Who We Are

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 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 Kern

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. Mostly recently she was the backstage "house wife" for The Boys in the Band. She is really excited about working with defunkt again this season. Sarah will serve as dramaturg and stage manager for the 2014-15 season.

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. Mostly recently she was the backstage "house wife" for The Boys in the Band. She is really excited about working with defunkt again this season. Sarah will serve as dramaturg and stage manager for the 2014-15 season.

Sarah Armitage

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 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 MagazineThe 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/HistoryThe 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 Klaus-Vineyard

Paul Angelo (director, Undiscovered Country) is thrilled to return to defunkt after directing the first production last season: The Homecoming. He is the associate artistic director of the multi-award winning musical theatre company Staged! www.stagedpdx.org He has directed three musicals for Staged!: Les Miserables, which received two Portland Area Musical Theatre Awards (PAMTA) for Outstanding Ensemble and Outstanding Young Performer of the year, Big River which was also awarded two PAMTAs and the Portland premiere of Jason Robert Brown's '13' the Musical which earned four PAMTA nominations including one for Outstanding Direction and was awarded a Drammy for Outstanding Pit Ensemble. In 1997 he co-founded the New Ensemble Theatre (TNE) in Manhattan; during his five years as co-artistic director, TNE focused on new plays and the plays of Shakespeare. TNE and its members received several Awards including an OOBR (Off-off Broadway Review) award for Outstanding Production and an invitation to the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC for Henry V. Off-off Broadway directing credits include Hamlet, The Hunger Waltz (part of the NY Fringe Festival '99) and Henry V. He has also directed productions of Charlotte's Web and Godspell for The Capitol Arts Youth Theatre in Bowling Green, Ky. Also an actor, Paul’s Portland credits include Bill Edwards in Ithaka at Artists Repertory Theatre, Brutus in Julius Caeser, (Post5 Theatre Co.) Morrow McCarthy in An American Daughter, Fred in A Few Stout Individuals (Profile Theatre). Northwest Classical Theatre Company: title role in Macbeth, Eilert Loveborg in Hedda Gabler. Lakewood: Richard in The Lion in Winter,& Septimus Hodge in Arcadia.& Captain Albert Lennox in The Secret Garden and the father in Violet (Staged! )Paul received a BFA in musical theatre from S.U.N.Y Fredonia and an MFA from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival where he played Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing and performed in the 1996 Cultural Olympiad in Atlanta. He has been seen on the television series Grimm as well as several national commercials.

Paul Angelo (director, Undiscovered Country) is thrilled to return to defunkt after directing the first production last season: The Homecoming. He is the associate artistic director of the multi-award winning musical theatre company Staged! www.stagedpdx.org He has directed three musicals for Staged!: Les Miserables, which received two Portland Area Musical Theatre Awards (PAMTA) for Outstanding Ensemble and Outstanding Young Performer of the year, Big River which was also awarded two PAMTAs and the Portland premiere of Jason Robert Brown's '13' the Musical which earned four PAMTA nominations including one for Outstanding Direction and was awarded a Drammy for Outstanding Pit Ensemble. In 1997 he co-founded the New Ensemble Theatre (TNE) in Manhattan; during his five years as co-artistic director, TNE focused on new plays and the plays of Shakespeare. TNE and its members received several Awards including an OOBR (Off-off Broadway Review) award for Outstanding Production and an invitation to the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC for Henry V. Off-off Broadway directing credits include Hamlet, The Hunger Waltz (part of the NY Fringe Festival '99) and Henry V. He has also directed productions of Charlotte's Web and Godspell for The Capitol Arts Youth Theatre in Bowling Green, Ky. Also an actor, Paul’s Portland credits include Bill Edwards in Ithaka at Artists Repertory Theatre, Brutus in Julius Caeser, (Post5 Theatre Co.) Morrow McCarthy in An American Daughter, Fred in A Few Stout Individuals (Profile Theatre). Northwest Classical Theatre Company: title role in Macbeth, Eilert Loveborg in Hedda Gabler. Lakewood: Richard in The Lion in Winter,& Septimus Hodge in Arcadia.& Captain Albert Lennox in The Secret Garden and the father in Violet (Staged! )Paul received a BFA in musical theatre from S.U.N.Y Fredonia and an MFA from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival where he played Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing and performed in the 1996 Cultural Olympiad in Atlanta. He has been seen on the television series Grimm as well as several national commercials.

Paul Angelo

 

MISSION STATEMENT

Defunkt Theatre is a nationally recognized, non-profit ensemble theatre company dedicated to creating innovative productions that challenge conventional ideals of society and theatre at a reasonable price.* We offer fresh and relevant perspectives on issues of race, gender, class. We strive to stretch the minds and comfort zones of our audience.

 

* Pay-what-you-can Thursdays and Sundays. Discounted tickets to student theatre classes and programs for at-risk youth - email us for more information at defunkt.theatre@gmail.com

 

 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