Young Alum Finds Her Place on the Portland Stage
November 22, 2016
Portland Center Stage recently concluded its staging of a new original production, The Oregon Trail, which shone a spotlight on Lewis & Clark theatre alum Alex Leigh Ramirez BA ’10. She played “Then Jane,” a character whose historical struggles with oxen and bouts of dysentery in the 1840s counter the modern struggles of “Now Jane,” an apathetic teenager playing “The Oregon Trail” video game on her overachieving sister’s couch in the 1980s.
Ramirez made her own journey north from California to attend Lewis & Clark, earning a bachelor’s degree in theatre. That led quickly to an acting apprenticeship with the Portland Playhouse. It was Lewis & Clark’s small theatre program and personalized attention that appealed to her.
Ramirez has now starred in productions of Antigone Project and Othello, in addition to an original one-woman show, Songbird, an autobiographical piece on the relationship between voice and voicelessness.
This story was written by Scout Brobst ’20.