Stephen Marc Beaudoin, Executive Director
Stephen Marc Beaudoin – winner of the 2011 Skidmore Prize for excellence in emerging nonprofit leadership – is a nonprofit executive with more than a decade of experience in nonprofit management, arts and culture leadership, fundraising, communications/marketing and special events. Prior to PHAME, Beaudoin worked as Assistant Director of The Fenway Alliance, a consortium of cultural and educational institutions in Boston’s Fenway Cultural District, on initiatives including collaborative marketing, cultural access and major infrastructure projects. He has also held positions with American Composer’s Forum, Vox Consort and Chamber Music Northwest among others, and consulted in organizational development, fundraising and marketing/communications with over a dozen nonprofits. In Portland, Beaudoin has produced two large-scale benefit concerts for Mercy Corps at the Aladdin Theater, each in response to a global humanitarian disaster: “Songs for Haiti” in January 2010, in response to the Haiti earthquake disaster, and “From Oregon, With Love” in March 2011, in response to the Japan earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disaster – together, both events raised over $380,000 in total for Mercy Corps aid.
Additionally, Beaudoin has a long career in professional performance, as a singer, actor, stage director and writer, with companies including Opera Boston, New Repertory Theatre, American Heartland Theatre, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Hand2Mouth Theatre, Trinity Consort, Cappella Romana, Broadway Rose, Boston Playwright’s Theatre and many others. He has recorded and toured with the acclaimed world pop ensemble Pink Martini, and performed as soloist with the Portland Cello Project and Fear No Music, as well as in concert with pianist Thomas Lauderdale and singer Storm Large. Beaudoin was appointed by Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber to the board of Oregon Humanities in 2011, and is an active volunteer and supporter of organizations including Basic Rights Oregon, Cascade AIDS Project, Fear No Music, Our House of Portland and Q Center.
Jessica Dart, Artistic Director
Jessica Dart has an MA in Arts & Administration from the University of Oregon, and an MFA in Dramaturgy from the University of Iowa where she studied with the Playwrights Workshop. She taught undergraduate Theatre History for three years, and has a strong interest in new play development and working one on one with playwrights. Dart has been involved with the theatre in various ways for over 25 years, and is proud to share her experience with the PHAME students.
Matthew Gailey, Music Director
Matthew Gailey is a performing artist, songwriter and music educator with a dynamic musical background. Originally from Florida, Matthew received his B.A. in Music Education and student jazz improvisation with Nat Adderly at Florida Southern College. He then taught award-winning choirs in Florida’s public schools before studying music at the graduate level at Indiana University. While at Indiana, Matthew studied and performed with jazz notables such as David Baker and Pat Harbison, and performed multiple roles with the school’s renowned opera theater. After working in musical theater in New York and Texas, he moved to Portland with his wife in 2006. Currently, Matthew can be seen performing with local artists, his own group, and as the featured male vocalist with the Bureau of Standards Big Band.
Darryn Ambrose, Operations Director
Darryn Ambrose earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. A native Oregonian, he returned after graduation, spending the past 15 years developing his accounting career. Darryn most recently worked as an accounting supervisor at a local publicly-traded corporation, but was thrilled by the opportunity to transition into the non-profit sector at PHAME Academy. When not at PHAME, Darryn is enjoying the new addition to his family, son Markus.
Jennifer “Mac” McDonald, Development and Communications Manager
Jennifer “Mac” McDonald is a dynamic development and fundraising professional with over 20 years of fundraising and sales experience. Skilled in fundraising essentials including annual giving programs, major donor campaigns, individual donor cultivation and solicitation, persuasive writing, direct mail campaigns, strategic event planning and staff and volunteer leadership. Mac is an expert interpersonal communicator and uses this skill to communicate with a broad range of individuals and communities to educate and raise money and awareness of PHAME. Mac moved to Portland from Colorado in 2007. She volunteers for Basic Rights Oregon’s “Ignite!” event committee and is a Portland Business Journal Leadership Portland Graduate, Class of 2010. Mac also leads ONE STEP CLOSER, a running group for individuals experiencing homelessness. In her spare time, Mac enjoys running, triathlons, reading and traveling.
2012-13 Teaching staff:
Amy Aronson – Accompanist/Assistant Choir Director
Ethan Chessin – Music
John Dover – Music
Ned Faulhaber – Music/Teaching Lead
Heath Hyun Houghton – Theatre/Movement
Debbie Lamedman – Theatre
Jess Leftault – Creative Writing
Chaz Mortimer – Music
Francesca Sanders – Theatre
Linnea Simmons – Visual Art
Beth Thompson – Theatre
Meagan Williams – Teaching Lead/Student Council Advisor