2014 Nominees & Recipients

ACT Theatre

Located in Seattle’s downtown historic theatre district, ACT Theatre is home to five performance spaces under one roof. Since 1965, ACT has been a destination for experiencing new voices, stories, and art. ACT is steadfast in its dedication to producing work with contemporary playwrights and local performing artists through its Mainstage Play series, Central Heating Lab producing partnerships, and the Young Playwrights Program. With more than 450 performances a year, ACT is a community hub where artists and the public connect about today's issues and ideas, and celebrate the shared experience. acttheatre.org

Previous recipient in: 2012 2011 2010
Previous nominee in: 2013 2009

Book-It Repertory Theatre

Now celebrating its Silver Jubilee, Book-It Repertory Theatre began in 1990 as a company of actors who believed that everyone has the right to read. Twenty-five years later, Book-It is an award-winning, vibrant theatre company that transforms great works of classic and contemporary literature into exciting fully staged works for audiences young and old. The Book-It style™ weaves dialogue with narrative for a faithful adaptation of the author’s words and an exhilarating theatrical performance. Book-It’s combined programs ignite the imaginations of more than 70,000 people a year through the power of live theatre. book-it.org

Previous nominee in: 2013 2012 2011 2010

New Century Theatre Company

New Century Theatre Company, where risk & craft collide.

NCTC was founded in 2008 and is comprised of local theatre artists whose work is regularly featured on Seattle’s professional stages, as well as numerous regional theatres throughout the country. NCTC artists include: Jamie Herlich, Paul Morgan Stetler, Ray Gonzalez, Michael Patten, MJ Sieber, Jen Taylor, Amy Thone, Darragh Kennan, Peter Dylan O'Connor, Brenda Joyner, Ruth Eitemiller, and Betsy Schwartz. NCTC also welcomes new members Evan Whitfield, Andy Smith, Bradford Farwell, and Emily Chisolm. NCTC Affiliate Artists include Hans Altwies, Geoff Korf, John Langs, Makaela Pollock, Stephanie Timm, Rob Witmer, and this year also welcome Colin Byrne, and Kimberly Newton.Together they share a deep desire to help reinvigorate Seattle’s national reputation as a vibrant force of cutting-edge, ambitious, relevant theater. They vow to provide Seattle a fearless ensemble of local artists whose vast experience and developed sense of chemistry provide a cohesive, dynamic, consistent theater-going experience they believe audiences long for. NCTC is devoted to producing timely, vital stories that will help re-connect Seattle audiences to the transcendent power of live performance. NCTC believes that “story is king” and is committed to plays that are fearless, heightened, sincere, dangerous, crass, erotic, ugly, and full of hope. NCTC shows are produced with a visceral simplicity that will stir your imagination to new heights and will NOT do your thinking for you.
wearenctc.org

Previous recipient in: 2009

 

Seattle Public Theater

People's Choice Nominee

Founded in 1988, Seattle Public Theater (SPT) was originally a small, nomadic theater company that primarily toured plays in local Seattle public schools and worked with adult and at-risk youth populations to create socially conscious theater.
In 2000, SPT was chosen by the City of Seattle as part of a competitive bidding process to be the resident theater company at the historic Bathhouse Theater on Green Lake. In this charming and intimate space, SPT welcomes Seattle residents and visitors with a robust, year-round Youth Program and a full season of professional Mainstage productions...Great Theater Up Close.
SPT is theater for bold imaginations--theater that provokes conversation and curiosity among us all. SPT is a place where performers, teachers, audiences, designers, directors and community members come together to create theater as an integral part of life in Seattle.
seattlepublictheater.org

Previous nominee in: 2013

Seattle Repertory Theatre

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 season of plays along with educational programs, new play workshops and special presentations.seattlerep.org

Previous nominee in: 2013 2012 2011 2010

Sound Theatre Company

SOUND THEATRE COMPANY was launched in 2006 by Founding Artistic Director Teresa Thuman with a site-specific production of The Tempest presented in the lake and on the shore of Lake Sammamish in Redmond. STC continued to present cutting-edge presentations emphasizing the role of language in our world. This included another site-specific Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida , produced in a former military hanger and presented in March of 2008 on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq. Many productions have include some kind of made up language such as The Further Adventures of Anse and Bhule in No-Man’s Land, Disco Pigs, Tom Stoppard’s Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth and The Foreigner. Other productions emphasized the role of music as a form of expression such as the contemporary musicals of The Wild Party, based on an epic poem, The Last Five Years and the addition of a live cello to The Belle of Amherst. Theatre itself has also been a reoccurring theme in our productions with such plays as The Illusion, Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), and Holiday of Errors (Or Much Ado About Stockings). Our mission includes our goal to provide a showcase of professional and emerging talent within our larger theatrical community. soundtheatrecompany.org

 

Black Like Us by Rachel Atkins

Produced by Annex Theatre and Brownbox Theatre

Rachel Atkins is a playwright and teaching artist. She is the scriptwriter for Living Voices/Theatreworks USA, the educational theatre company with whom she has 11 different multi-media shows in ongoing national tours, and a regular adapter for Book-It, with numerous mainstage, education and touring productions. In addition, her plays have been seen locally at Seattle Rep, SCT, The Empty Space, Annex, Brownbox, Live Girls!, Infinity Box, and 14/48, and regionally at American Repertory Theater (MA), Cleveland PlayhouseSquare (OH), Independent Actors Theatre (MO), North Country Cultural Center for the Arts (NY), Explora Theater (NM), and Virginia Theatre (IL). On the ArtsWA Teaching Artist and Creative Advantage Arts Partner rosters, she teaches for the Rep, Book-It, ACT, and Arts Impact. Previously, she was the Scriptwriter/Dramaturge and Director of Education for Ardeo Theatre Project in France. Rachel graduated from Dartmouth College and holds her Masters in Educational Theatre from NYU. A Sandbox Artists Collective member, Rachel was honored to be a 2010 Gregory Awards nominee for Outstanding Playwright.

Previous nominee in: 2010

 

Animal Cruelty by Scot Augustson

Produced by Printer's Devil Theater and Theatre Off Jackson

Previous nominee in: 2010

 

Bo-Nita by Elizabeth Heffron

Produced by Seattle Repertory Theatre

Elizabeth Heffron is a Seattle playwright. Her play, Bo-Nita, a 2013 Edgerton New Play Award winner, received its world premiere at the Seattle Repertory Theatre in October 2013, and was produced at Portland Center Stage in February 2014; where it was developed for the JAW Festival of New Plays in July 2012. Her most recent work, Portugal, was part of the Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival in May 2013. Her play, The Weatherman Project (co-written with Kit Bakke), received a workshop reading, as part of the Seattle Repertory Theatre’s inaugural New Play Festival in February 2013. Other full-length plays include New Patagonia, produced by Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Mitzi’s Abortion: A Saint’s Guide to Late-Term Politics and Medicine in America, which received a world premiere production at ACT Theatre in 2006. Since then, the play has been produced across the country, published by Original Works Publishing, and the anthology ‘MANIFESTO v.3: Here’s to a Theater of Defiance’, edited by Naomi Iizuka. She currently teaches at Cornish College of the Arts, ACT Young Playwrights Program, and at Freehold Theatre/Lab, where she spent 5 years working with the women of the Washington Correctional Center for Women on inmate-generated performance pieces. She is an alumna of the Seattle Rep Writers Group, a member of the Sandbox Artists Collective, and the Dramatists Guild.

 

A Great Wilderness by Samuel D. Hunter

Produced by Seattle Repertory Theatre

 

Tails of Wasps by Stephanie Timm

Produced by New Century Theatre Company

Previous nominee in: 2012 2010

 

Evan Mosher
25 Saints

Produced by Azeotrope

Evan Mosher moved to Seattle in 1998, and since then has spent most of his free time as an actor, musician, and sound designer. His designs have been heard at Strawberry Theatre Workshop (the Bells, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, This Land, Black Comedy), Seattle Shakespeare Company (Importance of Being Earnest), Washington Ensemble Theatre (Love Horse, all three of the kids' morning shows), Seattle Public Theatre (the Cryptogram, Language Archive, Arcadia, Slip/shot), Satori Group (Returning to Albert Joseph), Sandbox (SOAPFest), and Azeotrope (Gruesome Playground Injuries, Red Light Winter, and 25 Saints). He is a founding member of the art-pop-theatre band "Awesome" with whom he has performed and made sounds since 2004. He is also a member of avant-food-theatre company Cafe Nordo, who will be taking up permanent residence in their new Culinarium at the former Elliott Bay Books space in Pioneer Square this autumn.

Previous nominee in: 2011 2010

 

Paul James Prendergast
The Hound of the Baskervilles

Produced by Seattle Repertory Theatre

Previous nominee in: 2011

 

Matt Starritt
Bo-Nita

Produced by Seattle Repertory Theatre

Previous nominee in: 2013 2011 2010

 

Nathan Wade
Jesus' Son

Produced by Book-It Repertory Theatre

Once upon a time, Nathan was the resident sound designer and composer at the Empty Space theatre, plus an active freelance designer across the country. After "retiring" from theatre in 2004, Nathan focused on his own music as a solo performing artist and with his band The Dark Pioneers. Despite a prolific music career, he was coaxed out of retirement for the occasional theatrical sound design or music score, most frequently with Book-It Repertory Theatre. His recent work with Book-It includes Truth Like The Sun, Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus, and the Gregory Award nominated Jesus' Son.

 

Chris Walker
The Boy at the Edge of Everything

Produced by Seattle Children's Theatre

Based in Seattle, Chris has been the resident sound designer for Seattle Children’s Theatre since 2002. He has also designed at The Seattle Rep, A Contemporary Theatre, Intiman, and The 5th Avenue. In California he has designed at La Jolla Playhouse, The Mark Taper Forum, The Geffen Playhouse, The Old Globe Theatre and ACT (San Francisco). He spent seven seasons as the resident designer at the American Repertory Theatre in Boston, designing over forty productions while there. He has also designed in New York, Houston, Austin, Philadelphia, Princeton, Providence, Phoenix, New Haven, Washington D.C., Chicago, Minneapolis and Kansas City as well as internationally in Singapore, Taiwan and Moscow. Commercially he has designed for Intel, Harvard University, Starbucks and Popcap Games. He holds a degree in Classical Piano performance from Cornish College of the Arts.

Previous nominee in: 2011

 

Harmony Arnold
Lysistrata

Produced by Intiman Theatre

Harmony Arnold is an accomplished Costume Designer and Stylist for stage, film and advertisement. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Costume Design from the University of Oregon with an emphasis in design for devised theatre. Harmony is Assistant Professor of Theatre (Costume) at Seattle University. Recent designs for stage include: Seattle Repertory Theatre, (Venus in Fur, Bo-Nita), INTIMAN Theatre Festival, (Lysistrata), ACT Theatre (These Streets), New Century Theatre Company (O Lovely Glowworm), Richard Hugo House (Riddled), and The Village Theatre (Once Upon A Time In New Jersey, Snapshots). Recent designs for film include: First Sight Productions (Perfect 10), I Ate My Eye Films (Waxie Moon in Fallen Jewel, Capitol Hill Series), Vaskino Films (By the Salish Sea).

Previous nominee in: 2011

 

Melanie Burgess
The Importance of Being Earnest

Produced by Seattle Shakespeare Company

Melanie Taylor Burgess has designed for: Seattle Rep, 5th Avenue Theatre, ACT. Intiman Theatre, The Village Theatre, Seattle Opera, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, NCTC, Seattle Theatre Company, Strawberry Theatre Workshop and Taproot Theatre. Additionally she has designed for Cincinnati Playhouse, Idaho Theatre for Youth, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, and Hawaii Opera. Melanie is on the adjunct faculty at Cornish College of The Arts and received her MFA from the University of Washington. She is the recipient of the Gregory Award for Best Costume Design 2010.

Previous recipient in: 2010

 

Chelsea Cook
She's Come Undone

Produced by Book-It Repertory Theatre

Chelsea Cook is a freelance Costume Designer, Shop Manager and small business owner. Favorite designs include Ernest Shackleton Love Me, Spring Awakening (Balagan Theatre), The Addams Family (Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre), Trails, Lizzie Borden, Hairspray (Village Theatre), and She’s Come Undone (Book-It). Her work has also been seen at ACT, Washington Ensemble Theatre, Seattle Public Theatre, Second Story Rep, The Intiman Playhouse, Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society, and iDiom Theatre. She has been on management staff at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Village Theatre, and the Intiman Theatre Festival. Chelsea graduated with a BA in Performance Production at Cornish College of the Arts, and also owns an educational sewing and craft company.

 

Sarah Nash Gates
Oliver!

Produced by 5th Avenue Theatre

Sarah Nash Gates was a member of the faculty of the School of Drama at the University Washington for 30 years. For the past 20 years she led the School of Drama as Executive Director. Sarah is a costume designer and member of United Scenic Artist local 829. Her designs have been seen at the Seattle Opera, 5th Avenue Theatre, Denver Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Intiman Theatre, and Seattle Children’s Theatre among others. She was the first woman (and first costume designer) to serve as president of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) 1991 - 94. Sarah also was a founding Board member of TPS and served a term as Secretary.

 

Cathy Hunt
James and the Giant Peach

Produced by Seattle Children's Theatre

Previous recipient in: 2012

Previous nominee in: 2013

 

Robert J Aguilar
Bo-Nita

Produced by Seattle Repertory Theatre

Previous nominee in: 2010

 

Kent Cubbage
Jesus' Son

Produced by Book-It Repertory Theatre

Kent Cubbage is just beginning his third year living in Seattle. His other theatrical lighting designs this year included The Importance of Being Earnest (Seattle Shakespeare), Le Club Noel, (Taproot Theater), and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (Book-It Repertory). He also designed projections for Re-Wilding (Steppenwolf Garage Rep) and was assistant lighting designer on Sugar Daddies and An Evening of One Acts (ACT) and A Room With a View and A Chorus Line (5th Ave). Past Seattle highlights include The Land Is Always Known (Satori Group), and Seattle Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost (Gregory nominated for lighting), and Coriolanus (Seattle Weekly Play of the Year). Previous honors include representing the US at the Prague Quadrennial and being a Fulbright finalist in lighting design. Past assists include the Guthrie, the McCarter, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and Broadway productions. Outside of the theater, he has designed concerts for Macklemore, Cake, Andrew Bird, Tegan and Sara, Josh Rouse, and Ghostface Killah, and his large-scale interactive lighting installations have been displayed at several galleries and events over the last two years. He is a resident designer at the Triple Door, the Neptune, the Crocodile, and Theater Off Jackson, and teaches at Seattle University.

Previous nominee in: 2013

 

Andrew D. Smith
The Boy at the Edge of Everything

Produced by Seattle Children's Theatre

Andrew has worked as a lighting designer all over Seattle. He loves creating theatre, especially when it is with his wife, scenic designer, Andrea Bush. Their best collaboration is Winslow Juniper Smith, open since May 2012. Andrew received the 2010 & 2011 Gregory Award for Outstanding Lighting Designer. He holds a BA from Duke University and an MFA from the University of Washington, where he currently teaches, and he is a member of New Century Theatre Company.

Previous recipient in: 2011 2010

Previous nominee in: 2013

 

Tom Sturge
Les Misérables

Produced by Village Theatre

Previous recipient in: 2013 2012

Previous nominee in: 2010

 

Patti West
Animal Cruelty

Produced by Printer's Devil Theater & Theatre Off Jackson

 

Scott Fyfe
Les Misérables

Produced by Village Theatre

Scott Fyfe holds a BFA in sculpture from S.U.N.Y. New Paltz. Scenic design highlights include Portland Center Stage’s production of Othello and Village Theatre Main Stage productions of Million Dollar Quartet, Stunt Girl, Chasing Nicolette, Anne of Green Gables (Footlight Award), Take Me America, Big River, Les Miserables (Gypsy Rose Lee Award Nominee) and The Tutor. All my love to my beautiful and supportive wife Shelley, our beautiful son Sam and his beautiful tortoise Sam II.

 

L.B. Morse
The Hound of the Baskervilles

Produced by Seattle Repertory Theatre

L.B. Morse is a lighting, scenic, and multimedia designer for theatre and dance. In Seattle he has designed for Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT, Intiman, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, Seattle Shakespeare Company, On the Boards, Lingo dancetheater, Maureen Whiting Dance Co., and Empty Space, among others. L.B. holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts and a Graduate Certificate in Scenic Design from University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the Resident Designer at Seattle Rep.

Previous nominee in: 2012 2011 2010

 

Christopher Mumaw
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

Produced by Book-It Repertory Theatre

Christopher is honored to be nominated among so many talented theater artists and is grateful to have had had the pleasure to work with and learn from many of them. His experience working as the Scenic Designer on The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay with the extraordinary team was life changing. Prior to his work on the Kav and Clay his most recent work was seen with Vespertine Opera Theater's production of The Rape of Lucretia produced at St. Marks Cathedral this past January. Locally, Christopher has also designed at ARTSWest for their production of Little Women with Mat Wright directing, and Driving Miss Daisy for ReAct Theater Company. In addition to his scenic design work Christopher also collaborated on a production of The Last Five Years designing both Scenery AND Lighting Designer for a Showcase produced by Cornish College for the Arts last Fall. Upcoming Productions include The Dog of the South, with Book-It Repertory, Magic Flute, with the UW School of Music and Grease: the Musical, with the Fifth Avenue next Summer. Christopher has a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Washington and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. To see more of his work, visit www.ChristopherMumaw.com.

 

Matthew Smucker
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Produced by Seattle Repertory Theatre

Matthew Smucker is a Seattle based scenic designer whose work has appeared locally at Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT, The 5th Avenue Theatre, Intiman Theatre,The Village Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, New Century Theatre Company, Book-It Repertory Theatre, The Empty Space, Tacoma Actors Guild, and Youth Theatre Northwest; and nationally at Houston’s Theatre Under the Stars, Arizona Theatre Company, Portland Center Stage, San Jose Rep, Kansas City Rep, Minneapolis's Children’s Theatre Company, and Tempe's Childsplay Theatre. Matthew was a founding ensemble member of Deus X Machina, and a long time company member and resident designer with Seattle’s Annex Theatre. Matthew received the 2011 Gregory Award for Outstanding Scenic Design, and was nominated in that category in 2010 and 2012. Matthew received a 2012 Spotlight award from Seattle Magazine, appeared on The Stranger’s 2011 Genius Awards Shortlist, and was profiled in Seattle Weekly’s 2004 Best of Seattle issue. Matthew is the new Scenic Design Area Head at Cornish College of the Arts, and has taught at the University of Washington and Seattle University. Matthew received his MFA in scenic design from the University of Washington School of Drama, and is a member of USA Local 829. Much love to Ulysses, Finnegan, and especially to Carol.

Previous recipient in: 2012 2010

Previous nominee in: 2011

 

Carey Wong
The Importance of Being Earnest

Produced by Seattle Shakespeare Company

 

Robert J Aguilar
Bo-Nita

Produced by Seattle Repertory Theatre

Previous nominee in: 2010

 

Kent Cubbage
Jesus' Son

Produced by Book-It Repertory Theatre

Kent Cubbage is just beginning his third year living in Seattle. His other theatrical lighting designs this year included The Importance of Being Earnest (Seattle Shakespeare), Le Club Noel, (Taproot Theater), and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (Book-It Repertory). He also designed projections for Re-Wilding (Steppenwolf Garage Rep) and was assistant lighting designer on Sugar Daddies and An Evening of One Acts (ACT) and A Room With a View and A Chorus Line (5th Ave). Past Seattle highlights include The Land Is Always Known (Satori Group), and Seattle Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost (Gregory nominated for lighting), and Coriolanus (Seattle Weekly Play of the Year). Previous honors include representing the US at the Prague Quadrennial and being a Fulbright finalist in lighting design. Past assists include the Guthrie, the McCarter, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and Broadway productions. Outside of the theater, he has designed concerts for Macklemore, Cake, Andrew Bird, Tegan and Sara, Josh Rouse, and Ghostface Killah, and his large-scale interactive lighting installations have been displayed at several galleries and events over the last two years. He is a resident designer at the Triple Door, the Neptune, the Crocodile, and Theater Off Jackson, and teaches at Seattle University.

Previous nominee in: 2013

 

Andrew D. Smith
The Boy at the Edge of Everything

Produced by Seattle Children's Theatre

Andrew has worked as a lighting designer all over Seattle. He loves creating theatre, especially when it is with his wife, scenic designer, Andrea Bush. Their best collaboration is Winslow Juniper Smith, open since May 2012. Andrew received the 2010 & 2011 Gregory Award for Outstanding Lighting Designer. He holds a BA from Duke University and an MFA from the University of Washington, where he currently teaches, and he is a member of New Century Theatre Company.

Previous recipient in: 2011 2010

Previous nominee in: 2013

 

Tom Sturge
Les Misérables

Produced by Village Theatre

Previous recipient in: 2013 2012

Previous nominee in: 2010

 

Patti West
Animal Cruelty

Produced by Printer's Devil Theater & Theatre Off Jackson

 

Mary Angelo
Hair

Produced by ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery

Mary is beyond thrilled to be nominated for the 2014 Gregory Awards. Originally from California, Mary is a graduate of Idyllwild Arts Academy and holds a BFA in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University. She has also trained at The Ailey School, Paul Taylor and Martha Graham Schools. Mary served as Resident Choreographer at the Red House Arts Center from 2011 - 2013. She is the artistic director of Angelo Dance Project, a modern dance company based in New York City. Recent choreography credits include Hair (ArtsWest); Cabaret, Peter Pan, The Full Monty, Hairspray (Redhouse); Shrek, Little Women and The Fantasticks (Adirondacks Arts Center).

 

Jessica Low
The Wild Party

Produced by Sound Theatre Company

Jessica Low is a Seattle based choreographer, director, actor, singer, dancer, and arts educator with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from the University of Washington. Her choreographic work has been seen at Sound Theatre Company (The Wild Party), Village Theatre (The Tutor), ArtsWest (Once On This Island, A Chorus Line), Seattle Musical Theatre (Fiddler on the Roof, High Society, Closer Than Ever, Nunsense 2, George M., Swing!), Village Theatre KIDSTAGE (High School Musical, The Little Mermaid, The Jungle Book, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Honk!) Bainbridge Performing Arts (Tommy, Urinetown, Kiss Me Kate, The Producers, The Secret Garden, Gypsy) and Harlequin Productions (Rock ‘n’ Roll Twelfth Night, Jesus Christ Superstar, 70’s Rock Review). This October you can see her work at Showtunes, where she will be the Associate Director for The Fantasticks.

 

Kathryn Van Meter
Xanadu

Produced by Village Theatre

Local choreography credits include The Who's Tommy, The King and I, Man of La Mancha, The Secret Garden (Village Theatre), High School Musical, Blue Nose, Bunnicula, Junie B Jones (SCT), The Buddy Holly Story (5th Ave), Spring Awakening (Balagan), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Seattle Rep), Iphigenia 2.0 (UPS), Bat Boy, Urinetown, Mystery of Edwin Drood ( Cornish) Quest for a Queendom (Teatro Zinzanni), and multiple seasons with the Seattle Men's Chorus. In New York, Kathryn had the pleasure of choreographing Next to Normal for the New York Musicals Festival, it's final production as Feeling Electric. She has taught dance in Washington, Georgia, Virginia, New Hampshire, D.C., Johannesburg, South Africa and the dacha lands of Siberia. Also an actress, Kathryn was most recently seen in last season's Rapture Blister Burn at ACT. Next up, Kathryn will be Co-Directing and Choreographing Village Theatre's production of Mary Poppins. She is a proud member of SDC, AEA and the Sandbox Artist's Collective.

 

Anne Allgood
Sugar Daddies

Produced by ACT - A Contemporary Theatre

Anne Allgood has appeared on Broadway, at regional theatres across the country, and at every major theatre in Seattle. At ACT Theatre she has happily appeared in over a dozen productions, notably in MARY STUART in the title role, in Arthur Miller's THE PRICE, and in Sir Alan Ayckbourn's SUGAR DADDIES. She's also appeared in leading roles in over a dozen shows at the 5th Avenue Theatre, among them CANDIDE, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, and OKLAHOMA. This summer she played several people of various genders and ethnicities in the epic ANGELS IN AMERICA for Intiman Summer Theatre Festival. Watch for her in A CHRISTMAS CAROL this holiday season, and in CAROUSEL in early 2015. She's honored to be nominated!

Previous nominee in: 2010

 

Mary Murfin Bayley
Precious Little

Produced by Annex Theatre

Mary Murfin Bayley is delighted to have been nominated for a Gregory and is very grateful to the folks at Annex, to director Katherine Karaus, and to fellow actors Taryn Pearce and Sarah Papineau for bringing the lovely “Precious Little” to life. Other favorite roles have been with Azeotrope, Arouet, Greenstage, Theatre 9/12, Last Leaf, Eclectic, Studio4Seattle, Seattle Public Theater, Book-it Repertory Theatre and Actors Theater of Orcas Island. TV and film work include NBC’s “Grimm” and Julio Ramirez’ “Nothing Against Life.” Mary received her B.A. in Theater from Reed College, continued her training at the HB Studio in New York, and in 2007/2008 studied Commedia dell’Arte with Roberto Andrioli at Teatro Cestello in Florence. Last year she certified proficient in her fourth weapons style with SAFDA through Freehold and is going for more.

 

Hannah Mootz
Tails of Wasps

Produced by New Century Theatre Company
People's Choice Nominee

 

Betsy Schwartz
Tails of Wasps

Produced by New Century Theatre Company

Betsy has appeared most recently in the successful run of New Century Theatre Company’s production of Tails of Wasps by Stephanie Timm. Other recent shows include She’s Come Undone and The Financial Lives of the Poets, both for Book-It Repertory Theatre. She has worked locally at Intiman, ACT, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, The Village Theatre, TAG, The Empty Space, Wooden O, and Seattle Children’s Theatre. Betsy is a founding member of upstart crow collective, and played Arthur in the collective’s 2006 production of King John. She is also a founding company member of New Century Theatre Company, and was seen in their productions of Orange Flower Water, On the Nature of Dust, and Foreclosure. Betsy holds an MFA from the Professional Actors Training Program at Southern Methodist University, and a BFA in Theatre from the University of New Mexico.

 

Amy Thone
The Normal Heart

Produced by Strawberry Theatre Workshop

Previous recipient in: 2013 2009

 

Kate Witt
Third

Produced by ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery

Kate is a Seattle-based actress and was most recently seen as Casca in Wooden O's production of Julius Caesar. She has worked with many Seattle theatre companies including ArtsWest, Wooden O, SecondStory Repertory, New Century Theatre Company, 14/48, and Seattle Shakespeare Company. Favorite roles include Emilie in Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight, Holly in Next Fall, Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd, Feste in Twelfth Night, Mrs. Segstrom in A Little Night Music, Nancy Gordon in Third. Kate holds an MFA in Theatre from the University of Mississippi. She lives in Magnolia with her husband, Steve, and their daughter, Molly.

 

Richard Arum
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

Produced by Book-It Repertory Theatre

Richard made his Seattle debut with The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay and was recently seen in Sexual Healing as part of the Seattle Fringe Festival. Previously he worked in Boston with The Huntington Theater Co., Stoneham Theater, The Publick Theater Boston, Gloucester Stage, Boston Playwrights' Theater, Company One, Shakespeare Now, Zeitgeist Stage, and The Theater Workshop of Nantucket as well as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. He has appeared in numerous films, commercials, and videos, and can be seen opposite Kevin James in the movie Here Comes the Boom. Richard is a member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.

 

John Bianchi
She's Come Undone

Produced by Book-It Repertory Theatre

John is very honored to be nominated for his work in Book-It Repertory Theatre’s production of She’s Come Undone, and so grateful to have worked with such an amazing group of artists, led by our fearless director/adapter Kelly Kitchens. John has also appeared in Book-Its original adaptations of Emma, Howards End, and Don Quixote. John received his MFA from Rutgers University's Professional Actor Training Program, and has called Seattle home for the last 20 years. He has worked with many local theaters including ACT Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare, Annex Theatre, Theater Schmeater, Seattle Public Theater, ReAct Theatre, among others. Some favorite roles performed include Mr. Elton in Emma, Septimus in Arcadia, DeFlores in The Changeling, David in Santaland Diaries, and all eight characters of the solo show, 21A by Kevin Kling. Next up: John will be appearing in the upcoming Book-It production of Pride and Prejudice.

 

Peter Crook
The Normal Heart

Produced by Strawberry Theatre Workshop

PETER CROOK is a member of THE SEAGULL PROJECT and earlier this year performed The Seagull at the Ilkohm Theatre in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Other favorite Seattle credits include The Cider House Rules (Book-It); The Walworth Farce (NCTC); A Number (ACT); The Fever, (New City Theatre); Frozen (Empty Space); Richard II (Seattle Shakespeare Co); Angels in America (Intiman); Clybourne Park, (Seattle Rep). On Broadway and on tour he was Mozart in Amadeus. Television and film credits include “Designing Women”, “Chaplin”. He is a graduate of PCPA and The Juilliard School.

 

John Patrick Lowrie
Sugar Daddies

Produced by ACT - A Contemporary Company

John Patrick Lowrie was born in 1952 in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Boulder, Colorado. At 16 he left home to make his way as a singer/guitarist/flautist/trombonist in a rock ‘n’ roll band, sleeping in parks and communes and getting to know several hippies. Surviving the draft, he graduated with highest distinction from the Indiana University School of Music and for a few years managed to make a living as a composer and guitarist in his acoustic fusion duo The Kiethe Lowrie Duet, garnering critical acclaim and opening for people who were much more famous than he was. He then decided to become an actor because the pay was better and the work was steadier. To this day he remains the only person he knows of who has done this. He met Ellen McLain, his wife of twenty-seven years, in Arnhem, Holland on a European tour of a Broadway show and started his acting career in Palermo, Italy telling jokes to an opera house full of Sicilians who didn’t speak English. Success continues to dog his heels like an angry Pekinese.
John and his wife now reside in Seattle, where they divide their professional time between acting in live theater and voice acting for computer games and radio dramas. His first novel, Dancing With Eternity, won the 2011 ForeWord Firsts Award for debut fiction.

 

Michael Patten
The Importance of Being Earnest

Produced by Seattle Shakespeare Company

Previous nominee in: 2011

 

Ray Tagavilla
A Small Fire

Produced by Sound Theatre Company
People's Choice Nominee

Previous recipient in: 2012

 

Danielle Barnum
Les Misérables

Produced by Balagan Theatre

Danielle Barnum is grateful for the opportunity to play in the theatre community. Favorite credits include “High Society” (Tracy Lord) with Showtunes, “Les Miserables” (Eponine) with Balagan Theatre for which she has received a 2014 Gregory Award nomination, “Into the Woods” (The Witch) at Mt. Baker Theatre, the workshop of “First Date” (Allison) at 5th Avenue Theatre/ACT Theatre, “Iron Curtain” (Masha) at Village Theatre, “Chicago” (Roxie) and the title role of “Jane Eyre” at SMT, “Tell Me on a Sunday” (Emma) at Artswest, Kristin Knox on TNT’s “Leverage”, as well as various film and commercial work for Microsoft, Bank of America, Blue Cross and X-Box. In her offstage life, Danielle is happy as a freelance photographer at www.InspirebyDanielle.com

 

Megan Chenovick
Jerry Springer: The Opera

Produced by Balagan Theatre

Megan Chenovick (lyric coloratura soprano) graces operatic, musical theatre and concert stages alike. Hailed for her “superb showmanship” this two-time NW Regional MONC Finalist’s roles include Zerlina (Don Giovanni) with Vashon Opera, Mabel (Pirates of Penzance) with Tacoma Opera, Peaches/Baby Jane (Jerry Springer the Opera) with Balagan Theatre, Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor) with Skagit Opera conducted by Franz Vote, Musetta (La Bohème) with Bellevue Opera, Marian Paroo (The Music Man), Guenevere (Camelot) with Lyric Light Opera and Magnolia (Show Boat) with the Village Theatre. In 2014 Ms. Chenovick had the pleasure of singing the world premiere of a song cycle, In Sleep the World is Yours by Lori Laitman with Music of Remembrance, which she will reprise for their Sparks of Glory concert series. As a concert soloist, Ms. Chenovick brought the house down with the title aria “Glitter & Be Gay” for the Seattle Men’s & Women’s Chorus 30th Anniversary at McCaw Hall. Upcoming engagements in the 2015/2016 Season include Ravel’s Chansons Madecasses with Music Northwest, The Three Divas with the NW Sinfonietta, Clorinda (Cenerentola) with Skagit Opera and Juliette (Romèo et Juliette) with Tacoma Opera. Ms. Chenovick helps produce monthly events as a Co-Managing Diva of Opera on Tap-Seattle and teaches private voice lessons with Vocalpath Studio.

 

Beth DeVries
Les Misérables

Produced by Village Theatre
People's Choice Nominee

Beth is thrilled and honored to have been a part of "Les Miserables" at Village Theatre, working alongside a stellar cast, crew, and team of directors and designers. Favorite roles include Diana in "Next to Normal", Eve in "Children of Eden", Sue in "Snapshots", and Mom to quite a talented 11 year old actress.

Previous nominee in: 2013

 

Lisa Estridge
Xanadu

Produced by Village Theatre

Lisa holds a BFA in Drama from Adelphi University. She also holds an MFA in Drama from the University of Washington's PATP (Professional Actors Training Program). After graduating with her Masters Degree, Lisa went on to perform nonstop in many Regional Seattle Theatre's. In her 18 years of living in Seattle, Lisa has performed several times at The Bathhouse Theatre, Tacoma Actors Guild, Intiman Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre, Village Theatre and the 5th Avenue Theatre to name a few. Although she no longer lives in Seattle, it will always be her Theatre Home. She is beyond blessed and excited for her nomination.

 

Kate Jaeger
Les Misérables

Produced by Village Theatre

Kate Jaeger is active in the Seattle theatre community as an actor, director and educator. Favorite roles include: Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables (Village Theatre), Karen in August: Osage County (Balagan Theatre) and Annie in Evil Dead: the Musical (ArtsWest). Currently she can be seen as Darzee in The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi at Seattle Children’s Theatre. Kate is a proud member of Jet City Improv.

 

Nick DeSantis
Les Misérables

Produced by Village Theatre

 

Eric Esteb & Ekello Harrid, Jr.
Little Shop of Horrors

Produced by ACT Theatre & 5th Avenue Theatre

Eric Esteb: Eric loves performing! He has performed with 5th Ave Theater, Seattle Opera, Act Theater, and Teatro ZinZanni among others and he currntly performs as part of an aerial duo, The Innamorati, with his partner and true love, Quynbi. You can check them out at www.theinnamorati.com.

 

Brian Giebler
Les Misérables

Produced by Balagan Theatre

Hailed as a “faultless high tenor” (Seattle Times) with “gleaming tones” (South Florida Classical Review), tenor Brian Giebler is active nationwide as both a soloist and chamber musician. Brian recently appeared as a soloist in Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil with the Handel Choir of Baltimore where he was praised for his “great elegance of tone and phrasing” (Baltimore Sun). Other recent solo engagements include Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Conspirare, Bach’s St. John Passion with Tucson Chamber Artists, Mozart’s Requiem with the Saganaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, Bach’s Magnificat with Seraphic Fire, and made his Carnegie Hall solo debut singing Haydn’s Missa Sancti Nicolai under the auspices of Anton Armstrong and the New York City Chamber Orchestra. With “one of the purest tenor voices” (DramaIntheHood) “that would make anyone melt” (BroadwayWorld), Brian recently received much critical acclaim as Marius in a regional production of Les Miserables. An active crossover artist, Brian was also praised for his portrayal of Fabrizio in Adam Guettel's The Light in the Piazza (Best Musical nomination, 2011 Wilde Awards), being hailed as a “powerful tenor for such a young man” (Milan News). He has played such iconic roles as Dickon in The Secret Garden, Cain/Japheth in Children of Eden, Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, and Jack in Into the Woods (Best Supporting Actor, 2005 Anvil Awards). Brian covered the roles of Tony in West Side Story (Aspen), Anthony in Sweeney Todd (Aspen), and Lt. Cable in South Pacific with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. More information available at: www.briangiebler.com

 

Matt Owen
Monty Python's Spamalot

Produced by 5th Avenue Theatre

 

Dane Stokinger
Monty Python's Spamalot

Produced by 5th Avenue Theatre
People's Choice Nominee

 

Molli Corcoran
Pippi Longstocking

Produced by Seattle Children's Theatre

 

Sarah Rose Davis
Funny Girl

Produced by Village Theatre
People's Choice Nominee

Sarah Rose Davis is a Seattle Native who grew up doing the KIDSTAGE program at Village Theatre. She is so grateful to have had the opportunity to play Fanny Brice at a theater that she feels so connected to. Sarah received her BFA in musical theater at The Boston Conservatory. Past credits: 5th Avenue Theatre: A Christmas Story, Guys and Dolls, Damn Yankees, RENT (Marks Mom), Oklahoma, Elf, Secondhand Lions, Spamalot, Hairspray (Brenda), Prirates..., Oliver. Most recently Sarah played Maggie in A Chorus Line at the 5th. Village Theatre: Trails (Faith), Funny Girl (Fanny Brice). Contemporary Classics: Zanna, Don't! (Kate) The Yellow Wood ( Willis). Sarah is currently in NYC participating in the NAMT festival of new musicals with the 5th Avenue commissioned show Beautiful Poison. Next up: A Christmas Story! A huge thank you to my parents Rosie and Todd, and to Calvin, Village Theatre, and the 5th.

 

Laura Griffith
Monty Python's Spamalot

Produced by 5th Avenue Theatre

Laura is thrilled to call Seattle home after appearing in eight shows at the 5th Avenue Theatre including SPAMALOT, A ROOM WITH A VIEW, THE MUSIC MAN (Gregory Award nom), CANDIDE, 7 BRIDES FOR 7 BROTHERS, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, ROCKY HORROR SHOW, and THE SECRET GARDEN. She was in the original Broadway companies of THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS, the Lincoln Center revival of SOUTH PACIFIC and also OKLAHOMA! National tour: THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA (Helen Hayes Award nom). European Tour: WEST SIDE STORY (Maria). 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.

Previous nominee in: 2013

 

Bobbi Kotula
Stu for Silverton

Produced by Intiman Theatre

www.bobbikotula.com

 

Allison Standley
The Wild Party

Produced by Sound Theatre Company

Allison is so proud of The Wild Party team and is still in awe of the creative power and guts given by all involved. Allison most recently appeared in Book-It's fall production I am of Ireland and played Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady at Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre. Credits include: Les Miserables (Village Theatre), Clara/33 Variations (ArtsWest) (2013 Gregory nomination, Outstanding Supporting Actress), Mary/It's a Wonderful Life(GESA Powerhouse Theatre). Up next: Dick Whittington and His Cat/SCT. Allison teaches theatre to kids around the city and holds a B.A. from University of Washington.

Previous nominee in: 2013

 

Joshua Carter
Little Shop of Horrors

Produced by ACT Theatre & 5th Avenue Theatre

Joshua Carter is honored to be nominated for a Gregory. A passionate Seattle Native Josh has performed at pretty much every theatre in Seattle in the last 12 years. He’s currently on tour with the First National of ONCE and sadly can’t be at the ceremony. But here’s to Seattle, Seattle Artists, TPS, and everybody that makes this city the best city for live theatre in the country.

 

Allen Fitzpatrick
Monty Python's Spamalot

Produced by 5th Avenue Theatre

Allen has been featured in ten Broadway shows including the original Les Misérables, 42nd Street, Driving Miss Daisy, Memphis, Sweet Smell of Success, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Damn Yankees, Scarlet Pimpernel, and Passion. His appearances at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre include: "Sweeney" in Sweeney Todd; “King Arthur” in Spamalot; A Room With A View; Oliver!; ELF; Grey Gardens; Damn Yankees, Titanic, Oklahoma!, Cinderella, Candide, On The Town, Sunday in the Park With George; Cabaret, Memphis, Into The Woods. He was featured in several Broadway National Tours including: Six Degrees of Separation; Aspects of Love; Guys & Dolls; and Sunset Boulevard, in which he starred opposite Petula Clark. Off-Broadway he appeared in a dozen plays, and has been featured in more than 200 non-musical roles in regional theaters across the country. Since 2006, he has served as Artistic Director of the renowned Icicle Creek New Play Festival. allenfitzpatrick.weebly.com

 

Louis Hobson
Les Misérables

Produced by Balagan Theatre

2013/14 Season: Les Miserable (Valjean/Balagan), A Room With A View (George/5th), Spamalot (Galahad/5th), Carrie (Director/Balagan). BROADWAY: Next to Normal, Bonnie & Clyde, People in the Picture, Leap of Faith. FILM: Lucky Them (TIFF 2014), C.O.G. (Sundance 2013), Laggies (Sundance 2014), Captain Fantastic (opposite Viggo Mortensen). REGIONAL: Evita (VT/Footlight), Hair (5th/Footlight), Stupid Kids (Empty Space/Footlight), Sweeney Todd (PCS), Next to Normal (Arena Stage, DC). Louis is a student of Michael Howard, NYC & holds music and theatre degrees from PLU.

 

Greg Stone
Les Misérables

Produced by Village Theatre

Broadway: Les Miserables, Oklahoma!, Urban Cowboy and The Pirate Queen. Greg has toured North America in Miss Saigon as Chris and Whistle Down The Wind as The Snake Preacher. A native of the Northwest Greg is thrilled to be back performing where his love of theatre began.

 

Troy Wageman
The Wild Party

Produced by Sound Theatre Company
People's Choice Nominee

Troy L. Wageman has performed in some the leading musical theatre houses in the country including. Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, ArtsWest, Houstons Theatre Under The Stars, American Musical Theatre Of San Jose, The Ordway, Lyric Light Opera. Favorite credits include. Beauty and the Beast (Gaston), The Wild Party (Burrs),Pippin (Lewis), Bat Boy (Bat Boy), The Full Monty (Ethan), Jesus Christ Superstar, West Side Story (Diesel), Brigadoon (Tommy), A Chorus LIne (Don), Footloose (Willard), Cabaret (Hanz), Peter Pan (Hook), Evita, How to Succeed,Hello Dolly,Fiddler on the Roof.

 

Emily Chisholm
Bethany

Produced by ACT - A Contemporary Theatre

Emily Chisholm has performed with Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Public Theatre, Washington Ensemble Theatre, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, and Arena Stage in Washington D.C. She is a company member of New Century Theatre Company and a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Chisholm is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts.

 

Heather Hawkins
Gidion's Knot

Produced by Seattle Public Theater
People's Choice Nominee

Heather has been a Seattle based actress and theater teaching artist for the past 22 years. Recent shows include The Little Dog Laughed –Arts West, Gidion’s Knot –Seattle Public Theater, and Julius Caesar –Wooden O. She has also done work with Seattle Shakespeare Company, Book-It Theater, Taproot Theater, Village Theater, ACT, Mirror Stage, Intiman, Theater Anonymous, Theater Schmeater, and Sandbox Radio. Heather is a proud member of the Sandbox Artists Collective and her favorite role remains Wife and Mom in The Life and Times of Jay, Duncan, and Tessa Weinland.

 

Tracy Michelle Hughes
Pretty Fire

Produced by Taproot Theatre Company

Previous recipient in: 2012

 

Hana Lass
The Importance of Being Earnest

Produced by Seattle Shakespeare Company

This fall marks Hana's thirteenth year as a resident of Seattle, where she has relished living and working as a theatre professional. Over the years, she has featured on the stages of The Rep, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Intiman, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, Seattle Public Theatre, Book-It, and more. Most recently, she appeared ACT Theatre's An Evening of One Acts. She looks forward to an upcoming double stint at Seattle Children's Theatre, performing in Dick Whittington and His Cat this winter, and in a remount of one of her all-time favorite shows, Robin Hood, in spring 2015. Her favorite cast mate on stage, and in life, is the talented Mr. Slamtoss, i.e., Connor Toms.

Previous nominee in: 2009

 

Jocelyn Maher
She's Come Undone

Produced by Book-It Repertory Theatre

Jocelyn is a graduate of the University of Washington, where she earned her BA in both Drama and Communications. Jocelyn has dabbled in various theatrical endeavors in and around the Puget Sound area, including work with Bainbridge Performing Arts, University of Washington School of Drama, 14/48: The World's Quickest Theater Festival, Endangered Species Project, The Horse in Motion, ACT, Seattle Public Theater and Book-It Repertory Theatre.

 

Pamela Reed
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Produced by Seattle Repertory Theatre

 

Frank Boyd
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

Produced by Book-It Repertory Theatre

Frank Boyd is a theater artist based in Seattle. He is a member of the NYC theater companies Elevator Repair Service and the TEAM, with whom he has performed in Gatz, The Select (The Sun Also Rises), Architecting and Particularly in the Heartland. Most recently, Frank appeared in the world premieres of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Book-It Rep, Seattle) and Red Speedo (Studio Theatre, DC). Frank is the creator and performer of The Holler Sessions which will premiere at On the Boards in January, 2015.

 

Mike Dooly
Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo

Produced by Washington Ensemble Theatre
People's Choice Nominee

Previous nominee in: 2013

 

Quinn Franzen
The Importance of Being Earnest

Produced by Seattle Shakespeare Company

 

Peter Silbert
The Price

Produced by ACT - A Contemporary Company

Peter lived in Seattle from 1977 to 2003 and did about 70 shows there. From 2003 to 2011 he was a member of the Resident Acting Co. at Milwaukee Rep. He semi-retired from the stage in 2011, accent on the "semi". He lives in the small town of Standish, Maine.

 

Michael Winters
A Great Wilderness

Produced by Seattle Repertory Theatre

Michael Winters has appeared in Seattle at The Rep, Intiman, The 5th Avenue, Seattle Shakes, Book-It and in more than 20 productions at ACT since landing here in 1988. He has also been seen on Broadway and at The Mark Taper Forum, The American Conservatory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Denver Center Theatre among many others as well as the Oregon, California & Colorado Shakespeare Festivals. He did a stint in Los Angeles in film & on television & is the grateful recipient of a fox fellowship.

 

R. Hamilton Wright
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Produced by Seattle Repertory Theatre

 

Braden Abraham
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Produced by Seattle Repertory Theatre

 

Shana Bestock
Gidion's Knot

Produced by Seattle Public Theater
People's Choice Nominee

Shana Bestock has been with Seattle Public since SPT came to the Bathhouse in 2000. A Seattle native, Shana has also worked with Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, ACT, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Cornish School of The Arts, New City Theater, Seattle Central Community College, Seattle University, Seattle Children’s Theater, Centrum, and over 50 regional schools. She has been seen on the SPT stage in Proof and Dying City, but mostly spends her time directing for the mainstage and youth program. SPT Mainstage directing credits include: 3 Tall Women, Master Harold...and the Boys, The Sweetest Swing in Baseball, A Wedding Story, The 13th of Paris, Arms and the Man, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, The Language Archive, and Gidion's Knot. She directs around 6 productions each year for the youth program, and oversees the 40 or so plays and programs that happen each year at SPT. She produces commissions from many local playwrights as well as regional premieres of award-winning, contemporary plays. Shana is grateful to be working with the staff, board, artists, patrons, parents, kids, and volunteers who make it all happen. In all she does, Shana works to provide a safe place to be passionate and creative, and to create theater that inspires exploration of ideas, communication, culture, and community.

 

Kelly Kitchens
She's Come Undone

Produced by Book-It Repertory Theatre

Kelly Kitchens is a professional director, actor, adapter, and teaching artist; she is the Artistic Associate at Seattle Public Theater, a member of the Sandbox Artists Collective, and a member of Actor's Equity Association. Kelly earned her B.A. in Theater and English from Vanderbilt University and her M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Texas at Austin. Recent projects include: directing Slip/Shot (Seattle Public Theater); adapting and directing She's Come Undone (Book-It Repertory Theatre); directing Black Comedy (Strawberry Theater Workshop); stage directing Our Earth opera cycle (Seattle Opera, Touring) and Dido and Aeneas (Seattle Opera, Teen Opera Singers Program); playing Kate in The Taming of the Shrew and directing The Tempest (Seattle Shakespeare Company); directing Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, and Othello (Seattle Shakespeare, Touring); playing Saturninus in Titus Andronicus (upstart crow collective); directing Harrison, Texas (Cornish College of the Arts); and directing Arcadia, The Understudy, and Back Back Back (Seattle Public Theatre). Upcoming directing projects include: The Art of Bad Men by Vincent Delaney (MAP Theater); Christmastown by Wayne Rawley and Slowgirl by Greg Pierce (Seattle Public Theater); and Tall Girls by Meg Miroshnik (Washington Ensemble Theater). Kelly is delighted to be married to Jim Gall and proud to call Seattle home.

 

Myra Platt
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

Produced by Book-It Repertory Theatre

Previous nominee in: 2013

 

Josh Rhodes
Monty Python's Spamalot

Produced by 5th Avenue Theatre

 

Steve Tomkins
Les Misérables

Produced by Village Theatre

Steve Tomkins began his active professional arts career in Seattle in 1972, as a member of the Empty Space Theatre’s acting company. He has been artistic director at Village Theatre for the past nineteen years. As a director and choreographer, Steve’s regional work has been seen at The Arkansas Repertory Theatre, The Arizona Theatre Company, Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT, and TAG. He has directed and choreographed numerous productions at Village Theatre.

 

Les Misérables
By Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg
Directed by Jake Groshong

Produced by Balagan Theatre

Experience Les Mis like never before with this immersive production that puts you in a seat on stage, right behind the Paris street barricades. Starring Broadway actor Louis Hobson alongside some of Seattle's brightest up-and-coming talent, this is a one-of-a-kind intimate production of the global musical phenomenon. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, Les Misérables tells the epic tale of ex-convict Jean Valjean's struggle for redemption in 19th-century France. The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the show boasts a lush Boublil and Schönberg score featuring the classic songs "I Dreamed a Dream," "On My Own," "One Day More" and many others. The long-awaited film adaptation starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway was released in 2012, introducing the story to a new generation of fans. Official Website

 

Les Misérables
By Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg
Directed by Steve Tomkins

Produced by Village Theatre

The world’s longest running musical, seen on stage by over 60 million people, and winner of 96 international awards, Les Misérables will take your breath away on Village Theatre’s stage. An extraordinary cast will shine in the Pacific Northwest’s first local professional production. From the comfort and intimacy of Village Theatre’s 500 seat house, you’ll be immersed in the streets of Paris as revolution and love play out their battles for those who dare to dream of something more. Official Website

 

Little Shop of Horrors
Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menken
Based on the film by Roger Corman
Directed by Bill Berry

Produced by 5th Avenue Theatre & ACT Theatre

This delightfully demented comedy of hapless lovers Seymour and Audrey and a man-eating plant blends doo-wop, rock, and Motown into a hilarious send-up of B-movie horror flicks. Official Website

 

Monty Python's Spamalot
Directed by Josh Rhodes

Produced by 5th Avenue Theatre

This wacky version of King Arthur's quest for the Holy Grail showcases Monty Python's signature hilarity--from flying cows, killer rabbits, and gorgeous showgirls to The Knights Who Say Ni and the irrepressible "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life." Official Website

 

The Wild Party
by Andrew Lippa
Musical Direction by Carl Petrillo
Directed by Corey McDaniel

Produced by Sound Theatre Company
People's Choice Nominee

Sound Theatre Company presents the Seattle premiere of The Wild Party, the darkly brilliant musical by Andrew Lippa inspired by Joseph Moncure March’s banned poem about the excesses of the Jazz Age. A group of burlesque performers join together for a wild, erotic evening in the Manhattan apartment of vaudevillians Queenie and Burrs, when a newcomer complicates their strained relationship and challenges their decadent and thrill-seeking high living. For all who enjoy Rent or Chicago, this dark descent into erotic excess is a must-see. Official Website

 

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
by Michael Chabon
Abridged stage version by Jeff Schwager
Directed by Myra Platt

Produced by Book-It Repertory Theatre

In 1939 Joe Kavalier smuggles himself, Houdini-style, out of Nazi-occupied Prague and reappears in New York to live with his cousin, Sammy Clay. It’s the golden age of comic books and the ambitious pair—the storyteller and the artist—invent the perfect superhero for America on the brink of the Second World War. Chabon’s tale of escape, transformation, magic, and moxie is a modern-day epic. Official Website

 

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Written by Rajiv Joseph
Directed by Michael Place

Produced by Washington Ensemble Theatre

Follow a tiger that haunts the streets of present day Baghdad searching for the meaning of life. Along with a cast of disgruntled American soldiers, a grief stricken Iraqi topiary gardener and the deranged ghost of Uday Hussein, Rajiv Joseph's Pulitzer Prize Nominated play takes us on a vivid quest for friendship, redemption, and a gold-plated semiautomatic pistol. Official Website

 

Gidion's Knot
Written by Johanna Adams
Directed by Shana Bestock

Produced by Seattle Public Theater
People's Choice Nominee

When a mother arrives for a parent-teacher conference, the teacher is shocked she has shown at all. Gidion was a deeply creative 5th grader, but recent tragic events have cast a long shadow over his brilliance. Nominee for the 2011 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize honoring female playwrights, and a 2013 Steinberg Award Finalist, Gidion's Knot is a story that brings some explosive questions to the table. What are appropriate limits to a child's freedom of creative expression? How does one address a single child's growth and development while respecting the needs of the community? Ultimately, who is accountable for a child's actions? Official Website

 

The Importance of Being Earnest
Written by Oscar Wilde
Directed by Victor Pappas

Produced by Seattle Shakespeare Company

Oscar Wilde’s outlandish masterpiece is one of the cleverest comedies in the English language. Dapper Jack Worthing and Algernon, his compatriot in cavorting, have fallen for two ladies who have their hearts set on marrying a man named Ernest. In order to pursue the romance, both men concoct an elaborate deception which leads to an even more outlandish surprise when the formidable Lady Bracknell starts sleuthing about for the far-fetched truth. Official Website

 

The Price
Written by Arthur Miller
Directed by Victor Pappas

Produced by ACT - A Contemporary Theatre

Two grown brothers get a hard lesson in truth and consequences. After taking separate paths in life, their versions of family history collide when they meet after 16 years to settle their late father's estate. The New York Times says, "The Price is one of the most engrossing and entertaining plays that Arthur Miller has ever written." Official Website

 

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf
by Edward Albee
Directed by Braden Abraham

Produced by Seattle Repertory Theatre

Director Braden Abraham returns to the Bagley with this modern American classic. Set amidst campus politics, Albee’s provocative dark comedy examines why we are sometimes cruelest to those we love most. George and Martha (theatre’s most dysfunctional couple) invite young Nick and Honey over for a nightcap. The evening devolves into an exercise of wits, a war of words in which the past is fair game. Never before seen on our stages, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? still has the power to surprise and exhilarate modern audiences. Official Website

 

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