Seattle Rep Welcomes Marya Sea Kaminski as New Associate Artistic Director
Seattle Repertory Theatre announced today the appointment of Marya Sea Kaminski as Associate Artistic Director, effective Sept.16, 2014. Kaminski, who most recently taught acting at Cornish College of the Arts, has appeared as an actor and solo performer throughout Seattle and beyond, including roles at the Rep in My Name is Rachel Corrie (2007) and Clybourne Park (2012).
"Marya's keen artistic voice, deep ties to the Seattle theatre community, and track record of generously advocating for other artists make her a perfect hire for this position," stated Acting Artistic Director Braden Abraham. "I have frequently collaborated with her as an actor, a playwright and a producer, and I could not imagine a better person to join me and the artistic staff at the Rep."
"Seattle Rep is one of the reasons I live in this city; it's long been an artistic home to me and to so many Northwest artists I revere," commented Kaminski. "I am thrilled to be joining the team there and to have the chance to give back to this organization that has given me so many opportunities to grow as an artist and as a citizen in this community."
Marya Sea Kaminski is a writer, actor and solo performer. On stage, Kaminski has appeared in Clybourne Park, My Name is Rachel Corrie, and The Time of Your Life at Seattle Rep; Other Desert Cities at ACT Theatre; Hedda Gabler, Romeo and Juliet, and Miracle! at Intiman Theatre; and Electra at Seattle Shakespeare Company. This month she will appear as The Angel in the Intiman Theatre Festival's repertory staging of Tony Kushner's masterpiece Angels in America: Parts 1 & 2.
She has premiered her solo work at PS 122 in New York City, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, the Myrna Loy Center in Helena, MT, Bumbershoot and On the Boards in Seattle, and on subway platforms across lower Manhattan. In 2012, she performed her original rock musical Riddled at Richard Hugo House in Seattle. Most recently, she performed a new collaborative solo play, Woman at the Well (co-conceived and written by Martyna Majok) at HERE Arts Center in New York City as part of the Downtown Urban Theater Festival.
A founding member and co-artistic director of the Washington Ensemble Theatre from 2004-2008, Kaminski directed the regional premieres of Adam Rapp's Finer Noble Gases and Jordan Harrison's Museum Play and performed in Jane Martin's Laura's Bush and Sarah Kane's Crave. She also served as Literary Manager for the development of new works, including Stephanie Timm's Crumbs are also Bread and Paul Mullin's The Ten Thousand Things.
Kaminski holds a bachelor's degree in English and theatre arts from the University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree in acting from the University of Washington.