2022 Midwinter Revels Artistic Team

Betsy Branch 
Midwinter Revels Associate Music Director

Betsy joined Revels in 2006.  She arranges music for the Revels chorus and instrumental groups as well as appearing on stage with her fiddle in the 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.

 

Bruce Akpan Hostetler
Midwinter Revels Stage Director

Bruce’s first Revels as Stage Director was 2011’s The King and the Fool, and he’s been Artistic Director since January 2017. Bruce has directed many, many theatre, musical, and opera productions throughout the USA and Canada including: Gretel and Hansel – Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Cupid and Psyche – Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Copenhagen and Beauty Queen of Leenane – Oregon Stage Works, Taming of the Shrew – Powerhouse Theatre, Hamlet, The Winter’s Tale, Comedy of Errors, and Much Ado About Nothing – Sun Valley Shakespeare Festival, HMS Pinafore and Light in the Piazza – Mocks Crest Productions, Another Round – Pittsburgh’s City Theatre, Amahl and the Night Visitors and Der Yasager – Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, and Hansel and Gretel – Rogue Opera. In 2012 Bruce’s play Feral (written from over 500 interviews with people living house-less in the Pacific Northwest) had a sold-out performance run in Portland. Bruce received an MFA in Stage Directing from the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama.

 

Lynn Mendoza-Khan 
Midwinter Revels Children’s 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.

 

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Robert Lockwood 
Midwinter Revels Music Director

Robert has been the Portland Revels Music Director since 1999. He is a published composer who has also taught elementary and middle school music at the Franciscan Montessori Earth School, and has sung with several choirs around town. He founded and led early music ensembles in Philadelphia and Portland and plays a number of instruments.

 

 

 

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Doren Elias 
Midwinter Revels – “Joha”

Doren is making his first appearance with the Portland Revels. Doren’s journey as an actor began in a small steel mill town outside of Pittsburgh. He began his career before the end of high school in a barn theatre production of “Guys and Dolls” He attended the Univ. of Texas and has lived on both coasts with plenty of B-movie credits to prove it. In San Diego, Doren was a company member of Lamb’s Players Theatre. While in Portland Doren has appeared at numerous theatres and directed productions for Clackamas Repertory Theatre and Oregon Children’s Theatre. Doren has spent time as an actor, artistic director, producer, writer, dancer, and voice over artist. He and his wife, KB Mercer, own and operate The Traveling Lantern Theatre Co., a national children’s theatre.

Zero Feeney 
Midwinter Revels – “Rodrigo”

Zero is a graduate of the Portland Actor’s Conservatory and Lewis and Clark College. He has performed with many Portland area theaters including Defunkt, Vertigo, Milagro, Northwest Children’s Theater and Twilight Theater Company which honored him with their award for Best Performance by a supporting male in 2016 for his portrayal of Robert in Boeing Boeing. He was last seen on the Portland stage as Jelly in Portal Productions & Rutabaga Story Co’s The Trash Diggers. Zero is also an alumnus of the Academy of Theatrical Combat in Los Angeles and studies martial arts and dance in his spare time. Zero would like to thank Jen and Molly for their support.

Shuhe Hawkins 
Midwinter Revels – “Ali”

Shuhe is a Portland based actor, musician, puppeteer and Pirate. He also proudly teaches mask making in schools as a teaching artist with Young Audiences of Oregon and SW Washington. Shuhe has made PDX his home since 1996 and has worked with many theatre companies over the years. His most recent performance with Portland Revels was in the role of the dragon (surprise!) in the 2021 virtual production. “I am happy to be celebrating the return of the light, live again, with my friends!” Shuhe is the co-proprietor of Seven Sails Vineyard with his partner Kate Larsen, whom he fell in love with while they both performed in the Portland Christmas Revels in 2003. Visit Seven Sails Vineyard at  www.margotproductions.com


Mikki Lipsey 

Midwinter Revels – “Delia”

 

 

 

 

Laura Onizuka 
Midwinter Revels – “Beatriz”

Laura Onizuka, recipient of a 2011 Regional Arts and Culture Council Professional Development Grant, is the founder and owner of Experience Flamenco.  She has become a conduit of flamenco in the Pacific Northwest organizing classes, workshops, and events for the community. She also teaches online classes to a growing community. Once a year Laura takes groups of students to Spain to experience flamenco in its birthplace and to continue her own study of this complex art form with masters such as Mercedes Ruíz. Laura is fueled by the challenge and beauty of flamenco. She believes anyone who is moved by flamenco has the capability to access it.

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Aki Ruiz 
Midwinter Revels 
Projection Designer

Daniel Congdon 
Midwinter Revels Sound 
Engineer / Designer

Larry Larsen
Midwinter Revels Scenic Designer

Larry has been involved with theater since 5th grade when he played Schroder in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. This is his 19th Portland Revels show as the resident scenic designer.  He has worked as a professional designer in Portland for the last 33 years which includes shows at Broadway Rose Theatre Co., Artists Repertory Theatre, Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Portland Actors Conservatory, and Mocks Crest Productions for which he was the producer. He teaches design at the University of Portland where he is an Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences.

Margaret Chapman 
Midwinter Revels Costume Designer

Margaret Louise Chapman has a MS in Theater from Portland State University.  She was Resident Costumer/Designer at Portland Civic Theatre for 17 years. She spent four years as Costumer/Faculty at Portland State University and is past Resident Costumer for Oregon Children’s Theater Company and past Resident Costumer/Instructor for Portland Community College/Sylvania Campus. Margaret is a multiple Willie, Drammy, OTAS, ACTF, and PAMTA recipient.  She is a past President and current Endowment Chair of the Portland Civic Theatre Guild.

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Jennifer Hammontree 
Midwinter Revels Production Manager / Production Stage Manager

Jenn Lindell
Midwinter Revels 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.

Johanna Ruefli 
Midwinter Revels Chorus Stage Manager

Johanna has been with the Christmas Revels since 2014. She has been stage managing since 2006. When not in the theater, she can be found backstage at concert venues hosting the VIPs. She does all of this for her Springer Doodle Millie, and Siamese cats Lucy and Laurie. In her spare time she skydives and was involved in helping the rebellion defeat the empire.

 

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