Purpose:

"Our Theatre. Our Stories."

With excellent quality, we purposefully serve the Portland Metropolitan area and Pacific NW engaging and challenging theatre through the exceptionally unique Black perspective.

 

 

           Establishing Confrontation 

Confrontation Theatre was founded in 2016 by La’ Tevin Alexander Ellis. Beginning as only a virtual project for his Theatre Management course at Florida A&M University. La’ Tevin finished up his undergraduate degree then made his move to Portland, OR as an Acting

Apprentice with the Portland Playhouse. It was there that Mr. Ellis saw first-hand how a young SPT is operated, managed, and sustained. It was also during this time that he noticed a lack of theatre for artists of African descendant. After completing his apprenticeship, the dream to have

a company which will support and attract artists of African descendant became pressing. And so, in the spring of 2016 Confrontation Theatre debuted its first production then finished off the year in the fall. Confrontation may only be just starting but it began with a BANG and plans to be here to stay for a very long time.

 

Our Mission

 

Confrontation Theatre’s mission is to provoke all-inclusive audiences through excellent,

affordable theatre as we confront the unique experiences and perspective of the Black diaspora

by focusing on and supporting works by artists of African descent.

 

 

 

                      Objectives

  • Engage an all-inclusive audience in hopes that they have an understanding of underrepresented cultures with remarkable artistic excellence and care
  • Expose Black youth to theatre early in their development
  • Increase the number of audiences within the Black diaspora
  •  Support and nurture artists of African descent
  • Build community support and participation via communal-based events and activities

 

   Filling the Void in Portland, OR

With a slew of theatre companies in the Portland metropolitan area, it’s easy to assume there is an adequate proportion of diversity within this vibrant arts hub. Although there are dozens of companies here, only THREE were founded and/or managed by Afro-Americans, Blacks or Africans. With this reality, it’s imperative another company founded and managed by Black women and men gives rise to not only entertain, confront and enlighten audiences but also create more opportunities for Black artists to display and develop their share and share their authentic stories unapologetically.

Our Team

La'Tevin Alexander

Artistic Director

A native of Perry, FL, La' Tevin Alexander began his life in theatre from a very early age but diverted from the arts during most of his upbringing and focused more on sports. However, the acting bug caught him during the 12th grade and it has been with him ever since. After graduating from high school he enrolled at Florida A&M University to study Theatre. From that point on he was excelled in many aspects of theatre such as: directing, stage management, playwriting, and of course acting. La' Tevin is the founder and Artistic Director of Confrontation Theatre, and has directed productions of The Dutchman & The Every 28 Hours Plays. He has also been involved other theatres such as Portland Playhouse, August Wilson Red Door Project, Profile Theatre, and Sojourn Theatre. Mr. Alexander brings a fierce and passionate commitment to uplifting and engaging oppressed communities through the arts.

 

Andrea Whittle

Managing Director

Andrea V. Whittle serves as Managing Director of Confrontation Theatre. She's from Miami, FL and an alumna of Florida A&M University where she received her Bachelors of Arts in Theatre performance She has been living and acting in Portland for a year now. She is also a former Portland Playhouse Apprentice. She was last seen in A Civil War Christmas at Artists Repertory Theatre, The Every 28 Hours Plays with Confrontation Theatre, Profile Theatre in Antigone Project, and at Portland Playhouse in Peter and the Starcatcher. She is proud to serve as Managing Director of the new up and coming Confrontation Theatre. She feels extremely blessed to be able to use her gift to give a voice to the voiceless and to be breaking barriers as a black artist in Portland.
 

Tamera Lynn

Media Director

Tamera Lynn (Born September 15, 1994), is an American actress, director, filmmaker, and writer. She was born in Atlanta, GA to Tama Trammell, middle school counselor, and Lionel Woodyard, Atlanta Chauffeur. Although she has always had a divine pull toward entertainment (film/theatre), Lynn did not get her start until she attended college at Florida A & M University, to study Theatre Performance. There she was introduced to the many facets offered in theatrical performances. After heading as ASM for Wrestling With Angels, during her freshman year, she went on to Stage Manager Life is Absurd, a three play production. Lynn then served as Assistant Director to Detroit '67 her final year at FAMU. Tamera grew a stronger interest in directing after taking the required, Fundamentals of Play Directing, course. Lynn has begun to write her own short films, and plans to have them up in production in the coming months. Sunflower Productions. Tamera Lynn made a grand move from Atlanta to join the Portland Playhouse apprentice company. There she serves as the Directing/Acting apprentice for the 2016-2017 season. Tamera is grateful to be apart of Confrontation Theatre & is ready to take the city of Portland by storm with Black infused art.

                                   Tamera Lynn. Artist. Sunflower.

Phil Johnson 

Technical Director

Phillip Johnson is a working artist in the Portland Metro area who likes to express in as many art forms as possible. In undergrad, he studied acting and has been lucky enough to work on Grimm and several other film projects in the last couple years. Phillip considers himself a neo-expressionist and surrealist who focuses on the realities of the human condition especially as it relates to myself as an African American. His first series “Visual Poetry”  focused on technology and its effects on human expression. Sound Reality is a concept art project that uses three-dimensional landscapes as a method of creating virtual reality. Every "Sonic Reality" is carefully constructed to tell a particular story. His hope is to continue to experiment with the use of sound to create 3d worlds that can be used for games, apps, and podcasts. He currently works as a theatrical sound designer and has been blessed to collaborate and design some amazing shows including The Humans and An Octoroon (Artist Repertory Theatre), Hands up (Red Door Project), The Antigone Project (Profile Theater) and Contigo Pan y Cebolla (Milagro)  since moving here in 2014. He has also done Several Sound and light Installation pieces including his Portland artist debut, “Electric Hell”, for the Cascade High grand opening party. It is his honor and privilege to be able to share his work with the Portland community and hope for many more displays and collaborations to come. If you would like to get to know a little more about what he does or want to get in touch about an upcoming project feel free to contact me Philjohnsondesignstheworld.com

Alagia Felix

Outreach Director

Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Alagia's theater career began in academics and has flourished in community based theaters. After graduating cum laude from SUNY Oswego with a BA in Theater (Acting/Directing Track), she has bounced around theaters fulfilling roles as actress, director, and stage & production manager for varying companies for shows such as Annie Get Your Gun, The Piano Lessons, Grease, A Raisin in the Sun, Embrace! A Choreodrama, The Gospel of Lovingkindness, Sibling Rivalry, and The Contract. Alagia practices theater as an ancestral duty of storytelling. She plans to further this transformative art into master study of Drama Therapy specifically for the African Diaspora and under served communities of color. Community outreach with a strong focus on youth development & engagement is her passion.

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