoring in Architecture, with a minor in Fine Art. Rob continues to create and appreciate all the gifts the arts make and looks forward to growing with PHAME.
Favorite PHAME moment: Every Rhythm & Drumming class!
Phone: (503) 764-9718 ext. 2
Rebekah Morris, Development Director
Rebekah joined PHAME in 2015. She holds an MBA and an MA in Museum Development from John F. Kennedy University. Prior to PHAME, Morris worked at Children’s Fairyland, the Hayward Area Historical Society, and most recently, the Oregon Symphony. She is proud to serve the arts in her native Portland, and loves working with PHAME students, families and fans.
Favorite PHAME moment: Hearing PHAME actors say they were more excited than nervous minutes before the opening performance of Up the Fall—and then seeing why, as they gave flawless performances.
Phone: (503) 764-9718 ext. 4
Anya Roberts-Toney, Associate Director of Communications & Academic Affairs
Anya oversees PHAME's communications, marketing, website, and social media, and is also PHAME’s registrar. She plays a key role in the development of each term's class schedule, and is your first point of contact for questions related to registration, tuition assistance, and paying for classes. Originally from Seattle, Anya moved to Portland in 2011 after cutting her teeth in New York City's book printing and publishing industries, and she comes to PHAME with a passion for the arts and arts education. Anya holds a Master's of Fine Art in Visual Studies from Pacific Northwest College of Art here in Portland, as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Studio Art from Brown University. In addition to her activities at PHAME, she is a practicing visual artist, and has exhibited her paintings locally and nationally.
Favorite PHAME moment: The PHAME performance of Spring Awakening's "Purple Summer" at Spring 2018's Get PHAMEous open house. I truly love that song, and PHAME students knocked it out of the park.
Phone: (503) 764-9718 ext. 5
Kayla Czysz, Resource Coordinator
Kayla is a graduate student at Portland State University and is doing a field placement at PHAME to learn about nonprofit program structure and management. Kayla found her way to Portland from New York in 2015 while seeking bigger trees and ocean swells. She has a background in the arts and community health, and has had the immense pleasure of teaching creative arts, movement, and yoga in an array of settings. Kayla is excited to be at PHAME, and looks forward to learning from the students, staff, and community.
Teaching Artists, Classroom Coordinators
& Classroom Assistants
Amaya Alvarado, Teaching Artist
Amaya Alvarado is a multidisciplinary contemporary circus artist and dancer with a passion for art and human connection through movement. Amaya has traveled around the world studying, performing and teaching yoga, acrobatics, dance, and circus arts. She is a graduate of the New England Center for Circus Arts and Co-creator of the Contemporary Circus, Dance, Theatre show “Tinder and Ash.” She studied 500hrs of Yoga with Three Sisters Yoga in NYC. Amaya has taught people of all ages and backgrounds from Mexico to Thailand, Alaska to Montreal. She currently teaches Yoga at PHAME and also coaches and choreographs for AWOL's professional training program, and at Night Flight, KCLC, and The Circus Project in Portland, Oregon.
Kyle Brushwein, Campus Assistant
Kyle has been an active participant at PHAME since 2007 when he was cast as Fake Val Jean in the production of Les Miserables. He enjoys summers in Maine. He loves to read. Coloring books are a passion. When not at PHAME taking classes and working as a Classroom Assistant (since 2016), you can find Kyle "the dog whisperer" walking dogs in his neighborhood for pay.
David Chachere, Teaching Artist & Lead Campus Coordinator
Dave is a writer, photographer, and concert promoter living in Portland. He was raised in Berkeley, California, spent two years in China, and graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a degree in Chinese History. He spent thirty-six years as a full- and part-time musician and performed around the world. He currently specializes in concert photography.
Michael Galen, Teaching Artist
Michael Galen is a professional dancer, choreographer, and musician, born and raised in Portland, OR. His dance strengths are in afro-contemporary, specializing in urban dance/club styles. He currently performs and choreographs with Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theater, and notable work has been seen on TEDxMtHood, OR Shakespeare Festival, and university tours, as well as on TV with IFC's Portlandia, Comedy Central, commercials, and short films. He is also a New Expressive Works alumnus. As a musician, Michael minored in Jazz Performance at University of Oregon. He is the co-founder of Brazilian-soul band POPgoji and records and performs with numerous groups in Portland. At PHAME, Michael currently teaches Kick-It-Up and Musical Theatre. Photo credit: Andy Bat.
Alexandra Geffel, Campus Coordinator
Alexandra has a B.A. in classical percussion from Biola University. She performs regularly with The Cabin Project, Secret Drum Band and various other musical projects and theater companies throughout Portland. As well as teaching music privately, Alexandra is an instructor with Girls Build, a non-profit organization that strives to inspire curiosity and confidence in girls through the world of building. Alexandra is happy that she gets to fuse her love for working within the I/DD community and the arts by being a part of the PHAME team.
Neptune Grossman, Campus Coordinator
Neptune is an artist and activist originally from the east coast. After studying Human Services at Clark University, and traveling in North and South America, they wound up in Portland. Neptune practices meditation, qigong, and yoga daily and believes in the importance of mindfulness practices for all artists. They have been a facilitator of art therapy and meditation for people in recovery from substance abuse, mental illness, and trauma. Neptune enjoys drawing comics to communicate about both mundane and difficult subjects, with the intention to inspire laughter.
Alexis Hamilton, Teaching Artist
Alexis is the Manager of Education & Outreach at Portland Opera and is teaching at PHAME as part of our multi-year collaboration with the Opera. She believes passionately that the arts open doors for all people, and is an active advocate for the arts and for creating opportunities for all people to understand and enjoy them.
Chisao Hata, Teaching Artist
Chisao Hata is an artist whose work is grounded in dance, theatre, choreopoems, self-awareness and personal expression. As an arts educator she has inspired many to pursue careers in the arts. Chisao creates artful ways we can individually and collectively engage our communities.
Heath Houghton, Teaching Artist
Heath is a Korean American actor and writer currently based in Portland, Oregon. He grew up in Michigan, where he began appearing on stage at a young age. He holds a B.A. in Theatre from Humboldt State University, and also studied traditional Korean performance styles and physical theatre in South Korea. Heath values his role as an advocate for fair trade, for the freedom of information, for our rights as citizens and consumers to have transparency and equality in our practices. Heath joined the PHAME teaching team in 2012 and teaches a variety of acting classes including Musical Theatre and Scene Study.
Liliane Hunt, Teaching Artist
Liliane is an actor, writer, director, and performance artist whose avant-garde fashion sense has set her apart both on stage and off. At a young age she was gifted her very first “dressing up box” full of costumes which was a universe filled with magic and endless possibilities. Growing up in England, she competed on the awards circuit for drama, speech, and verse while earning a degree in theater and completing additional studies with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She assisted in developing the curriculum and facilitated educational programs with museums across the United Kingdom before moving to New York, San Francisco and most recently Portland.
Liza Jensen, Campus Assistant
Liza is a lover of all things creative! Among her many talents, she acts, writes, and sings! Liza joined the PHAME family in 2015, starting as a student and then becoming a Classroom Assistant. In her previous life, Liza was a Montessori preschool teacher, but returned to her true love of performing. She made her professional acting debut in Scarlet with the Portland Playhouse in the Spring of 2018, and hopes to act on many more Portland stages in the future. She also sings with a community choir each week, called Transpose. Liza enjoys karaoke, going to live music shows, open mics, and generally making people smile.
Jess Leftault, Teaching Artist & Campus Coordinator
Originally from Arizona, Jess Leftault relocated to Portland, OR in 2011 and began volunteering with PHAME shortly after her arrival. After serving as a Marketing Intern, she was hired as a Program Assistant and eventually, the Community Relations Manager. During her time at PHAME, she has taught journalism, creative writing, costume design, and art. In 2015, she took a two-year hiatus to pursue a Certificate in Communication Design from PNCA. Her strong belief that all people deserve a space to create art and grow from it brought her back to PHAME in 2017. She is excited to be back at PHAME teaching Graphic Design and Storytelling while also freelancing full time as a designer.
Laura Loy, Teaching Artist
Laura Loy is an actor-creator-incendiary and has been working in arts education for over 10 years. Teaching credits include work at public schools in Oregon and New Hampshire, Northwest Children’s Theatre and School, Echo Theatre Company, Camp Galilee (Lake Tahoe), and Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre. Laura is a founding member of award-winning physical theatre company Box of Clowns, and her work has been showcased on The Gong Show, America’s Got Talent, and stages across North America. She believes in the transformative power of art and is currently working on ripping apart the time-space continuum with the help of her audiences. Laura is a graduate of the Univ. of New Hampshire with a BA in Theatre & Dance and the Professional Training Program at Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre.
Lea Mulligan, Campus Assistant
Lea has been going to PHAME since October 3, 2007. She started working as a Classroom Assistant at PHAME on September 20, 2016. She helps the students and the staff.
Michael O’Neill, Teaching Artist
Michael O’Neill is the Co-founder of Nomadic Theatre Co. and is an acting, directing, Commedia Dell’Arte, and clowning extraordinaire! Michael is armed with a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Directing from the University of Portland, and is a graduate from the prestigious Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, as well Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. Recently Michael has performed with Portland Revels, co-creating their Solstice Children show for the past three seasons. Most recently he has embarked on a new adventure creating an artist community in SE Portland called the “ArtBarn”. He traveled to South Sudan with Clowns Without Borders in September of 2014, and enthusiastically returned to Columbia in May and June of 2015 to teach a forty-hour intensive and direct a performance at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Other highlights about Michael are his adjunct professorship at George Fox University and collaborating with Night Flight Aerial Dance Company for 5 years and 8 shows.
Tess Raunig, Teaching Artist
Tess Raunig is a musician, actor, songwriter, and activist, originally from Missoula, Montana. They hold a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Montana. Tess started at PHAME, as a student, in 2017, and they are thrilled to have joined the teaching staff. They currently teach Vocal Studio. Since moving to Portland in 2013, they have performed with companies such as the Disability Art and Culture Project, Impetus Arts, and Genderbomb. Most recently, they made their professional theatre debut in Teenage Dick at Artists Repertory Theatre. Tess sings and plays keyboard in the Portland based theatrical folk pop band, Sasha and The Children. They are also a member of Key of Q PDX, an a'capella group comprised of transgender and non-binary folks. You can listen to their debut EP at sashaandthechildren.com. When they aren't teaching, acting, or playing music, Tess enjoys drinking tea, social justice activism, attending concerts and plays, and hanging out with their cat child, Sasha. And yes, the band is named after Sasha kitty.
Will Romey, Teaching Artist
Will Romey is an audio engineer and music producer who works in broadcast radio. He focused on Digital Music Distribution at Hampshrie College. When he's not at PHAME, he works with XRAY.fm, makes abstract techno music, and reads books. He has a pet snail named Homeslice.
Jason Rouse, Teaching Artist
Jason is an actor, writer and director who spent seven years as the announcer, writer and associate producer for Live Wire with Luke Burbank from Public Radio International. As an actor he's appeared in feature films (Lean on Pete, Cabin Fever) and television shows (Grimm, Leverage, Angie Tribeca) and many, many commercials. He's performed on stages locally and in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle. Jason joined PHAME as an actor in 2016 for In a Single Breath, and then as a teacher in 2017 with Podcasting (which he had edited and announced since its inception), Videography, and Improv.
Linnea Solveig, Teaching Artist
Linnea Solveig has taught at PHAME since 2013. She has her BFA from Oregon College of Art and Craft and has an active painting practice. As well as teaching and making art she is a full time yoga and movement instuctor. Over the years, Linnea has found much delight in watching the remarkable growth of the artists in her classes.