ARtistic director (they/them)
Avery Kester is a Playwright, Performer, and founding member of Theatre Viscera. They are dedicated to the telling of stories that are often silenced, using theatre and creative writing as mediums to tell the stories of people without a voice. They received their Bachelor’s of Arts in Applied Theatre and Sociology from Pacific University in 2018. Currently they are studying for their Master’s of Fine Arts in Playwriting at the University of Nebraska Omaha.
While at Pacific University, Avery was a part of a devised theatre project: Much Ado About Gender under Portland area artist Jacob Coleman. They have acted in, designed for, or directed over 40 shows, and participated in several devised theatre projects. As a writer, they have had several short plays published in magazines such as Sand Hills Literary Magazine and The Paragon Press - Magnolia and Vine. They have also had short nonfiction pieces published as well as poetry in publications including: 30 North, HCE Review, and Bellwether Review.
managing director (they/them)
Jenna Cady is a Playwright, designer, and Applied Theatre artist currently studying at Pacific University. One of the co-founders of Theatre Viscera, Jenna is committed to the telling of queer stories and to building a community of queer artists. They believe that art, and moreover theatre art, is the first step on the road of activism towards real and lasting social change.
They have worked as a Light Designer, Stage Manager, and Director during their time at Pacific University. Jenna is also the technical director for From The Ground UP’s 2019 season. Last season, Jenna wrote, performed, and designed their original play Carriage For All as a part of the company’s Young Women’s Residency.
They also trained as a musician for many years and are committed to the development of new and interesting inter-disciplinary work.
community outreach COORDINATOR (they/them)
Jojo Miller is an Applied Theatre artist and activist, they are a co-founder of Theatre Viscera. They graduated from Pacific University in 2018 with their Bachelor’s of Arts in Applied Theatre and Sociology. During their time there, Jojo trained as a performer, playwright, and devised theatre artist. They are committed to the development of theatre as a catalyst for social change, and the breaking down of classist and ableist barriers that prevent people from being able to participate in theatre productions in our society.
Currently, Jojo is a SARC advocate and will direct Theatre Viscera’s production of Ride It Out in the summer of 2019.
executive producer (she/her)
Lyla Meadows is a long time student of technology and the arts, she is currently studying to be an electrical engineer at Chemeketa Community College. Throughout her high school career, as well as in previous college experiences, she has studied theatre and music. She is most excited about exploring the intersection of technology and theatre, and the exploration of the ways in which theatre arts can challenge existing notions in society.
She became involved in Theatre Viscera in November of 2018 and was enticed and excited by the commitment in the sharing of queer stories and the development of a community of queer artists.
stage manager (she/her)
Sarah Neely is a playwright, designer, director, and Applied Theatre artist currently studying at Pacific University. Sarah is dedicated to advocating for groups of people who have been marginalized and pushed aside by society.
She has worked as a Light Designer, Sound Designer, Director, Stage Manager, and actor during her time at Pacific University. Currently, she is looking forward to graduating before going on to Veterinary School.