Co-Founder, Artistic Director
Erin Brindley founded Ripple Productions in New York City in 2003 where she began integrating dining and theater to critical acclaim winning the Backstage Award for Most Memorable Play of 2004 for Innocent When you Dream. In 2007 she returned to her hometown of Seattle to become Managing Director of Circus Contraption and eventually directed their final show, The Show to End All Shows. After Circus Contraption disbanded, Brindley moved Ripple Productions to Seattle to create Café Nordo. Developing the concept with Terry Podgorski, she has produced and directed all eight shows and designed menus for each, wearing more hats than a haberdasher. She holds a BFA from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and taught herself a thing or two about cooking along the way due to a healthy appetite and a passion for the delicious.
Co-Founder, Producing Director
Terry Podgorski has self produced theater for 20 years. It has been his goal to collaborate with artists and present disparate, entertaining ideas to the public. He cut his teeth in 1996 commandeering retail spaces for multi-media art festivals that joined local music, storytelling, and movies with installation art. In 2000, he found Circus Contraption, and for 8 years worked as tour manager, lighting designer, set designer, theatrical director, and eventually production manager. Circus Contraption toured the West Coast, New York, and Portugal, produced numerous shows, and attended countless festivals. In 2004 he designed and built the set for The Grand American Traveling Dime Museum. It ran to rave reviews for 3 years. Since 2011, he has done technical direction for the Degenerate Art Ensemble bringing Red Shoes to the Frye Art Museum. Currently, he is aiding in the design of their next major production, The Dictator. As Circus Contraption concluded he embarked on Café Nordo blending experiential dining and theater. Since 2009, he has written, produced, and designed the Café Nordo series completing 8 shows thus far. Terry intends to continue exploring the world of immersive and non-traditional theater, to design and write worlds that transport the public, and collaborate with other creators for years to come.
Company Member | Composer, Music Director
Annastasia is a composer for film, theater, and video games, occasionally all at the same time. She has written 7 film scores, made 2 albums with the Café Nordo Band, toured Montana with her spaghetti western band, Two Horses Too Many, and recently done work with Virtual Therapeutics and Daryle Conners composing for virtual reality video games and short VR travel films. In addition to her decent jazz and improvisational skills, she has what one might call a ‘strong classical background,’ and fortunately has an outlet for that as a pianist at Pacific Northwest Ballet. She has had the distinct pleasure of working with Circus Contraption, Book-It Theater, Moisture Festival, Seattle Children’s Theater, and, most of all, Nordo, where she found her artistic home 10 years ago. Violet’s Attic will be her 16th original score for Nordo productions and co-productions.
Company Member | A/V Manager
Evan Mosher is a stage & film actor, musician, and sound designer from Illowa who headed west in 1998 to plant himself in Seattle. He wiggled his toes for years in the fertile soil of the national sketch comedy scene with groups like Flaming Box of Stuff and Bald Faced Lie. In 2004 he started a root system with some comedy & music fellows called "Awesome" who made 10 shows, 7 albums, 1 film score, and played all over (from Rendezvous to the Gorge). In 2012, Evan became a Turtle who crawled out of a cupboard and into the employ of Chef Nordo and his Cabinet of Curiosities. Since that happy day he's also been a dreamy Agent Penn, a dusty Travis Shank, and a flesh-obsessed La Flèche. They each played the trumpet and sang songs. Evan feels incredibly lucky to be joining the lovely people in Nordo's company.
In 2009, and completely by chance, Kelly Morgan came to Café Nordo as a crackshot spotlight operator with a passion for food service. Since then, she has relished in the unique challenges presented by the company and watched, flabbergasted, as a single beautiful and strange idea has grown into her family and community at large. Kelly Morgan also stage manages for Moisture Festival and The Degenerate Art Ensemble. In her spare time, she is delighted to work at Cafe Flora, make performance art in her garage, and pet her exceptionally soft dog.
Company Member | Adorable Member Concierge
Opal is a founding company member of Cafe Nordo and has originated roles in all 10 productions created by Erin Brindley and Terry Podgorski. A 2004 Cornish College of the Arts graduate, creating new work is her passion, and she is fortunate to have the opportunity at Nordo to pursue this dream. She writes and performs cabaret musicals with fellow artist Mark Siano (whom she met when they were cast in Nordo's Sauced in 2010) including Bohemia and Twister Beach, which were written for Nordo's Culinarium as co-productions. Ms. Peachey has also been seen on the stages of Book-It Repertory Theater Company, The Triple Door and ACT Theater amongst others.
(Photo: Joe + Jill Studios)
Board of Directors
Pauline Zeestraten | Chair
Tom Hajduk | Co-Chair
Anne Swetonic | Treasurer
Mike Taylor | Secretary
Integrated Marketing Management
Cheyanne is a native Seattleite and Arts Administrator. Before joining Cafe Nordo in 2015, Cheyanne worked for Northwest Folklife Festival, One Reel, Bellevue Arts Fair, Bold Hat Productions and many other local events and festivals. When not working behind the scenes at Café Nordo, Cheyanne enjoys continuing to work and volunteer at events and festivals across the region and travels to Sundance Film Festival every year.
Christian is a good ole southern boy from the tabacco farms of North Carolina. He grew up spending most of his free time at the beach and really anything that had to do with being outside and getting dirty. Christian has a love of languages. Cooking and food is just another way to express how one is feeling. He truly believes food is the true language of love. Washington is one stop of many on my journey to learning more about the world and the many languages it speaks.
Angelo is a Freelance Lighting Designer around town, but is more than happy to call Cafe Nordo home. At Nordo Angelo is the Resident Lighting Designer and Master Electrician as well as Part-Time Production Manager. Angelo has been working with Nordo on and off since 2012 and joined the staff officially when the Culinarium opened up in 2015.
After years of attending Nordo as a fan and patron, Robin was ecstatic to join the team in 2018. A graduate in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts from the University of Washington, Robin has long been a passionate maker and supporter of all things Seattle art and artists. She is a founding member and Director of the Sister Kate Dance Company, Seattle's premiere vintage chorus girl dance troupe. When not helping to spread the love of all things Nordo, she can be found teaching and performing dance, or busy producing the next big Sister Kate jazz-era cabaret.
Dining Room Manager
Maddie Brantz is a Seattle transplant originally from Wyoming. She holds an AA in theater and dance from Casper College and a BFA in theater from Cornish College of the Arts. She began her journey with Nordo as an intern in 2017 and never left
Indira Justine is a California-grown, Seattle-based costumer and burlesque performer, as well as Cafe Nordo's bar manager and resident cocktail sorceress. Her mixological creations for Nordo's menus draw on classic cocktail craft as well as the creativity, novelty, and eccentricity inherent to experimental art and theater. When she isn't either lurking behind the bar or at cozied up at someone else's bar, she may be found playing dress up in thrift stores or eating spicy noodle dishes in bed with her cat, Mr. Edwin Beelzebub Mooneyes.
Dining Room Manager
Laura Dux is an actor and playwright originally from Mililani, Hawaii. She joined Cafe Nordo as an actor/server during the 2017 production of Lost Falls and has been hooked ever since. Outside of performing, she loves photography and has shot everything from weddings to headshots to a really great selfie.
Musician & Multimedia Consultant
Dayton Allemann is a composer and performer who works extensively with emerging technologies. The interplay between live music and video is the main focus of his work. Getting his start as an accompanist and composer in the German theater system, he then worked in Spain as a freelance performer and is now based in Seattle.
Emcee & Chanteur
Devin Bannon is a performer, director and Nordo regular, having performed with Nordo in multiple productions beginning with the first show, The Modern American Chicken. Devin earned his BA in Theatre at Hampshire, was trained in Physical Theatre at l’Accademia dell’Arte, and also performs locally with the Degenerate Art Ensemble, Seattle Immersive Theatre, and Washington Ensemble Theatre.
John is a Seattle-based photographer specializing in portraits, headshots, theatrical promotion, and performance photography. John has worked with Café Nordo, Marxiano Productions, The Habit, ACT Theater, the Moisture Festival, and more. Find him at www.cornicello.com or on Instagram at cornicellophoto.
Maximillian Davis has appeared in seven shows for Cafe Nordo: The Modern American Chicken (Original, and Part Deux), To Savor Tomorrow, The Cabinet of Curiosities, Somethin' Burning, Smoked, and El Ingenioso Cocinero Don Nordo del Midwest. He also served as Cocktail Menu designer for Smoked and Bohemia. Particular gratitude is given for the opportunity to have curated the Culinarium's first Drinkers & Thinkers series in 2015.
Artistic Contributor & Painter
Jed Dunkerley has worked full time as a Visual Arts teacher at Franklin High School for the past 12 years. His own creative practices include satirical landscape painting (represented by the Linda Hodges Gallery), making socially-engaging installation art with PDL, writing lyrics/performing music and musical theater, and collaborating in a thousand creative ways with anyone who asks nicely enough.
Joselynn Tokashiki Engstrom is a local producer, performer and arts administrator. She has appeared in two shows for Cafe Nordo: "Smoked" and "El Ingenioso Concinero Don Nordo del Midwest". Joselynn has been behind the scenes from nearly the start working on marketing, fundraising, website admin, menu consultation and helping to open Nordo's Culinarium.
Katrina Hess is an award-winning app designer and shares her extensive web design experience with Café Nordo. In 2010, she started a bespoke outerwear company called Made in Sodo where she reveled in designing functional garments. As a long-time fan of Café Nordo, she was honored and elated to design the costumes for the Cullinarium's inaugural show Don Nordo del Midwest.
Designer and Actor
Mr. Higgins has been working as an actor, director, fight choreographer, and producer in Seattle since 2005. He has been awarded two Gregory Awards including Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor (2012) and Outstanding Choreography (2016). He has been the artistic director of Balagan Theatre and The Collision Project, and is a founder of Table Flip, Seattle's premier movement direction company.
Robin is a freelance set and props designer who has worked with over 25 different local companies in the Puget Sound area. Her first production with Nordo was the inaugural Culinarium show, "Don Nordo Del Midwest", and she has enjoyed every new challenge that has come her way since.
In politics a whip ensures party discipline. In cooking a whip means that you incorporate air until light and fluffy. Keira was an actor in Cabinet of Curiosities, Something Burnin' and Don Nordo Del Midwest and acted as director in the second coming of To Savor Tomorrow. I hope to help to whip up zany deliciousness in any way that I can for the audiences that grace the doorsteps of The Culinarium.
Dave Pascal has appeared in several Cafe Nordo productions. He plays bass with bands including The Love Markets, and Carrie Clark and the Lonesome Lovers (whom he’s joined on several European tours). He performs regularly in the pit of Seattle’s Fifth Avenue Theatre, and in other theater and club bands, recording studios, and has many credits as an album producer and engineer, and as a sound designer for theater and multimedia projects.
Becky Poole is an actor, writer, voiceover artist, sketch comedian, and musician. She’s done voice work for, Nintendo, Poptarts, & Cartoon Network. She’s a teaching artist with the Unusual Suspects theatre program for underserved and incarcerated youth in LA.Theatre performance includes Café Nordo (Modern American Chicken 1&2), Chicago Children’s Theatre, and the Hypocrites' Gilbert & Sullivan Rep. She played “Tatted Girl” in the Netflix series “Girlboss” and writes feminist murder ballads.
Jody has spent the last 15 years exploring new ways to engage people emotionally through product and visual design. She has a passion for typography, color, research, housewares, namestorming, radio, science fiction, and documenting her toddler on Instagram. Jody studied Industrial Design at WWU, and was the creative lead for surface design and development for global consumer product brands in Seattle. She is currently raising a small human and acting as a design consultant for artists, chefs, and radio personalities.
Ray Tagavilla is a University of Washington graduate. His interests include everything interesting. Including pizza.
Bruce was born and raised in San Francisco with strong cultural ties to Hawaii. He began shooting pictures as a child mainly to make his friends laugh. He is best known for his photographic work as a member of the Degenerate Art Ensemble. The majority of his time is spent documenting the Seattle Art scene as a photojournalist.
Banner: Actor + Server, Heather Refvem