Mentees

The 2019-2020 Mentorship Company

Lauren Allison
Lauren Allison
“I believe ‘important storytelling’ involves presenting topical and thought-provoking ideas, particularly stories from minority populations. I also believe it means presenting an escape for audience members, whether that be through a happy musical or a silly comedy that they can sit back and enjoy. I would like to see a balance of these genres in my future work.”
Malavika Arun
Malavika Arun
“I have explored various fields within theatre from stage management to directing to acting and finally designing. This gives me the ability to speak the language of these various specialties in theatre and apply what I have learned from one experience to the other. I grew up in India and around very different forms of art and culture that has given me a different perspective when approaching stories and how they are told. I’m also very interested in social justice issues and exploring them through art.”
Kushi Beauchamp
Kushi Beauchamp
“I move with flexibility through our ever-changing Portland community and the chaos of our larger political community to bring work forward that is relevant, provocative, and catalyzing. A large amount of my focus goes towards raising up the next generation and making space for the voices of the underrepresented…I am an actor with a love of devising, and am eager to spend more time developing as a writer and producer this year. I am dedicated to this work, and am always looking for an opportunity to say yes and jump into something new.”
Garrett Brown
Garrett Brown

“Theatre is a team that lives or dies by how well people work together. I want to be a part of a team that values cooperation, a group that teaches that theatre is for everyone, not just an elite few…Every day is an opportunity for me to learn something new, and an opportunity to give back to the world. I believe that it is advantageous to work with a team that provides feedback and wants to encourage each other to succeed.”
Holly Popkin
Holly Popkin
“In recent years I’ve been thinking a lot about creating a theatre company for people who struggle with Anxiety/Panic disorders…My aim would be to create a space that’s focused on understanding more about how we can help ourselves and others in those situations. I believe theatre is an excellent communicator, so I’d love to use it to help people understand why these feelings happen and allow people to come away feeling victorious for achieving something maybe they didn’t think they could.”
David Remple
David Remple

“I have always been a strong believer in the power of storytelling. I love to act but acting is just one of the many tools required to tell a good story. [Being a Third Rail Mentee] would allow me to strengthen my passion of the arts through all the many aspects of theatre.”
Roan Shea
Roan Shea
“I am hungry for an artistic community in Portland, and I want Third Rail to be part of that. I have seen countless productions at Third Rail including all the shows in the 2017/2018 season when I was a Third Rail sponsored student, and I have consistently been moved by the work done here.”

Hannah Strawn


Hannah Strawn
“I hope that in five years I will be creating art that serves my community, not just myself, and responds boldly to the social climate within which we live…I believe theatre should be thought-provoking and challenging for both audiences and artists alike and should be accessible for all to experience.”

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