Pend Oreille Players Association

236 S Union, Newport, WA 99156            Call Us at (509) 447-9900           email us at        

MISSION: 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.

Biographies for the board of Directors


Amy Schoedel grew up in Chattaroy and has always loved performing with various community theatre groups in the Spokane area. Her first appearance at the Playhouse was in “The Addams Family Musical”  as Alice Beineke. While most of her theatre experience is performing on stage, she is excited to be involved with behind the scenes planning here at the Playhouse. She is also the theatre’s Costume Wrangler or Costume Shop Guru (working titles). 


I am retired from a 40 year career in Architecture/Engineering and Construction Management.  I am a board member with the theater. I have drawn the “as-built” drawings for the theater and have helped with the new look of the exterior of the theater and painting the interior.  In the future, I will be supporting the theater with continuing upgrades and fundraisers as needed. 


I am retired and have about 30 years’ experience in Facility Management. I have been involved with Capital projects and Project Management. I plan to be the Project Manager for the upcoming building renewal project. I have acted in a few productions and would like to try  directing. I believe my background will help the Pend Oreille Player as I have worked with people to achieve results most of  my working career, and  I look forward to working with everyone at POPA.


I am the President of the board of directors. I got in with the Playhouse early and have been in so many wonderful plays, most notably as Elle in Legally Blonde. The biggest challenge I have faced is trying to overcome my addiction to buying candles. Like that one pop song says, “I see it, I sniff it, I like it, I got it” … or something along those lines. It is taking over my life, but now I am making an effort to slow down; helping at the playhouse gives me something to do. 


I am the treasurer for the Playhouse as well as being a director and actor in many performances. The most embarrassing thing in my life is how many times I have been arrested for harassing bigfoot. In Washington State, it is illegal to harass Bigfoot, at least according to Code 2914, section 56A (or so they tell me). I think he’s just salty I found him that many times. Though I am a strong believer 6 times is just too many times to be caught. I love Newport and this area and am honored to be a part of the playhouse.


I am going to start with a piece of advice: do not go out on lake Pend Oreille with a floating flamingo. They are not meant to be out on open water and it is not great when the coast guard has to pull you back to shore. Now that we’re past that, I am the vice president of the board of directors, although many recognize me as the person who serves those amazing drinks at intermission.


I have been involved in many aspects of life at the Pend Oreille Players but acting has to be my favorite. My pet flamingo and I have been doing everything together, so if there was one thing I would change about the Pend Oreille Players it would be that flamingos are allowed inside more often… and legally. I have been leading the annual summer one acts for a couple of years and I really appreciate the chance to bring that fun festival to the community


The people who know me may know I am always trying to get away with the most ridiculous things. My greatest accomplishment so far was the time that I successfully mailed myself from Spokane to Houston. You may have thought it not possible but that would be wrong. And yes, using the bathroom was the most uncomfortable part. Anyway that's me and I am proud to be on the board of directors.