Jen Mitas (Executive Director): Over the last twenty years Jen has worked in experimental theatre and performance as a producer, administrator, lecturer, performer, and critic. She began her career in New York as an assistant to the Producing Director at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), facilitator for the Field’s interdisciplinary performing arts workshops, and theatre critic for Citysearch New York. Her performance work was commissioned and presented both nationally and internationally by Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), Dixon Place, Zet Kunst Mediale (ZKM), and Exit Art Gallery, amongst others. In 2002 Jen moved to England where she was awarded a PhD with full funding from Queen Mary University of London, and developed performance projects at Battersea Arts Centre (BAC), and through the Live Art Development Agency’s East End Collaborations. Between 2005 and 2012 she worked in the Drama Departments of Queen Mary and University College Falmouth where she taught devised performance practice, performance history and theory. She has worked for Hand2Mouth since late 2012.
Jonathan Walters (Artistic Director) founded Hand2Mouth in 2000, after beginning his career in Poland. As Hand2Mouth's Artistic Director, Jonathan has co-conceived, co-created, and directed the bulk of Hand2Mouth shows, and works closely with guest writers and the ensemble to develop original devised theatre work. Under his direction, Hand2Mouth has premiered major new works, as well as site-specific and commissioned short pieces in the Portland area, and toured these works regionally, nationally and abroad, presenting at today's leading venues for contemporary theatre performance, including Festival Malta in Poznan, Poland, The National Autonomous University in Mexico City, the Network of Ensemble Theatres Summit in San Francisco, California, The Fury Factory Theatre Festival in San Franisco, La MaMa E.T.C., 59E59 and the Ontological Theatre in New York City, On the Boards, Bumbershoot Festival and City Arts Festival in Seattle, Miracle Theatre Group, Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland Center Stage and the Fertile Ground Festival in Portland. Jonathan tours and directs devised theatre at colleges and performance venues across the Pacific Northwest, the greater US, as well as internationally. His directing work has been reviewed in the New York Times, New York Post, Just Out, Willamette Week, Oregonian, Time Out NY, the Portland Tribune, the Portland Mercury, the Seattle Times, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and The Stranger,as well as international newspapers and websites, and on Portland-area radio and TV programs.
Jonathan has taught theatre devising and actor training in Latin America, Europe, and at art centers and colleges across the US including the University of Oregon, Willamette University, Dell'Arte International, Northwestern University, Reed College, Western Washington University, and Lewis & Clark College. Jonathan has won artist residencies at Caldera Arts in Central Oregon; Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY; EMPAC in Troy, NY; and international residencies at Casa Santa Ana in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. He was awarded a fellowship by the Oregon System of Higher Education to engage in theatre work abroad in Poland, and has won travel grants by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters to initiate international projects. Jonathan was a 2005-07 recipient of a Career Development Program for Directors Fellowship administered by Theatre Communications Group and the National Endowment for the Arts, and was awarded a Portland Civic Theatre Guild Fellowship and Leslie O. Fulton Fellowship, and most recently has received a 2013 Individual Artist Fellowship award from the Oregon Arts Commission.
Board of Directors
Merridawn Duckler (Board Chair) is a published writer and conceptual artist, with work forthcoming in Contact Quarterly, Cerise Press, Brevity, and the existential journal Fiddleblack. She’s a Professional Society of Journalists and NEA awardee with performance work seen at Red Cat, among many other venues. Her fellowships include Writers@Work, Yaddo, Squaw Valley, SLS in Russia and the Bertha Anolic Fellowship to Israel. A moderator at the Continental Philosophy symposium at Syracuse University she’s showing conceptual work on Walter Benjamin at Blackfish Gallery March 2012. She’s a Senior Fellow at the Attic Institute, Associate Editor at Narrative Magazine and is represented by the Weingel-Fidel Agency, NY. She blogs atwww.merridawnduckler.com
Anthony Green holds a BFA in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in acting from Southern Oregon University as well as a Master of Theatre Studies in Production and Design through the Ashland Center for Theatre Studies at SOU. As an actor with almost 30 years experience Tony has worked in several areas within the craft from San Diego to Seattle. This includes his work while living in Los Angeles as a Casting Director for Kalmenson and Kalmenson Casting and Terry Berland Casting. Tony has taught as an adjunct Theatre instructor, at the High School, Junior High School and Community College level. Past institutions include the Dunsmuir High School District in California, Jefferson Continuation High School, the J. Everett Barr Court School and College of the Siskiyous all located in Siskiyou County California. Augmenting his work in the field of education is his experience working with various non-profit organizations. These include past board membership for Shadow Box Players and planning committee membership for the Art From Within program, a Siskiyou Arts Bus project in northern California. This committee membership was a result of years of working in collaboration with the Siskiyou Arts Council. While the founder of his own theatre company, Acting with Purpose, in Northern California Tony partnered with and consulted for The Flying Lotus, a dance and movement company, Mt Shasta Repertory Company and Mt. Shasta City Dance Theater. As an actor in Portland Tony has chosen to remain an independent contractor in order to collaborate with as many different companies and directors as possible in a continued effort to enhance his personal growth as an artist. The list of theatre companies Tony has collaborated with here in Portland include, Re-Theatre Instrument, Milagro Theatre, Jewish Theatre Collaborative, Northwest Classical Theatre Company, Quintessence Theatre, Portland Actor’s Ensemble and a number of independent production companies.
Teresa Koberstein (Board Treasurer) is an arts management consultant with a Master of Nonprofit Management and ten years of experience working with arts and cultural organizations. As a freelance consultant for Webb Management Services, she contributed on feasibility studies and business plans for performing arts facility development. Her projects have included, among others, the development of a business plan for a new theatre in North Lake Tahoe; researching innovative facility developments of theatres in rural communities as part of a new facility plan in Henderson, NC; and an analysis of Boulder, CO’s capacity for developing a new performing arts center. Teresa also contributes on research and program evaluation for Fractured Atlas, and is currently managing BCA's Top Donors for the Arts analysis here in Portland. Teresa is currently the Director of Finance and Operations for Krupp Group, a boutique public relations agency in the fashion industry, based New York City.
Jen Mitas (Board Secretary) - bio above
Steve Neighorn - bio forthcoming
Jerry Tischleder is an actor, performance curator, and a company member with Hand2Mouth. He has helped create eight original productions with Hand2Mouth and manages the company’s regional, national, and international touring programs. Jerry founded theRisk/Reward Festival of New Performance in 2008, which presents emerging performance works in theatre, music and dance from across the west coast. Jerry holds a B.A. in Theater and Management from St. John’s University and is a member of Wesleyan University’s inaugural class for the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance. The program is the nation’s first post-graduate degree focused on the curation of contemporary performance.
Jonathan Walters - bio above
Walter Jaffe and Paul King (co-Founders, White Bird Dance), Cynthia Kirk (principal, (syn●tax)), Ben Moorad (writer and co-Founder, Write Around Portland), Michael Rohd (artistic director, Sojourn Theatre), John Schmor (Theatre Arts Department head, University of Oregon), and Meghan Vogel (development director, Dell’Arte International)