Interfaith Muse: Artists in Conversation Series

  • Cerimon House 5131 Northeast 23rd Avenue Portland, OR, 97211 United States

Cerimon House is proud to welcome back

Interfaith Muse

Kaj-anne Pepper

Kaj-anne Pepper

Interfaith Muse welcomes artists from the performance world for the second event in the Artists in Conversation Series, which highlights artists whose work engages spiritual questions.

Claire Willett

Claire Willett

This conversation features playwright Claire Willett and drag artist Kaj-anne Pepper.



Books and other merchandise will be available for purchase from bookseller partner, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Bookstore. 

Kaj-anne Pepper is a multidisciplinary maker, choreographer and performance artist best known for his drag persona Ms. Pepper Pepper, a high energy MC, hostess and Witch (with a capital W) who turns tragic into magic, trauma into drama, and is a legend in her own mind. Pepper has premiered new work at festivals, nightclubs and alternative venues including RISK/REWARD, DANCE+, Performance Works Northwest, The Headwaters Theatre, Austin International Drag Festival, PICA’s T:BA festival and internationally at OFF! Biennale Budapest. Their newest project D.I.V.A PRACTICE is a performance about queens dancing in the face of uncertainty because being fabulous takes practice.

Portland native Claire Willett’s play “Dear Galileo” recently received its world premiere from Playwrights West and CoHo Productions. Claire is a proud company member of the writers’ collective Playwrights West and a founding artist of the Fertile Ground Festival of New Work. She was a finalist for the 2015 Jerome Fellowship at The Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis. She has received grants from the Oregon Arts Commission and Regional Arts & Culture Council, and was the 2011 Oregon Literary Fellow for Drama. Her first novel, “The Rewind Files,” a sci-fi time travel adventure about Watergate, was released in September 2015 by Retrofit Publishing.

Interfaith Muse host Elizabeth Harlan-Ferlo is a poet and educator who has created extensive curricula on religion and intercultural competency. She served for nine years as an Episcopal school chaplain. Elizabeth’s poetry has been published in many journals including Fourteen Hills, Anglican Theological Review, and VoiceCatcher.