Who We Are

  Sarah Armitage  (Executive Director; stage manager, dramaturg) has had the performance bug since she was a wee lass. She graduated from Portland State University's theater department in 2006 and has been stage managing around town from time to time since 2000 including a season with Miracle Theater. She is a true theater nerd who gets really excited about theater history and theory. She has been the SM for  Boys in the Band, Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom, In the Forest, She Grew Fangs, Precious Little, The Undiscovered Country,  and  Blasted.  When not working at Defunkt, Sarah is a High School English teacher in Hillsboro.  Sarah@defunkttheatre.com

Sarah Armitage (Executive Director; stage manager, dramaturg) has had the performance bug since she was a wee lass. She graduated from Portland State University's theater department in 2006 and has been stage managing around town from time to time since 2000 including a season with Miracle Theater. She is a true theater nerd who gets really excited about theater history and theory. She has been the SM for Boys in the Band, Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom, In the Forest, She Grew Fangs, Precious Little, The Undiscovered Country, and Blasted. When not working at Defunkt, Sarah is a High School English teacher in Hillsboro.

Sarah@defunkttheatre.com

Sarah Armitage: Executive Director

  Matthew Kern  (co-Artistic Director) is an actor, musician, and producer. A graduate of the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre in California, and Bard College in New York, he has appeared locally with Artists Repertory Theatre, Tears of Joy and several now truly defunct theatres. He is proud to have appeared in one of the very first defunkt shows The Investigation of the Murder in El Salvador, as well as the world premiere of James Moore's in apparati. Recent defunkt credits include Three Days of Rain, The Homecoming, Back Bog Beast Bait., Attempts on Her Life, Glengarry Glen Ross, Fire Island, The Boys in the Band, and 4.48 Psychosis for which he and his fellow actors received the Drammy Award for Outstanding Achievement by an Ensemble.  matthew@defunkttheatre.com

Matthew Kern (co-Artistic Director) is an actor, musician, and producer. A graduate of the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre in California, and Bard College in New York, he has appeared locally with Artists Repertory Theatre, Tears of Joy and several now truly defunct theatres. He is proud to have appeared in one of the very first defunkt shows The Investigation of the Murder in El Salvador, as well as the world premiere of James Moore's in apparati. Recent defunkt credits include Three Days of Rain, The Homecoming, Back Bog Beast Bait., Attempts on Her Life, Glengarry Glen Ross, Fire Island, The Boys in the Band, and 4.48 Psychosis for which he and his fellow actors received the Drammy Award for Outstanding Achievement by an Ensemble.

matthew@defunkttheatre.com

Matthew Kern: Co-Artistic Director

 

  Andrew Klaus-Vineyard (co-Artistic Director)  is an award-winning multidisciplinary multimedia artist. Best know for his work in film and photography, which has been internationally, exhibited in Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Berlin, Vancouver, and Rio de Janeiro and most recently the Tate in London as well as across the United States. He studied contemporary art at Savannah College of Art and Design and holds a degree in Cultural Studies and Time-Based Art from Portland State University. Klaus-Vineyard's work has been featured in  American Theatre Magazine ,  The Oregonian, The Advocate, Just Out, Spectrum, PQ Monthly, Bitches Brew, Musée Magazine and The Feminist Review . He has collected awards as a director, producer and sound designer for his work in film. He has directed the feature film  Spark , documentaries for the US State Department, as well as commercial and artistic projects for private clients and collectors. He is the author of the graphic novel  Godless . In addition he is a founding member of the electrorock band  Mattachine Social  and works as neo-classical composer under the moniker  Boarding School . He has served as technical director for defunkt theatre’s production of Richard Greenberg’s  Three Days of Rain  and again as TD and co-producer on the nationally acclaimed production  Herstory/History :  The Boys in the Band  and  The Children’s Hour.  As a theatre director Klaus-Vineyard has directed  The Submission  by Jeff Talbot , No More Candy  by Leela Ginelle and the critically acclaimed  In The Forest, She Grew  Fangs by Stephen Spotswood.  Andrew@defunkttheatre.com

Andrew Klaus-Vineyard (co-Artistic Director) is an award-winning multidisciplinary multimedia artist. Best know for his work in film and photography, which has been internationally, exhibited in Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Berlin, Vancouver, and Rio de Janeiro and most recently the Tate in London as well as across the United States. He studied contemporary art at Savannah College of Art and Design and holds a degree in Cultural Studies and Time-Based Art from Portland State University. Klaus-Vineyard's work has been featured in American Theatre Magazine, The Oregonian, The Advocate, Just Out, Spectrum, PQ Monthly, Bitches Brew, Musée Magazine and The Feminist Review. He has collected awards as a director, producer and sound designer for his work in film. He has directed the feature film Spark, documentaries for the US State Department, as well as commercial and artistic projects for private clients and collectors. He is the author of the graphic novel Godless. In addition he is a founding member of the electrorock band Mattachine Social and works as neo-classical composer under the moniker Boarding School. He has served as technical director for defunkt theatre’s production of Richard Greenberg’s Three Days of Rain and again as TD and co-producer on the nationally acclaimed production Herstory/History: The Boys in the Band and The Children’s Hour. As a theatre director Klaus-Vineyard has directed The Submission by Jeff Talbot, No More Candy by Leela Ginelle and the critically acclaimed In The Forest, She Grew Fangs by Stephen Spotswood.

Andrew@defunkttheatre.com

Andrew Klaus-Vineyard: Co-Artistic Director

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Elizabeth, a proud Texas transplant, is pumped to work on her 4th show here at her beloved Defunkt. Last year she made her Defunkt debut as Cate in Blasted, and it was a transformative experience. Since then she has worked on HIR (costume design) and On the Edge (appearing as Mrs. Hale and Lula). Other Portland appearances include Lady Grey in Richard III, and the title character in Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief, both t Post5. Elizabeth is a visual artist, seamstress, musician, voice actor, and lover of just about everything. Many thanks to everyone involved with this production, and especially to Matthew, Andy, and Sarah for fostering a supportive environment while creating challenging theatre that matters. Paul-thanks for giving me a chance last January. It changed my life. Special thanks to Britany, Jackson, and the kitties for all their support, love, and sass. Matt--there is so much purpose to be had. Sillyisly. Elizabeth is represented by Q6.

"Play like a hot iron in delirious eternity."

Elizabeth Jackson: Producing Artist

 

MISSION STATEMENT

Defunkt Theatre is a nationally recognized, non-profit theatre company dedicated to creating innovative productions that challenge conventional ideals of society. We offer relevant perspectives on issues of race, gender, class, and ability. We strive to stretch the minds and comfort zones of our audience and ourselves. Sharing purposeful storytelling to illuminate our common human experience. Defunkt is committed to removing financial barriers to our work; all performances are "pay what you can."

 

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 Our Story

Defunkt Theatre is a group of intensely devoted, passionate theater artists. Known for imaginative productions of bold, provocative material, Defunkt is Portland's destination for theater that makes you think and feel and talk about afterwards. The Oregonian described our 2010-11 season as “fearless and unflinching.” We are drawn to works that reveal the world in which we live and we have produced playwrights as diverse as Sam Shepard, Gertrude Stein, Sarah Kane, as well as new works from local writers. Located in the heart of the vibrant and historic Hawthorne district, we are a distinct presence in Portland's arts community; and our performances showcase the breadth of talent of this wonderful city. We believe in making quality theater accessible to all; and no other company offers more to the public at such a low cost.

Defunkt Theatre's inception was in 2000 and these years have brought many exciting changes and new collaborators. Defunkt would not exist without the hard efforts of all these artists and their contributions. We thank the community and patrons of theatre for their support throughout the years!

We do this work because we love it and this community. Our passion for our work is infectious and as The Oregonian wrote "defunkt theatre reminds us why risky theater is worth our time."

We thank the community and patrons of theatre for their support throughout the years!

thank you.  The Defunktionals

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