Bruce Hostetler – Artistic Director
In his twenty-five year directing career Bruce has directed well over a hundred theatre, musical, and opera productions throughout the USA and Canada. He wrote the book and story for four operas that toured the west coast. Bruce ran several theatre companies before starting CompassWorks, including serving as a Producer for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, OR. When he is not leading Compass, Bruce is a free-lance stage director and is currently serving as the President of the Portland Area Theatre Alliance. He holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Stage and Television Directing from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in Pittsburgh, PA.
A few thoughts from Bruce: This interview process has been amazing. The wisdom that exists in this community is truly staggering. I couldn’t do what the people I have been talking to have done. Or perhaps I could if I needed to. That’s been one of the common threads of all my interviews: “I didn’t think this would be my life.” When you are forced to live the unimaginable, you discover you can do the impossible. I’ve really been impressed by people’s attempts to remain human, to remain valuable members of society, even when society seems to be casting them out.
Hugo “Rio” Rios – Board President
Rio is a professional photographer and corporate training consultant. He has been developing training for companies like Intel Corporation and Kaiser Permanente for over 10 years as well as an event photographer for Nike, OHSU, Pacific University and theater organizations for over 5 years. Rio was also in the Richmond Family Clinic Board of Directors for 4 years.
Allison Anderson – Board Secretary
By day, Allison is a Learning Design Strategist and Program Manager for Intel Corporation. A noted innovator and futurist in the learning & development field, she is a frequent presenter at events and conferences. By night, Allison has been a part of the Portland theatre community for over 20 years. Favorite roles include Lyubov Ranevskaya in The Cherry Orchard (for CompassWorks’ previous incarnation as Compass Repertory Theatre), Lady Macbeth and Hedda Gabler (both for Northwest Classical Theatre Company).
Kevin Meyers – Board Member
Kevin is Director of Strategic Communications at Reed College