I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.
— Thornton Wilder


Artistic director

Jason has been a professional actor, director and teacher for over 20 years. He's worked with numerous theatre companies in Portland such as Jewish Theatre Collaborative, Theatre Vertigo, and Artists Repertory Theatre, and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity. He is represented by Dennis Troutman at (Option Talent) and worked on the T.V. show Leverage as well as various television commercials in addition to his stage work.

Jason has taught students ranging in age from 5-60, and in ability from beginners to professionals, both privately and in large groups. He successfully self-produced shows in Chicago, and also as artistic director of a company he founded in Nashville, Tennessee. Jason earned his Juris Doctor degree when he graduated from law school in 1999, which further aids him in all aspects of production and the business of creating theatre.



Artistic director

Illya was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba to a proud and progressive family of six kids. He attended many theatre schools and honed his talents and passion for acting at the University of Winnipeg. Illya has been performing on stage and screen for local and national audiences since he was 12. He played a reoccurring character on Canadian sci-fi 2030 CE and by the end of his time at the U of W played a very well received Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Most recently, Illya has been performing with StageWorks, Ink in various musical productions, and dancing with TriptheDark Dance Company in their story-based dance productions.

When not wearing an acting hat, Illya runs a successful local construction company, ITG Construction and loves to play music.



Jacklyn maddux

Audience Development

Jacklyn Maddux is an actor, playwright and Certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. As a past member of Third Rail Repertory Theatre, along with acting, she helped with audience development. Prior to moving to Portland, she was producer for Tania Myren’s play Plainsong. This play was site specific and produced at the Empire Mine State Historical Park in Grass Valley, California using the old mining buildings as a backdrop to this adventure in the old West. The play was a new experience for the park and for park visitors. Jacklyn helped develop an audience for both. Audience members said they saw their park differently after the play and now planned to visit more often. Along with audience development, Jacklyn helped to produce her own play, Strange Sightings In The Great Southwest in New York City.  When she moved to Portland, this play was nominated for the Oregon Book Award.