Executive Committee

What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason! How infinite in faculty!

Hamlet, Act II Scene II

Our executive committee volunteer their time to make the magic happen.  This team has been working together tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure that audiences are treated to memorable Shakespeare-in-the-Parks.  Email to info@portlandactors.com will be forwarded to the appropriate person.


Photo by John Rudoff

Michael Godsey

Artistic Director

Michael oversees the artistic direction of Portland Actors Ensemble, from play selection through hiring of directors to ensuring that the final production is one that will be memorable for Portland area theatre-lovers and families. He has appeared for PAE as Macbeth in Macbeth, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Brutus in Julius Caesar, and Cornwall in King Lear, among others.  He has also appeared in outdoor Shakespeare shows with Post5 and Willamette Shakespeare.  You may contact Michael at AD@portlandactors.com.

Paul Susi

Operations Director

Paul is the nuts and bolts behind PAE.  He works closely with the production teams to make sure that the director’s vision is acheived, and with outside groups such as the parks to ensure that our travels go smoothly.

Paul Susi is an educator, activist, arts administrator and a performing artist. Paul has worked as a youth counselor and an educator at several Portland nonprofit organizations serving homeless, recovering, post-incarcerated and adjudicated populations. He has appeared onstage with Boom Arts, Profile Theater, Shaking the Tree, Push Leg, Anon It Moves, String House Productions, Action/Adventure Theater, Los Portenos, Cerimon House, Northwest Children’s Theater, Working Theatre Collective, Contagious Theater, defunkt, Milagro Teatro, Hand2Mouth Theatre, and The Forgery. Paul has appeared regionally and internationally with Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Vermont Stage Company, Island Stage Left, and Poland’s Stacja Szamocin. Paul has been honored to work on several projects supported by the Regional Arts and Culture Council. Most recently, Paul co-founded The Color of Now, a live discussion series focusing on race and privilege in Portland, and served as Lead Shelter Host and shift supervisor for the innovative Peace Shelter, supervising 4 staff and 100 self-identified men experiencing homelessness in downtown Portland.

You can contact Paul at operations@portlandactors.com.