Who We Are

Dayan Morgan-Sylvaen

Director of Operations

Dayan Morgan-Sylvaen is an accomplished and creative makeup artist with experience in all aspects of media makeup: fashion, effects, video and print.

Her training, education and affable personality provides her clients with a dependable, detail-oriented, and multi-faceted professional to add to the success of the creative team of any project. A seasoned professional, she thrives within the production budget and schedule, regardless of the nature, scope or location.

Dayan’s diverse background and experience creates a unique style accredited only to her artistic talent. She has the innate ability to transform her subject, no matter the gender, ethnicity or character portrayal.

Whether her responsibilities take her on location to a motion picture set, television studio, video session or to a photographic makeup shoot for a catalog, Dayan displays her mastery for creating the right look, a “flawless on film” look, whether by artistry techniques, beautiful skin tones, breath-taking shading or coordinating exquisite colors always with the needs, goals and objective of the project foremost in her presentation.


Josh Leake

Executive Director & Co-Founder

Portland-based producer and director Josh Leake is the founder and executive director of the Portland Film Festival, named one of the world’s “coolest” film festivals by MovieMaker Magazine. He produced “Glena,” a feature length documentary that premiered at Slamdance ’14 (now available on Showtime and VOD). His film, “Emptys,” a documentary about people who collect beverage containers as their principal source of income, won first place at Tropfest New York, the world’s largest short film festival. He’s currently in development on several projects including a feature narrative adapted from a NY Times best-selling book. Follow him on Twitter @joshleake

 Meet Jennifer

Jennifer Arndt

Director of Hospitality



Dyana Canavan

Director of Events


Ben Edwards

Tech & Media Director

An experienced Hollywood editor, working on TV series and motion pictures.


Leah Faure

Director of Communications

Taylor Harris

Director of Volunteers

A talent agent during the day but an old theater and panini lover at night.


Robin Klein

Director of Merchandise

Enjoys Monte Cristo’s, in intimate theaters (like Laurelhurst), while watching strong female leads in Hidden Figures and Wonder Woman!


Molly Silverstein

Director of Submissions and Traffic

The peanut butter to our jelly.


Darin Strachan

Director of Street Team


Joe Stevens

A Gyro or Rueben sandwich who loves the Academy Theater.


Valerie Jimenez

Director of Production

Bi Nguyen

Box Office Administrator

Vadim Mozyrsky


Jill Petracek

Graphic Designer

Stacey Stevens


Brad Wilke

Artistic Director