Woman Crush Wednesday: Ellen Fader

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Our next show, Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again., is an in-your-face firebomb of female power. In honor of this explosive new play, we’re featuring extraordinary women each week in our #womancrushwednesday series.  This week, we are honored to celebrate Ellen Fader: extraordinary librarian, patron of the arts, and all-around amazing person!

Ellen with TR Artistic Director Maureen Porter

In the words of a close friend, Ellen “blew into Oregon for a job at the Oregon State Library (OSL) in the spring of 1993. Her first day on the job was the same day as the Scotts Mills earthquake, the “Spring Break Quake”. Oregon hasn’t been the same since.” In her role as Children’s Services Consultation at OSL, Ellen helped to develop excellence in library services for children throughout the state. She went on to serve as the Children’s Services Director for Multnomah County Library, where she led with passion, vision and generosity.

Ellen’s contributions to library services have been recognized at the state and national level. In 2014, she received the Oregon Book Award’s Walt Morey Young Reader’s Literary Legacy award She also recieved a Distinguished Service Award from the Association for Library Service to Children in 2017. In the press release for this award, the Association described Ellen as “the librarian that we all want to grow up to become.”

Outside of her work in library services, Ellen is a strong advocate for equity, the environment and local arts organizations. She is an avid birder, hiker and world traveler. As her friend Barbara puts it, “[s]he’s a whirlwind of enthusiasm, intellect, and thoughtful generosity.”

We are honored to call Ellen part of the Third Rail Family!

Dré Slaman Makes Her Third Rail debut in Men On Boats



We are thrilled to welcome Dré Slaman as Hawkins in Men On Boats, running March 2nd through March 24th, 2018.

Dré earned her MFA in Acting at Northern Illinois University where she studied the Meisner Technique under master teacher Kathryn Gately. She has also studied at the Moscow Art Theatre, the William Esper Acting Studio (NYC) and received her BA in Theatre Arts at University of Pacific. Dré has been most recently been seen in Profile Theatre’s The Happiest Song Plays Last.  A few of Dré’s other Theatre Credits include: Jaffa’s GateThe Stinky Cheese ManNine Parts of Desire, The Arab-Israeli Cookbook, Albee’s Everything in The Garden, DavidEdgar’s Pentecost, and Hair.  Dré’s on-camera credits include GRIMM, MEDIUM, and others. She owns and operates local company Farm to Fit and is on the Board of Directors of the Portland Area Theatre Alliance.



Q & A with Dré Slaman 

TR: What excites you about Men On Boats?
DS: The river, naturally. It’s like the 11th character of the play and its our job to embody it and bring it to life.  That is exciting in and of itself. And I love the idea of telling this story from a different lens, examining what happens to the people and the history when we tell the story from a different perspective. How does this change what we think we know? How does it not change anything at all?  And in the end, are relationships and circumstances all the same regardless of who’s telling it, because, ultimately, we are human? I don’t have the answers, but I know that we are pushing boundaries and I am discovering something new about it every day.  That is thrilling.


TR: What are some of your favorite places to go adventuring in Oregon?
DS: To be honest, I am a little bit of a city rat so my definition of adventuring is hiking through Forest Park! Ha! Just kidding. But moving to the PNW eight years ago has indeed expanded my horizons beyond tall buildings and dense streets. I have enjoyed exploring all that Bend and Mt. Hood have to offer, among others.


TR: What has been the greatest adventure of your life so far?

DS: The dictionary defines adventure as “an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity.” So that would be raising my daughter, Pierce, who is three years old. A close second is owning and operating my company, Farm to Fit. Both have been ventures into the great unknown, equally terrifying and thrilling, unpredictable and exhilarating, with as many joys as struggles. Although, the three-year-old tends to be more hazardous… luckily she’s cute!


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