SFFF ~ The Lower Rooms accepted to Santa Fe Film Festival.
OIFF 2016 ~ The Lower Rooms wins Best Dramatic Film and Best Actor. OIFF 2016 ~ Dan Hill stars in Best Dramatic Short, The Child and The Dead.
New classes starting in January.
Meisner enrollment is ongoing.
Welcome to an ensemble of film and theater makers who believe people hunger for a deeper experience.
What if we don't seek answers?
What if we stay in a constant state of development ruthlessly committed to question and discovery? What if we're about process over product?
How do we create depth?
How can we take audiences on a wild, cathartic ride? And no, we don't mean remounting seasonal favorites “with a twist.” Cathartic isn’t an emotional roller coaster. It's falling off a mountain.
Why do we tell brave stories?
We believe discovery happens out on the edge. When we foresake sidewalks. Stumble through forests. Where others put on masks to project truth; how can we take them off in pursuit of it?
Join us for classes unlike any in the Northwest
Sign up for January 2017 sessions. Meisner enrollment is ongoing.
Ongoing • Monday/Wednesday 6-9pm (students attend 2x per week and work in every class) • $200 paid monthly • Taught by Luke Heyerman Winter break begins December 15 • 2017 classes begin Monday, January 9 • A brief interview is required
It doesn’t matter if you’ve ever been on stage...or never been off. Meisner study is possibly the surest path to a more truthful and vital connection to yourself, your scene, and your fellow actor. A vibrant yet grounded approach that teaches you to live fully in imaginary circumstances without having to do any "acting."
Sowelu's unique, empowering approach blends our extensive experience with the Meisner method into a form that accommodates a new age of stage and media. We offer the only class in Portland based on the extended method perfected by Meisner during his later years in Hollywood where he added new tools and thoughtfully augmented his teachings.
Certainly, no one acting method is for every actor, but the method perfected by Mr. Meisner and adopted by Sowelu has proven to have helped even the most confounded artists bring their truest, most expressive selves to their work.
3520 SE Yamhill St (near SE Belmont St) Portland, OR 97214
The word Sowelu comes from Norse and Celtic Runes, signifying wholeness, remaining present in the moment, trusting process, and a commitment to truth likened to the action of a “spiritual warrior.”
For 20 years, the Sowelu ensemble and associate artists have created theater and film that deeply impacts the community.
CURRENT & PAST MEMBERS: Barry Hunt, Artistic Director/Board; Lorraine Bahr, Associate Artistic Director/Board President; Jeb Pearson, Board; Tim Stolenwerk, Resident Sound Designer; Kelly Tallent, Grant Writer; Daniel Hill, Instructor/Board; Joaquin Lopez, Board; Tom Mowe; Board; Luke Heyerman, Education Director; Jodi English, Michael Fetters, Chris Harder, Amanda Boekelheide, Lesia Galimore, Nan Gatchel, Jenni Green, Devan McCoy, Sarah McKinlay, Peter Moesler, Jordy Oakland, Brian Russell, Sean Skvarka, Joe Stoddard, Rhea Wolf.
ASSOCIATED ARTISTS: Julie Akers, Deirdre Atkinson, John Breen, Gretchen Corbett, Lea Floden, Keith Goodman, Lauren Hasson, Mychele Hasson, Penny Kavan, Val Landrum, Kevin-Michael Moore, Tom Mowe, Tania Myren, Sue Portinga-Bean, Jen Portinga, Robert Proganski, Jamie Rea, Ted Schultz, Andrea Schwatz-Feit, Brad Scoggins, Clayton Szczech, Michael Williamson, Frank Woodman.