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ACT Theatre

Located in the heart of downtown Seattle and serving a population of curious, open-minded, and brave audiences, ACT - A Contemporary Theatre is the only theatre in Seattle dedicated to producing contemporary work with promising playwrights and local performing artists since 1965. A theatre of new ideas, ACT serves as a cultural engine that makes plays, dance, music, and film that touch us through its annual Mainstage play series and Central Heating Lab program. Because contemporary life demands examination, ACT is driven to inspire and strengthen our diverse community through works that advance our understanding of human life. With more than 120,000 people who attend shows annually, ACT is an interactive community where artists and the public witness, contemplate, and engage in dialogue on today’s thought-provoking issues, ideas and art, presented with intelligence, insight, and humor. acttheatre.org

Previous recipient in: 2012 2011 2010
Previous nominee in: 2009

 

Annex Theatre

People's Choice Nominee

Annex Theatre is a democratic collective of theatre artists dedicated to creating bold new work in an environment of improbability, resourcefulness, and risk.

In addition to new plays by living playwrights, Annex produces radical reinterpretations of classic scripts, ensemble-generated non-linear spectacles, and dynamic solo performances, as well as our monthly late-night variety show Spin the Bottle, now in its 14th year. All productions are chosen by the Annex company as a whole, through a process of proposals, interviews, readings, frenzied argument, and final consensus. annextheatre.org

 

Balagan Theatre

Balagan Theatre strives to create smart and fearless theatre of the highest artistic quality to cultivate the next generation of theatre-goers and theatre-makers. From Footlight-award winning shows like Avenue Q and Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog to "Best of the Year" productions like Spring Awakening, Balagan is known for consistent artistic success no matter what genre or period of theatre is being tackled.

With a mission to develop new audiences for theatre, the entire community finds something for them at Balagan. balagantheatre.org

Previous nominee in: 2010

Book-It Repertory Theatre

2012 Governor’ s Arts Award-winner and 2010 Mayor’s Arts Award-winner, Book-It Repertory Theatre was founded 24 years ago as an artists’ collective, adapting short stories for performance and touring them throughout the Northwest. Today, with over 90 world-premiere adaptations of full-length novels to its credit–many of which have garnered rave reviews and gone on to subsequent productions all over the country–Book-It is widely respected for the consistent artistic excellence of its work. book-it.org

Previous nominee in: 2012 2011 2010

 

Seattle Public Theater

If you are new to Seattle Public – welcome! We promise you a theater experience like no other. Expect opportunities for private epiphanies and community conversation. Expect the quality of acting and directing to be the best Seattle has to offer. Expect innovative stage designs that maximize the intimacy of the Bathhouse and engage your imagination, and fully support the story. Expect great theater.

Seattle Public is committed to: plays with strong rhythm, character, and juicy text; plays that tell stories that allow us to feel more deeply, to reflect on ourselves and community; plays that challenge our expectations and allow us to dream; plays that leave us talking in the parking lot. seattlepublictheater.org

 

Seattle Repertory Theatre

Seattle Repertory Theatre creates productions and programs that surprise, entertain, challenge and uplift our community through a shared act of imagination. In 1963, a group of theatre lovers created Seattle Rep as a foundation for a thriving arts-rich community. Now 50 years later, Seattle Rep remains a vital source for creative thought and conversation, a place where the audience brings life to the stories we tell. When we plan our seasons, the scope and scale of our thinking is reflected in the breadth of ideas, emotions and perspectives presented on stage. Through the voices of a diverse range of playwrights, we take Seattle audiences on globe-spanning journeys, while speaking to the issues that resonate with their lives here in the Northwest. seattlerep.org

Previous nominee in: 2012 2011 2010

 

Undo by Holly Arsenault

Produced by Annex Theatre

Bio: Holly Arsenault’s first full-length play, Undo, premiered at Annex Theatre in Seattle in January, 2013. Her short play, 24 Pictures of a Pilot, premiered at Live Girls! Theater in 2009, was subsequently published in Rain City Projects’ Manifesto Series V.2: Vivid Impact, edited by Steven Dietz, and was a finalist for the Heideman Award at the National Ten-Minute Play Contest at Actors’ Theatre of Louisville. She is currently at work on her second full-length play, Murder.

 

Kittens in a Cage by Kelleen Conway Blanchard

Produced by Annex Theatre

Bio: Kelleen Conway Blanchard's work has been seen/produced at Annex Theatre, Pony World Theater, Macha Monkey, Balagan Theatre, Seattle Playwright's Collective, 12 Minutes Max , 14/48, Spin the Bottle and as part of FringeACT. Outside of Seattle, her plays have been part of Eight Tens at Eight in Santa Cruz, the 2nd Annual Festival of New Short Plays in Belfast, Maine and Perishable Theatre’s Women’s Playwriting Festival. Look for Kittens in a Cage, the web series, produced by Stoic Entertainment (based on her Gregory Award nominated play) and her newest play, The Underneath, happening at Annex Theater through November!

Previous nominee in: 2011

 


Cliffhouse by Allison Gregory

Produced by Macha Monkey Productions

Bio: Allison Gregory’s plays have been produced and developed all over the country. Her work has garnered a Julie Harris Playwriting Award; South Coast Repertory Theatre’s Pacific Playwrights Award; an L.A. Garland Award, L.A); and Seattle Times Awards for Best New Play, among others. She has received grants, commissions, and development from Seattle’s Arts and Cultural Affairs Office, Seattle Dramatists, South Coast Repertory, ACT Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Skirball-Kenis Foundation, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Childsplay, The Empty Space, Northwest Playwright’s Alliance, and Hedgebrook Playwright’s Foundation. Ms. Gregory’s plays for young audiences include Even Steven Goes to War (“Zoni” Best New Script Award; AATE and UPRP awards; Kennedy Center New Visions/New Voices selection); Peter and the Wolf (Seattle Times Award, Best New Play; Natl. tour), The Robber’s Daughter (premiering at SCT 2014), and Go Dog. Go!, adapted from the P.D. Eastman book and co-written with Steven Dietz. Ms. Gregory is married to Mr. Dietz and lives in Austin and Seattle, along with her understanding teens, Ruby and Abraham.

Team of Heroes: No More Heroes by Alexander Harris

Produced by Annex Theatre

Bio: Alexander Harris is a playwright, director, and producer whose work has been seen at the Armory Free Theatre (Champaign, IL), 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival (Seattle, WA), and Annex Theatre. His writing credits include Ubu Roi (translation/adaptation), Alecto: Issue #1, Team of Heroes: Behind Closed Doors, and Team of Heroes: No More Heroes. He has a BFA in Performance Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 

Pullman Porter Blues by Cheryl L. West

Produced by Seattle Repertory Theatre

Bio: Cheryl L. West’s plays include: Pullman Porter Blues which premiered at Seattle Rep and DC’s Arena Stage and is currently playing at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Her plays have been seen in London, on Broadway (Play On!) and in various regional theaters. She has written for film and TV) - Holiday Heart (Showtime/MGM); In the Hive (currently on BET) and the Webby-nominated web series Diary of a Single Mom. She is currently working on commissions for Minneapolis Children’s Theatre, Seattle Rep, Seattle Children’s Theater and a new Broadway-bound musical.

Brendan Patrick Hogan
Rapture, Blister, Burn

Produced by ACT Theatre

Bio: Brendan is a sound designer, composer and musician who tries to make things sound good on stage. He is the resident sound designer at ACT Theatre since 2009 and performs regularly with multiple bands in and around the Puget Sound. Credits include Seattle Repertory Theatre/Arizona Theatre Company (Red), Washington Ensemble Theatre (Titus, RoboPop!, God's Ear), Seattle Shakespeare Company (Cymbeline) and Book-It Repertory Theatre (The River Why).

Previous recipient in: 2012
Previous nominee in: 2011 2010

 

Evan Mosher
Gruesome Playground Injuries

Produced by Azeotrope

Bio: Evan Mosher's sound designs have been heard at WET (Love Horse, Urban Tanuki Samurai), Strawshop (the Bells, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, and This Land), Seattle Public (Arms and the Man, the Cryptogram, The Language Archive), and ArtsWest (Exit, Pursued by a Bear). Evan has also collaborated on sound with Rob Witmer at Seattle Shakes (As You Like It, The Tempest, and Taming of the Shrew); Annex Theater (The Strange Misadventures of Patty…, A Mouse Who Knows Me), and Seattle Rep (I Am My Own Wife). Evan is a founding member of art-music collective "Awesome" with whom he's performed and made sounds for nearly a decade, and he also frequently performs, plays music, and serves fanciful meals with the foodie-theatre ensemble Café Nordo. This autumn Evan will return to the Azeotrope team to design their repertory shows Red Light Winter and 25 Saints.

Previous nominee in: 2012

 

Matt Starritt
The Financial Lives of the Poets

Produced by Book-It Repertory Theatre

Previous nominee in: 2011 2010

Joseph Swartz
Cliffhouse

Produced by Macha Monkey Productions

Bio: Joseph Swartz (Sound Designer) is very happy to have worked with Macha Monkey on Cliffhouse, and previously on their productions of Don't You Dare Love Me, Nancy, Frank, and Joe, and Sweet Nothing. Around Seattle, some of his other sound design credits include The Little Dog Laughed, A Streetcar Named Desire, To Kill a Mockingbird, Crime and Punishment, Native Son, A Thousand Clowns, and Uncle Vanya for Intiman Theatre, Dancing At Lughnasa, The Women of Lockerbie, Godspell, Our Town, Much Ado About Nothing, Bach at Leipzig, and Letters to Sala at Seattle Pacific University, as well as world premiere productions with Onward Ho! Productions, and Mirror Stage. His work can also be occasionally heard being performed at the Pink Door. Joseph has also worked for a variety of other local companies over the past 20 years, including Seattle Children's Theatre, Seattle Fringe Festival, ACT, Bathhouse Theatre, and Center Stage Theatre, and in 1996-1997 he worked as Technical Production Intern for Seattle Rep. Prior to all of this, he graduated from the Art Institute of Seattle, which happened a very long time ago.

 

Robertson Witmer
The Trial

Produced by New Century Theatre Company

Previous recipient in: 2011
Previous nominee in: 2012 2010

Eve Cohen
The Skriker

Produced by Janice Findley Productions

Bio: Eve Cohen is a visual artist and costume designer whose work has been displayed in a variety of settings including Hard L and Souvenir Gallery. She is a founding member of the post-vaudevillian performance troupe the Rollvulvas (Blue Arts; Belles Bloom). As a designer and performer she has been a frequent collaborator with Vodvil Theater (Shades of Parkland; Sea Saw; Her Phantom Limb), Vodvil Film (Bachianas No.5 ). She has also designed costumes for Janice Findley Productions (The Skriker; Landscape/Eh Joe). Her upcoming animate-sculpture project Tabernakkle will explore characters inspired by early 20th century Americana. More work can be seen at evelisbeth.tumblr.com and creepycorner.tumblr.com.

 

Catherine Hunt
Grey Gardens

Produced by 5th Avenue Theatre & ACT Theatre

Bio: Catherine Hunt has been a seattle based costume designer for 20 years. In that time she has worked for all the regional theaters in the area as well as across the country. She has designed for video and film as well as taught at Cornish and the University of Washington. Catherine is excited to be nominated for Grey Gardens this year. She is a previous Gregory Awards recipient for OR,at the Seattle Repertory Theatre last year.

Previous recipient in: 2012

 

Deane Middleton
Love's Labour's Lost

Produced by Seattle Shakespeare Company

Previous nominee in: 2012 2011

Kimberley Newton
The Trial

Produced by New Century Theatre Company

Bio: Kimberley Newton is a Seattle based costume designer and assistant, who has worked in NYC, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Seattle. Some favorite shows she's designed include The Trial, the opera Eugene Onegin, Holy Days, and Titus Andronicus. Kimberley is also the resident costume design assistant at Seattle Repertory Theatre. She holds a MFA in Costume Design from UW School of Drama.

Previous nominee in: 2012

 

Gregory Poplyk
The Music Man

Produced by 5th Avenue Theatre

Kent Cubbage
Love's Labour's Lost

Produced by Seattle Shakespeare Company

Bio: This year Kent Cubbage’s theatrical designs will be onstage with Seattle Shakespeare Company, Book-It Repertory, and Taproot Theater. He is currently a resident designer at Theater Off Jackson, The Triple Door, the Neptune, and the Crocodile, and working on a Critical Northwest Art Grant.

Seattle Shakespeare gave him his start in Seattle, and he has designed Love’s Labour’s Lost (currently nominated), Coriolanus (Seattle Weekly’s Play of the Year), and The Merry Wives of Windsor for them. Most recently, his work has been seen in Satori Group’s The Land is Always Known at On the Boards.

Local assists include Chicago at the Village Theater, Assisted Living and Double Indemnity at ACT, and Elf at the 5th Avenue Theater. He also taught lighting design for Seattle University last spring.

He still often assists at regional theaters including the Guthrie, the McCarter, and Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and assisted on multiple Broadway productions.

 

Marnie Cumings
The Financial Lives of the Poets

Produced by Book-It Repertory Theatre

Bio: Marnie Cumings started out in theatre long long ago as a P.S. 122 and New York Stage and Film intern. Progressing from her first official job in NYC as an Off-Broadway spot light operator to gradually assisting and taking shows on the road in the U.S and Europe (one of the most intense learning curves along the way being a Romanian theater with no roof and a particle board floor). The road ultimately led to the University of Washington MFA program four years ago. Since graduating in '12 Marnie has designed 10 Real Star Acts for the Stonington Opera House, The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls with Washington Ensemble Theatre, Odin's Horse with Mirror Stage Company, The Still Life of Iris at Bellevue College, Anna Karenina with Book-It, Les Mamelles de Tirésias with Vespertine Opera, and The Financial Lives of Poets with Book-It among others in and out of Seattle. Many thanks to all those along the way, even the Romanian pigeons, and especially Alex.

 

Andrew Duff
The Whipping Man

Produced by Taproot Theatre Company

Bio: As a freelance lighting designer in the greater Seattle area, Andrew’s lighting has appeared at ArtsWest, Mirror Stage Company, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Public Theater, Tacoma Actors Guild, Taproot Theatre Company, and Youth Theatre Northwest. Favorite designs include: All My Sons; The Beams are Creaking; Blood Brothers; The Drawer Boy; Goodnight Moon; Man of La Mancha; Mary’s Wedding; The Neverending Story; Shadowlands; The Sorcerer’s Apprentice; Thrill Me; Voice of the Prairie; and The Whipping Man.

 

Andrew D. Smith
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: UNCENSORED

Produced by Book-It Repertory Theatre

Bio: Andrew has been fortunate to design lights for lots of productions in Seattle with lots of wonderful artists. He spent his summer at Camp Intiman Theatre Festival, riding bikes, designing shows, and hanging with his family. He currently has 3 shows running in Seattle: PIPPI LONGSTOCKING at Seattle Children's Theatre, 25 SAINTS and RED LIGHT WINTER with Azeotrope Seattle at ACT Central Heating Lab. Andrew also teaches lighting at the University of Washington.

Website: http://www.adsmithdesigns.com

Previous recipient in: 2011 2010

 

Tom Sturge
Chicago

Produced by Village Theatre

Bio:Tom Sturge has designed lighting for more than four-hundred productions over the past thirty years. Credits range from Broadway to modern dance; Shakespeare to grand opera; summer stock to international corporate events. Seattle area design credits include the 5th Avenue Theatre, the Village Theatre, ACT, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and events for Microsoft, Starbucks, Boeing, and T-Mobile. Tom lives in the closest dark area to Seattle on the far edge of Issaquah with fine artist Istara Freedom, son Dylan, and the cats. Sending love and light to the PNW and its extraordinary theatre scene!

Previous recipient in: 2012
Previous nominee in: 2010

 

Andrea Bryn Bush
Love's Labour's Lost

Produced by Seattle Shakespeare Company

Bio:Andrea has been designing sets in Seattle since 2007. Her work has been seen at Book-it Repertory Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Seattle Public Theater, Contemporary Classics, Seattle Musical Theatre, Azeotrope, The 5th Avenue Theatre, and Cornish College of the Arts. She was formerly an Ensemble member and resident designer at Washington Ensemble Theatre. Andrea has received the 2010 Gregory Award for outstanding scenic design as well as a SeattleTimes Footlight Award.

Previous recipient in: 2010
Previous nominee in: 2011

 

Martin Christoffel
The Music Man

Produced by 5th Avenue Theatre

 


Eugene Lee
American Buffalo

Produced by Seattle Repertory Theatre

 

Mark Lund
The Whipping Man

Produced by Taproot Theatre Company

Bio: Mark Lund is a scenic designer, sound designer, audio producer, voice-over artist and former stage actor Recent favorite scenic designs include An Inspector Calls, Mary's Wedding, Gaudy Night and Freud's Last Session. Mark has also worked in the worlds of corporate A/V and commercial radio. His voice-over work includes local, regional and national work for Halo 3, Qwest, T-Mobile, Panera Bread, WA Lottery and hundreds of others. The best part of his life is as husband to Karen and dad to Jake, 16 and Hannah, 13. For on-camera and voice-over, Mark is represented by Topo Swope Talent. He has been on staff at Taproot Theatre Company for 20 years, where he's recently been very busy helping co-ordinate the opening of Taproot's $4 million facility expansion.

Previous nominee in: 2012

 


Jennifer Zeyl
The Trial

Produced by New Century Theatre Company

Bio: Jennifer Zeyl (Set Designer) is an east-coast-ex-yankee. Recent local designs include: Middletown, The Mojo and the Sayso and The Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in their New World (ACT). I am my Own Wife, Bo-nita, Of Mice and Men, boom. and My Name is Rachel Corrie (Seattle Repertory Theatre); Adding Machine, The Trial (New Century Theatre Company); Trouble in Mind, We Won't Pay!, Stu for Silverton, Lysistrata, Hedda Gabler, Dirty Story, Miracle! Romeo & Juliet and Heartbreak House (Intiman); Antony & Cleopatra, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Winter’s Tale, Merchant of Venice and Hamlet (Seattle Shakespeare); Jackie and Me, The BFG, I Was a Rat and If you Give a Mouse a Cookie (Seattle Children’s Theatre); Sonic Tales and Hedwig & the Angry Inch (DAE/Balagan at The Moore Theatre); Trails (The Village Theatre); Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead and This Wide Night (Seattle Public Theatre). A Founding Co-Artistic Director of Washington Ensemble Theatre (2004-2008), Jennifer designed 17 of WET’s first shows at the Little Theatre and directed blahblahblahBANG! (A Pistolfit in One Act) for WET at On the Boards (2007). BFA University of RI. MFA U of WA. Jennifer is also is the proud proprietress of Canoe Social Club, a salon for civic-minded artists. www.canoesocialclub.com

 

Diana Huey
Avenue Q

Produced by Balagan Theatre

Bio: Diana grew up in the greater Seattle area and is a proud 2008 Cornish College of The Arts graduate. She recently returned to Seattle after playing Kim in MISS SAIGON at the Signature Theatre in Washington DC. She has also worked with the 5th Avenue Theatre, ACT Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Balagan Theatre, Village Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre and the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. TV/Film credits include TNT's Leverage, New Day Northwest (theme song singer), and The Glee Project. Diana was named the 2011 Critic's Choice "Person To Watch" Award with BroadwayWorld.com. Up next she can be seen in Pasek and Paul's world premiere production of JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH at the Seattle Children's Theatre. www.DianaHuey.com

 

Laura Kenny
The Music Man

Produced by 5th Avenue Theatre

Bio: Laura has been a proud member of the Seattle Acting Community for over 30 years. She is currently working at SCT doing Pippi Longstockings. Laura recently appeared as Mitzi in Assisted Living at ACT, Eulalie in The Music Man at the 5th Avenue Theatre, and Yente in Fiddler on the Roof for Village Theatre. She has also appeared at the Seattle Rep, The Old Globe, McCarter, Shakespeare Theatre Co. in DC, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Book-It, Seattle Shakespeare Co., Intiman, and many more. On Film and TV she has been seen in Rose Red as Kay Waterman, Harry and the Hendersons, A Bit of Bad Luck, 10 Things I Hate About You, Mad Love, and Northern Exposure. She just finished filming Hold Me in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She is on the advisory board for the Film and Performing Arts Department at Shoreline Community College and VP on the local SAG-AFTRA Board. She is a proud Union Member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. Thank you so much for the nomination!

 

Priscilla Lauris
Rapture, Blister, Burn

Produced by ACT Theatre

Bio: Priscilla was recently seen in this summers’ Rapture, Blister, Burn at ACT Theatre. ACT credits - The Clean House and A Christmas Carol. Theatre highlights include four seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Blithe Spirit, What The Butler Saw (Drama-Logue award), Three Sisters, Crimes of the Heart, All’s Well That Ends Well, Hamlet, Ah, Wilderness, Trelawny of the Wells; Tacoma Actors Guild: Driving Miss Daisy, Whales of August, Quilters, Belle of Amherst; The Empty Space: Laughing Wild; Seattle Repertory Theatre: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Our Town, Truffles In the Soup; Group Theatre: A My Name Is Still Alice; Milwaukee Repertory: Laughing Wild, and Alaska Repertory: Broadway Bound. A dark-haired version of Priscilla can be seen in the classic movie, Animal House, (Dean Wormer’s Secretary) and the subsequent TV series Delta House. Several years of modeling work provided Priscilla with travel to Alaska and China (as well as local work smiling on a gurney as a heart patient!). Recent staged readings in Seattle include The Solid Gold Cadillac (The Endangered Species Project) and The House That Jack Built (ACTs’ The Construction Zone). She’s honored to be a Gregory Award nominee for her role as Alice Croll in Rapture, Blister, Burn.

 

Shaunyce Omar
Chicago

Produced by Village Theatre

Bio: Shaunyce holds a B.A degree in Theatre from Southern University. Some of her credits include "Hattie McDaniel" in the one woman show HI HAT HATTIE, “Power Woman” in MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL- National Tour, “Matron Mama Morton” in CHICAGO, “Evilene” in THE WIZ, “Barbara Jordan” in I, BARBARA JORDAN, originating the role of “Candy” in REJOICE!, “Jeannette” in CROWNS, “Ida B. Wells 4” in CONSTANT STAR, “Lou Bessie” in THE OLD SETTLER, “Pastor Margaret” in AMEN CORNER, & "Weedy Warren" in STY OF THE BLIND PIG.

 

Allison Standley
33 Variations

Produced by ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
People's Choice Nominee

Bio: Allison has had the greatest time working with and learning from so many gifted actors, directors, designers and crew members after graduating from the University of Washington four years ago. She has had the pleasure of bringing scripts to life with local and regional theaters including ArtsWest, Greenstage, Sound Theatre Company, Power House Theatre, Annex, Seattle Shakespeare Company, 14/48, Tennessee Shakespeare Company and currently Village Theatre. Allison continues to teach theater to incredible kids at schools and camps around the Seattle area.

 

Amy Thone
The Trial

Produced by New Century Theatre Company

Previous recipient in: 2009

 

CT Doescher
The Seagull

Produced by The Seagull Project

Bio: CT Doescher studied acting in New York with Larry Singer and Michael Howard, and received his MFA from American Repertory Theatre/Moscow Art Theatre School at Harvard University. He has appeared locally in productions of Cloaked (Village Theatre), Othello (Wooden O), The Miser (Seattle Shakes), Eastern Standard (BWC), Stones in His Pockets (CHAC), and two seasons of The SantaLand Diaries (Seattle Public), among others. He is a proud member of Sandbox Artists Collective and The Seagull Project, and will play Tusenbach in The Seagull Project’s upcoming production of The Three Sisters.

 

Richard Gray
Chicago

Produced by Village Theatre

Bio: RICHARD GRAY has performed in 18 productions at the 5th Avenue Theatre including last season’s Elf, The Music Man and First Date (co-produced at ACT). At the Village Theatre, his recent roles include “The King” in Big River, “Max Bialystock” in The Producers and “Amos Hart” in Chicago. Next up: James and the Giant Peach (SCT), Spamalot and A Room With A View (both at the 5th Avenue Theatre).

 

Don Darryl Rivera
The Illyria

Produced by Taproot Theatre Company

Bio: Don Darryl Rivera was born and raised in Seattle, WA. He attained his BFA from Cornish College of the Arts. Since receiving the Gregory Award in 2009 for Person To Watch, Don Darryl has performed at: The Guthrie Theater, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Chicago Children's Theatre & ArtsEmerson. Locally he has performed at: Seattle Children's Theatre, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, Taproot Theatre, The 5th Avenue Theatre, and Intiman. Currently he is in rehearsals for the Broadway production of Disney's Aladdin. He would like to thank his mentors Linda Hartzell and Rita Giomi, and his friends and family for all their love and support. He would like to especially thank his wife Kate. www.dondarrylrivera.com @dondarrylrivera

Previous recipient in: 2009

 

John Q. Smith
August: Osage County

Produced by Balagan Theatre Theatre

Bio: John is a Puget Sound native and holds a BFA in Acting from Cornish College of the Arts. Recent credits include These Streets at ACT’s Central Heating Lab, Torso at Printer’s Devil Theater and The Bells at Strawberry Theatre Workshop. John is humbled and honored to be nominated for his work in Balagan Theatre’s production of August: Osage County. He feels truly blessed to have worked with such a gifted director, Shawn Belyea, and an ensemble of amazing and talented actors. John would like to thank Theatre Puget Sound for all they do to build a stronger artistic community, his family and friends that somehow put up with him and most of all Kate Parker for teaching an old dog new tricks.

 

Adam Standley
We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!

Produced by Intiman Theatre
People's Choice Nominee

Bio: Adam is a local actor and carpenter (LCM Builders). He studied at CCM (College Conservatory of Music in Cincinatti, OH) and founded the Satori Group, which brought him to Seattle. His work with Satori has centered around new forms, training and education, and the creation of the LAB @ INScape. He has directed, performed in, or helped create nearly all of the Satori works. Points of pride: Making of a Monster (creator, director, actor), Tragedy: a tragedy (director), and reWilding (actor). As an actor, he has performed with Intiman (Festival and Company), Seattle Children's Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Washington Ensemble Theatre, and at On the Boards. He is powered by a beautiful community of friends and a loving partner, Amanda. And Bogie.

 

Kevin Warren
Master Harold ...and the Boys

Produced by West of Lenin

Bio: Kevin Warren holds a BA from Olivet College in Theatre and Computer Science and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Kevin has performed in Theatres & Schools, nationally and abroad.. Mr. Warren is very excited to make his return to the Seattle Stage in Master Harold. While away from the stage, Kevin has been acting in front of the camara on TNT’s Leverage and NBC’s Grimm. Long time Seattle theatre patrons saw Kevin in A Christmas Carol at ACT, Holes at the Children’s Theatre and Comedy of Errors at Seattle Shakespeare. Kevin is blessed to work with such talented artists, have the love of my wonderful family, and have the opportunity to help others achieve their most precious goals.

“ I am honored to receive this a Gregory Nomination in recognition of all the artists who made this show possible.”

 

Patti Cohenour
Grey Gardens

Produced by 5th Avenue Theatre & ACT Theatre

Bio: Patti Cohenour was honored to return to ACT Theatre as Edith/Little Edie in their production of Grey Gardens after portraying Florence Foster Jenkins in their 2007 production of Souvenir. She has originated numerous Broadway roles including Signora Naccarelli/Margaret Johnson Alternate in LCT’s The Light in the Piazza, Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music Revival, Christine Daae' in The Phantom of the Opera (also Canada), Rosabud in The Mystery of Edwin Drood (also London, UK), and Mary Jane Wilkes in Big River. Additional credits include Adeline in Sweet Adeline for NYC Encores, Magnolia in Hal Prince’s Showboat, Mimi in La Boheme and Isabel/Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance for the New York Shakespeare Festival. Patti has performed leading roles for the 5th Avenue, Intiman, and Seattle Repertory, and is a recipient of a Tony nomination, two Drama Desk nominations, a Jeff Award nomination, the Clarence Derwent Award, and the Theatre World Award.

 

Taryn Darr
Chicago

Produced by Village Theatre

Bio: A proud Actor's Equity member and graduate of The University of Washington, Taryn considers herself incredibly lucky to be a part of the vibrant Seattle theatre community. She feels she's come a long way since playing the front end of the cow (respectively) in The 5th Avenue's Gypsy. Some notable Seattle performances since then include singing about the joys of plastic surgery as Val in A Chorus Line, tapping up a snowy storm as Judy Haynes in White Christmas, washing that man out of her hair as Nellie in South Pacific, and giving you full-out in Bob Mackie designed skivvies for the world premiere of Catch Me If You Can. Years pounding pavement in NYC garnered her rewarding regional roles with the La Jolla Playhouse, Boston's North Shore Theatre, Sacramento Music Circus and NYMF, among others. Taryn is beyond honored to be nominated for her performance as Roxie Hart in Chicago, a role so very dear to her heart. Love and appreciation always to The Fam.

 

Beth DeVries
Next to Normal

People's Choice Nominee
Produced by Balagan Theatre & Contemporary Classics

Bio: What an honor it is to be nominated in Gregory's first-ever "Actress in a Musical" category! Including Diana in Next to Normal, other favorite roles include Eve in Children of Eden, Bobbi/Gabby in City of Angels, and M'Lynn in Steel Magnolias. Many thanks to Brandon Ivie and RJ Tancioco for trusting in me.

 

 

Laura Griffith
The Music Man

Produced by 5th Avenue Theatre

Bio: Laura has appeared on Broadway in SOUTH PACIFIC , THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS, and OKLAHOMA! She played Franca in the national tour of THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA which earned her a Helen Hayes Award nomination for her appearance at the Kennedy Center. European Tour: WEST SIDE STORY (Maria). Seattle credits: THE MUSIC MAN, CANDIDE, 7 BRIDES FOR 7 BROTHERS, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, and ROCKY HORROR SHOW, THE SECRET GARDEN at the 5th Avenue Theatre. Regional credits: MEDEA/ MACBETH/ CINDERELLA and ANIMAL CRACKERS at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, PARADE at the Mark Taper Forum, AMADEUS at the Geva Theatre Center, THE MUSIC MAN at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD at Strathmore Hall/ Signature theatre, LES MISERABLES at the Sacramento Music Circus. She has sung on three original Broadway Cast Recordings and appeared on television on the David Letterman Show, Live From Lincoln Center, as well as three Tony Awards Broadcasts. Find her online at LauraGriffith.net.

 

Kirsten DeLohr Helland
Avenue Q

Produced by Balagan Theatre

Bio: Kirsten deLohr Helland loves theatre a lot. Recently: 5th Avenue Theatre's Hairspray, Oklahoma! and Elf. At Balagan Theatre, Avenue Q and Spring Awakening. At Village Theatre, Trails. Next up: Les Miserables (Village Theatre).

 

Jerick Hoffer
Hedwig & The Angry Inch

Produced by Balagan Theatre & Seattle Theatre Group

 

Eric Polani Jensen
Fiddler on the Roof

People's Choice Nominee
Produced by Village Theatre

Bio: Eric has been part of the Pacific Northwest theatre community for the past 25 years. He has performed at Village Theatre, 5th Avenue, ACT, SCT, Seattle Rep, and TAG to name a few. He has also worked in educational outreach with Village Theatre, Empty Space and G.A.P theatre company. He is constantly inspired by the passion for new works that this city helps cultivate.

 

Brandon O'Neill
The Pirates of Penzance

Produced by 5th Avenue Theatre

Bio: Brandon O'Neill is proud to represent Seattle as he makes his Broadway debut next spring as "Kassim" in Disney's Aladdin. Other performance highlights include “Hanuman” in the World Premier of Ramayana at Act Theatre. (BWW Award, Seattle Footlight Award), “Gabe” in First Date (Originator, Gregory Award Nomination) 5th Avenue Theatre/Act Theatre. Seattle Symphony Pops: A Tribute to Stephen Sondheim, with the late Marvin Hamlisch. Screen:“Dom Estacado”, The Hit List with Oscar Winner Cuba Gooding Jr. (2011), Give ‘Em Hell, Malone (2009), and “Jack Talon” in the 2012 video game Mystery Case Files: Shadow Lake. Find out more at brandon-oneill.com. Previous nominee in: 2012

 

Timothy McCuen Piggee
Chicago

Produced by Village Theatre

Bio: Timothy has been actively performing in the Pacific Northwest since 1990, and has appeared on most local stages including roles at The Village Theatre, 5th Avenue, ACT, Intiman, Seattle Repertory Theater, Seattle Children’s Theater, Empty Space, The Group Theater, and Tacoma Actor’s Guild among others. Nationally he has appeared with Kansas City Repertory Theater, Denver Center Theater Company, Arizona Theater Company, Portland Center Stage, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and Pioneer Theater Company among others. On Broadway Timothy originated the role of Bill Cod in Catch Me If You Can.

 

Heath Saunders
Avenue Q

Produced by Balagan Theatre

Bio: Heath is honored and humbled by his nomination. Avenue Q remains one of his favorite shows to date! Other Seattle credits include Les Miserables (Balagan), Hairspray: In Concert, Pirates of Penzance, RENT, Titanic: In Concert, and Saving Aimee (5th Ave) New York: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Encores!), I Am Harvey Milk (Workshop with Andrew Lippa). Love and gratitude to the family, batch, CORE, and always, my class.

 

Sara Coates
The Gingerbread House

Produced by Theater Schmeater

Bio: Sara is a graduate from the University of Washington with a BA in Theater. She just wrapped the feature film Laggies directed by Lynn Shelton. Sara has recently been seen at ArtsWest as Nan in Exit Pursued by a Bear and Soubrette in Emilie. Some of her favorite roles include Marge in Pageant Play and the many crazy characters in An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein at Theater Schmeater. She was also a cast member at Walt Disney World where she walked on stilts, danced in parades and portrayed many face characters. She is very proud to work at Wexley School for Girls. Her performance in Gingerbread House was dedicated to her parents as a thank you for not selling her. Love you Matt and miss you Daddio.

 

Mary Ewald
The Skriker

Produced by Janice Findley Productions

Bio: Mary Ewald is a founding member of New City Theater, which started in 1982. Her collaborations with director (and husband) John Kazanjian have allowed her to play a great range of roles, from Crow in THE TOOTH OF CRIME to a four month living room production of Wallace Shawn’s THE FEVER. She has originated roles in plays written and directed by Richard Foreman, Len Jenkin, and Maria Irene Fornes. The New City/Theatre X collaboration A HISTORY OF SEXUALITY toured in Europe after its Seattle and Milwaukee runs. Most recently at New City: an eight week run of HOMEBODY by Tony Kushner, TINY KUSHNER, and Winnie in HAPPY DAYS. THE SKRIKER was Ewald’s third collaboration with director/producer Janice Findley, having previously worked on ROCKABYE, FOOTFALLS, EH JOE (all by Beckett) and LANDSCAPE by Pinter. She has also worked at the Intiman (three seasons), Seattle Rep, ACT, Empty Space, Seattle Shakespeare Co., as well as the Soho Rep (NYC), Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the Berkeley Rep.

 

Jenny Sue Johnson
The Financial Lives of the Poets

Produced by Book-It Repertory Theatre

Bio:Jenny Sue is thrilled to be nominated again this year for the Gregory Awards. Jenny Sue would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank some of the artists whose work has greatly inspired her but who are not nominated this evening: Heather Hawkins, George Mount, Betsy Schwartz, Julie Briskman, Peter Dylan O'Connor, Rita Giomi, Bob Wright, Trick Danneker, Morgan Rowe, Caety Sagoian, John Bogar, Jayne Muirhead, Adria LaMorticella, Linda Hartzell, Auston James, Emily Grogan, Jane Jones, Chuck Norris, Allen Galli, Rob Burgess, Russ and Mia Banham, Sean Taylor.....and so many more. Love and blessings to this amazing community.

Previous nominee in: 2012

 

Teri Lazzara
August: Osage County

People's Choice Nominee
Produced by Balagan Theatre

Bio: Teri Lazzara is an actor, secretary and theater producer. She has acted at many Seattle theaters. She designed props a couple of times and sound just once. Teri enjoys stage management but not directing. She likes writing plays about Charles Bronson and cats. She has participated in many festivals of 14/48: the world's quickest theater festival and is the proud recipient of their Mazen Award.

Teri served as Managing Director of Theater Schmeater from November 2006 - November 2012.

She has a boyfriend named Alex and a cat named Stewie. Teri is writing a play titled, "Three Glasses of Wine and Me Talking."

 

Kirsten Potter
Photograph 51

Produced by Seattle Repertory Theatre

Bio: Since moving to Seattle Ms. Potter has appeared in Photo 51 and Or (Gregory Award for Outstanding Actress) at Seattle Repertory and Rapture, Blister, Burn and One Slight Hitch at ACT. Los Angeles credits include The Weir, The Heiress, Taking Steps—South Coast Repertory; Palestine, NM and Sex Parasite—Mark Taper Forum; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – Geffen Playhouse; Honour, Bold Girls-- Matrix Theatre; Major Barbara, The Constant Wife,—LA Theaterworks; As You Like It—A Noise Within; King Lear, Tonight at 8:30—Antaeus. Regionally, she has performed in over 20 productions and 3 world premieres while a company member at Milwaukee Repertory Theater; as well as Arizona Theater Company, Huntington Theater, Arena Stage, Geva, American Conservatory Theater; and The Utah, California, Nebraska, and Santa Fe Shakespeare Festivals. Ms. Potter has voiced numerous video games and audio books, and has been recognized by Audiofile Magazine, the Garland Awards, LA Drama Critics Circle, and the NFAA. She is happily married to a Belleview firefighter and has two amazing kids.
www.kirstenpotter.com

Previous recipient in: 2012

 

Shellie Shulkin
August: Osage County (Photo: Truman Buffet)

Produced by Balagan Theatre

Bio: Most recently was seen in New York performing at FringeNYC in Informed Consent by Jeff Mandels. Last seen in Seattle in 14/48 – All Virgins Weekend, Violet Weston – August: Osage County, at Balagan, and at Intiman Summer Festival 2012 – Romeo & Juliet, Hedda Gabler, and Miracle. Favorite roles: Petronella VanDaan – The Diary of Anne Frank, Intiman, Edith – Edith Stein, Amanda Wingfield – The Glass Menagerie, Mai O’Hara – Our Lady of Sligo, Big Maggie – Big Maggie, Cordelia – True Beauties, and Meg in The Birthday Party. Touring credits: Virginia Carpolotti – Three Viewings – Spoleto Festival, S. Carolina, and performances of Jewish literature with Book-It and Nextbook Writers Series in Chicago, Washington D.C. and at Benaroya Hall. Ms. Shulkin is a graduate of the UW, a post graduate of The Drama Studio London, UK, and an ongoing student of Patsy Rodenburg in NY. Many thanks to the Gregory Awards Nominating Committee, TPS, Shawn Belyea, my beautiful cast members of August: Osage County, and, always and forever to my Pop. I am honored to be here this evening.

 

Mike Dooly
The Understudy

Produced by Seattle Public Theater

 

William Hall, Jr.
The Whipping Man

Produced by Taproot Theatre Company

 

Darragh Kennan
The Trial

Produced by New Century Theatre Company

Bio: Darragh is the Artistic Director of New Century Theatre Company, and has been an actor and teacher in Seattle since 2000. Current acting projects include Sean in NCTC's The Walworth Farce, and Sherlock Holmes in Seattle Rep's Hound of The Baskervilles. Darragh was the recipient of the 2011 Gregory Award for his performance as Hamlet with Seattle Shakespeare Company. Thank you to all who make this celebration of Seattle theater possible.

Previous recipient in: 2011

 

Kevin McKeon
Superior Donuts

Produced by Seattle Public Theater
People's Choice Nominee

Bio: Kevin McKeon has enjoyed a second theatre career in Seattle since the early 90's, and has worked locally at Seattle Shakespeare Company, Book-It, Taproot, Seattle Public Theatre, Arts West, New City Theater and Freehold, among others. He is the author of several successful stage adaptations including Snow Falling on Cedars and Anna Karenina.

 

G. Valmont Thomas
Master Harold ...and the Boys

Produced by West of Lenin

 

Evan Whitfield
The Financial Lives of the Poets

Produced by Book-It Repertory Theatre

Bio: Evan Whitfield has performed on Seattle stages for over a decade with ACT, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Wooden O, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, and Taproot Theatre Company. In addition to Matt Prior in The Financial Lives of the Poets, favorite roles include Jeff in Lobby Hero and Walker/Ned in Three Days of Rain, both at Seattle Public Theater, and Eugene Wright in John Longenbaugh’s How to be Cool.

 

Shawn Belyea
August: Osage County

People's Choice Nominee
Produced by Balagan Theatre

Bio: Shawn Belyea is proud to be a Seattle based actor, director, producer, and teaching artist. For the past four years Shawn was Artistic Director of Balagan Theatre and is currently the Executive Director of The 14/48 Projects (Winner of the 2008 Seattle Mayor’s Arts Award.) Shawn’s recent local work includes; Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and August: Osage County (Balagan Theatre) Prairie Nocturne (Book-it Repertory Theatre), Macbeth (Wooden O), Jackie and Me (Seattle Children’s Theatre), Hardball (Live Girls!- winner of Seattle Times Footlight Award), and Glengarry Glen Ross and Opus (Seattle Repertory Theatre). Shawn Belyea is a member of The Sandbox Artist Collective and is a teaching artist with The Seattle Public Theatre.

 

Myra Platt
The Financial Lives of the Poets

Produced by Book-It Repertory Theatre

Bio: As co-founder, director, adapter, actor and composer, Myra has helped Book-It produce over 100 world-premiere stage adaptations. Most recently she adapted Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain. Her adapting/directing credits include The River Why, Night Flight, Red Ranger Came Calling, The House of the Spirits, Giant, I know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Cowboys Are My Weakness, Roman Fever, A Little Cloud, A Telephone Call, and A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Directing credits include Persuasion, Plainsong, Cry The Beloved Country, and Sweet Thursday. She co-adapted Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant with Jane Jones and composed music for Prairie Nocturne, Night Flight (with Joshua Kohl), Red Ranger Came Calling (with Edd Key), The Awakening, Ethan Frome, Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, A Telephone Call, and I Am of Ireland. Her acting credits include Prairie Nocturne, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, The Awakening (2000 Honorable Mention Backstage West Los Angeles Garland Awards) , Howards End, Winesburg Ohio, Eudora, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, I Am of Ireland, A Telephone Call and she originated the role of Candy Kendall in The Cider House Rules Parts One and Two. Outside of Book-It, Myra has performed at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Intiman, New City Theatre and the Mark Taper Forum. She studied performing literature and theatre at Northwestern University (B.S. Analysis and Performance of Literature) and acting at Circle in the Square in New York City. She is the recipient with Jane Jones of the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Founders Award, the 2010 Women of Influence from Puget Sound Business Journal, and to have been named by the Seattle times as Unsung Hero and Uncommon Genius for their 20+ year contribution to life in the Puget Sound Region.

 

Jon Kretzu
Love's Labour's Lost

Produced by Seattle Shakespeare Company

Bio: Jon began his professional career in Seattle back in 1981 serving as the Assistant Director on a number of productions at Seattle Repertory Theatre and ACT. After moving to Portland, Oregon in 1991 he directed a number of productions around the city. In 1993 he was appointed Associate Artistic Director at Artists Repertory Theatre, a position he held for the past 20 years and where he directed over 50 productions including the world premieres of Tracy Letts' adaptation of Chekhov's Three Sisters, Marc Acito and C.S. Whitcomb's Holidazed, Joseph Fsher's The Seagull and (I Am Still) The Duchess of Malfi, and Richard Kramer's adaptation of The Cherry Orchard. His other productions for the company include Sherlock Holmes and the Case of The Christmas Carol, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Next To Normal, A Streetcar Named Desire, The History Boys, Othello, Design For Living, All My Sons, Speech and Debate, Orson's Shadow, The Retreat From Moscow, Mr. Marmalade, Assassins, Humble Boy, Death Of a Salesman, Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge, The Goat, or Where is Sylvia?, The Laramie Project, Dinner With Friends, Master Class, Present Laughter, Indiscretions, Keely and Du, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Breaking the Code, Chaps!, The Sea, The Normal Heart, Buried Child, Three Tall Women (USIA International Tour) and co-directed House and Garden with Allen Nause. Other Portland directing credits include The Boys in the Band and The Children's Hour (in rep) at Defunkt Theatre, Cloud 9 at Theatre Vertigo, Dracula for Northwest Classical Theatre Company, The Carpetbagger's Children for Profile Theatre, Guys and Dolls for the Musical Theatre Company, Romeo and Juliet, The Winter's Tale, As You Like It and Much Ado About Nothing for Tygre's Heart Shakespeare Company, Broadway Bound and Hay Fever for Portland Repertory Theatre, The Importance of Being Earnest for New Rose Theatre and The Mystery of Irma Vep for Storefront Theatre. Jon has also directed numerous productions in Milwaukee, San Francisco, Chicago and Los Angeles. In addition to his directing work Jon has served as a Dramaturge for both the Portland Rep and Seattle Rep and his annual reports on theatre and opera in NYC, London and Ontario have appeared in a number of West Coast and Northwest publications. In recent months Jon was thrilled to return to the Puget Sound area to workshop and direct the West Coast Premiere of Brian Hargrove and Barbara Anselmi's Broadway bound musical It Shoulda Been You for the Village Theatre and this season's production of Love's Labour's Lost for Seattle Shakespeare Company.

 

M. Burke Walker
Master Harold ...and the Boys

Produced by West of Lenin

Bio: The founding artistic director of the Empty Space Theatre which he headed from 1970 TO 1990, Burke has continued to direct in and around Seattle. Most recently, in addition to MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS, THE TEMPEST (UW), MISS WITHERSPOON (Act), STRINDBERG IN PARIS and THE FEVER (both theatre simple) and KILLER JOE (Empty Space). Elsewhere: EXIT / ENTRANCE, SPINNING THE TIMES, and COMMUNION (Origin Theatre, NY), plus STONES IN HIS POCKETS, THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LENANE, and DOUBT (all Syracuse Stage). And HEAT (AADA).

 

Anita Montgomery
Rapture, Blister, Burn

Produced by ACT Theatre

Bio: Anita Montgomery, director, dramaturg, theatre-worker, has been on the artistic staff of ACT for the last eleven years, currently serving as both Literary Manager and Director of Education. Anita founded, administrates and teaches for ACT’s seminal education offering, the Young Playwrights Program (YPP), which teaches the craft of playwriting to Seattle-area middle and high school students. She also oversees various new play development programs & partnerships for ACT, including: the New Play Award, New Works for the American Stage commissions, the Women Playwright’s Festival with Hedgebrook, and the Icicle Creek Theatre Festival. She has had the pleasure of working as director and/or dramaturg on new plays with Elizabeth Heffron, Yussef El Guindi, Laura Schellhardt, Lisa Dillman, Emily Schwend, Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, Mia Chung and Sam Hunter, among others. Anita is proud Mama of Hazel (13) and Gabriel (6).

 

John Langs
The Trial

Produced by ACT Theatre

Bio: John's 16-year freelance career has afforded him the opportunity to work with many great artists at prestigious theatre companies across the country. He has directed productions at Playwrights Horizons NY, Ensemble Studio Theater NY, The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, The Lookingglass Theater Company in Chicago, Circle X in Los Angeles, The Resident Ensemble Players in Delaware, The New Century Theatre, Washington Ensemble Theaters of Seattle, The Seattle Shakespeare Company and ACT Theatre where John now serves an the Associate Artistic Director. He received his directing degree from the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts where he returns annually to prepare a new crop of actors for a career in the theater. Over the course of his career he has enjoyed directing a wide variety of productions. Some of his favorites include King Lear (Seattle Footlight Award for Best Production of the Year),The Shaggs Philosophy of the World (Los Angeles Drama Critic Circle Award for Best Original Musical, Backstage Garland Award for Best Direction, nominated for Lucile Lortel and Drama Desk awards celebrating excellence Off Broadway.), Brothers Karamazov (seven LADCC Awards including Best Production of the year and Best Direction) and Bad Apples: the torture musical. John received the first annual Seattle Gregory Award honoring excellence in direction for NCTC's The Adding Machine, and was honored to be nominated again for his production of Hamlet. As dedicated fan of original work John has shepherded over a dozen projects to their premier production He is thrilled to call Seattle home.

Previous recipient in: 2009
Previous nominee in: 2011

 

Avenue Q
Music & lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
Directed by Eric Ankrim

Produced by Balagan Theatre

With all the well-established artistic holiday fare in Seattle, Balagan goes against the grain this winter with the regional premiere of Avenue Q, a laugh-out-loud musical that is part flesh, part felt, and full of heart! Human actors use Sesame Street®-style puppets to tell the coming-of-age parable of Princeton, a recent college grad who moves into a shabby New York City apartment on Avenue Q. There, he meets a host of colorful types who help him discover his purpose in life, including Kate (the girl next door), Rod (the Republican), Trekkie (the internet “sexpert”), and more. Website

 

Chicago
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Book by Ebb and Bob Fosse
Directed by Steve Tomkins

Produced by Village Theatre

The longest running American musical in Broadway history, as well as an academy-award winning movie, Chicago has seduced audiences across the globe. Now, it’s set to knock you off your feet as the merry murderesses of the Cook County jail paint the town in this fresh new production. Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly have their sights set on fame and fortune, and they’re willing to do more than just flirt with danger to get it. This fierce and passionate musical shines with an award-winning score of hits like “Cell Block Tango,” “Razzle Dazzle,” and “All That Jazz.” Website

 

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
by John Cameron Mitchell
Music & lyrics by Stephen Trask
Directed by Ian Bell

Produced by Balagan Theatre & Seattle Theatre Group

JERICK HOFFER aka JINKX MONSOON is Hedwig Schmidt, the transgender rock-and-roll goddess who recounts her outrageous life story as the lead singer of a sleazy lounge act, backed by her recalcitrant husband Yitzhak (Erin Stewart) and her band, “The Angry Inch” (featuring members of Seattle bands The Walkabouts, 1uppers, Zony Mash, and Swallow).
Directed by IAN BELL, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a cult-hit musical about a botched sex change, stolen music, unrequited love, and one person’s journey toward self-discovery and acceptance. Website

 

Next to Normal
Book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Music by Tom Kitt
Directed by Brandon Ivie

Produced by Balagan Theatre & Contemporary Classics
People's Choice Nominee

After being birthed at Village Theatre in Issaquah and finding incredible, award-winning success on Broadway and a national tour, we proudly welcome home the rock musical NEXT TO NORMAL for its Seattle premiere. NEXT TO NORMAL tells the story of Diana Goodman, a woman, wife and mother who struggles with bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family. This contemporary musical is an emotional powerhouse that tackles issues of parenthood, grief, marriage, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life. With provocative lyrics and a thrilling score, Next to Normal shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family's world intact. A truly original musical by Tom Kitt and Issaquah native Brian Yorkey, the show ran on Broadway for almost two years; won three Tony Awards, including Best Score and Best Leading Actress; and became the eighth musical in history to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Website

 

The Pirates of Penzance
by Gilbert & Sullivan
Directed by James Rocco

Produced by 5th Avenue Theatre

Long before Johnny Depp swaggered his way across the Caribbean, a band of swashbuckling (but tenderhearted) pirates set hearts aflutter with their high seas hijinks. This cheeky farce fairly explodes across the stage with damsels in distress, a sexy Pirate King, a delightfully dotty Major-General, and a score you will hum all the way home.Website

August: Osage County
by Tracy Letts
Directed by Shawn Belyea

Produced by Balagan Theatre
People's Choice Nominee

When the Weston family reunites in their old country home outside Pawhuska, Oklahoma, they confront a maelstrom of repressed truths, unsettling secrets, and the drug-addled diatribes of their matriarch, all while they investigate the mysterious disappearance of their patriarch.

You know... the usual family stuff. Website

 

The Financial Lives of the Poets
by Jess Walter
Adapted and Directed by Myra Platt

Produced by Book-It Repertory Theatre

Matt Prior wakes up from his American Dream (writing a financial advice column in blank verse) with an overdrawn bank account, no job, his senile father a new fixture on his living room couch, a wife who is just about to run away with an internet fling, and a garage’s worth of knick-knacks from a failed e-bay business. About to lose his home, he finds himself behind a 7-Eleven with a pair of wannabe thugs and an idea that could solve all his problems. Website

 

Master Harold ...and the Boys
by Athol Fugard
Directed by M. Burke Walker

Produced by West of Lenin

An ordinary rainy afternoon in 1950s South Africa turns into a profound and life-changing experience for young, white Harold and his black servants in South African playwright Athol Fugard's heartwrenching drama, "Master Harold"... and the Boys. Alone and faced with the return of his tyrannical father, Harold must weigh his father's racist outlook against the respect he has for the men who are more friends and teachers than servants. Initially banned in South Africa, "Master Harold"... and the Boys is a powerful commentary on the way institutionalized racism and bigotry become absorbed by those who live within the system.

 

Photograph 51
by Anna Ziegler
Directed by Braden Abraham

Produced by Seattle Repertory Theatre

An intriguing portrait of British scientist Rosalind Franklin and her—often overlooked—role in the discovery of DNA’s double helix structure. This complex tale explores how Franklin, a smart, stubborn, and courageous woman, operated in a field dominated by men. A balance of the historical, romantic, and scientific, Photograph 51 is a touching human play of ideas. Website

 

The Trial
by Franz Kafka
Adapted by Kenneth Albers
Directed by John Langs

Produced by New Century Theatre Company

K. wakes up one morning to find himself arrested even though he hasn't done anything wrong. Although he is allowed to live "free," the slow-moving court proceedings are shrouded in mystery and populated by shady lawyers, clerks and judges whose identities are not fully revealed. A critique of glacial bureaucracy and tyrannical court systems, The Trial is one of Kafka's finest literary works. New Century Theatre Company presents Kenneth Albers' adaptation at the INSCAPE arts building. Formerly the INS Building of Seattle, the station once detained immigrants for months or years in holding cells on the second floor, lending ominous overtones to this new production.

 

The Whipping Man
by Matthew Lopez
Directed by Scott Nolte

Produced by Taproot Theatre Company

Can loyalty and freedom coexist? A Jewish Confederate soldier returns from war to his house in shambles. Two former slaves greet him, one who stayed and one who is returning. As they observe Passover and remember the Jewish exodus from Egypt, their shared pasts and secrets threaten the freedom of all three men. Website

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