As an associate of the Bag&Baggage company, I feel connected to and appreciated by a group of artists that share my high standards for quality of production as well as the stories being told, and to the process of creating that work. These are the things that appealed to me to first audition for the company, why I joined the board to help grow the organization, and why I’ve remained involved for many years.
Spike, as his friends call him, holds a BA in theatre with emphasis in directing from Western Washington University, an MFA in directing from Humboldt State University, and brings over 30 years of experience creating and supporting live theatre. With Bag&Baggage, he has directed productions of Educating Rita, Love Letters, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Dangerous Liaisons, and performed in The Importance of Being Earnest (as Lady Bracknel); The Farndale Avenue…Christmas Carol (as Phoebe Reece); Parfumerie (as Sipos); and The Farndale Avenue…Murder at Checkmate Manor (as Phoebe Reece). Spike’s credits include working up and down the west coast with projects such as directing Chicago, Batboy the Musical, and Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks in California, as well as film and commercial projects. As former Bag&Baggage board member, he contributed such ideas as the Oscars viewing party, Valentines special presentation, season announcement event and more. Spike also works at Arts People ticketing and patron management software company based in Portland. He works closely with various performing arts groups around the USA and Canada. Spike resides in Scappoose, OR with his husband Fernando and their three dogs.