Posted by: Katie Schoen in: Lane News -

Account Executive Splits Time as Choreographer; Provides Movement for ‘Cell Phone’

PORTLAND, Ore. (March 16, 2009) – Jessica Wallenfels of LANE PR recently completed work as a choreographer for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s production of “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” by playwright Sarah Ruhl, which opened at the Ashland, Ore., theater on Feb. 22.

Wallenfels has been with LANE PR since September 2008 and works with Umpqua Bank, Integra Telecom and The Heathman Hotel Collection.

“Jessica’s commitment to the arts is part of what makes her an asset to LANE PR,” said Wendy Lane, president and founder of LANE PR. “As part of our employee non-profit program, LANE PR encourages employees to spend time volunteering in the community. We’re very proud of Jessica’s accomplishments and pleased to make it possible for her to pursue a personal passion.”

“Dead Man’s Cell Phone” tells the story of a lonely woman’s unexpected journey when she impulsively answers the cell phone of an unresponsive stranger. The work premiered last year at Playwrights Horizons in New York City. Ruhl’s work has gained notoriety in recent years with productions of her “Eurydice” dotting the country and her new work, “In the Next Room (or the vibrator play),” debuting at Berkeley Repertory Theater last month to rave reviews. Ruhl won a MacArthur Fellowship in 2006.

Wallenfels was previously a guest artist for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2007, providing choreography for current artistic director Bill Rauch’s production of “Romeo and Juliet.” Locally, Wallenfels won a Drammy Award for her choreography on Portland Center Stage’s “Sometimes a Great Notion” in 2008. She has produced work in New York City and Los Angeles, and she has been a professional choreographer since 1997.

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