B. FRAYN MASTERS decided at 5 that writing and performing was her thing. She convinced childhood kids to perform with her and held her first shows at the base of the railroad tie steps of the neighbors house and sold tickets out of that same (obvs. very supportive) neighbor lady’s red wagon. She is still is a performer, scriptwriter, storyteller and added making videos and doing voice over into the mix. She is the Creator, Executive Producer, and Host of the Back Fence PDX live storytelling series — and was also a PDX Producer and Host for The Moth GrandSLAM. She was voted Best Storyteller/Spoken Word Artist for the 2015 Willamette Week’s Best Of issue. Samples of her literary leanings can be found in City of Weird, Airplane Reading, MonkeyBicycle 6, Hobart, and Mountain Man Dance Moves: The McSweeney’s Book of Lists. Oh, and, fun fact she has read the screenplays for the first three Twilight movies about 30 times each because she got to write 500 multiple choice questions for each movie for an app. She puts most of the monies in her bank account as a podcast producer & performance coach, a speech & performance coach, producer, voice over artist and animation and commercial scriptwriter. She swoons for good stories.
Contact Frayn: b.frayn [at] gmail [dot] com.
On IG: @bfmasters
MINDY NETTIFEE is a Co-Producer of the Back Fence PDX series, and she is the Co-Host of Back Fence PDX: RUSSIAN ROULETTE. She is the director of Free Delivery, Portland’s speaking, story and performance services firm, offering private coaching, custom workshops, live event production and business consulting. She is also a performer in and co-produces LOFI @ HIFI — a kick ass variety show with a regular cast/guests where all the proceeds go to a community non-profit. She is the award-winning writer and performance poet BUST Magazine calls “the linguistic 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 a new book of poems forthcoming Spring 2018 on Write Bloody – Open Your Mouth Like a Bell. She has curated literary events for the Smithsonian Project, the Getty Center, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, co-founded and directed the nonprofit Write Now Poetry Society, and has taught writing and performance for more than a decade at colleges, universities and community organizations across the United States. She holds an MA in Depth Psychology with a specialization in Somatic Studies, and is currently a doctoral candidate researching the impact of trauma on the voice, and the use of voice, languaging, story and the expressive arts in trauma recovery.
Contact Mindy: mindy [at] backfencepdx [dot] com.
On Instagram: @thecultofmindy
KISHA JARRETT is a Story Producer and Co-Host for Back Fence PDX: RUSSIAN ROULETTE. She is a writer, director, actor, storyteller, and baker. In the many lives she has lived, she has won several Moth StorySLAMS and GrandSLAMS and performed for Back Fence PDX, 7 Deadly Sins, WildFang, among others. In 2014, her short film SCOUT debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in the 30 Filmmakers to Watch under 35. She owned a bakery in New York called Painted Lady Cakes. Some of her favorite roles have been Bebe in A Chorus Line, Lisa in Debbie Does Dallas, the Musical, and the 2020 production of School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play. She is the recipient of a 2018 Suttle Lodge Artist Residency and a 2020 Chateau d'Orquevaux Artist in Residence. Kisha has lived and worked all over the world (New York, Barcelona, Austin, and Atlanta among others), but currently resides in Portland, OR.
ASHLEY BRITTNER WELLS is Associate Producer for Back Fence PDX. She is Creator of Get Nervous, a reading and performance series about mental health. Her work centers on feminism, gender, being queer, and worrying about feminism, gender, and being queer. Her work has been featured in Bitch Magazine, OutWords, Nailed Magazine, the Authenticity Experiment, and on various independent radio stations. Everything she does has been influenced by Stevie, Corin, and Pat.
Contact Ashley: ashley [at] backfencepdx [dot] com
ALLISON BOLGER is Associate Producer and House Manager for Back Fence PDX: RUSSIAN ROULETTE. She comes to BackFence PDX with no background in anything creative, she just enjoys surrounding herself with interesting people. Hailing from Sonoma County, California, she’s also lived in Santa Barbara, Finland, on a cruise ship in Hawaii, and now Portland. You can find her enjoying most things “Portland”: storytelling shows, endless food and beverage options, bridges, green landscapes, hiking, and RAIN!
Contact Allison: allison [at] backfencepdx [dot] com
DJ BOBBY is the House DJ for Back Fence PDX: RUSSIAN ROULETTE. Bobby plays a mix of modern soul, boogie and R&B – lighting up dance floors and inspiring tasteful, epic vibes. You Like most DJs, Bobby can jam out the hits. But ultimately, he’ll hook you with a litany of weirdo pop grooves you never knew you liked. You can here him on XRAY.fm every Friday at 6pm.
Contact Bobby: bobby [at] urbanedibles [dot] org
CHRIS WILLIAMS is a Story Producer for the Back Fence PDX series. Chris is a proud Michigander or Michiganian. His job with the local school district keeps him very busy so he balances it out with several creative endeavors. Chris is part of an improv trio called Broke Gravy. They have performed at several festivals internationally and can be seen regularly at the Curious Comedy Theater and Kickstand above the Siren Theater. He is the creator and host of “Front Porch Sessions” a local storytelling/community building event and he is also the co-host of a podcast called “Are We Still Friends”. He holds a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution and believes completely in the transformative power of storytelling. Chris is an okay mimic of accents and loves to work 80’s and 90’s pop culture references into serious conversations whenever possible. He’s excited to be working with all of the talented, passionate folks at Back Fence PDX.
BRIAN S. ELLIS is a Story Producer for the Back Fence PDX series. He teaches Personal Storytelling for PCC continuing education, and, he is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently, Often Go Awry from University of Hell Press.
JASON ROUSE is The Announcer for Back Fence PDX: MAINSTAGE. Is a Writer and the Announcer for Live Wire! Radio, teaches sketch comedy writing all over town and has been a member of several sketch comedy troupes including The 3rd Floor and Sweat. Look at his photo and feel his presence.
On Twitter: @Jason_Rouse Photo credit: Andy Batt
MATTHEW PRESTON is the Business Development Manager for Back Fence PDX. Born in a small country town in Florida and constantly on the search for new adventure, good music and, intriguing people, Matt has found his way into the arts and small business community of Portland. When he’s not working as a marketing and communications director or as a consultant for small businesses and arts organizations, he is working on his novel, trying to revive his poetry practice and reading way too much sci-fi. Matt discovered Back Fence PDX in 2014 and has been head over heels ever since!
Contact Matthew: matthew [at] backfencepdx [dot] com
TATY CHAPIN is Social Media Intern for Back Fence PDX. Born in Russia and raised in Portland, Taty considers herself an Oregonian. As a Graphic Designer, she's often on the computer accompanied by her cat Norman. When she's not working you can find her trying new restaurants, exploring new places, and enjoying the rain!
C. SPARKMAN is the Graphic Design Intern for Back Fence PDX. Sparkman is the lady on a last name basis, born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She enjoys solving design problems through research, dynamic narrative, craft, and community. In her free time, you can find Sparkman roller skating, disco dancing, thrifting, singing karaoke, or hunting for the paranormal.