CRAIG WILLIS (Producing Artistic Director) has been at the helm of Oregon Contemporary Theatre since 2003. Craig has an M.F.A. in Directing and a Ph.D. 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: David Ives' 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' Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea, Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Bruce Norris’ 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’ Next Fall, Itamar Moses’ 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: Becky’s New Car, Ordinary Days, The Seagull and I Am My Own Wife. Email: Craig@octheatre.org
TARA WIBREW (Associate Producer) has a Masters in Arts Management from the University of Oregon. Her background includes theatre performance, directing, administration, costume design, and stage management, including training at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts’ Atlantic Theatre School. OCT credits include: direction of Melancholy Play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, A Bright New Boise, and August: Osage County; acting roles in Shrimp & Gritts: She's Gone and boom; stage management for Clybourne Park; and costume design for The Real Thing and Next Fall. Other select directing credits include The Pillowman, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, and Cyrano de Bergerac. In her spare time, Tara sings lead for Soul Restoration Project. Email: Tara@octheatre.org
GENO FRANCO (Production Manager) has held production management positions with Steppenwolf Theatre, The Hypocrites, The Raven Theatre and The New Colony, among others. He has also been a scenic artist at various companies such as Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Portland Center Stage, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse and South Coast Repertory. Geno was recently accepted into Theatre Communications Group’s Rising Leader of Color Program. He is a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA).
MARY WETHERBEE (Box Office Manager & Volunteer Coordinator) began her involvement with theatre in high school where she acted in several plays. She holds a B.A. 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. Email: Mary@octheatre.org
DONNA NAPIER (Bookkeeper) brings over 30 years of accounting and financial management experience to her position at OCT. She is excited to assist in furthering OCT's mission to support positive change through its performances and programs. When she is not reconciling accounts, Donna enjoys running, dancing, and t'ai chi, as well as spending time with her family and friends. Email: Finance@octheatre.org
GABE CARLIN (Sound Engineer) joined the Oregon Contemporary Theatre staff after graduating from the University of Oregon with his undergraduate degree in Theatre Arts, focusing in sound and lighting design. He served as Technical Director for the Pocket Playhouse and designed numerous shows in the Pocket and on the University’s main stages. Select OCT credits include: sound design for Venus in Fur, Melancholy Play, The 39 Steps, Santaland Diaries, The Big Meal, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Blackberry Winter, The Last Five Years, Stupid Fucking Bird, and Lucky Me; lighting design for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; and properties for Melancholy Play, The Revolutionists, A Christmas Carol, and Silent Sky. Email: Gabe@octheatre.org
AMY DUNN (Master Carpenter) graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in Theatre Arts and joined the staff of Oregon Contemporary Theatre shortly thereafter in August 2007. Select design credits include: Stop Kiss,Mud (University Theatre); The Sisters Rosensweig (VLT); King Lear (SPA); and Hello, Dolly! (Lane Summer Musical Theatre). Amy's OCT design credits include: Venus in Fur, Shrimp & Gritts: She's Gone, Rapture, Blister, Burn, A Bright New Boise, I and You, August: Osage County, boom, The Real Thing, The Pillowman, Memory House, Doubt: A Parable, The Clean House, Shipwrecked!, Speed-the-Plow, Hedda Gabler, and Circle Mirror Transformation.
JUSTIN FEIMSTER (Master Electrician) hails from south Georgia, where he graduated in 2009 with a B.F.A. in Theatre with a Production emphasis from Valdosta State University. For a number of years after hanging his plank in Eugene, he was a Company Dancer and sometimes Stage Manager for Ballet Fantastique and still serves them as a Lighting Designer. He also quickly began working with Eugene’s IATSE Local 675 as a stagehand and electrican. Justin joined the crew of OCT in 2014 and designed lights for OCT’s premiere of Shrimp & Gritts: She’s Gone and the last three seasons of the Northwest 10 Festival. Email: Justin@octheatre.org
TAYLOR FREEMAN (Venue Assistant) is a theatre artist and writer. Select technical credits include: stage manager for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (OCT); stage manager and sound designer for Angels in America, and sound designer for The Pillowman (LCC). Taylor has also been doing some design and production work with The Springfield Academy of Arts and Academics, including sound design and technical direction for The Dining Room. He served as the Production Manager for the Student Production Association at LCC for 3 years, and directed for Lane's Winter Shorts/Playwrights Showcase. Taylor is one of the founding members of the Tesseract Theatre Company. Email: Taylor@octheatre.org
BENJAMIN SANDERS (Carpenter) is glad to be a 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 B.A. in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Design and Technology from SDSU. He returned to the Bay Area to work at the Children's Theatre and teach theatre tech at Foothill Community College. Ben has appeared onstage as Lancelot/TIm the Enchanter in Spamalot! (VLT), Brad Majors in The Rocky Horror Show, and Jesus in JC Superstar (ACE). Ben is happy to have found such a welcoming and thriving theatre scene in the Eugene/Springfield area and here at OCT! Please enjoy the show!
JENNIFER SANDGATHE (Production Stage Manager) is delighted to return for a second season on the staff at Oregon Contemporary Theatre. Recent stage management credits include: Venus in Fur, Blue Door, Melancholy Play, The 39 Steps, The Big Meal, The Revolutionists, and Shrimp & Gritts: She's Gone. She has previously worked as a Stage Management Professional Assistant with Sacramento Music Circus. Jennifer graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in Theatre Arts and a Business Administration minor.