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The Company

Meet the Team – Portland Playback Theater is an ensemble company made up of professional actors, dancers, musicians, writers, group facilitators, business consultants and therapists. Each ensemble member brings a unique set of talents and each is committed to offering creative approaches to exploring issues and building community. We are members of the International Playback Theater Network and the Portland Area Theater Alliance.

 
Jackie Paris

Playback Theater PDX was started by Jackie Paris who trained with Jonathan Fox, the creator of the Playback form, and Armand Volkas, Director of the Living Arts Counseling Center in CA. Jackie has been involved with Playback for the past 23 years, and currently works as a Drama Therapist.  She has been a professional actress since the age of 20,  and has generated many original socio-political theater performances – her passion is bringing change to the planet by making it a better place through dramatic and creative endeavors! 

Ryan Bowen
Ryan Bowen studied theater in Boston, piano and film in Portland, and has many years of training in martial arts and enjoys singing and playing guitar. He enjoys a good prank when he is not at work as president of Raindrop Roofing NW. The expression of each person’s truth is sacred and Ryan is both excited and grateful to be a mirror for that truth in Playback.
  Marisol Cordero-Goodman
Marisol Cordero-Goodman first developed an affinity for Playback as a member of Pulse Playback Theater (2008-2010) and a member of Portland Playback Theater (2010-present) and she has been in love with it ever since.  For her, Playback is a way to celebrate stories by bringing to life cherished memories through deep and creative witnessing.  When she is not teaching yoga, dancing or volunteering with White Bird Clinic, she spends her time as an attorney specializing in creating and implementing a legacy of care through estate planning, providing legal counsel in times of transition for her estate administration clients and setting a foundation for creativity to flourish through corporate formation documents. www.mcgoodmanlaw.com
  Kevin Ferguson
Kevin Ferguson is an Emmy Award winning musician/scientist/engineer/inventor with dozens of patents, dozens pending and 8 albums including best sellers on guitar9.com. He is currently the music director of Playback Theater and also performs regularly in several world music groups (see debone.com). He recently created recipefactory.net, with ongoing research towards mitigating hunger, leading health issues and worldwide competition for resources.
Avi Klepper
Avi Klepper came to PlayBack Theater unexpectedly, but happily, through a series of coincidences and without any formal experience in theater, making him suspect supernatural forces were involved. A native New Yorker, Avi is so pleased he found his way to Portland that he has adopted Portland as his honorary hometown. Having worked in former lives as a journalist, a paramedic, a computer programmer, a stay-at-home dad, a property manager, and an advocate, he’s currently working as a freelance business analyst to help community organizations choose and integrate volunteer management software. When not volunteering or attending festivals, Avi can be found at ecstatic dances or in his Judo dojo.
Ross Laguzza 

Ross is a veteran actor, improvisor and comedian who arrived four years ago from the east coast. He has worked extensively as an actor in regional theatre in both conventional (think Atticus Finch) and unconventional roles (think murderous sock puppet). He also has appeared in hundreds of improv theatre performances. Ross has written numerous comedy sketches, song parodies, and performance pieces. He is known for thinking “sideways” and for having a sonorous voice.


  Anees Gee

Anees is delighted to be joining Playback Theater Portland after transitioning from a sister company, The Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble, where she was a member from 2012-2016.  Anees graduated with a BFA in Writing, Directing and Acting from Cornish College of the Arts. Passionate about the healing powers of theatre Anees attended and graduated from the California Institute of Integral Studies with an MA in Drama Therapy where she was introduced to Playback Theatre. Finally finding the medium that balances theatre and therapy Anees is able to partake in both her life long passions and share with the community.

Beth Ricketson
Beth is an actress, educator, and registered drama therapist. She was a long time member of the Eclectic Company Theatre in Los Angeles where she also wrote and produced original and adapted theatrical works. Beth has always been pulled by the power of theater as social and personal exploration and change and is beyond grateful to explore this power with Playbackpdx.

Sara McWilliams, Artistic Director

Sara McWilliams has been doing Playback now for long enough that she’s kinda forgotten how long she’s been doing it, and that is deeply satisfying.  Working as an artist and teacher since the 90′s, she holds a BFA in acting and is almost – almost – done getting her masters in social work. She’s becoming a drama therapist, is getting into the spirit of self care, and strives to be a better human. Her fellow Playbackers are her friends, family, an teachers, so they make the ride supported, easy, and fun.
Darlene Sorensen
Darlene Sorensen

Darlene Sorensen truly believes that “all the world is a stage.” Playing is one of her greatest passions, whether it is through theater, dance, or in the routine of daily life. Darlene holds a B.F.A in Theatre and an M.A. in counseling psychology—emphasis in drama therapy. She has over 20 years experience performing in a variety of venues. She has facilitated improv workshops and drama therapy for life skills enhancement, personal growth, customer service skills, performance and just plain fun. Darlene loves dance, reading, experimenting with cooking and rarely finds life boring (with the exception of tax receipt organizing). She is blessed with a daughter and partner, who fill her life with joy, depth and laughter.