Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Faculty Profiles

Patrick Tangredi, SAC Chair, Artistic Director Patrick Tangredi
Patrick teaches TA 101 (Theatre Appreciation), TA 141 (Fundamentals of Acting), TA 142, 143 (Advanced Acting) Acting for the Camera and TA 180 (Rehearsal and Performance). Patrick received his BA in English from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and his MFA in Theatre Directing from Tulane University. He has acted, directed, written and taught for over 20 years across the Unites States. He directs two of the three main-stage productions at PCC. He is a member of Actor's Equity Association (AEA), the professional actors union.
Dan HaysDan Hays
Dan Hays has designed sets, lights and taught technical theatre classes at PCC since the Sylvania Performing Arts Center was completed in 1994. He is a native Oregonian who returned to Portland after spending two years in Hawaii as the Technical Director and resident scenic/lighting designer for Maui Onstage and Maui Community Theatre. Dan became increasingly interested in technical theatre while teaching theatre at Grant High School, in Portland from 1987 to 1989 in an enthusiastic three-member drama coaching program with over 250 students enrolled! Since then he has designed or been technically involved in over 250 productions. He prides himself in being versatile both on and off stage. His professional theatre experience includes acting, singing, vocal coaching, directing, producing, theatre facility consulting, scenic design, lighting design, sound design, auditorium coordinating, technical directing, and over 35 years experience piano accompanist/soloist/composer. He received his B.S.S. in Theatre and Language Arts from the University of Portland in 1986 and his M.F.A. in Dramatic Arts/Design from the University of Portland in 1992.
Sarah GahaganSarah Gahagan
Sarah Gahagan is a costume and set designer for theatre, dance, festivals & stop-motion animation film as well as being adjunct theatre instructor at PCC. She has done theatre design and collaboration work with many of Oregon's beloved arts organizations including: Artist Repertory Theatre, Oregon Children's Theatre, Miracle Theatre, Profile Oregon Contemporary Theatre, Oregon Ballet Theatre & Michal Curry Design. She has received Drammy Awards for her costume design work on Eurydice, James and The Giant Peach, Trojan Women, El Quijote, & A Year With Frog and Toad. She is thrilled to be working with the students & faculty at PCC Theatre Department.
Sue Bean-Portinga, Running Crew Instructor, Sound Design Mentor
A Theatrical Biologist (side tracked in college by Marine Biology), Sue’s children led her back to the Theater while volunteering at DaVinci Arts Middle School. Hired as a Touring Stage Manager soon led to work in almost all technical aspects of theatre. Hired in 2008 for rental crew, she has dedicated countless hours to supporting students on the backstage crew. She’s thankful for PCC’s engaged students.
Michael Pfaff, Scene Shop Supervisor
is excited to be PAC Coordinator and Scene Shop Supervisor at PCC. A Portland area native, he spent a dozen years in NYC working as a Set Builder, Scene Shop Lead, and Producer in theater, television, and film before settling in the Fashion Photography World. Upon moving back to the NW he spent a few short years on the Oregon Coast where he built Sets for the Coaster Theatre in Cannon Beach. He is also the proud father of Jake and Frances and a Student of Economics at PSU.
John Duncan, EmeritusJohn Duncan
John Duncan is professor emeritus after teaching acting and improvisational theatre at Portland Community College for eight years. During that time, a number of the actors and improv performers in Portland have passed through his classes. John began acting in the theatre in 1979, when he was already 30 years old. Since then he has been the artistic director of two different theatre companies, including currently the Twilight Repertory Theatre here in Portland. He also performs regularly with the Light-Fingered Five, a Portland improv comedy group. Over the years John has taught at The University of California at Santa Barbara, Lane Community College, the University of Oregon, Portland State University, and Portland Community College. John has also been the faculty advisor for PANTS, the PCC improv team, for the past four years.