Summer 2018 Teaching Artists

Summer 2018 Teaching Artists

   

Hattie Claire Andres is an SCT Drama School alumna and Seattle-based director, choreographer, actor, producer, and educator. Locally, she has worked extensively with Seattle Repertory Theatre, The 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre, Youth Theatre Northwest, Seattle Theatre Group/Disney Musicals in Schools, One Coast Collaboration, Washington Ensemble Theatre, Live Girls! Theatre, 14/48: The World's Quickest Theatre Project, ArtsWest Playhouse, and Playing in Progress. Hattie holds a B.A. in Theatre and Management Studies from St. Olaf College and is a proud co-founder of Seattle's Young Americans' Theatre Company, now in its 10th season. She is also the director of theYoung Actors Institute. 

   

Lauren Appel has been a teaching artist with SCT since 2003. In addition to her work at SCT, Lauren currently manages Arts Connect, a program for court-involved girls in Pierce County run by Hilltop Artists, and integrates theatre into the classroom curriculum in the Highline School District through Arts Corps' Creative Schools Initiative. She has worked at many cultural institutions in Seattle and New York including Youth Theatre Northwest, Rubin Museum of Art, Abrons Arts Center, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. She holds a BA in theater from Smith College and a MSEd in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education.

   

Dave Baldwin has been working in local theater for the last 30 years.  He is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts and on the staff of SCT as a season carpenter.  In addition to working as a lighting and set designer for small theaters are town, Dave also is a teacher of Stage Craft for the theater department of The Northwest School, where he has been on faculty for the last three years. 

   

Meredith Berlin, lead teacher of the CAST  program,  has enjoyed teaching SCT drama school students of every age and level for over twenty years.   She has performed as an actor and dancer on stages in Seattle and Washington DC.   She  is also a director, choreographer, and is the author of The Ghost Light Kids Get Hooked, an adventure inspired by her experiences behind the scenes at SCT and other theaters.   Meredith has received grants from both the Seattle and King County Arts Commissions.  She has two children, ages 19 and 22.

   

Eric Bradler is excited to be joining the summer staff at SCT again this year. During the school year he is a K-8 music teacher at Our Lady of Fatima in Magnolia and church organist at Blessed Sacrament. He has been playing accordion since age 8 and holds a master’s degree in music from the University of Denver where he served as a lecturer in music theory and aural skills until 2008. Current and previous music director credits at SCT include Into the West (main stage, 2017) and Mario and The Comet (student shows, summer 2017), Mary Poppins (camp, 2016), Hairspray (camp, 2016) Aladdin (camp, 2015).  Other credits include Blessed Sacrament Baroque Orchestra, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, OLF Baroque Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Playground Ensemble, Opera Colorado, Affinity Chamber Players, The Priests, Denver Opera, and the Da Vinci String Quartet. I am looking forward to working with your talented students!

   

A teaching artist since 2005, Ann Marie Caldwell is passionate about arts education. After earning her BA in Theatre from the University of Puget Sound, Ann Marie completed the SCT Teaching Artist Summer Internship and School Year Apprenticeship and the WSAC-sponsored Teaching Artist Training Lab.  Ann Marie is the Education Director for Macha Theatre Works, and is the Education Programs Assistant and a teaching artist for Pacific Northwest Ballet's Community Education Programs.  

   

Keni Cohen has over 35 years of experience in the theatre world, as a director, actor, mime, clown and educator. He has combined his love for the theatre with his curiosity of the world’s many cultures by creating his own ensembles in France, Portugal, Brazil, and New Mexico. For seven years Keni was the artistic director of the highly acclaimed teen ensemble “Theatre of Urgency”. While artist in residence in New Mexico, he taught over 70 residencies for all grade levels, and worked for the “Santa Fe Children’s Museum” where he created twelve original family shows. Keni has worked as an actor in classical, contemporary and experimental plays. Keni has worked for SCT as a teaching artist for the last 17 years and 8 years as a summer season play director.

   

Megan Collins is delighted to play, act, dance and imagine with SCT Drama School students! Megan works as SCT’s full time teaching artist, teaching SCT’s CAST (Creative Arts for Small Thespians) preschool program during the school year, and teaching a wide array of camps & classes for all ages over the summer. Before moving to Seattle, Megan studied at Loyola University Chicago where she had the privilege of working with wonderful Chicago theatre companies such as Adventure Stage Chicago and Lookingglass Theatre Company.  A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Megan grew up performing and teaching at the Children’s Theatre Company and Stages Theatre Company.

   

Josh Darby has worked in children’s theatre as a teaching artist, actor, writer and director in Seattle, Los Angles and the Tri-Cities since 2005. Josh loves to work with kids of all ages and teaching theater arts to the next generation is a true passion. He is a graduate of CWU (2008) with a BA in Theatre Arts: Youth Drama, SCT Teaching Apprentice Program (2013-14) and Columbia College of Hollywood (2011) emphasis in Acting for the Camera. Along with teaching with SCT, Josh has been working with the Academy of Children’s Theatre in Richland, WA as its artistic director,  directing 2 improv groups and serving as a teaching artist for their Pre-K program and 4th-6th after school acting program. He couldn’t be more psyched to keeping working with and learning from the great people, families and students of SCT! And as always Josh is a proud member of Hufflepuff House! Josh is excited to be directing Disney’s Beauty & The Beast and Peter and the Starcatcher with ACT (Richland) this coming year!

   

Maria Dogero is so thrilled to be joining SCT again this summer. She first joined SCT as an intern in 2012, and returned as a Teaching Artist in 2016. During the school year she teaches Creative Movement and Music at a small elementary school in Bellevue. She studied child development at Stanford University and taught at Stanford's Bing Nursery School. Maria believes in the power of play and loves to sing, dance, improvise, and make up silly stories.

   

Kate Drummond completed the Seattle Children's Theatre Teaching Apprenticeship in May 2015, after a great summer as the Young Actor Institute Intern. She has a BA in Drama from Washington University in St. Louis, where she explored acting and directing, and developed a specialized interest in Shakespearean verse. Since moving to Seattle, she has performed with Dacha, Jet City Improv, Unexpected Productions, and several independent improv groups. Kate teaches for several organizations in and around Seattle, including Seattle Children's Theatre, Bainbridge Performing Arts, Youth Theatre Northwest, foundry10, Salmon Bay School, and Seattle Shakespeare Company's Short Shakes program. When not teaching or performing, Kate can be found working at Jet City Improv as the Education Coordinator. 

   

Karissa Elliott is a recent transplant to Seattle from Bellingham, WA. She attended Western Washington University and majored in theatre with concentrations in education and acting. Her favorite theatrical experiences in Bellingham include performing in a Mercer Mayer adaptation at The Neighborhood Playhouse, working at the Summer Youth Theatre Institute at WWU, and tap dancing in a production of The Producers at the Mount Baker Theatre. Summer 2016, Karissa was an Education Intern at Seattle Children's Theatre, where she discovered how much she loves creative drama. Karissa hopes to encourage as many children as possible to be active artists.

   

Duncan Frost works as an actor, director and teaching artist throughout Puget Sound, including work with Seattle Children’s Theatre, Village Theatre, Key City Public Theatre, Seattle Public Theatre, Foundry10 and a number of local schools. Before coming home to the great Pacific Northwest, Duncan spent eight years in Minneapolis working and training with the Children’s Theatre Company, The Guthrie Theatre, Walking Shadow Theatre and Troupe America. While attempting to count all 10,000 lakes, he received his BFA in Acting from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theatre BFA Actor Training program. He has a funny dog who is somewhat long. 

   

Karina Garcia is a Seattle-based director, producer, teaching artist and arts activist. She received her BA in Theatre from Western Washington University in 2015. After graduating, Karina moved down to Seattle to complete the apprenticeship program with the Seattle Children’s Theatre and now has the privilege to teach with SCT, foundry10 and the Seattle Public Theater. As a theatre and teaching artist, Karina works to bring equity and inclusion onto the stage and into the classroom, and strives to give marginalized voices a platform.

   

Matt Giles is a director, music director, performer, teacher, and producer in the Seattle area. His Seattle directing credits include Peter and the Starcatcher (Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre), Into the Woods (STAGEright, Gregory Award-Outstanding Musical), The Last Five Years (SecondStory Repertory), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Seattle Musical Theatre) and others. He has worked with 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre and is the Associate Producing Director at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Prior to his move to Seattle, Matt was the Artistic and Education Director at Spartanburg Youth Theatre.

   

Lauryn Hochberg is an artist and educator based out of the PNW. She has performed regionally with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Pirates of Penzance, Ghost Light, WILLful) and the Sebastopol Shakespeare Festival (Peaseblossom). In Seattle she has toured her one woman show An Actress Vs. William Shakespeare and performed with Book-It Repertory Theatre, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, Theater Schmeater, Printer’s Devil Theater, Annex Theater, Parley Productions, and the 14/48 Theatre Festival. She is a teaching artist with the Seattle Repertory Theatre's Public Works Seattle, and also teaches regularly with SCT, Powerful Schools, Seattle Shakespeare Company, and runs an after school visual arts enrichment program at both West Mercer Elementary and Queen Anne Elementary. She specializes in early childhood development, creative drama, and creating curriculum for individual learning enrichment plans.

   

Andrea Ichikawa is excited to return to SCT Drama School after taking time away to be with her sons, Theo (3) and Desmond (1). Andrea first came to SCT in 2003 as a Summer Intern after graduating from Western Washington University where she studied Theatre with an emphasis in Education. She went on to complete the SCT Teaching Apprentice Program before joining the SCT Education Administrative Staff, where she held many roles including Education Program Manager. Other training includes the Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab and The Best Start in Life: Early Childhood Development for Sustainable Development from The SDG Academy.

   

Eric Johnson has been sharing the magic of movement with young people for 23 years.  During the school year he teaches 550 children weekly in 31 classes in both public and private schools.  He leads teacher workshops nationally for the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

   

Gillian Jorgensen is a Seattle-based teaching artist and playwright with over 20 years experience specializing in devised work and creative drama. Her original works include The Nut-Brown Girl and The Anxious Avengers (Seattle Public Theater), No Way Out (Live Girls Theater), and My Pet and My Dead Pet (14/48 Projects). She also created and developed Youth Theatre Northwest’s Haunted Forest series and Annex Theatre’s Ghosty series. In addition to teaching for SCT’s Drama School, Gillian has served as an artist-in-residence with Book-it All Over!, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Queen Anne Elementary, and Centrum. Gillian holds a BS in Theatre from Northwestern University, with continued education as a roller derby referee for Seattle Derby Brats and PFM Roller Derby.

   

Amy Jurkiewicz works as a Teaching Artist throughout Seattle and loves coming back to SCT. She has completed SCT's Drama School internship and Teaching Artist Apprentice program. As a California native, she has worked with children's theatres in various cities throughout the state, as well as in Charlotte, North Carolina as an educator and director. She recently received her Masters degree in Theatre Education. Having experienced first-hand the positive impact that theatre educators can have on their students, she is excited to be that influence to her students here in Seattle!

   

Tara Kaine is passionate about the opportunities that theater brings to young people especially at SCT. When teaching or directing, she prioritizes the students’ ideas and leadership, building a community that honors each individual. Tara received her teacher training at the University of Toronto with a specialist in drama education in urban schools. Over the last 9 years, she has taught theater and directed shows with children ages 18 months to 18 years, in schools and communities from the Bahamas, to California. She is thrilled to continue her work as part of this inspiring and creative community. 

   

Anita Kuroiwa has been part of the SCT family for the past 23 years.  In addition to teaching Musical Theatre, she has choreographed over ten SCT Summerstage Shows –  most recently ‘The Lion King”. Four of these shows were also written and directed by her. Ms. Kuroiwa founded the dance program at Seattle Academy and established two children’s dance companies (involving young performers - grades six through 12). She is currently on faculty at Seattle Academy and Seattle Central College.   Originally from Chicago, Ill., Ms. Kuroiwa began her training with the Chicago City Ballet.  Since then she has trained with Hubbard Street Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and Pacific NorthWest Ballet.  Ms. Kuroiwa often travels to France where she does additional training with the Paris International School of Dance.  Ms. Kuroiwa's choreographic and teaching credits include working with such institutions as Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Group Theatre, Pacific Arts Center, Evergreen State College, Seattle Central College, NW Folklife, Seattle Contemporary Ballet, Paul Robeson Theatre, Langston Hughes Theatre, and Sphinx Dance Theatre. She has performed, choreographed and taught for over thirty five years in the greater Northwest.

   

Jessica Low is a Seattle based performer, director, choreographer and educator with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from the University of Washington.  Credits include work at the 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, ACT, Arizona Theatre Company, Harlequin Productions, ArtsWest, Sound Theatre Company, Showtunes, Capital Playhouse, Seattle Musical Theatre, Coeur d‘Alene Summer Theatre, Centerstage, Bainbridge Performing Arts and The Bigfork Summer Playhouse.  She was the 2014 Gregory Award recipient for Outstanding Choreography for The Wild Party with Sound Theatre Company. She is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.  

   

Rob Martin has a B.A. in Theatre from Whitworth University and has been working with children in school, theatre, outdoor recreation, and childcare environments for over twenty years.  He is proud to be a former SCT Education Intern and Teaching Apprentice.  Rob is also a professional actor and is the Director of Improv at Taproot Theatre Company.  He teaches theatre to students of all ages, including specialized improv classes for students with Early Stage Memory Loss.  As a father of three boys, Rob is using his drama and improv skills in more ways than he ever could have imagined!

   

Dana Mitchell is glad to be back for the summer teaching in the SCT Drama School. She has a BA in Theatre from Samford University and an MA in Theology, Imagination, and the Arts from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. She spent the past year teaching students who struggle with autism and behavioral challenges, and loved seeing how storytelling helps kids become braver and more loving human beings. She has worked with Seattle Shakespeare Company's education programs and with STAGEright as a staff member/producer and designer.

   

Maddie Napel is excited for her first summer with Seattle Children’s Theatre! After graduating from Northwestern University in March of 2017 (BA in Theatre and Sociology, focus in Theatre for Young Audiences), she has worked at SCT as the 2017-18 SY Education Administrative Intern and as a House Manager and Teaching Artist. Maddie has also taught with Dandylyon Drama, Sweet Pea Cottage Lathyrus Theatre, Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory (Portola Valley, CA), and Seesaw Theatre (Evanston, IL), and will join Book-It Rep as their Primary Teaching Artist in fall. In all of her work, Maddie is passionate about adapting curriculum to suit the needs of all students, particularly those with physical and developmental disabilities. Ask her about SCT’s new Sensory Drama programs!

   

Maia Nowack grew up in Seattle, where SCT was a big part of developing their love for theatre. They graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in Theatre and a minor in Dance. While there, they taught both drama and dance to students in the Evanston School District and assisted at Baker Demonstration School. Maia completed both the drama school internship and teaching artist apprenticeship programs at SCT, and is excited to continue teaching, playing, and growing with all their wonderful students. When not at SCT, they can also be found teaching dance to students of all ages at American Dance Institute.

   

Beth Pollack is thrilled to be back for another adventure at SCT! A graduate of SCT's Apprenticeship Program, Beth was also a Drama School Intern (Summer 2014) and Drama School student. As a performer, she has been involved in various classical, contemporary, and devised pieces in New York and Seattle. As an educator, Beth has worked with New York’s Mad and Merry Theatre Company, Seattle’s Young Shakespeare Workshop, The 5th Avenue Theater, and ACT Theatre. Beth holds a BA in Theatre Studies and the Historicization of Dramatic Literature from NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study and would be happy to explain exactly what that means.

   

Dave Quicksall received a BA in Theater at the University of California at Santa Cruz and went on to receive an MFA in acting at UCLA. In Seattle, Dave has worked in the professional theater as an actor, director, and writer for ACT, Seattle Repertory Theater, the 5th Avenue, Intiman, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, and Book-It Repertory Theatre. In 2015, Dave performed in Robin Hood (originally produced by the Seattle Children’s Theatre) at the New Victory Theater in New York City. This last year, Dave performed roles in three different plays on three different stages in Seattle:  Hamlet for the Seattle Shakespeare Company, The Man of La Mancha for the 5th Avenue Theatre, and The Cherry Orchard  for the Seagull Project at ACT. Most recently, Dave directed a critically acclaimed production of Titus Andronicus for the Seattle Shakespeare Company.  As a Teaching Artist, Dave has worked all over the country, including the Seattle Children’s Theatre, the Wolftrap Institute, the Nashville Institute for the Arts, and the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley. Dave has been an Artist Mentor with Arts Impact since 2002.

   

Samip Raval is an actor, director, and teaching artist from Charlotte, North Carolina. He has worked as a teaching artist with public and private schools in South Florida, New York, North Carolina, and internationally in Kenya, India, and China. He most recently directed The Who And The What (ArtsWest Playhouse), Guards At The Taj (ACTLab), and projects with Pratidhwani and Forward Flux Theater. Regional acting credits include plays with Arena Stage, Playmakers Repertory Theater, Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Shakespeare Theater Company, and assistant directing with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He has held workshops and residencies with the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center Education, Emerging Artists Theater, and LaGuardia Performing Arts. His short film The Faucet, which he wrote and directed, screened at the Oxford Film Festival and Toronto Short Film Festival.  Samip is a member of the Actors Equity Association and holds a BFA from the North Carolina School of the Arts. 

   

Angela Rinaldi has been a Teaching Artist at Seattle Children's Theatre since 2003 and  directed Once on This Island for SCT’s summer season in 2009. She has taught theater classes at Youth Theatre Northwest, Stone Soup Theatre, The Evergreen School, Evergreen City Ballet and Whitman College Summer Dance programs. Angela has been Music Director and Choreographer for Bellevue High School’s Spring Musical Productions since 2003, performing with BHS students at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland in 2013 and just returned in August with Fiddler on the Roof!  She will be directing Dracula, the Musical in October at BHS, of which she wrote both the book and music, and has become an annual event. She has Choreographed and Music Directed Little Mermaid, Willy Wonka and Once Upon a Mattress for Chinook Middle School, and will be doing Suessical in March, as well. Angela is  the summer coordinator for Theater Works in Bellevue www.theaterworksinbellevue.com. As a writer and performer with Events on the Edge, Angela has composed over 200 songs for Variety Plus Theater, which she co-founded with her husband in 1995 www.varietyplus.org and will be perfoming in their brand new musical, The Odyssey to Excalibur in November at the Meydenbauer Center. Angela currently serves as Principal Accompanist at Spectrum Dance Theater and Dance Musician at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Cornish College of the Arts Dance Department and Dance Fremont.  As a proud member of the Musician’s Association Local-76, she is also promoting her Music for Ballet Class compact discs and just released her New Age solo piano CD entitled In The Moment, available at: http://www.angelarinaldimusic.com.

   

Marisol Rosa-Shapiro is a New York and Seattle-based performer, director, teaching artist, and creator of original works of theater.  She is a graduate of Princeton University and of Giovanni Fusetti's Lecoq-based Helikos School of Theatre Creation in Florence, Italy.  Her specialties include mask theater, mime, clown, commedia dell'arte, improvisation, physical comedy, movement- and ensemble-based creation and more.  Marisol has been a director, assistant director and producer for Princeton Summer Theater, McCarter Theatre Center, Signature Theatre Company in NYC, Yale Repertory Theatre and Jujamcyn Theaters.  Marisol's performing credits include American Bard Theater's The People, Convergences Theater Collective's Babel, Spellbound Theater's Wink and The Last Coin.  Her own red nose clown solo show, Here at Home premiered in the storefront gallery space of a tattoo parlor in Philadelphia and has since toured to the NY Clown Theater Festival, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's Women's Solo Performance Festival, and to Philllips Academy at Andover.  She is currently directing Soledad Ensemble’s The Seven Ravens Project which is part of the New Victory Theater's LabWorks development program for theater for young audiences and families.  www.thesevenravensproject.com.  Marisol has worked as a teaching artist for The New Victory Theater, Tectonic Theater Project, TADA! Youth Theater, LeAp NYC, Seeds of Peace, At The Well Young Women's Leadership Academy, Phillips Academy at Andover, Sitka Fine Arts Camp, Triangle Associates, Seattle Rep, Seattle Children's Theater, Seattle Theatre Group, Village Theatre, ArtsCorps, and more.  Marisol will be a resident artist and curator at FEAST Arts Center in Tacoma in the summer of 2018.  She is a proud volunteer performer and teacher with Clowns Without Borders.    

   

Carol Roscoe has appeared in six feature films including, If There’s A Hell Below, Gamers Dorkness Rising, and Gamers Hands of Fate. In addition to a professional film/stage acting & directing career, Carol has taught (directed, and acted) at SCT since 1998. On SCT stages she has appeared in The Boy at the Edge of Everything, Getting Near to Baby, The Magic City, The Devil and Daniel Webster, The Shape of a Girl, and Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse. For SCT Drama School she has directed Into the Woods, Singing In the Rain, Jane Eyre, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, Beauty Idol, The Odyssey, Midsummer Nights Dream, High School Hamlet, The Laramie Project, Pride & Prejudice, Speak, The Golden Compass. Carol is an Affiliated Adjunct Professor at Cornish College of the Arts. She holds an MFA in Classical Acting from George Washington University. www.carolroscoe.com

   

Christie Rotarius is excited to join SCT as a teaching artist! She holds a Master of Music in Musical Theatre Performance and an Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy from NYU. With a varied background in theater and music education for more than 20 years, she is also an accomplished performing artist (under the stage name Christie Lynn Devoe), having performed regularly in the NYC area in theatre, opera, television, film, sketch comedy and improv at venues including Broadway's George Gershwin Theatre, Madison Square Garden, and the Original Improv Comedy Club. Prior to her family’s move to Seattle, she was on faculty at NYU as a voice teacher and worked as a teaching artist with StudentsLive Broadway Education Company in conjunction with Wicked on Broadway. As a teaching artist, Christie believes in storytelling as a means of empowerment for every voice and encourages both young and old to find their own voice and share it!

   

Jasmine Jean Sim is an actor, director, and teaching artist who moved to Seattle from California after graduating from the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts. She then graduated from Cornish College of the Arts with a concentration in creating new works. She has enjoyed a successful and creative career in the theater scene so far, most notably as a member of ACT Theatre's first Core Company in 2016. She has had the pleasure of working with The 5th Avenue Theatre, ACT Theatre, The Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Village Theatre, ArtsWest, and many more! She hopes to continue building both as an artist and as a teacher.

   

Julia Thornton is delighted to be teaching at SCT this season! A music director, pianist, vocal coach and teacher in Seattle, she has music directed and played for both professional and youth shows all over the Seattle area at a wide range of theatres, colleges, and schools. Recent credits include: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mamma Mia!, Holiday Inn (The 5th Avenue Theatre), Ragtime, Shrek (Seattle Children’s Theatre), Urinetown (Cornish College of the Arts), Pippin (Village Theatre KIDSTAGE), Into the Woods (Village Theatre). She recently served as the Music Supervisor for The 5th Avenue Theatre’s Rising Star Project: 10 Minute Musicals. She has an active teaching studio in Seattle where she teaches voice and coaches for auditions. See her next working on Annie this holiday season at The 5th Avenue Theatre and visit her at www.juliathornton.org!

   

This will be Alex Ung's third year at Seattle Children's Theatre and he could not be more excited! As a dancer and choreographer, Alex has spent a lot of his time teaching and performing in the Seattle area and is currently producing works with his dance company, the Guild Dance. You can see him on stage  here and there in musicals (recently Xanadu), dancing with other companies (JERBOA Dance), and even teaching in the dance studio (PNB Bellevue). In his spare time, Alex rock climbs, paddle boards, backpacks, hikes, and competitive strain friendships with Settlers of Catan. But what he's most excited about this summer is sharing his wacky and fantastic choreography in Suessical Jr!

   

Kendall Uyeji is a theatre education graduate from Western Washington University who participated in the summer internship program at Seattle Children's Theatre a few years ago.  He has trained in physical comedy, improv, acting, and playwriting and has participated in theatre of all sorts in the Seattle area. He has taught a variety of classes at SCT and other educational theaters and is looking forward to doing more in the future. 

   

California native Markeith Wiley is a multi-dimensional art maker, who creates out of necessity. His vast movement vocabulary spans a lifetime of influences. As of late this anit-social extrovert dabbles in dance, sound, theater, a combo of all three or none of the above. Wiley has been an arts educator in Seattle for a while now. When they are not in the studio you can find Markeith at Rainier Dance Center in Rainier Beach or on Capitol Hill as a managing artist director at Studio Current or choreographing with both Seattle Children's Theater & 5th Avenue Theater. Markeith holds a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts and has performed or collaborated with Keith Henessesy, Kitten n' Lou, The Dance Cartel, Lingo, The Grief Girls, Mother Tongue, Erik Blood, Forward Flux, Natasha Marin, Tyisha Nedd and many more. In the evenings Wiley hosts a DJ event at Vermillion gallery & bar with fellow music enthusiast Alice Gosti & has started a monthly performance party at Studio Current called SC Sessions. Wiley was a member of the 2014 City Arts Future List & also graced the cover of the magazine in 2016.

   

Andrew Wilkes is an Iowa native now based in Seattle.  He received his BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Iowa in 2014 before moving to the PNW. As an actor Andrew has performed with Azeotrope Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Triangle Associates, Theatre for Young Children, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and regularly for the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.  Being a teaching artist has brought Andrew into hundreds of classrooms.  He has taught theatre in Iowa, Washington, Colorado, and China.

   

Madeleine Winward is excited to return to SCT after a year with Baltimore Center Stage where she worked as a properties apprentice.  Previous credits include Seussical: The Musical and Young Frankenstein at Village KIDSTAGE, as well as the summer 2014 season at SCT as the props intern.  As a stage combat choreographer she has taught one-day seminars, as well as having her choreography featured in  the summer 2015 season production of Dracula.

   

Matt Wolfe brings 19 years and a broad range of experience in the professional performing arts to his passion for teaching. He has worked as an actor in musicals, plays, commercials, and voice-over and has worked as a director, writer, and theatre educator. Most recently, Matt has directed a production of West Side Story at Bigfork Summer Playhouse, performed as Cornelius in the National Tour ofHello Dolly starring Sally Struthers, and appeared on Broadway in the premiere of Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson. He helped workshop and appeared in leading roles in world premieres of children’s classics like Goodnight Moon and Richard Scarry’s Busytown at Seattle Children’s Theatre which are now performed all over the United States.

   

Gen Zoufal is thrilled to be back at Seattle Children's Theatre. She was born and raised in Chicago, where she received her BFA in Theatre Arts, concentrating in Theatre for Young Audiences, and developmental psychology from The Theatre School at DePaul University. Gen is returning to Seattle Children’s Theatre after spending the 2016-2017 season as the teaching artist fellow at Metro Theater Company in Saint Louis, where she taught arts integration and community building in schools across the city. Before moving to Saint Louis she worked as SCT as an education intern, apprentice, and teaching artist.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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