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.


Kristin Heller

Kristin recently joined PAE is the director of the 2017 production of The Winter’s Tale. Originally from Ohio, Kristin received her Bachelor of Arts and Communications in Theater Arts from Bowling Green State University. She moved from Ohio to Chicago, IL and began working in various theaters across the city.  While in Chicago she was Artistic Director of a non-profit theater company that focused on new play development.

In 2009, she moved to Portland, OR to pursue her Master in Theatre, graduating in 2011. Kristin has apprenticed under world renowned directors such as Tito Capobianco, David Edwards and Elizabeth Bachman. She has worked as faculty for the Tyrolean Opera Program in Maurach Austria.  She recently directed Mozart’s ‘Cosi fan tutte’ with Ping and Wolf Opera in Portland, Or.

Currently, she privately coaches voice, flute, acting, acting for singers, and Public Speaking, as well as, instructs larger Master classes on Auditioning, and Acting. She is also a voice-over actor for audio books. www.kristinheller.com

Patrick Walsh

Patrick (Director of Troilus and Cressida): spent the 2015-2016 season as the Co-Producing Artistic Director of Post 5 Theatre in Portland, OR. Selected credits include: National Tour – You Say Tomato…; Post5 Theatre – Richard III; Bag&Baggage Productions – Jane Austen’s Emma; Portland Actors Ensemble – Taming of the Shrew; Two Rivers Correctional Institution – The Tempest, Metamorphoses, Hamlet; Theater Workshop of Nantucket – Red; Temecula Shakespeare Festival – Henry V, Compass Rose Theatre – Look Homeward, Angel; Manitou Stages – The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged); Hangar Theatre – Macbeth, The Empty Ocean, The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon; Chautauqua Theatre Company – The Brothers Size; Victory Gardens – Push Comes To Shove; Rubicon Theatre Project – Lucy Dreaming; Theatre Building Chicago – Fifth of July, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; Bailiwick Repertory Theatre – Two Spoons, Haram Iran; Mad Hatter Theatre Productions – Chicken Bone Beach; Props Theatre – Closer; Trail’s End Theater – Into the Woods, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As Assistant Director: Guthrie Theatre; Goodman Theatre; Dallas Theatre Center; Steppenwolf Theatre Company; Chautauqua Theater Company, and Next Theatre. Patrick is a proud member of the 2009 Lincoln Center Directors Lab; the Recipient of an SDC Foundation Observership, as well as a Chautauqua Theatre Company Directing Fellowship, and a Drama League Directing Fellowship. www.patrickwalsh.org.