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Leadership2019-08-20T11:53:56+00:00

ACT Leadership

John Langs

John Langs is ACT’s Artistic Director after serving as Associate Artistic Director for three years. Langs’ 16–year freelance career has afforded him the opportunity to work with many prestigious theatre companies across the country. He has directed productions at Playwrights Horizons NY, Ensemble Studio Theater NY, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Lookingglass Theater Company in Chicago, Circle X in Los Angeles, The Resident Ensemble, New Century Theatre Company, Washington Ensemble Theatre, and Seattle Shakespeare Company. Langs received his directing degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Some of his favorite directing credits include The Shaggs Philosophy of the World (Los Angeles Drama Critic Circle Award for Best Original Musical), and Brothers Karamazov (seven LADCC Awards including Best Production of the year and Best Direction) and directing Kurt Beattie in King Lear. Langs received the first annual Seattle Gregory Award honoring excellence in direction for The Adding Machine. Recent Seattle credits include NCTC’s Mary’s Wedding, The Seagull Project’s The Three Sisters, and Seattle Shakespeare’s Othello. As a dedicated fan of original work, Langs has shepherded over a dozen projects to their premier production.

Becky Witmer

Becky Witmer is Managing Director of ACT. She has been with ACT since 2011, serving as the General Manager (2014-2015) and the Director of Marketing and Communications (2011-2014). Becky began her career in arts management through marketing and communications. She was the Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Intiman Theatre (2008-2011) and Opera Colorado (2006-2008). She was the Associate Director of Marketing with Central City Opera (2002-2005). Becky is on the board of the League of Resident Theatres, is an advisory board member for TeenTix, a co-founder of the Cultural Resource Collective database project, and serves on the Leadership Tomorrow Arts & Culture Curriculum Committee.

Gary Houlahan
Chair

Chuck Sitkin
Immediate Past Chair

Leslie Ray Bernstein
Vice Chair

Michael Crystal
Treasurer

Erika Nesholm
Secretary

Matt Aalfs
Joan Barokas
Eric Bennett
Laurie Besteman
Bob Dowdy
Rayner D’Souza
Charles Fitzgerald
Dr. Michael Herschensohn
Stephanie Hilbert
Cynthia Huffman
Bill Kuhn
Diane Lind
Lauren Mikov
Naomi Minegishi
Tim Mulligan
Judy Ness
Dr. George Ojemann
Sarah Pierre-Louis
Teresa Revelle
Margaret Rothchild
Karen Shaw
Goldie Gendler Silverman
Sharyn Skeeter
Dr. Larry True

Sheena Aebig
Daniel D. Ederer
Jean Burch Falls
Jeannie M. Falls
John H. Faris
Brad Fowler
Carolyn H. Grinstein
Sara Comings Hoppin
David Hughbanks
Kate Janeway

Jonathan D. Klein
Jane W. Lyons
Gloria A. Moses
Nadine H. Murray
Douglas E. Norberg
Kristin G. Olson
Donald B. Paterson
Eric Pettigrew
Pamela Powers
Katherine L. Raff
Suzanne Ragen
Catherine Roach
Jo Anne Rosen
Faye Sarkowsky
Carlo Scandiuzzi
David E. Skinner
Susan Trapnell
Brian Turner
George V. Willoughby
Jane H. Yerkes

Richard C. Clotfelter
Esther Schoenfeld
Emeritus Council

Kermit Anderson
President

Brad Fowler
Vice President

Katherine Raff
Secretary

Don Paterson
Treasurer

Trevor Cobb
Michael Crystal
Gary Houlahan
Jim Minorchio
Cindy Richmond
Charles Sitkin