Sound Theatre Company Announces 2017 Season of Women Playwrights
Coming off their second win for Outstanding Theatre of The Year from the Gregory Awards, Sound Theatre Company announces their most compelling and relevant season to date.
Sound's 11th season takes advantage of its recent successes and distinctions to help amplify female artists in the theatre and emphasize the roles of emerging female artists of color. Each play in the 2017 season is written by women and will be staged by female directors.
April 13 - May 7
Nadeshiko by Keiko Green
Directed by Kaytlin McIntyre
Presented in Collaboration with Seattle's Umbrella Project
- A world premiere from one of Seattle's preeminent theatre artists, Keiko Green, Nadeshiko tells the stories of two generations of Asian women who are reclaiming their power from idealized perceptions of beauty.
July 13 - July 30
Hoodoo Love by Katori Hall
Presented in Collaboration with the Hansberry Project
- Seattle premiere of sensational young playwright Katori Hall's (The Mountaintop, Hurt Village) first play about Blues music and Black life in her native Memphis Tennessee during the 1930s.
August 10 - 27
Directed by Teresa Thuman
- A dark and atmospheric musical about two grown sisters in the Victorian age who revisit their sexually charged childhood fantasies in an imaginary world of seductive goblins.
Amplification is a method used by female staffers in Obama's White House to ensure women's voices and ideas are heard and recognized. When a woman makes a key point, other women in the administration repeat it, giving credit to its author. Sound Theatre Company strives to use this method as a inspiration for its future seasons.
"I have been looking to dedicate the 2017 to plays by women for sometime now," says Artistic Director Teresa Thuman, "and the current events have only affirmed that this was the right direction for our next season. Last month, I was fortunate to attend the Statera Foundation Conference for Gender Parity in the Theatre and I was thrilled by the thoughtful work being done by theatres across the nation to promote and 'amplify' their women artists. We are joining that chorus of voices."
In addition to staging work by female playwrights and hiring a team of all-female directors, Sound Theatre is upping its commitment to Seattle's working artists by doubling pay to actors contracted for their upcoming season.
Teresa Thuman (STC Producing Artistic Director) Teresa founded Sound Theatre Company in 2006, for which she has directed productions of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Holiday of Errors, School for Lies, Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth, The Illusion, The Foreigner, Pygmalion, Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged), The Tempest, Troilus and Cressida, Top Girls, The Last Five Years, The Further Adventures of Anse and Bhule in No-Mans Land and The Belle of Amherst. Other local directing credits include Othello, Henry VIII, The Bacchae, As You Like It, King John(GreenStage); Opera Workshop, A Little Night Music, Big Fish,The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Down In The Valley, Sweeney Todd, Dido And Aeneas, Working, She Loves Me, Into the Woods, The Impresario (Shoreline CC); The Underpants, The 39 Steps (Mount Baker Theatre), Pericles (Cornish College of the Arts); Fiddler on the Roof, Anything Goes, High Society, My Way (Seattle Civic Light Opera); HAIR, Picasso at the Lapine Agile, The Who's Tommy, Noises Off, Urinetown, Kiss Me Kate, The Producers, Secret Garden (Bainbridge Performing Arts); Miracle Worker, Tartuffe, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Oliver! (Driftwood Players); The Book of Nathan (Theater Schmeater) and numerous new-work projects and festivals. Teresa directs regularly West Coast theatres and has taught at UW School of Drama PATP, UNC Chapel Hill, Shoreline Community College, Cornish College, George Fox University, Allan Hancock College, Freehold ETI and served eight years as an Artist-in-Residence at PCPA Theatrefest. She holds an MFA in Directing from University of Portland and a BFA in Acting from Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts.
Kaitlin McIntyre (Director of Nadeshiko) is a freelance director from Kansas City who focuses on new work. Her directing credits include The Lost Girls (Courtney Meaker/Annex Theatre); Zapoi! (Quinn Armstrong/Annex Theatre); View From the Bridge (Miller/Wing Luke Museum); What You Think You Know (Stephanie Timm/Seattle Fringe); Broken Dog Legs(Emily Conbere/Catapult); No Place Like Home (Susan Soo He Stanton/OCC); The Killers (Quinn Armstrong/12 Minutes Max). Assistant Directing credits include MAC BETH (Seattle Rep/Erica Schmidt), Pullman Porter Blues (Seattle Rep/Lisa Peterson); Romeo and Juliet (Intiman/Allison Narver); Clybourne Park (Seattle Rep/Braden Abraham); Motherhood Out Loud (Primary Stages/Lisa Peterson). Kaytlin is the Casting Director at the Seattle Repertory Theatre. She has served as the primary facilitator for the Seattle Rep Writer's Group and Kaytlin has completed an internship in the artistic department at Primary Stages in NYC and received a BFA in Directing from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University.
Keiko Green (Playwright of Nadeshiko) Keiko is a playwright and performer based in Seattle. She received her BFA in Experimental Theater from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Recent writing work includes: Nadeshiko, which was workshopped at the Seattle Repertory Theatre (where she a resident playwright), the book and lyrics for the full-length musical Bunnies, and the co-written full-length play Puny Humans (both at Annex Theatre). Her one-act Operation Hibernation was nominated for Best New Play by Broadway World Seattle, after its premiere in the 2013 Seattle Fringe Festival. Previous full-length works include Acedia (Co-writer; TinLily Productions, NYC; 2011), as well as the independently produced Freak Playground (Seattle; 2012), and Life.Cycle (Seattle; 2013). Her 10-minute play Experience Points has been performed at Annex Theatre, College of Southern Nevada Theatre, and Bainbridge Performing Arts. She has written shorter pieces for Seattle companies: Horse in Motion, Theater Schmeater, Playing in Progress, Wily West Productions, Island Theatre, and the Seattle One-Minute Play Festival. As an actor, she is a member of ACT Theatre's 2016 Core Acting Company, where she has appeared in Stupid F#@*ing Bird, Bad Apples, and the upcoming Dangerous Liaisons. She has also appeared in The Comparables (Seattle Repertory Theatre), Othello and Love's Labours Lost (Seattle Shakespeare Co/Wooden O), Amadeus and Caught (Seattle Public Theatre), The Memorandum (Strawberry Theatre Workshop), and Water by the Spoonful (Theatre22) -- for which she is the 2016 Gregory Award winner of the People's Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress in a play.
SOUND THEATRE COMPANY presents highly theatrical work inspired by language and music while showcasing professional and emerging talent in the Seattle area. Sound Theatre Company was founded in 2006 with its inaugural production Tempest on the Lake, a site-specific production presented in the water and on the shores of Lake Samammish in Redmond, Washington. Sound has grown into one of Seattle's most acclaimed theatre companies and despite its relatively small budget has been named the region's top Theatre twice by Theatre Puget Sound's Gregory Awards. Sound Theatre Company now typically produces a three show season in Seattle's Center Theatre at the Armory.