Meet The Team
Co-Founder & Artistic Director
Jayna Sweet is an accomplished performer, teacher, and Artistic Director based in Portland. With a career spanning well over a decade, she has starred in numerous indie films and television shows, including the Disney Channel Original Movie “Lemonade Mouth” and Facebook Watch Series “Turnt,” where she appeared in 40 episodes. In recognition of her talent, Jayna received the 2022 Broadway World Regional Award for Best Performer in a Play.
As the Artistic Director at Stomping Grounds Arthouse, Jayna is dedicated to fostering the creativity of emerging storytellers and artists of all ilks. She is also a committed teacher at Oregon Children’s Theatre, where she works with kids aged 7-17 on all things theatre and film.
Although a recent Oregon transplant, Jayna has quickly made her mark on the local theatre scene. She has appeared in productions such as Danny and the Deep Blue Sea at Bag&Baggage Productions (as Roberta), Blithe Spirit at Lakewood Theatre Company (as Elvira), and the BroadwayWorld Award-winning Proof at Gallery Theatre (as Catherine).
When Jayna has precious free time, she loves to occupy it with cozy games, eating a bucket of popcorn at the movie theater, and adding to her 12-foot-long TBR list.
Co-Founder & Managing Director
Kyle Perren is an actor and the managing director of Stomping Grounds Arthouse, a new theater company known for its innovative productions and commitment to supporting emerging artists. Kyle worked as the Scenic Designer for Josie Needs Help (SGA’s first production) where he built three sets in a broadcast studio.
In addition to his work in the arts, Kyle is also a Retail Experience Coach, specializing in engaging adult learners by finding the kid in us all. With a passion for creating memorable and transformative learning experiences, Kyle brings his unique combination of creativity and strategic thinking to organizations seeking to improve their customer service, employee engagement, and overall business performance.
Through his work at Stomping Grounds Arthouse and as a Retail Experience Coach, Kyle continues to inspire and empower others to discover their creativity and achieve their full potential.