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The Third Annual Portland Improvised Theater Festival
Featured Directors

We're pleased to announce the Featured Directors for this year's festival. Featured directors will teach workshops for festival participants, as well as lead full-day sessions with the "Scrapheap" ensemble. Check back regularly, we will update this page with other workshop presenters as they confirm.

Bob DassieRobert Dassie has been performing in Chicago since the summer of 1992. in January of 1993 he was introduced to the teachings of Del Close and Charna Halpern at the Improv Olympic and began performing there with the Harold house team "The Lost Yetis" for the next 3 years. After that, he went on to perform with another house team, "Monster Island", and now is a regular cast member in the long-running long-form show, "The Armando Diaz Theatrical Experience, Movement, and Hootenanny". Currently Bob is in Edinburgh, Scotland, perfroming with the I.O. house team "Baby Wants Candy" creating hour-long improvised musicals. Using the inspiration of Jazz combos, Bob has had the pleasure of taking part in the long-form shows "quartet", "sextet", and finally "trio".

Tom Johnson Tom Johnson is the artistic director of the Brody Theater, and director of the school. Prior to founding the Brody in 1996, Tom worked with RV, the troupe that first brought longform improv to Kansas City's Lighten Up Festival. He was also one of the Doctors Of Improv, and in years past trained at Chicago's Improv Olympic. An actor, director, comedian and improvisor since 1981, Tom has been teaching improv for nine years, and has directed 10 Brody shows.

Barbara ScottBarbara Scott has been performing improvisation for twenty years and teaching for twelve years. She is currently a member of the acclaimed improv theatre ensemble True Fiction Magazine, as well as a Company member of Bay Area Theatresports. She's also a working actress in film, industrials and voiceovers. Barbara is an improv instructor at the American Conservatory Theatre, BATS, and Full Circle Productions (teaching improv for commercial auditions); other improv teaching experience includes Stanford University, Dell'Arte School of Physical Theatre, California Shakespeare Festival, Academy of Art College, University of San Francisco, many Bay Area high schools, and as a guest instructor for theatre companies in the U.S., Holland, Finland and New Zealand.

Featured Presenters

John Breen has been performing improvisational theater for eight years and teaching for six. He is a founding member of ComedySportz Portland and has studied improvisation with Keith Johnstone, Mick Napier, Armando Diaz and Paul Sills. John's formal training includes: Meisner, Alexander, Linklater techniques and Viewpoints movement work. As an actor, he has done commercial and theater work and played the lead in a short film by Juan Carlos Maneglia called "Say yes" produced in New York City. John is currently studying filmmaking at The New York Film Academy where earlier this year he wrote, directed and shot his first film called "Move-in Cleaning." You can see John perform with his trio, Bigwheel, at the 1999 Portland Improvised Theater Festival.
Brad FortierBrad Fortier with the theater since its inception, and has logged over 150 performances in more than 20 different shows. Along with his teaching duties, Brad remains a member of the Brody resident company, and directs "The Bard", an exploration of music and improvisation. Brad has also performed with Seattle's Unexpected Productions on rare occasions.
Brandan McClain has been teaching, directing and performing long-form improv for ten years. He is a founder of the improv troupe RV, and has worked with companies around the country including McCarter Theater in Princeton, New Jersey, and Bedlam Theater and True North Theater in Minneapolis. Brandan is the Associate Artistic Director of The Brody Theater, where he directs, performs and teaches.
Phil Invorvia is the founder and artistic director of Minneapolis's True North Theater, and a founding member of RV and Humor Inc. Phil brings over 10 years of improv experience to The Brody, where he now teaches, directs, and designs much of the printed material.
Rob ReeseRob Reese has performed in and directed several improvisational and original scripted productions in Chicago. Having worked and studied at the Improv Olympic, the Annoyance, and the Second City, Rob returned to New York to found Amnesia Wars. Rob has also directed several other "conventional" productions in New York, Chicago, and Boston. Rob returns to the Portland Improv festival for the second year.

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