About MediaRites

About MediaRites

"MediaRites is a tax-exempt, 501 (c ) 3, nonprofit production organization based in Portland, Oregon, dedicated to telling the stories of diverse cultures and giving voice to the unheard through the arts, education and media projects.. Since 1984, MediaRites has produced award-winning radio and film documentaries, interactive websites, theatre and outreach projects."

Dmae RobeertsDmae Roberts, Executive Producer
is an award-winning independent radio artist and writer who has written and produced more than 400 audio art pieces and documentaries for NPR and PRI programs. Her work is often autobiographical or about cross-cultural peoples and is informed by her biracial identity.  Her Peabody award-winning documentary Mei Mei, a Daughter’s Song is a harrowing account of her mother’s childhood in Taiwan during WWII.

Her largest three-year project was Crossing East the first Asian American history series on public radio. The eight-hour series ran on more than 230 stations around the country. Through MediaRites, Roberts has also produced the 13-part Legacies: Tales From America and the 3-part  Legacies, Faith Hope and Peace series, Sorting Through ShadowsStories1st.org, and The Breast Cancer Monologues.

Currently she is spearheading new MediaRites projects including the Mei Mei Film and Archive Project,  Media Training Seminars and the Theatre Diaspora project staged readings of Asian American plays.

Awards and grants include the Peabody, Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism award, the Casey Medal, the United Nations Silver award, the Clarion Award, two Heart of America awards, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Award, two CPB awards and an AIR award for innovation and excellence.

As the executive producer of MediaRites, she continues her personal mission to create works that bring diverse communities together. Though Roberts was born in Asia and lived there as a child, Oregon has been her home since the age of ten. There she continues to write from a Northwest perspective while working on community and national projects.

MediaRites Board of Directors – 2015

Sandra de Helen, playwright

Sandra de HelenSandra de Helen has been a produced playwright for many years. Her one-act play Singer Clashes with Cougar was produced in New York in July 2014 by {Your Name Here} : A Queer Theatre Company. She is also an author and poet. De Helen’s The Hounding and The Illustrious Client are available in paperback, eBook, and audiobook. These Shirley Combs/Dr. Mary Watson mysteries can be purchased in bookstores or online. Her poetry chapbook All This Remains to be Discovered is available at Another Read Through bookstore in Portland, Oregon, or online. Samples of her work are available at SandradeHelen.com. De Helen is a long-time member of the Dramatists Guild.

Dr. Patti Duncan, Associate Professor, Oregon State University

Patti Duncan, Ph.D.Patti Duncan is an associate professor and the Coordinator of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University where she specializes in women of color feminisms, transnational feminisms, feminist media studies, and motherhood studies. She is the author of Tell This Silence: Asian American Women Writers and the Politics of Speech (Univ. of Iowa Press, 2004), co-producer/director of the award-winning documentary film, Finding Face (2009), and co-editor of Mothering in East Asian Communities: Politics and Practices (Demeter Press, 2014). Her current research focuses on narratives of rescue, migration, and motherhood in representations of women in the global South.

Larry Toda, marketing manager

Larry TodaLarry Toda is the Senior Corporate Communications Manager at Mentor Graphics Corporation. With 30+ years of communications experience, Larry has served a wide variety of clients. Also, he was previously on the Japanese American Citizens League‘s board of directors. As an actor, Larry’s many credits include Theatre Diaspora‘s Breaking the Silence.  Larry holds a B.A. in Journalism and Communications and is pursuing his M.B.A.

Clark Salisbury, engineer and media trainer

Clark SalisburyProducer/engineer/musician Clark Salisbury’s work for 30 -plus years includes co-producing Coming Home: The Return of the Alutiiq Masks, engineering the Peabody-award winning series Crossing East from Public Radio International, producing music for the award-winning PBS documentary Kids In Crisis –Robert’s Story, engineering for the radio series Destination DIY, and producing/engineering for Wisdom of the Elders radio. As a musician, Salisbury performs and tours with several bands, covering music from all over the world. As a web designer and multimedia specialist, Salisbury has created websites and multimedia content for CrossingEast.orgShakespeareIs.comWisdomOfTheElders.org and StageNStudio.com.

Sara Caswell Kolbet, President

Sara Caswell KolbetSara Caswell Kolbet was the Associate Producer with MediaRites for 4 years. After the production of Crossing East in 2006, she left employment to raise two children and complete an M.S. degree in Speech Language Pathology.

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