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Jo Strom Lane (Artistic Director and Theatre Teacher) BFA in theatre education from Univ. of AZ and MA in Theatre Production from Central WA Univ., teaches Theatre Arts at Roosevelt High School. Formerly the Artistic Director for Fourteenth Avenue Players at Winterhaven School, Lane also previously taught in Tucson, AZ where she co-founded Opening Act Theatre Company as a summer theatre training program for young adults. She brought OATC to Portland and ran the summer program successfully for 10 years before transitioning it to Roosevelt as its resident production company where she also serves as the Artistic Director. Lane has worked in several community theatres across AZ in acting, directing, and technical theatre. Lane toured the U.S. and Canada as an actor and stagehand. She has taught theatre arts grades K-college. Lane is also published nationally in theatre education and has conducted theatre workshops for OTEA (President 2009-2011), EdTA, and ITS. She is the recipient of the OnPoint Prize for Education Circle of Excellence (Top 10 Educator 2010) and the Melba Day Sparks Henning "Hall of Fame" Award (Oregon Thespians 2014).

Derek Lane (Volunteer Technical Director) former Assoc. Prof. at Central WA Univ., teaches courses in design, production, and general theatre studies at Humboldt State University. He holds a BA in Performance from Seattle Pacific Univ., and both an MA in Directing (Child Drama) and an MFA in Theatre Design and Technology from San Diego State Univ. and MAT from WOU. Lane has received over 20 meritorious Design Awards from the Kennedy Center/ American College Theatre Festival. Lane also has designed for regional and national television programs. He has worked professionally as an actor, voice actor, director, and playwright.

Leah Robinson Phillips (Volunteer Musical Director) Leah has been singing as long as she can remember. She started performing at the age of 8. Her background includes solo and choral work as well as musical theatre. She was a member of the All-South Jersey, New Jersey All-State and All Eastern choruses while in high school. She was an active member of the Showstoppers, her high school musical theatre group, playing the title role in “Annie” and Mabel in “Pirates of Penzance”. She studied Vocal Performance at Brigham Young University and sang with the BYU University Chorale. She has sung with various choirs in the Portland area over the last 20 years and appeared as Aunt Eller in Roosevelt’s 2008 production of “Oklahoma”. Her voice teachers include Ann Greenfield, who performed with the Metropolitan Opera, and Portland area instructor Joan Neff. She loves show tunes, madrigals and anything sung in Latin. She currently sings with the University of Portland Choral Union and Portland Mormon Choir as a first soprano. She volunteers to provide Roosevelt theatre students vocal coaching during the year and serves as the resident Musical Director.

Karen Bonelli Sanquist (Volunteer Costume Seamstress) has been sewing for 25 years. She's an alumni of RHS and has sewn costumes for Roosevelt's OATC productions, such as The Wizard of Oz, Hairspray, and Grease. She serves as the resident Costume Seamstress.

Roosevelt High School ǀ 6941 N. Central St., Portland Oregon, 97203
Lobby Entrance is located off of N. Ida St. & N. Sky Ave.


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