Meet our New Teaching Artists!

The Educational Theatre Program is happy to announce that we have added three phenomenal new Teaching Artists to our ranks. Read on to learn more about the exciting new additions to the team…

Roberto 'Robi' Arce is an actor, mime, clown, educator, and physical poet from Puerto Rico. He started his training in classical mime, where he fell in love with movement and the relation of the actor with the space. Robi received his Bachelor's degree in Theatre from the University of Puerto Rico, and has performed and lead workshops in countries such as Mexico, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and several states of the U.S. His work is diverse, from performances in churches and plazas to theaters, conventions and festivals. He has toured around his country with theatrical, circus, and educational shows, and also served as a theatre teacher for four years at the Colegio Bautista de Caguas. His passion is to produce a physical, dynamic and poetic theatre that connects with people as sports connects with the fans.

Jeff Desautels has worked throughout New England and the West Coast in theaters as an actor, clown, performance artist, director, teacher, writer, props master, and lighting technician. He holds a B.A. in Theatre with a minor in Dance from Salve Regina University, where he earned the Arthur R. Masterson Award for Acting and Technical Theater Award. He has also studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater. Jeff has worked in the props department of American Repertory Theatre, as a lighting designer and electrician for Salve Regina University, and assistant director for multiple children's theater productions at Hudson Area Arts Alliance and Traveling Players Ensemble. He is a founder of the clown trio Box of Clowns, and has traveled to festivals across North America. He has taught physical theater with Echo Theater and has performed with Tears of Joy Theater, Sir Cupcake’s Queer Circus, and at multiple arts events at The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven. 

Savira Kambhu is originally from Thailand and has been in Portland since 2000. For the past seven years he has been hosting, producing, and performing improv shows. Savira has been seen on a variety of stages including the Brody Theater, Curious Comedy, Comedysportz, the Siren Theatre, the Funhouse Lounge, and in a JAW project at Portland Center Stage. He recently served as a stage manager at Defunkt Theatre. Savira has taught at the aftercare program Art 4 Life, Young Artists at Play in Pendleton, and at Oregon Children’s Theatre Acting Academy.