GRIMM Actor Tales
What’s it like to be a Wesen or a Hexenbiest? For the last two years, many area actors have found work on NBC’s hit show GRIMM. Â A cop drama inspired by a twisted version of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, the television show has brought work to actors, designers and crew throughout the Portland area. Dmae talks with two Portland actors Danny Bruno and Mary McDonald-Lewis who have had recurring roles on the show that has brought them national attention. We’ll find out how a national show like this impacts local talent and get behind-the-scenes insight on GRIMM acting. Â (Encores 11am Sat 11/16 on KZME 107.1FM)
The last few years has brought a rise in popularity of Oregon, especially Portland, as a film and TV location. Much of that is due to the Oregon Film Incentive Tax Credit, recently raised from $6 to $10 million that gives rebates for television and film production in the state.
Vince Porter,Â executive director of the Oregon Office of Film and Television, talking with KGW news has said that GRIMM has spent well over $100 million in our state just in the first couple of years which is a unique in the country. That includes the state’s acting talent who have had recurring roles on this hit network drama.Â GRIMM airs Friday nights atÂ NBC (9-10 p.m.)
Danny BrunoÂ has been acting for more than 30 years on stage and in front of the camera. A native of New York, his acting career began in Eugene on stage and eventually in front of the camera doing numerous commercials.
He was a founding member of the improv group On The Edge in Eugene and Â moved to Portland in 1990 to acquire his SAG/AFTRA card of which he’s been a member since 1994. Danny’s stage work runs the gamut from Mamet to Shakespeare in many Portland theatres.Â He has appeared in TV’s Nowhere Man, Leverage and presently enjoying a recurring role on NBC’s Grimm as Bud Wurstner, the beaver/refrigeration repairman.
Mary McDonald-LewisÂ Â specializes as a voice actor, affiliate voice, dialect coach and theatre director
She’s also a coach for film and television, including for Hallmark Hall of Fame and Grimm, which shoots right here in Portland.Â On stage and screen as actor she has been found in everything from comedy to the classics.Â Mary was last seen as Frau Pech on 5 episodes of Grimm, and onstage in A Christmas Story for Public Playhouse and Macbeth for Anonymous Theatre.Mary also co-foundedÂ Readers Theatre RepertoryÂ currently in its 13th season.
More info on current show:
Readers Theatre Repertory presentsÂ DAUGHTERSÂ & OTHER MENTORS onÂ Â FridayÂ & Saturday November 15-16, 8PM at theÂ Blackfish Gallery, 420 NW 9th Av., PortlandÂ 97209 Tickets: $8.00. More info:Â 971.266.3787,Â firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy Wilcox directsÂ RosieÂ byÂ David Berkson andÂ HelpÂ by Neena Beber, two stories of late awakening, care of some surprisingÂ teachers.Â Â The cast includesÂ HadleyÂ Boyd and Grace Ettinger. InÂ Rosie,Â A long summer day heats up as a mother and her thirteen-year old daughter argueÂ over whether or not toÂ visit a dying relative. Heartbreaking, compassionate,Â and brutally honest,Â RosieÂ gives audiences a ride down theÂ torn up roadÂ of family life, aging, mortality, and growing up.Â InÂ Help, Gina is fraught with upper class guilt,Â and volunteers at a soup kitchen to alleviate it. But Beverly,Â who runs the place,Â seems to be cooking up more than just chicken for eleven.
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