Jules Moorhouse is excited to direct in the Youth Conservatory Program at Portland Actors Conservatory. Jules is a local youth theatre director and besides directing at Portland Actors Conservatory (PAC) she can also be found directing and teaching theatre at Portland Public Schools. For the past seven years she has worked at Robert Gray Middle School, where she directs three shows a year and for the past two years at Woodstock Elementary. She is the original director for the PAC Youth Conservatory where she directs two shows a year that mirror the adult program. Jules is a graduate of Portland Actors Conservatory and credits her first “real” acting and directing experiences to PAC. After graduating from PAC she started the women’s theatre company Magdalyn Theatre where she produced and directed sixteen productions. As a supporter of new playwrights, Jules has directed three shows for the Fertile Ground Festival, which include a touring show to New York theatre festivals. She has been the camp director at the summer PYPA Theatre Camp at Camp Arrah Wanna for the past five years and finds summer theatre programs to be one of the best adventures in the life of youth. Jules holds the position of Vice President for the Wilson Area Arts Council for PPS, and is excited about expanding theatre throughout the Portland School District for all students that don’t currently have theatre opportunities in their schools. Jules is a true believer that theatre arts is a crucial part of brain development which creates a positive influence on youth development when it comes to building independence, confidence, and high self-esteem. She directs and teaches under the philosophy that there is an actor inside all youth just waiting to come out, which changes the way that youth feel about themselves. Portland Actors Conservatory is a place where Jules hangs her heart. As a 1999 graduate of PAC, Jules feels at home when she walks through the conservatory doors. She feels a real connection to the programs and the people at the conservatory. Beth Harper will forever be her first theatre mentor and she couldn’t be happier working with Beth and the entire Conservatory family. Jules is grateful whenever she has the opportunity to create on a stage and considers directing youth theatre to be her life work.
Shelly Proschold is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She performed with the American Family Theatre, Childsplay, and was the Education Director for Valley Youth Theatre in Arizona. Shelly has been teaching, directing and producing theatre for children throughout the U.S. for 18 years. She was the Executive Artistic Director of H-Town youth theatre, Healdsburg’s resident youth theatre company, for 7 years and taught over 400 children a week, spreading the love of theatre and building the imaginations of our youth.
Tara Spires (intern) is an alumnus of Portland Actors Conservatory was most recently seen as Sherry in The Amish Project, Helena in A Midsummer Nights Dream and Mrs Dashwood/Gossip/Anne Steele in Sense and Sensibility. She is a Bay Area native and has a Bachelors degree in Theatre from Cal State East Bay and an Associates of Arts degree from Ohlone College in Fremont, California. She is a member at large of The Medea Project: Theatre for Incarcerated Women. She also performs with ComedySportz Portland and is a host and company member with Dinner Detective Portland.