Jump Who’s Who

Jump Who’s Who

Jump by Charly Evon Simpson


Andrea Vernae, Fay

Andrea Vernae is so excited to be performing with Milagro this season. She was last seen in Everybody by Branden Jacob-Jenkins at Artists Rep. When not onstage, Andrea is proud to serve as Managing Director of Confrontation Theatre and creating short films with Sunflower Creations.



Jasmine Cottrell, Judy

Jasmine Cottrell is delighted to perform in her second show with Confrontation Theatre. Recently performed in The Great God of the Dark Storm Cloud (LineStorm Playwrites), Cottonwood in the Flood (Vanport Mosaic), and Sibling Rivalry (Confrontation Theatre). Cottrell is an Alabama native, earning her B.S. in Theatre Education from TROY University. She has been working as an educator, actor, and a Front of House manager here in Portland since 2017. When not on stage, Jasmine serves as the Educational Director of Confrontation Theatre, and is also the Operations Coordinator for the August Wilson Red Door Project.


Charles Grant, Hopkins

Charles recently performed in Vortex I (Fertile Ground Festival). Other credits include Gospel Blues (Whink Productions), Mamma Mia!(Broadway Rose), A Year With Frog and ToadAnd In This Corner: Cassius Clay (Oregon Children’s Theatre), and The Contract (Confrontation Theatre). Thanks and love to the cast and crew of Jump, our captain La’Tevin, Milagro & Confrontation Theatres, and to all those in my life who have loved me and gotten me to this point. thecharlesgrant.com


Wrick Jones, Dad

Wrick hails from the City of Brotherly-Love and is a seasoned Actor with 43 years’ experience. Wrick began acting in 1975 in Five on the Black Hand Side from which came the nucleus of the Portland Black Repertory Theatre Company, Oregon’s first Black theatre Company which he co-founded. By 1986, WRICK had also produced, directed and appeared in four Athol Fugard plays. In the early 80s WRICK had begun taking film and television roles including Kindergarten Cop, Hear No Evil, Conversation With God, and Grey Matter. Wrick looks forward to working with this young new group.



La’Tevin Alexander, Director

With God in the forefront of my life I’m at peace
Art is a tool that if properly used can keep kids off the street
I love telling stories that affect me, my culture, & my community
Confrontation Theatre hopes that all our stories encourage unity
From the themes and ideas that come out of rehearsal
I love stories that are specific but the impact, universal
I’ve directed with Portland Playhouse for their Fall Festival of Shakespeare
I’m now working on Henry 5 with a high school for this year
In the past I’ve done The Dutchman & the Every 28 Hours plays
I’m through with stories that only portrays us as slaves
Charly Evon Simpson’s Jump is now a go
Looking forward to seeing you in the house at Milagro


Emily Wilken, Scenic Designer

Emily Wilken, Scenic DesignEmily was the PAMTA “2017-2018 Outstanding Set Design ” award recipient for her design of Trails with BRTC and 2018 Drammy recipient for her Properties Design of Men on Boats with Third Rail Repertory Theatre. Additionally she’s worked with Action/Adventure Theatre, Artists Rep, Beirut Wedding World Theatre Project, CoHo Productions, Corrib Theatre, Enlightened Theatrics, Lincoln HS, PAE, Portland Playhouse, and Theatre Vertigo. Emily is also Oregon Children’s Theatre Scenic Charge Artist and Craftsperson.


Viola Horton, Costume Designer

Viola Horton began sewing at age four and brings fun and energy to the stage as a costumer! Her most recent show was Tony & Tina’s Wedding for Mask & Mirror Theater, in Tigard. She loves building the costumes that the actors, dancers and singers will bring to life on the stage. If the focus of the audience is on the actors telling their stories, then she has costumed the show successfully! Design Statement: At Milagro, the drama is on the stage, not in the costume……….


Phillip Johnson, Sound Designer

Phil is a visual and theatrical artist based in Portland. His recent productions include Cop outHands Up (Red Door Project), Everybody, The Humans and An Octoroon (Artist Repertory Theater) Elliot a Soldiers FugueThe Antigone ProjectA Lady Onstage(Profile Theatre), Worse Than Tigers (ACT Theater/Red Stage), Watsonville, Lydia, Contigo Pan y Cebolla (Milagro). Phil Has a BFA and MA from Ohio University. If you enjoyed the show please comment @Philjohnsonlive or visit PhilJohnsondesignstheworld.com for more content.


Blanca Forzan, Lighting Designer

Blanca holds a degree in Architecture from Del Valle de Mexico University, and worked with National Institute of fine Arts for over two decades. She is also a Set designer, production manager, play writer, tour manger, and international technical director. Notable shows include Faust (Brooklyn Academy of Music); Hamlet (Cadiz Spain); Other Credits include Broken Promises, Contigo pan y cebolla, El Muerto vagabundo and Astucias (Milagro); Bicycle Country (Aurora Theatre, Lawrenceville GA); and Octoroon (Artist Repertory Theatre).


Kyra Sanford, Properties Master

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, most recently technical director for ____ the Wolf), and various others. She received her BFA in scenic design from The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. www.sanfordscenic.com


Shira Goldeen, Stage Manager

Shira, a native of Charlottesville, VA, studied Theatre Arts at Virginia Tech where she worked on all things technical and production. Favorite production credits include It’s a Wonderful Life (ART); Austicias (Milagro); Guys and Dolls (LiveArts); Putnam County Spelling Bee, Boeing Boeing (Virginia Tech); and Mary Poppins (PacRep). Shira has a love for all dogs, brussels sprouts, and salsa dancing. She is excited to be back at Milagro, her first theatre home in Portland.


Erin MacGillivray, Stage Manager

Erin MacGillivray is a recent graduate from Whitman College with a B. A. in Theatre and Classical Studies. In addition to stage management, she loves costume designing and directing. In the past year, she has costume designed and stage managed for 4.48 Psychosis (Red Balloon Collective), worked as an ASM on Judy Moody (Oregon Children’s Theatre), as stage manager with Original Practice Shakespeare Festival, and as an assistant director on Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again (Third Rail).


Joseph Gibson, Master Electrician

Originally from Houston, Tx, Joseph Gibson has been acting professionally in Portland for six years. He has performed in several stage productions, toured his solo show, and appeared on NBC ‘s Grimm. In addition to touring Hands Up! with the Red Door Project this last year, Joseph was last seen onstage in An Octoroon at Artists Repertory Theatre and The Events at Third Rail Repertory Theatre. Joseph is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association and has served on the Portland Area AEA Liaison Committee.


Mikelle Kelly, Board Operator

Mikelle Kelly is currently attending the University of Portland and pursuing a degree in Theatre with an emphasis in Production Management. She has recently finished stage managing a production of Dog Sees God.