The Cultural Landscape: Part 6 – 71Bait


As with the portraits in the previous parts of this series, I have focused on the talented, dedicated, and creative people who have made significant contributions to the art, character, and culture of this city and state—in this case, a writer, a University administrator, theater director, opera singer and effects artist.

My aspiration has remained the same: to document the contemporary cultural landscape and produce a decent photograph – a photograph that recognizes the medium’s connection to reality and that preserves for me and others a unique and honest sense of the subject.

The environmental details have again been reduced to a minimum. The subjects have the frame to themselves and do not compete with the context for attention. This makes for a simpler, more blunt, more intense encounter with the character. It is this encounter with the character that enlivens the picture.


Josh Hecht

Hecht is Artistic Director of Profile Theatre. He directed Profile Subsequently and the changing repertoire productions of water by the spoonful and The happiest song is played last. A Drama Desk Award-winning director, his productions have been screened in New York at the MCC Theater; The Cherry Alley; The Duke on the 42ndnd Street; Stages of the New World; cultural project; and internationally at the Dublin Arts Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and elsewhere. His collaboration with Ping Chong and Company was commissioned and premiered by the Kennedy Center.

He has been director of playwright development at MCC Theatre, director of new play development at Women’s Expressive Theater and has worked at most theater development centers around the country. He is also a graduate of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. He has been on the faculty of the New School for Drama’s MFA directing program, Fordham University’s MFA dramaturgy program and Purchase College SUNY’s BFA program in dramatic writing; and has been a visiting artist at the Juilliard School, NYU’s Dramatic Writing MFA program, Carnegie Mellon’s MFA Playwriting program, and others.


Jennifer (Jen) Cole

Cole is Jordan Schnitzer Dean of the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) @ Willamette University. Previously, she was executive director of programs and public affairs at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University and founding director of The National Collaborative for Creative Work. Prior to her position at ASU, she was executive director of Metro Arts: Nashville Office of Arts and Culture, where she spent nearly a decade as Nashville’s Chief Cultural Officer. She has also served on the board of directors of Americans for the Arts, Chair of the US Urban Arts Federation, and currently serves in a variety of advisory roles with national arts and policy groups, including Creative Youth Development Network, ArtPlace America, Creative Capital, Grantmakers in the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Hannah Penn

Penn is an opera singer and teacher. She has sung operatic roles with Glimmerglass Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Portland Opera, Tacoma Opera and other companies. She has performed with orchestras across the country, including several performances with the Oregon Symphony, Portland Baroque Orchestra, and the Sunriver Music Festival. She has sung Bach cantatas at the Leipzig Bach Festival and given concerts with Third Angle, Fear No Music and OrpheusPDX. As an educator, she has held faculty positions at Portland State University and Willamette University, and teaching positions at Portland Opera and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.


Tony Ardizzone

Ardizzone is the author of five novels and three collections of short stories. his latest novel In Bruno’s shadowwill be published by Guernica Editions in spring 2023. His work has appeared in dozens of literary journals and magazines, including The Georgia Review, Quarterly, ploughshares, Agni, prairie schooner, Chicago review, Mississippi Reviewand Quarterly West. He has received the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, the Chicago Foundation for Literature Award for Fiction, the Pushcart Prize, an Oregon Literary Fellowship, the Virginia Prize for Fiction, the Milkweed Editions National Fiction Prize, and two Individual Artist Fellowships, among others National Endowment for the Arts.



Bag & Baggage Danny and the Deep Blue Sea The Vault Theater Hillsboro Oregon

Christina Cort

Kortum is an award-winning makeup, props and effects artist. She is the founder and owner of Ravenous Studios. Her work can be seen in shows like Grimm, Portlandia, Leverage, The Librarians, Star Trek Discovery as well as in numerous independent feature films.



  • The Cultural Landscape: Part 5. Portraits of musicians Marv and Rindy Ross, artist David Eckard, actress Maureen Porter and writer Todd Schultz.
  • The Cultural Landscape: Part 4. Oregon Symphony’s Scott Showalter, Renegade Opera’s Madeline Ross, Theater Director Michael Mendelson, Poet Genevieve DeGuzman, Roots Music Legend Lloyd Jones.
  • The Cultural Landscape: Part 3. Reser Center Executive Director Chris Ayzoukian, Shaking the Tree Theater Artistic Director Samantha Van Der Merwe, Oregon Public Broadcasting President and CEO Steve Bass, Photographer and Director of Photography for the Pacific Northwest College of Art Teresa Christiansen, Choreographer and Interim Artist Director of the Oregon Ballet Theater Peter Franc.
  • The Cultural Landscape: Part 2. Musician and composer Kenji Bunch, opera director Priti Gandhi, actor and theater director Dan Murphy, contemporary arts guide Victoria Frey, dancer and choreographer Shaun Keylock, landscape and urban design director Zeljka C. Kekez, visual artist Barry Pelzner, the poet and Editor Susan Moore, musician and composer Cal Scott, writer and indie filmmaker Kelley Baker.
  • The cultural landscape: 11 portraits. Theater Director Marissa Wolf, Musician Darrell Grant, Museum Film Director Amy Dotson, Red Door Project Director Kevin Jones, Bookstore Owner Emily Powell, Philanthropist and Art Collector Jordan Schnitzer, Visual Artist Jef Gunn, Actress and Singer Ithica Tell, Guitarist Scott Kritzer, Publisher Rhonda Hughes, Poet John beer

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