The Young Women’s Residents
Alanna Fagan is a recent graduate from the University of Alabama earning both a BA in Theatre and a BS in Economics. Having moved from the sunny and warm comforts of the East Coast, she is also an acting apprentice at the Portland Playhouse, and eager to see what the PNW is all about. Motivated by the dearth of representation of minority communities, Alanna focuses her work on filling those holes with a new perspective.
Cortney recently moved up here from Eugene, Oregon. She is currently a junior studying theatre at Portland State University. Cortney has been performing since she was nine. Some of her favorite shows include: The Wizard of Oz (Tin Man), Sound of Music (Liesl), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), and Cabaret (Kit Kat Girl). Cortney is new to the world of creating art, and is so grateful for this opportunity. She thanks Katherine, Deborah, Avery, and the wonderful residents for making this experience so special.
Hannah Strawn is originally from New Mexico and now considers herself a proud Oregonian transfer. She is currently finishing two undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Theatre. She looks forward to continuing professional training in theatre and eventually pursuing a post-graduate degree in Psychology for clinical practice. Her recent roles have been Blanche Ingram (Jane Eyre The Musical), Evie (Tongue of a Bird), and Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). She is thankful for the dedication and community that From The Ground Up has provided to her.
Kate Perri is a Portlander with two bachelor's of arts degrees from Portland State University: Theatre Arts & Arts and Letters. She was most recently seen onstage in Portland State's production of Victims of Duty as Nikolas. She is a trained classical singer and has been training in improv for the past six years. She wants to thank Katherine, Deborah, Avery, and all the guest instructors for sharing their time and brilliance.
Kushi Beauchamp is a Level 9 Goober. She cries every day, and she’s darn proud of it. She loves intersectional feminism, cancelling plans, and making new work. After receiving her BA in Theatre from Lewis & Clark College, Kushi has performed locally and abroad, most recently appearing in and facilitating a bilingual production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Parrabbola) at the International Shakespeare Festival Craiova in Romania. Recent Portland credits include The Chekov Symposium (PETE), “The Events” (Third Rail), and “Exodo” (Milagro). Kushi sings with local a cappella group B-Side Book Club, and would like to pet your dog.
Leilani has been involved in theatre all her life. Her mentors include her former voice teacher Carolyn Wolf, her acting coach Beth McBrien, and a miriad of individuals who have trickled in and out of her life. She would like to dedicate her performance to all of the struggling actors out there who refuse to give up on their dreams.
Madeleine is originally from Santa Cruz, CA. She has an Associates Degree in both theater and dance from Cabrillo college, and is currently studying to get her Bachelor's Degree in theater at Portland State University. As fear and anxiety has kept her from the stage in recent years, this devised solo show is her first forrey back into performing. She is incredibly thankful for the opportunity to grow and learn in this incredibly accepting environment. To be free is to be me, and me is all I want to be.