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2016-2017 Resident Acting Company
Andrew is a native of Corvallis, Oregon. He is the first member of his family that has performed in front of people in the last 70 years. His parents are still confused as to where he got the idea from. Andrew got the acting bug in middle school playing Earthquake McGoon in a production of “Lil’ Abner.” Andrew received a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Oregon and his MFA- Acting from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. After that he acted in California for around 4 years before he “retired” and moved back to Oregon to be a Financial Advisor with his Father and Mother in Corvallis, OR. His acting retirement lasted approximately five months and since he has acted with the Willamette Stage Company, Oregon Contemporary Theatre and at the Majestic Theatre. He is also a member of Infinite Improv. During the 2014-2015 Season you saw Andrew as Ferdinand in Love’s Labours Lost, Tony Wendice in Dial “M” for Murder and as Ralph Clark in Our Country’s Good.
“It is a great thrill for me to be a part of a company filled with so many talented and amazing people. I look forward to being pushed to my limits and creating really exciting work. Sometimes you luck out and meet a group of artists (and people) so wonderful that you don’t even hesitate before committing to a 2 hour drive.”
Cassie Greer has been acting for her whole life, as she recalls her mother frequently telling her after childhood tantrums that she “could win an academy award for that performance”. Deciding to get serious about her career, Cassie received her training in the MFA Acting program at Florida Atlantic University, and the BA Theatre program at Goshen College, where she also minored in Vocal Performance. Cassie has appeared with a range of theatre companies in Indiana, Florida, and Oregon, and has taught acting, voice, and movement to students of all ages around the country. She is a certified Assistant Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®, and is passionate about collaborative artistic work, creative storytelling, and visceral performance experiences.Her work with the company this season will bring Cassie’s Bag&Baggage show total to 16, having first appeared here as Ariel in 2011’s The Tempest, or The Enchanted Isle.
“I am so grateful to have an artistic home here at Bag&Baggage. I am continually engaged and challenged by the work we do, and I love getting to explore and play with these smart and creative people who are so dedicated to making beautiful, thought-provoking art.”
Arianne has been acting since childhood since her first play at age 6 in which she played the tortoise in The Tortoise and the Hare. She performed as often as possible in community theater, school plays, and then in college at Oregon State University. Before graduating from OSU’s Theatre Arts program, Arianne performed in three productions of Scott Palmer’s Bard in the Quad program and in Bag&Baggage Productions’ 2007 production of Macbeth. Since 2007, she has been involved as an actor in every B&B season, and doesn’t intend to stop. Arianne is also the Patron Services manager for the company.
For the better part of two decades, Peter has acted professionally all over the country; from Arizona, to New York City, and now in the Portland/Metro Area. He graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor’s in Theatre Performance and — after working in Flagstaff’s only professional theatre — struck out for the East Coast, becoming a fixture in NYC’s independent theater scene, working in spaces such as La Mama E.T.C., HERE Arts Center, The Kraine, and The Brick. In addition to acting, Peter has written theatre criticism, produced, directed, and curated productions in NYC. He has served as a producing board member of Native Aliens Theatre Collective, as Director of Development for Dysfunctional Theatre Company, and as a staff writer for NYtheatre.com/Indie Theater Now before starting a new adventure and moving to Portland in 2011. His first stage credit in Oregon was in Bag&Baggage’s production of Crimes of The Heart and that experience instilled in him a trust of B&B’s mission and a sincere affection for the company and its patrons.
“There are few companies that I can think of that challenge the artists and audience with every production. I was honored and delighted to be asked to join the company and I’m looking forward to collaborating with this incredibly talented group of artists.”
Born and raised in San Diego, California, Jessi has recently hit her four year mark in Portland, and is proud to call this creative town home. With a BA in Theater, Film, and Dance from Humboldt State University, Jessi has also received training from Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble (PETE) and the Actor’s Academy in Southern California. In Portland, she has worked with Post5 Theatre (Founding Company Member 2011-2014), Northwest Classical Theater Company, Oregon Repertory Theater, Bag&Baggage, and is regularly featured in the Portland-based sketch comedy, Potty Talk. Jessi’s local and regional teaching credits include Catlin Gabel School, Northwest Children’s Theater, and Mira Costa College. She is delighted to be returning for her second season as a Resident Acting Company Member, and looks forward to continuing her artistic journey with the immensely talented artists of the RAC. Theater-goers last saw her as Launce, Silvia, and Lucetta in Bag&Baggage’s all-female, original adaptation of The Six Gentlepersons of Verona. Previous roles with the company include Ann Putnam in The Crucible, Maria in Love’s Labor’s Lost, Regan in the critically acclaimed adaptation of Lear, and Lucilius and the Soothsayer in their all-female outdoor production of Caesar. Jessi would like to thank Scott, and the Bag&Baggage community for their constant support, and for the fantastic creative opportunities that continue to unfold.
“Bag&Baggage has been a game-changer for me as an artist. The company has challenged my craft, professionalism, and passion for performance in an overwhelmingly positive way. They take big risks, and know who they are, as well as what they want as a company. I’m always looking for unique opportunities that provide personal growth as an actor, and I have found that tenfold in Bag&Baggage.”