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10 06, 2021

Becky Witmer Announces She will be Departing from Her Role as ACT Managing Director June 30

By |2021-06-10T14:09:06-07:00June 10th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Becky Witmer Announces She will be Departing from Her Role as ACT Managing Director June 30

(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 [...]

26 05, 2021

History of Theatre Artists Roundtable Benefitting The Hansberry Project

By |2021-05-26T14:06:03-07:00May 26th, 2021|Cast and Crew Interviews|Comments Off on History of Theatre Artists Roundtable Benefitting The Hansberry Project

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 [...]

24 05, 2021

Reginald André Jackson: Writing Tomorrow’s History, Today

By |2021-05-24T10:51:58-07:00May 24th, 2021|ACTFocus, Cast and Crew Interviews|Comments Off on Reginald André Jackson: Writing Tomorrow’s History, Today

“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 [...]

19 05, 2021

ACTLocal Playwright Series with Rebecca Tourino Collinsworth and Kelly Kitchens

By |2021-05-19T13:28:47-07:00May 19th, 2021|ACTLocal|Comments Off on ACTLocal Playwright Series with Rebecca Tourino Collinsworth and Kelly Kitchens

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 [...]

14 04, 2021

ACTLocal Live: Crumbs/Migas by Rebecca Tourino Collinsworth April 16 and 17

By |2021-04-29T11:52:20-07:00April 14th, 2021|ACTLocal|Comments Off on ACTLocal Live: Crumbs/Migas by Rebecca Tourino Collinsworth April 16 and 17

Crumbs/Migas by Rebecca Tourino Collinsworth is being workshopped at ACT this week and debuts exclusively as part of ACT’s Digital Season with two live-streamed reading performances, Friday and Saturday, April 16 and 17. Kelly Kitchens (A Christmas Carol) directs. The cast includes Dan Molina, Cristina Goyeneche, Leandro Cano, Alexandra Tavares and Katherine Jett.In Crumbs/Migas, I’m borrowing the spine of a fairy tale that’s haunted me since I was very young,” Rebecca says. “You’ve probably heard [...]

19 03, 2021

Statement Against Anti-Asian Violence

By |2021-04-14T14:03:56-07:00March 19th, 2021|News and Updates|Comments Off on Statement Against Anti-Asian Violence

We stand with the Asian-American Pacific Islander community against Anti-Asian violence and hate. Discrimination and violence against Asians, Asian Americans, and Peoples of the Pacific Islands has increased over the period of the pandemic due to racism and unchecked white privilege, including a rise in hate and discrimination in Seattle and the horrific murders in Atlanta. Our Board, Staff, and Artists call upon leaders to protect the AAPI community and demand proper justice be [...]

11 03, 2021

Keiko Green: More Than Meets the Eye

By |2021-03-11T13:59:32-08:00March 11th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Keiko Green: More Than Meets the Eye

You’ve seen Keiko Green, the actor on the Seattle stage for years. ACT regulars remember her in such roles as Mash in Stupid Fucking Bird and Emilie in Dangerous Liaisons. Yet it was Green’s writing that captured the eye of Artistic Director John Langs this time. And it is these words that will soon be powering a new production on the ACT (virtual) stage during the 2021 Digital Series as the world premiere of her play Wad makes its [...]

11 03, 2021

Ameenah Kaplan: More Than Just Standing on the Edge

By |2021-03-22T20:06:23-07:00March 11th, 2021|ACTFocus|Comments Off on Ameenah Kaplan: More Than Just Standing on the Edge

The Orlando sun wasn’t the only bright light on this Zoom call; in fact, the sun seemed dim in comparison to Ameenah Kaplan’s vibrant passion and energy. Although she is known for her work with STOMP and Blue Man Group and as the resident director of Broadway’s The Lion King, this conversation was different. It focused on Kaplan’s visionary efforts “to make theatre inside of film” as she directs a filmed version of Wad [...]

17 02, 2021

Bringing a World Premiere Written for the Stage to the Digital Space

By |2021-02-17T16:56:51-08:00February 17th, 2021|ACTFocus|Comments Off on Bringing a World Premiere Written for the Stage to the Digital Space

ACT Managing Director Becky Witmer just knew it when she saw a reading of Keiko Green’s new play, Wad last year. This was something special. “Watching the workshop reading of Wad was the moment during the pandemic last summer that I realized this can work,” Becky says. “I couldn’t take my eyes off of Rachel and Avery on screen and I was engrossed in the story, almost like at a theatre – or watching [...]

26 01, 2021

Latinas Playwright Roundtable – presented by eSe Teatro and ACT Theatre

By |2021-01-26T16:20:30-08:00January 26th, 2021|Cast and Crew Interviews|Comments Off on Latinas Playwright Roundtable – presented by eSe Teatro and ACT Theatre

The Latinas Playwright Roundtable was originally broadcast live on January 14. A recording is available for you to watch now, anytime. This conversation featured powerhouse artists Rose Cano (Resident Director, eSe Teatro), Marisela Treviño Orta (Shoe), Julieta Vitullo (Resident Dramaturg and Playwright, eSe Teatro) and Rebecca Tourino Collinsworth (Artistic Director, Parley) discussing playwriting, Latinx theatre, bringing work to the stage and much more. The Latinas Playwright Roundtable was presented by eSe Teatro in partnership with ACT.