Guest Faculty TBA
Rachel Atkins is a professional playwright and teaching artist. She is the scriptwriter for Living Voices/Theatreworks USA, the educational theatre company with whom she has twelve different multi-media shows in ongoing national touring repertory. Others plays have been seen locally at Book-It Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre, Seattle Public Theater, The Empty Space, Annex Theatre, Brownbox Theatre, Sound Theatre Company, Live Girls!, Infinity Box Theatre Project, Forward Flux Productions, Fantastic Z, Washington Hall, Bainbridge Performing Arts, and 14/48: The World's Quickest Theatre Festival; and regionally at Perseverance Theatre (AK), Harvard Radcliffe Summer Theater/American Repertory Theater (MA), One Theatre World/Cleveland PlayhouseSquare (OH), Independent Actors Theatre (MO), North Country Cultural Center for the Arts (NY), Explora Theater (NM), Moonlit Wings Productions (VA), and Virginia Theatre (IL). A member of the ArtsWA Teaching Artist and Creative Advantage Arts Partner rosters, she works as a master teaching artist for Book-It, Arts Impact, and ACT’s Young Playwrights Program, as well as BTiC. Previously, she was the Scriptwriter/Dramaturg and Director of Education for Ardeo Theatre Project in France. She graduated from Dartmouth College and holds her Masters in Educational Theatre from New York University. Rachel was honored to be a 2010 Theatre Puget Sound Gregory Award nominee for Outstanding Playwright. Her play Black Like Us (Original Works Publishing) received the 2014 Gregory Award for Best New Play, two Seattle Times Footlight Awards, including Top World Premiere, and was a 2014 American Theatre Critics Association Steinberg New Play Award nominee.
Kayti Bouljon joined Pacific Northwest Ballet in 2004 and has directed PNB’s Community Education Programs since 2007. In her role she works extensively in the classroom, leads professional development workshops for teachers and teaching artists, creates lesson plans for schools and teachers, and oversees partnerships with area arts organizations. In addition to her work at PNB, she is a teaches for Pacific Northwest Ballet School, serves as faculty for the Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab and Bringing Theatre Into the Classroom, teaches arts integration for Seattle University and University of Washington Masters in Teaching programs, and is an adjunct faculty member at Cornish College of the Arts. She has also worked as a consultant for Arts Corps and Seattle Public Schools. From 2009-2016, Kayti served on the board of Dance Educators Association of Washington and as a liaison for the National Dance Education Organization. She holds a B.A. in Dance and a B.A. in Public Health from the University of Washington.
Annie DiMartino is now in her 3rd year at Book-It Repertory Theatre where she serves as the Director of Education for their robust Arts and Education Programs. A native of Seattle, Ms. DiMartino received her BA from Central Washington University and her MFA from California State University, Fullerton. Theatrically, Ms. DiMartino has performed in and around the Orange County and Los Angeles area, as well as the Kennedy Center, the Cherry Lane Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre and with Shakespeare in the Grove. Ms. DiMartino has been nominated for the LA Weekly Awards for Best Featured Actress in a drama, and her voice can be heard in the animated film Prodigal Son, produced by Gener8ion Entertainment. Other recorded works include numerous radio commercials and article readings for Yale’s Center for Dyslexia and Creativity. Ms. DiMartino is the former Director of Education for Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven CT, where for 10 years she was in charge of all educational programming and oversaw the Next Stage Resident/Intern Program. In her tenure, Ms. DiMartino expanded Long Wharf Theatre’s Professional Development Program, In-school Residency Program, the Studio School and started the Shake-it-Up Shakespeare Summer Youth Ensemble, of which she directed the Summer shows. In Addition, Ms. DiMartino had the privilege and honor to collaborate as a child acting coach on two world premier plays by Athol Fugard, Coming Home and Shadow of a Hummingbird. As a Teaching Artist, Ms. DiMartino has taught various workshops and Master Classes at Wesleyan University, Yale, Southern Connecticut State University, and the University of Bridgeport.
Don Fleming is the Education Director at Seattle Children’s Theatre. He has produced hundreds and directed dozens of plays at SCT including Willy Wonka, The Phantom Tollbooth, Hair, Wind in the Willows, Pippin and As You Like It. He directed A Soldier’s Tale by Igor Stravinsky at Benaroya Hall in a collaborative project between SCT and Seattle Symphony. His scripts have been produced at theatres and schools all over the country. The Plays for Young Audiences website, offers many of his scripts for licensing. Original scripts include High School Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Macbeth, Fight School, Medieval Farces, and Tomorrow Was Better. Adaptations include Stargirl , Jane Eyre Speak, The Horse and His Boy, The Golden Compass, and Julie of the Wolves. His new adaptations of Dracula, Gulliver’s Travels and Alice in Wonderland have been performed at Youth Theatre Northwest, where he recently directed a production of Snow White. Don has a B.A. in Theatre from Oberlin College and has studied theatre with the Mabou Mines, Steppenwolf and The Royal Shakespeare Company. As an actor, he performed with many Seattle area theatre companies including Intiman, The Village Theatre, Pioneer Square Theatre, Seattle Theatre Project, AHA! and Seattle Children’s Theatre. For years he did knockabout farce with the travelling medieval theatre troupe The Merrie Japers.
Kelly Kitchens is a professional director, actor, adaptor, and teaching artist. She received the 2014 Gregory Falls Award for Outstanding Director; named Best Director by the 2015 Seattle Weekly Readers Poll; and was named in Seattle Magazine’s inaugural list of “Top 20 Most Talented People in Seattle”. She is the Co-Producing Artistic Director at Seattle Public Theater, a member of the Sandbox Artists Collective, and a member of Actors’ Equity Association. Kelly earned her B.A. from Vanderbilt University and her M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. Locally she has worked with Seattle Shakespeare Company, Seattle Opera, Book-It Repertory Theater, Seattle Public Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, MAP Theater, Washington Ensemble Theatre, Wooden O Theatre, Strawberry Theater Workshop, upstart crow collective, Forward Flux, Endangered Species Project, Taproot Theatre, Annex Theatre, The Seagull Project/Great Soul of Russia, NCTC Pipeline, Sandbox Radio, 14/48, Northwest Playwrights Alliance, Cornish College of the Arts, Pierce College, and The University of Washington. Some past projects include: directing Medea (Seattle Shakespeare Company); stage directing Our Earth and Cinderella En España (Seattle Opera, Touring); directing Grounded, On Clover Road, The Other Place, Arcadia (Seattle Public Theater); directing The Art of Bad Men (MAP Theater); performing the role of Jaques in As You Like It and Kate in The Taming of the Shrew (Seattle Shakespeare Company); directing Tall Girls (Washington Ensemble Theater); directing The Tempest (Seattle Shakespeare Company, Wooden O); directing Othello, Romeo and Juliet, and Julius Caesar (Seattle Shakespeare Company, touring); and adapting and directing She's Come Undone (Book-It Repertory Theatre) and The Secret Garden (Book-It Repertory Theater, Touring). Kelly most recently returned from Colorado where she directed Pride and Prejudice for THEATREWORKS. Upcoming projects include stage directing Aaron Copeland’s The Tender Land (Seattle Opera Academy, summer 2017); directing Ironbound (Seattle Public Theater, winter 2018); stage directing The Three Feathers (Seattle Opera, touring, winter 2018); and Hand to God (Seattle Public Theater, spring 2018).
Annie Lareau M.ED, Freelance Director, Actor, Adapter Annie Lareau is a professional director, actor, adaptor, teaching artist and Co-Artistic Director at Seattle Public Theater as well as a member of the Sandbox Artists Collective. She has received two Seattle Times Footlight awards for acting and was nominated twice for California’s Elly awards in Direction. Annie earned her B.F.A in Acting and Directing from Syracuse University and her M.Ed in Arts Education from Harvard University. Some past projects include: adapting and directing Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (Book-It Repertory Theatre and Asian Theater of the Sierras); directing Chinglish (ArtsWest and Asian Theater of the Sierras), Little Dog Laughed (ArtsWest), As You Like It (Seattle Shakespeare Company), Doktor Kaboom: Live Wire (Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington D.C) and Forever Plaid (Mt. Baker Theater). She has been seen on stage performing as Antonia in My Antonia and Maggie Jones in Plainsong (Book-It Repertory Theatre), Elizabeth in Richard III, Queen Isabel in Henry V, Bawd in Pericles.