Artistic Director/Founder: Caroline Timm Schwiebert
Caroline Timm Schwiebert is an actress and director who has primarily made her career in commercials and voice-overs. She is repped here in Portland by Q6 Model Management and can currently be seen in ads for Hewlett-Packard and Curiosity Stream. Portland is a wonderful theatre town and she’s excited to be here. Once life allows she hopes to get back up onstage again soon herself. Of all the work she has done, Caroline has enjoyed working with children the most. She’s worked with them in a musical theatre setting for 13 years having grown and run summer camps and year-round after-school productions and classes for Upstage Theatre Arts Schools in Los Angeles, CA. She’s also a mother of 3 (1 boy who is 21 and 2 girls 19 and 6, so she’s been through some stuff). Caroline considers every student of hers her very own child. She believes theatre is for absolutely everyone and has seen miraculous things happen to kids of all ages/types when they hit the stage. It’s electrifying. She cries every time. She is certified in CPR/First Aid. She wishes she knew martial arts or something cool like that, but has been trained to use an epipen. So that’s kinda neat.
Assistant: Mayah Schwiebert
Mayah has been involved in theater since 1st grade when she flitted about the stage as a Midsummer fairy in a Shakespeare medley of plays for kids called Great Shakes at her elementary school in Los Angeles, CA. She was involved in Upstage Theatre Arts School in Los Angeles between the ages of 7 and 12 and when she aged out of the classes and camps she moved on to working for them. She has done numerous jobs for Upstage from taking tickets at the door, running the spotlight, organizing costumes and chasing kids. Aside from working with her mom in all of the Portland Drama Club programs, Mayah has been a counselor at a girls overnight summer camp in Los Angeles and most recently at Art Camp at Tucker Maxon school here in Portland. She is currently taking classes at PCC and considering a major in Elementary Education with an emphasis on special needs. This winter she’ll be traveling and performing around the world on a 6 month world tour with Up With People. She’s excited to see the world and share her experiences with more kids in Portland next summer.
Choreographer: After School Programs: Julia Bray
Julia Bray is a Portland native who has spent the last 10 years acting, dancing, singing and creating in New York City. She’s appeared in multiple off-broadway shows, independent films and TV shows including “Law and Order SVU” and “Boardwalk Empire”. Her favorite off-broadway experience was “Freckleface Strawberry” the children’s musical written by Julianne Moore where she played Betty the Ballet Dancer! Julia created and led the ballet program at Playgarden NYC for the last 4 years and has taught and choreographed dance for the last 10! She is a certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor and loves working with young performers. Graduate of NYU Tisch. www.julia-bray.com
K – 1 teaching artist/Assistant: Vocals: McKinley Hughes
McKinley Hughes is an actor, singer, and teaching artist who just moved to Portland from Richmond, Virginia. She recently earned a BFA in musical theatre from Emory & Henry College and then spent the year performing, training, and growing with Portland Playhouse. Mckinley has a passion for using theatre as a tool for education and social change. She has a strong background in devised performance as well as applied theatre/ theatre of the oppressed. Mckinley loves practicing Theatre for Young Audiences because she is inspired be the creativity and uninhibited spirits of children. She hopes to one day create her own children’s theatre program so that she can encourage the younger generation to spread love, compassion, and empathy into the world.