American Night: Meet the folks behind the scenes

American Night: Meet the folks behind the scenes

American Night: Meet the folks behind the scenes

Milagro’s 32nd season is coming to a close with the wild odyssey through US history by the pen of Richard Montoya, a madcap romp titled American Night: the Ballad of Juan José! The production for this Portland premiere is helmed by the award-winning director of Oedipus El Rey, Elizabeth Huffman! 

Read on to meet her and the rest of the creative team, get ready to laugh and think with this sharp-witted take on the land of
the free, and get your tickets today! (You can read about the cast here).

ELIZABETH HUFFMAN (Director)   returns to Milagro for the second time, having directed the Drammy award winning production of Oedipus El Rey. She most recently
directed
Mary Stuart for Northwest Classical Theater Company having directed
two other productions: King John and The Lion in Winter.  Other Portland directing projects include Bon
Ton Roulet
at the Shakespeare Cafe for the Fertile Ground Festival at Post
5, Ladies Man for Clackamas Rep, November for Jane, A Theatre
Collaborative, and Trojan Women and Oedipus the King for
Classical Greek Theatre. She has been an Artistic Director for four classical theatre companies, and is currently developing her
own production company, Chain Reaction Theatre. She also is an Equity actress (recently performed in
Year of th
e Rooster at Fusion Theatre in New Mexico and also works as a
professional costume designer (most recently for Jewish Theatre
Collaborative’s production of Ministry of Special Cases).
MEGAN WILKERSON (Scenic and Lighting Designer) is an award winning scenic designer based
in Portland. Her designs have been recognized by The Chicago Tribune, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the
Oregonian. This year her work has been produced professionally in Portland by
Artists Repertory Theatre, Bag&Baggage, and Theatre Vertigo. Megan is a member of The Rivendell
Theatre Ensemble in Chicago, The Resident Scenic Designer at Bag&Baggage
Productions in Hillsboro, and a new Resident Artist at Artists Repertory Theatre here in
Portland.  She holds an MFA in Design for
Theatre from the University of Texas at Austin.
SARA LUDEMAN (Costume Designer) is excited to be making her debut with Milagro as the
costumer for American Night. Born and raised in Portland Oregon, she
graduated from Portland State with her BA in 2012. Since graduation Sara has work
primarily with Profile theater where she trained under mentor and close friend
Jessica Bobillot. Recent work includes Profiles Sam Shepard Festival of
Ones Acts
, True West and High School the Musical with
Enlightened Theatrics in Salem Oregon. Sara also works for Profile as part of
their education outreach program in the public schools. Outside of theater Sara
is an outdoor enthusiast and can often be found hiking the trails of Mt. Hood.
SHARATH PATEL (Sound Designer) is excited to be back for his second design at Milagro.
He grew up splitting his time between Appalachia and India while spending the
following years studying across Europe and New England. Before finding a new
home in Portland, he cut his teeth as a lead sound designer in New York City.
Portland design highlights include Oedipus el Rey, (Milagro), Tribes,
The Price (Artists Rep); Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Profile Theatre);
The Piano Lesson (Portland Playhouse); Mary Stewart, Wait Until Dark (Northwest
Classical).  Sharath holds a BFA from
Ohio University and he earned his MFA in Sound Design from the Yale School of
Drama.   He is currently a Resident
Artist at Artists Repertory Theater.
HAL LOGAN (Music Director)is a composer, musician, music director, and sound
designer in southeast Portland, where he operates Hal Logan Music, a music
production studio.  His work has been heard at Milagro, Portland Center Stage, Artists’
Repertory, Vertigo, CoHo, Milagro, Stumptown, Oregon Children’s Theater, Northwest Classical, and Broadway Rose, among
others.  He is the resident sound
designer for Portland Actor’s Conservatory, and teaches Music Technology and
Sound Design at the University of Portland.  
CLARA LIIS HILLIER (Choreographer) Making her debut working with Milagro, Clara-Liis is a
graduate of Reed College. A proud new Bag&Baggage Resident Actor and
company member at Northwest Classical Theatre Co (NWCTC),  she was last seen in The Six Gentlepersons
of Verona
(Valentine), and Miracle on 43rd Street (Felicity Fay
Fitzpatrick) with Bag&Baggage, Wait Until Dark (Susan Hendrix) with
NW Classical, The Tempest with Portland Shakespeare Project, King
Lear
(Cordelia) and The Lion in Winter  (Alais) directed by Elizabeth Huffman, both
with
NWCTC. Favorite roles: Julius Caesar 
(Casca) with Bag&Baggage; The Seagull (Masha) NWCTC;  Othello (Bianca) NWCTC. Next up you
can see her on the Venetian in Our Country’s Good.
ERIC LYNESS (Technical Director) Eric is pleased to return for a second season
as Technical Director for Milagro and thrilled to be working with such a
talented team of artists. In addition to serving as Technical Director. Eric
works as a freelance designer, stage manager, and director in and around
Portland. He is a member of the Third Rail Mentorship Company, and a membership
candidate with AEA. He received his training at The University of Portland.
NICKI D’AMICO (Resident Property Mistress) is a native New Yorker who received a
B.A. in Theatre from SUNY Purchase. Having worked in theaters around NY, CT and
MA she now happily resides and designs in beautiful Portland.  Nicki is pleased to continue her
collaboration with Milagro, on American Night: The Ballad of Juan José.
LAWRENCE SIULAGI (Video Projection) returns to Milagro following his sound
design work in El Tesoro/The Treasure and Searching for Aztlán. As an actor, he recently played Alexas
in Portland Actor’s Ensemble’s Antony & Cleopatra and Roberti in
Portland Opera’s Tosca. He played a variety of roles including King
Agamemnon in Iphigenia in Aulis, The Mikado, Pozzo in Waiting for
Godot
and Carlos Homenides in A Flea In Her Ear while pursuing a
Theatre degree (directing emphasis) at San Diego State University.
MICHAEL DEMAIO (Stage Manager) hails from New York City where he
participated in the B.F.A. programs at both Adelphi University
and Mary Mount Manhattan College majoring in Theatre Arts. He has been a part of the Portland Oregon theatre community
for over fifteen years working primarily as a production stage manager. Some of
his more recent favorite productions include Young Frankenstein with The
Lakewood Theatre Company and Avenue Q with triangle productions!
JULIE ROSEQUIST (Board operator) is proud to be back for her 5th season
with Milagro. She has worked with several other local theatres as stage
manager, props and costume designer and assistant stage manager. 

Don’t miss your chance to see the amazing production this team has prepared for the Portland premiere of American Night: the Ballad of Juan José, playing at Milagro April 30 – May 23, 2015!