CRAIG WILLIS (Producing Artistic Director) has been at the helm of Oregon Contemporary Theatre since 2003. Craig has an MFA in Directing and a PhD in Dramatic Literature/Theory from the University of Oregon. In 2008, he received an Oregon Arts Commission fellowship to train with Anne Bogart and SITI Company. Craig’s OCT directing credits include: Jonathan Tolins's Buyer & Cellar, Jen Silverman's The Roommate, Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo, Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori's Fun Home, David Ives's Venus in Fur, Steve Yockey's Blackberry Winter, Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years, Aaron Posner's Stupid Fucking Bird, Nathan Alan Davis's Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea, Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Bruce Norris’s Clybourne Park, Nina Raine’s Tribes, Adam Gwon's Ordinary Days, Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt’s Next To Normal, Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx, and Jeff Whitty’s Avenue Q, Geoffrey Nauffts’s Next Fall, Itamar Moses’s The Four of Us, Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, Joe Calarco’s Shakespeare’s R & J, Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman, Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage, Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Assassins, Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, David Auburn’s Proof and Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth. His scenic designs for OCT include: The Flick, Becky’s New Car, The Seagull, Ordinary Days and I Am My Own Wife.
TARA WIBREW (Associate Producer) is a multi-hyphenate theatremaker who has worked with Oregon Contemporary Theatre since 2011. She has a Masters in Arts Management from the University of Oregon and trained at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts - Atlantic Acting School. Select OCT credits include: direction of A Doll's House, Part 2, Damascus (West Coast premiere), Middletown, Melancholy Play (#GoTeamAlmond), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, A Bright New Boise and August: Osage County; and acting roles in The Cake, The Flick, Shrimp & Gritts: She's Gone and boom. Other select directing credits include Thom Pain (based on nothing), Treehouse (world premiere), Peter and the Starcatcher, The Pillowman and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Tara is an adjunct professor of theatre arts at Lane Community College. She is also a founding member of Operation Shadowbox and producer/editor/co-host of What The Musical, a podcast for musical theatre nerds and newbies. In her spare time, Tara sings lead for Higher Love Band and spends time with her very good dog, Poppy. whatthemusical.com, higherloveband.com
AMY DUNN (Production Manager/Master Carpenter) graduated from the University of Oregon with a BA in Theatre Arts and joined the staff of Oregon Contemporary Theatre shortly thereafter in August 2007 as the Master Carpenter. In 2019, Amy took on the additional role of Production Manager. Select design credits include: Stop Kiss, Mud (University Theatre); The Explorers Club (VLT); King Lear (SPA); and Hello, Dolly! (Lane Summer Musical Theatre). Amy's OCT design favorites include: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Buried Child, Venus in Fur, A Bright New Boise, I and You, August: Osage County, boom, The Pillowman, Shipwrecked! and The Clean House. In her spare time, Amy can be found cross stitching, gaming, or gushing over her adorable cats, Oskar and Jill.
MARY WETHERBEE (Box Office Manager/Volunteer Coordinator) began her involvement with theatre in high school where she acted in several plays. She holds a BA from Penn State in Social Work. Mary’s acting credits at Oregon Contemporary Theatre include Life in the Theater and the Northwest Ten plays Paper is Dope and Savage & Strawberry. She has also performed monologues with Actors Table and is active in the Eugene Shakespeare Club and Reader’s Theater.
CAMERON JACKSON (Marketing Manager) is a poet and maker joining Oregon Contemporary Theatre in 2022. He has experience both on- and off-stage in the theatrical and filmed spaces, with credits including Scapin (Les Fourberies de Scapin, CSU Stanislaus), Grantaire (Les Misérables, San Benito Stage Co.), and Indiana Jones (Flashback, Disneyland). In collaboration with Northwest Ten, Cameron’s play Moving On was selected and performed at OCT as part of NW10: Long Story Short. When not backstage, Cameron can be found at home with his partner Laura, and their excessive pets. Camjaxn.com
RILEY ALLEN (Production Assistant) graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelors in Theatre Design and Production, specializing in Lighting and Scenic Design. Design credits include Round the Mountain (CWU Ghostlight Lab Series), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (CWU Theatre Arts) and The Year of the Solar Eclipse (The Wild Project). After a 20-month pandemic sabbatical, Riley is excited to not only be working in theatre arts again, but to have the opportunity to work with Oregon Contemporary Theatre in such an intimate venue on a fun and variety-packed season. When not working in the theatre, Riley can be found tucked away in his room writing video essays on obscure topics. Born in the Puget Sound area, Riley is excited to be experiencing Eugene for the first time.
TYLER ANTHONY (Master Electrician) joined Oregon Contemporary Theatre in August 2019. He is a stage electrician, lighting designer, stagehand, and director. In addition to his work with OCT, Tyler is the touring electrician for Right Angle Entertainment and the Eugene Ballet and an IATSE local 675 member. Design credits include Peter and the Starcatcher, The Wolves, Boston Marriage, Treehouse and Winter Shorts. Director credits include Boston Marriage, Nightlight and Out of Joint. He can be found working at Oregon Contemporary Theatre, The Hult Center, Matthew Knight Arena, Autzen Stadium, Hayward Field and Lane Community College.
COLLEEN ROONEY (Production Stage Manager) graduated from the UO with a BS in Theatre Arts and Anthropology, focusing in stage management and lighting design, and archaeology, respectively. Stage management credits include: NW10: Long Story Short, A Doll's House, Part 2, Buyer & Cellar, Tiny Beautiful Things, ART, NW10: Into the Cybersphere, Thom Pain (based on nothing), NW10: Oh, Boise! (Oregon Contemporary Theatre); Mother Courage and Her Children, Avenue Q, Tartuffe and the spring 2020 digital project Or Not To Be (University Theatre). Outside of OCT, they work as a student support education assistant with Churchill High School, produce with the up-and-coming production company Tall Tale Players and watch far too many cartoons with their partner and cats.
BENJAMIN SANDERS (Carpenter) is glad to be part of the team at Oregon Contemporary Theatre! He grew up performing and building sets for shows at California’s Palo Alto Children’s Theatre and earned his BA in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Design and Technology from SDSU. He has appeared onstage locally in: Rocky Horror Show as Brad, Jesus Christ Superstar as Jesus (ACE); Spamalot as Lancelot/Tim the Enchanter (VLT); Shrimp & Gritts: Part 2 as Breech (NRRP); Dirty Dishes as Alex (NW10); and Fun Home as Roy/Pete/Mark/Bobby Jeremy (OCT). Ben is grateful for the love and support of his co-parent Melissa and their kids Raj and Kai. He is glad to be a part of such a thriving theatre scene in the Eugene/Springfield area and here at OCT!
DARA WILLMARTH (Carpenter/Venue Assistant) is a recent graduate from the University of Oregon, majoring in Theatre Arts and minoring in Digital Humanities, with a focus in stage management and production. After stage-handing for Oregon Contemporary Theatre across multiple seasons, Dara is excited to join the OCT staff. Stage management credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Tall Tale Players), Personal Game and A Doll’s House, (University Theatre), as well as serving as Technical Director of the Pocket Playhouse for two years. When not in the theatre, Dara can be found fawning over her two cats, Spawn and Zelda, as well as working events at the McDonald Theatre. Dara is a founding member of The Tall Tale players and co-hosts the podcast Understudy-ied Theatre History with her partner, Colleen.
INGA WILSON (Education Coordinator) is delighted to be part of the team at Oregon Contemporary Theatre, where she has been seen onstage in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Understudy, Silent Sky, The Revolutionists, The 39 Steps and Venus in Fur. Originally from Minnesota, she received a BFA in theatre performance from Drake University and went on to study at the O’Neill National Theater Institute and Chautauqua Theater Conservatory. Inga is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA, having worked in California, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, and Oregon. In addition to acting, Inga enjoys directing and teaching theatre for diverse audiences, as well as being a producer for NW10.
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