Who We Are
Sarah Armitage: Executive Director
Matthew Kern: Co-Artistic Director
Andrew Klaus-Vineyard: Co-Artistic Director
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
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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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