2022 Brave Night Artistic Team

Allie Menzimer 
Brave Night Actor

A San Francisco native and graduate of Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, Allie has been a proud Portland cryptid since 2014. You may recently have seen her on the other end of a puppet in Oregon Children’s Theater’s production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show. She is a company member of Glitter Gizzard, an all-female international theater collective, and is the co-creator of the two-woman show The Seminar With Madge and Taffy, which has toured throughout the US and Canada. She is so happy to be bringing back the light with the Portland Revels once again! Learn more at www.alliemenzimer.com

Betsy Branch
Brave Night Music Director

Betsy joined Revels in 2006.  She arranges music for the Midwinter Revels chorus and instrumental groups as well as appearing on stage with her fiddle in the Midwinter Revels.  Betsy has been the Music Director and played fiddle onstage for all four previous years of the Children’s Revels. She has been teaching fiddle and violin out of her Portland home since 1999, and she plays regularly for contra and English Country dances both locally and all around the country.

Elizabeth Jackson 
Brave Night Actor

Elizabeth is delighted to be working on her first project with Portland Revels. She can currently be seen onstage at Lakewood Theatre as Ruth in Blithe Spirit (running through October 16), and onscreen as Woman in Matt Smith’s The Altruist (featured on BloodyDisgustingTV). Favorite roles include Cate in Blasted, Halo in Girl in The Red Corner, both at Defunkt Theatre, and The Red Queen in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at Hip Pocket Theatre in her native Texas. She loves Portland, loves dogs, and she probably loves you too.

Isabel McTighe 
Brave Night Actor

Isabel Strongheart McTighe is a multidisciplinary performance artist and facilitator currently living on Cowlitz and Clackamas lands in so-called Portland, Oregon. They hold a BA in Theatre with a distinction in Performance from Lewis and Clark college and are a graduate of the 2017 From The Ground Up Young Women’s Residency. This year Isabel is delighted to be a member of the Institute for Contemporary Performance’s 2022/23 cohort. Isabel’s work is deeply informed by adrienne maree brown and the Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute. They are a pleasure activist in training and a hopeful shaper of change.

Jenn Lindell
Brave Night Children’s Stage Manager

Jenn works as a paralegal at an immigration law office by day and is a freelance stage and production manager on nights and weekends. Since graduating from Reed College in 2014, Jenn has been happily immersed in Portland theatre, working with various companies around town. Favorite credits include Cabaret (Fuse Theatre Ensemble), King Lear (Portland Actors Ensemble), We’re All Gonna Die (The Reformers), Ghosts of Haddon Hall (Portland Revels), and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Experience Theatre Project). Jenn is a company member with The Reformers and loves making weird stuff with friends.

Jesi Robison
Brave Night Production Stage Manager

Jesi is a recent University of Portland graduate, where she received her BA in Spanish and Theater Production Management along with a minor in Psychology. She just finished working on Guillermo Del Toro’s new film: Pinocchio as a Puppet Production Coordinator and Additional Puppet Wrangler. She previously worked as the Props Master for UP’s theatre department, but she can be found on and around the stage as well: performing, managing, and directing. With a special thanks to all of her amazing mentors, she is thrilled to get to round out the year with the Revels team. She can’t wait to continue working on meaningful projects and find out what the future has in store.

Kate Belden 
Brave Night Playwright

Kate Belden studied theatre at the University of Idaho and then was so fortunate to get to learn even more here in the city of Portland making theatre with some of the best. Portland Playwrights started her producing and writing new works and is always a home for her own work. She is so thankful to the Revels and all the clowns involved for creating such a fun opportunity and trusting her with this story. And of course, thanks go to her mother for being her first storyteller.

Lynn Mendoza-Kahn
Brave Night Children’s Music Director

Lynn comes from a musical family, she was brought up studying piano, violin, clarinet, and singing in choirs. Attending concerts was commonplace so it was of little surprise to the family that she continued to pursue music as a career. She has performed internationally as an opera singer. She has directed Musical Theatre and choirs. On occasion, she has given workshops and lectures across the country inspiring her colleagues and young musicians to foster their curiosity and musical goals as enrichment, understanding themselves and their place in the world. She recently moved to the Portland area from San Diego, California which was her home base for over 20 years. She is settling in with her husband and son, enjoying the splendors of the Pacific Northwest.

Michael O’Neill 
Brave Night Stage Director

Michael O’Neill is the founder of the ArtBarn, a pilot low income artist eco village located in SE Portland OR., and Co-founder of Nomadic Theatre Co. Michael is an acting, directing, Commedia Dell’Arte, and clowning extraordinaire! Michael is armed with a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Directing from the University of Portland, and is a graduate from the prestigious Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, as well as the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. One of Michael’s passions is Clowns Without Borders USA. He has performed with Portland Revels co-creating their Solstice Children show in past seasons. He is delighted to be directing Brave Night, the Revels Solstice Children show this year!

Tatiana Muzica
Brave Night Puppeteer

Tatiana Muzica was born in the Republic of Moldova, and found her love for puppetry through the PDX Puppet Collective, a wonderful community of puppeteers, located in Portland. Through her other interests such as music, dance, and a passion for nature, Tatiana brings with her a unique presence adding to the development of her character on stage.