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Jan Powell

503-481-8980 | Jan@JanPowell.us

 

CURRICULUM VITAE

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EDUCATION

Academic

PhD, Theater Arts

 

University of Oregon

Dissertation: “Mind’s Eye: theatrical editing of Shakespearean text”

Twice recipient of Arnold, Isabelle and Rupert Marks Scholarship

MA, Liberal Studies:

Theatre
Textual Analysis for Directing

Reed College

Thesis: “Alien Beauty: An analysis of the play The Tempest, or The Enchanted Island, by John Dryden and Sir William Davenant (1670)”

BA, Speech/Theatre

University of Oregon

 

Professional

Certificate in Shakespearean Performance

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, UK

 

Method Acting, Musical Performance, Movement

Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, Los Angeles

 

Intensive Shakespeare Training Program

Shakespeare and Company, Lenox, MA

 

PROFESSIONAL THEATRE: ARTISTIC DIRECTION

LAKE TAHOE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, Artistic Director, 2007-2008

LORT-C/LOA Equity agreement | $1.7 million organizational budget

Led the festival organization in transitioning from presenting to producing theatre

Responsibilities:

Planning & Organizational Management– created the season, auditioned over 2000 actors internationally, hired and negotiated contracts for all artistic personnel, created operational budgets, organizational charts, and work systems to achieve short- and long-term goals, Staff to the Board on artistic planning and operations

Marketing/PR– co-developed marketing & PR strategies and collateral, Artistic representative for media relations

Logistics - worked with staff  to improve existing systems and create new ones, instigated and oversaw logistical and technical needs of the Festival, including research and acquisition of new sound system; load-in, turn-around, and load-out of three rotating repertory productions, oversaw logistical needs of the artistic company including travel, housing, transportation

Directing- Directed two productions including co-writing and directing an original musical

TYGRES HEART SHAKESPEARE COMPANY, Founding Artistic Director, 1989-1997

Equity Guest Artist agreement | $.5 million budget

“Ferociously good Shakespeare in an intimate setting”

Full season of Shakespeare productions, September to May, resident in the reconfigurable Winningstad Theatre, Portland Center for the Performing Arts

Responsibilities:

Planning & Organizational Management- Created productions ranging from traditional to boldly innovative interpretations. In addition to main stage productions, full spectrum of classes, workshops, lectures, touring shows, and other outreach activities, including a nationally-recognized ground-breaking sign-interpretation access program.  Long-range and season planning: production budgeting; production coordination; company management. Created and managed regional network of artistic directors. Created and staffed actor training program; touring performance/workshops; public lecture series; humanities programs and debates; summer camps; accessible theatre program;programming; corporate/educational partnerships. Staff to Board of Directors.

Marketing/PR- Fundraising,audience development, box office and promotions, community relations; liaison to Portland Center for the Performing Arts, leader of corporate/educational partnerships

Directing - Directed and/or produced 24 Shakespeare productions

 

Awards:

Rae Mona Reynolds Humanitarian Award for excellence in promoting theatre arts in Oregon

Community Ear Award - outstanding accessible theatre for deaf and hard of hearing.

FREELANCE DIRECTING: please see below.

 

UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE, CONSERVATORY TEACHING

University of Oregon

Acting I: Stanislavski basics, intro to audition technique, improvisation, character creation, script analysis.
Lecture and lab.

Acting III (created and co-taught w/Dr. Theresa May): “New Ways In”—new approaches to acting (Morris, Grotowski, text-based, Suzuki, Lessac, Linklater): acting from authentic emotion, audition techniques, contemporary monologues, Shakespeare text analysis and monologues, scene work, Eric Morris technique

Acting IV (pedagogue): voice for actors, vocal production, comparative vocal techniques, commercial voiceover technique, dialects, IP

Acting V (pedagogue): classical Greek monologues and scenes, comparative translation study, traditional and non-traditional performance styles, Greek theatre history, mythology and sociological context

Introduction to Theatre (ass’t): Origins of theatre, dramatic literature and form, script analysis, dramaturgy, elements of production and design. Lectured on Musical Theatre.

History of Theatre I (ass’t): Origins of Theatre—Ancient Greece through Shakespeare and Commedia dell’arte. Lectured on Elizabethan comedy and Commedia.

Pacific University

                   Theatre History - Greeks through Romantics, including Asian Theatre.

Mary Baldwin College

Advanced Directing. MFA/M.Litt program

Shakespeare-based script analysis, casting, directoral conceptualization, producer’s presentation, rehearsal techniques, working with actors and designers, “Snatching your Vision from the Jaws of Reality”

Linfield College

Advanced Acting (Shakespeare) - Text analysis for actors, merging authentic emotion with heightened language, survey of Shakespeare plays, historical context and Elizabethan theatre practice, exercises, monologues and scenes.

Intro to Acting - Monologues, scene work, basic acting technique, Stanislavski, audition technique.

Western Oregon University

Performance Preparation (Shakespeare)  - Text analysis for actors, merging authentic emotion with heightened language, survey of Shakespeare plays, historical context and Elizabethan theatre practice, exercises, monologues and scenes

Willamette University

Director, Musical Theatre Workshop, School of Music

            Styles, Audition Technique, Repertoire, “Audition Triage,” Character Interpretation,

Theatrical Legato, Character Problems, Solo & Duet Performance, Stage Movement,

“Selling It,” Breath Technique

 

Introduction to Acting, Theatre Department - Comparative survey of performance styles appropriate to western dramatic literature, including Ancient Greek Theatre, Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and 20th Century American Realism

Sierra Nevada College

Beginning & Intermediate Acting: monologues, audition technique, Stanislavski basics, intro to acting theory, rehearsal technique, performance skills, movement, character creation, dialects.

University of Nevada, Reno

Introduction to Acting: Stanislavski basics, intro to audition technique, improvisation, character creation, script analysis, monologues, scenes, performance technique.

Portland Actors Conservatory

Acting Shakespeare - Text analysis for actors, merging authentic emotion with heightened language, survey of

of Shakespeare plays, historical context and Elizabethan theatre practice, exercises, monologues and scenes

Ellen Faull Opera Studio

Theatrical Interpretation for Classical Singers -     Concepts of character creation, working from the inside and/or the outside, using music’s influence on character; moving emotion while sustaining legato; performing arias and duets; reaching authentic emotion while retaining vocal technique; finding fresh interpretation; winning auditions and competitions; performance techniques for recital, oratorio, opera, operetta and musical theatre.

 


COACHING & CONSULTING

THE JAN POWELL STUDIO, Founder and Director. 1977-current

 

For Actors:

Contemporary and classical monologues, musical theatre solo audition pieces, preparation for performance, audition and competition. Includes material selection, blocking, and technique coaching.

Students accepted to BFA/BA and MFA programs at: Yale, NYU, Harvard-Moscow Art Theatre, Brown, UC San Diego, UC Irvine, University of Washington PATP, Boston Conservatory, University of the Arts, Carnegie-Mellon, University of Houston, Cornish, Webster, AADA, Cal Arts, AMDA, among others.

 

For singers:

Opera, operetta, popular, musical theatre, and monologue preparation. Audition, performance, recital and competition preparation, character creation, easing stage fright, theatrical interpretation of vocal music and dramatic literature, material selection, blocking, choreography.1997-current.

 

Consulting services:

Public and persuasive speaking techniques, strategic evolution of business plans, organizational structures; writing services for grants, presentations, and informational brochures.

 

PUBLICATIONS

"Mind's Eye: Theatrical Editing of Shakespearean Text" (University of Oregon) 2011

“The Shakespearean Actor’s Quickie Cheat Sheet” (American Shakespeare Center) 2003

“Alien Beauty: An analysis of the play The Tempest, or The Enchanted Island, by John Dryden and Sir William Davenant (1670)” (MA Thesis, Reed College) 1986

 

THEATRE CONSULTING

Workshops, Lectures, Master Classes

Technology & Media in Theatre Pedagogy and/or Production - Wayne State MFA program, Mid-America Theatre Conference - Pedagogy Symposium ATHE Conference 2010 (Los Angeles)

 

Shakespeare Performance, Text Analysis, Staging, and Direction* - Moses Mogilee Theatre Company, NY, Leviathan Theatre Collective, NY, California Shakespeare Festival, Reed College, Pacific University, Lewis & Clark College, Portland State University, University of Portland, Portland Center for Performing Arts, AACT Conference, Blackfriars Theatre Inaugural Conference (Staunton, Virginia), STAA

 

Audition Techniques – Wayne State MFA Program

 

Acting for Singers – University of Portland

 

Performing Arts Professions & Industry Analysis – Oregon Thespian Conference (A Life in the Theatre: Should You Listen to Mother?), Portland City Club (Oregon’s State of the Arts)

 

*Shakespeare Topics:  Acting Shakespeare, Understanding Shakespeare’s Language as Blueprint for Performance, Concepts in Shakespearean Staging, Shakespearean Text Analysis for Director, Uses of Light and Dark in Romeo and Juliet’s Balcony Scene, Toward an American Aesthetic of Shakespeare, Women Directors of Shakespeare


"From Page to Stage": Interpretive techniques for performing Shakespeare. With the Tygres Heart founding acting company members, funded by Oregon Humanities.

 

Other

Development, Staging, Funding- New Visions Northwest, Portland Chamber Orchestra (Chamber Opera Oregon) (Board Consultant), DoJump! Extremely Physical Theatre (Artistic Consultant)

 

Adjudicator/Panelist - English Speaking Union competition, AACT, Oregon Regional Conference, Caldera Artists Retreat (Drama Reviewer), Portland Area Theatre Alliance (Qualifying Auditions)

 

Cerf Amphitheatre Renovation - Creator and Project Mgr – Reed College
Award: Outstanding Volunteer


DIRECTING

OFF-OFF BROADWAY

 

 

MARAT/SADE

Theatre 54, NYC

 

COMEDY OF ERRORS

Looking Glass Theatre, NYC

 

 

REGIONAL THEATRE

 

 

MACBETH

TAMING OF THE SHREW

   Richmond Shakespeare (Virginia)

Kingsmen Shakespeare, L.A.

 

MACBETH

Bag and Baggage Theatre

 

RICHARD III

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

 

CAMBIO

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival
(Co-writer. World Premiere)

 

ROMEO AND JULIET

American Shakespeare Center

 

OTHELLO

American Shakespeare Center

 

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

American Shakespeare Center

 

AS YOU LIKE IT

Mendocino Shakespeare Festival

 

CLOUD NINE

Mendocino Shakespeare Festival

 

COMEDY OF ERRORS

San Francisco Shakespeare Festival

 

THE TWILIGHT OF THE GOLDS

Stoneham Theatre Ensemble, Boston, MA

 

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

Tygres Heart Shakespeare Co., Portland, OR

 

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS

Tygres Heart Shakespeare Co.

 

RICHARD III

Tygres Heart Shakespeare Co.

 

OTHELLO

Tygres Heart Shakespeare Co.

 

HAMLET

Tygres Heart Shakespeare Co.

 

HENRY VI

Tygres Heart (Orig. conflation of Parts 1,2,&3,
w/Doug Miller)

 

HENRY V

Tygres Heart Shakespeare Co.

 

HENRY IV, Part 2

Tygres Heart Shakespeare Co.

 

TAMING OF THE SHREW

Tygres Heart Shakespeare Co.

 

MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR

Tygres Heart Shakespeare Co.

 

HENRY IV, Part 1

Tygres Heart Shakespeare Co.

 

RICHARD II

Tygres Heart Shakespeare Co.

 

MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

Tygres Heart Shakespeare Co.

 

KING JOHN

Tygres Heart Shakespeare Co.

 

AS YOU LIKE IT

Tygres Heart Shakespeare Co.

 

TWELFTH NIGHT 

Timberwood Theatre

 

GIMPEL THE FOOL 

Third Angle Music Ensemble

 

GOBLIN MARKET

Stark Raving Theatre

 

COMPLEAT WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

triangle! Productions (3 holdovers)

 

MUSEUM

Storefront Actors Theatre

 

GRACELAND

Artists Repertory Theatre

 

VASHTI

Old Church, Portland

 

L’INFEDELTA DELUSA

Chamber Opera Oregon

 

LA FINTA GIARDINIERA

Chamber Opera Oregon/Portland Chamber Orchestra

 

SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM 

Salmon Street Theatre, Portland

 

JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL… 

Salmon Street Theatre, Portland

 

LA TRAVIATA

Chamber opera version, director/producer. Old Church

 

EARTH STORIES

Verb: Literature in Performance. Oregon Literary Arts
Writer/director, from Ursula J. LeGuin novel. World Premiere

 

MONEY SHOT

Stark Raving Theatre. World Premiere

 

MRS. SHAKESPEARE:
THE COMPLETE WORKS

International Women’s Center for Playwrights

 

RENDEZVOUS

Northwest Playwrights Guild. World Premiere.

 

TWO BY GINNY FOSTER 

Northwest Playwrights Guild. World Premiere.

 

CITIZENS OF THE WORLD

Salmon Street Theatre, Wrote/directed. World Premiere

 

TIN PAN ALLEY

Salmon Street Theatre. Wrote/directed. World Premiere

 

A MATCH MADE IN MADNESS  

Columbia Theatre. World Premiere

 

 

UNIVERSITY THEATRE

 

 

   STEEL MAGNOLIAS

CHEKOV'S COMIC SHORTS: THE BEAR AND THE MARRIAGE PROPOSAL


MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

 
  George Fox University


 
   Linfield College


Nevada Repertory Theatre (University of Nevada, Reno)

 

CHICAGO

Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village, Nevada

 

THREEPENNY OPERA

Willamette University, Salem Oregon

 

MEASURE FOR MEASURE

Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon

 

NEVER ALONE

Willamette University

 

 

FILM

 

 

TITLE 9: Nine short films about women

Director/Co-Producer

 

SIGNING FOR YOU AND ME

Director/Producer

 

 

YOUTH

 

 

HENRY VIII

Tygres Heart Academical Tygre

 

TOUCH THE SKIES
(original musical work: playwright, director)

Women’s History Project

 

O BRAVE NEW WORLD
(original musical work: playwright, director)

Women’s History Project

 

WHAT DREAMS MAY COME
(original musical work: playwright, director)

Glencoe School

 

WINGS OF THE SOUL
(original musical work: playwright, director)

Women’s History Project

 

REALLY ROSIE
(director, music director, choreographer)

Glencoe School

 

SIDEWAYS STORIES FROM WAYSIDE SCHOOL (adapted, directed)

Glencoe School

 


ACTING

Member of AEA, AGMA, AFTRA (SAG pending)

First Alternate, Regional Met Auditions, Metropolitan Opera

STAGE

 

 

Marian Hewitt

FIRST BEARD

Portland Center Stage, (Ellen Margolis, dir)

 

Mary Vaughn

VALENTINE’S DAY

Profile Theatre (Pat Patton, dir)

 

Mary Vaughn

COURTSHIP

Profile Theatre (Gemma Whelan, dir)

 

Mary Vaughn

1918

Profile Theatre (Gemma Whelan, dir)

 

Eleanor Roosevelt

IN LOVE WITH MRS. R.

Profile Theatre (Andrew Golla, dir)

 

Joanne

COMPANY

Robinson Theatre (Jack Watson, dir)

 

Shirley Kaplan

STREET SCENE

Portland Opera (Nicolette Molnár, dir)

 

Bimbi, Conductor’s Wife

STENDHAL SYNDROME

Profile Theatre (Jane Unger, dir)

 

Baroness Elsa von Schrader

THE SOUND OF MUSIC

Musical Theatre Company (Bill Dobson, dir)

 

Desiree

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

Lakewood Theatre (Stan Foote, dir)

 

Portia

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

Reed Theatre (Eric Salmon, dir)

 

Bev

ANGRY HOUSEWIVES

Storefront Actors Theatre (Greg Tamblyn, dir)

 

Gypsy Rose Lee

GYPSY

Portland Civic Theatre (Robert Nielsen, dir)

 

Bobby

THE CLUB

Portland Civic Theatre (Glenn Gauer, dir)

 

Edward/Victoria

CLOUD 9

Storefront Actors Theatre (Susan Smith, dir

 

Victoria

COWARDY CUSTARD

Portland Civic Theatre (Patsy Maxson, dir)

 

Violetta

LA TRAVIATA

The Old Church

 

Mary

VANITIES

Fort Peck Theatre

 

Nellie Forbush

SOUTH PACIFIC

Fort Peck Theatre

 

Fr. Schneider

CABARET

Fort Peck Theatre

 

Margot

DIAL M FOR MURDER

Fort Peck Theatre

 

Des Neiges

LES BELLES SOEURS

Storefront Actors Theatre (Susan Smith, dir)

 

Sally Bowles

CABARET

Production Company (Patsy Maxson, dir)

 

The Girl

ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT

Robinson Theatre

 

Judith

THE JEWISH WIFE

Arena Theatre, U of Oregon

 

Angel

WHEN YOU COMIN’ BACK, RED RYDER   

Arena Theatre, U of Oregon
(Rich Hawkins, dir)

 

Bubba

SUMMER OF THE SEVENTEENTH DOLL

Portland Civic Theatre

 

Desdemona

OTHELLO

Clackamas Theatre

 

Olivia

TWELFTH NIGHT

Clark Theatre

FILM/TV/COMMERCIAL/PRINT

 

 

Kate Chopin, lead

Awakening: The Story of Kate Chopin

William Burger, Lane Productions

 

Presenter, lead

Pharmaceutical educational series

Dark Blue Morning Productions

 

Susan, principal

Burgundy [in development]

Steven Jackson, dir., Independent

 

Janice, lead

Just A Beginning (trailer)

Insight Films, Nick Hagen, dir.

 

Melanie Naiad, character

Unremembered

Greg Kerr Productions; Greg Kerr dir.

 

Mom, principal

NW Film Festival (trailer)

Sampofilms; Nick Peterson, dir

 

Spokesperson   

Christian Supply Center ad, 30 sec

KGW productions

 

Shakespearean Actor

US Bank billboard ad

KGW productions

 

Pregnant Reader

Providence Health systems print ad

Providence Productions

RADIO & RECORDING

 

 

Naomi

The Story of Ruth

Demo CD for new musical; Dennis Dunn

 

Mahoudine Anna Narova

Nirvana & Gehanna

Transdimensional Media for Project Zero; Porto, Portugal

 

Kahllal

Dry Smoke and Whispers

Holodio Theatre/Marc Rose Prod
(series won Mark Time Award for Excellence in Radio Theatre)

 

Kahllal

Murder on the Huddleston Ferry

Holodio Theatre/Mark Rose Prod

 

Lady Macbeth

Macbeth

Speak-the-Speech Shakespeare
www.speak-the-speech.com
Willamette Radio Workshop

 

Multiple characters

The Federal Bureau of Alternate Reality

Willamette Radio Workshop

 

PERFORMANCE TRAINING

Acting: Lee Strasberg (Lee Strasberg Institute LA), David Perry (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art), Tina Packer, Kevin Coleman, Dennis Krausnick, Jonathan Epstein (Shakespeare @ Company), Faber B. DeChaine, Steve Smith

 

Voice:   Kristin Linklater, Cicily Barry, Frances West, Isobel Kirk, Ruth Rootberg, Jean Cutler

 

Singing: Lyric soprano: opera, musicals, cabaret, art songs, rock

Ellen Faull, Dorothy Fisher-Jones, Julio Viamante, Exine Bailey, Leslie Breidenthal, Frances Arnold

 

Dance and Movement:Ballet, modern, jazz, theatrical, tap, improv, clown, Elizabethan, Horton,

hip hop, Masala Bhangra, belly dance.

Susan Dibble, Karen Beaumont, Jacqueline Schumacher, Sylvester Dolinar, Gina Bolles, Ted Guthrie, June Kemp, Tracy Durbin, Melissa St. Clair, Nancy Evelshin, JoJo Hills, Christina Hinz, Donald McKayle, Ken Samuels, Monica Folio, Joanna Caselli, Alvin Ailey extension school.

 

Stage Combat: Robert MacDougal (martial arts, quarterstaff); John McFarland (Aikido based stage combat, impulse work, hand-to-hand), Geoffrey Alm (rapier, broadsword) Janesa Kruse (Poekelan), Mark Ingram (hand-to-hand), John Armour (broadsword, hand-to-hand, fight choreography), Patrick Vala-Haynes (rapier, wrestling)

 

CHOREOGRAPHY

Romeo and Juliet

American Shakespeare Center

Chicago

Sierra Nevada College

Threepenny Opera

Willamette University

Never Alone

Willamette University

Side by Side by Sondheim

Salmon Street Theatre

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well

Salmon Street Theatre

Vashti (2 productions)

Temple Beth Israel; Old Church

Celebrate Life (song cycle, orchestra & chorus)

St Mary’s Academy

What Dreams May Come

Glencoe School

O Brave New World

Women’s Day Celebration

Wings of the Soul

Women’s Day Celebration

Sideways Stories from Wayside School

Glencoe School

Really Rosie

Glencoe School

Finian’s Rainbow

Myrtle Creek HS

The Glory Singers (5 years)

Touring gospel group

Jeremiah Productions: Beth and Doug Feller (6 yrs)

Classical music cabaret


STAGE MANAGEMENT

OREGON BOOK AWARDS, Literary Arts, Inc. (annual event; SM from 1994-2007)

The Taming of the Shrew, Portland Civic Theatre (Scott Parker, dir)

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Leadership Roles

Int’l Shakespeare Theatre Association (President)

Portland Area Theatre Association (President)

Oracle Theatre, Portland, OR (Associate Director)

The Oregon Book Awards 1995-2006 (Consultant, Director, Stage Mgr.)

The Ellen Faull Gordon Northwest Opera Center (Founding Exec. Artistic Dir.)

ArtNet, regional resource organization for artists in all media (Co-founder)

First Flights: Original full-length play competition (Manager, int’l program)

 

Memberships

Shakespearean Perf. Research Group, American Soc. for Theatre Research

Shakespeare Theatre Association of America

Northwest Arts Association

ArtsPlan2000, Public Art Implementation Committee

Arts and Culture Standing Committee, Portland City Club

 

Boards/Advisory Councils

Portland Area Theatre Alliance

Portland Area Theatre Association

Michael Menger’s Really BIG Dance Company

SHAKSPER list, Hardy Cook, Bowie State Univ.

Executive Arts Advisory Council, Northwest Business Committee for the Arts

Arts in the Schools, Regional Arts and Culture Council (Artist Selection Committee)

Masters Fellowship, Metropolitan Arts Commission (Artist Selection Committee)

Admissions Advisory Committee, Reed College