B. FRAYN MASTERS is the Host and Executive Producer of Back Fence PDX, both the live and OPB Radio versions, the Co-Host of Russian Rouelette…and is the PDX Producer for The Moth StorySLAM. Masters also produces, creates and performs in comedic videos and sketches, and was lucky enough to be a guest performer in w00stock 2.1, which starred the super funny Wil Wheaton, Adam Savage, and Paul & Storm. Samples of her literary leanings can be found in Airplane Reading, MonkeyBicycle 6, Hobart, SPORK and Mountain Man Dance Moves: The McSweeney’s Book of Lists. Writing the cell phones games for the Twilight movie series totally warped her viewpoint on wolves. She puts most of the monies in her bank account as an animation scriptwriter, in addition to writing for various magazines. She swoons for good stories. [Note to self: practice swooning. Also, look up its meaning.]
Contact B. Frayn: frayn [at] backfencepdx [dot] com.
On Twitter: @bfraynmastered, @E4People
JASON ROUSE is The Announcer for the Back Fence PDX main show. He has done many, many things in many, many places. Look at his photo and feel his presence.
On Twitter: @Jason_Rouse
MINDY NETTIFEE is Creative Associate, and Co-Host of Russian Roulette. She is the award-winning writer and performance poet BUST Magazine calls “the lingustic orgasm we’ve all been waiting for.” She is the author of two full-length collections of poetry, Sleepyhead Assassins (Moon Tide Press) and Rise of the Trust Fall (Write Bloody Press), and the collection of essays on writing Glitter In The Blood (Write Bloody Press). She has curated poetry events for the Smithsonian Project, the Getty Center, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and others. She is a cast member of the groundbreaking performance poetry tours The Last Nerve and The Whirlwind Company, and the director of the nonprofit Write Now Poetry Society.
On Twitter: @thecultofmindy
NATHALIE WEINSTEIN kills it in her role as Back Fence PDX House Manager. She is also the editor of Portland events website PDXPipeline.com and a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in the Daily Journal of Commerce, Up & Coming Lawyers Magazine and the Oregon Stater. In 2011, she received a second place award for lifestyle reporting from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association. She learned the art of storytelling from listening to her dad tell tall tales around the dinner table, and listening to her mom’s more accurate corrections.
Contact Nathalie: nat [at] backfencepdx [dot] com.
On Twitter: @storymakerupper
MEAGAN KATE serves it up, kick-ass style, as the Back Fence PDX Front of House Manager. She is a full-time writer and a graduate student in special education. Another title she holds dear is Associate Producer of Entertainment for People, alongside boss-lady B. Frayn. She can also be found on various Portland stages as a comedian and actress. Her time is also spent teaching theatre at PHAME Academy, an arts academy for adults with developmental disabilities. As the Back Fence PDX FOH Manager, her duties include shaking hands and giving lingering hugs to Back Fence followers, and convincing complete strangers that they should get on stage for the Lightning Round. She loves you.
Contact Meagan Kate: meagankate [at] backfencepdx [dot] com.
On Twitter: @MeaganKate
After raising and training black bears in the rurals of Idaho for several years, KERRY GRETHER moved to Portland in 2006 to put her bear-whispering skills to the test as a bartender and full-time student. She has yet to pallet train, bottle feed or give a soap enema to any of her bar patrons. Kerry spends most of her time working diligently towards a degree in linguistics from PSU, and creates and sells hand-made leather jewelry in her spare time. She is a devoted fan and the Russian Roulette House Manager for Back Fence PDX
Contact Kerry: kerry [at] backfencepdx [dot] com
ERIC SCHEUR is a former Back Fence PDX storyteller and has happily been helping out behind the scenes as Technical Advisor ever since. He is also the curator and producer of the Mystery Box Show, another proud member of Portland’s live storytelling community. When he’s not telling tales, onstage or off, he spends his days working as an animator for various commercial studios around town. And when he’s not doing that, he’s usually traveling around the country with a microphone and a recorder collecting stories from anyone who has a spare moment to stop and talk.
Contact Eric: eric [at] backfencepdx [dot] com
KATRINA SCOTTO di CARLO, MISTRESS OF THE BELL.
When she’s not kicking ass as co-founder of Supportland, Katrina might be seen throwing turkey legs at Renaissance Faire attendees or cajoling her small children to ask Librarians for Lady Chatterley’s Lover. Her favorite novel by a local author is hands down Tom Spanbauer’s The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon. She has been a storyteller at Back Fence PDX and Live Wire. You may bring her a top shelf bourbon on the rocks during any Back Fence PDX, where she will will most likely be stationed in Bell Ringer’s Paradise.
Contact Katrina: katrina [at] supportland [dot] com
SHANNON PENNER is a PDX attorney with a juvenile dependency practice. She loves having a job that allows her to help positively influence the experience of PDX families every day. Her background in theater has helped her to present her clients’ complex and compelling stories, only in a courtroom rather than on stage. She has fallen in love with Back Fence PDX and its endlessly fascinating storytellers, and she is thrilled to be one of the show’s amazing Assistants!
Contact Shannon: shannon [at] backfencepdx [dot] com
ANYA COLEMAN works in adult education and is volunteering junkie; currently she divides her hours between volunteering as an Assistant for Back Fence PDX, Entertainment for People, and PHAME a local non-profit working with developmentally disabled adults. Known as that chick who looks like snow white and one of the few Boston Red Sox fans in Portland, Anya has a deep love for the arts, books, good pizza, and Sci-Fi. Duties at Back Fence include anything she is damn well told to do, and she does with a smile.
Contact Anya: anya [at] backfencepdx [dot] com
On Twitter: @MoneyPenny_7