Experience Theatre Project's Board of Directors
Managing Artistic Director & Board Chair
Alisa is the Artistic Director of Experience Theatre Project. She holds a Bachelors in Theater Arts from Oregon State University, where she studied theatre and music performance & composition. After graduation, Alisa moved to Chicago to study theatre administration at Columbia College while working in professional theatre in Chicago, most notably at Steppenwolf Theatre, Bailiwick Theatre, and the Royal George Theatre. Alisa returned to the Portland area 10 years later, where started and sold a six figure trivia company in 2013. Alisa went on to found Experience Theatre Project in 2014 after attending an immersive show that moved her to the core.
Alisa has worn just about every hat there is in one capacity or another in each of ETP's mainstage production and special events since 2014. She founded the Westside Shakespeare Festival after producing three summer Shakespeare productions for ETP, and has adapted classic works for live immersive theater, including The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. and Great Gatsby's Daisy. She looks forward to developing more immersive experiences with her creative team.
Ryan hails from Helena, Montana. After his service in the US Army, Ryan attended Carroll College. Some of his memorable roles include those in Caucasian Chalk Circle, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Angels in America, History of the Devil, Much Ado About Nothing, and Twelfth Night, and The Lion in Winter. Ryan had the pleasure of performing at the Edenborough Fringe Festival, and is currently a performer, writer and producer at Interwoven Studios. Ryan has performed in Experience Theatre Project productions of The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde.
Ryan’s journey into the arts has been twofold as a sanctuary; a place to revive & thrive, and as the perfect platform for creating & telling the greatest of stories to the delight of audiences, no matter their size.
Chris joined the Experience Theatre Board in 2022 as a result of enjoying the performances of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Great Gatsby’s Daisy. Most of Chris’s theater experience is as stage crew or stage manager while working for a living as a construction manager. He also owns a hazelnut orchard and lavender farm.
Over the years, Chris has studied and performed with various improv comedy groups and has started to write plays. He looks forward to expanding the immersive experience of upcoming Experience Theatre Project shows.
Leia Young is a founding board member of Experience Theatre Project. She came to the Portland area in 2004 to perform vocal jazz at Mount Hood Community College and quickly fell in love with Portland, leaving occasionally but never staying gone for long. A statistics instructor at Portland State University, Leia is a natural leader. She has produced and performed for ETP since 2015, and dedicates her time to lifting the company’s artistic visibility in the community. Her favorite roles for ETP include Emily Bronte in Gothic Horror Stories, Tina in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Allie in the online ETP original choose your own adventure film A Haunting, and she looks forward to regularly returning to the annual Westside Shakespeare Festival as the jester Sir Princess. Leia is also a member of Torchsong Entertainment, where she was last seen as Jimmy a loveable if dense detective in the original musical The Ripper. Leia is a member of the PSU Community Chorus, and in her free time, she enjoys composing original songs for ukulele and voice as well as studying ballet and tap dance.
Born and raised in Roseburg, Oregon, James was first introduced to theatre in the 5th grade, when a group of students worked with the school Principal to write their very own play. James had so much fun in the writing process that he decided to audition for a role. He continued to participate in school productions through high school and community theatre for a few years after graduation.
During his senior year of high school, James was introduced to the crew life - operating the sound board, working on designing and building set pieces, and operating spotlights. He realized that being behind the scenes can be just as exciting as being on-stage!
After moving to the Portland area, he wished to get involved in community activities. Upon discovering Experience Theatre Project, he was hooked! His work with the ETP board allows him to be part of the shows and the experiences that they bring to the community.
Roi Holden is new to the Experience Theater business. After attending 2022's Great Gatsby's Daisy, one could say he was smitten with the whole experience, and was eager to help bring Experience Theatre Project's vision and mission to fruition. Although his theater experience is limited (he did author a play produced by his alma mater), his background as an engineer and manager at Intel is sure to come in handy with future productions. He hopes to focus his efforts on maximizing the "experience" portion of future productions.
Gustavo J. Ramirez born and raised in New York City. He has been an artist for 9 years, dabbling in all things creative, from writing and film making to drawing, editing, acting and producing. As the co-founder of Five3 Films, Gustavo has been in the creative process of film making and video production in many short and feature films in addition to collaborating and producing several small production works. Moving from NYC to PDX, he found a love for the stage and theater in general as an actor, Production Assistant, and Assistant Stage Manager in several local productions. Gustavo brings a unique perspective and voice to our growing theatre company, and advises the board regarding ETP’s programs that support diversity, equity and inclusion.
ETP is currently seeking board members who are interested in supporting innovative, immersive performing arts. Board members are expected to volunteer their time to help bring live performing arts to Beaverton, Washington County, and beyond.
Board members meet quarterly in Beaverton. Your time commitment depends on your availability and personal skill set, with each of us averaging about 10 hours a month. Board members must lead or sit on a board committee (artistic, marketing, education, or development, to name a few), and spread the word of our work while recruiting others to our eclectic team.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BOARD MEMBERSHIP, PLEASE CONTACT ALISA VIA EMAIL.