The Winter's Tale

48h Annual Shakespeare-in-the-Parks runs through Labor Day

Our 48th consectuive season of free Shakespeare-in-the-Parks contnues with The Winter’s Tale.

All performances are free to the public, and depend greatly upon free-will audience donations. Runs July 28 – Labor Day at various locations.  Specific show dates and times will be on the calendar shortly.

Cast and Crew:
Polixenes – Shaun Hennessy
Leontes – Ben Roberts
Hermione – Lalanya Gunn
Mamillius/Perdita – Elizabeth Gibbs
Camillo/Servant – Carlyn Blount
Lady/Dorcas – Laine Wagner
Emilia/Mopsa – Jacquelle Davis
Lord/Autolycus – Sarah Aldrich
Antigonus/Clown – Bryan Smith
Paulina/Shepherdess – Maryanne Glazebrook
Jailer/Florizel – Nicholas Babson

Director – Kristin Heller
Stage Manager – Abby Filiaggi
Costume Designer – Heather Nunn

Photos by Gary Norman

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Director Kristin Heller

​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 Acting and Dance faculty for the Tyrolean Opera Program in Maurach Austria and the Napa Music Festival in California.

Her most recent work includes: Stage Director and Co-Choreographer for “Anything Goes”, and Music Director and Choreographer for “The Phantom Tollbooth”.

She will be directing “Once Upon a Mattress” with Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy this fall and “The Odd Couple” with Sherwood Foundation of the Arts this Winter.

Currently she privately coaches voice, flute, acting, acting for singers, public speaking, and tap dance as well as instructs larger Master classes on Auditioning and Acting.

A Note from the Director

The Winter’s Tale is normally talked about in the terms of one of Shakespeare’s problem plays. Most people only know the text as Shakespeare’s only real line of stage directions: “Exit pursued by bear”  I fact David Tenant stated that the line is ‘the most famous direction in theatrical history’ in a Radio 4 broadcast in 2015. However, this “Problem Play” or “The play with the Bear” is about so much more than just the stage direction it is known for.   Two leaders, the best of friends, cultivated by family, fidelity, and fraternity .  Torn apart by misunderstanding, quick temper, and alternative facts. Reconnected by the healing power of time,  friendship, and the strength to forgive.

This play is two in one, two lands, two leaders, two completely different styles. This play is not logical.  Its forward momentum comes from the raw emotions of the characters.  Our feelings in hard situations are not always justified without knowing all the facts, people will see what they want to see and jump to the conclusions that they have determined exist, whether they do or not.  These conclusions have consequences.  Humanity thrives when if after the consequences we can still have enough humility to ask for forgiveness. After great loss, can we still find hope and redemption.

Carlyn Blount

Carlyn Blount is new to PDX, but was recently on stage as Anne Elliot in New Century Players’ production of Persuasion.  She is one (excessively late) thesis paper away from obtaining her BFA in Theatre from Southern Oregon University, in Ashland, OR, where she was lucky enough to have one season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, getting knifed in the face in Romeo and Juliet.  Other credits include a bunch of sweet roles in various new works at random theatres in LA, a handful of other fun stuff at SOU, and such very serious works as Pinocchio at Enchanted Forest.

Laine Wagner

Laine Wagner is thrilled to be working with Portland Actors Ensemble as Dorcus/Lady, in The Winter’s Tale! This born and raised Rhode Islander is also excited to be bringing her passion for Shakespeare to Portland, Oregon! Favorite Roles include; Izzy, Seminar; Bianca, Taming of the shrew; and Myrrah, Metamorphoses.

Sarah Aldrich

Sarah Aldrich is excited to be performing with Portland Actors Ensemble this summer as Autolycus. Sarah is a senior Theatre student at George Fox University in Newberg and is thankful for the opportunities she’s been given to work with and learn from artists in the Portland area. Most recently she appeared in George Fox’s production of Sunday in the Park with George as Dot/Marie.

Nicolas Babson

An Oregonian, Nicholas has now studied and performed Shakespeare for half his life, initially through classes at Oregon Children’s Theatre (thanks, Mom!). His favorite role so far was as the title character in Ominous Horse’s original adaptation of Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck, for which he also served as translator. He is pleased to work again with Kristin Heller, having played Jonathan in her production of Sight Unseen. Nicholas studied acting at Portland State University, where he earned a BA in German (don’t ask…). He is grateful to be performing for PAE, which offers the unfortunately rare gift of free theater.

Elizabeth Gibbs

Elizabeth is pleased to be returning to PAE after previously performing in Hamlet and The Merchant of Venice.  She has performed locally with Northwest Children’s Theater, Action/Adventure, Social Sciences, Post5 and Reader’s Theater Rep., and when not acting she teaches theater at Catlin Gabel School.

Maryanne Glazebrook

MaryAnne Glazebrook is happy to return to Portland Actors Ensemble/Willamette Shakespeare’s collaboration of “The Winter’s Tale.”  MaryAnne previously worked with PAE in the role of Gertrude in “Hamlet.”  MaryAnne has enjoyed the honor of working at Bag and Baggage, Action Adventure, Lakewood, Vertigo and Stumptown Stages to mention some of her favorites although her favorite is always the show that she is currently working on.

Shaun Hennessy

Shaun is delighted to be working with Portland Actors Ensemble again. He was last seen as Hortensio in Taming of the Shrew, directed by Patrick Walsh. Recently, Shaun has worked with Experience Theatre Project, Bag & Baggage Productions, Reader’s Theatre Repertory and Heart of America Shakespeare Festival in Kansas City. Other theaters include ART, Lakewood, triangle productions!, Profile, and Mt. Hood Rep. Shaun teaches Theatre to grades 6-12 at the Arts and Communication Magnet Academy in Beaverton. He would like to thank his wife, Kim, and daughter, Thea, for their support and understanding. Enjoy the show!

Ben Roberts

BEN ROBERTS (Leontes) is excited to be returning to acting after a six year hiatus. Past roles include Oscar in The Odd Couple, Pitchfork Cavalier in The Pitchfork Disney, and more recently Man at Store, Restaurant Patron #2, and Driver on Morning Commute. Affordable and open access to art is crucial for a healthy society and Ben is privileged to be a part of Portland Actor Ensemble’s grand tradition of free theatre, besides, after graduating from PSU with a BS in Political Science playing a jealous tyrant seemed like the logical next step.

Jaquelle Davis

Jacquelle Davis was born and raised in Portland, OR. She studied Acting at Willamette University. In her free time, Jacquelle loves, reading, Karaoke, and dancing. Her favorite roles include Jane Fonda in That Pretty Pretty, or the Rape Play by Sheila Callaghan and Katherine in Taming of the Shrew. Jacquelle is a proud member of No Filter Improv- check them out at! Jacquelle dreams of becoming a cast member on SNL. Until then, she is excited to be a part of this talented and hilarious cast. Enjoy the show, and may the Force be with you.

Lalanya Gunn

Lalanya is thrilled to joining PAE for her first production with the company.  Hailing from Buffalo, NY she has a BFA in Theatre from Niagara University. She has worked on stages in Buffalo, Austin and Los Angeles.  Portland companies include  Mask & Mirror, Twilight Theatre , Post 5, Broadway Rose, Lakewood Theatre, Bag & Baggage, and Portland Center Stage.  As always much love to Greg for his love and support.

Bryan Smith

Bryan Smith, Born in Germany, raised in Corvallis, Dallas, TX, and D.C., Bryan now resides in Portland. In Corvallis, he trained in Contemporary and Hip Hop dance. He has acted in many college and community theater productions, including with the Corvallis-based improv comedy troupe The Long Con. Some of his recent performances have been puppeteering roles in Tears of Joy Theatre’s The Jungle Book and an actor in Imago Theatre’s Savage/Love.

Abby Filiaggi

Abby hopes you enjoy this wonderful performance as much as she does! She is currently pursuing  BFA in Stage management and Production Management at SUNY Purchase College in New York and loved the fact that she could return home for the summer to work on this show. Abby’s recent Portland credits include SM/writing team for All’s Faire at Action/Adventure Theatre and SM for Jesus Christ Superstar at Post 5 theatre. When not in a theatre she likes to read, hike, and love on her dogs like a typical northwesterner.