"I have been working on how to bring my full self to a project, not just fill an assumed role, and to trust myself. I'm still figuring out what that all looks like; it's ongoing work but feels impactful to me personally."
"I think the unique nature of the Core Company consisting of passionate humans from various disciplines of Art is hyper-appealing."
"[The thing that has made the biggest impact on my creativity as an artist is] learning to let go of fear of failure but this continues to be an ongoing process."
"I love being saturated in the minds of these fellow [Core Company] artists. I enjoy the respectful dialogue and the fusion that ensues from our meetings. I am honestly so excited to learn from them and to share my art with them."
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]