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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
For many Northwest theatergoers, A Christmas Carol has become a ritual not to be missed, even during this season in which live theatre has been suspended. ACT pivoted and produced Gregory Falls’ adaptation of the holiday classic as an audio play in the style of the radio plays of yore, complete with a full cast, Adam Stern’s music and sound effects. Kurt Beattie is no stranger to ACT audiences and to A Christmas Carol. His turn as [...]