Casting Announcement! Congratulations to the cast of No Sex Please, We're British by Anthony Marriot and Alistair Foot, Directed by Sarah Nolte Fuller.
Peter Hunter: Will Futterman Frances Hunter: Annie Trevisan Brian Runnicles: Jay Hash Eleanor Hunter: Gina George Leslie Bromhead: Philip Giesy Superintendent Paul: Jeff Giberson Mr. Needham: Christopher Massey Susan: Lesley Mansfield Barbara: Maddy Gourlay Delivery Men: Carl Dahlquist
Congratulations to the cast of Fat Pig by Neil Labute and directed by Tony Bump. This is the first production of our new Readers Series! Tom - Jeremy Abe Helen - Leslie Inmon Jeannie - Emily Larkin Carter - Alex Larkin
DIRECTORS WANTED! (Deadline for submission is March 1, 2019) Twilight Theater Company is now seeking directors for our 2020 season!
Twilight Theater Company is a not-for-profit organization that endeavors to meet a growing need for accessible, innovative theater in the North Portland community, both for artists and audiences.
In order to continue to achieve the high quality to which we aspire, we are looking for creative, talented and experienced directors with fresh ideas who are interested in creating collaborative art on our stage.
To be considered please submit: 1) A brief cover letter. Please tell us about you - why you are passionate about directing and why you think you’d be a good fit for what we do at Twilight. 2) A copy of your current Directors’ resume. If you do not have a resume please outline your past Directorial experiences. If you have no Directorial experience please outline any other relevant experience. Script and project proposals are Not being accepted at this time.
All submissions should be sent electronically to Artistic_Director@Twilighttheatercompany.org
Deadline for submission is March 1, 2019.
Only Selected candidates will be contacted directly by the Artistic Director for further discussion.
Thank you for your interest in Twilight Theater!
February 4th, 2010 - Casting Announcement
CONGRATULATIONS to the cast of Body Awareness by Annie Baker and directed by Greg Shilling! Phyllis - Allie Rivenbark Joyce - Tamara Sorelli Jared - David Remple Frank - Zero Feeney
Body Awareness runs May 3rd-19th!
January 20th, 2019 - 2018 Season Award Winners!
1) Twilight Theater Company 2018 Outstanding Crew Member Sarah Nolte Fuller Marat/Sade
4) Twilight Theater Company 2018 Outstanding Costume Design Tony Bump Marat/Sade
5) Twilight Theater Company 2018 Outstanding Set Design Scott Miler The Game’s Afoot
6) Twilight Theater Company 2018 Outstanding Volunteerism Danyelle Tinker
7) Twilight Theater Company 2018 Community Partner Award Linda McClelland
8) Twilight Theater Company 2018 Outstanding Supporting Actor Samuel Alexander Hawkins Marat/Sade
9) Twilight Theater Company 2018 Outstanding Supporting Actress Chelsea Read The Maltese Bodkin
10) Twilight Theater Company 2018 Outstanding Ensemble Performance Marat/Sade
11) Twilight Theater Company 2018 Generous Giver Rob & Suzanne Harris
12) Twilight Theater Company 2018 Outstanding Lead Actor Jeff Giberson Venus in Fur
13) Twilight Theater Company 2018 Outstanding Lead Actress Jaiden Wirth Venus in Fur
14) Twilight Theater Company 2018 Outstanding Stage Manager Sarah Nolte Fuller Marat/Sade
15) Twilight Theater Company 2018 Outstanding Direction Dorinda Toner Marat/Sade
16) Twilight Theater Company 2018 Outstanding Overall Production Marat/Sade
December 5th, 2018 - Casting Announcement
CONGRATULATIONS to the cast of The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance and directed by Chris Murphy! Blaine Vincent III - John Merrick Alec Scott Henneberger - Dr. Frederick Treves Anna Hayes - Mrs. Kendal Ira Kortum - Carr Gomm, Conductor Bernard J. Wilkes - Ross, Porter Craig Fitzpatrick - Bishop How, Pinhead Manager, London Policeman Nina Monique Kelly - Nurse Sandwich, Princess Alexandra, Pinhead 3 Conor J. Nolan - Lord John, Snork, Belgian Policeman Kaitlynn Baugh - Pinhead 1, The Countess Ruth Jenkins - The Duchess, Pinhead 2
October 27th, 2018 - Casting Announcement
CONGRATULATIONS to the cast of Equus by Peter Schaffer and directed by Tobias Anderson! Martin Dysart - Christopher Massey Alan Strang - Skye Mclaren Walton Dora Strang - Rebecca Morse Frank Strang - Greg Prosser Hester Salomon - Crystal Lemons Jill Mason - Lydia Ellis-Curry Harry Dalton - Stan Yeend Nugget - Jeff Giberson Nurse - Georgia Ketchmark Horses - Jason Fox, Matt Sunderland, Blaine Vincent III, Will Futterman
September 13th, 2018 - Casting Announcement
CONGRATULATIONS to the cast of The Game’s Afoot by Ken Ludwig and directed by Tony Bump!! WILLIAM GILLETTE – David Mitchum Brown MARTHA GILLETTE – Ruth Jenkins SIMON BRIGHT – Blaine Vincent III AGGIE WHEELER – Madison Gourlay FELIX GEISEL – Rob Harris MADGE GEISEL – Dorinda Toner DARIA CHASE – Marcella Laasch INSPECTOR GORING – Doreen Lundberg
August 2nd, 2018 - Casting Announcement
CONGRATULATIONS to the cast of Marat/Sade by Peter Weiss directed by Dorinda Toner. Thanks to everyone who auditioned! The talent was outstanding and we appreciate your time and talents. CAST - Marquis de Sade - Randy Patterson Jean-Paul Marat - Greg Prosser Herald - Jeff Giberson Coulmier - Stan Yen Jacques Roux - Samuel Alexander Hawkins Duperret - Skye McLaren Walton Polpoch - Jeremy Abe Kokol - Blaine Vincent III Male Nurse 1 - Ilana Watson Male Nurse 2 - Jason Santos Patient 2 - Tim Busch Patient 3 - Tony Domingue Patient 4 - Chris Murphy Patient 5 - Adam Randall Charlotte Corday - Eva Andrews Simonne Evrard - Jennifer Madison Logan Rossignol - Kaitlynn Baugh Cucurucu - Maddy Gourlay Coulmier’s wife /Patient #1 - Shannon C Walcott-Cluphf Coulmier’s daughter - Michelle Wangerzyn Nun 1 - Bobbi Kaye Kupfner Nun 2 - Christie Quinn Patient 1 /Coulmier’s wife - Crystal Lemons Patient 6 - Rhona Klein
July 18th, 2018 - Casting Announcement
CONGRATULATIONS to the cast of Private Eyes by Steven Dietz directed by Paul Roder. Thanks to everyone who auditioned! The talent was outstanding and we appreciate your time and talents. CAST - Matthew: Conor Nolan Lisa: Danyelle Tinker Adrian: Jay Hash Cory: Rachel Roscoe Frank: Alicia Turvin
Join us on Saturday, June 2nd at Twilight Theater Company for an evening of food, drink, silent auction and raffle, trivia and late-night karaoke. This inaugural event will serve as a fundraiser to help Twilight continue to provide an affordable live theater experience to its growing audience.
Tickets are $25 and include a pizza and pasta dinner and one drink ticket. Additional beverages, including beer and wine, will be available for purchase during the event.
Over 50 people auditioned for two roles!! Alicia Turvin, director, was overwhelmed with the amount of talent and, after a brutal audition process, is excited to finally work with her Vanda and Thomas... Vanda: Jennie Spector Thomas: Jeff Giberson
Congratulations to Jennie and Jeff, and thank you to everyone who attended the auditions!
March 5th, 2018 - We're Featured On A New Podcast!
We at Twilight are excited to announce that we are being featured on the new Community Theater Heroes Podcast for the month of March! You can check out the episodes oniTunes, Buzzsprout, andYouTube! Make sure to share it with your friends and family and give the episodes a great rating/review on iTunesandYouTube!
Episode 1 - Featuring Matt Gibson, Director of Stage Kiss (March 5th) Episode 2 - Featuring Dorinda Toner, Artistic Director of Twilight Theater Company (March 5th) Episode 3 - Featuring Jason England, President of the Board & Director of It's Only A Play (March 12th) Episode 4 - Craig Fitzpatrick, Actor Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some!) (March 26th)
Find out more about Community Theater Heroes at their website: www.CommunityTheaterHeroes.com
January 14th, 2018 - Gala Winners Thank you for joining us for our second annual awards gala! ALL cast, crew, and production team members who participated in each category were eligible for nomination. After two blind surveys, the final nomination list went out to our full membership for voting. Voting was open to all 2017 members. Without further ado, the winners are: 😎 Outstanding Performance in any Category Honorable Mention: Lynn Greene - Stella Kowalski (STC) Danyelle Tinker - Trisha (5W) Morgan Lee - Tripp Davenport (5W) Genevieve Larson - Frances (5W) Chelsea Read - Meredith Marlowe (5W) Laura Myers - Claire Gantz (RU) Rob Harris - Ken Gorman (RU) Rick Barr - Lenny Gantz (RU) Greg Saum - Cookie Cusack (RU) Benjamin Phillip - The Voice (H&T) Adriana Gantzer - The Voiceover (H&T) Zero Freeny - Phil Gray (RX) Tim Buch - Richard (RX) Chris Murphy - Simon (RX) David Roberts - Thomas Devereaux (MGM) Deone Jennings - Joan Devereaux (MGM) Marcella Lasch - Carolyn Symons (MGM) Greg Shilling - John (ECS) Craig Fitzpatrick - Jim (ECS) 1) Outstanding Crew Member *Rebecca Ovall - A Streetcar Named Desire 2) Outstanding Stage Manager *Crystal Lemons - A Streetcar Named Desire 3) Outstanding Lighting Design *A Streetcar Named Desire - Robin Pair 4) Outstanding Sound Design *Rumors - Lola Toner 5) Outstanding Costume Design *A Streetcar Named Desire - Chris Byrne 6) Outstanding Set Design *Rumors - Scott Miler 7) Outstanding Volunteerism *Alicia Turvin 😎 Community Partner Award *Mila Boyd 9) Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble *Every Christmas Story Ever Told 10) Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor *Colin Trevor - A Streetcar Named Desire 11) Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actres *Jennifer Clevenger - The Normal Heart 12) Outstanding Direction *Tony Bump - A Streetcar Named Desire 13) Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor *Ted Hartsook - A Streetcar Named Desire 14) Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress *Dorinda Toner - A Streetcar Named Desire 15) Generous Giver Award *Eric Toner 16) Outstanding Overall Production *A Streetcar Named Desire
January 8th, 2018 - Casting Announcement
Wow! What a fantastic turnout for Stage Kiss auditions. The director, Matt Gibson, was in awe of the talent before him and had some incredibly difficult decisions to make. Without further ado, we present the cast of Stage Kiss.... A WOMAN, SHE: Kristen Pechacek A MAN, HE: Rob Kimmelman A DIRECTOR: Christopher Keown KEVIN: Jason Fox THE HUSBAND, OR HARRISON: Tony Domingue ANGELA/MILLIE/MAID: Rachel Smith MILLICENT/LAURIE: Amanda Clark Congratulations!
December 21st, 2017 2nd Annual Light up the Stars Awards Gala
Saturday January 13, 2018 7-9pm
We invite you to join us for our second annual awards gala!
Join us for an evening of celebration where we will honor the best and brightest of our 2017 season. Nosh on appetizers and have a glass of wine, schmooze with fellow artists, and purchase your 2018 Season Tickets and/or Memberships!
Seating is limited so please RSVP!
Cocktail dress encouraged, but not required.
ALL cast, crew, and production team members who participated in each category were eligible for nomination. After two blind surveys, the final nomination list went out to our full membership for voting.
We at Twilight are very excited to be part of 2018 Fertile Ground Festival January 18th-28th, 2018. Be sure to come see our production
That Midsummer written and directed by Tony Bump
A staged-reading as part of the 2018 Fertile Ground Festival
January 19th and 20th 8:00pm
Focusing on the casting and rehearsal of a small company taking on Shakespeare's classic - A Midsummer Nights Dream. Friendships, relationships, and talents are tested in this charming backstge look at putting on a play.
All tickets are $10.00. Please note that Season Tickets and Flex Passes are not valid for this production.
Twilight Theater Company is proud to Announce the cast list for Antigone! Creon - Jim Butterfield Antigone - Amy Lichtenstein Chorus - Chris Murphy Ismene - Mikayla Albano Haemon - Blaine Vincent Nurse - Dorinda Toner Jonas (Guard #1) - John Armour Guard #2 - Jason A. England Guard #3 - Rob Kimmelman The Messenger - Samuel Hawkins Eurydice - Bonnie Littleton
November 16, 2017 - Casting Announcement
Twilight proudly presents the cast of our Fertile Ground submission That Midsummer by Tony Bump Jason England - Theo Danyelle Tinker - Eileen Jennifer Logan - Trixie Ryan Duncan - Michael Angela Pierce - Maggie Colin Trevor - Jack Chris Murphy - Kelly Sawyer Shipman - Aiden Jake Gibson - Billy Rebecca Oval - Josi Kaylen Ostrom - Susan Leticia Maskell - Gloria Izadora Darling - Frankie Corrie Graham - Patty Eva Andrews - Tina Gary Bastian - Mickey Big thanks to everyone who auditioned. Be sure to check out all of Fertile Ground's events
October 9, 2017 - Looking for a few new members
Twilight Theater company is currently looking to expand their board. We are currently looking to fill Board President**, Secretary, and two members at large. If you are interested please complete the following document and send in by November 1, 2017. We look forward to hearing from you.
**1 year with current board preferred for President position
October 4, 2017 - Casting Announcement
Twilight proudly presents the cast of Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some):
Michael - Rob Harris John - Greg Shilling Jim - Craig Fitzpatrick Big thanks to everyone who auditioned. It was a great show of talent and a heck of a lot of fun! See the show this December!!
October 2, 2017 - Announcing our 2018 Season!
Thank you to everyone who attended our 2018 Season Announcement Party last night! We hope you all had as much fun as we did! Without further ado, our lineup for our 2018 'The Play Is The Thing' season is: Antigone by Jean Anouilh Directed by Tobias Anderson January 26th - February 11th
Stage Kiss by Sarah Ruhl Directed by Matt Gibson March 9th - 25th
It's Only a Play by Terrence McNally Directed by Jason A. England April 27th - May 13th
The Maltese Bodkin by David Belke Directed by Sarah Fuller June 8th - 24th
Venus in Fur by David Ives Directed by Alicia Turvin July 27th - August 12th Private Eyes by Stephen Dietz Directed by Paul Roder September 7th - 23rd
Marat/Sade by Peter Weiss Directed by Dorinda Toner October 12th - 28th
The Game's Afoot by Ken Ludwig Directed by Tony Bump November 30th - December 16th
Twilight Theater Company, the community theater that brings you “Entertainment with Edge” announces its upcoming 2018 Season Announcement Party on Saturday, September 30th.
2017 has been an exciting year for Twilight Theater Company, and 2018 promises to be even better. We hope you will join us as we reveal what Artistic Director, Dorinda Toner has put together for our fifth season!
Doors will open at 7:00pm with the program beginning at 7:30pm. Light refreshments and entertainment will be provided throughout the evening.
Most importantly, don't miss out on purchasing your season tickets at a highly discounted rate before they go on sale to the public next month!
Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly. Thank you for your ongoing support of Twilight Theater Company. We are proud to have you as part of our community.
Twilight proudly presents the cast of Murder in Green Meadows:
Thomas Devereaux - David Roberts Joan Devereaux - Deone Jennings Carolyn Symons - Marcella Laasch Jeff Symons - Johnnie Torres Come see who done it! See the show Murder in Green Meadows by Douglas Post opening Oc. 20 at Twilight!
June 14, 2017 - Casting Announcement
Schmidt Pharma congratulates the cast of Rx selected to participate in the clinical trial of SP-925! Meena: Leslie Inmon Allison: Jayne Furlong Frances: Rhona Klein Phil: Zero Feeney Simon: Christopher Murphy Richard: Timothy Busch Ed: Marquis Domingue Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers Impersonators/Announcer/Dancers: Jeremy Abe, Angelica Hesse, Alicia Turvin, Jessica Wode Want to get an Rx for SP-925? Come see the show Rx by Kate Fodor opening Sept. 8 at Twilight!
May 9, 2017 - Casting Announcement
We are thrilled to announce the cast for Hot 'n Throbbing, we look forward to seeing this talented group on stage this August!
Leslie Ann: Tabitha Ebert Voice Over: Adriana Gantzer Charlene: Jaime Langton The Voice: Benjamin Phillip Calvin: Chloë Duckart Clyde: Jason A. England Thank you to everyone who auditioned, the director had some VERY difficult decisions to make!
March 22, 2017 - Casting Announcement
We are pleased to announce the cast list for Rumors by Neil Simon:
Lenny Ganz - Richard Barr Claire Ganz - Laura Myers Ken Gorman - Rob Harris Chris Gorman - Alicia Turvin Cookie Cusack - Greg Saum Ernie Cusack - Andy Roberts Glenn Copper - Ian Leiner Cassie Copper - Amanda Anderson Officer Welch - Tony Domingue Officer Pudney - Rebecca Ovall
The show opens on June 9th and runs through June 26th. Tickets will go on sale May 9th
February 11, 2017 - Casting Announcement
We are pleased to announce the cast list for Five Women Wearing the Same Dress by Alan Ball:
Meredith: Chelsea Read Frances: Genevieve Larson Trisha: Danyelle Tinker Georgeanne: Adriana Gantzer Mindy: Emily Jeziorski Tripp: Morgan Lee The show opens April 28 and run through May 14. Tickets will go on sale March 28th.
February 8, 2017 - Call for Submissions
Twilight Theater Company, your local community theater that brings you 'Entertainment with Edge', is now accepting directing resumes and proposals for their 2018 Season.
Interested parties should email the Artistic Director, Dorinda Toner at email@example.com by Feb 25th for detailed submission instructions. Submissions sent without first contacting the Artistic Director for instructions will not be considered.
Submission deadline is March 15th.
January 20th, 2017 - Casting Announcement
We are pleased to announce the cast list for The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer
Ned Weeks - Marvin Gray Bruce Niles - Michael Teufel Dr. Emma Brookner - Jennifer Logan Ben Weeks - David Alan Morrison Felix Turner - Johnnie Torres Mickey Marcus - Ronald Jorgensen Tommy Boatright - Greg Schilling David / Grady / Examining Doctor / Orderly - Christopher Murphy Craig Donner / Hiram Keebler / Orderly - Kris Wallsmith
Thank you to all who auditioned, director Jason England had his work cut out for him!
December 27th, 2016 - And the nominees are...
Twilight Theater Company's first annual Light Up the Stars Awards Gala will be held on Saturday, January 2nd, 2017. This special event will celebrate our third birthday, as well as honor some of the best and brightest to have graced our company in 2016. Without further ado, the nominees* (in no particular order) are: Best Production: - Mr Marmalade - Boeing Boeing - Twilight of the Golds - The Heidi Chronicles Best Director: - Matt Gibson (Boeing Boeing) - Ron Jorgenson (Twilight of the Golds) - Derek & Jo Lane (Mr. Marmalade) - Jason A England (Comfort & Joy) Best Performance by a Lead Actor - Female: - Karlyn Weaver (The Heidi Chronicles) - Danyelle Tinker (Twilight of the Golds) - Jenny Newbry (Boeing Boeing) - Jayne Furlong (Mr. Marmalade) Best Performance by a Lead Actor - Male: - Jason A England (Twilight of the Golds) - David Alan Morrison (Comfort & Joy) - Scott Walker (Mr. Marmalade) - Greg Prosser (The Heidi Chronicles) Best Performance by a Supporting Actor - Male: - Benjamin Philip (Psycho Beach Party) - Zero Freeny (Boeing Boeing) - Marty Winborne (Terror by Gaslight) - Johnnie Torres (Comfort & Joy) Best Performance by a Supporting Actor - Female: - Aje Summerly (Terror by Gaslight) - Chloe Payne (Mr. Marmalade) - Taylor Jean Grady (Much Ado About Nothing) - Amanda Anderson (Psycho Beach Party) Best Ensemble Performance: - Much Ado About Nothing - Terror by Gaslight - The Heidi Chronicles - Psycho Beach Party Best Set Design: - Josiah Green (Comfort & Joy) - Dereck Lane (Mr. Marmalade) - Jo & Derek Lane (Boeing Boeing) MVP Crewbie/Backstage: - Judy Turnhauer (Terror by Gaslight) - Crystal Lemons (Boeing Boeing) - Sarah Ominski (The Heidi Chronicles) Best Costume Design: - Chris Byrne (The Heidi Chronicles) - Amanda Ryan (Mr. Marmalade) - Alicia Turvin (Comfort & Joy)
Voting is open to Season Ticket Holders, Board Members (excluding the Artistic Director) and Donors of Sponsorship Level** *Special awards will also be presented in several categories. **please see website for membership levels and rewards. Electronic Ballots will be emailed at least one week prior to Gala.
December 17th, 2016 - It's not too late! It's the end of the year, which means you might be thinking about ways to reduce your tax liability for the year. We can help! Please consider making a tax-deductable donation to Twilight Theater Company. Your contributions are always appreciated! 2017 Membership and Donation Structure $25+ - Member of Twilight * Official member of Twilight Theater Company * Recognition as a donor in our program * Special pre-sale code for all mainstage productions and special events * Voting rights for annual awards $50+ - Blue Sponsor All Member benefits and… * Recognition as a donor in lobby display $100+ - Gold Sponsor All Blue benefits and… * One free ticket to show of donor’s choosing $250+ - Friend of Twilight All Gold benefits and… * Two free tickets to show of donor’s choosing $500+ - Supporting Player All Friend benefits and… * Free (non-alcoholic) beverage at concessions * One free flex pass $1000+ - Director’s Circle All Supporting Player benefits and… * Two free flex passes $2500+ - Show Sponsor All Director’s Circle benefits and… * Two free season tickets * Invite to sit in on first Table Read for each production $5000+ - Artistic Director’s Circle All Show Sponsor benefits and… * Four free season tickets * Invite to pre-opening night discussion with Director for each production * Mention in curtain speech (if desired) $10,000+ - Season Sponsor All Artistic Director’s Circle benefits and… * Ten free season tickets * Invite to join Cast, Crew, and Director for post-show discussion * Full page color ad in program
October 2nd, 2016 - Announcing our 2017 Season!!
Thank you to everyone who attended our Season Announcement Party. We are honored by the outpouring of support we have received this year, and are very excited for what the future brings. Without further ado, we present our line up for 2017!
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams February 3rd-19th - Directed by Tony Bump The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer March 10th-26th - Directed by Jason A. England Five Women Wearing the Same Dress by Alan Ball April 28th - May 14th - Directed by Ilana Watson Rumours by Neil Simon June 9th-26th - Directed by Maury Evans Hot 'n' Throbbing by Paula Vogel August 4th-20th - Directed by Matt Gibson Rx by Kate Fodor September 8th-24th - Directed by Jo Strom Lane Murder in Green Meadows by Douglas Post October 20th - November 5th - Directed by Doreen Lundberg Every Christmas Story Told (And Then Some!) by Michael Carleton, Jim FitzGerald and John K. Alvarez December 1st-17th - Directed by Dorinda Toner
September 16, 2016 - Casting Announcement
Congratulations to the cast of Comfort and Joy! Look forward to seeing this talented cast on our stage in December! Fairy - David Morrison Scott - Andy Roberts Tony - Johnnie Torres Victor - Connor Brenes Doris - Angela Mitchom Gina - Adriana Gantzer
Congratulations to the cast of Terror By Gaslight! Tickets for our October/November show will go on sale September 26th. Dr. Cyrus Norton: Gary Romans Constance Norton: Debra Hudkins Marilyn Norton: Katherine Kyte William Dover: Rob Kimmelman Edward Daniels: Breon McMullin Gin Hester: Aje' Summerly Leonard Scrubbs: Marty Winborne Opal: Rachel May Thomas Kitty: Kaitlynn Baugh Dr. Withers: Redmond Reams Detective Harrison: Gary Sandelin Mrs. Culp: Katy Philp
June 20, 2016 - Artistic Director Announced
TWILIGHT THEATER COMPANY ANNOUNCES NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTOR PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: June 20th, 2016
TONER TAPPED AS COMPANY’S NEXT ARTISTIC LEADER Portland, OR – Twilight Theater Company continues to experience rapid growth as a newcomer to the Portland theater scene and TTC is excited to announce that part of that growth includes naming a new Artistic Director - Dorinda Toner. Toner succeeds JJ Harris, who co-founded the company with Danyelle Tinker and Sue Westbo in 2013. The company moved into its new home at 7515 Brandon Avenue in North Portland in February of 2015 and is quickly gaining reputation for producing high quality, compelling plays and entertainment with edge. An accomplished director, actress and vocalist Toner most recently directed The Heidi Chronicles to critical acclaim.
Toner, who relocated to the Pacific Northwest 14 years ago, has been performing on stages across North America for over 33 years. She studied Theater Performance and Directing at Concordia & Thompson Universities in her native country of Canada where she is also a Canadian Recording Artist. Toner has served as a board member on several non-profit organizations including The Vancouver Area Theater Alliance, The Magenta Theater, Pacific Stageworks Theater and Twilight Theater Company. Toner has directed dozens of plays and has won several awards for her work. Spamalot! at HART, for which she was Director and Musical Director, recently won the Applause NW Ovation Award for Favorite Regional Theater Show of the Year (2015). Other shows previously directed near and dear to her heart are: The Heidi Chronicles, Becky's New Car, Family Hardware, Wit (Winner - Slocum House Theater Best Show 2009), The Curious Savage, Pride & Prejudice, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Laramie Project, and Every Christmas Story Ever Told, And Then Some.
Toner is also an award winning actress. You may have seen Dorinda most recently as Cynthia in Looking for Olivia at Twilight Theater (Nomination - 2015 Applause NW Ovation Award), Kate Keller in All My Sons at New Century Players (Nomination - 2015 Applause NW Ovation Award), a singing/dancing Shopper in She Loves Me at Lakewood Theater, Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes at HART (Nomination - 2014 Applause NW Ovation Award), Elaine in The Exes for Fertile Ground Festival, Suzy in Wait Until Dark at Magenta Theater & Lovestreet Playhouse (Winner - ADA Ms. Spotlight Award - Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor), Matthew/ John Paul Satre in Godspell at Pacific Stageworks or as Joanne in RENT at Clark College. Other favorite roles include Diana in Lend Me A Tenor, Becca in Rabbit Hole, Sally in You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Aunt Abby in Arsenic and Old Lace (Winner -Standing Ovation Award for Outstanding Performance 2008) and Janis Joplin in The Best of Rock and Roll. Toner has also has frequented the cabaret scene in Portland appearing at Tony Starlight's as a guest of the Cabaret Chantuese and at Mazzas as a guest of The PDX Stew's Respecterella.
"Dorinda has had a positive impact on the Community Theater scene in the Portland area and she continues to cultivate lasting relationships with local artists. We are excited to welcome her inclusive and engaging energy here at Twilight.” - Danyelle Tinker, TTC Founding Member. Here is just a small sampling of what people who have worked with Toner had to say:
“As a Director, Dorinda has had a positive influence on me as an actor, in that she both challenged my boundaries and yet allowed me to find my own path. In my capacity as Artistic Director or HART, I cannot say enough about her as a collaborator and peer. She pursues the highest of standards and sets a firm but friendly tone in her process. There is always a discourse with her.” - Paul Roder
Dorinda is both an amazingly talented actress and an insightful, open director who has the unique ability to provide a clear vision for a production while honoring the artistic contributions of her performers. As an actor, I would perform with her on stage or under her direction any time. - Jay Hill
I found Dorinda to be thoroughly delightful to work with, infinitely patient with neophytes, creative with her direction, confident in her vision yet collaborative and flexible with others' ideas, traits all bound within a warm friendly personality. - Virginia Kincaid
In my years working with Dorinda in a Vancouver non-profit, I found her to be a big picture person. So not only are you getting a creative leader, you have gotten a person who sees the theater as a whole, and she can lead knowing every piece makes a stronger program. -Suzanne Turnauer
“I'm beyond thrilled to accept the position of Artistic Director at Twilight Theater Company.” Toner remarked, “It can be rare for a community theater to be willing to take risks with play selection, pushing the envelope of typical community theater fodder, providing great entertainment and raising important questions. With Twilight's commitment to bringing 'Entertainment With Edge' and with its dedicated and enthusiastic Board of Directors, artists and volunteers, I feel confident we will continue to ensure a creative environment where artists and audiences alike feel challenged, entertained and moved. Art that reflects our biggest delights and deepest struggles has the power to invoke conversation and conversation is the first, best step to building strong community.”
Jo Strom Lane, President of TTC Board of Directors, adds - “A formal announcement of our New Artistic Director will be made at Twilight's Season Announcement Party to take place on Friday Sept. 30, 2016. Everyone can be sure that Twilight Theater will endeavor to meet a growing need for accessible, innovative theater in North Portland. The public is invited to attend this celebration and encouraged to be involved in the company. We are thrilled to welcome Dorinda and are excited for our upcoming season under Toner's leadership and wealth of experience.”
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