Instructors

Alec Martinez
Alec Martinez

Alec Martinez is on his final year of his Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree, with Minors in Special Education and Secondary Education (Portland State University). After which he will get an MA in Teaching, and pursue a career teaching music. Alec’s true passion is choral music; he is currently apart of the Internationally acclaimed, and Billboard topping Portland State Chamber Choir.

Alec was very active with acting during the years that led up to college, performing/working with multiple local theaters including Lakewood, Oregon City Children’s Theatre, Rex Putnam High School, New Century Players, Clackamas High School, and others. He recently enjoyed being a part of Michael Curry’s Persephone with the PSU Chamber Choir and the Oregon Symphony.

Alec is very excited to be teaching with Journey again. He loves to see, and be apart of, the journey kids take while on their way to becoming who they want to be.

Amanda Steele
Amanda Steele

Amanda was bitten by the theatre bug early in life, and her experience with Journey began in 2008 in Portland’s Anne of Green Gables. She is trained in dance, music, and drama, and has a longstanding love for combining all three. Amanda has participated in theatre in a variety of capacities: cast, stage/tech crew, directing, and choreographing! Favorite credits include – The Sound of Music (Maria, NCCD), Cinderella (Cinderella, JTAG), and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Lucy, NCCD). She and her husband, Zach, recently moved back to the Portland area, and Amanda could not be more thrilled to be back with the JTAG family!

Annalisa Quarto
Annalisa Quarto

Annalisa Quarto is tremendously excited to teach with Journey once again! A Journey Alumni with past roles such as Mrs. Meers (Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr), Annalisa most recently performed in Journey ‘s summer shows Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. She’s had the privilege of teaching beginning dance and voice for Journey as well as choreographing Journey’s Anne of Green Gables (Vancouver), Cinderella (Portland), and Narnia (East Vancouver).

Annalisa is currently a Junior of Thomas Edison State University where she is earning her BA in Music. She’s been trained vocally since the age of eight through the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) based in London, England. Other notable credentials include multiple vocal competitions, choral performances and competitions with the Clark College Women’s Chorale Ensemble, and various performances at the Clark County Fair, recitals, weddings, and other events.  Annalisa has also been trained in classical ballet through the Joy of Dance School of the Arts, tap, musical theater, and jazz as well as partner dances like swing and ballroom!

Apart from Journey, Annalisa loves volunteering at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site’s many events as a teacher and living-history-interpreter. She can also be credited for co-developing and writing scripts for the Fort’s winter program called the Lantern Tours where she has been writing, directing, and developing historically accurate plays since 2013. Annalisa is extremely excited to share her love of the theater to students and to be part of the Journey Family!

Bailey Jackson
Bailey Jackson

Bailey Jackson is an aspiring choir teacher, musician, and recent Journey graduate. You may have seen Bailey as Sebastian in The Little Mermaid Jr. or Ida in Honk! (Portland area). She was also part of the chorus in The Music Man (Clackamas Repertory Theater) during Summer 2016. Bailey has been a voice teacher for Journey summer camps and classes. In addition to teaching, Bailey enjoys studying voice and playing her many instruments. She will attend George Fox University to study Music Education as the graduating class of 2021.

Benjamin Tissell
Benjamin Tissell

Benjamin Tissell is a Portland-based actor and musician. Recent Portland credits include Harold in “Fly By Night” (Broadway Rose), Alf in “Peter and the Starcatcher” (Portland Playhouse), Ramsay Crooks in “Astoria” (Portland Center Stage), Jim/Morris in “The Angry Brigade” (Third Rail Repertory), Algernon in “The Importance of Being Earnest” (Valley Repertory), Jesus in “Godspell” (Lakewood Theatre), among many others. In addition to acting, Ben directs and writes for the stage at various companies and is a resident teaching artist at Clackamas High School. Apart from theatre, Ben performs around the region as a singer-songwriter. His original music, full list of credits and upcoming performances can all be found at BenjaminTissell.com.

Bethany-LarsonBethany Larson has been honored to work for our organization since the beginning. She has enjoyed wearing many different hats over the years including Area Coordinator, Summer Camp Manager, Area Director, Marketing Director, Teacher and TREK Coordinator. Her B.S. in Business Administration (Warner Pacific College; go Knights!), along with her experience as a pre-school director, drama ministry director, youth ministry volunteer and children’s ministry director, has equipped her to work with our parents, kids and staff.

Bethany has been married to Allen (Journey Improv Teacher and Coach) since 1988. All three of their kids, Levi, Brenna and Maggie have enjoyed being a part of camps, classes, shows and Improv Teams. Levi is currently one of Journey’s teachers.Bethany’s favorite part of JTAG is that the whole family can participate to bring a show to the stage and she treasures the friendships she has made along the way.

BrandiSiem
BrandiSiem

Brandi started performing on stage at 2 years old as a majorette flag twirler. That love of twirling eventually transferred into dancing and singing in many productions in Brandi’s hometown of Redding, CA. Brandi focused on hip hop, jazz, and singing from ages 4 to 18. Brandi also highlighted in her high school’s production of Club Cougar, a 1940’s style night club musical theater production. After high school, Brandi moved to Norman, OK where she completed a bachelor’s degree in Communication and a master’s degree in Human Relations. Brandi has been teaching Journey courses since Fall 2016 and loves instilling her devotion of being on stage to local youth. She can’t wait to see all of our students on stage in Journey productions!

Cambria Griffith
Cambria Griffith

Cambria has trained in hip-hop and tap at Groove Nation since she was very young and now teaches tap classes. She has also studied contemporary and ballet.   Dance has always been her passion and she loves to share with others.

Charlotte Lindley
Charlotte Lindley

Charlotte Lindley joined Journey Beaverton as a summer camp student in 2010. Little did she know her life would be changed forever! Before joining Journey, she was the shy quiet girl who never talked to anyone. After just one week at camp, she was already more outgoing and confident. From there, she dove head first into four full years of performing with Journey Beaverton. After graduating, she quickly joined the artistic team and teaching staffs and has been living the dream ever since. Some of Charlotte’s choreography credits include The Fiddler on the Roof JrJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Guys and Dolls Jr. Charlotte loves teaching the foundations of dance to new students and helping them start their journey in this wonderful, life-changing program!

Cheri Hogan
Cheri Hogan

Cheri Hogan was first introduced to drama in the 7th grade. It was there that she realized that the theater arts were the place she fit in.  A school librarian took her aside and helped her practice an audition song for the high school play Oliver. This beginning landed her parts in over 30 school and community theater shows. Her favorites being Westside Story, Mousetrap and Taming of the Shrew. She always wanted to really use her gifts for the Lord and he responded to that request thru Children’s Ministry work at her church. Volunteer work there has given her over 20 years of training in various areas including puppets, skits, teaching, worship, VBS, Sunday school, plays and children’s musicals. It has recently been a joy for her to participate In Journey’s adult musicals. She is thankful to Journey for giving her kids a Godly place to fit in and loves teaching kids just like her favorite librarian did for her years ago.

C.J. Butenschoen
C.J. Butenschoen

C.J. loves theater.  He started out at a young age, and has never stopped, having been a part of over 50 productions in all types of roles from directing to ushering and everything in between.  He has been a proud part of the Journey Theater family for the last 3 years running classes and summer camps.  He has a beautiful wife and adorable daughter, who both bring him great joy.  Jesus Christ is the center of C.J.’s life, and he lives to serve him and bring him glory.

Cole Peterson
Cole Peterson

Cole is a Journey student that has been in the company for 7 years. Some of his favorite roles with Journey have been Fagin in Oliver, Cosmo in Singing in the Rain, and Horton in Seussical. Aside doing from shows, Cole has been a part of improv ever since he was old enough to join. He has been on 6 improv teams, 2 of which won Improv Invasion, and hopes to coach teams for Journey in the future. Cole also has a love for working with puppets, and has incorporated them into many projects he’s worked on at school and in theatre. Cole feels blessed to be teaching for Journey and hopes to give back to the community that made him what he is today.

David Bareford
David Bareford

David Bareford got his theatrical training at Northwestern College of Iowa and the American Conservatory Theatre Academy in San Francisco. After college, he began working as an actor but shortly after moving to Chicago, he transitioned to using his stage combat skills to design fight choreography and violence for theatre. Twenty-five years later, he has designed close to 250 productions, including eight for Journey, and has taught stage combat workshops and classes for all ages. He originally hails from California, but has called Woodland, Washington home since 2012.

Evan Aldrete
Evan Aldrete

Evan is no stranger to the stage. He spent about 7 years performing/ directing across the country with the Continental Singers and the Jeremiah people. At the home front he studied vocal performance, both classical and Jazz. He also occupied his time with a spattering of shows here and there. He has since settled down to raise 5 kids and to open his own coffee business with his Wife and Friend (Insomnia Coffee). He is thrilled to be a part of the JTAG family and help young actors learn to use their voices and gifts for God’s glory.

Grace Thompson
Grace Thompson

Grace is beyond thrilled to be teaching for Journey!  During the summer of 2016, she had the wonderful privilege of performing in the dance ensemble of Journey’s production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Since then she has taught tap for Journey in Portland and choreographed Journey’s Music Man Jr and Shrek the Musical Jr in East Vancouver. Grace graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from Indiana University, but her favorite part of college was taking tap most every semester with the incomparable Sherilyn Nott Foley! Aside from Gene Kelly films, Grace enjoys The Lawrence Welk Show and songs from the Great American Songbook.

Hayley Stonehouse
Hayley Stonehouse

Hayley is a dancer based out of Vancouver, WA. She began dancing as a toddler at two years old, and as she grew older, she understood her passion for the performing and non-performing arts. She attended the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics for five years, training rigorously in modern dance,studying theater, performing in musicals, and taking master classes with many world-renowned artists. After traveling to and performing on the East Coast with her school dance troupe for a student choreography competition and showcase, she realized her love of teaching and choreographing. She began her journey as a dance instructor at the age of twelve, and has taught with Riverside Performing Arts, Kara’s Dance Studio, Journey Theater, and regularly teaches workshops around the Vancouver-Portland area. She continues her education by taking classes of all different styles and levels to push herself further in order to constantly evolve in her craft. She specializes in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, and Contemporary, but has experience in many other genres. In her free time, Hayley enjoys writing, dancing, exploring the outdoors, and relaxing at the beach.

Holly Counts
Holly Counts

Holly Counts loves to share her passion for the performing arts through teaching. She has worked for Journey since 2011 as a director, music director, and class instructor, most recently directing Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Fiddler on the Roof Jr., in Beaverton. Holly also keeps a busy studio in Hillsboro, teaching voice and piano. Previously, Holly worked as a middle school choral director and has been an instructor at Portland State University. She holds a Master of Music degree in Voice from PSU and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Music Education from Washington State University. She is an active local member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Music Teachers National Association. Holly has performed locally with Journey Summer Theater, Mocks Crest Productions, Portland Summerfest Opera, and Portland State University Opera.

James Hurst
James Hurst

James Hurst has been a student in Journey Theater Arts Group for a great number of years. He has studied Improv for the past three years and loved every moment of it. In addition to modern improv, he has studied physical theater and commedia dell’arte, the ancient Italian style of long form improv, at The Vancouver School of Arts and Academics. James is excited  to transfer his knowledge and skills to Journey Theater students!

Jason Rogers
Jason Rogers

Ever since Schoolhouse Rock Live, Jr. in 2014, Jason has been a fan of Journey and overjoyed to be a part of some amazing productions. He has used his set building and technical theater skills in shows including Shrek the Musical, Mary Poppins, and Oliver! Joining the Journey staff in fall of 2016, Jason is honored to look after the fabulous inventory of set pieces at the Journey warehouse and help keep Journey’s magic on stage season after season. A recent graduate of WSU Vancouver’s College of Business, he is also a lifelong musician, and a guitarist since the age of ten. He has four younger siblings currently in JTAG and looks forward to many more years with the Journey family.

Jeanna Reed
Jeanna Reed

Jeanna Reed has over 20 years of experience as a dance instructor and choreographer.  Dance and theater are a great source of blessing and joy in her life.  Jeanna has a teaching degree from Whitworth University and taught first grade and middle school before becoming a mom and going back to the great joy of dancing! She has enjoyed choreographing for many of Journey’s youth productions over the past 5 years, including her most recent, “Singin’ in the Rain.”  You may have also seen her choreography in Journey’s past Summer Community productions of “Mary Poppins” and “Shrek,” in which she also performed. One of her greatest thrills was performing in the opening dance for The New York Radio City Rockettes.  Jeanna has been in a number of theater and dance productions, and has choreographed for a variety of companies ranging from youth programs to adult professional theater.  Jeanna has 4 sons and a husband that she adores. When she has time, she teaches dance for theater companies, studios, as well as her own classes and workshops. She is excited to see what God is going to do this year!

IMG_6139Jemme has been involved in Journey Theater since the interest meeting Bethany led in 2002.  She performed as Lucy in Journey’s very first show, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and continued to perform in shows, tour groups and as the first co-president of “TREK”.  She taught classes, aided at summer camps, assisted tour groups and shows until she left for college at San Diego Christian.  After college, she moved to Twin Falls, Idaho, married her husband Joshua in 2010, and stayed involved in theater directing youth shows and performing in community shows.  Following their hearts back to the Pacific Northwest in 2016, Jemme could not be more blessed and honored to be working alongside the people and company that started it all and means so much to her.

Journey Theater has been a place for her to grow in confidence, in the Lord, and make lifelong “family” relationships.  She is excited to be back “home”, and play a part of creating that safe place for growth, excellence and fun for all the Journey families!

Kendrick Martin
Kendrick Martin

Kendrick started teaching Improv in Kansas City Missouri in 2008 after spending several years of high school performing it. He has taught many more classes, both in KC, and in Portland. He also coached several improv teams to national championships, winning first place 2 years in a row. Outside of Improv he spends his time cooking, cycling, and camping.

Kristi Foster
Kristi Foster

While serving as Journey’s Executive Artistic Director, Kristi has maintained a private voice studio and has continued to be involved as a theater teacher and artistic director in multiple Journey areas.  Her background and training in music education (BM in Vocal Performance – Biola University, MA in Teaching – Pacific University) was the avenue by which she got her start in musical theater 20 years ago.  It’s her commitment to students, the joy in seeing their growth, and the creative ways that she can teach life and lessons about faith that keep her continuing to pursue teaching opportunities amidst her busy administrative schedule. Regional acting credits include: Footloose (JST), Into The Woods (Lakewood), Honk! (NWCT), Beauty & the Beast (NWCT). In her “free time” (ha!), Kristi enjoys CrossFit, Netflix, going to see live theater, and spending time with her family.

Larissa Cohoe
Larissa Cohoe

Larissa’s earliest experience with Journey was in their first Portland production, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown in 2007.  From that moment on, she was hooked on both musical theater and the Journey program.  From 2007-2013, Larissa performed in fifteen musicals, served on crew for three, competed nationally with Journey’s improv teams, worked as a summer camp counselor and teacher, and participated with TREK, serving as the student president for the Portland location.  She studied piano with her wonderfully supportive Journey mom, Sara, and she studied voice with Kristi Foster, who encouraged and supported her in becoming a voice teacher.

After graduating high school in 2013, Larissa attended New Hope Christian College in Eugene where she studied ministry leadership and creative arts.  Larissa continued her vocal studies and grew in her skills and experience by serving as the vocal director for the school’s worship band as well as participating on the drama team and performing in musicals.  Though she loved being in Eugene, Larissa spent her time counting down the days until she could return to Portland and the wonderful Journey family.

Linda Quinn
Linda Quinn

Linda Quinn is very excited to be working with Journey Theater, teaching vocal classes and music directing.  She grew up playing piano, violin, clarinet, guitar and singing.  Her Mom taught her the love of music and musical theater.  LInda got her BA in Vocal Music Performance and Music Education.  She also received her credential to teach music K-12 and has taken another year’s worth of master classes in music.  She also took the graduate certificate of Bible at Multnomah Bible University. She has studied voice many years after graduation because of her love of singing and performing.  She started at Los Gatos Christian Church as a music director working with musicals, adult, college, high school, and elementary choirs.  It really helped her to solidify her skills and love of ministry.   Since then she has been a minister’s wife for 17 years, directed more choirs in the churches she worked at and attended, taught in Christian Schools for many year and put together many musicals.  She has worked with several music theater companies in the area both teaching and performing.  She loves being able to use those skills in a Christian theater company.  She is also loves teaching private voice and piano.

Lindsey Doak
Lindsey Doak

Lindsey is a Journey alumni who has been dancing since she was four years old. She began learning tap and jazz at Vancouver Dance Academy, and then learned a variety of other dance styles including musical theater, swing, and hip-hop through Journey Theater. She was a student with Journey Theater from 2010-2016 and began teaching dance during her last session as a student. Dance is one of her biggest passions; she’s so thankful for the opportunity to do what she loves.

Melissa Bareford
Melissa Bareford

Melissa has been teaching acting with JTAG since 2013. She is a transplant from Chicago where she worked in the professional theatre there for over 12 years.  She holds a  B.A., M.A., and Ph.D in theatre. She has extensive acting and directing credits in collegiate, professional, and church settings, and directed JTAG’s Narnia in 2016.

Micah McIlvain
Micah McIlvain

Micah is a Northwest native who enjoys spending with time his wife and 4 young kids exploring the outdoors and the arts.

Micah earned his degree in Music and Theology from Multnomah University.

Micah enjoys teaching classes for Journey and being a part of the artistic team for shows because he has seen the benefits of having a community where creative and “out of the box” kids can grow and thrive.

Michael Williams
Michael Williams

Michael is a Journey Theater alum who has been improvising for 7 years. He is thrilled to be teaching back where he got his first taste of acting and theater. He was on the improv team at journey for five years, and also has studied improv in Chicago. He is excited and eager to share his love of the art with others!

Nicholas Chrisman
Nicholas Chrisman

Nicholas Chrisman is one of the young, up and coming creative artists in the dance world. Having trained in the art of freestyle and street dance, while also getting training in the studio setting, Nick’s versatility for multiple styles make him unpredictable. Although he takes his training seriously, he also stresses how important having the passion for dance is and knows that with passion comes drive and hard work. Nick’s credentials include winning solo category first place in multiple competitions, dance battles, and taking part in multiple World of Dance competitions.

Rhonda Ward
Rhonda Ward

Rhonda Ward has been a part of Journey since its first summer camp in 2002. Since then she has taught numerous classes, directed, and choreographed shows including Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Pirates of Penzance. Rhonda started dancing when she was 9 years old and has been teaching for the last 17 years. She holds a dance teaching certificate with the Cecchetti Council of America. One of Rhonda’s favorite things about teaching is seeing kids accomplish things they didn’t think they could do.

Rhonda is also a homeschooling mom of 2, who loves to clean and bake. She is excited to continue to be a part of Journey, and can’t wait to see how all the students grow in their skills, friendships, and walks with God.
Sara Alexander
Sara Alexander

Sara Alexander has been involved with Journey since joining as a student in 2002. Being involved in shows, classes, and camps was a huge part of her middle school and high school years, and she considers Journey to be very influential in giving her confidence, passion for theater, and lifelong friends. While studying at George Fox University, Sara continued to pursue theatre, both onstage and behind the scenes. Sara graduated from George Fox University in 2012 with a degree in Elementary Education and minors in Theatre and Psychology. Sara currently teaches 5th grade in the Parkrose District and feels so blessed to be able to be, once again, working with Journey – this time as a teacher. Sara lives in Beaverton, Oregon with her husband and is currently pursuing her masters degree through Western Oregon University.

Shanae Tullis
Shanae Tullis

Shanae Tullis started performing on stage at age 5 in a production of Pinocchio and knew that she was born to be in the theatre! She has an AA in both Theatre Arts and Technical Theatre and a BA in Theatre with an emphasis in Directing and a minor in Music. Before teaching at Journey, Shanae taught musical theatre at Harmonia School of Performing Arts in Washington, DC as well as private voice lessons and pre-k and elementary level music classes. Shanae continues to perform whenever her schedule allows, including recent performances in Les Miserables as a featured ensemble member and in Mary Poppins as Mrs. Correy. In addition, she frequently performs and directs music for her church.

When off the stage, Shanae chases her four adorable children around, enjoys swimming, loves to read, occasionally is crafty, and is known to obsess over R2D2, Wonder Woman, Harry Potter, and crazy socks. She is eternally grateful to her loving and supportive husband and for the love, guidance, and grace of God in her life!
Sia Marshall
Sia Marshall

Sia Marshall has always loved to perform and create. She was a theater kid in high school, during college she minored in Film and was part of a Christian group that performed improv, created original dramatic works and large scale comedic variety shows. Many years and a move to Portland later, Sia took an improv class as a way to meet people. She began at Comedy Sportz, then studied long-form improv at Curious Comedy, where she is now a member of a House Team that performs regularly. When Sia isn’t performing or teaching for Journey, she loves to cook, bake and enjoy nature with her dog.

Tiffany Rousseau
Tiffany Rousseau

Tiffany Rousseau is a Portland-based actor, singer, and writer. This summer, she worked on “Midsummer Night’s Dream” as Hermia with Outer East Arthouse. Before that, she performed in two one acts with the Spring One Act Festival and in the winter played Anne in Christmas At The Juniper Tavern, both with Valley Repertory Theater. This fall, she will be a member of the Emerging Artist Program at Bag and Baggage Theater Company and is excited to return to Journey as an instructor. Tiffany graduated from George Fox University with a BA in Theater. Outside the theater, she is working on writing a full-length play, goes for long walks through the streets of Portland, and enjoys hiking, dabbling in Photography, and searching for the perfect chai latte.

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