About

Badass Theatre Company was founded on May 2, 2011 by a group of Portland’s most talented and diverse theatre artists who wanted to inspire and diversify the landscape of Portland theatre. Through shared passion, vision, and values the founders defined who we are as a company. Badass Theatre Company is an artist driven, diverse (race, ethnicity, cultural, age, sexual orientation) and collaborative theatre company whose artists are dedicated to fierce, honest, fearless and authentic theatre making that explores, and celebrates stories of otherness.

We see ourselves as servant leaders wanting to create civic pride through the art of theatre. It begins with fierce, authentic, provocative theatre making, which we are committed to doing.

Our mission is to engage diverse artists and audiences in new and inclusive stories in order to expand the boundaries of mainstream theatre to accurately reflect the many voices of our community.


Badass Theatre Company: Manifesto
Penned by Bobby Bermea 

Theatre. It’s been around for as long as human beings have been human beings. For as long as there’s been one person here to tell a story and one person over there to listen, some form of theatre has existed. And as long as that single circumstance remains true, theatre will be around. When the internet and movies and TV and smartphones and even books are gone, theatre will still be here. That’s real. That’s primal. That’s badass.

Until very recently in the human consciousness, theatre was always associated with God, in whatever form or forms she or he might take. And even though in much of the world (but not all) theatre is now a secular enterprise, everywhere in the world, the altar, the performance space, the stage, is still a sacred space. It is a space where creation happens. It is a space where magic happens. It is a space where the entire human experience is lived and witnessed.

We’re not badass because we cuss a lot or take off our clothes. We’re not badass because we take the easy path to provocation and titillation. We’re not badass because we go out of our way to offend and repel. We are Badass Theatre Company because we take that tradition of theatre, that history, that calling as a sacred trust; because one way or another, whether it’s tragic or hilarious, sexy or terrifying, brutal, gentle, tender, shocking, mundane, sacred or profane, we recognize that people come to theatre to see the truth, to experience the truth and to be transformed by it. We’re badass because we don’t seek answers, we generate questions. We’re badass because we know life doesn’t begin when the lights go up nor does it end when they fall. We’re badass because we’re filled with wonder. We’re badass because we know that life on earth is a blazing, tumultuous, fantastic adventure and we’re not just here to mirror it, we’re here to create it. We’re badass because we’re diverse, in all the myriad meanings of that word, not because it’s politically correct, but because diversity is the true face of the world. We call ourselves Badass because all the rivers of history come together in this one company and create a lake of fire and that is the fire of creation.

Badass Theatre is not just a theatre company, it’s a way of looking at the world, it’s a choice about the world you want to live in, and it is a means of participating. Our plan, our goal, our work is to change the world around us, by challenging, educating, entertaining and dazzling the world around us!

Take part. 


Core, Founders and Associates

 

 

Antonio Sonera (Founder/Core Associate) is the Producing Artistic Director of BTC and has been a professional theatre artist in Portland, Oregon for 27 years. He has directed over 25 productions and acted in over 20. He was the Artistic Director of the Miracle Theatre for four seasons, Production Manager at Artists Repertory Theatre for three and a half seasons, Artistic Director of IFCC for one season, and Associate Artistic Director of Stark Raving Theatre for one season where he served as Director of Stark Raving’s New Rave Festival. Antonio has been an instructor at Lakewood Theatre, Oregon Children’s Theatre, and Portland Actors Conservatory. He served on panels for the Regional Arts and Culture Council, and the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition. Antonio is the recipient of the RACC Professional Development Grant, Portland Civic Theatre Guild Award, and the Theatre Communications Group, New Generations: Future Leaders in American Theatre Fellowship, and was the creator and Creative Director of La Luna Nueva Festival in Portland ( A celebration of Hispanic Culture from around the world).

 

Victor Mack (Founder/Core Associate) is a graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts BFA Drama program. Portland theater credits include: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, (Drammy Award for Actor in a Lead Role), Radio Golf (Drammy Award for Actor in a Supporting Role), and Gem of the Ocean for Portland Playhouse; Hamlet and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune at Coho Rep.; Topdog/Underdog, Superior Donuts, Chasing Empires Souls and Take Me Out at Artist Repertory Theater; Throwing Bones and One Day with Sojourn Theatre and El Grito del Bronx at Miracle Theater. His New York credits include: Spunk and Love of Bullets (New York Public Theatre); Black Eagles (Manhattan Theatre Club) and the title role in Candide (C.S.C Repertory). In 2012 Victor received a Drammy Award for Achievement in Direction for the Portland Playhouse production of The Brother/Sister Plays.

 

Luisa Sermol (Founder/Core Associate) is an award winning Equity actress who has been part of the Portland Theater Community for 30 years.  Portland acting credits include Boleros for the Disenchanted (Drammy Award) for The Miracle Theater; Three Sisters, The Goat, Master Class, Night of the Iguana and Sideman (Drammy Award) for Artists Repertory Theater, Heather Raffo’s 9 Parts of Desire (Drammy Award) and Moon for the Misbegotten for Coho, Midsummer Night’s Dream for Portland Center Stage and Withering Looks, Vitriol and Violets and Bloody Poetry (Drammy Award) for Cygnet Productions. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Portland State University and a Masters of Teaching from Lewis and Clark College and a conservatory degree in acting from the Juilliard School.  She has taught acting at Lewis and Clark College, PCC, Portland Shakespeare Project and as a private coach, and currently is the full time English/Drama teacher at Fowler Middle School in Tigard, Oregon. 

 

Adrienne Flagg (Founder/ Core Associate) trained in New York at SUNY Purchase and New Actors Workshop. Returning to Portland in 1994 with her company Toad City Productions she focused on improv and new work directing and performing with them for 13 years.  She has also directed for Stark Raving Theatre, Integrity and JANE, DaVinci Arts Middle School, Young Musicians and Artists and the Portland Theatre Brigade which she founded in 1999. Favorite performances include the lead in The Choice (Stark Raving), Cat References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot (Miracle Theatre), Cynthia The Real Inspector HoundVanessa Jingle Spree (CoHo), Izzy Rabbit Hole (ART), Mom Tales of A Fourth Grade Nothing (OCT), Camille Deadly Murders (Lakewood), Mertiel in Dangerous Liaisons (BagnBaggage) and the lead in The Waiting Room (Bump in the Road) winning a Drammy for best actress in a lead role.

 

Bobby Bermea (Founder/Core Associate) is the Artistic Director of BaseRoots Theatre and an artistic associate of the critically acclaimed Sojourn Theatre. Bermea has appeared at LaMama in New York, Centerstage in Baltimore, Vortex Repertory in Austin and Intiman, ACT, The Group, The Langston Hughes Cultural Center, A-Ha, The Empty Space and The New Mercury Theatre in Seattle with such theatrical luminaries as Ping Chong, Julie Harris, Marion McClinton, James Marsters and Michael Rohd. On the Portland stage Bermea has performed with Artists Repertory Theatre, Miracle Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Cygnet Productions, Tygre’s Heart, and Sojourn Theatre. He most recently received a Drammy for Outstanding Actor in a Lead role for Ogun in The Brother/Sister Plays (Portland Playhouse) and another Drammy, for Supporting Actor, for his work as Asagai in A Raisin in the Sun

 

Nicole Virginia Accuardi (Founder/Core Associate) is an actor, director and teacher. Since returning to Portland, she has most frequently worked with The Miracle Theatre Group, Lakewood Theater, and Blank Slate Improv ensemble. Some of her favorite roles include Petra/ Monica in Boleros for the Disenchanted, Sophia in How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, and Ida in See How They Run.  She has served on the board of the Portland Area Theater Alliance, the artistic board or the Classic Greek Theater of Oregon, and is a certified theater teacher. 

 

Deanna Wells (Founder/Core Associate) is a graduate of The Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts in California. She has appeared in several productions in Portland as Gertrude in Hamlet (NWCTC); Sylvia Beach in 12 Rue de L’Odeon (PAC); Allison in Jingle Spree (CoHo); Annie in All My Sons, Sally Vicks in Gint, Kathy in Tales of the Lost Formicans, Jane in No Mercy, Laura in Carver Country (Profile); Rosaura in Life is a Dream (Miracle); Harriet in Bloody Poetry (Cygnet); Cassius in Julius Caesar, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Regan in King Lear (Tygres Heart Shakespeare); Nurse Kelly in Harvey (Mt. Hood Rep); Ensemble in Thrust (Stark Raving) and many others. She recently made her debut into direction with Titus Andronicus for Northwest Classical. Deanna danced with The Really Big Dance Company while based in Portland. She is a continuing member of one of the longest running and highly acclaimed sketch comedy groups in the nation, The Third Floor. 

 

Jami Chatalas Blanchard (Founder/Core Associate) has been active in Portland theatre as an actor and a designer for over twenty years, spending five years studying and working in NYC.  In addition to traditional stage she has a love and affinity for Arts in Medicine. Jami is a certified theater teacher and has a BA in Theater and Vocal Performance from Portland State University. She also studied design at New York School of Interior Design and apprenticed under the tutelage of Marshall Watson of Marshall Watson Interiors. A few favorite roles--- at Portland Center Stage: Cherie in Bus Stop; at Artist Repertory Theater: Celemene in The Misanthrope; at Profile Theater: Joanne in becausehecan, Rosalie in Landscape of the Body, Catherine in Suddenly Last Summer, Nirvana in  Road to Nirvana; at Lakewood Theater: Gillian in Bell, Book and Candle; at triangle theater: Janet in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, female roles in The Blue Room, Tracy Ann in Sealed for Freshness; at Broadway Rose: Elsa in The Sound Of Music; at Stumptown Stages: Sally in Reefer Madness; at Hey City: Maddy Monroe in Tony N Tina's Wedding.  She also has a passion for improv and sketch comedy, occasionally being invited to play in the sandbox with the sketch comedy group The Third Floor.

 

Katie Watkins (Core Associate) studied Theatre at the University of West Georgia and Media Studies at Swansea University in Wales, UK. She has worked in Marketing at Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, MA, as well as in freelance work for several arts companies in Portland. Recently, she was Ms. Orange in a production of Reservoir Dolls, an all-female version of Tarantino’s crime classic Reservoir Dogs, and is currently acting in an upcoming film, The Lilac Chaser. Last year, Katie was a member of the Acting Apprentice Company at Portland Playhouse and has happily stayed on as their Audience Services Manager.

 

Veronika Núñez (Founder/Core Associate) is a 2009 graduate of Portland Actors Conservatory. Born in Texas and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Verónika moved to Portland in year 2000. She most recently appeared in the Northwest Children’s Theater production of El Zorrito (Esperanza). Other performance credits include: How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents (Carla), Canta y no Llores (Consuelo),  The Blue Room (The Girl), Living Out (Ana), Fuente Ovejuna (Ensemble), Rosalba y los Llaveros (Rita), and Bodas de Sangre(Ensemble). She was the assistant director for Miracle’s Theater production of Boleros for the Disenchanted (Spring 2012). Verónika holds a BS in Education Management. She works as Senior Bilingual Exhibit Developer at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. She recently received a scholarship to participate in the 2012 ASTC Diversity and Leadership Development Fellows program.

 

Alyson Osborn (Founder/Core Associate) has long been active in the arts community, working with such diverse groups as PICA, the Disability Pride Art and Culture Festival, WellArts, Portland Opera, Filmusik, and PlayWrite Inc, a program dedicated to helping students create theatre pieces based on their life stories. She is an actor with over 60 stage productions to her credit, most recently appearing in several pieces at the Fertile Ground Festival. Alyson also teaches children's theatre and dance for PP&R, teaches English and drama for International Special Programs at PSU, and served on the board of the Arts Access Project for the Oregon Arts Commission.

 

Rodolfo Ortega (Associate) received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of Arizona and his Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music where he studied piano and composition. He has composed music and designed sound for the recent productions of Artist Repertory Theater’s Circle Mirror Transformation, No Man’s Land and Duchess of Malfi, Profile Theater for A Lesson Before Dying, Lips Together Teeth Apart and Zoo Story. He has composed several musicals for Northwest Children’s Theater including Snow White, Pinocchio and El Zorrito. He has also composed many of the productions at Santa Cruz Shakespeare where he is the associate artist in composition. His upcoming projects include composing the music for Denver Center Theater Company’s productions of Three Musketeers and Romeo and Juliet.

 

Louanne Moldovan (Founder/Associate) spent nearly two decades in Los Angeles, where she led theater workshops with psychiatric patients for The Imagination Workshop, worked at 20th Century Fox, and was a member of the prestigious Women’s Writing Project at the Los Angeles Theater Center.  In Portland, Louanne has been Producer and Artistic Director of Cygnet Productions, an acclaimed ‘literary cabaret’ theater company. She won the Oregon Book Award as co-author of a play about the Algonquin Round Table writers.  Louanne has worked for many years as an actress, writer, casting director and talent coach. 

 

Peter West (Associate/Lighting Design) is Miracle’s Resident Lighting Designer. He designed seven seasons of lighting for the groundbreaking modern dance companies Cirque/Portland Dance Theatre and The Company We Keep/PSU Dance. He designed eight seasons for The Jefferson Dancers. For Oregon Ballet Theatre, he lit Equinoxe, Crayola, Rodeo, Mysterious Mountain, Gloria, Schéhérazade and Frauenliebe und Leben. Portland Opera credits include Carmen, Martha, Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, Der Rosenkavalier, Andrea Chénier and Don Pasquale. In the past eight years he lit nearly a dozen productions for Miracle, winning Drammy awards for Barrio Hollywood, Lorca in a Green Dress, Men on the Verge and El Grito del Bronx. He is an adjunct instructor in the theatre departments of PCC and Lewis & Clark College.

 

Andrea White, (Founder/Associate) has dedicated the past 20 years as an actor, theater teacher, and director. She has spent the last ten years performing on many Portland, Oregon stages, including Artist Repertory Theater, where she performed in the shows Nickel and Dimed. Andrea has won two Best Supporting Actress Drammy Awards for her portrayal of ART’s Sophia, in Two Sisters and a Piano, and Theater Vertigo’s Hell Cab. While working with Portland Playhouse, Andrea had the good fortune of performing in three of August Wilson’s works. Her roles included, Mame in Radio Golf, Dussie Mae in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and Black Mary in Gem of the Ocean. Andrea has also been seen on Profile Theater Company’s Stage in productions of Romulus Linney’s A Lesson Before Dying, as Vivian and Wendy Wasserstein’s An American Daughter, as Judith. Andrea is currently teaching in Portland Actor’s Conservatory Adult Studio Program. 

 

Ian Goodrich (Core Associate) is a graduate of Portland State University's Theatre Arts Department and the University Honors Program. Besides Badass Theatre Co, Ian has worked as a dramaturge for, PSU, TASO, The Miracle Theatre, and Quick and Dirty Art Project. He has worked on stage for PSU, TASO, Quick and Dirty Art Project, Blue Stockings, and Working Theatre Collective.

Kylie Clarke Johnson (Founder/Associate) is originally from Crescent City, California. She has been working as an actress in Portland for approximately 3 years now. Kylie has a degree in Theatre Arts from Western Oregon University.  Favorite Performances include: Flora - Boleros for the Disenchanted, Miracle Theatre, Louise - Gypsy, Lakewood Theatre, Christa- Gracie and the Atom (World Premiere) at, Artists Repertory Theatre, and Anita- West Side Story, Western Oregon University. 

 

Badass Theatre Company's inaugural season is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Badass Theatre Company's Season Sponsor is Ronni Lacroute/WillaKenzie Estate. INVASION! is Sponsored by Charlie and Darci Swindells. Badass Theatre Company's Venue Sponsor is Miracle Theatre