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Top 5: Casting director Lana Veenker

Lana Veenker’s Top 5 Things She Looks for in an Auditioning Actor Lana Veenker trod upon a more global stage before she returned home to Oregon as a casting director. She worked as an actress and in casting in France, England, India, and Venezuela. In 1999, she founded Cast Iron Studios, a casting and talent development agency in Portland. Notably, her company currently casts for TNT’s “Leverage” and NBC’s “Grimm,” among other shows and films. She took time from her busy schedule to chat with 1859 and tell us what a good audition looks and sounds like. 1 – LISTENING AND CONNECTING Are you in the moment, really listening and interacting with the other character(s), or do you have a glazed look in your eyes, like you’re trying to remember your next line? 2 – SOLID TRAINING You might get lucky and give a good audition in the casting room,…

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Clear-cutting

Clear-cutting is a form of logging in which the targeted acres are razed, leaving no standing vegetation. Environmentalists oppose this method as having long-term disruptive effects to forest populations. 

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What I’m Working On

When Roland Smith was an aspiring writer attending Portland State University, he took a part-time job working with animals at a zoo.

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Empty Bowls

Potters come together to create and fill bowls for those in need.

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Ray Atkeson’s Winter

Oregon photographer Ray Atkeson chronicled the rise of winter sports culture in Oregon.

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In Tune with Bud Valian

Bud Valian reminisces about his first pair of skis, circa 1947.

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Oregon: Fact or Fiction

What is Oregon really known for and does it square with reality?

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Leading with the Helmet

A Newberg company tackles its problems with innovation in football helmets.

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Oregon Shakespeare Festival The Claim The country’s oldest Shakespeare festival put Oregon on the map as a world-class theater destination. The Reality The Oregon Shakespeare Festival remains an enduring destination, as one of the few surviving repertory theaters in the United States. Situated within a stone’s throw of some of the state’s most spectacular rivers, beaches and wilderness areas, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) remains a prime destination for theater-lovers, just as it has for the past seventy-five years. “If you come here, you have to plan that journey and take the time to reach us,” says associate artistic director, Christopher Acebo. “The act of choosing to come to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival matters, especially in a society that’s moving so quickly.” Acebo credits a history of strong leadership within the organization for successfully ushering the company through the ages. While festivals showcasing the Bard’s work can seem as common…