About Us

“Back Fence is like a gentle lover whispering sweet nothings into the world’s hot, horny little ear. There’s nothing like it on earth–or even in the rest of Portland.”
- STEVE ALMOND, Author of Candy Freak and Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life.

Our Back Fence PDX: MAINSTAGE show has been playing to packed good-looking audiences since 2008. In 2013 we also became an ongoing radio/podcast miniseries on OPB, in that same year we introduced our second live storytelling show, Back Fence PDX: RUSSIAN ROULETTE, which we are proud to say caught on like wildfire. And, in 2014 we’re excited to introduce Back Fence PDX: REEL STORIES to the series.

The MAINSTAGE show features local and out of town storytellers telling true personal tales based on the night’s theme. For RUSSIAN ROULETTE each storyteller spins a giant wheel of prompts, and has only 5 minutes to come up with a true 5-minute story based on that prompt. REEL STORIES features behind-the-scenes stories combined with film/TV clips from the storytellers’ own work — including outtakes and never-before-seen footage.

Former storytellers range from a blood-spatter expert, a pet photographer, a park ranger, a former Scientologist, to Scientists and Doctors, to New York Times Best-Selling authors, film actors/writers/directors, and people we’ve met on the street.

MAINSTAGE stories have never been told publicly. In some cases, not even to significant others.

Back Fence PDX and B. Frayn Masters are honored to have partnered with and/or performed in support of amazing non-profits that serve our community: Proud Ground, Children’s Book Bank, Rock-n-Roll Camp for Girls, P:EAR, The Big Float, The Independent Publishing Resource Center, Planned Parenthood, Neighborhood House, Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, and Creative Mornings.

The Back Fence Staff

B. Frayn Masters

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 ReadingMonkeyBicycle 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

Mindy Nettifee

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

Jason Rouse

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




Sex Life DJ Bobby

DJ BOBBY is the House DJ for Back Fence PDX: RUSSIAN ROULETTE

The Sex Life DJs play a mix of modern soul, boogie and r&b – lighting up dance floors and inspiring tasteful, epic vibes. Like most djs, these guys can jam out the hits. But ultimately, they’ll hook you with a litany of weirdo pop grooves you never knew you liked. Their monthly party “Night Moves” continues to showcase their timeless and ecstatic mixes. 3rd Thursdays at Holocene is where to find them. S-E-X-L-I-F-E.org

Contact Bobby: bobby [at] urbanedibles [dot] org


Liz Olufson

LIZ OLUFSON comes to Back Fence PDX from exotic Wisconsin, bringing with her a love of performance management and a strong background in cheese. If you can’t find her working in the literature room at Powell’s Books downtown, you might find her on the tennis court, in the woods, or else perfecting the art of the homebody – cooking a new dish, or snuggled up with her cat and a favorite book. She’s so excited to be Assistant to the Producer and House Manager for Back Fence PDX: MAIN STAGE that she just might scream.

Contact Liz: liz [at] backfencepdx [dot] com.


Julia Oppenheimer

JULIA OPPENHEIMER has been in love with live storytelling from a very young age when she used to go see the legendary Joe Hayes tell live tales in the plaza in Santa Fe, NM. She spent her formative years in a small town in Colorado where storytelling took the place of TV most of the time. Julia had her own public radio show from the time she was 13, playing anything from teeny-bopper music to interviewing local authors about upcoming novels. She currently works as the event coordinator for Hopworks Urban Brewery, where she finds a way to combine her passion for socializing with her love craft beer. Julia is the House Manager for Back Fence PDX: RUSSIAN ROULETTE


Eric Scheur

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


Back Fence PDX: Main Stage Show Behind the Scenes Staff

Back Fence PDX: Main Stage Show Behind the Scenes Staff

House/Stage Manager
Green Room Mavin
Meagan KATE
Intermission Coordinator
VIP Section Commander
House/Stage Manager
VIP/Guest List Handler
Electronic Media Wizard
Mistress of the Bell

Storyteller Coaches