Who We Are
Artistic Director — Michael Rohd
Michael Rohd is founding artistic director of Sojourn Theatre, on faculty at Northwestern University, and author of the widely translated book Theatre for Community, Conflict, and Dialogue. His work focuses on social practice, civic practice and capacity-building projects through collaboratively designed arts-based event, engagement and participation strategies. He leads the Center for Performance and Civic Practice, where current initiatives include the Civic Practice Lab at Chicago’s Lookingglass Theater (supported by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation); The Catalyst Initiative (supported by The Andrew Mellon Foundation); and Local Landscapes (collaborators include Americans for the Arts). He is currently the Doris Duke artist-in-residence at Chicago’s Lookingglass Theater Company.
Managing Director — Soneela Nankani
Soneela Nankani (Managing Director/Associate Artist) is a New York based actor, singer, teacher and voiceover artist. She first worked with Michael Rohd on Hope Is Vital and with Sojourn Theatre on Passing Glances. Soneela has performed at such places as Kansas City Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Classical Theatre of Harlem and she records books for Audible.com. She has a Bachelor’s in Economics and Theatre from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in Acting from Columbia University.
Courtney Davis is a performer, creator and designer. Sojourn projects include On The Table, BUILT, GOOD, The War Project, One Day, American Value and Voices from the Edge (Australian tour). Training includes periods of study with Butoh Master Diego Pinon, New York's North American Cultural Laboratory, internationally acclaimed ensemble Double Edge Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company's Andrew Wade, and renowned Bosnian theater artist Emsa Lakovic. She has her undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech's Theater Arts Department.
Jono Eiland is a graduate of Virgina Tech and a founding member of Sojourn Theatre. He is now based in Los Angeles, CA.
James Hart is currently working with Sojourn as performer/creator/facilitator on Islands of Milwaukee and the Catholic Charities USA project. He was involved in Finding Penelope, On the Table, Throwing Bones, Built, Good, The Visit, and Witness Our Schools. Other credit include three seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and eleven seasons with Harlequin Productions in Olympia, WA. James is passionate about facilitating change and self discovery through his counseling work. He loves spending time with his wife and two daughters.
Kimberly Howard has been Trust manager for the Oregon Cultural Trust since 2009. She currently represents Oregon on the Western States Arts Federation's Regional Multicultural Advisory Committee. In addition to being an arts administrator, Howard is an accomplished actress, with credits in New York, the Williamstown Theatre Festival and several Portland theaters. She has been an ensemble member of Sojourn Theatre for almost a decade and received a Drammy Award (Portland’s version of the Tony Award) for her work in its production of Tartuffe: The Visitor. She holds her MFA in acting from Columbia University.
Liam Kaas-Lentz is a native of Bellingham, WA. He has served as Sojourn’s stage and production manager for the past nine years and eleven productions. As an equity stage manager, he has worked for theatres all over the country. He received his B.F.A. in stage management from Southern Oregon university and his M.Ed in curriculum and instruction from Portland State University. Liam has also taught stage and production management with a focus on ensemble, devised, and site-specific contexts and methodologies at universities all over. He lives with his wife and two cats in Portland, Oregon.
Rebecca Martinez (Ensemble Member) has worked with the company as a creator/performer, choreographer and/or facilitator on multiple projects. Awards include four Drammys (Ensemble Acting & Choreography: 7 Great Loves and The War Project and Choreography: The Brother/Sister Plays - Portland Playhouse) and the Lilla Jewel Award for Women Artists. She is a Co-Curator of Working Theater’s Directors Salon, the Associate Artistic Director of Hybrid Theatre Works, and is a member of INTAR’s Unit 52 (NYC).
Michael Rohd (see staff)
Shannon Scrofano designs spaces and conditions for performance, public conversations, and other time-based media. She serves on the board of Los Angeles Performance Practice and collaborates with the newly founded Center for Performance and Civic Practice. She teaches at California Institute of the Arts.
Maureen Towey directs live performance events. She works as a creative director for musicians such as Arcade Fire and Ray LaMontagne. She has been recognized as an AOL/PBS MAKER, a Princess Grace fellow, a TCG Leadership U Fellow, and a Fulbright scholar in South Africa. For Sojourn, she has directed Throwing Bones, Finding Penelope and The Islands of Milwaukee (in process).
Hannah Treuhaft is a teacher, maker, party thrower, mama, and ensemble member of Sojourn Theatre. As Sojourn's Director of Education and Community Programming, Hannah has taught residencies all over the Portland area, and as the tour manager of Sojourn's Witness Our Schools, she spent a year connecting with schools, community members, and leaders around the state of Oregon. She's currently devising a piece called Mother, Mother about motherhood and gender equity with a group of other artist/moms in Portland.
Bobby Bermea is an award winning actor, a playwright and a director. He is the artistic director of BaseRoots Theatre, co-artistic director of Beirut Wedding, a founding member of Badass Theatre and a long time member of Sojourn. Bermea has appeared in theaters from New York, NY to Honolulu, HI and with such luminaries as Ping Chong, Julie Harris, James Marsters and Marion McClinton. But it’s not where you’ve been, it’s where you’re going.
Soneela Nankani (see staff)
A renaissance woman of the theatre, Jamie Rea is continually exploring this powerful tool of connection & change. From Germany's Grotest Maru to Wellington's dance ensemble JAVA, she serves as an award winning director, designer, & actor, as well as a production-stage manager. As Co-Artistic Director of Beirut Wedding, Founding Core with JTC, & long time member of Sojourn Theatre, Jamie is a firm believer in the power of collaboration. Let's build a more effective community.
Joel Sugerman is the Director of Theatre at Lawrence Academy, an independent high school in Groton, MA. He has made, performed and taught theatre in Chicago, Minneapolis, Cleveland, the Czech Republic, as well as a smattering of other US and European locales. Joel earned his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and studied at the Dell’ Arte School of Physical Theatre in California.
Nikki Zaleski is a theater artist, educator and reproductive justice organizer who lives and works in Chicago. Professionally, she manages campaigns and youth programs for the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health and is the Founding Artistic Director of For Youth Inquiry (FYI) Performing Health Collective. She is currently working towards an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies at DePaul University, combining Public Health and MFA Directing coursework.