Bobby Bermea, Artistic Director
Bobby has been a professional actor for twenty-one years and a member of Actors Equity Association for seventeen of those. He is an artistic associate of the critically acclaimed Sojourn Theatre. He has performed with such theatrical luminaries as Ping Chong, Marion McClinton, James Marsters and Michael Rohd. Bermea has appeared at LaMama in New York, Centerstage in Baltimore, Vortex Repertory in Austin and Intiman, ACT, The Group, The Langston Hughes Cultural Center, A-Ha, The Empty Space and The New Mercury Theatre in Seattle. On the Portland stage Bermea has performed with Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre, The Miracle Theatre, Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre, Cygnet Productions, Tygre's Heart, and Sojourn Theatre. He received a Drammy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work as "Asagai", A Raisin in the Sun. As a member of the NEA funded international collaboration between Vietnam & ART, he toured nationally with an awardwinning bilingual production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in the role of "Oberon". Other favorite performances have been "Seguismundo" in Life Is a Dream, "Royal Boy" in Police Boys, "Booth" in Top Dog/Underdog, "Christopher" in Blue/Orange, "K" in The Trial, "Archibald" in The Blacks and "The Husband" in Killers. Bermea is also a playwright and has had two of his plays, Mercy and Saint Heroin, produced on stage. A third play, Heart of the City is currently in pre-production. Bobby is also an educator, having worked with various Portland outreach programs including: Actors-to-Go(ART), Higher Stages (Tears of Joy), The Haven Project, Young Players, the Cordero House and Portland Youth Builders.
Anya Pearson, Operations Manager
Anya is a local actress, playwright, & poet. Already the author of two plays, Anya is currently working on her third, as well as a screenplay & a collection of poetry. Typing furiously toward a degree in English Literature & Writing, she studies at Marylhurst University. Last year, she attended the Last Frontier Theatre Conference for new work. As an actress, her favorite role was that of "Mrs. Muller" in a local production of Doubt, A Parable. She recently portrayed "Caitlyn O'Hare" in Magenta Theatre's production of Over the River & Through the Woods & the roles of both "Dr. Rachel Li" & "Rashida" in Passin' Arts' production of Tough Titty. Currently serving as Operations Manager for BaseRoots Theatre Company, she believes in the transformative power of theatre. Through her work in this discipline, she plans to effect social change.