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10 03, 2022

Julie Briskman – Creating Boldly

By |2022-03-11T12:27:15-08:00March 10th, 2022|Cast and Crew Interviews|Comments Off on Julie Briskman – Creating Boldly

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 [...]

24 01, 2022

Dramaturgy: Where Artistic and Creative Ideas Thrive

By |2022-01-24T16:54:49-08:00January 24th, 2022|ACTFocus|Comments Off on Dramaturgy: Where Artistic and Creative Ideas Thrive

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 [...]

12 01, 2022

“That Persistence of Vision” — Interview with Yussef El Guindi

By |2022-01-28T19:12:46-08:00January 12th, 2022|Cast and Crew Interviews|Comments Off on “That Persistence of Vision” — Interview with Yussef El Guindi

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.

12 01, 2022

Interview with Andrew Lee Creech

By |2022-01-12T13:45:53-08:00January 12th, 2022|Cast and Crew Interviews|Comments Off on Interview with Andrew Lee Creech

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.

23 11, 2021

A Spirited Interview: Chip Sherman on this year’s production of A Christmas Carol

By |2021-11-24T11:35:19-08:00November 23rd, 2021|Cast and Crew Interviews|Comments Off on A Spirited Interview: Chip Sherman on this year’s production of A Christmas Carol

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. [...]

6 07, 2021

Mary Cadera has joined ACT as Interim Managing Director

By |2021-07-06T16:48:19-07:00July 6th, 2021|News and Updates|Comments Off on Mary Cadera has joined ACT as Interim Managing Director

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, [...]

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 [...]