Cressa Burris

Cressa Burris

Artistic Administrator


Describe what you do for Portland Opera

I think of my role as a backstage facilitator tracking all the many moving pieces of bringing an opera to life… from auditions to contracts to travel to opening night and beyond, I’m there for our artists and our Portland Opera team to make sure everything is smooth, and everyone feels taken care of. It’s all about relationships and logistics – two of my favorite things!

In my free time, you can usually find me... 

Chasing my toddler! He is constantly reminding my wife and me to appreciate how exciting the world is, especially when he sees sticks, birds, and lady bugs!

Do you have hike/park/scenic view in Oregon that inspires you?

Each year around or on New Years, my wife and I like to walk up Mt. Tabor as a nice reset for the year. The views are beautiful and it’s always busy with Portlanders enjoying the brisk air. It makes me feel part of the city and helps me set intentions for the new year.

Do you have a favorite local visual artist/musician/filmmaker/performer that you think everyone should know about?

I’m high-key obsessed with Mike Bennett. He’s a visual artist who creates incredibly colorful pieces, characters, and immersive pop-ups and museums out of reclaimed plywood, including Dinolandia in the old downtown Banana Republic and a magical coffeeshop in St. Johns called Wonderwood Springs! You’ll definitely spot his whimsical animal Slow Down signs around Portland neighborhoods (I have the Slow Down Sloth outside my home, but the snail is also a favorite.) His designs are kinetic and bring so much joy to Portland! (

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