Executive Team and Teaching Staff
Stephen Marc Beaudoin, Executive Director
Stephen Marc Beaudoin is proud to serve as PHAME’s Executive Director, a role he has held since 2010. Beaudoin has had a 15 year career in nonprofit management, with a special focus on arts, education and social justice. During his tenure at PHAME, the organization has moved through an unprecedented period of maturation and growth, and today serves more students in more programs than at any other time in its history, having grown the organization budget, contributed and earned revenue, programs, staff capacity and public audience significantly. Beaudoin worked for many years as a consultant for small and midsize nonprofits in fundraising, marketing and organizational development, and produced a series of benefits concerts in response to global humanitarian disasters in 2010 and 2011 that together raised over $400,000 for Mercy Corps disaster relief efforts. Also prior to PHAME, Beaudoin was Assistant Director of The Fenway Alliance, where he managed a major Columbus Day cultural festival, collaborative marketing initiatives and worked on major public infrastructure projects, and was founding Executive Director of Vox Consort, a critically acclaimed Baroque orchestra and chorus. In addition to his role at PHAME, Beaudoin was appointed by Gov. John Kitzhaber to serve on the board of directors of Oregon Humanities, and is involved as a volunteer with organizations including Business for Culture and the Arts and Basic Rights Oregon. Beaudoin has written about arts and nonprofit issues and trends for the Portland Business Journal, Willamette Week, the Oregonian and many more publications, and was a 2011 Skidmore Prize winner, noted as one of fifteen “Oregon Arts Personalities to Watch” by Artslandia magazine in 2012, and was named a Portland Monthly Rising Star in 2013.
Favorite PHAME moment: Was the first time I saw them perform, on the “Songs for Haiti” benefit I produced. I’d never heard of PHAME, but everyone kept encouraging me to put them on the show – they walked onstage at the Aladdin Theater and the PHAME performers blew the roof off the place. I stood there in tears, so moved by the authenticity, intention and joy of the performance. It changed my life.
Jessica Dart, Artistic Director
Jessica Dart holds 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. Working closely with playwrights and other artists to create new theatre is her greatest passion. Dart has served as a reader and respondent for plays in process at the Great Plains Theatre Conference, worked as a dramaturg on original plays in Portland’s Fertile Ground Festival and the Scriptorium, and is a member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. Dart has been involved with the theatre in various ways for nearly 30 years, and is proud to share her experience with the PHAME students, having joined the staff in 2009.
Favorite PHAME moment: After a particularly rocky final dress rehearsal the evening before, the combined energy and enthusiasm of the cast, band, and sold-out audience brought the house down at opening night of PHAME’s “Grease” in 2011.
Matthew Gailey, Music Director
Matthew Gailey has served as PHAME's Music Director since 2011 and is thrilled to work with PHAME’s artists. Along with singing and songwriting, his specialties are directing music ensembles and choirs and designing and implementing non-traditional music curriculum. Gailey is a member of NAFME (National Association for Music Educators), holds a BA in Music Education from Florida Southern College and studied opera and jazz vocal performance at Indiana University’s graduate music program. During his time at FSC he had the opportunity to study jazz improvisation with the late great jazz trumpeter Nat Adderly. He then taught award-winning choirs and music ensembles in Florida's public schools for two years while also directing a gospel choir before beginning his graduate studies. While at IU, Gailey was active on stage, often featured as a soloist with David Baker’s Big Band, and performed several roles with the school's renowned opera theatre. In addition to his activities at PHAME, Gailey is active in the Portland music scene as a soloist and music director for local events, fronting his own soul/rock band, Ghosts Like Us, and has shared the stage with notables like the Portland Cello Project and local jazz icons Ron Steen, and Andre St James.
Favorite PHAME moment: After a 10+ hour day of bus travel and performances during the "H is for Honored" tour, I was waiting with a student for a late bus arrival. While we waited I asked him what his favorite part of the tour had been, expecting a common answer like "the huge audience!" or "feeling like a rock star!". I was surprised and amazed at his simple reply "My favorite part was getting to know you better and you getting to know me. I'm glad we're friends."
Darryn Ambrose, Director of Finance and Operations
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. Prior to joining the staff of PHAME in December 2011, Darryn had most recently worked as an accounting supervisor at a local publicly-traded corporation. Darryn was thrilled by the opportunity to transition into the non-profit sector at PHAME.
Favorite PHAME moment: My first experience with PHAME student performers was at the PHAME Choir + Pink Martini’s Thomas Lauderdale Sing-Along Tea Party in February 2012, and it continues to inspire me to this day.
Jack Quinn MacNichol, Director of Development and Marketing
Jack joined the PHAME staff in February 2014 and works with individuals, businesses, and foundation partners to secure resources for the operations and growth of PHAME. Prior to joining the PHAME team, Jack worked in development and event planning for various political and social justice organizations including Basic Rights Oregon, Oregon United for Marriage, and the Oregon Bus Project. Jack holds a bachelor's degree in Theatre & Politics from Whitman College. In addition to supporting the wonderful work of PHAME, Jack enjoys baking, biking, and beginning overly ambitious craft projects.
Jess Leftault, Community Relations Manager
Jess Leftault enjoys wearing many hats, including that of an artist, musician, and educator. She spent college providing her graphic design talents to the Arizona Daily Wildcat, an independently run student newspaper that enjoys a 15,000+ readership. After receiving a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Arizona, Jess travelled to the Northwest seeking opportunity in Portland’s burgeoning non-profit world. Jess has worked with a number of non-profits and small businesses providing graphic design and administrative services. After an internship with PHAME in 2012, Jess was hired as a Creative Writing teacher and joined the administrative staff in 2013. She is proud to provide any skill she can think of to the many facets of PHAME.
- Amy Aronson – Music/Accompanist/Assistant Choir Director
- Ned Faulhaber - Music/Teaching Lead
- Jacob Coleman – Theatre
- Heath Hyun Houghton - Theatre
- Clifford Koufman - Music
- Jess Leftault - Creative Writing/Costume Design/Teaching Lead
- Kayla Lian – Theatre
- Hayley Mason - Dance
- Francesca Piantadosi - Playwriting
- Linnea Simmons - Visual Art/Costume Design
- Kelly White - Yoga
Jobs: There are no job opening at PHAME at this time. Please continue to check back as opportunities open up: PHAME is a fast-growing organization always on the lookout for talented, passionate individuals.
Volunteers: Please contact PHAME Artistic Director Jessica Dart for more information on volunteer opportunities with PHAME.