Meet Our Company

Samson Syharath (Artistic Director) is a multidisciplinary artist, producer, educator, and administrator focusing on visibility of Asian-American artists and under-served communities. After receiving a B.A. from the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, Samson trained at the Portland Actors Conservatory where he is currently Associate Artistic Director. He was part of the Theatre Communications Group Rising Leaders of Color Cohort in 2017 featured by American Theatre Magazine and was the recipient of the Portland Civic Theatre Guild’s Leslie O. Fulton Fellowship that same year. Samson is also a company member of Theatre Vertigo and helped Bag&Baggage Productions with artist outreach for their Problem Play Project.

Larry Toda (producing ensemble) earned his B.A. in journalism and communications, and is a corporate marketing manager for Mentor Graphics Corporation in Wilsonville. Previous professional roles include Henry in South Pacific (Lakewood Theater), Emperor and Sailor in Pacific Overtures (Keller Auditorium) and Mike in From Oregon With Love II (Fuji Television Japan). He has performed most recently in MediaRites’ Theatre Diaspora’s productions of Breaking the Silence, The Theory of Everything, A Sound of a Voice, and After the War Blues. He currently serves on the board of MediaRites.

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Alex Haslett (producing ensemble) is a writer, photographer, and theatre producer. In addition to the many hats he wears assisting with development and marketing for Theatre Diaspora, he also serves full time as a Member Center Representative with Oregon Public Broadcasting, and volunteers as a Young Audience Outreach Committee member with Third Rail Repertory Theatre.


Dmae Roberts has been the executive producer of MediaRites since 1991 and has managed numerous projects. Her Peabody-winning documentary Mei Mei, a Daughter’s Song is a harrowing account of her mother’s childhood in Taiwan during WWII, adapted  into a film in 2014. Roberts and MediaRites won another Peabody-award for the eight-hour Crossing East, the first Asian American history series on public radio. Roberts received the Dr. Suzanne Ahn Civil Rights and Social Justice award from the Asian American Journalists Association and was selected as a United States Artists (USA) Fellow. As a theatre artist, she has won two Drammys, one for her acting and one for her play Picasso In The Back Seat, which also won the Oregon Book Award in 1996. She has has performed in and produced dozens of stage plays in her career on Portland stages including the IFCC, Artists Repertory Theatre, OSF-Portland and Tygres Heart Shakespeare Company. She will be featured in Artists Rep’s production of Caught in October 2017.

Jennifer Seung Hancock (producing ensemble) is a performing artist, creator, and an arts advocate. After earning her B.A. in arts management and dance, she moved to Portland for an internship with Disjecta Contemporary Art Center. Currently, she works at NW Dance Project as an Administrative Assistant and Coho Productions as their box office assistant and financial associate.


Lila Yang is a Post-Bacc Pre-Med student Portland State University where she also received her BA in Theater in 2017. Lila is currently the Stage Manager for FashioNXT here in Portland. Previously she has worked for Northwest Children’s Theater and also attended classes there growing up.



Featured Artists 2019

Catherine Ming T’ien Duffly
Jasper Howard
Shareen Jacobs
Joe Kye
Elaine Low
Melissa Magana
Sofia Molina
Shelley B. Shelley
Dre Slaman
Samson Syharath
Larry Toda
Andrea White
Jane Vogel

Featured Artists 2018

Jasper Howard
Savira Kambu
Joe Kye
Elaine Low
Melissa Magana
Josie Seid
Samson Syharath

Featured Artists 2017

Anthony Lam
Sarika Mehta
Elaine Low
Matthew Sepda
Paige Rogers
Joe Rogers

Featured Artists 2016

Wynee Hu (founding ensemble member)
Tonya Jone Miller
Leo Lin
Ken Yoshikawa
Sofia May-Cuxim
Enrique E. Andrade
Ming Young
Ken Tang
Paige Rogers
Jess Ford
Bobby Bermea
Jamie Rea
Emily Gregory
James Dixon
Ashley Williams
Colin Kane
Adrian Baxter
Isaiah Sims
Brooke Calcagno
Caitlin Fisher Draeger
Natasha Stockem

Featured Artists 2014-2015

Chisao Hata (founding ensemble member)
Heath Hyun Houghton (founding ensemble member)
Wynee Hu (founding ensemble member)
Tonya Jone Miller
Elaine Low
Nicholas So
Zoë Anderson
Bruce Burkhartsmeier
Emily Gregory
Joseph Wahl
Paul Susi
Kat Templeton
Sumi Wu
Michelle Fujii
Toru Watanabe
Bobby Bermea
Colton Ruscheinsky
Herb Tsuchiya
Nikki Nojima Louis
Toni Tabora-Roberts
Rusty Newton Tennant
Kimo Camat
Leticia Maskell
Billy Boudavong
Simon Tam
Minh Tran