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John Baca-Saavedra

is a dramatist, actor, puppeteer, juggler, clown, mask-maker & Tri-Met bus operator.

09/99

Productions

Blood Wedding (1999)
Velvet, Velour & Burlap (1997)


Jany Bacallao

is thrilled to be making his Milagro debut! Some favorite regional and touring credits include: Water by the Spoonful (Elliot), Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (White Rabbit/Mad Hatter), La Mariposa (Fernando), Tarzan: The Stage Musical (Father/Ape), Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood (Crayfish/Grandmere), Unto These Hills (George/Kanati U/S), Chief Little Will (Raven Feather), Time of War (Male Combat Swing). Proud graduate of the University of Central Florida, BFA Acting. All my love and thanks to my beautiful family and friends. ¡Viva Cuba Libre! JanyBacallao.com. @JanyBacallao

Jany Bacallao está emocionado de poder hacer su debut en Milagro. Algunos de sus créditos regionales y de giras incluyen: Water by the Spoonful (Elliot), Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (White Rabbit/Mad Hatter), La Mariposa (Fernando), Tarzan: The Stage Musical (Father/Ape), Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood (Crayfish/Grandmere), Unto These Hills (George/Kanati U/S), Chief Little Will (Raven Feather), Time of War (Male Combat Swing).Orgulloso egresado de la University of Central Florida, con un bachillerato de bellas artes en actuación. Todo mi amor y agradecimiento va para mi familia y amigos. ¡Viva Cuba Libre! JanyBacallao.com. @JanyBacallao

05/17

Productions

Oyé Oyá (2017)


Carolyn Baker

is a recent graduate of Oregon State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in apparel design. Although she has designed costumes and apparel for various festivals and has shown her work on the runway both at her University and at conventions, this is her theatrical debut in costuming. She enjoys attending local theater productions and spends her free time learning new ways to upcycle apparel.

10/12

Productions

Raíz (2012)


Michelle Badion

, a lifelong dancer, and Evan Wallace, a physicist, have been dancing, teaching, and performing Tango in Seattle since 1996, and travel frequently to Argentina and other Tango communities throughout the world in pursuit of their shared obsession. They have been featured in numerous tango shows including Tango Nights, Tango Dreams, and Tangoing, and have produced various shows as well.

04/03

Productions

Tango al Tiempo (2003)


Patrick Bailey

had a successful debut in 1986 as the General in Peter Ustinov's The Unknown Soldier and His Wife. He is a member of the Ladybug Theatre where he played the King in Sleeping Beauty this summer.

09/88

Productions

Lysistrata (1988)


Lauren Bair

is thrilled to return to Milagro, having played in La carpa del maestro. She was last seen in Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web (Lakewood). Credits include Pride & Prejudice (Quintessence), All My Sons, A Streetcar Named Desire, Orson’s Shadow (ART), Tales of Ordinary Madness (CoHo), One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Brundog/Integrity), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lakewood) and Valparaiso (Vertigo). Films include American Disciples and Everyman’s War & the sitcom pilot Nick Bradley Might Be An Alcoholic.

03/10

Productions

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents (2010)
La Carpa del Maestro (2008)


Brian Baker

has been adding his breaking techniques from his experience as a Trailbreaker dancer, Def Con 5 & MOVEO company member.

05/11

Productions

Lazarillo (2011)


Fabian E. Balderas

a native from Puebla, Mexico, began his professional career as a Mexican folkloric dancer at the age of eight, participating in companies as Zazhil and Citlatepetl. He studied at The Dance School of Concepcion Quiroz in Veracruz where he received training as folkloric dance teacher and choreographer. Since his arrival to Portland in 2000, has been an active member of Ballet Folklórico Atzinameyalli (trans.Spring Water) and has performed in various festivals such as the Pablo Neruda’s Festival, Cinco de Mayo and theatre productions in Tears of Joy and the Miracle Theatre Group. This is Fabian’s fifth show at Miracle after Posada Milagro, Day of the Dead Festival and El Jardín de Sueños.

09/06

Productions

Road to Xibalba (2006)
El Jardín de Sueños (2005)
Dia de los Muertos (2004)


Dani Baldwin

is the Assistant Education Director for Oregon Children's Theatre. Her favorite acting roles include Elma Duckworth in Bus Stop, Helen Potts in Picnic and Mrs. Barker in American Dream. Besides performing, she has worked as a makeup designer, stage manager, set/costume construction and project assistant for The Misanthrope at ART.

09/00

Productions

Life is a Dream (2000)


Jane Unger Baldwin

has recently settled in Portland from her home in New York, New York. She worked professionally as an actress in many of New York's Off-Broadway and surrounding regional theatres. She's assisted directors including Austin Pendleton, Julianne Boyd, and Richard E. T. White. In the Portland area she has worked as a guest director for Linfield College, directed for Storefront's New Playwright's Festival. For the Miracle Theatre, Jane directed Roosters and last fall's production of Electra. Most recently she directed Sharon Whitney's Five Minute Wars for Firehouse Theatre's Experimental Projects.

04/90

Productions

Orinoco (1990)
Electra (1989)
Roosters (1989)


Marco Garcia Ballaré

is thrilled to be in Portland to make his Miracle Theatre Group debut. Marco is a Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles native. He has had the fortune of working on television and films like Tengo Miedo. Marco’s theatre credits include: As You Like It, Take Me Out and Novio Boy. Marco is honored to be working with such an incredibly talented cast and crew and would like to thank his family, friends and his community back home and here for their wonderful encouragement, care and continued support as he ventures forth into the unknown.

05/12

Productions

Oedipus el Rey (2012)


Levi “UNEAK” Banner

grew up in Eugene with an artistic mother and musical father. He got into art in high school where he got to paint his first spray can mural and now owns his own art and clothing business called Fresh Paint. Levi is a board member of the Oregon Chapter of the Universal Zulu Nation, for which he helps organize community events, teaches after school programs, paints murals to clean up neighborhoods and performs as a part of the Hip Hop group. He also performs with his break dance crew Raw Action, is a certified yoga instructor, and teaches both dance and yoga at Portland Community College.

05/11

Productions

Lazarillo (2011)


Arlena Barnes

is performing in her first production with Milagro. She has performed in Romeo and Juliet, You Can’t Take It with You, and Big Love (Portland Actors Conservatory) and For the Time Being (Claire Willett). She has been the Narrator for readings at Profile Theatre – Buena Vista (Desdemona Chiang) and Hungry (Adriana Baer). Arlena has been an Assistant Director to Philip Cuomo for Dog Sees God (Portland Actors Conservatory). She has also directed La Bonne Fille - a video/multimedia short and Normal - a short film at the Gulf Island Film and Television School. Arlena is a graduate of the Portland Community College Multimedia Program and the Portland Actors Conservatory. She is a participant in the Yale University Directing 1 Summer Intensive. Arlena also has a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a M.P.P. from Harvard Kennedy School.

10/14

Productions

¡O Romeo! (2014)


Tim Barnes

teaches English at Portland Community College. He has published poems, essays, reviews, articles, and translations. He is the originator of Wood Works, a dramatic adaptation of C. E. S. Wood's Heavenly Discourse. Tim has lived in Latin America and studied Hispanic poets.

05/89

Productions

Burning Patience (1989)


Brandon Barnum

His roles have varied from the young Winthrop in THE MUSIC MAN to his latest role as Ramon in the tragic musical THE ME NOBODY KNOWS. He attends Grant High School where he is enrolled in Drama along with a Men's Ensemble choir class.

05/85

Productions

Waiting for Godot (1985)


Hal Barton

is a resident artist/scholar at Miracle Theatre and a Rockefeller Postdoctoral Fellow in Caribbean studies. His work has taken him to Costa Rica, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico. He most recently performed in Milagro's production of En Este Valle de Lagrimas and Vision de Jaguar, and is a principal dancer/drummer with Milagro Bailadores.

Development Assistant, 2/26 - 12/20, 1997

12/97

Productions

Un Christmas Cuento (1997)
Día de los Muertos (1997)
Vision del Jaguar (1997)
En Este Valle de Lagrimas (1997)
Alas del Huracan (1997)


Mark Bauch

is pleased to be returning to Miracle Theatre where he last directed Milagro on Calle 401K. He received his BA in Theater from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire with an emphasis on Directing. From there he served as co-artistic director for The Bare Bones Theater Company. Mark has also directed a production of The Dumb Waiter in Winchester, England; Carousel and Trial By Jury in Hancock, New York; and also produced, directed, and wrote a public access television show entitled, “B.B.T.C. News,” for which he received a, “Most Promising New Producer” award. Since arriving in Portland he has been working his way back into directing by serving as Technical Director for Triangle Productions, Musical Theater Company, SITE, and Guest Technical Director for Artist Repertory Theater.

02/05

Productions

The True History of Coca-Cola in Mexico (2005)
Milagro on Calle 401K (2002)
Aventuras de Don Quixote (2001)
Noches de Cuba (2001)
Kiss of the Spider Woman (2001)
Christmas Crisis in Las Cruces! (2000)
Life is a Dream (2000)
Our Mexican Heritage (2000)
El Paso Blue (2000)
Baile Romantico (2000)
The True History of Coca-Cola in Mexico (2000)
La Posada (1999)
Día de los Muertos (1999)
Blood Wedding (1999)


Cassy Beekman

graduated from Reed in December, 1994, with a B.A. in Theatre and is therefor actively pursuing a career as a mostly-employed artist. She has worked at Northwest Children's Theatre as a class assistant since January. Before that, she spent all of her time directing, acting, doing stage management and design for Dreadnought Theater Company. In her abundant free time, Cassy writes art reviews for TONIC magazine.

10/95

Productions

When El Cucui Walks (1995)


Ivette Bellanca

lived in Washington DC for six years, where she attended the Model Secondary School for the Deaf. At the MSSD she studied mime, dance and abstract theatre. She is a 23 year old vegetarian who writes poetry and has a great appreciation for nature.

07/93

Productions

Camino Confusion/Confusion Street (1993)


Virginia Belt

last worked for Miracle as costume designer for Barrio Hollywood and is pleased to be walking its stage as an actor this time. Virginia appeared recently in Exit the King with Arts Equity and Broadway Bound at Lakewood. She’s performed with Stark Raving, Artists Rep, Tygres Heart, Portland Actors Ensemble and Oregon Children’s Theatre, among others. Virginia has danced professionally with American Festival Ballet, Duluth Ballet, and Indianapolis Ballet Theater. She teaches ballet, modern dance and acting for Willamette University.

05/08

Productions

Labyrinth of Desire (2008)
Barrio Hollywood (2003)
Men on the Verge of a His-Panic Breakdown (1999)


Sylvia E. Beltran

has lived in Portland for 8 years. She has studied at the Training Ground for the past 2 years and has performed in the one act play The Insanity of Mary Girard. Cuentos! is her second stage performance.

04/92

Productions

Cuentos (1992)


Ross Bench

just completed work at IFCC for Answers. Versed in many areas of technical work, this is a debut for Ross with MTC.

09/88

Productions

Jason & the Golden Fleece (1988)


Alejandro Benítez

es actor, titiritero y baterista. Estudió drama y literatura en la Universidad Autónoma De México. Ha trabajado como actor y músico en más de 18 obras entre las que constan La lucha con el ángel, Sueño de una noche de verano. La repugnante historia de clotario demoniax, Troka el poderoso, y El tablero de las pasiones de juguete. Como titiritero ha trabajado en teatro, televisión (Plaza Sésamo) y televisión por Internet. Ha trabajado como productor y locutor en radio Internet. Trabajó con El Grupo de Teatro Bochinche (1992-1999) y con El Grupo de Teatro Tinglado (1995-2005). En este momento está trabajando en un nuevo proyecto de teatro de juguete, Panteón de Fiesta, con su propia compañía Facto Teatro. Este proyecto es una producción del Music Center of The Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County, con el apoyo del Jim Henson Foundation que se estrenó durante el International Festival of Toy Theater en junio.

09/08

Productions

Dos Pueblos (2008)


Jane Bennett

has been seen in Shakespeare-in-the-Parks since 1982 in which she has played Audrey and Rosalind in As You Like It, and the princess in Loves Labours Lost. She is a regular performer in children's theatre at the Ladybug Theatre at the Washington Park Zoo.

01/85

Productions

Relatively Speaking (1/1985)


Pattie Benson

has toured as a singer/dancer for USO shows to Vietnam, Korea, Alaska and through the Mediterranean. Ms. Benson also toured with the New Oregon Singers all over the world and performed with bob Hope, Sammy Davis, Jr., Phyllis Diller, Burl Ives and Lawrence Welk among others. She assisted Donald McKayle with the choreography for the Alvin Ailey Dance Co. in New York City, but always returns to her Portland home where she is the resident choreographer of the "Leyden Singers and Dancers" for the Oregon and Seattle Symphony "Pops" series. Most recently she was seen as the Rooster Dancer, Zapata, in the Hispanic Cultural Festival production of Roosters.

09/89

Productions

Electra (1989)
Roosters (1989)


Sue Berch

is new to Portland Theatre and this is her first production with the Miracle Theatre Company. She has been seen in everything from Moliere's The Misanthrope to original plays like Maureen and The Aliens. Sue is a native New Yorker. She has performed in New York, Atlanta, Washington, DC, St. Louis and Breckenridge, Colorado.

04/90

Productions

Orinoco (1990)


Ayanna Berkshire

is originally from the San Juan Islands in Washington, Ayanna was just three years old when she began performing on stage for audiences. As she has grown, she has become an accomplished actress, singer and dancer for film, television and theatre. But it was her love of the European theatre and French film that led her to move to Paris when she was only 18. Berkshire immersed herself in the French language and found employment as a stylist in the Paris fashion industry. After spending a few inspiring years in France she returned to America and began pursuing her acting career. Some of Ayanna’s favorite roles on stage have been, Sophie in Pure Gold Baby, John and Don Russell-The Fox in The Tales of Canterbury and Kenric in Bang. Curtain, End of Show!. You can also see Ayanna currently in these films: 2004’s “The Dust Factory,” “The Good Lot,” and 2005’s “ The Heater,” “Say Uncle” and “ Reality Check.” Ayanna is pleased to be a member of Fuente Ovejuna. This show marks the first, of what she hopes will be many, with Miracle Theatre. Ayanna would like to thank the cast and crew of Fuente Ovejuna for their hard work and great humor and her family and friends for their endless support and encouragement.

04/05

Productions

Fuente Ovejuna (2005)


Jesse Berdine

graduated from Portland state University in 1996 with a degree in Anthropology. In addition to performing with Milagro Bailadores he also dances with Keith Goodman and play music with Virginia Lopez and the Mambo Queens. Jesse has also studied music and dance abroad in Jamaica and Trinidad.

10/98

Productions

Día de los Muertos (1998)
Camino al Carnaval (1998)
Día de los Muertos (1997)
Alas del Huracan (1997)
X-Flock 209 (1996)


Michael Berkson, AEA

Michael's recent Portland appearances include roles in The Night of the Iguana (ART), and in The Birthday Party, The Homecoming and The Price (Profile Theatre Project). In years past, he was a professional actor in New York City, appearing on Broadway, off-Broadway, and in a variety of television commercials. He also earned a Ph.D., and as a college professor he headed a vigorous acting program at Illinois State University. For 15 years, he was Director of Education and Community Service for Portland Opera. He currently teaches opera-related subjects in a variety of contexts at Portland State University.

05/03

Productions

Spirits of the Ordinary (2003)


Rosemary Berleman

has had a theatre career spanning 40 years. Her favorite roles include the Betrothed in Lorca's Bodas de Sangre, Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Ismene in Antigone, and Gertrude in Hamlet. She played Norma in Plaza Suite and Mrs. Higgins in My Fair Lady, as well as singing in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas and musical comedies.

04/92

Productions

The Lady from Havana (1992)
Cuentos (1992)


Sabina Berman

es la dramaturga más aclamada y con más éxito comercial proveniente de México. Ha ganado el Premio Nacional de Teatro de México cuatro veces, un hecho sin precedente. Berman ha escrito libretos para películas, poesía, prosa y periodismo sumado a su trabajo para los escenarios. Su colección de entrevistas con mujeres Mexicanas en posiciones de poder, Mujeres y poder, ganó el Premio Nacional de Periodismo en el año 2000. Recientemente escribió el libreto para la nueva película del director Jorge Fons, acerca de los asesinatos en la frontera de Juárez, y escribió la adaptación de “La Historia de Amor” para el director Alfonzo Cuarón.

Sabina Berman is Mexico's most commercially successful and critically acclaimed playwright. She has won the Mexican National Theatre Prize an unprecedented four times and has written film scripts, poetry, prose and journalism in addition to her work for the stage. Her collection of interviews with Mexican women in positions of power, Mujeres y poder, won the 2000 National Journalism Award. She recently wrote director Jorge Fons' new movie about the murders on the border of Juarez, and the adaptation of "The History of Love" for director Alfonso Cuarón.

Productions

Entre Villa y una mujer desnuda (2010)


Bobby Bermea, AEA

is an African-Mexican American and recent transplant from Seattle. He came here to perform in ART's Raisin in the Sun for which he won a Drammy for Actor in a Supporting Role. Other favorite experiences include Torch in Beirut, Royal Boy in Police Boys, the Husband in Killers, Purlie in Purlie Victorious. Bermea has also produced two of his own plays-Saint Heroin and Mercy. He will next be performing in The Nightmare in My Closet with Tears of Joy and The Trial with Cygnet Productions.

09/00

Productions

Life is a Dream (2000)


Lindsay Bernal

is a first timer with Teatro Milagro, but definitely not a first timer with theater in general. She has been doing lighting design and tech throughout Washington state for many years and has recently joined up with Lunacy Stageworks here in Portland. She would like to thank her partner, Greg, for coming along in this adventure with her.

01/11

Productions

Duende de Lorca (2011)


Bonnie Berryman

works for Streetlight Youth Shelter, a homeless youth shelter. This is her first time working in theatre.

10/01

Productions

Día de los Muertos (2001)


Natalina S.X. Bertelli

goes to Jackson Middle School, 8th grade. She enjoys anything to do with the arts. She also enjoys sports and living life to the fullest. She would like to say hi to all her friends and family and anybody else that would like to include themselves. She would like to thank you to everyone.

10/01

Productions

Día de los Muertos (2001)


Marisa Bevington

, Argentina, trabaja en Lincoln High School como profesora de español. (07/02)

Marisa Bevington was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and came to Portland as a teenager. She has lived and traveled throughout South America. Currently she is a Spanish teacher at Lincoln High School. Marisa's acting experience has always been connected with Latin America: Mrs. Pinochet in Vaudeville at Storefront, Maria in a play benefit for a free Chile, and Mothers of Heroes, a play about Nicaragua at Stark Raving.

04/93

Productions

Te llevo en la sangre (2002)
The Miser of Mexico (1993)


Robert Biehn

makes his third appearance with the Miracle Theatre, previously performing the roles of Theseus in Theseus, A Dangerous Journey and Nelson Cruz in Our Lady of the Tortilla. He is a graduate of Lewis and Clark College receiving a BA in Theatre Arts. At Lewis & Clark he performed in The Bacchae and The Sure Thing.

12/91

Productions

Un Christmas Cuento (1991)
Theseus, A Dangerous Journey (1991)
Our Lady of the Tortilla (1991)


Greg Bigoni

is thrilled to be departing from his usual agenda of playing violently maladjusted characters with substance abuse problems. He has appeared in several plays, including this one.

12/02

Productions

Milagro on Calle 401K (2002)


Katelan Braymer

is a Lighting Designer and Technical Director for Theatre, Dance and Opera. Designs: Free Outgoing (East West Players), The Hairy Ape *2016 Ovation Award Nominee, A Taste of Honey (Odyssey Theatre Ensemble), Molecular Fuel (Micaela Taylor), Excerpts (Samantha Goodman), and El Payaso (Milagro). Touring: Inflatable Trio, Ruth Doesn't Live Here Anymore (Lionel Popkin), Surfacing (Holcombe Waller, US and Brazil), Object Lesson (Geoffe Sobelle), Half Life (Cloud Eye Control) and Stardust (David Rousseve). Katelan is Director of Production and Lighting for the Live Arts Exchange Festival, Lighting Assistant at LA Opera and is an Associate Artist of Hand2Mouth Theatre. www.KatelanBraymer.com

03/17

Productions

Lydia (2017)
El Payaso (2017)
Into the Beautiful North (2016)
Broken Promises (2016)


Juliet Maya Buri

is a visual and performing artist from Medellín, Colombia, where she trained as an actress in local academies and performed in theater productions before focusing her artistic energy into visual art. Buri moved to Portland in 2009, and in 2013 was invited by Olga Sanchez to participate in Milagro’s staged reading of Mummified Deer, which reconnected her with her love for performing. Since, she has acted in educational videos and in other Milagro projects including the Milagro/Metro touring production El Tesoro/The Treasure. Locally, she has trained with Nelda Reyes (Grupo Condor) and Kristina Haddad (The Actors Lab). Buri is thrilled to be back at Milagro and thankful to director Georgina Escobar for the opportunity to work and learn so much from her, and next to such talented actors and crew. Special thanks to Justin and Iza, siempre conmigo. See her visual art on Instagram @mayacraftroomart.

11/16

Productions

El Muerto Vagabundo (2016)