The Affiliate Artists are local theater professionals who have longstanding ties to Portland Stage. Affiliate Artists have worked as actors, directors and educators, and play a prominent role in the artistic life of Portland Stage.
The group also acts as ambassadors linking Portland Stage to other local, national and international arts organizations, building stronger connections to local theater artists and our community. The establishment of the Affiliate Artists is an effort to create an artistic home for theater artists who choose to devote themselves to the Portland community.
For a listing of Affiliate Artists events during the 2012-2013 season, please click here.
The Affiliate Artists are:
|RON BOTTING* (actor and director) has worked regionally and in NY. Last seen in Portland Stage's productions of Syncopation, Much Ado About Nothing, and Bach at Leipzig. Trained with Shakespeare & Company and worked extensively on their Shakespeare school residency program in the Berkshire and Boston regions.|
|PETER BROWN (actor and director) formerly PSC Production Manager and appeared in many Little Festivals & From Aways. Peter has also acted and directed locally with Mad Horse Theatre Company, Fenix Theatre Company, Children's Theater of Maine, and the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor.|
|DANIEL BURSON (director and dramaturg) Literary & Education manager of PSC, he co-produces Little Festival and From Away and coordinates PSC’s outreach programs. Directing credits include Mary's Wedding, Marie Antoinette and The Santaland Diaries at PSC, and shows with AIRE, DRC, and the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor.|
|MAUREEN BUTLER (actor) Acted in PSC's Lettice & Lovage, Third and A Christmas Carol, and with the Theatre at Monmouth, Boothbay Opera House, Mad Horse Theatre, American Irish Repertory Ensemble, and Fenix Theater. Does education work for L/A Arts Readers Theatre program.|
LISA DIFRANZA (director) Experience teaching, directing and developing new plays includes work at University of Iowa, The Juilliard School and the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. Has served as Artistic Director of The Children’s Theatre of Maine, and founding Director of the Arts Academy at PATHS.
|MOIRA DRISCOLL* (actor) Acted in the PSC productions of Last Gas, Peer Gynt, Two Rooms, The Price, The Foreigner, Women and the Sea, and The Misanthrope. Has acted off-Broadway and at theaters throughout the US and Europe, and has guest-starred on Boardwalk Empire, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Cosby, and Law & Order.|
|ANDREW HARRIS (actor) Trained at the University of London and Guildhall School of Music & Drama, has worked with the R.S.C., The Globe, The Royal National Theatre, London, and was founding Artistic Director of ‘Merchants Theatre’, featuring medieval traveling players. Has also appeared on the History Channel.|
|MARK HONAN* (actor) Mr. Honan trained at the Webber Douglas Academy in London and has worked extensively in theater on both sides of the Atlantic. He has numerous voice over and industrial credits as well as BBC audiobooks.|
|ABIGAIL KILLEEN* (actor) Acted in PSC's A Christmas Carol. Portland credits include: Good Theater, Fenix, Addverb. Off-Broadway: New York Theatre Workshop, Naked Angels. Original theatrical collaborations: an adaptation of Isak Dinesen’s Babette’s Feast and Ordinary Mind/Ordinary Day based on short stories by Virginia Woolf. Is an Assistant Professor of Theater at Bowdoin College.|
R J McCOMISH (director) Has directed for the Boston Theatre Marathon, PSC’s Studio Series and Naked in Portland, as well as staged readings of Wet, Wonderland, Almost Maine, Apocalypso, Hallowed Ground and Our Good Neighbor. R.J. was a founding member of the Escapists Sketch Comedy and Improv Troupe.
DANIEL NOEL* (actor) Has appeared in PSC's Bach at Leipzig, The Drawer Boy, Arcadia, The Foreigner, Rough Crossing, A Christmas Carol and many ttle Festivals & From Aways. Gigs include TV, film, voice/print work, regional theatre, opera, and Broadway experience. Created Longfellow: A Life in Words for PSC's Studio Series.
|JANICE O'ROURKE* (actor, singer/songwriter) Has appeared in Portland Stage’s Out of Sterno as Dotty, Iron Kisses as Barbara, Lend Me a Tenor as Maggie and Comedy of Errors as Luciana. Teaches and coaches for The Actors Institute, NYC.|
|MICHAEL RAFKIN (director, actor) Has worked in Maine as a director, actor, playwright and teacher for more than 30 years. A graduate of Beloit College and the University of Copenhagen, and earned his MFA in directing from Carnegie-Mellon.
|ED REICHERT* (music director, actor, singer) Faculty, School of Music at USM, is musical theatre vocal coach director. PSC highlights: A Christmas Carol, Loman Family Picnic, Master Class. NYC, Regional & Stock: North Shore Music Theatre, Circle Rep. AMAS Musical Theatre, Maine State Music Theatre and Ogunquit Playhouse.|
|HANS INDIGO SPENCER (composer)Career stretches over 20 years of supporting stories for theater directors, filmmakers, animators, and choreographers. Composing credits include plays at Portland Stage – Iron Kisses (2007), Magnetic North (2008), Passion of the Hausfrau (2009) – as well as music for TV shows, education, and underscoring improv comedy.|
|DUSTIN TUCKER* (actor) Has appeared in PSC's Fully Committed, The Santaland Diaries, The 39 Steps, Peer Gynt, and Bach at Leipzig. Broadway: The Rainmaker at Roundabout Theater. Off-Broadway and Regional: SoHo Rep, Primary Stages, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Festival Stage of Winston-Salem and the Theater at Monmouth.|
|BESS WELDEN (actor) MFA/National Theatre Conservatory, teaches and directs at Colby College. At PSC she has performed in A Christmas Carol, Manifest, The Comedy of Errors, From Away, Little Festival of the Unexpectd, and premiered her solo show The Passion of the Hausfrau in 2009.|
|SALLY WOOD* (actor, director, and fight director) Has spent many summers with the Theatre at Monmouth and across the country, but now makes Portland her home. MFA/University of Tennessee, has trained in New York, Russia, Germany, England, and Italy.|
*Member of the Actors' Equity association, the Union of
Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
For a listing of Affiliate Artists events during the 2013-2014 season, please click here.