About the Artists

Cast and Director of reasons to be pretty

Gretchen Corbett (Director) directed productions for the Santa Paula Theatre, the Back Alley Theatre and the Odyssey Theatre in the Los Angeles area and for several years served as the Resident Director of the ASK Theatre, a theatre that was dedicated to nurturing new plays and playwrights. In the Portland area she directed The Lower Rooms (Stark Raving), The Further Adventures of Anse and Bhule (Sowelu Theatre, Drammy Award for Best Direction), The Taming of the Shrew (Tygers Heart) and the premier production of The Alice Event. In addition Gretchen founded and for ten years ran the Haven Project in Portland, a non-profit theatre that paired underserved children with professional actors to create original theatre.

Casey McFeron has studied at Cornish College of the Arts, American Academy of Dramatic Arts and studied for 5 years in Los Angeles with Doug Warhit. Casey has had guest starring roles on the t.v. shows “Leverage”, “ER”, “Crossing Jordan”, and “Miracles”, as well as supporting film roles in “The Auteur” and “The Kill Hole”. Other film credits include “The Auteur” and “Planning to Fail”. Casey has performed with Portland Center Stage, Profile Theater, Artist Reperatory Theater and Portland Playhouse. Casey is the founding member of Lucky Apple Productions which has produced Neil Labute’s Fat Pig at the IFCC.

 

John San Nicolas is a native of San Diego and a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC, John has lived in Portland since 2005. He most recently appeared in Jack Goes Boating at Artist’s Repertory Theatre, Action/Adventure Theatre’s Captured By Aliens and Fall of the House, Anonymous Theatre’s Lend Me a Tenor, and Portland Playhouse’s Bingo With the Indians. His on-camera credits include the feature films Crackin’ the CodeA Cabin In the Woods and Trainmaster II: Jeremiah’s Treasure, as well as the web-series’ Planning to Fail (Spectacularly)fothing and Everything Will Be Fine. He will also be making an appearance on the TNT television series Leverage Season 4, Episode 6: The Carnival Job (Directed by Frank Oz!).

Kelly Tallent has been on hiatus from Portland Theater while pursuing her re-education; Kelly is a senior at Concordia University in the BS Social Work program.   Past endeavors include:  the Thugs at Portland Center Stage, The Merchant of Venice, Antigone and Outrage at PCS; The New House,The Crucible and A Taste of Honey at ART; Work with Sowelu theater includes: a stage and film version of The Adventures of Anse and Bhule in No Mans Land, The Treatment (Drammy Award, best actress, 2000), headless, Curse of the Great Eleven and Blue Night in the Heart of the West.

Nikki Weaver was born in Los Angeles, California. She then lived in Sydney, Australia for thirteen years and studied theatre as well as distance running. Early in her career, Nikki could be found training race horses at the race track before and after school and giving riding lessons. She worked as a life guard at the famous Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. In 2000, Nikki represented Australia at the Olympic trials in the 3000m steeple chase.  After running at a National level for many years, Nikki soon began to expand her knowledge of how the body worked. She completed her 200 hour yoga teaching certification and later went to massage school at The Muscular Therapy Institute in Boston, MA. She is certified in power, children’s, pre/post natal yoga and has taught in numerous places including: Jamaica, Iceland, and Australia. Nikki has worked at various theatre companies along the east coast including: Shakespeare & Company, Centastage, Theatreworks, and 11:11. These days she can be found initiating ideas at Portland Playhouse, or standing on her head at Yoga Pearl and Root Whole Body. She holds a BA in Performing Arts from the Australian Academy of Dramatic Arts and an MFA from The George Washington University in Classical Theatre. Portland Playhouse credits include: The Scene,Telethon, bobraushcenbergamerica, After Ashley, Mauritius. Up next: Animals & Plants (Cassandra) at Coho, followed by Angels in America (Harper) with Portland Playhouse.

 

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