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: frayn [at] backfencepdx [dot] com.
On IG: @bfmasters
DR. 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 holds a doctorate in Depth Psychology and is a practicing somatic trauma therapist specializing in working with performing artists. She is also the award-winning writer and performance poet BUST Magazine calls “the linguistic orgasm we’ve all been waiting for.” She is the author of three full-length collections of poetry, Sleepyhead Assassins (Moon Tide Press), Rise of the Trust Fall (Write Bloody Press), and Open Your Mouth Like a Bell (Write Bloody Press), and the collection of essays on writing Glitter In The Blood (Write Bloody Press). 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 two decades at colleges, universities and community organizations across the United States.
On Instagram: @thecultofmindy
NATHALIE WEINSTEIN is an Associate Producer for the Back Fence PDX series. Nathalie is the co-owner of Portland events website and local jobs board PDX Pipeline, as well as an award winning journalist. She has been a part of Back Fence PDX since the very beginning as a volunteer, ticket taker, bakstage manager and even a storyteller. Nathalie is a prolific home cook who seeks to feed anyone who enters her home. She is thrilled to bring Russian Roulette to the people of Portland and beyond.
Contact Nathalie: nathalie [at] backfencepdx [dot] com
On Instagram: @nateatspdx
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.
DJ STONEBUNNY is The House DJ for Back Fence PDX: RUSSIAN ROULETTE. Rachel Good aka DJ Stonebunny has been sharing music she loves with Portlanders since 2010. Her all-vinyl sets span genres and time periods in a quest to find the perfect vibe. When she's not spinning live or at her day job, Rachel can be found socializing foster puppies, plunging into any nearby body of water, or coordinating DJs for Pickathon.
Music at: www.mixcloud.com/DJStonebunny