You are invited to join us to celebrate Oregon’s finest Talent in film, television, and media production.

The 2017 OMPA Annual Actor Awards, Presented by the Alliance of Professional Performers-NW

March 20, 2017
Doors at 6:00pm / Program at 7:00pm
The Portland Center Stage Gerding Theater at the Armory
128 NW 11th Avenue, 97209
The discounted price for APP-NW Members is $25.00
Add a drink ticket for the price of $15.00 discounted for APP-NW members.
Bundle this with your ticket for a total of $40.00.
These ’tickets’ are refillable tumblers that have a lid, required in the auditorium.
General Admission $35/$55
Check your APP-NW Invitation e-mail for the Password/Discount Code

Best Actor in a Film or TV Production  (Including web series, animation & VO)
Allen Nause
Ben Newman
Brian Sutherland
Bryan Brown
Darius Pierce
Derek Sitter
Donny Persons
Greg James
Jack Strom
Joseph Bertot
Kurt Conroyd
Michael Draper
Patrick Green
Scott Thomas
Best Actress in a Film or TV Production (Including web series, animation & VO)
Amber Stonebraker
Brandie Sylfae
Brooke Totman
Dana Millican
Dominique Thomas
Kelsey Tucker
Lucy Paschall
Rachel Meyer
Best Minor in a Film or TV Production  (Including web series, animation & VO)
Conner Muhl
Kiah Butts
Hannah Lloyd
Holden Goyette
Mason Brown
Paige McKenzie
Rachelle Henry
Remy Levine
Best Actor in a Commercial  (Including radio, web, infomercial, industrial & VO)
Andrew Harris
Brian Koch
Jimmy Garcia
Patrick Green
PK Glazer
Sean Tarjyoto
Best Actress in a Commercial (Including radio, web, infomercial, industrial & VO)
Amber Stonebraker
Ari Montgomery
Ayanna Berkshire
Dottie Soracco
Nikita Price
Penny Shaw
Best Minor in a Commercial (Including radio, web, infomercial, industrial & VO)
Kiah Butts
Nick Kent
Benny Morinishi
Christopher Toyne (EMMY Recipient, “One Symphony Place”)
David Cress (Executive Producer, “Portlandia”)
Eryn Goodman (Cast Iron Studios)
Lori Lewis (FreeSpirit Casting)
Michele Mariana (Vice President, SAG-AFTRA Portland Board)
Simon Max Hill (Simon Max Hill Casting)
Suzanne Owens-Duval (Actor, Dialogue Coach & APP-NW Board)
APP-NW Event Committee & Judging Panel Organizer (Non-voting)
PK Glazer

APP-NW Holiday Meeting, December 1, 2016

Thank You for coming to our Actors’ Holiday Happy Hour!

 people signed in, including the Board members. Represented were President of SAG-AFTRA Seattle Local and soon to be a leader in APP-Seattle Rik Deskin; Communications Workers of America AFL-CIO local 7901 Mark Sturbois and, of course, our own SAG-AFTRA Local VP and liaison Michele Mariana.
St. Mary’s Catholic Cathedral Social Services, in the honor of Barb Pratt gave $400 and Gail & Thomas Kingsley gave $100 for the Standing Rock Sacred Stone Defense Fund. The toy box was completely jammed and collected over 150 cans of food as we re-bagged them.
Elizabeth Zimmerman, Michele Mariana with Amanda White from KGW, turning in the wonderful toy donations!
Recap by the numbers:
74 attended.
36 new members
$170 in cash raised for the Standing Rock Sacred Stone Defense Fund
$500 donation to the Sacred Stone Defense Fund donated from St. Mary’s Catholic Cathedral by parishioner and APP-NW Board Member Michele Mariana
Over 200 cans and non-perishable food items donated for the Sioux Standing Rock Camp, delivered by Concerned Vets for Standing Rock 
Overflowing box of toys donated for the KGW Toy Drive.

Michele and Elizabeth got to listen to the drummers send- off the veterans and supplies to Standing Rock.
Elizabeth Zimmerman and Michele Mariana delivering toys at the KGW Toy Drive.

Year in Review 2016 presented by Christopher Toyne, Co-chair

APP-NW Holiday Meeting, December 1, 2016
Year in Review 2016 presented by Christopher Toyne, Co-chair
2016 has been a year of change for APP-NW. Some might call it APP light – a lighter touch.
With a tail off of participation, the 2016 Board decided to organize fewer Actors’ Happy Hours (AHHs!) and combined them with grassroots Workshops.
We spent a lot of time considering long-term plans, both at the Board Retreat and at bi-monthly Board meetings. Enthusiastic new Board members Suzanne Duval and PK Glazier; along with Darius Pierce continuing that thankless job of Secretary; Michele Mariana representing us on the SAG-AFTRA Board; Linda Gross, our meetings guru; Yolanda Porter as chair of communications and maintaining a vibrant website; and Elizabeth Zimmerman, with out-reach to film schools and grade schools alike, while sharing the Co-chair with me [Christopher Toyne] as the not-union representative. Congratulations to Elizabeth for recently joining SAG-AFTRA. We are actively supported by our two past chairs who now make up the Advisory Board: Harold Phillips and Chrisse Roccaro.
The three areas we have decided to concentrate on, and invite the 2017 Board to continue:
1) To utilize our newly achieved 501(C)3 status, now fully filed (and paid for!)
2) To create a comprehensive online Actors Resource list of all services and vendors appertaining to an actor’s growth and marketing: acting-class teachers, headshot photographers, reel cutters, make-up artists, etc. Elizabeth Zimmerman is initially undertaking this gargantuan task.
3) To expand the growth of the Alliance of Professional Performers brand, initially with our brethren in Seattle.
The last is perhaps the most exciting. Harold Phillips and I [Christopher Toyne] attended a core-group meeting in Seattle led by Ric Deskin, the SAG-AFTRA local Board president and John Patrick Lowrie. The fact that we have created a template with a substantial Modus Operandi and Articles of Association, while achieving Federal and State charitable status, will allow us to create APP-Portland and APP-Seattle, while keeping APP-NW as the umbrella.
Three AHH! combined workshops are especially worth mentioning. In January “How to get ready for an audition” was led by Lori Lewis, principal at Free Spirit Casting.
In May, held at the Lucky Lab, preferred producer Erich Dermerath of Man Vs. Film and Robin Vada, Ian Stout’s partner in Professional Acting Reels (.com) lead a superb interactive workshop on creating, “The perfect show-reel” – while offering on-going discounts for APP-NW members. The raffle was a success too; both Erich and Robin gave free reel-cuts to the lucky! In September saw another terrific workshop: “Fight Right: Fight Direction and Set Safety” lead by theater specialist Kristen Mun and screen fight director Jerry Buxbaum. Again, free classes were raffled off. Linda Gross has achieved her OLCC Alcohol Server Permit on behalf of APP-NW and set up a mean bar.
The only sadness was the low attendance at both of these workshops. Of course we appreciate that there are so many classes etc. happening mid-week. We have polled the class teachers and found that Thursday has the least going on. Those that did attend raved about the events, but the new 2017 Board must really probe into the three “W”s: what does the membership want; when and where.
So where do we go from here in 2017? More Happy Hours combined with workshops? Support of the OMPA Annual Awards on March 20, 2017 when APP-NW will organize the judging of the Actor Awards with the credit “OMPA Actor Awards Presented By APP-NW?” Creation of APP-Portland and APP Seattle? Creation of a comprehensive Actors’ vendor and services on-line list? A big 501(c)3 Gala event to replenish our depleted finances?
Remember, we are still an organization – presently with a roster of 368† – without membership dues and depend on contributions, workshop fees and raffles, while receiving some support from SAG-AFTRA.
To this end I call on the membership to step up and volunteer to serve on the Board. Help make this adventurous slate happen. Because of term-limits and attrition there are four (4) or more Board Member positions open. Please consider putting yourself forward. The Board now meets every two months, with occasional planning committee meetings in between.
Finally, please remember our Preferred Producer’s program. Visit the “Producers” button on the website. If you have a good experience on set with a production that respects our seven core Standards, persuade them to sign up. We advertise producers that “sign-up” on the web page. The key phrase: We encourage our Preferred Producers to add the phrase “Our production adheres to APP-NW Standards” to their casting notices. Preferred Producers are also free to use the APP-NW logo as an on-screen “bug” in association with their productions.
Let us make 2017 even more memorable – it is down to you the members and a vibrant Board!
Christopher Toyne
2016 Union Chair
A further 36 new members signed in at our successful Actors’ Holiday Happy Hour, Dec 01’16

The Alliance of Professional Performers-NW presents: Put Your Safety in Your Own Hands

stunt-deadpoolHelp empower yourself to take ownership of your safety on set – whether for film or stage. Be prepared and confident dealing with situations that feel unsafe. Know what you should expect and how to give voice to your concerns. Kristen Mun and Jerry Buxbaum are premiere award-winning fight choreographers and together, they will help you own your space at work. (Learning some fight skills will be included in the workshop.)

September 22nd. At Hipbone Studios, 1847 E Burnside St #104.
6:45 – Arrive and sign up
7:00-9:00 – Workshop
9:00-9:30 – Hang out and have a drink!
Cost: $20 (Which is half of what a workshop with either Kristen or Jerry would cost. Here you get both!)

Free parking! Enter Hipbone Studio parking lot on NE 18th Avenue and NE Couch. Use 18th Avenue (parking lot) entrance to the studio.

Kristen Mun has been training, teaching, and working in the field of theatrical combat for over 10 years.  She choreographs roughly 20 shows a year and teaches fight workshops. Kristen has won 3 Drammy’s and received the Leslie O. Fulton Fellowship.
Her work stresses safety and collaboration, believing that everyone’s input is important and problems can be solved faster working together.

Jerry Buxbaum has over 50 credits on major productions as a Fight Director, Stunt Coordinator and Special Effects Director. The biggest take-away from Jerry’s workshop participation is “Safety Number One.”  He will explain, as exciting as “stunts” are, how to understand the environment actors work in on feature productions –  and what steps are necessary to protect oneself from excessive requests by ‘Production’ on Set.

Actor-Reel Workshop

Last Tuesday, May 17th. APP-NW hosted an incredible workshop and social gathering at the Lucky Lab. Our guest speakers Erich Demerath and Robin Vada gave us very important and insightful information on how to create a reel that showcases our work as actors, and how to use it as a marketing tool to position our brand.

If you missed it, here are the highlights of the night!

What is a reel? Clips that show that you can act, what you look like, and what you sound like. Ideally, it gets you work.

Current trends – new technology makes equipment cheaper, quality higher, easier to watch it from anywhere, but shorter attention spans. More content and more convenient to watch than ever. The length of reels has shortened – now, 2 minutes at the longest. Reels are more important than ever.

Types of reels:

  • General
  • Dramatic
  • Comedic
  • Commercial
  • Stunt
    Once you have enough work, having them all together is confusing. Pay attention to the quality of both visual and audio. Lead with something in your wheelhouse.

Where to start?

Gather Your Footage:

From the directors, producers, and editors. Maintain good standing with them. Get contact info and inform them you want scenes for your reel. Request footage once the project is complete, though many projects end up not ever being completed.

Perhaps try to get a written contract that includes that you will have access to finished footage.

You may also be able to download clips yourself if they are available. For your records and for your reel editor.

The higher the resolution the better. The larger the file the better (within reason).

HD: 1920×1080 or 1280×720

Try to avoid SD. Try to avoid letterbox.

Don’t forget about audio!!!!!!

What clips to not use?

  • Theater clips
  • Self-taped auditions
  • Clips that do not feature you
  • Home videos
  • Anything with poor production quality

The reel!

  • First shot should be you.
  • First voice should be yours.
  • Not longer than 2 minutes.
  • Do not worry about the context of the scenes.
  • Use medium and close up shots as much as possible.
  • Avoid montages.
  • Titles of productions – this is a grey area; some people like it, some don’t; just be consistent.
  • Start and end with your name and contact info.

Production Quality Matters!!!!!!

If it is a good performance, but poor quality, think twice. You’re only as good as your poorest quality clip.

Before Giving Footage to Your Editor:

  • Log your footage
  • Write timecodes of your best clips
  • Don’t just hand off a stack of films

Shooting Your Own Scenes:

There have been classes in town that are based around shooting scenes for your reel. Or people have hired crew to shoot scenes for their reel. Make sure you do it right. Make sure the quality is good, the audio is clear.

What to do with your reel?

  • Youtube channel
  • Vimeo
  • Personal website
  • Maybe also upload full scenes as supplements
  • Get feedback! Let people be honest!
  • Maintain it.

Robin Vada from Professional Acting Reels

They can rip almost anything from on-line, whether iTunes, YouTube, website… Charge $25. They also create reels and create scenes for footage for reels. 

Your reel can start to cultivate your brand as an actor. What is your essence. What is it that you do well.

Membership General Meeting

We will be holding a 15 min. Members General Meeting right after our Social Gathering and before our Workshop to ratify two changes to the Bylaws; introduce our new calendar of events and listen to your suggestions and concerns (Information forthcoming).

6:00 pm Social Gathering
6:45 pm Members General Meeting
7:00 pm Show-reel Workshop.

A Social Gathering, a General Meeting and a Workshop!

A new quarterly APP-NW workshop and social gathering (formerly Actors Happy hour!)

We would really appreciate your help spreading the word about our upcoming event.

You spoke and we listened. Meet-ups less often and with a career education element.

The first APP-NW quarterly meeting, a Workshop and Social Gathering (formerly Actors Happy hour) is this coming Tuesday, May 17th at 6:00 pm at the LUCKY LAB BREW PUB, 915 SE Hawthorne.
Erich Demerath of Man Vs. Film will lead us through the labyrinth and Show examples of reels and discuss what works and what doesn’t.
Robin Vada of Professional Acting Reels is also joining us.  She will explain how your material on I-Tunes IS accessible.

And you do not want to miss the RAFFLE! Both Erich Demerath and Robin Vada/Ian Stout are offering a raffle prize of 50% off a reel. That’s a $125 value.

All members who attend this workshop will receive a 20% discount on reel services from either professional. That’s a $50value!

This is what we’ll learn at the workshop:
Define what a reel is and show a couple of examples.
Who should have a reel and why it is important to have an effective one.
The do’s and don’ts of how to make a reel.
-Gathering and preparing footage
-Deciding what clips to use and what to not
-Different types of reels
-Effective structure and content of reels
-Finding an editor vs self editing
-Montages: Yes or no?
-Contact info
Once you have a reel, what do you do with it?
-Maintaining your reel
-Video hosting sites
-Personal website
-Hard copies

Donation of $5 – $10 to defray the cost of the room requested but not mandatory (tax deductible – we are a 501(c)3 entity!).

Thank you in advance for your support and see you there!

The APP-NW Board


movie-film-reel-clip-art-69477-1038x576APP-NW Proudly presents:
“Create eye-popping reels – and tips on how to source your material!”
Presented by APP-NW preferred producer ERICH DEMERATH, head of the multi-award winning production company Man Vs Film Productions.
Tuesday, May 17 – Venue TBA
The Workshop will be followed by a Social Gathering*

*This style of event will replace the previous Actors Happy Hour!

Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting May 17.
The first 10 minutes of the workshop will constitute a Member’s General Meeting. The Board has just held its Annual Retreat and is proposing two (2) procedural changes to the APP-NW BYLAWS. We will post an agenda ahead of time. We encourage input from our members and help building an industry of the highest standards.
With kind regards,
APP-NW Board

APP-NW Annual Meeting, February 16, 2016 Year in Review 2015 presented by Christopher Toyne, Co-chair


2015 has been a memorable year!
Our monthly Actors Happy Hour – herein now referred to as AHH! – have been full of both cheer and packed with professional tips and information. We started off on JANUARY 20TH with our viewing at Wine On Williams of President Obama’s State of the Union and discussion thereafter. February 17th was last year’s Annual Meeting with the AHH! round-up and discussion of the future year on March 2nd.
The new Board got off to a bang with their first AHH! on April 21st with financial advisor Andrew Pollack, Meisner coach Chris Harder and Age & Gender Equity in the Arts specialist Jane Vogel.
At the Board Retreat in early May – a constitutional requirement – we set our primary goal: to
finance and formalize our ‘Non-Profit’ status as a 501(C)3.
We supported the 2015 Oregon Film Industry Day of in Salem on May 18th followed the next day by an amazing AHH! at Mother’s Bistro. Here OMPA’s then Executive director Nathaniel Applefield and Executive Director of Oregon Film Tim Williams, supported by producer Lara Cuddy, briefed us fully on OPIF and its baby brother i-OPIF. Then Nathaniel led a spirited “Paddle Raiser” collecting $100s in cash and pledges. We achieved our goal and resources to file for 501(C)3 in one night!
Our June AHH! returned to Happy Hour enlightenment: agent Damon Jones; PR guru Lyla Foggia, APP-NW co-founder and Advisory Board member Harold Phillips, and APP-NW Preferred Producer Brian Gotts worked up our “Self-Marketing.”
There is a great write-up on this evening on our web-site by Elizabeth Zimmerman. Continuing this theme the September AHH! carried on the broad theme when Elizabeth led our discussion on “Red Flags – Recognizing when might an Audition or offer be too good to be true” and “When is it OK to turn down a role.” Thank you Elizabeth for all you do for APP-NW.
This led us to our first major Saturday event, with a corker of a workshop, beautifully organized and orchestrated by Chrisse Roccaro on October 10th. Wow! Self-inflicted Auditions: How to self-produce your auditions and get them where they need to go.”
Erin Goodman of Cast Iron Studios; Taylor Harris, Ryan Artists; Dennis Troutman, Option Model & Media; Damon Jones, Actors In Action; Duane Hanson in his role of the local SAG-AFTRA Board, all filled us with great info. Above all, our “man with the camera” Martin Vavra of Galaxy Sailor Productions took us through a whole raft of tips and equipment requirements with great wit, charm and technical savvy.
Follow that! Well we did and will continue to do so. At October’s AHH! at Mad-sons we discussed “Hiatus Down Time. How to tune up and keep your skills sharp.”Guest speakers featured an extraordinary conversation with Jana Lee Hamblin and Mike Prosser.
At November’s AHH! we started the Season of Good Will with some good cheer! The January 2016 AHH! at Produce Row was led by Lori Lewis, principal at FreeSpirit Casting on “How to get ready for an audition.” Special kudos must go to Michele Mariana for ever keeping on the prowl to find new, inexpensive, pleasant venues to hold our AHH!s. Thank you ‘Chele. All of these evenings are written up on our website with tons of tips and insights. A huge shout-out to Yolanda Porter for redesigning it into such a handsome, accessible site. Thank you ‘Yolie. Also to Darius Pierce for that thankless task of Secretary, often while performing at some far-flung theater. And to Lanie Hoyo for leading the membership and outreach drive.
So where do we go from here in 2016? It is obvious to the outgoing Board and its recommendation for consideration for the 2016 Board that meetings – AHH!s – are best received with an educational component, as well as good cheer. To keep our organization viable we recommend perhaps four a year. With our Annual Meeting and Christmas gathering, that your make our six meetings every other month, rather than monthly. We would love your input here on our Facebook page or at
In 2016 we must use our official status as a 501(c)3 to its best advantage, while allowing our
members’ contributions to be used as a tax allowance. Remember we are still an organization
without membership dues and depend on contributions, raffles etc.
Acting as interim Treasurer, I can report that we are financially sound – not rolling in it – but as
of today we have $1,197.63¢ in the bank.
Much of this is to the amazing success APP-NW had, as a full partner, in the Oregon Actor Awards on November 23, where we “ran” the silent auction and raffle, and shared in the proceeds! Again, a thank you to APP-NW founder Nathaniel Applefield for his support.
Another huge shout-out to Chrisse Roccaro for leading the charge, and to Linda Gross for being the APP-NW / OMPA Board Liaison on the event. I give you Chrisse and Linda!
Finally, please remember our Preferred Producer’s program. Visit the “Producers” button on
the website. If you have a good experience on set with a production that respects our seven
core Standards, persuade them to sign up. We advertise producers that “sign-up” on the web-
page. The key phrase: We encourage our Preferred Producers to add the phrase “Our production adheres to APP-NW Standards” to their casting notices. Preferred Producers are also free to use the APP-NW logo as an on-screen “bug” in association with their productions.
Only today Ron West of Workprint Productions Inc. signed up and here at the meeting we are supported by Martin Vavra, of Galaxy Sailor Productions and Erich Demerath, of Man vs. Film Productions. Thank you Preferred Producers for your support.

Let us make 2016 even more memorable – it is down to you the members! Thank you.

APP­-NW and Portland SAG­-AFTRA bring you another great WORKSHOP!!!

Taxes and Financial Stability for Freelance Performers

RSVP here to reserve a seat.

Moderator Harold Phillips brings together three professionals in the tax preparation,

financial advisory and real estate fields to answer YOUR questions about balancing a

freelance working life with the goal of financial stability… and getting your taxes done

the RIGHT way before April 15! This is not a “sales pitch” – nothing will be sold during

this presentation.

These professionals are donating their time to answer your questions… so get ready to

have your tax and financial questions answered!

And because it wouldn’t be an APP­NW event without a raffle, we will be raffling one-
hour consultations with each of our panelists! That’s three chances to win!

When: February 27, 2016, 1 PM ­ 4 PM

Where: AFL/CIO Labor Center, 3645 SE 32nd Ave, Portland, OR 97202

A donation of $5 at the door will be appreciated but is not required.


HaroldPhillips-0024-blockHarold Phillips has been acting professionally for nearly thirty years. He is a past APP-
NW Board member, having been involved since the early, formative days of the

organization, a past PATA Co­President, an Oregon Media Production Association and SAG-­AFTRA member, and has worked tirelessly to raise the standards of professionalism in our community.



sandra_vincentSandra Vincent has been a full charge bookkeeper for over 40 years and a licensed tax consultant for 20 plus years. She founded The Bookkeeping Company 25 years ago, doing accounting, taxes and payroll. She has been affiliated with live theatre for 25 years, serving on several theatre boards, and has many theatres and actors as accounting and tax clients. “I do these seminars because I like to help people,” Sandra says.

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Financial Advisor

Andy has been in the financial services industry for over 18 years and has helped thousands of individuals, families, and business owners make progress on their financial goals. Raised in the Midwest, he and his wife Laura moved to Portland 20 years ago. They have two boys, two cats, and one mortgage. When he’s not in the office, he serves those in need through his Rotary Club and other nonprofit organizations. He enjoys the great outdoors, reading, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

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Bonnie is deeply committed to helping clients and friends build high quality of life in a caring community.

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