Faculty 

Geof Alm is a certified fight director and teacher for the Society of American Fight Directors. He has worked at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle Opera, Seattle Shakespeare Company, The Group Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, The Huntington Theatre Company, and Missoula Children’s Theatre.

Alm teaches all over the Northwest, in Boston, Montana, and Louisiana, and in the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program.

Sherif is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts Original Works program; Sherif was recently seen in Above Between Below (Winter Tour ‘19) Previous credits include The Winter’s Tale, Seattle Children’s Theater’s Above Between Below (Fall and Spring Tour), The Secret and Impossible League of the Noosphere, Hamlet, Henry V, Trump the King, Raisins in a Glass of Milk, Henry V, his one man show El Kook, and Quixote: Book One. He’s also performed with ACT, Infinity Box Theater, Book-It Repertory Theater, and 18th and Union. He will be performing his new one man show Left on Yellow Brick Road in April at 18th and Union.

Daemond Arrindell is a poet, performer, and teaching artist. Writer-In-Residence through Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers in the Schools Program; and in 2012, he taught Seattle University’s first course in Slam Poetry.

He has performed and facilitated workshops in poetry venues, prisons, high schools and colleges across the country, including through Freehold Theatre’s Engaged Theatre program, and he has been repeatedly commissioned by both Seattle and Bellevue Arts Museums. Recently he was selected for “13 for ‘13,” a joint project between the Seattle Times and KUOW profiling 13 influential people in Seattle’s art scene.

Christine Marie Brown made her Broadway debut in the Tony-award winning production of both parts of William Shakespeare’s Henry IV. She has also appeared Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons and in an award-winning NYC Fringe Festival production of Harold Pinter’s Ashes to Ashes. Nationally, her work includes leading roles at The Guthrie, The Old Globe, South Coast Rep, Baltimore Centerstage, Shakespeare & Company, Buffalo Studio Arena, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, American Shakespeare Center, Kansas City Rep and TUTA (Chicago). Locally, her work has been seen at Seattle Rep, ACT, Seattle Shakespeare, Village Theatre, Book-It Rep, Taproot Theatre, Theatre22, Thalia’s Umbrella, 5th Avenue NextFest, 14/48 Festival, Theatre Anonymous, Engaged Theatre Program, Sandbox Radio, SOAPFest, ESTP and Northwest Playwrights’ Alliance. In addition, she is a vocal coach at Jack Straw Productions and an occasional dialect coach for Taproot Theatre. She has also taught auditioning at Cornish College of the Arts’ summer theatre intensive for high school students and English pronunciation at the Seattle World School for ESL immigrant students. As a member of the faculty at Freehold Theatre Lab in Seattle, she teaches Intro to Acting, Auditioning, Beginning Scene Study, Advanced Scene Study and Rehearsal & Performance. She holds an MFA in Acting from the Old Globe Theatre and a BA in Theatre from the University of Maryland. She is a member of the Sandbox Artists’ Collective, AEA & SAG-AFTRA.

Education: BA University of Maryland; MFA Old Globe Theatre

Henry IV (Lincoln Center Theatre); Canary (Playwrights Horizons); A Christmas Carol, Mr. Burns, The Pitmen Painters (ACT); Romeo & Juliet (The Guthrie Theater); The Importance of Being Earnest (South Coast Repertory); Sherlock Holmes & the American Problem, Twelfth Night (Seattle Repertory Theatre); The Three Sisters (Baltimore Centerstage); Trying, Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Over the River & Through the Woods, Twelfth Night, Henry V, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Old Globe Theatre); Tartuffe, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Seattle Shakespeare Company); Downstairs (Theatre22); When Love Speaks (Thalia’s Umbrella); Evidence of Things Unseen (Taproot Theatre); As You Like It, Othello (Shakespeare & Company); Man & Superman (Kansas City Repertory); A Thousand Clowns (Buffalo Studio Arena Theatre); Othello, Arcadia & The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); Henry IV & King Lear (Engaged Theatre Program); Into the Woods, Mary Poppins, Festival of New Musicals, ’13 (Village Theatre); Once in a Lifetime, It’s A Wonderful Life (Theatre Anonymous); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry IV, Love’s Labor’s Lost (American Shakespeare Center); 14/48 Festivals, ’12, ’13, ’14 and first ever outdoor fest, numerous radio shows with Sandbox Radio and many readings with ESTP.

Paul Budraitis is a director, actor, writer, and solo performer, as well as a teacher of acting and stage movement. In Seattle, he has worked with On the Boards, the Degenerate Art Ensemble, Annex Theatre, Balagan Theatre, New City Theatre, and Cornish College of the Arts, among others. His solo performance (IN)STABILITY premiered at On the Boards in February, and his production of David Mamet’s Edmond received a Seattle Times’ “Footlight Award” as one of the best productions of 2010.

Paul received a State Department Fulbright grant to study theatre directing at the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy (LMTA) in Vilnius, Lithuania, where he earned his master’s degree under the mentorship of visionary theatre director Jonas Vaitkus. In Lithuania, Paul worked with the National Drama Theatre of Lithuania, the State Youth Theatre of Lithuania, the Kaunas State Drama Theatre, and Oskaras Koršunovas/Vilnius City Theatre (OKT). He has assisted directors Jonas Vaitkus and Oskaras Koršunovas, and most recently acted in a contemporary re-imagining of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, directed by acclaimed Finnish director Kristian Smeds and performed at the Vienna Festival.

Credits:
The White Days, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It (New City Theatre); Cuckoo Crow (REDCAT Theatre-L.A./Degenerate Art Ensemble); ATF: A Burlesque, Dirty Little Secrets, Beatrice, Penetralia, Little Rootie Tootie (Annex Theatre); SCREAM! Lion Dogs (On The Boards); Escher’s Hands (AHA! Theatre); The Investigation, Machinal (A Theatre Under the Influence)

Education: Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy

Susanna Burney is a professional voice over artist, actress, director and teacher, who makes her home in Seattle. For over 20 years, her voice has been heard on radio, TV, promotional and training films, and the web. Her talent has also been featured on video games, including Hoyle Casino and Kids Games, and she is the character Jin in F.E.A.R. (Monolith, Sierra, and Warner Bros.) She has narrated dozens of audiobooks in a range of genres for BBC America, Harper Collins, Listen and Live, High Bridge, Writers Coffee Shop, Brilliance, and more. Her stage work has taken her to New York, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New England, Florida, Nevada, and Scotland. Film credits include The Beans of Egypt, Maine and John Carpenter’s The Ward.

Donald Byrd became Artistic Director of Seattle’s Spectrum Dance Theater in December 2002. From 1978 – 2002, he was Artistic Director of Donald Byrd/The Group, a critically acclaimed contemporary dance company, founded in Los Angeles and later based in New York, that toured extensively, both nationally and internationally. He has created over 80 modern dance works for his own groups as well as the Alvin Ailey Company, the Day­ton Contemporary Dance Company, and Philadel­phia Dance Company (Philadanco), among others. He has choreographed for classical companies, including Pacific North­west Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, Aterballetto, MaggioDanza diFirenze, and Oregon Ballet Theater. He has worked with some of the most prestigious theater and opera companies in the U.S., including New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, the Intiman Theater, San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera and New York City Opera.

His most recent works for Spectrum include a cycle of three evening-length works called Beyond Dance: Promoting Awareness and Mutual Understanding (PAMU), which featured World Premieres of A Chekhovian Resolution, created with Israeli choreographers Nir Ben Gal and Liat Dror; Farewell: A Fantastical Contemplation on America’s relationship with China; and most recently, The Mother of Us All, a complex meditation on contemporary Africa. Other productions for Spectrum include Interrupted Narratives/War and The Theater of Needless Talents, which toured nationally in 2009; The Sleeping Beauty Notebook, which toured to New York and the Spoleto Festival in Italy; Bhangra Fever, performed in PNB’s 2007 Celebrate Seattle Festival, and Petruchska/Miraculous Mandarin.

In 2010, among other productions in the resident season, the company appeared in New York in a new Donald Byrd interpretation of a John Zorn composition; part of the Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Progress series. Mr. Byrd has served on the faculty of the California Institute for the Arts and taught at Wesleyan University, the School of Visual Arts, Harvard Summer Dance Center, California State University Long Beach, and the Universityof Cali­fornia at Santa Cruz, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Dance Theater Workshop in New York. He was a fellow at The Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue at Harvard for three years. Byrd also served for three terms on the Seattle Arts Commis­sion. In 2006, he received a TONY nomination for his choreography for The Color Purple.

Donald has most recently been awarded a Mayor’s Arts Award for his sustained contributions to the City of Seattle; and has been selected among the first group of Fellows to the American Academy in Jerusalem.

For more information, visit http://spectrumdance.org/.

Lynne Compton is a certified teaching member of Alexander Technique International. She has been teaching the Alexander Technique since 1996. Throughout her training, emphasis was put toward applying the Technique to the skills required by performers.

She has taught at Seattle Opera’s Young Artists Program, the University of Washington, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle Pacific University, and others. 

Education: 
 The Evergreen State College
 
Credits: 

Lullaby Moon VI (Lucia Neare’s Theatre Wonders); Ooh La La, Lullaby Carriage (City of Light Productions); The Seagull (Seattle Novyi Theatre); Dancing at Lughnasa (Everett Historic Theatre); Killing Grandpa (Seattle Fringe Festival); Seagulls (New City Theatre)

Kira Dorrian has been a working voice actor for over a decade having voiced commericals and characters for some of the top companies in the world including Disney, CocaCola, Nintendo, Microsoft, Toshiba, T-Mobile, The BBC, The Gates Foundation, Xfinity, McDonalds, Alaska Airlines and many more. She has worked in the USA and England (where she lived for seven years and where her voiceover career began). She was the international voice of Toshiba for three years and is currently the national voice of Dignity Memorial.

Kira is also a successful podcast host currently featured on The EDGE Conservation Podcast and as a co-host on Raising Adults: Future Focused Parenting

Sunam Ellis is an MFA grad from UW, she has worked on productions and readings with Book-It, Seattle Shakespeare, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Sound Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Theatre22, The Horse in Motion, and Seattle Public Theater. Favorite local roles include Marie in The Wellesley Girl, Eleanor in Bring Down the House, Mrs. Cratchit in A Christmas Carol, and Margery in Hand to God. Next, Sunam can be seen in the upstart crow/Seattle Shakespeare collaboration of Richard III. Sunam is supported in her work by her amazing husband, Joshua, and three wonderful children: Nolan, Jacob, and Moira.

Adam Ende is a puppet show maker, founder and janitor of Jawbone Puppet Theater. Since Puppetry encompasses all the arts, my skills include writing, drawing, painting, tailoring, carpentry, acting, music, sculpting & constructing in clay, as well as unusual and cast off materials such as cardboard, newspaper, plastic bottles, bones, doll parts, broken instruments, etc.

Stefan Enriquez has been an actor and teacher in Seattle for the last 13 years. He studied at Western Washington University and the Pasqualini-Smith Studio.

He has performed on numerous stages including the Seattle Repertory Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, the Seattle Children’s Theatre, and the Empty Space Theatre where he appeared in the West Coast Premiere of Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me. He has taught acting as an artist-in-residence for the Seattle Rep and the Seattle Children’s Theatre.

He can be seen in several feature films, local and national commercials, corporate videos, print, and television–most recently on the series The Fugitive and Citizen Baines.

Elena Flory-Barnes is a stage and commercial actor as well as an integrated artist and collaborator. A  Seattle native and University of Washington graduate, Elena has been acting professionally in her hometown for over a decade. She has been seen on various Seattle stages including Book-It, ACT, Theatre Schmeatre and Seattle Immersive Theatre. Some of her commercial credits include Tableau, Jeep and REI.

Alyssa Franks is an educator and theatre artist specializing in acting and devising. She teaches Integrative Alexander Technique, Acting, Yoga, and Mindfulness. Alyssa received her MFA from the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program. She earned her BFA from Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in England. Alyssa studies Integrative Alexander Technique as an apprentice of Cathy Madden. Her regional credits include University of Washington, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Island Stage Left. She has taught and acted with various theatre companies in Utah and the UK. Alyssa’s teachings emphasize wholeness, radical honesty, acceptance and kindness. Her goal is to help artists whole-heartedly communicate what they intend in their performances with clarity, ease, and freedom. Learn more by visiting her website.

Gin Hammond is a Harvard University/Moscow Art Theatre MFA graduate and a certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework™. She has performed nationally at theatres such as The Guthrie, Arena Stage, The Longwharf Theatre, The Pasadena Playhouse, the ART, The Berkshire Theatre Festival and The Studio Theatre in Washington D.C., where she won a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress for her performance of The Syringa Tree. Internationally, she has performed in Russia, Germany, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, England and Belgium. Ms. Hammond also received a Kathleen Cornell award, and WA state grants from Allied Arts, The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Artist Trust, 4 Culture, as well as from the NEA, and has recently been nominated for a WA State Governor’s Arts & Heritage Award. Hammond teaches voice, voice-over, public speaking, and dialect coaching, and can be heard on commercials, audiobooks, radio plays, and a variety of video games including BattleTech, DotA 2, State of Decay 1 & 2, Aion, and Halo 3 ODST. Around Seattle she has performed at ACT Theater, Seattle Children’s Theater, Book-It Repertory Theater, Washington Ensemble Theater and various Sandbox Artists Collective productions.  Hammond has also been a dialect and vocal coach for 60+ shows for ACT Theater, 5thAve. Theater, Seattle Rep, Book-It, Taproot, Seattle Children’s Theater, Village Theater, and films, and she was the director and dialect coach for the video game, Post-Human W.A.R., and has begun working in the fields of motion capture and volumetric video.  

Education: 
 MFA, The American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University/ Moscow Art Theatre
 
Credits: 

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Uncensored (Book-It Repertory Theatre); The Syringa Tree (National Tour); Ed: Downloaded (Washington Ensemble Theater); Polk County (Arena Stage); Big White Fog (Guthrie Theater)

HATLO is a collaborative queer theater artist who creates and facilitates new performance. collaborators include: Rosa Vissers (as PE|Mo), Alice Gosti, Shontina Vernon, Markeith Wiley, Jody Kuehner/Cherdonna Shinatra, New Century Theater Company, Birthday Girl performance series, MKNZ, the Satori Group, Intiman, Erin Pike & Courtney Meaker, Peter Dee, Kyle Loven, Jessica Jobaris, Washington Ensemble Theatre, & Implied Violence. presenters include: On the Boards, Genre Bender/City Arts, YellowFish, The Orchard Project, Open Flight, Velocity, Lo Fi Arts Festival at Smoke Farm, Risk/Reward & Seattle International Dance Festival. Hatlo has a BFA in Original Works/Theater from Cornish and is part of the 2016 Stranger Genius nominated creative team of Thatswhatshesaid.

PE|Mo is a collaboration between Hatlo (theater/performance) and Rosa Vissers (dance). Founded in 2011, PE|Mo creates immersive performance works that incorporate unpredictable social arrangements, physical risk, and alternative narratives. PE|Mo has performed work at Open Flight, Velocity’s BIG BANG! Remix and NEXT Fest NW, 12 Minutes Max, Trigger, and NW New Works Festival at On the Boards, the Seattle International Dance Festival, and Lo Fi Arts Festival at Smoke Farm. They were in residence at Project: Space Available in September and October 2013. PE|Mo was part of the 2011/12 LEAF Season and 2012/13 FLOWER Season at Studio Current and recipients of the Flight Deck 2011 residency at Open Flight, Cornish Arts Incubator 2014/15, The Orchard Project NY 2015 and are 2017/18 BASE subsidy program recipients. Their most recent evening length work, “Anatomy of an Accident”, received a 2016 DanceCrush award from SeattleDances for dance/theater collaboration​

Sarah Harlett has been an active member of the Seattle Theater community for many years. Locally, she has been seen at ACT, Seattle Children’s Theater, Intiman, New City Theater, Seattle Shakespeare Company, The Empty Space and On the Boards. Local credits include: MiddletownA Christmas CarolAll’s Well That Ends WellNight of the Living Dead100 DressesBunniculaThe Winter’s TaleFar Away, and Valley of the Dolls.  Internationally, she performed at the Centre de Danse in Paris, France with the Megan Murphy Company, staying to create a new performance piece with European artists. Sarah was a founding member of the Compound Collective, an nationally-acclaimed performance group in Seattle that focused on original works.  Sarah currently also teaches at Cornish College of the Arts.

Education: 
 Cornish College of the Arts; Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland; Royal Shakespeare Company at Oxford University; recipient of the Derek Jacobi Scholarship at Oxford
 
Credits: 

 Middletown, Valley of the Dolls, All’s Well That Ends Well, The Winter’s Tale, Night of the Living Dead

Elizabeth Heffron is a Seattle-based playwright.  Her full-length play, Bo-Nita, received a 2014 Edgarton New Play Award from TCG and premiere productions at Seattle Repertory Theatre and Portland Center Stage; where it was developed at the JAW Festival of New Plays.  Her most recent work, Portugal, received a 2016 Holland New Voices Playwright Award and a MainStage reading at the Great Plains Theatre Conference.  The play has been developed through the Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival, ACT Theatre Playwrights Circle, and the Seattle Rep Writers Group Showcase of New Work.  Her play, The Weatherman Project (with Kit Bakke), was part of the Seattle Rep’s inaugural New Play Festival in February 2013, and the Hollins Playwrights Festival in Roanoke, Virginia the following July. Other full-length plays include New Patagonia, produced by Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Mitzi’s Abortion: A Saint’s Guide to Late-Term Politics and Medicine in America, which received ACT Theatre’s New Play Award and a world premiere production at ACT Theatre in 2006. Since then, the play has been produced across the country, published by Original Works Publishing, and included in the anthology ‘MANIFESTO v.3: Here’s to a Theater of Defiance’, edited by Naomi Iizuka.  She has written work locally for 14/48:The World’s Quickest Theater Festival, Annex Theatre, One Reel Productions, and New City Theatre, among others.  She is a Staff Writer for Sandbox Radio Live, and her radio plays can be heard by downloading them from iTunes or Stitcher.  Elizabeth has received grants from the Seattle Arts Commission, and a fellowship from Artists Trust/Washington State Arts Commission.  She currently teaches at Cornish College of the Arts, ACT Young Playwrights Program, and at Freehold Theatre/Lab, where she has spent 6 seasons working with the women of the Washington Correctional Center for Women on inmate-generated performance pieces.  She is an alumna of the Seattle Rep Writers Group, a member of the Sandbox Artists Collective, and the Dramatists Guild. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from the Hollins Playwrights Lab.

Education: 
 MFA in Playwriting from the Hollins Playwrights Lab
 
Credits: 

 Bo-Nita, Portugal, Mitzi’s Abortion, An Altered Life, Her Mother Was Imagination, New Patagonia

David is the Founding Artistic Director of ReAct. In addition to his ReActcredits, David has worked locally with many theaters including Book-It Repertory, Seattle Public Theatre, 14/48, Many Hats Theatre, 5th Avenue, Centerstage, ArtsWest, Freehold. OnWard Ho!, NWAAT, Music Theatre Works, Rain Country Players, Infinity Box, UW Opera, Seattle Opera, the UW School of Drama, SiS Productions and the Washington Asian American Theatre where he directed their inaugural production of Yankee Dawg You Die.

Seattle audiences may have seen him in Book-It’s productions of The Brothers K and Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, as well as in The Happy Ones and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Seattle Public. He also recently starred in the world premieres of The Last Croissant with Many Hats Theatre, Death on the Supermarket Shelf at Centerstage, and Royal Blood at Onward Ho! His NWAAT stage credits include The Skin of Our TeethGodzilla Comes to Little TokyoMiss Minidoka 1943 (3rd Run), a staged reading of The Bird and understudy performances in Gold Watch and Yeb-Yang-Ah. He has appeared in Fahrenheit 451 with Music Theatre Works and The Curious Savage with Rain Country Players.

David has appeared on television in recent Seattle commercials for Zolastar, Lifewise Insurance, Microsoft and for the Asian Counseling & Referral Service.

Reginald Andre Jackson has spent the last two decades in Seattle as a professional actor, playwright, and instructor. Apart from touring in four of Mr. Shakespeare’s works with Freehold’s Engaged Theatre Program, he has taken roles in eleven of his plays at Seattle Shakespeare Company, and undertaken the role of Othello for the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Company, among others. His work in the local theatre scene includes, but is not limited to, the Seattle Repertory Theatre, Intiman, ACT, Book-it, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and Wooden O.

 As a playwright, Mr. Jackson is the proud recipient of the American Alliance of Theatre and Education’s 2010 Distinguished Play Award, in the category of adaptation, for his Book-it style take on Christopher Paul Curtis’ wonderful novel, Bud, Not Buddy. His adaptation of Mr. Curtis’ first novel, The Watsons Go To Birmingham-1963, is due to be published in 2011.

Work in educational outreach includes Intiman Theatre’s award winning Living History program, Book-It Repertory Theatre’s Book-It All Over, and the Drama School at Seattle Children’s Theatre.

Credits: 

 Seattle Shakespeare Company, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Intiman, ACT, Book-It, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Strawberry Theatre Workshop

John Jacobsen is the Emmy-winning director and host of the national PBS television show The Artist Toolbox and principal partner of the film company MogaJacobsen.  He has written, directed, and produced feature films in Los Angeles, worked on and off Broadway in New York, directed commercials all over the world, but lives here in Seattle where he writes, directs, and teaches at Freehold, Seattle University, and the University of Washington. He co-founded TheFilmSchool and was its Executive Director for ten years, and has taught at UCLA, and many fine institutions across the country. 

Jennifer Jasper is a hilarious storyteller, performer, writer and director who’s been a part of the Northwest theater scene for more than two decades. She’s known for her consummate storytelling, her pristine timing and her intuitive director’s eye. As a performer and writer, Jennifer possesses an uncanny capacity for creating memorable characters that are colorful, often outlandish, and always emotionally authentic.

In 2014, Jennifer’s play et•y•mol•o•gy was one of the six winners of the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival in New York City. She will be returning to NYC in 2016 for a showcase of her work Off Broadway with MBL Productions.  She is a 2015 recipient of Willapa Bay’s AiR. She has developed and performed three autobiographical solo shows: Bullygirl – part of the Locally Grown Festival in February 2015; It Will Kill Them! at Seattle’s Gay City Arts in February 2014; and I Can Hear You…but I’m Not Listening, in Seattle, Santa Fe and Albuquerque, and Hollywood in 2012-2013. She produces, hosts and curates a monthly cabaret entitled “Family Affair – Cabaret served up family style” at The Jewel Box Theater in Seattle. Jennifer co-founded the improvisational company Kings’ Elephant Theatre as well as Vixen Productions. She was resident director of Printer’s Devil Theater 2010–2014.

Marya Sea Kaminski is a writer, actor and solo performer.  She’s performed her original work at PS 122 in New York, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Myrna Loy Center in Helena MT, Bumbershoot and On the Boards in Seattle, and on subway platforms across lower Manhattan. Her writing has been featured in The New York Theatre Review, Seattle City Arts Magazine, Rivet Magazine, msn.com/Womanity and KNOCK. On screen, Marya has played principal roles in the feature films Dichotomy by Funkbuddha Productions, Waxie Moon in the Fallen Jewel with Wes Hurley, and Pacific Aggression directed by Shaun Scott (upcoming).

Marya has been awarded the Genius Award in Theater from The Stranger, Artist of the Year from Seattle Magazine, the Seattle Gregory Award for Outstanding Actress, Best Local Stage Actor and Best Performing Artist by the readers of the Seattle Weekly, as well as multiple City Artist Awards from the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs. A founding member and co-artistic director of the Washington Ensemble Theatre from 2004-2008, Marya Sea directed the regional premieres of Adam Rapp’s Finer Noble Gases and Jordan Harrison’s Museum Play, performed as the former First Lady in the national premiere of Jane Martin’sLaura’s Bush (Seattle Times Footlight Award, 2004) and as M in Sarah Kane’s Crave, and served as Literary Manager for the development of new and original works including Stephanie Timm’s Crumbs are also Bread and Paul Mullin’s The Ten Thousand Things.

Currently, Marya teaches Acting at Cornish College of the Arts, where she has been honored with the Drama Department’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

Education: 
 BA in English and Theatre Arts, University of Pennsylvania; MFA in Acting, University of Washington
 
Credits: 

 Other Desert Cities (ACT); Electra (Seattle Shakespeare Company); My Name is Rachel Corrie, Clybourne Park (Seattle Repertory Theatre); Hedda Gabler, Miracle! (Intiman Theatre); Simone Alone (La Mam ETC); Riddled (Richard Hugo House); BlahblahblahBANG! (Washington Ensemble Theatre/ On the Boards)

Alyssa Keene has worked as an actor, voice talent, musician, and dialect coach in Seattle since 2000. She has coached dialect for numerous theaters including Seattle Children’s Theatre, 5th Ave., ACT, Seattle Repertory Theatre, CHAC, Taproot Theater, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Village Theater, Seattle Shakespeare Company, and Theater Schmeater. As an actor, she has worked at the Intiman Theater, Seattle Children’s Theater, Theater Schmeater, ACT, CHAC, Consolidated Works, Open Circle Theatre, Balagan, and others. Alyssa has done on-camera and voice-over work for several regional and national companies, including Microsoft, Coldwell Banker, Taco Time, Tractor Supply, Albertson’s, Hoyle Card Games, Northwest Source, HerInteractive, and Tulalip Casino. Alyssa has been an adjunct faculty member of the theater department at Cornish College of the Arts since 2002, teaching speech and dialects as well as teaching with the Young Actor’s Institute at Seattle Children’s Theater. She is also a member of the local country band Purty Mouth.

Alyssa teachers in Freehold’s Ensemble Training Program.

Education: 
 Cornish College of the Arts: BFA in Acting, Merit Scholar, Magna Cum Laud
 
Credits: 

All the King’s Men, Our Town, Cymbeline (Intiman Theatre); Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, Frog and Toad, Seussical, Junie B Jones…, Busytown, The Brementown Musicians (Seattle Children’s Theatre); Red Ranger Came Calling (Book-It Repertory); She Loves Me (Second Story Repertory); Archangels Don’t Play Pinball (Capitol Hill Arts Center); Ondine, VIC: Spirit Made Flesh (Open Circle Theater); Rapture of the Deep, The Full MontyThe Spinning (Balagan Theatre); Blue Surge (Bad Monkey Productions); Evening…Shel Silverstein, Adventures in Mating, Catch 22, God Damn Tom, The Country Wife, The Rover (Theater Schmeater)

Marc Kenison began his formal dance training at the Interlochen Arts Academy and went on to receive his BFA from The Juilliard School. Upon graduating, Mr. Kenison joined The Jose Limon Dance Company, with whom he danced leading roles worldwide. In 1996 he joined Tere O’Connor Dance and collaborated with Mr. O’Connor on the creation of four new dance-theater works which were toured internationally and domestically.  In 2004, Mr. Kenison received his MFA in Acting from the University of Washington and Co-Founded the Washington Ensemble Theatre. At W.E.T., he worked as a co-artistic director, actor, box office and facilities manager, casting director and director of operations.
 
In 2006, Mr. Kenison created the burlesque personae “Waxie Moon” (a gender-blending queer lady boylesque performance-art stripping sensation). His original performance work (as Waxie Moon) has been seen at various venues throughout Seattle (including Key Arena, On The Boards, The Triple Door, The Seattle Rep, ACT Theatre and The Moore Theater), New York (including The Gramercy Theater, The Judson Church, The 92nd Street Y, and WAX), Las Vegas (The Burlesque Hall of Fame), Tokyo and Takamatsu, Japan; Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm, Sweden; and Vienna, Austria.
 
He has taught performance extensively (including NYU, Rutgers University, The University of Washington, Cornish College for the Arts, American University, The Academy of Burlesque and various dance and burlesque festivals worldwide). In 2010 he was nominated for a Gregory Award (Excellence in Theater, Washington State).
 
Education: 
 BFA in Dance, Julliard; MFA in Acting, University of Washington

Darragh Kennan has been acting and teaching in the Seattle area since 2000. He was the Artistic Director of New Century Theatre Company (NCTC) from 2001-2017. As a director, Darragh’s credits include Much Ado About Nothing(Post 5 Theatre, Portland), Eurydice (Centralia College),Tails of Wasps (NCTC), Waiting for Lefty, and Stupid Fucking Bird (Freehold Theatre’s Rehearsal and Performance class). As an actor, Darragh has appeared locally with New Century Theatre Company, Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT theatre, The 5th Avenue Theatre, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, Seattle Children’s Theatre, 14/48, and Seattle Shakespeare Company. Regionally, Darragh has worked for American Players Theatre (ten seasons), Arizona Theatre Company, The Folger Theatre in Washington D.C., The Guthrie Theater, A Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, Madison Repertory Theatre, Willamette Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, and Montana Shakespeare in the Parks. Film and TV work includes the Seattle-based podcast series What the Funny (directed by Lynn Shelton) and the feature film The Suit. Awards include the 2011 Gregory Award for Hamlet (Seattle Shakespeare Company), and Seattle Magazine’s 2012 actor of the year. Darragh lives on Vashon Island with his wife Jessica and their two children, Máire and Finn.

Credits: 

The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sherlock Holmes and The American Problem, Clybourne Park, Sylvia (Seattle Repertory Theatre), The Time of Your Life (Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT in San Francisco), Alex and Aris, Bethany, Dumb Waiter (ACT ) Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Strawberry Theatre Workshop), The Merchant of Venice, The Winter’s TaleHamletAntony and Cleopatra (Seattle Shakespeare Company),  The Adding Machine,The Trial, The Walworth Farce, The Big Meal(New Century Theatre Company)

Elizabeth Klob has been directing, performing and designing for theatre for 25 years. She graduated with a BFA from SUNY Purchase in Acting and worked in NYC for 2 years before heading west. She founded Open Circle Theatre in Seattle in 1992 and worked and managed that company for 10 years before joining the UMO Ensemble, where she has been an executive artist for the past 10 years. She has directed some of their notable works; Fatal PerilRapunzalRed Tiger Tales and Fail Better. She has taught in an artist residency at Whitman College and is excited to be a part of the Freehold teaching team.

Mik Kuhlman based in Seattle and NYC, works across many genres, cultures and forms with numerous international artistic collaborations in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Here in Seattle she’s been a company member of both Seattle Mime Theatre and UMO Ensemble. She holds an MFA in Acting from CalArts with continued education at Ecole Jacques Lecoq (LEM) and Ecole Philippe Gaulier (clown).  (mikkuhlman.com)

Education: 
 MFA in Acting CalArts

George Lewis (Founding Partner, Freehold) has been working in physical theatre since 1971. He has been performing, directing, and ultimately teaching clown since 1985. His background includes intensive studies in Corporeal Mime with Etienne Decroux and at the French National Circus School in Paris; Acting with Robin Lynn Smith and Tony Pasqualini; Meyerhold’s Biomechanics with Gennadi Bogdanov; and Clown with Sue Morrison in Toronto, Ronlin Forman at the Dell’Arte school, and a host of teachers in Buenos Aires where he currently resides. His teaching of Clown at Freehold Theatre – first begun in 2001 with UMO’s Janet McAlpin – has been a launching spot for a number of Seattle’s working clowns. His own clown work has been seen at the Lincoln Center Outdoor Festival in New York, as well as in theatres in Boston, Seattle, and Buenos Aires. He has co-created and directed five full length clown pieces in Argentina, and, most recently in Seattle, FANCY MUD with Seattle’s absurdist trio Le Frenchword.

Mark Lutwak is a freelance stage director recently relocated to Seattle for the second time in 20 years. First time around, he directed for the Seattle Group Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Annex Theatre and Theatre Under the Influence. He has been director of education for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, artistic director for Honolulu Theatre for Youth, executive director for Rain City Projects, program director for El Taller Latinoamericano, and artistic director for Theatre for Your Mother. He has been a freelance director since 1976, directing across the U.S., with a focus on new plays for adults, families and children. He also has produced and directed award-winning educational media, and produced a wide variety of projects for non-profits arts, community and educational organizations. He lives with playwright Y York and their dogs on Beacon Hill. He is a member of the Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers (SDC).

Cathy Madden is Sr. Lecturer for the University of Washington Professional Actor Training Program, Director of the Alexander Technique Training and Peformance Studio, Associate Director and Director of Research for ATA (Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka), and Theatrical Director for Lucia Neare’s Theatrical Wonders.  She is also active as a Director for the University of Washington.

Her most recent productions have been Two Sisters and a Piano, Bold Girls, Mother Teresa is Dead, The Portrait The Wind The Chair and Mischiefmakers.  Cathy’s joy and fascination with the Alexander Technique is with its practicality and its effectiveness. In her initial studies, she found out that she could have greater physical and vocal freedom in her acting, as well as increased creativity and spontaneity.

Credits: 

 Two Sisters and a Piano, Bold Girls, Mother Teresa is Dead, The Portrait The Wind The Chair

Cherry Manhattan has been putting the ass back in classy as a neo-burlesque performer and producer since 2007, and is the alter-ego of acclaimed Seattle director Katjana Vadeboncoeur.  Katjana currently teaches Neo-Burlesque Theory & Performance as an Adjunct Instructor at Cornish College of the Arts, where she has taught and directed for the past ten years.  A classically trained actor and director, Katjana has the ability to bring out the unique creativity in emerging artists, and give them the direction, motivation and encouragement to own their skills and share them confidently onstage.   She holds a degree from the University of California at Irvine, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, and has taught actors at UW, Cornish, Seattle Center Academy, the Northwest School, Pierce Community College, and was a resident instructor and staff member at Seattle Shakespeare Company.   Katjana was a Co-Artistic Director at Washington Ensemble Theater (2006-10) , where she received a Seattle Times Footlight Award for Best Off-Broadway Production.  She recently co-produced, directed and starred in the Seattle Premiere of the 1950’s lesbian-pulp cult hit  Beebo Brinker Chronicles including sold out shows at Re-bar and ACT Theater’s Central Heating Lab, and created and co-produced the acclaimed  ‘burlexpose’ The Beyond Real Human Female at Theater Off-Jackson, as part of SPF: Solo Performance Festival. Cherry has performed burlesque at venues all over Seattle, including ACT, On the Boards, Triple Door, the Can Can, Re-bar, the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival, Teatro Zinzanni and Bumbershoot.  Katjana is an Associate Member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

Tony Award winning Actress, Dinah Manoff was born in New York City to actress Lee Grant and writer Arnold Manoff.

She won both a  Theater World and Tony Award as Best Featured Actress for her performance in the Broadway production of Neil Simon’s “I Ought To Be In Pictures.”  She reprised the role in the motion picture of the same title.

Her numerous theater credits include Broadway’s “Leader of the Pack,” “Alfred and Victoria” at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, Tenessee William’s “Kingdom of Earth” at Theatre West and Donald Margulies “Gifted Children” at the JRT Off-Broadway. She won a Dramalogue Award (Best Director of the Year,) for directing “Telegrams From Heaven,” a play starring Renee Taylor — which she co-wrote with Dennis Bailey – – based on her late father’s (Arnold Manoff) novel. 

On television, she was a series regular on “Soap,” and has appeared in numerous TV movies, including “Maid For Each Other,” which she wrote the story for as well.  Manoff is best known for her portrayal as Richard Mulligans daughter “Carol Weston” the character she played for seven years on “Empty Nest”.  More recently she spent two years starring in the highly acclaimed ABC family series “State of Grace,” for which she received a Jewish Image Award. Manoff has also worked as a television director, helming episodes of “Sabrina,” “Movie Stars,” “Brothers,” and numerous episodes of Empty Nest

In feature films, Manoff played the role of Pink Lady Marty Marachino in the movie of Grease. Other film credits include “Ordinary People,”  Bloodhounds of Broadway,” “Child’s Play,” “Staying Together,” “Backfire,” “I Ought to be in Pictures,” “Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael,” and the independent film, “Bart Got a Room.”

Currently Manoff resides with her family on Bainbridge Island where she writes, coaches and teaches acting, and directs theater at BPA and with the Northwest Actors Lab. 

For information on Northwest Actors Lab classes, please email Dinah Manoff or Michelle Allen at nwactorslab@gmail.com 

Credits: 
Tony Award winner for Best Featured Actress

in Neil Simon’s “I Ought To Be In Pictures”

Janet McAlpin (UMO Ensemble Co-Founder/Artistic Director) trained for two years at the School of Jacques LeCoq (Paris, France), co-founded UMO Ensemble and has been teaching, directing and performing physical theater for over 23 years. Janet has taught clown theater at Freehold Studio and Naropa Institute (Boulder, Co). She has directed UMO and Circus Contraption and other small groups. She has performed various characters on different apparatus (Hoops, trapeze, globes and stilts) at Teatro Zinzani, Cirque du Flambe, the Moisture Festival and with UMO Ensemble.

Janet’s most recent creative endeavors have ranged from writing and performing Zen Tales with UMO, creating a duet clown trapeze act with David Godsey and an apple and starting up a venue called Open Space for Arts and Community on Vashon Island. She loves water, and her son Kai who is her clown mentor.

Keira McDonald is an actor and teaching artist based in Seattle. She trained with Thomas Prattki at The London International School of Performing Arts. Her personal clown “Flossy” was last seen in Annex Theatre’s Psuedo Omega.  Her original one woman shows have been seen at Theatre Off Jackson, Re-bar, Frontera Fest (voted best in fest,) Manhattan Theatre Source’s Estrogenius festival, The Mae West Fest, CHAC and have won critical acclaim and toured to sold-out houses across the Canadian Fringe Circuit.

She is the Founder and Festival Director of Theatre Off Jackson’s Annual Solo Performance Festival (SPF.) She teaches movement for actors at Cornish College of the Arts and has been on the faculty of Seattle Children’s Theatre Drama School since 1997.

Education: 
 MFA in Lecoq Based Actor Created Physical Theatre, London International School of Performing Arts

Andrew McGinn has been a professional actor, director, and teacher since his graduation from Juilliard in 1998.  NYC performance credits include Broadway productions of the American premiers Invention of Love, and the Tony Award record-breaking Coast of Utopia.  He has performed in over 150 theater productions at notable venues including Chicago Shakespeare, The Old Globe, Seattle Rep, ACT, The Western Playhouse, New Jersey Shakespeare, The Hangar Theater, The NY Shakespeare Festival / Public Theater (five productions), La Jolla Playhouse, and spent two searson touring classical theater with The Acting Company.  He was also drumming and throwing marshmallows as a Blue Man, performing in NYC.  Since his move to Seattle in 2010 his acting credits have included the title role in Cyrano at Portland Center Stage, the title role in Titus Andronicus at Seattle Shakespeare, the role of Dr. Watson in Seattle Rep’s Hound of Baskervilles and Sherlock Holmes and the American Problem (April 2016), and the role of Falstaff in Freehold’s Engaged Theatre Project productions of Henry IV pts 1&2, and Henry V (playing Falstaff’s ghost as The Chorus)

He began producing and directing in association with NYC’s The Infinite Theatre, directing Seascape with Sharks and DancerLast of my Solid Gold Watches, and Lady of Larkspur Lotion in association with the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival, where he also served as Supervising Director.  Andrew earned his MFA in directing at the University of Washington, having directed David Edgar’s Pentecost as his thesis production.  Post-MFA directing credits include Female Transport at Seattle University, Indian Ink at Sound Theatre Company, All’s Well that Ends Well for Freehold’s Ensemble Training Intensive, and Fuente Ovejuna at Cornish College of the Arts.

He is a regular Adjunct professor of Acting / Guest Director at both Cornish College of the Arts and Seattle University.  He has also been the Associate Director of Freehold’s Ensemble Training Intensive, a private 1-year full-time acting conservatory, and he regularly teaches advanced acting courses at Freehold Theatre.  He is also a Vocal Coach at Jack Straw Productions.

Education: 
 BFA in Acting – The Julliard School; MFA in Directing – University of Washington

Kevin McKeon has an MFA in acting and has taught actor training at UC Davis, Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, California Institute of the Arts and Cal Poly Pomona, among others. Local directing credits include Great Expectations, Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler, and his own adaptation of David Guterson’s Snow Falling on Cedars, which has been performed at several regional theaters across the country. Locally as an actor his roles include Arthur in Superior Donuts and the two-hander Slowgirl at Seattle Public, and many performances for Seattle Shakespeare Company, Book-It Rep, Taproot, Freehold, Arts West, New City and others.

Meg McLynn is an actor and singer who has traveled to all 50 states and performed in many of them. New York and regional credits include Classic Stage Company, HERE Arts Center, The Ohio, The Mint, Theatre for a New City, Huntington Theatre Company, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Saltbox Theatre Workshop and others.  Locally, Meg has performed with Wooden O, Book-It Rep, Seattle Symphony, ArtsWest, Seattle Opera, On the Boards, Washington Ensemble Theatre, Theatre22, STAGEright, Centerstage, New City Theatre, Tacoma Actor’s Guild, Consolidated Works, Theater Schmeater, Theatre Off Jackson and Seattle Public Theatre. As a concert soloist, she performs the songbooks of Patsy Cline, Judy Garland, and Carly Simon with Purple Phoenix Productions, and she has been an Anthem Singer for the Seattle Seahawks.

As a teaching artist, Meg spent seasons working with Open Door, Idaho Shakespeare, and Living Voices, with whom she served as New York Associate Director.  She has assisted with voice training at Columbia Business School and World Leaders Forum. Meg teaches Voice and Speech at Cornish College of the Arts, and she serves as a vocal coach with Jack Straw Studios and Seattle World School.  Meg studied voice for 7 years under Kristin Linklater, receiving her BFA from Emerson College and her MFA from Columbia University, where she also studied with Andrei Serban, Anne Bogart and SITI Company.

Education: 
 MFA, Columbia University; BFA, Emerson College

Jacqueline Moscou (Actress/Director) has been a working artist for more than 27 years. She began her training as a nine-year old at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, graduated from the High School of Performing Arts, and toured Europe and the U.S. during the 1970s with the New York City Street theatre and the Performance Group.

Ms. Moscou is currently the Artistic Director of Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center. She has directed for the Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center, the Northwest Asian Theatre, and co-founded a professional wing of the Paul Robeson Community Theatre with a highly successful production of the South African play Homeland. She remains an associate artist at Intiman Theatre.

Seattle credits include A Raisin in the Sun, Black Nativity: A Gospel Song Play, Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Having Our Say, Flyin’ West, From the Mississippi Delta, Spunk, Blues for an Alabama Sky and A … My Name is Still Alice.

 

Education: 
 Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City
Credits: 

 A Raisin in the Sun, Black Nativity: A Gospel Song Play, Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Having Our Say

Paul Mullin‘s plays include Louis Slotin Sonata (produced at Seattle’s Empy Space Theatre; winner of the L.A. Drama Critics Award), Ballard House DuetThe Ten Thousand Things (Washington Ensemble Theatre), and An American Book of the Dead – The Game Show (Annex Theatre).  He conceived, co-wrote, and co-produced NewsWrights United’s series of Living Newspapers, and is a regular contributor to Sandbox Radio Live!  He is currently developing a play about human consciousness tentatively titled Philosophical Zombie Killers.  Mullin was recognized by The Stranger with a “Genius Award” for achievement in theatre.  His thoughts on how Seattle can take its rightful place as a World Class theatre town can be found at his blog Just Wrought

Credits: 

 Louis Slotin Sonata, The Sequence, The Ten Thousand Things, It’s Not In the P-I: A Living Newspaper about a Dying Newspaper, The New New News: A Living Newspaper, Ballard House Duet

Brennan Murphy arrived in Seattle in 2005 after heading up the acting program at California State University Sacramento. Prior to that, Brennan had a twenty-year career as a professional actor in NYC and at regional theaters around the U.S. He received his MFA in Acting from the Yale School of Drama and a Postgraduate Degree in Voice Studies and Text Interpretation from London’s Central School of Speech and Drama, where he was awarded the mark of Distinction in Teaching.

As a professional actor, Brennan has performed dozens of professional productions. On Broadway, he was a featured actor in Angela Lansbury’s revival of Mame, in Hal Prince/NYC Opera’s production of Candide, as well as Take Me Along. He is a founding member of two experimental theatre companies in NYC: Cucaracha Theatre and the Gertrude Stein Repertory Theatre. As an educator, he has taught acting, voice, and movement at the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting in NYC, American Music and Dramatic Academy, Illinois State University, University of Illinois (UIUC), SUNY at Buffalo State College.

Education: 
 MFA in Acting, Yale School of Drama; Postgraduate degree in Voice Studies and Text Interpretation, London’s Central School of Speech and Drama

Allison Narver is a freelance director whose work has primarily centered on directing and developing new plays and productions.  Regional work includes productions at The Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, The Fifth Avenue Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, New Century Theatre, Portland Stage Company, The Yale Repertory Theater, Studio Theater, Pittsburgh City Theatre, RedCat Theater, Portland Center Stage and The Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  In New York, her work has been seen at The New Victory Theater, Ars Nova, The Cherry Lane Theater, New Dramatists, The Kirk Theater and The Women’s Project among others. Allison was the Resident Director for The Lion King (Director, Julie Taymor) both in London and on Broadway in New York. She has worked internationally with companies in Palestine, Nairobi and the EU.  She is the former Artistic Director of The Empty Space Theater, Annex Theater and The Yale Cabaret.  Allison has her MFA in directing from The Yale School of Drama

The free, large-scale, site-specific theatrical works of Lucia Neare have inspired thousands. A classical singer, sculptor, designer, director, performer, and producer, she is artistic director of Lucia Neare’s Theatrical Wonders. Neare has received commissions and support from organizations such as 4Culture, Artist Trust, Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Seattle Art Museum, Olympic Sculpture Park, On the Boards, Seattle City Light, SAFECO, and Seattle Parks and Recreation. In recognition of her accomplishments in enriching Seattle through the arts, she was awarded a 2012 Mayor’s Arts Award. Lucia received the 2008 Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship, Seattle Magazine’s 2008 Spotlight Award, and the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs 2007 CityArtists Award. Noted recent creations include Lullaby Moon, a series of large-scale performances over the Seattle area since 2008; Ooo La La: A May Day Spectacular, which transformed downtown Seattle into a grand corridor of whimsy; and Lullaby Carriage in Duvall and Vashon, Washington. Neare studied theater and contemporary performance at Naropa University and is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College.

Andre Nelson is an actor, sound designer, puppeteer, musician, and teacher. He studied at Southern Oregon University and Portland State University before graduating with a BFA in Theatre from Cornish College of the Arts. Around Seattle, he’s performed with Book-It Repertory Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Cafe Nordo, Theatre22, Annex Theatre, Freehold’s Engaged Theatre Tour, and others. Andre is also a proudly certified stage combatant through Dueling Arts International.

Peter Dylan O’Connor is an actor, teacher, choreographer, director, scenic designer, technical director and producer. As an actor, his favorite roles include Blake in The Walworth Farce, Joe Mitchell in Waiting for Lefty, Charlie Conlin in Stones in his Pockets, Randy Rage in PileDriver!, Caliban in The Tempest, Pip in Three Days of Rain, Billy Herndon in Abe Lincoln in Illinois and the one man show Sex, Drugs Rock-n-Roll. Peter is the Co-Production Manager and Technical Director of New Century Theatre Company. He is also Production Director for The 14/48 Projects. Peter works as the Staff Technical Director and is on faculty at Cornish College of the Arts. In his off hours he builds houses in the Seattle area and looks forward to his next opportunity to travel. He is married to the lovely theatrical practitioner, Betsy Schwartz.

Timothy Piggee has been teaching and performing in the Seattle area for many years. As an actor he has worked on most local stages, including Intiman Theatre, The Group Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, The Empty Space Theatre, Tacoma Actor’s Guild, A Contemporary Theatre, and Seattle Repertory Theatre. 

Timothy has also taught acting for Seattle Children’s Theatre, Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center, and Cornish College of the Arts.

Credits: 

 Intiman, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Empty Space Theatre, Tacoma Actor’s Guild, ACT, Seattle Repertory Theatre

Michael is an actor, director, producer and educator originally from Seattle. He has appeared on-stage at Intiman, Cincinnati Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, ACT, Seattle Children’s Theatre, The Drama League, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Here Arts Center, Yale Repertory Theatre, Book-It and in ten productions as a founding co-artistic director of Washington Ensemble Theatre (’04-’09) and in five productions with Pacific Performance Project/East.  He has directed productions at the Moore Theatre, ACTlab, WET, Here Arts Center, Cornish and the Yale Cabaret, where he was a co-artistic director (Cab44). Michael is the associate artistic director of P3/East, is on faculty at the Seattle Film Institute, Lakeside School and Cornish College of the Arts, is the co-director of the Seattle Children’s Theatre’s YAI program and is the founding curator of One Coast Collaboration, a national bridge-building new play festival. Michael holds a BA from the University of Washington and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama where he was a recipient of the Oliver Thorndike Acting Award.

Sara Porkalob is an arts activist. She served as Intiman Theatre’s 2017 Co-Curator and is the current Programs Director of their Emerging Artist Program. She was one of the first recipients of a Village Theatre Original Writers Residency. Dragon Lady, her first full length work, has garnered a Seattle Times Footlight Award and Broadway World Award for “Best New Play”. In 2019, she will develop and perform her Dragon Cycle at American Repertory Theatre and write/direct new play 7th and Jackson at Cafe Nordo.  www.saraporkalob.com

Education: 
 BFA in Theatre and Original Works from Cornish College of the Arts

Mr Rodriquez is an actor, musician, and visual artist based in Seattle Washington. He has performed with Café Nordo, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Capitol Hill Arts Center, Seattle Shakespeare Company, The New Amerikan Theatre, Edge Theatre Ensemble, and The Community Theatre. In 2012 he toured the Canadian Fringe circuit with an original work titled Fancy Mud created by the absurdist trio Le Frenchword. He was an actor in the Freehold’s Engaged Theatre tour of Shakespeare’s Othello, and Henry IV and is a teaching artist at Freehold’s Engaged Theatre residencies at Monroe Correctional Facility and Echo Glen Juvenile Detention Center, and Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative. 

Hal Ryder was trained at Drama Studio London. He has taught acting for the past 40 years. Mr. Ryder previously served as Artistic Director at: The Mercury Theater London, The Fringe Theater, Orlando, Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater, Seattle Public Theater, and Open Door Theater. He has directed over 250 productions, and produced many others. He helped establish and run Drama Studio London at Berkeley in California. He has also taught acting and other theater subjects in London, Florida, California, and Washington. Hal has headed theater and radio drama projects in Pakistan, Yemen, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Ecuador. He is Professor of Theater, Emeritus at Cornish College of the Arts where he taught for 33 years.

Gary Schwartz is an award-winning television and film actor and a master improvisational acting coach whose 30 years as a performer and improv teacher has helped transform the lives of thousands of people, both on- and off-screen.

It was Gary’s 18-year association with renowned theater educator, director and author Viola Spolin – famous for training the very first improv theater troupe in the US which led to the creation of today’s Second City improv troupe – that provided the foundation for his work today. In 1988 Gary co-founded the Spolin Players improv troupe, and is the only teacher to have ever earned an endorsement from both Viola Spolin and her son, the legendary original director of Second City, Paul Sills.

Originally from New York State, Gary began his professional career as a mime at age 13, performing up and down the Hudson River with Pete Seegar, Arlo Guthrie and other great folk entertainers of the 60’s. In the 70’s and 80’s he appeared in numerous film and television projects including the Oscar®-winning feature film Quest for Fire and 65 episodes of the Emmy™-winning series Zoobilee Zoo with Ben Vereen.

As a voice actor, Gary has worked with Robert Redford, Barbra Streisand, Tim Burton, Kenneth Brannagh and many other well-known directors. He voices several characters on popular video games such as Team Fortress 2 and Star Wars: The Old Republic.  Details of his acting career are available at IMDB.com.

Today, Gary is a passionate, dynamic improv coach and facilitator. He is the founder of Improv Odyssey, an exciting approach to changing the way people work and play, based on Spolin’s techniques. He serves on the counsel of the newly formed Actors Guild, SAG-AFTRA, Seattle branch.

Gary lives in North Bend WA and is the founder and Artistic Director of Valley Center Stage, North Bend’s Community Theater.
Credits: 

Quest for Fire, Mr. Belevedere (20th Century Fox); She’s Out of Control (Weintraub Entertainment); You and Me, Kid (The Disney Channel); Faerie Tale Theatre (Showtime)

Voice Actor: The Nightmare before ChristmasOliver & Company

Video Games: Star Wars: The Old Republic, Left 4 Dead

“Butoh is a corpse standing straight up in a desperate bid for life” Tatsumi Hijikata

Vanessa Skantze is a Butoh artist and teacher of yoga and dance from Seattle. She has performed in the U.S. and Europe for over 20 years. She co-founded New Orleans sound/movement ensemble Death Posture in 2002, and collaborates with many renowned musicians including Jarboe and percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani. Skantze has trained with Jinen Butoh founder Atsushi Takenouchi since 2003, and performed with him in the U.S. and Europe. Since coming to Seattle in 2004 she has created numerous ensemble works under the name Danse Perdue as well as solo pieces. In 2013 she taught as part of Lydia Lunch’s Post-Catastrophe Collaborative. In 2016 she was a movement director and performer for a production of Henry V with Freehold Engaged Theater, which tours correctional facilities in the Seattle area. She returned as movement director for the 2017 production of Hamlet; and is a teaching artist with Freehold in the women’s correctional facility. She is a co-founder of Teatro de la Psychomachia, a performance space in Seattle that hosts many local, national and international sound and movement artists.

Matt Smith is an actor, auctioneer, writer, improv teacher, and communication coach. His screen credits include My Last Year with the NunsOutsourcedSleepless in SeattleSpidermanWhite FaceThe Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, and KING TV’s Almost Live. Original solo plays include My Last Year with the Nuns, My Boat to Bainbridge, Helium, Beyond Kindness: A Childcare Guide, and All My Children.

Matt was a founding member of both Stark/Raving Theatre (1988-95) with Edward Sampson, andSeattle Improv (1985-88) with Sampson & Roberta Maguire. He was artistic director of Seattle Theatre Sports in 1985.

He is a partner with Cookus Interruptus, the popular web based cooking show where healthy meets funny.  Matt is also an ambassador for Hanford Challenge, dedicated to the clean-up of The Hanford Nuclear Waste Site.  He has taught improvisation at hundreds of companies and schools, to actors and non-actors.

Credits: 

Stage: My Boat to Bainbridge, My Last Year with the Nuns, All My Children

Screen: My Last Year with the NunsOutsourced, Spiderman, Sleepless in Seattle

Robin Lynn Smith is a Founding Partner and Artistic Director for Freehold Studio/Theatre Lab in Seattle. She has worked for the past thirty-five years acting, directing and teaching in Chicago, Boston, Seattle, and New York where she directed Curse of the Starving Class Off-Broadway at the Promenade Theatre.  She has directed in Regional Theatres and is presently directing Freehold’s  Engaged Theatre Program which tours Shakespeare productions to prisons, projects, and tent cities, for which she has directed Othello, Julius Caesar, King Lear, Cymbeline, A Winter’s TaleThe Tempest, and The Merchant of Venice.  At Freehold she directed the award-winning production of Chekhov’s The SeagullThree SistersAn Altered Life, and Veronika Falling.   She was an Artist in Residence at the Seattle Repertory Theatre with Dan Sullivan, and directed several productions including Marvin’s RoomFrankie and Jonnie in the Claire de LuneCity of Gold, and the developmental workshop of Elizabeth Heffon’s New Patagonia.  She has also directed in Seattle at ACT, On The Boards, The Empty Space, New City Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and Intiman where she was an Affiliate Artist with Bartlett Sher.  She has an MFA from NYU TSOA, and she is currently on the faculty of Cornish College of the Arts. She is featured in ACTING TEACHERS OF AMERICA, and she is a member of SDC and a finalist for SDCF’s inaugural Zelda Fichandler Award. She is the 2008 recipient of the The Gregory A. Falls Sustained Achievement Award. 

Education: 
 MFA, Tisch School of the Arts at New York University
Credits: 

 Curse of the Starving Class, Julius Caesar, The Seagull, City of Gold

Rhonda J. Soikowski has been acting, directing, and generating new work in collaborative process since 1995. She holds an MFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University and a BFA in Acting with an Original Works emphasis from Cornish College of the Arts where she is currently on Faculty in the Theater Department. As a teaching artist, she specializes in integrating mind, voice, body and intention. Local credits include work with Strawshop, Book-It Repertory Theater, Cherry Manhattan Presents, LaCoeur, Freehold’s Engaged Theater Project, and many others. Rhonda is currently involved in research and development for performance pedagogy with a new investigation into Institutionalized Oppression in Art Making. For information about her company, srp – investing in sustainable process for creative artists, check out www.soikowski.com

Education: 
BFA in Acting: Original Works, Cornish College of the Arts; MFA in Contemporary Performance, Naropa University

Katherine Strohmaier is a local actor and music director, and an adjunct professor at Cornish College of the Arts, where she teaches private voice lessons and assorted musical theater classes. Her Seattle area performance credits include 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Harlequin Productions, Centerstage, Mount Baker Theatre. With the Seattle Symphony, Katherine has been a vocalist for the Lullaby Project (a community program engaging with mothers and families at Mary’s Place), a host and vocalist for educational symphony concerts, as well as a vocalist in Pops concerts. She has sung in concert at the Opéra de Rennes in France, and has toured U.S. cities singing with acclaimed Gershwin pianist Peter Nero.

Mr. Thomas has recently returned to Seattle after 13 seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. During his time away from Seattle, he has worked as a director and teacher of theatre on many projects including “The Art of the Director” at Southern Oregon University Theatre Department, “Sonnets and Rhetoric” at the SOU Center for Shakespeare Studies, Directing Artist-taught workshops for schools at OSF’s Shakespeare Institute, and MFA actor training at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. A narrator of audiobooks as well, he has voiced James Sallis’s six book Lew Griffin series, Ron Hansen’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and a part of Roberto Balaño’s crime/yystery masterpiece 2666. He recently gave voice to the late Manning Marable’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Malcolm X, Malcolm: A Life of Re-Invention.

Amy Thone is proud to have been working in the theatre for over 30 years, and in Seattle for slightly more than 20 of those. She has been the casting director for the Seattle Shakespeare Company since 1997, and has played many roles there, including Cleopatra, Beatrice, Prospero, Lady Macbeth, Cassius, Adriana, Helena, and Titania. She’s also acted at Seattle Rep, the Intiman, Book-it, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and Strawberry Theatre Workshop. In Seattle, she’s also very pleased to have been in the two productions of Upstart Crow, (Titus Andronicus and King John, both directed by Rosa Joshi). She is deeply proud to be a founding member of the New Century Theatre Company, for whom she played roles in The Adding MachineHoly Days, Stephanie Timm’s On the Nature of Dust, and The Trial. She’s the recipient of a Stranger Genius Award, and three Seattle Gregory Awards. Nationally, she has worked at the Oregon, Utah, Colorado and Santa Cruz Shakespeare Festivals, the Alley in Houston, the Geva Theatre, and the Denver Center. She teaches Shakespeare at the University of Washington and at Freehold Studio Lab, and the plays of Beckett and Pinter at Cornish College of the Arts. She received her MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

Dan Tierney has worked professionally for the past twenty years. Locally, he’s performed at the Intiman Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, On the Boards, Empty Space Theatre, Bathhouse Theatre, Tacoma Actor’s Guild, Seattle Group Theatre, and has been part of nine seasons, as an actor, or director, with Seattle Shakespeare Company’s Wooden O Productions. Dan has also worked as a company actor for two seasons at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. 

He has appeared in two films by renowned filmmaker, Guy Maddin, and toured internationally with a multi-media production of “Brand Upon the Brain!”, appearing at the Lincoln Center, as well as theatres in Berlin, Sao Paulo, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, and throughout the US and Canada, working with artists, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Isabella Rossellini, Geraldine Chaplin, Eli Wallach and Crispin Glover.

Education: 
 MFA in Acting, Professional Actor Training Program, University of Washington

A mother of two, Rebecca is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California, Irvine (MFA, Acting), and the Pacific Conservatory Theatre.  She made her professional acting debut as Hero in Much Ado About Nothing at the rebuilt Globe Theatre in London, and has since acted in regional theaters all over the United States.  As a teaching artist, she’s worked with the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine; the Alliance Theater in Atlanta; the New York Film Academy; Seattle University; Meadows School of the Arts at SMU; Freehold’s Ensemble Training Intensive and its Engaged Theatre Residency.  Her plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, and elsewhere at venues such as the American Theatre of Actors, Center Stage, and the Barrow Group.  She is the creator of Parley, a playwrights’ group, where she has mentored, directed, and produced over twenty-five world premieres by emerging Seattle writers since 2014.

Annette Toutonghi has been an active member of the theatre community in the Northwest for many years. Some of the theatres she’s worked with locally include ACT Theatre, The Seattle Repertory Theatre, On the Boards, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Theatre Off Jackson, The Empty Space Theatre, the 14/48 Theatre Festival, Seattle Children’s Theatre, The Seattle Group Theatre, and Intiman Theatre.
 
Favorite performances include The Rich Grandeur of Boxing with Megan Murphy and Company at the Centre National de la Danse in Paris, The Women at ACT Theatre and You Can’t Take It With You at The Seattle Repertory Theatre. Annette works in voice over and film as well. Credits include Freddi in the acclaimed Freddi Fish series, Sly Cooper  and Lane 1974 among others.

 

Kimberly White has taught voice & text for the past 15 years. She has been the Text/Voice Director with Seattle Shakespeare Company since 2003, where she has worked on over fifteen productions and directed for the Education program. She has also been a long time faculty member of Shakespeare & Company, based in Lenox, Mass.

Kimberly has worked with Maryland Shakespeare Festival, Sun Valley Shakespeare Festival, & Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. She coached Gerard Schwartz on the “Musically Speaking” CD series, and recently served as script/voice coach for the award winning documentary, The Corporal’s Boots. Kimberly is a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher, & a member of VASTA.

Education: 
 BFA, California Institute of the Arts

Lyam White is a member of UMO Ensemble. He’s been acting and playwrighting professionally for over 20 years, and has been responsible for writing and performing in such UMO works as Fatal PerilFinal BroadcastRed Tiger TalesMaldoror, and Fail Better. He’s also a Certified Personal Trainer and Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Specialist, having trained in several martial arts (Capoeira, Karate, Muay Thai, Savate).

Kate Wisniewski began her training as an actor as an attempt to better grapple with Shakespeare’s works. Through that work ,she discovered that a flexible, efficient and responsive voice enables you to accurately pursue your intentions and stay true to the meaning of the text. She has appeared in Seattle area theatre at Intiman, ACT, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Empty Space, Tacoma Actors Guild, New Century Theatre and New City Theatre and regionally at The American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA. She is a graduate of the American Repertory Theatre Institute at Harvard and is on the faculty of Seattle University where she teaches acting, Shakespeare and voice. Kate is a founding member of upstart crow, an all-female Shakespeare company.

Education: 
American Repertory Theatre Institute

Credits: 
ACT, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Empty Space, Tacoma Actors Guild, New Century Theatre 

Y York’s plays have been produced in almost every state, as well as Canada and Australia. Fifteen have been produced in Seattle, including the recent SYCORAX at 18th & Union and THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF NOW which will be premiered by Thalia’s Umbrella at 12th Avenue Arts in the spring.  Her plays for adults are published by Broadway Play Publishing; her plays for young people and families are published by Dramatic Play Publishing; many have been anthologized by Applause Books, Bess Press, Limelight Editions, Pearson/AGS Globe, Smith & Kraus, St. Martin’s Press, and the University of Texas Press. Her work has been workshopped at festivals at the Kennedy Center, Mark Taper Forum, Provincetown Playhouse, ASK Theatre Projects, Sundance Playwrights Lab, Arena Stage, San Jose Rep, Vancouver New Play Center, New Harmony Project, and New York Theatre Workshop.

Y has taught playwriting classes and workshops for Freehold Theatre, the University of Washington Extension, Arizona State University, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, People’s Light and Theatre, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, Kumu Kahua Theatre, the New Harmony Project, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Bamboo Ridge Press, Ko`olau Writers’ Workshop, and in her living room and online.

Y is the recipient of the Smith Prize for political theatre, the Hawai`i Award for Literature, the Berrilla Kerr Playwriting Award, AATE’s Charlotte Chorpenning Award for the body of her work, and five-time awardee of AATE’s Distinguished Play Award. Y was a member of the Seattle Rep’s Writers’ Group 2015-2017 and is a current member of The Dramatists’ Guild and proud alumna of New Dramatists. For more information, visit http://yyork.com.