The Actors

Great tales are the ones that get better with the telling. We’ve recruited professionally trained actors to perform these tales with punch and verve.

Would you like to perform with us? 

If you are in the Portland area and would like to perform with us at Liars’ League PDX, just send a resume and your headshot to and we’ll be in touch. All of our events are recorded for podcasts, so you can listen to any of the stories we’ve featured in our Story Archive

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Aundré Barnes

Aundré is a Portland native and has been involved with many local theater companies since the age of 15. Although he lives to hone his craft on stage, his love for film work constantly calls. Aundré is also a singer/songwriter and plays on his downtime. He is very excited to be a part of Liars’ League PDX and would like to thank Pamela Fleischmann for the opportunity to work with other great talent!



Amber Bodgewiecz

Amber is a lover of all things literary, and is a recent transplant from NYC. She currently works as a stage actor and voice over artist here in Portland, and some of her recent credits include Claire in Proof, Olivia in Sex with Strangers, and Pam in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. Besides literature, she finds joy in salsa dancing, podcasts, and devouring meals her sister makes her. She is a resident actor with Sanguine Theatre Company, has recently studied with The Pearl & LAByrinth, and you can find out other interesting things about Amber at:


Kim Bogus

Kim Bogus is an actor, producer, writer, director, and native Portlandian. She is the founding artistic director of JANE a theater company, and she is a member of SAG/AFTRA. Some favorite roles include Jeannette in Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Mt Baker Rep), Lexie in The Dixie Swim Club (Great Plains Theater), Patty Simcox in Grease (Stumptown Stages), and Bernstein in November (JANE a theater company). Kim is represented in Portland by Arthouse Talent. Find her at


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David Caldwell

David comes from a long line of storytellers and musicians steeped in the culture and folklore of the American South. Growing up in the suburbs of Nashville, TN meant being surrounded by incredible musicians and performers of all kinds. While in college at PENN, David had the amazing experience of performing with John Legend (Stephens) as a member of The Counterparts. He ultimately succeeded Legend as the Musical Director of the award winning student run A Cappella group. David has performed with the NW Chamber Chorus, The Seattle Men’s Chours (SMC), as well as ArtsWest, Village Theatre, 5th Avenue and the Broadway Rose.


James Dixon

James is a local singer and actor originally from North Carolina. After nearly 10 years of travel to over 32 states and 7 countries, he decided to make Portland his home. James enjoys dialect work, sci-fi, social justice activism, and is always a sucker for a good musical. He is an active member of a local classic plays focus group called The Asylum Lab. Most recently he was the Earthworm in James and the Giant Peach with Oregon Children’s Theatre. Other past favorite credits includes Dalton/Horse Ensemble in Equus with Post5 Theatre and Newt Lee in Parade at Staged! Theater.



Jon Farley

Jon is an actor, clown, and occasional aspiring aerialist. Portland audiences may have seen him as Bob in Faultline Ensemble’s Holding Onto the Sky, Humphrey in Imago’s Beaux Arts Club, Meera in Tooth of Crime: Second Dance, or as Herod in For the Time Being. Film appearances include; Portlandia, the indie features sLipPage and Lets Bury the Hatchet (Deep in Your Face). Jon has studied acting with Barbara Kite and Scott Rogers, and clown with Sue Morrison. This is Jon’s first appearance with Liars’ League PDX.


Karen Farley

Karen is a transplant from California, not a native Portlander, but after 33 years, her roots here are deep! Locally, Karen has performed in A Valentines Story (The Steep & Thorny Way to Heaven), The Good News and The Jerusalem Story (Fertile Ground, ScratchPDX), and as Aunt Polly in JANE a Theater Company’s Tom(boy) Sawyer. Karen has appeared in local independent films The Lilac Chaser and Let’s Bury the Hatchet, and shorts Trick Nickel, and The Rift.  Karen has a BA in technical theatre from San Francisco State University and has worked backstage at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Yale Repertory Theatre.


Clara-Liis Hillier

Clara-Liis is a graduate of Reed College. The newest member of Theatre Vertigo (2016-17 season), a Bag&Baggage Resident Actor (2014-2016) and company member at Northwest Classical Theater Collaborative (NWCTC). She has been seen recently in Davita’s Harp with Jewish Theatre Collaborative; on the B&B Stage in A Kristmas Karol as Felicity Fay Fitzpatrick; Valentine in The Six Gentlepersons of Verona; The Tempest with Portland Shakespeare Project; and as Alais in The Lion in Winter. Favorite roles include: Graeae Sister in Up the Fall (PHAME), Susan Hendrix in Wait Until Dark (NWCTC), and Casca in Julius Caesar (Bag&Baggage). Next up will be the title role of Emma with Bag&Baggage Productions.


Megan Katherine

Megan is a Portland native who after high school attended The Theatre School at DePaul University, an acting conservatory in Chicago, Illinois. While there she studied not only all aspects of film and stage acting but also stage combat. She then took flight and traveled for the majority of her 20’s, living in New Zealand, UK, SE Asia, and then back to New Zealand again. Megan has had multiple stage roles, supporting roles in film, and has also worked in voice over and commercial genres. Highlights of her career include a featured role in the children’s film The Water Horse and a supporting role in Leverage.


Gabriella Kirby

Gabriella grew up in New Jersey. She attended the Fine Arts School of Boston where she earned her degree in film and fine arts. The West Coast called and Gabriella answered, Portland has now been her home for close to ten years. Gabriella has trained with some of Portland’s most talented acting teachers in radical movement performance, improv and physical comedy, Meisner, scene study and script analysis. Gabriella performed most recently as a Developer in The Hullabaloo! Three Goats Gruff (JANE a Theater Company).


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Barbara Kite

Barbara graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Art in New York City, receiving the prestigious Jehlinger Award for Best Actress. She has gone on to work as a professional actor, director, and acting coach in Toronto, New York, and Portland for over 30 years. A short list of Barbara’s film and theatrical credits include: All My Children, So the Story Goes, Under Suspicion, The Beau Stratagem, A Little Night Music, Icarus’s Mother, and Trojan Women. She is a member of SAG, AFTRA, and Actors Equity unions, as well as National Speakers Association. Barbara is a passionate and committed acting teacher and public speaking coach. She generously donates her time and talent as the rehearsal coach for this band of liars.
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Michelle Kopper

Owner of Vanport Square Studio and founder of The Inspired Voice Coaching & Leadership Programs, Michelle has been working as a professional actor/singer/songwriter for over 30 years. Michelle has performed extensively in theatre, film & television since 1987, both locally and in NYC. She has directed original new works locally, including the musical Fight Call and the original performance piece True Colors in the Fertile Ground Festival of New Works. Michelle is a member of Actors Equity Association, SAG and the Portland Area Theatre Alliance (PATA) where she served on the board of directors for over 5 years, most recently as President 2010-2012. She continues to serve on the Advisory Council. Find Michelle at


Raphael Likes

This is Raphael’s first season with Liars’ League PDX, and he is very grateful to be here. He was born and raised in the Portland area, a true Oregonian! Raphael has performed with local community theaters and in productions of In the Heights, Shrek, Soul Harmony, A Funny Thing  Happened On The Way To The Forum, and many more! In the near future, Raphael is hoping to further his performing career in projects with Disney and in New York. 


Shelly Lipkin

Shelly Lipkin is an actor, director, playwright, screenwriter, and acting instructor. He has performed at Artist Repertory Theatre, Profile Theatre, Third Rail Repertory, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. You may have seen him in GrimmPortlandia, and Leverage. As an author, he is a recipient of an Oregon Book Award for Vitriol & Violets – Tales From The Algonquin Round Table. Shelly received a RACC Grant, a Literary Arts Fellowship, and an Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship for his play, Sylver Beaches, which had a staged reading in Paris (yes, France) and was a finalist for an Oregon Book Award. He teaches acting, directing and screenwriting, both privately and at The Art Institute of Portland, Portland Actors Conservatory, and Mt. Hood Community College.



Michele Mariana

Michele is an accomplished Portland-based union actor, voice actor and concert artist with a national and international reputation. Recent work on Portland stages includes Little Gem (Corrib Irish Theater); 4000 Miles and The Coleman Family’s Omission, amongst numerous others (Boom Arts); and Kindertransport and Charlotte Solomon (The Jewish Theatre Collaborative). She earned a Drammy and PAMTA award for her performance as Fräulein Schneider in Cabaret (Portland Center Stage). Recent film work includes Indie features, Not Dead Yet, Bucksville, The House of Last Things and singing the Misses Spink and Forcible in LAIKA’s Golden Globe and Oscar-nominated feature film, Coraline. Michele is proud member of Actor’s Equity and SAG-AFTRA VP, Portland Local. 


Karen J. Moore

Karen J. Moore has always been involved with theatre, wherever she has lived. From Army bases in the Middle East to the Southwest and now the Pacific Northwest, she enjoys nothing more than to tell different human stories for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Most recently, she was lucky to be a part of JANE: A Theatre Company’s adaptation of The Hullabaloo! Three Goats Gruff. Currently, she engages with the developmentally delayed community at Art from the Heart, directing theatre productions and performance poetry and enjoys watching the artists grow in their talents and abilities.


Kris Wallsmith

A Portland native, Kris Wallsmith is enjoying a return to his hometown after some time in the New York and Connecticut theater scenes. Wallsmith is best known for his roles as Kittel in Ghetto and Lord Alfred Douglas in Gross Indecency, both Wesleyan University productions. Kris spends his daytime hours as a computer programmer and chauffeur for his three young children, Sadie, Max, and Sonja.


Deanna Wells

Deanna is a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts in Santa Maria, California. She is an ensemble member of the Third Floor and founding member of Badass Theatre Company. Deanna has been a part of many productions in Portland, including: Iago/Romeo in Goodnight Desdemona (Goodmorning Juliet), Gertrude in Hamlet (NWCTC), Allison in Jingle Spree (CoHo), Sylvia Beach in 12 Rue de L’Odeon (PAC), and Annie in All My Sons… to name just a few. Deanna has also performed staged readings in several theaters including ART, Profile and CoHo.



Reema Zaman

Reema Zaman is from Bangladesh. She was born there, raised in Hawaii and Thailand, and holds a BA in Women’s Studies, a BS in Theater, and a minor in Religion from Skidmore College. Upon graduation, she worked as an actress and model in New York for a decade. Now, she is a memoirist and speaker. She is represented by Lisa DiMona of Writers House and Reema’s first memoir, I Am Yours, is presently being circulated to different publishers. Her work has been published in Full Grown People, NailedShapeThe Huffington Post and more. Reema is also the creator of You Are the Voice, a talk on resilience, empowerment, and leadership through adversity, that she performs in colleges and other venues nationwide. For more go to