Julie Briskman is no stranger to ACT’s stages and to Seattle audiences. The versatile artist returns as Linda in Lucas Hnath’s The Thin Place. We asked Julie about her role in The Thin Place and much more. You have a brilliant career working with rich characters and classical pieces and playwrights, like Chekhov, Wilde and Shakespeare. Lucas Hnath’s writing is very contemporary. The way the play sits on the page is very different. How have [...]
Hotter Than Egypt is a co-production with Marin Theatre Company. Dramaturg (and Marin Theatre Company Associate Artistic Director) Nakissa Etemad is passionate about the art of dramaturgy. Dramaturgy exists as an undercurrent throughout almost every part of the theatrical process, building worlds and bringing attention to aspects of a play in different ways from the set, costumes, lights, sound and acting. For this reason, it’s one of the least understood facets of theatre. This [...]
Yussef El Guindi is no stranger to ACT – a member of the Core Company, the internationally acclaimed Seattle playwright has premiered 3, now 4, plays here. Read about his take on the playwriting process, from inspiration to development to the excitement of a World Premiere.
Andrew Lee Creech is a Seattle-based playwright and creator of The Legacy Plays Project – “a nine-play, multi-century-spanning cycle meditation on the lives of Black Americans in pivotal moments of American History.” He is currently working on an exciting 3-play commission from ACT and Trial & Error Productions, and is an actor, educator, and content creator. Read about Andrew’s inspiration, the importance of a team, and how storytelling links his occupations together.
Chip Sherman inhabits the role of Spirit 1. It's a wonderfully modern take on a character so many people know and love. They are also the show’s choreographer. In this interview, the talented artist reflects on bringing this year’s imagining of the timeless tale to the stage and how Scrooge’s journey of self-reflection parallels our own experience, now more than ever. You played Spirit 1 in the 2020 radio version of the play. [...]
Mary has lived and worked in the Pacific Northwest since 1992. She brings a broad range of leadership expertise to her new role at ACT honed from her time working in business development, operations, tax and financial accounting, product management and human resources. She is also well-skilled in developing strategies, improving organizational efficiency and ensuring timely implementation of programs and initiatives. Mary is very much looking forward to working with ACT’s artists, staff, donors, [...]
(Seattle, June 10) — It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that ACT – A Contemporary Theatre announces the departure of Managing Director Becky Witmer. Becky informed the Board of Trustees in April that after 10 years with ACT she would not renew her contract for another term. We will miss Becky’s inspiring leadership and dedication over the past decade, first as Director of Marketing, then as General Manager and finally as [...]
Playwright Reginald André Jackson and director Valerie Curtis-Newton sat down with artists Tracy Hughes, Eugene Lee, Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako and M.L. Roberts for an engaging and informative hour exploring the themes in the multi-year work, History of Theatre: About, By, For and Near and the importance of this legacy to their lives as artists. Recorded May 20, 2021. The journey through over 200 years of Black theatre begins… Streaming through June 6 ACT and The Hansberry [...]
“Certain things are left up to the people who are writing the history, so certain things don’t make the narrative,” says playwright Reginald André Jackson. Until now. Enter actor turned playwright Reginald André Jackson. By his own admission, he’s not a historian, and yet he did and continues to write the history of theatre — specifically, Black theatre. Influenced by the We See You, White American Theater and Black Lives Matter movements, Jackson is [...]
Crumbs/Migas playwright Rebecca Tourino Collinsworth and director Kelly Kitchens (A Christmas Carol) came together to discuss their collaboration on this new work and much more in this ACTLocal Playwright Series panel. The hour includes one of the play’s scenes as performed during a cast reading and audience Q&A. Crumbs/Migas Synopsis In a fictional Latin American country, two hungry children are orphaned by a U.S.- backed coup. Fifteen years later they return, a modern-day Hansel and [...]