SeattleActor.com grew out of a desire to help promote the work of large and small theaters in the Greater Seattle area as well as provide up-to-date information on all aspects of your career as a performing artist. From auditions to reviews, press releases to topical articles, SeattleActor.com strives to make the most of all of the resources available on the web and help you “Get Into Theater.” With several different contributors from the Seattle theatrical community on board to provide insight, opinions, and tips, SeattleActor.com is confident you will find what resource you are looking for. If there should be anything missing, please contact us here and submit your feedback so we may assist you further.
Mark Chenovick Co-founder/Executive Director for SeattleActor.com and owner of CJS Design in Bellevue. Originally from Montana, Mark came to Seattle in 1989 to attend the University of Washington where he studied Art History, Computer Science, and Technical Theater in addition to serving two years as ASUW Arts & Entertainment Director. Mark’s theatrical pursuits have taken him from summer stock companies in Tarkio Missouri, Fort Peck Montana, Greeley Colorado, and Auburn New York to tours of North America and Canada (and even a cruise ship in the South Caribbean.) Regionally, Mark has served as Technical Director/Designer for Virginia Musical Theatre, The Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts, and Grandstreet Theatre in Montana. Locally, Mark has appeared onstage with the Village Theatre, the 5th Avenue Theatre, Second Story Rep, CLO, TAG, and BCT. SeattleActor.com is a true collaboration and Mark would like to extend credit and thanks to all the people who’s generous contributions of time, intelligence, and passion have made SeattleActor.com what it is today.
Jerry Kraft Before moving to Seattle in 2000, Jerry spent many years involved in Spokane theater, as a playwright and theatre critic, in addition to various literary roles with many productions and projects. His reviews were heard on KPBX-FM, Spokane Public Radio, and he wrote reviews and articles for “The Inlander”, an alternative weekly newspaper. Retired after nearly thirty years of working in acute psychiatric mental health, he now lives in Port Angeles with his wife, Bridgett and their two daughters, McKenna and Luxie. In addition to theater, he also enjoys photography and travel.
Miryam Gordon has been writing freelance and focusing on theater since 2006. She has a monthly column on www.Theatermania.com which encapsulates the month's theater activities around Seattle and environs. She also wrote and published "Money Sucks! Money Strategies for Real Life" through Green Elms Press.
J.J. DeWitt hails from Chicago, Illinois, and has lived in the Seattle area since August of 2000. He received his double major of Speech Communication and Theatre from the University of Nevada Reno, where he served as campus theater critic for both the UNR and Truckee Meadows Community College papers, in addition to reviewing for local publications from 1992 to 1999. Since moving to Seattle, Mr. DeWitt has immersed himself in the theater community and is an avid play and musical attendee. Besides writing for SeattleActor.com, he occasionally serves as guest reviewer for David-Edward Hughes on www.TalkingBroadway.com.
David-Edward Hughes has written about theater for such online and print publications as www.Playbill.com, Backstage West, and www.broadwayonline.com, as well as his current national on-line gig as the Seattle correspondent for Talkin' Broadway.com. Favorite interviews have been with such treasures of the theatre as Julie Harris, Eartha Kitt, Jane Connell, John Cullum, Lily Tomlin, Charlaine Woodard, Harvey Fierstein, Harvey Evans, Merle Louise, Judy Kaye, Ann Hampton-Callaway, Sam Harris, Marilyn Cooper, Alan Sues, Robert Westenberg, and Christine Toy-Johnson, among others. When he is not writing about theatre, he is busy writing/producing/directing and acting in Seattle's theatre community. He co-founded Seattle's Musicals in Concert company Showtunes!, and shares producing artistic director duties with Maggie Pehrson. In 2003 he directed Showtunes! version of DO I HEAR A WALTZ?, and has created many solo and full-cast musical revues such as the BROADWAY MALADIES! series. As an actor, he was recently seen in the hit LOUNGE LIZARDS revues and won critical acclaim as Otto in Straight Edge Theatrics' THE FOOD CHAIN. Originally from Hawaii, he lives on Beacon Hill with his wonderful partner and theatrical co-conspirator James Spear, and their cat, Kitty Carlisle (who even in cat years is still younger than her beloved namesake).
FORMER CONTRIBUTORS (old bios)
Harry Turpin is the Co-founder of SeattleActor.com, Harry grew up in Eugene, OR where he pursued theater aggressively throughout his high school career. He became a resident of Seattle in 1999 where he was cast in his dream role of Paul from A Chorus Line. As a performer, Harry has been seen performing regionally with the 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, Civic Light Opera, Repertory Actor’s Theatre as well as being seen as a performer in Idaho, Oregon and California. In addition to performing, Harry also serves as a choreographer, having been nominated for Best Choreography in 2003 for a production of Bye, Bye, Birdie. His choreography has been seen all over the west coast. Harry is a member Actor’s Equity and is featured in the 2005 30th Anniversary tour of Annie directed by Martin Charnin. As a composer, Harry has written songs for the musicals Bedlam at the Burgerhaus and his original piece, Tappy McCrackin, currently still development. His song, “Could This Man” was featured on Seattle actress Katie Tomlinson’s debut CD, Original Passion. As well as serving as a founding member of SeattleActor.com, Harry is an active member of Theatre Puget Sound and the SeattleActor.com awards program. He is the proud father of a son, Taylor, and a content uncle of several nieces. For more information, please visit me.
Doug Fahl has acted, sung, danced and played music in theater productions for over 16 years at various theaters in Seattle and Salt Lake City, including Pioneer Theater Company, Annex Theater (company member and Company Advocate), Village Theatre, Salt Lake Acting Company, Alice B. Theater, Civic Light Opera, Consolidated Works, East Side Musical Theater and the Sundance Summer Theater. Doug grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah where he received a BFA in Musical Theater from the University of Utah 1991 and moved to Seattle the same year. Additionally, Doug co-produced and co-directed TV Lust for Seattle Public Access Television. TV Lust was a bi-weekly variety show created by Michael Anderson, Shane Wahlund and Doug Fahl. Over 40 episodes were produced and material from the show has been featured at 911 Media Arts Center and on British Television. Doug works as a Word Processor/Graphics Designer for Convention Services Northwest. He also owns and operates his own video production and graphics design business, DDF Designs and Video.
Gail Wamba has worked in Pacific Northwest theaters since 1985, as a performer, instructor, director, choreographer and designer. After a certain amount of time, one tries all the hats on for size! Companies Gail has worked with include Seattle Repertory Theatre, Centerstage Theatre Arts Conservatory, Theater Babylon, Playback Theatre Northwest, It's A Mystery!, Northwest Murder Mysteries, Wild Bill's, Repertory Actors Theatre, Driftwood Players, Mountaineer Players and many others. Since 1998, Gail has worked as the webmaster and auditor of Seattlestage.com, dedicated to getting information out to the theatrical community. Seattlestage.com merged with Seattleactor.com, giving Gail the opportunity to concentrate on audition information. Gail is also a professional bellydancer and loves to hike, bike and swim.
Brandon Ivie has directed, choreographed, produced, stage managed and performed with many theaters in Seattle including Eastside Musical Theatre, Village Theatre, The Fifth Avenue Theatre and more. His directing credits include Little Shop of Horrors (also choreographer), The Last Five Years (Seattle premiere), Snob Improv, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), Chinamen, The Fifteen-Minute Hamlet, The Dumb Play and The Collective Conscious. His performing credits include the title character in Tommy at Eastside Musical Theatre, The Sound of Music and Peter Pan with Village Theatre Mainstage and Searching 4 Y, Normal, In Your Eyes and Stand by the River with Village Originals.
Christopher Comte is a twenty year veteran of the Pacific Northwest theater community, Chris has performed, directed, run boards, built sets, house managed and done just about every thing else related to theater for companies across the region, including The 5th Avenue, Village Theatre, The Bathhouse Theatre, ArtsWest, Annex Theatre, Theater Schmeater, Spokane Interplayers, Wooden O Productions, and Theatre Babylon among many others. Currently, he is the Seattle Liaison for Actors' Equity Association, Site Coordinator for the Kevin Hadley Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program for Performing Artists, Company Communications Officer for Annex Theatre, and reviews theater for the national website www.AisleSay.com. In his spare time he sails.
Margaret O’Malley has been active in the Seattle theater community since 1996. She moved here from Chicago intending to only stay for a short while, but like so many others she fell under the spell of the mountains, trees and coastline. She has worked as an actor, director and teaching artist. Her first short play was produced in 2003 at the Mae West Fest. Companies she has worked with include ArtsWest, A Theatre Under the Influence, Book-it Repertory Theatre, Pork Filled Players, Theatre Babylon and Woodinville Repertory Theatre. She is very excited about the fact that she can be found on www.imdb.com. When she’s not creating theatre she loves doing PR for theatre. She and her writer husband live in Fremont with their son and 4 (yes four) cats.
Michael J. Vaughn is a twenty-year performing arts writer, working for magazines in both the San Francisco and Seattle areas. He has six published novels, including "Gabriella's Voice" (Dead End Street Books), whose protagonist is a young Seattle opera singer. His poetry has appeared in more than fifty literary journals, and he writes on poetry, fiction and journalism as a regular contributor to Writer's Digest magazine. On the performing side, Michael has played drums for several rock bands and is a devoted karaokephile specializing in jazz standards. He lives in Tacoma.
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