Cast and Crew


Jeffrey Jason Gilpin – Lead Actor

Jeffrey Jason Gilpin has played various roles in India, SE Asia, London, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, Portland, and Salem. His recent theatre work includes:

  • Teddy in The Homecoming, Mick in The Caretaker, Richard/Max in The Lover (Imago Theatre)
  • Chekhov in The Cherry Orchard, Solyony in Tracy Lett’s world premiere of Three Sisters, Eros/Ensemble in Metamorphoses, Peter in Bug, Sonny in Appalachian Ebeneezer (Artists Repertory Theatre)
  • Dromio (Guest Artist) in The Comedy of Errors, Officer (Guest Artist) in We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay! (Portland Actors Conservatory)
  • Arles Struvie, et. al in A Tuna Christmas (Oregon Repertory Theatre)
  • Orchestro in A Lovely Day (Upon These Boards)
  • Musician/Big Mike in Boxcar Children (Oregon Children’s Theatre)
  • Marty Sterling in Isn’t It Romantic (Profile Theatre Co.)
  • Miles in The Drawer Boy (Salem Repertory Theatre)
  • Blake in Manna, Bobby Blin in Another Fine Mess, Alcibiades in Outrage (Portland Center Stage)
  • Woody in Woody Guthrie’s American Song (American Heritage Theatre Co.)
  • Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar (Mt. Hood Jazz and Theatre)
  • Dionysus in The Bacchae (Classic Greek Theatre of Oregon)
  • Ivanov in Ivanov, Giovanni in ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art)
  • Octavius in Julius Caesar (Tygres Heart Shakespeare Company)
  • Laertes in Hamlet, Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing, Philip in The Lion in Winter, Feste in Twelfth Night, and Lord Hastings in Richard III (Washington Shakespeare Festival).

Jeffrey holds an MFA in Acting from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, an MA in Teaching and BS in Theatre Arts and Psychology from Willamette University in Salem, OR.

He was recently the Arts Director for Portland Public Schools and is presently the Artistic Director for Oregon Repertory Theatre.

Alan H. King – Lead Actor

Alan has worked in many productions around the Portland area for over 30 years and not regretted a single moment.  Well… maybe a couple of moments.  And none of those moments were in A Tuna Christmas.  It is a real pleasure to be back in the saddle with my good friend Jeffrey and to bring back these quirky and mostly lovable people from Tuna, Texas.  Some other favorite acting roles include:  Saunders in Lend Me a Tenor; Father Mark in Tony & Tina’s Wedding (for nearly two years); Ray in Lone Star; Harry Brock in Born Yesterday; Claudius in Hamlet; Parolles in All’s Well that Ends Well; and many more.  Thanks to my lovely family for supporting me for more than 30 years.


Maria Aparo – Stage Manager

maria_aparo_2016Maria is an actor and producer in New York City and received her training from The Portland Actors Conservatory. In addition to her performance career spanning stage, film, television, commercial, and new media she has produced multiple theatrical projects in NYC; most notably, “Degeneration X” with Perf Productions and “Burning The Living” with the historic Living Theater company. Currently, she produces and develops work by new American playwrights across the country with the organization, Theater Masters. To learn more, or even just say hello, visit her website

Jessi Walters – Lead Dresser


Jessi holds a BA in Theatre, Film, and Dance from Humboldt State University, and has also received training from Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble (PETE), and the Actor’s Academy in Southern California. She is happy as a clam to be returning for her third A Tuna Christmas as Lead Dresser. Jessi is a proud member of Bag&Baggage’s Resident Acting Company, and was most recently seen on the Venetian stage as Ishmael, in the critically acclaimed production of Moby Dick, Rehearsed. Previous Bag&Baggage performances include A KBNB Kristmas Karol (Laverne North Berkshire) The Best of Everything (as Mary Agnes Russo); The Six Gentlepersons of Verona (as Launce, Silvia, Lucetta); Lear (as Regan); Our Country’s Good (as Dabby Bryant, Meg Long); The Crucible (as Ann Putnam); Love’s Labor’s Lost (as Maria); Julius Caesar (as Lucilius & Soothsayer). See what’s onstage this season: . In Portland, Jessi has been seen on stage with Post5 Theatre (Founding Company Member 2011-2014) in Spectravagasam 8:DRUGS (multi-roles), Romeo & Juliet (as Nurse); Arabian Nights (as the Jester’s Wife); The P&J Show (Co-host); and with Northwest Classical Theater Company in Much Ado About Nothing (as Borachio). Happiest of Holidays Portland, and much love to the Tuna cast and crew! A special thanks to her partner in crime, Phillip Berns.

duane-hallDuane Hall – Stagehand

Duane has been involved in Portland Theatre since 1986, from performing in “Shakespeare in the Parks” with “Portland Actors Ensemble” to playing “Claude” in NWCTs “El Zorrito”. He has always enjoyed being an Actor-Techie, and has worn every hat the theatre world has to offer at one time or another. In the early 90s he was a writer on the local tv show “Saturday Night Dead” that ran on KGW for three years. But, he is best known for playing “Bob” in Comical Mystery Dinner shows on board the Mount Hood Rail Road in Hood River. He also wrote and directed for the dinner train from 1998 to 2015. Now he is happy to be part of the crew of “A Tuna Christmas” and hopes everyone has a wonderful holiday season.

Emily Trimble – Stagehand/Asst Dresser

Emily graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas with a BA in Arts & Performance. When working in Dallas, she worked at a number of theatre companies including WaterTower Theatre as an Assistant Stage Manager: The Diary of Anne Frank; Little Shop of Horrors; The Lieutenant of Inishmore; and Our Town. At Undermain Theatre she worked as an Assistant Stage Manager: Ages of the Moon; and The Shipment. She also worked at Dallas Children’s Theatre on many productions including Señora Tortuga (SM); The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (PA); and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Run Crew). Recently, she has worked for Bag&Baggage as Stage Manager and Prop Designer for their 2015/16 Season; Stage Manager for their 2014/15 Season, Lear; Twlefth Night of the Living Dead; and The Great Gatsby; Assistant Stage Manager on Rough Crossing; and The Velveteen Rabbit. She has also worked for Broadway Rose as an Assistant Stage Manager My Fair Lady; and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; and Stage Manager Jungle Book. She has also worked at Oregon Children’s Theatre as ASM on The Giver. When not in a show she likes to climb rocks, cross stitch, and crochet.

Laura Fraley – Stagehand

Laura Fraley is a Portland-based stage manager and props designer. She recieved her B.A. in Design and Technical Theatre from Lewis and Clark College. She was a company member with Action/Adventure theatre for 5 years, where she had the fun of working on many shows includingHow to Stop Dying, Sidekicks, Mars One, and Fall of the Band. Recent work includes Richard III(Post5 Theatre), The Understudy (Artists Repertory Theatre), and multiple shows with Oregon Childrens Theatre including James and the Giant Peach, Bad Kitty, and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. She is thrilled to be joining the Tuna crew this year.

Sam Kusnetz – Sound Designer

sam_kusnetz_webSam Kusnetz has been designing, composing, photographing, filming, stage managing, and solving all manner of theatrical challenges for nearly twenty years. Off B’Way: Cherry Smoke (Working Theatre), The Clearing (22Q Productions/Commercial), Bikeman (TPAC/Commercial) Lady Day (Little Shubert/Commercial), La Ruta (Working Theatre), Sleeping Rough (Page 73), Ahh Ha! (Do Jump/New 42nd Street), Brazil! Brazil! (Broadway Asia), Wearing Lorca’s Bowtie (AENY), Arms and the Man, Small Craft Warnings (Jean Coctau Repertory). Regional: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Frost/Nixon (Portland Center Stage). Other: Not All Thieves Come To Harm You (Fordham University), Bureau of Missing Persons (Neighborhood Productions) The Wonderful World of Dissocia (Third Rail Rep.), Twelfth Night (Leviathan Lab), A Tuna Christmas (Oregon Repertory), Biglittlethings (international tour, Imago Theater), Kid/Simple (world premiere, Brown University). Sam is proud to be a member of the support team for Figure 53, and just as proud to be a frequent visiting artist at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn.

Torry Bend – Scenic Designer

torry_bend_webTorry Bend is a puppet artist and scenic designer, her Scenic design has been seen in New York at La Mama, Incubator Arts Project and Dixon Place. Additional design work includes, Animal Dance, Children’s Theater Company, Circle Course, Katmandu; Pygmalion, Southwest Shakespeare Co.; Agamemnon, Getty Villa; References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, Empty Space Theatre, Seattle; her puppetry has been seen at puppet festivals across the country. Her show The Paper Hat Gamereceived the Best Toy Theater award for 2015 at the Puppeteers of America Conference and was a New York Times Critic’s Pick. She has received grants from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Henson Foundation, Jerome Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Margaret Chapman – Costume Designer

margaret_chapman_webMargaret Louise Chapman (Costume Design) has a MS in Theatre Arts from Portland State University.

She was resident costumer/designer at Portland Civic Theatre for 17 years. She now freelance costumes with several theatre companies in the Portland area.

Her positions include resident costumer for Oregon Children’s Theatre Company, past resident costumer/instructor for Portland Community College/Sylvania Campus and Costumer/Faculty at Portland State University. Margaret is a multiple Willie, Drammy, OTAS, and PAMTA recipient.

She is past president of the Portland Civic Theatre Guild and current Endowment Chair. When not costuming Margaret is an active Scouter in the Cascade Pacific Council/Boy Scouts of America.

Guild addition: Active member status 1995

Jeff Woods – Lighting Designer


This is Jeff’s seventh trip to Tuna, Texas with Oregon Repertory Theatre at the wheel. Jeff has been designing lights in Portland for 20 years, and has worked with many local favorites (past and present) including Stark Raving Theatre, The OtherSide Theatre, liminal, HART, CoHo Productions, Lakewood Theatre Company, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Northwest Classical Theatre Company, Theatre Vertigo, Shaking the Tree, Post5 Theatre, and triangle! Productions. Recent designs include Love and Information at Theatre Vertigo, Green Day’s American Idiot and Heathers the Musical for triangle! Productions, The Hanging Girl with Southwest Stage Works, Passion Play for Profile Theatre and Shaking the Tree, and Equus for Post5 Theatre. Jeff lives in Portland with his wife and son, and their fuzzy beasts.


Stephanie Gaslin – Dialect Coach

stephanie_gaslinStephanie Gaslin is an actor, dialect/voice coach, teaching artist and a Founding Member of Third Rail. She has a BA in Theatre from Southern Oregon University and an MFA in Acting from Ohio University.

Third Rail Repertory Theatre (Dialect): The Pain and the Itch,The Wonderful World of Dissocia, Kiss Me Like You Mean It, The Lying Kind, Fabuloso, A Skull in Connemara, Dead Funny, Nobody Here but Us Chickens, Shining City, Grace, A Lesson from Aloes, The Lonesome West, and Recent Tragic Events

Regional (Dialect Coach): Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory, Profile Theatre, Public Playhouse, Oregon Repertory Theatre, Sojourn Theatre, Clackamas Repertory Theatre, Coaster Theater, Light’s Up Productions, Portland Actor’s Conservatory, and George Fox University

Stephanie has taught acting, playwriting, improvisation, voice and movement to children from kindergarten thru high school, adults and senior citizens. She has had the opportunity to serve as a teaching artist for the National Shakespeare Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Ohio University, Young Players, Artist’s Repertory Theatre, and The Haven Project. Most recently volunteering to run Drama Club at Camp Quest for adolescents with High Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.