Salem’s Vibrant Theater Community
Friday, December 13, 2019
11:30 am lunch, Noon program
Willamette Heritage Center
It’s clear that Salem-Keizer and the mid-Willamette Valley have a growing and increasingly diverse live theater scene. In our mid-valley area, most colleges and high schools have an active theater program. Add our local community theaters and summer work-shops and you have a large number of people bringing stories to life for audiences, who gladly give time and money to see and hear them.
Based on the recent City Club member survey, we know that most of our respondents attend live theater both within and outside the mid-Willamette Valley; this includes Ashland, Eugene and Portland, and for some folks, in other states.
On December 13, four Salem theater veterans will join us to explore and identify this vibrant theater community. We expect this program will be of great interest to all attendees, what-ever their prior live theater experience has been.
Ed Schoaps — Moderator
Ed co-hosts the Theatre Talk radio program on KMUZ Community Radio for the mid-Willamette Valley. Since 1976, Ed has appeared onstage in more than 40 dramas, comedies and musicals at the Pentacle, Verona Studio, Gallery, and Elsinore theaters, and has directed or assistant directed 10 stage productions. He is currently in rehearsal as Hercule Poirot in Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, opening Jan 17 at Pentacle Theatre.
Jay Gipson-King — Chemeketa Community College
Jay currently leads the theatre program at CCC and teaches at Tokyo International University of America, located on the Willamette University campus. With a doctorate in theatre studies, he has directed 12 productions in educational and community theatre, and has performed as a playwright, actor, dramaturg, critic and improviser. Jay is the founder of the Salem Theatre Network.
Lisa Joyce — Pentacle Theatre
Pentacle Theatre’s Executive Director since 2015, Lisa Joyce has been involved with the Pentacle Theatre for more than 30 years. Prior to 2015, she held a number of high-level communication and legislative relations management positions for the state of Oregon. She holds a Certificate in Public Management from the Willamette University Atkinson School of Management. She believes that Pentacle Theatre thrives because it is a strong community of diverse voices, gifts and passions.
Vincenzo Meduri — Enlightened Theatrics
A Salem native and alumnus of Sprague High School, Vincenzo earned a BFA in Musical Theatre from Elon University in 2017. Then he worked on Broadway as the producing assistant for A Night with Janis Joplin. With a love for directing and teaching, Vincenzo returned home to found Enlightened Theatrics, dedicated to instilling hope, education and inspiration in generations to come. He is vice president of the Salem Theatre Network, a board member of Liberty House, and works closely with the Salem Main Street Association.