Sunday, October 14 / 7:30 PM
PORTLAND MENNONITE CHURCH
Michelle Milne | Writer, Performer, Director
Michelle Milne has worked as a performer, writer, director, and educator across the United States — including both coasts and regions in between. She has created multiple original theatre shows, including The Telling of the Bees (mixing science, technology, mythology, and honeybees), and For Those Who Cannot Fly (about our relationship to borders and walls). Currently, she is expanding the latter piece for touring as a new solo production titled Boundary Conditions.
Michelle has performed her poetry as the character “Carmelina du Jour” in Chicago’s Poetry Bordello; appeared as Supervisor McCrae in the sci-fi TV show pilot Decktechs; and was a part of the ensemble for Palissimo’s The Painted Bird at La Mama in NYC. She currently performs around the US and Canada with Ted & Company in the 2-person show, Discovery: A Comic Lament, for which she also served as movement director.
Her recent directing work includes highly physical and immersive productions of Brontë (which won the 2017 Drammy Award for Best Production in Portland, Ore.), Julius Caesar, Eurydice, and a collaboratively directed production of Macbeth at a prison in eastern Oregon.
Michelle is a Feldenkrais Method practitioner, has taught theatre and movement classes at Columbia College Chicago and Goshen College, teaches creative/performing arts classes in prisons and jails, and has spent the past five years traveling around the US as part of an ongoing writing project called Traveling Home.
Heather Kropf | Singer-Songwriter, Pianist
Heather Kropf's live shows are notable for immersing her listeners into a subtle, mellow, and mesmerizing world that explores the complexity and beauty of modern life and romance from many angles, much as an artist would paint various studies of a still life. Her classical piano training, honeyed folk/jazz-fueled voice and deft, evocative song craft have garnered local acclaim from WYEP Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Magazine, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and airplay at over 60 radio stations nationally, including WFUV Bronx and WXPN Philadelphia. Her fifth release Lights was nominated for Top Entertainment + Media Project (2018) by the Creative Industries Network, and was listed as a best release of 2017 by TribLIVE.
When she isn’t making music and traveling, Heather is passionate about home design/Feng Shui (she is a certified practitioner), environmental wellness, organizing for her passion project Fair Play Pittsburgh Music, haunting her favorite jazz clubs, walking cemeteries and city parks, and hanging out with her two rescue cats. She is always down to meet you for breakfast at your favorite diner.
about the show
An informal evening of listening to great storytelling drawn from Michelle's travels these past 5 years interspersed with great music and songwriting from Heather's latest album including some unrecorded tunes.
Please come and enjoy an evening with friends celebrating these two amazing artists.
This show is a donation based house concert.
At the end of the show you will have an opportunity to express your generosity and support.
Thank you in advance for supporting the art of Michelle and Heather and helping to cover thier touring expenses.