Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Seattle Repertory Theatre Teams with Local High Schools for

TeenSpeak: The Playwriting Project

Roosevelt High School Students - Friday, January 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Woodinville High School Students - Tuesday, January 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Leo K. Theatre at Seattle Rep

Seattle, WA - Seattle Repertory Theatre's Teenspeak: Playwriting Project, in collaboration with Roosevelt and Woodinville High Schools, presents two evenings of staged readings featuring nine ten minute plays written and performed by Roosevelt and Woodinville High School students and directed and produced by Seattle Rep staff and Teaching Artists. Tickets are free, however, reservations are necessary. Please call Seattle Rep's box office to reserve seats at 206-443-2222.

Each year, Seattle Rep's Education Department works with high school students to develop short plays, which Seattle Rep staff and Teaching Artists direct. This highly successful program has generated more than 50 plays in the past four years. This year's program will add nine more plays to the roster. The general theme of the Roosevelt performances are "Peril," in particular, women in peril, and how they rescue themselves from such dangerous antagonists as flesh eating aliens and their younger sisters. Woodinville's general theme is "Morals," where at least one character must make a decision that puts their morals into question.

The names of Roosevelt's plays this year are Pigeon Platter, The 17th Floor, Death and the American Family, Flight of the Generation T-Bird: Episode 52 "Attack of the Glarbons." Woodinville plays this year are Some Kind of Joke, Good Reasoning, How Does That Make you Feel?, Medicated, and The Other Side of the Fence.

Seattle Repertory Theatre creates extraordinary productions and programs that excite, entertain and engage our community and nourish a lifelong passion for theater. As an essential part of the organization's mission, Seattle Rep's education programs nurture the artist within young people and support teachers in bringing theatre into their classrooms. The Theatre builds and sustains relationships with teachers and schools, and serves as a resource for arts integration and theatre-based curriculum. The theatre believes strongly that theatre can be accessible and engaging to all students if connections with their individual voices are made. To this end, the theatre respects all students as artists and promotes theatre as an alternative educational method.


Seattle Repertory Theatre's Education sponsors are The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation*, William Randolph Hearst Endowment for Education Programs*, The Peter Donnelly Fund*, National Endowment for the Arts, WaMu, Washington State Arts Commission, Islands Fund, The Chisholm Foundation, KeyBank, PONCHO, U.S. Bancorp Foundation, ArtsFund/WaMu Cultural Education Teacher Training Excellence Fund, ArtsFund/Wells Fargo Cultural Education Enhancement Fund, Target, Organic to Go, Green Diamond Resource Company, QFC, McKinstry Company, Compton Lumber & Hardware, and Stuhlbergs, Inc. (*denotes endowment funding).

Seattle Repertory Theatre, founded in 1963, is led by Artistic Director David Esbjornson and Managing Director Benjamin Moore. One of America's premier nonprofit resident theatres, Seattle Repertory Theatre has achieved international renown for its consistently high production and artistic standards, and was awarded the 1990 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. With an emphasis on entertaining plays of true dramatic and literary worth, Seattle Rep produces a subscription season of plays along with educational programs, new play workshops and special presentations.

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TeenSpeak: The Playwriting Project

Fact Sheet

WHAT: Seattle Repertory Theatre teams with local high school, Roosevelt High School and Woodinville High School to present its annual program: TeenSpeak: The Playwriting Project


Roosevelt: January 18, 2008 at 7:30pm

Woodinville: January 22, 2008 at 7:30pm


Roosevelt Playwrights:

Mandi Bossard Death and the All American Family

Arman Mohazzabfar Flight of the T-Bird: Episode # 54 "Attack of the Glarbons"

Alice Roth Pigeon Platter

Emma Staake The 17th Floor

Roosevelt Directors:

Chris Dewar, Scott Koh, Michaela Murphy, Amber Wolfe

Woodinville Playwrights:

Austin Bridges: Some Kind of Joke

Alex Honjiyo: Good Reasoning

Alyssa Powell: How Does that Make you Feel?

Rin Romao: Medicated

Christina Weidner: The Other Side of the Fence

Woodinville Directors:

Michael Cruz, Chris Dewar, Michaela Murphy, Jess Smith, Beverly Ann Thompson

WHERE: Seattle Repertory Theatre is located in the Seattle Center at the corner of Second Ave. and Mercer St., Seattle, Washington.

TICKETS: Tickets for TeenSpeak: The Playwriting Project are free, however reservations are required. For ticket reservations, call the box office at (206) 443-2222.

PR: Jacquelyn Gallagher, Communication Intern, Seattle Rep. (206) 443-2210, ext: 1109 or (This phone number and e-dress are not for publication.)

Seattle Repertory Theatre To Provide Opportunities for Public Debate Surrounding Performances of The Breach

January 10 - February 9, 2008

(Opening Night: Wednesday, January 16)

Seattle, WA - Seattle Repertory Theatre will provide numerous opportunities for public debate and discussion using performances of The Breach as a catalyst for dialogue. The phenomenon of a natural calamity like Hurricane Katrina creates chaos, pain and confusion on a mythic scale. In The Breach, playwrights Catherine Filloux, Tarrell McCraney and Joe Sutton weave together three unique and separate stories of those who survived the storm. In its exploration of the impacts of Katrina, this powerful and surreal play taps the conspiracy theories, loss and nascent hope of this devastated American region. The Breach had its world premiere in New Orleans at Southern Rep. Now as it arrives at Seattle Repertory Theatre, which hopes to provide a variety of opportunities for public debate on the broader issues of poverty, patriotism and the responsibility we have to one another. Most importantly, in connection with the playwright's initial impulse, Seattle Rep seeks to "keep the light on New Orleans" by reinvigorating conversations about the devastation, our nation's response, and the long road to recovery that still lies ahead.

Unique programs include an appearance by Chris Rose, the Times-Picayune journalist and author of 1 Dead in Attic on January 10 at 6:00 p.m., a reading with Chris Rose and the playwrights of The Breach at Elliott Bay Book Company on January 13 at 2:00 p.m., a discussion with the playwrights about their unique creation of the script on January 15 at 6:00 p.m., Seattle Rep's program entitled Breaking the Fourth Wall, a pre-show interactive workshop on this unique playwriting process will be held on January 26 at 12:00 p.m., post play discussions will take place after the performances on January 27 at 2:00 p.m., January 31 at 7:30 p.m., February 3 at 2:00 p.m., Seattle Rep's program entitled Humanities Forum will be held on February 9, following the 2:00 p.m. performance and will include a panel discussion around making art in response to political and current events, two student matinees will be held, Seattle Rep will be selling artwork before each performance and during intermission from New Orleans artists and proceeds will directly benefit artists and photos by Chris Jordon from In Katrina's Wake: Portraits of Loss from an Unnatural Disaster will be on display in the lobby.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Ain't Misbehavin' at Jazz Alley

Ain't Misbehavin'

Jazz Alley

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Dimitriou's Jazz Alley has been a Seattle institution since 1979, bringing jazz greats and newcomers alike to perform in its sophisticated atmosphere. The stage at Jazz Alley is small (and for now, festively decorated with greens), with just enough room for a piano, drum set, bass and trumpet player, plus a few square feet for the singers to strut their stuff. Tables for two or more spread out on the main floor and the mezzanine above, all lit by candlelight, while waiters glide through the room, serving food and drink without disturbing one's enjoyment of the performance.

On Tuesday night, that performance was Ain't Misbehavin', a famous Broadway musical which won several Tonys, including that for Best Musical, when it debuted in 1987. The show is a revue of thirty songs by Thomas “Fats” Waller and others, ranging from toe tapping swing numbers to soulful blues ballads. This cast shifts easily from one to the next, with clean transitions and well-rehearsed, showy patter; all five of the singers are natural performers.

For this show, they want that talent to extend beyond the stage—audience participation became a large part of the festivities. It began simply, when A. Curtis Farrow began talking directly to the audience, and when greeted with cautious laughter, warned us, “Oh yes, we're breaking the fourth wall tonight!” This included, soon after, bringing a woman on stage to serenade her, or bringing three men (well, two men and a small boy) on to sing that their “feet too big;” or such simple things as getting the audience to clap along (slightly harder that night, when people were both tentative and eating dinner).

Every one of the five singers had voices worthy of the careers they had in Broadway history; many of them have been in original musicals, won awards, and toured the country or the world, and deservedly so. The cast were mostly older, and in the first act some songs, particularly ones about partying on the town or searching for a girl or boy, would have been more appropriate performed by a younger singer. By the second act, however, that discrepancy was not noticeable. Sandra Bonitto, by far the youngest of the cast, was particularly good at the quick pattering songs, such as “Handful of Keys,” and humorous additions, while M. Martine Allard and Vivian Jett both let loose with slower songs that showed off their vocal styles. Ron Lucas' talents were showcased in “The Viper Drag,” in which he sang about getting high, while pretending to get high, and still singing well. A mention should also be made of the musicians (three of whom are local), who had equal talent and showmanship, and were impressive in their own right.

Ain't Misbehavin' runs until December 23rd; for more information and tickets, please visit

Review by Lia Morgan & Roy Oros

5th Avenue Update for National Happenings

Tuesday, January 1, 2008 9:30-11:00pm ET
Watch as PBS gives a behind-the-scenes special on the life and music of Mame composer and lyricist Jerry Herman. Featuring an all-star cast (including Angela Lansbury, Carol Channing and Michael Feinstein, among others) and never-before-seen footage, this broadcast charts Herman's rise from witty, Off-Broadway revues to his smash-hit Broadway musicals.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Weekly Update - 12/18/2007

Dimitrou's Jazz Alley
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Ain't Misbehavin' >December 18-23, 2007

Seattle Shakespeare

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Julius Caesar >January 3-27, 2008

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Black Nativity >November 28 - December 28, 2007

Seattle Repertory Theatre
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Birdie Blue >November 15 - December 16, 2007

ACT Theatre
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Late Night Catechism >Through December 30, 2007
Christmas Carol >November 23 - December 24, 2007

Seattle Opera
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Pagliacci >January 12 - 26, 2008

The 5th Avenue Theatre
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Jersey Boys >December 5, 2007 - January 12, 2008

Friday, December 14, 2007

Intiman Theatre Managing Director Laura Penn Named Executive Director of Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers; Intiman Will Open National Search to Identify Her Successor

SEATTLE— Intiman Theatre announces that its longtime Managing Director, Laura Penn , has accepted the position of Executive Director of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, succeeding Barbara Hauptman. Penn, who leaves Intiman after 14 seasons, will relocate to New York and assume her new position in the spring of 2008.

“Laura has been a valued partner, and our collaboration over the past eight years has been a highlight of my career,” says Artistic Director Bartlett Sher. “She has managed some really remarkable and challenging world premieres—and she’s a genius at community work and looking at how theatre impacts and connects with people. The foundation of what we have built is very strong and stable, both artistically and in our financial and business operations, and there is real opportunity here for Intiman to build on her legacy—even as SSDC and all its constituents benefit from her expertise and creativity.”

“I am excited about this new opportunity to advocate for the work of artists on a national level, and to guiding SSDC’s vision and priorities into the future,” says Penn. “At the same time, the people I have had the joy to work with in Seattle and especially at Intiman—artists, our Board, the staff, and many, many colleagues in our community over the years—will always inform my personal sense of mission about our field.”

Intiman received the 2006 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. During Penn’s tenure, the Theatre has served as an advocate and catalyst for civic dialogue and community building in the Puget Sound region and nationally. Recent world premieres under her leadership include Kent Gash’s adaptation of Richard Wright’s Native Son, which premiered as part of Intiman’s American Cycle series of classic stories and community programs; Craig Lucas’s Prayer for My Enemy and Singing Forest; The Light in the Piazza by Lucas and Adam Guettel , based on the novel by Elizabeth Spencer; and Joan Holden’s adaptation of Nickel and Dimed, based on the nonfiction book by Barbara Ehrenreich.

“Intiman’s Board has, throughout its history, done a great job of hiring and supporting strong leaders,” says Phyllis J. Campbell, President and CEO of the Seattle Foundation. “The Board has had great success in identifying some of the field’s best talent locally and nationally, and is well positioned to continue to do that—it’s a great moment for opportunity.”

The Intiman Board of Trustees has engaged Greg Kandel of Management Consult for the Arts to consult on a national search to hire Penn’s successor. The search committee will be co-chaired by Intiman Trustee Cynthia Huffman and administered by Kate Godman , Intiman's former associate director.

“Laura leaves big shoes to fill and we will miss her audacious, dynamic leadership,” says Susan J. Leavitt, President of the Intiman Board of Trustees. “We are also proud of Intiman’s track record. After the great achievements of Laura and Bart’s partnership and our recent financial successes, she leaves Intiman poised for its next big leap forward, and we are looking forward to an extremely competitive search at this exciting time for the Theatre.”

Intiman recently completed the first phase of a critical fundraising initiative to stabilize its financial position for its 2008 season. Ahead of deadline, the Theatre secured $1.3 million in cash gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations. It is currently on track to successfully complete the second phase of the initiative, which will allow it to meet its year-end goals and complete its Dramatically Different fundraising campaign on an accelerated schedule.

To arrange interviews or for more information: contact Stephanie Coen, Director of Communications, at 206.269.1901 ext. 208 or

Intiman Theatre

Intiman’s legacy is defined by the boldest vision in the production of classics and new plays. Our Theatre is rich with talent and amazing people—artists who have made their homes in Seattle and nationally recognized artists, all of whom are dedicated to engaging our community in conversation, and to having an impact on our culture locally and nationally. Winner of a Golden Apple Award, Intiman serves more than 10,000 students annually through the flagship arts-in-education program Living History and special initiatives that empower young people. Intiman is dedicated to fostering opportunities for our audiences and larger community to gather within the intersections of art and civic dialogue.

The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SSDC)

SSDC is an independent labor union for stage directors and choreographers. Member representatives of the organization collectively bargain contracts with producer organizations, thus creating the national standards for professional stage direction and choreography. The organization has an office in New York City that services approximately 1700 members and 300 associates in the US and abroad.

The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, founded in 1965, exists to foster, promote and develop the creativity and craft of stage directors and choreographers. SDCF’s goals are to provide opportunities for exchange of knowledge among directors and choreographers; to provide opportunities to practice the crafts of directing and choreography; to promote the profession to emerging talent; to gather and disseminate craft and career information; and to increase the awareness of the value of directors’ and choreographers’ work.

Intiman Theatre gratefully acknowledges the following for their institutional support: The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Ameriprise Financial, Norman Archibald Charitable Foundation, ArtsFund, The Boeing Company, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Fales Foundation Trust, Humanities Washington, Intiman Theatre Foundation, Kreielsheimer Remainder Trust, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Microsoft Corporation, Nesholm Family Foundation, The Norcliffe Foundation, PONCHO, Pride Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The Seattle Foundation, Theatre Communications Group, U.S. Bancorp Foundation, WaMu and Wells Fargo Bank. Additional funding is received from Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, City of Seattle ; 4Culture; Metropolitan King County Council and Washington State Arts Commission.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Two Plays, One Stage, Every Day, All Month

Seattle Shakespeare Company presents

rotating repertory of Chamber Julius Caesar

and West Coast Premiere of Swansong

during January 2008

SEATTLE – Seattle Shakespeare Company’s stage will be well-used as the company will present two plays in rotating repertory seven days a week during January. Chamber Julius Caesar and the West Coast Premiere of Swansong will share the Center House Theatre stage and split the week for a month-long theatrical event. Adapted and directed by Gregg Loughridge, Chamber Julius Caesar opens on Friday, January 4 (low-priced preview on January 3) and will run through January 27. Chamber Julius Caesar is Shakespeare’s dazzling political thriller that explores the complexities of power as one man’s death causes a community to descend into violence and instability.

Swansong, written by Northwest native and Broadway star Patrick Page, will be directed by Artistic Director Stephanie Shine and will open Tuesday, January 8 and run through Wednesday, January 23. Swansong is the comic and remarkable story of the friendship and rivalry between two towering artists in their prime: William Shakespeare and poet/playwright Ben Jonson. (Please see attached calendar for complete performance schedule)

Support for Chamber Julius Caesar and Swansong is provided by 4 Culture, ArtsFund, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, TPS, Seattle Weekly, and 94.9 KUOW.

The idea to present Chamber Julius Caesar and Swansong in rotating repertory and in counterpoint to one another was conceived by Artistic Director Stephanie Shine when she heard a reading of Swansong for the first time at the home of friend and actor David Pichette. “I knew I wanted our audiences to be a part of this play. But how?” says Shine. “Because of our shared theatre situation, there was no room within the calendar year to expand our four play season, unless we worked on what are our traditionally off nights. And that’s when the idea arrived. We could, with two separate casts, perform two plays in rotating rep 7 days a week.” Chamber Julius Caesar will perform for the public Thursday through Sunday afternoon (the company’s traditional performance schedule) and Swansong will perform at 7:30 Sunday through Wednesday. Swansong will also have general admission $20 tickets for the run.

Director Gregg Loughridge takes a unique approach to Chamber Julius Caesar. Rome ” won’t be the Rome of togas and sandals, but more akin to a cross between a martial arts dojo and a utopian/spiritual community. Within this republic of Rome a new kind of leader has emerged, but his charisma and compassion threatens the rigid discipline of the old order. Under the rallying cry of “freedom” and “the common good,” two factions vie for the attention of the citizenry. As the community’s spiritual/religious practices of martial arts and swordplay blend with the political machinations, trouble ensues and the spiritual practices spin out of control and into war. In the aftermath, one man struggles with his choices and must figure out how to save the republic from crumbling into dictatorship.

The cast of Chamber Julius Caesar features Peter A. Jacobs (Julius Caesar), David Quicksall (Brutus), Hana Lass (Cassius), Brandon Simmons (Casca/Chorus), David S. Hogan (Antony), Kelly Kitchens (Portia), Gordon Carpenter (Cinna/Messela), Kate Witt (Calpurnia/Octavius), Gavin McLean (ensemble), Jessica Hatlo (ensemble).

In Swansong, the Bard of Avon has been dead for seven years and the public has all but forgotten him. On orders from King James, poet Ben Jonson must compose a poem introducing the first collection (First Folio) of his friend’s great plays while wrestling with feelings of guilt, envy, and the fear that history will forget his own work. Swansong is a story of love, loss, and regeneration that allows us to imagine one of the most extraordinary friendships of all time. Swansong was nominated by the American Critics Association for Best New Play.

Swansong playwright Patrick Page was born in Spokane and raised primarily in Monmouth , OR . As a young child, he watched his father perform Shakespeare at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland , and the theatre bug took hold. Patricks Broadway acting credits include Scar in The Lion King and three years as Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast. Other Broadway credits include Decius Brutus in Julius Caesar (starring Denzel Washington), Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (standby for Roger Daltrey) and multiple roles in The Kentucky Cycle. He has appeared at The Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC; Long Wharf; Pioneer Theatre Company, The Utah Shakespeare Festival, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, ACT, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Missouri Repertory Theatre, and Cincinnati Playhouse, among many others. Patrick is married to actress and former Trading Spaces host Paige Davis.

The cast of Swansong features Tim Gouran (Will Shakespeare), Brandon Whitehead (Ben Jonson), and Ian Bell (John Heminges).

To purchase tickets to Chamber Julius Caesar and/or Swansong, call the Seattle Shakespeare Company box office (206) 733-8222 or go online at Regular box office hours are Tuesday through Friday 1:00-6:00 PM. During performance weeks, in addition to regular hours, the box office opens one hour prior to curtain. Seattle Shakespeare Company performs at the Center House Theatre at Seattle Center .

Saturday, December 08, 2007

A Christmas Carol - ACT

A Christmas Carol
ACT Theatre
December - 24, 2007
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Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol has been a classic story since its first appearance in 1843. Clocking in as Dickens' shortest story - A Christmas Carol captured the hearts of all who read it, not only for its beautiful imagery and story of love and the holiday spirit, but also for the heartfelt nature of the writing. Being the only story Dickens ever wrote that he wasn't paid for word count by a publisher, it ended up being just thick enough without overly expositing or carrying-on.

Year after year in the holiday spirit theaters across the country put up productions of this story. Seattle is one of those incredibly lucky cities with the ACT producing an incredible show each and every December.

Allen Fitzpatrick as Marley and David Pichette as Scrooge. Photo by Chris Bennion

David Pichette starring as Ebenezer Scrooge in this year's production brings a fantastic portrayal of the crotchety old bugger. Coming just from Twelf Night at the Rep where he performed as Feste, Pichette is one of Seattle's most diverse actors. Surrounding him are many regulars to this production - one of ACT's most valuable assets. Each year, many of the same actors come to perform as their consistent characters in the production. The set and costumes stay consistent and yet, somehow, every performance, every year, year after year, it is always fresh and new. There is always a truly loving energy, one that draws the audience further into this production than any other show in town.

In the spirit of the holidays, it is absolutely the best show to see. There are many shows in the holiday season, but only ACT's A Christmas Carol fuses one of the most classic of literary classics with modern staging technology and creates a show specifically designed to be a mainstay in Seattle.

Review by Nigel Andrews

Friday, December 07, 2007

Weekly Update - 12/7/2007

KSUB Seattle
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The Broadway Hour >Sunday 10AM - Noon

Seattle Shakespeare

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Julius Caesar >January 3-27, 2008

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Black Nativity >November 28 - December 28, 2007

Seattle Repertory Theatre
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Birdie Blue >November 15 - December 16, 2007

ACT Theatre
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Late Night Catechism >Through December 30, 2007
Christmas Carol >November 23 - December 24, 2007

Seattle Opera
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Pagliacci >January 12 - 26, 2008

The 5th Avenue Theatre
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Jersey Boys >December 5, 2007 - January 12, 2008

Sunday, December 02, 2007

ACT – A Contemporary Theatre Hires

New Managing Director

Kevin M. Hughes Joins Staff December 1, 2007

Seattle, WA – November 28, 2007 – Brad Fowler, president of the Board of Trustees for ACT – A Contemporary Theatre, announced today the appointment of Kevin M. Hughes as the managing director of the 43-year-old regional theatre. Mr. Hughes, who has led his own public affairs firm since 1998, has represented businesses, government jurisdictions, grassroots efforts and nonprofit organizations, including many cultural organizations, at the state, county, city and federal levels for 22 years. He has worked on a variety of issues including the arts, education, health care, land use, environment, budget and tax policy. Mr. Hughes will begin his new position on December 1, 2007.

Kevin Hughes began his career in the theater. He was managing director of the Empty Space Theatre from 1981 to 1985. He started his career in Seattle at A Contemporary Theatre, first in the box office and then as assistant controller. He was a member of the acting ensemble at the Hedgerow Theater in Pennsylvania for five years, and also served as the theater’s general manager for three years.

Mr. Hughes is a past member of the Seattle Arts Commission and chaired the Seattle Arts Commission’s Executive Director Search Committee in 2002. From 1986 to 1990, he was executive director and lobbyist for the Washington State Arts Alliance. He received the Corporate Council for the Arts Pyramid Award in 1990 in recognition of his many years working on behalf of the arts in Washington State.

Prior to starting his own firm, Mr. Hughes was director of public affairs and major gifts for Pacific Science Center, one of the largest science museums in the country. He represented the institution in government affairs and in all relations with city, county, state and federal governments, and oversaw fundraising for the institution’s largest-ever capital campaign. Under his leadership, more than $40 million was raised for both capital and operations.

Mr. Fowler said, “This is great news for ACT and for the local cultural community. Kevin Hughes brings a wealth of fundraising experience to the theatre, a broad perspective of the community and a strong grounding in the industry.”

“I couldn’t ask for a better partner,” said ACT Artistic Director Kurt Beattie. “Kevin understands the challenges of today’s arts organization; that, combined with his passion for the art form and for ACT, will strengthen our ability to generate revenue that supports the mission of this theatre.”

“I am thrilled to be returning to the theatre and, specifically, to ACT,” said Mr. Hughes. “Kurt Beattie is an extraordinary artist, the staff is equally talented and ACT’s multi-faceted building is one of the best arts facilities in our region.”

Board of Trustees Vice-President and search committee chair Kristin Olson said, “We received an excellent response to our call for applications, reviewing more than 50 applications submitted from around the U.S. It is clear that ACT is highly regarded in the regional theatre industry and the search attracted a range of strong candidates.”

The search committee included Ms. Olson and trustees Brad Fowler, Robert Howie, John Jacobsen, and Chuck Sitkin, and ACT staff Kurt Beattie (artistic director) and Joan Toggenburger (producing director). Also on the committee were Peter Donnelly (former president and CEO, ArtsFund) and Marilyn Sheldon (managing director, 5th Avenue Musical Theatre). Susan Trapnell, (former managing director and now executive director of endowment fundraising) served as an advisor to the search committee.


Acclaimed Seattle director will join Intiman’s artistic staff and stage A Streetcar Named Desire, newly announced for the 2008 season

Seattle— Intiman Theatre announces that Sheila Daniels will join its staff as Associate Director, effective December 10, 2007. As Associate Director, Daniels will direct A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams in the 2008 season. Additional information about the production, including the performance run and casting, will be announced at a later date.

As a member of Intiman’s artistic staff, Daniels will be responsible for casting and literary management. She will also work closely with Artistic Director Bartlett Sher on the 2008 season productions and artistic planning for the development of future projects.

“I have been following Sheila’s work for many years,” says Sher. “As a director, she brings great facility in working with actors and language, and experience with new writing, the classics and cross-disciplinary collaborations. She also has a real understanding and knowledge of the Seattle theatre community. I’m thrilled to have her join our artistic team, and to fill the open slot in our season with her production of A Streetcar Named Desire.”

“I am deeply honored and thrilled to begin working at Intiman with its exceptional staff, under the excellent and inspired leadership of Bart Sher and Managing Director Laura Penn ,” says Daniels.

Daniels has been creating theatre as a director, actor, teacher and producer in Seattle since 1994. She is Co-Artistic Director and Co-Founder of both Theater Under Ground and Baba Yaga Productions, and recently served as the Associate Artistic Director at Capitol Hill Arts Center (CHAC). From 1999-2002, she was Artistic Director of Theater Schmeater. Since 1998, she has taught Acting and Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration at Cornish College of the Arts, where she serves as a Resident Director.

Her recent directing credits include Pericles (Seattle Shakespeare Company), Crime and Punishment (Theater Under Ground/CHAC), Rhoda: A Life in Stories (Book-It), God’s Country, Waiting for Lefty, Arcadia (CHAC), The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Strawberry Theatre Workshop), Burning Bridget Cleary (Ladykiller Productions), Macbeth (Wooden O), The Last State (On the Boards), Shock Brigades: Women in Combat (Baba Yaga). In addition to Intiman’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire, she will direct According to Coyote for Seattle Children's Theatre in February 2008.

Orkestar Zirkonium New Year's Eve!

What: The Bad Things New Year's Extravaganza
Where: The Rendezvous, 2322 2nd Avenue
When: December 31st, doors open at 9pm
$10, $12 at the door
Featuring The Bad Things (Seattle's junkyard cabaret band), Michele Francis (aerialist extraordinaire), and the ever-lovable Orkestar Zirkonium in the Jewelbox Theatre. In the Grotto, DJ Darek Mazzone of KEXP's "Wo-Pop" will be spinning tunes and Miss J9 Fierce will perform "cabaret danse du ventre". Readings by Faye, the Tattooed Psychic, and Miss Oblivious with her incredible Paynecreation Dolls in the Velvet Lounge. And the MC for the night will be the amazing Vincent Drambui of The Atomic Bombshells. What a night!