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: 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: Melancholy Play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, A Bright New Boise, August: Osage County (director); Shrimp & Gritts: She's Gone (Clementine), boom (Jo); Clybourne Park (stage manager); The Real Thing and Next Fall (costume design). 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 is a proud 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 play credits at Oregon Contemporary Theatre include Life in the Theater and the Northwest Ten plays Paper is Dope and Savage & Strawberry. Email: Mary@octheatre.org
DONNA NAPIER (Accounting Manager) brings over 30 years of accounting and financial management experience to her position at OCT. She especially enjoys helping nonprofit organizations meet their goals and 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 both the Pocket and on the University’s main stages. Gabe’s OCT credits include: sound design for 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 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: 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) is a transplant from south Georgia, where he graduated with a B.F.A. in Theatre Production from Valdosta State University. Since moving to Eugene four years ago, he has been a company dancer and technical assistant with Ballet Fantastique, performing in 10 major productions in the Soreng Theatre at the Hult Center and touring the Northwest and as far as San Benedetto, Italy, all the while working as an over-hire stagehand with Eugene’s IATSE Union 675 as an electrician and carpenter at the Hult Center, Matt Knight Arena, and Cuthbert Amphitheater. Email: Justin@octheatre.org
TAYLOR FREEMAN (Venue Assistant) is a theatre artist and writer. 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 also appeared in The Pillowman as Katurian. He served as the Production Manager for the Student Production Association at LCC and directed for Lane's Winter Shorts/Playwrights Showcase. Email: Taylor@octheatre.org
BENJAMIN SANDERS (Carpenter) is glad to have joined 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 is still new to the Eugene/Springfield area, and he is glad to have found such a welcoming and thriving theatre scene here in his new home and at OCT! Please enjoy the show!
JENNIFER SANDGATHE (Production Stage Manager) is delighted to join the staff at Oregon Contemporary Theatre this season. Recent stage management credits include: Melancholy Play, The 39 Steps, The Big Meal, The Revolutionists, Shrimp & Gritts: She's Gone, Blackberry Winter (OCT); and Funny Face (The Shedd). 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, where she stage managed shows such as Pride & Prejudice, Landscape of the Body, and Breaking the Code.