Pend Oreille Players Association will nurture, inspire, educate, and entertain the people of the Pend Oreille Valley by providing opportunities to experience all aspects of the performing arts.
POPA is the place to find open hearts and minds of all ages sharing the joy and magic of the performing arts.
Paulina Staab is a long time resident of Newport. She is a graduate of Newport High School and went on to study theatre at University of Idaho. She is a proud mom of three girls and is married to her best friend Nathan, who is also a graduate of Newport. Theatre is her passion and advocating for the arts is her hobby. You may have seen her as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde or as a drunken ancestor in Addams Family: The Musical, among various other shows spanning the course of 20+ years. Paulina is so happy to be leading the Pend Oreille Players organization and feels so lucky to be a part of this amazing community.
Kris moved to Newport in August, 2013 with her daughter and their dog. She has been volunteering at POPA since 2014. As concessions manager, Kris has been working to feature local products, Kris is responsible for creating unique drink recipes and hand crafted liquers. She has been a board member since 2017 and is currently serving as Vice President.
John is a recent transplant from the Seattle area. He discovered the playhouse during an open audition for the War of the Worlds radio play and has been a part of the theatre ever since. He is an aspiring playwright, actor and director. With a background in I.T. and Project Management, John acts as Technical Director for the playhouse. His goal is to ensure that the theatre grows into a regional theater and that the arts are shared with as many people as possible. He looks forward serving the community as a board member of this wonderful little theatre
Terri is an actor, director, and writer who specializes in research and performance of the works of Gerard Manley Hopkins. In addition to theater, Terri enjoys cooking for her friends and family and loves being a grandma. Previous favorite roles include Penelope Pennywise in Urinetown, as well as Tamora in Titus Andronicus. As a new resident of Chewelah, Terri is grateful for the warm welcome she has received at the Pend Oreille Playhouse, and she looks forward to serving as Secretary and contributing whatever skills she may possess to furthering our mission of bringing high-quality Theater to the Newport area.
Amy Dawson grew up in Chattaroy and has always loved performing with various community theatre groups in the Spokane area. Her first appearance onstage at the Playhouse was in “The Addams Family Musical” as Alice Beineke. She has also performed in CA at Davis Musical Theatre Co, and in the area at Spokane Children’s Theatre, Lake City Playhouse, & Spokane Civic Theatre, and directed in POPA’s One Act Play Festival and All Together Now Musical Concert. While most of her theatre experience is performing on stage, she is happy to be involved with behind the scenes planning here at the Playhouse.
The Pend Oreille Players Association does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment to all members of our staff, patrons, volunteers, and subcontractors.