About Our Artists
Joshua J Weinstein
co-starring as 'Torch'
Born and raised in Tallahassee, FL, Josh moved to Portland in summer 2011 for the Portland Playhouse Acting Apprenticeship. Since then, he has appeared in Body Awareness (CoHo Productions; Drammy Award, Supporting Actor), A Christmas Carol (Portland Playhouse), Masque of the Red Death (Shaking the Tree Theatre), Tender Napalm(The Shoebox Theatre) and others. Here at Artists Rep, previous productions include: Red Herring, Foxfinder, Tribes, 4000 Miles, The Miracle Worker and We Are Proud to Present… Around town, Josh has directed students from Trillium Charter, King, and Da Vinci Middle School as part of the Portland Playhouse’s Fall Festival of Shakespeare. Other youth theatre teaching and directing includes Oregon Children’s Theatre and Exploration Summer Programs at Wellesley College in Massachusetts.
“I’m better when I’m busy. Far better then than when I’m bored.”
Mamie hails from Berkeley, CA where she began acting at the age of 8 with the California Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes), Berkeley Repertory Theater, and A.C.T. in San Francisco. She later graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles and spent nearly a year interning at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, working alongside some of LA’s most seasoned theater actors. Mamie’s Portland highlights include Michael Mendelson’s Portland Shakespeare Project via Proscenium Live! last summer, as well as To Kill a Mockingbird, directed by Brenda Hubbard at Lakewood Theater for which she won the OTAS award for Best Supporting Actress. Most recently, you may have seen Mamie sporting boxing gloves in the West Coast Premiere of Girl in the Red Corner by Stephen Spotswood at Defunkt Theatre. Mamie is incredibly grateful and humbled by the amazing artists she’s had the opportunity to work with during this project, and is incredibly excited to produce for the first time!
Producer & co-starring as
Co-staring as The Guard
Caleb is an actor and Portland native known for his work in The Few (Coho), A Streetcar Named Desire (Portland Center Stage), and Hand to God (Triangle). He’s ecstatic to be working in his favorite theater space with his favorite theater people!
Andrea White is a Portland native. She moved to Los Angeles for a decade where she concentrated on pursuing film and television. She had guest roles on such shows as Family Matters, NYPD Blue, and Living Single. She was cast in the 30th year revival of Michael Butler and James Rado’s musical HAIR where she played Jeanie for the 2 year run. She has recently been seen on stage in the world premiere of Defunct Theaters The Udmurts, Profile Theaters The Antigone Project, and The Secrateries, Love and Information,
She has Portrayed Dussie Mae in Portland Playhouse’s MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM, Mame in RADIO GOLF, and Black Mary in GEM OF THE OCEAN, Profile Theatre’s LESSON BEFORE DYING as Lydia and Judith in AMERICAN DAUGHTER.
She is a two time Best Supporting Actress Drammy Award winner for her work in Artist Repertory Theatre’s Two Sister’s and a Piano and Theatre Vertigo’s Hell Cab.
Andrea is a two time Drammy Award winner for best supporting actress.
Tyharra Cozier is extremely honored and excited to join the journey of this production of Beirut! Originally, from Coral Springs, FL, Tyharra received her Bachelor of Arts, Theatre from Florida State University (Go Noles!). Passionate for the craft, she moved to Portland, OR and completed a two-year conservatory program at Portland Actors Conservatory. In 2017, Tyharra, along with her business partner Monica Fleetwood, co-founded Syde-Ide Collaborations, a company whose mission is to “illuminate the marginalized lens.” They produced their first show, The Clark Doll, in 2018. Tyharra has had the opportunity to work with a number of projects in the Portland area, most notably The New Black Fest’s Hands Up!: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testimonies (August Wilson Red Door Project). “The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” –Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Kristen Mun & Alwynn Accuardi
Kristen is a 4 time Drammy winner and recipient of the Leslie O. Fulton Fellowship. Kristen’s commitment to the theatrical community and specifically women in our community is a true treasure and we couldn't be more grateful to have her on board. Not to mention that she is the most positive, compassionate, kind and hardworking woman we know and we're so lucky to get to tell our physical story under her direction!
Andrew is a Portland-based sound designer, music director, actor, and theatre instructor. Recent sound designs include Nesting, and it’s sequel, Nesting: Vacancy (JPD Productions), To Kill a Mockingbird (Lakewood Theatre), The Alien Chicken Remembers, Galatea Saying Goodbye to the Sun (Mofsec Productions), A Maze, and Assistance (Theatre Vertigo). Music directing credits include A Civil War Christmas (Artists Rep), 13: The Musical (Staged!), and Les Miserables (Staged!), and countless educational theatre productions. Andrew is a staple of the Portland theater community and we are thrilled to have his creativity attached to this project!
Nia Fillo (pronounced like pillow) is thrilled for this amazing opportunity. She recently designed the challenging and intriguing Crossing, directed by Sarah Andrews and Nesting: Vacancy, written and directed by Joel Patrick Durham. She is very grateful for that opportunity which provided the space for her to be nominated for a Drammy Award for best lighting design. Having moved to Portland from NYC four years ago, she's proud to call Portland her home. Other work she has designed include Action/Adventure's Amaranthine Night by Greta West, directed by Lucas Welsh and Ghost Town by Aubrey Jessen, directed by Evan Ward. NYC credits include designing Ruined, Puppet Hamlet with the Puppet Shakespeare Players and various other shows.
Ted Jonathan Gold
Ted is originally from the greater Los Angeles area, and got his start in theater at an early age, performing in numerous musicals with Golden Performing Arts Center from ages 8 to 18. In high school he took an interest in design, but it wasn't until his freshman year of college that Ted made the jump from actor to designer. After graduating from Pacific University in 2012 with a BA of Theatre, Ted moved to Portland proper and began working all over the city. He has worked for Theatre Vertigo, the Coho Theatre, Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Profile Theatre, Corrib Theatre, Broadway Rose, and Shaking the Tree. Ted is the active Technical Director at Da Vinci Arts middle school, Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Clark College, and Shaking the Tree. Ted is not just a brilliant designer, but also a wonderful human and we are so stoked to work with our immensely talented friend!
Scenic Artist & Props
Kyra is excited to be a part of this production! She is a freelance scenic designer, props master, carpenter, and painter in the Portland area. She has worked for theatres such as Corrib, Vertigo, Profile, Lincoln High School (scenic designer and technical director), Clark College (master carpenter and scenic charge), Shaking the Tree (master carpenter), and various others. She received her BFA in scenic design from The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University.
Karl Hanover (Corrib Theatre Dialect Coach) will be our dialect coach. We wish to give our show’s characters the most authentic Italian New York accents possible. Karl has done dialect coaching all around Portland and we are thrilled to have him as our coach!
Amanda Vander Hyde
A recent graduate of Western Oregon University with a BFA in Technical Production, Amanda Vander Hyde is a current freelance Stage Manager new to the Portland Theater scene. She works as a Production and Stage Manager for the likes of CoHo, Triangle, Enlightened, and Chapel Theatre. She is very excited to have this opportunity to work on a play that speaks about current political and social issues and is excited to work with this theater company and supportive cast and crew.