Instructors

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.

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.

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 1 year old 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.

C.J. is looking forward to serving his 3rd year as Shakespeare camp director.  We will have fun continuing the history of doing “The Bard” thing, Journey style!
Grace Thompson
Grace Thompson

Grace is beyond thrilled to be teaching tap this summer! Last summer 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. She hopes you’ll join her for a super happy tappy time this summer! Let your little light shine!

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.

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.  She is excited to return to Shakespeare Camp this summer to direct Much Ado About Nothing.

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 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 be working on summer camps again this year and can’t wait to see how all the students grow in their skills, friendships, and walk with God.

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.

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