Anastasia Higham

Anastasia is thrilled to be working at Seattle Repertory Theatre for her first professional show! As a student at The Center School, Anastasia acted in plays written by Andrea Allen as part of Seattle Repertory Theatre,s education program, including My Life As A Greek Tragedy and Pants on Fire. In May she graduated from Whitman College; favorite roles there included Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Dot in Kind Ness. Anastasia took classes at Seattle Children,s Theatre from a young age and is a graduate of SCT,s Young Actor Institute. She would like to thank Andrea Allen, the theatre faculty of Whitman College, her loving family, and all the wonderful artists involved with Circle Mirror Transformation.

Peter A. Jacobs

Mr. Jacobs was last seen at Seattle Rep in The Last True Believer and has performed at theaters such as ACT Theatre, Seattle Children,s Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, San Diego Repertory, Berkeley Repertory, Arizona Theatre Company, and American Conservatory Theatre, among others. He was in the acting company with the California Shakespeare Festival for six seasons. Movie and TV credits include: Safety Not Guaranteed, Prefontaine, The Dead Pool, True Believer; "Leverage," "Eyes of Terror," "Midnight Caller," "Firestorm," and "Unsolved Mysteries."

Gretchen Krich

Gretchen was last seen at Seattle Rep as Maggie in Dancing at Lughnasa and is honored to be a part of the CMT cast! Other local credits include boom, The Great Gatsby, Welcome Home, Dean Charbonneau (Seattle Rep), Cloud Nine (Strawberry Theatre Workshop), O Lovely Glowworm (New Century Theatre Co.), Doubt and Butterflies are Free (Mount Baker Summer Rep), Autobahn (Re-bar), (L) imitations of Life (Empty Space), King John (CHAC), Icicle Creek Theatre Festival, and Pinter Fortnightly at ACT. Favorite NY and regional productions include the first national tour of The Vagina Monologues, Hal Hartley,s Soon at the Salzberg Festival in Austria, The Beauty Queen of Lenanne, Spinning into Butter, Anton in Show Business, Ti Jean Blues (directed by JoAnne Akalaitis), Krapp,s Last Tape, and Dancing at Lughnasa (Broadway U/S). She has performed at Hartford Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville (Humana Festival), La Jolla Playhouse, Hartford Theatreworks, BAM, and La MaMa, among others. Television and film include: "Law & Order," "Third Watch," "Ghostwriter," "Henry Fool," and "Eden and Guy Maddin,s Brand Upon the Brain."

Michael Patten

Michael is pleased to return to Seattle Rep where he has previously worked on Noises Off, Pygmalion, Equivocation, and Mary Zimmerman,s The Odyssey. Recent Seattle stage credits include In the Next Room, or the vibrator play at ACT, O Lovely Glowworm for New Century Theatre Company (Gregory Award Nominee), and Great Expectations for Book- It. Seattle theatre: Seattle Repertory Theatre, Intiman, New Century Theatre Company, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, Seattle Opera, Seattle Shakespeare Company, and others. Regional theatre: Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Camden Shakespeare Festival, McCarter Theatre, Huntington Theatre, Tacoma Actors Guild, Mill Mountain Theatre. Film/ TV: Prefontaine, Georgia, "The Commish," Soda Springs, "As The World Turns," "Ryan,s Hope," "Highlander," The Beans of Egypt, Maine, Countdown, Highway, Inheritance.

Elizabeth Raetz

Elizabeth is delighted to return to Seattle Rep where she appeared last season as Chris in Dancing at Lughnasa. This fall she appeared as the female lead in the short romantic comedy film I Love Death, shot here in Seattle. Last winter, Elizabeth traveled to the Cleveland Playhouse and performed in My Name is Asher Lev. Other theater credits include Hamlet and Twelfth Night at Shakespeare & Company, The Seagull at Artists Repertory Theatre, Les Liaisons Dangereuses at American Conservatory Theater, Julius Caesar at Tennessee Shakespeare Company, and Talley,s Folly and A Shayna Maidel at Chenango River Theatre. Elizabeth played Miranda to Olympia Dukakis,s Prospero in a workshop production of The Tempest at Long Wharf Theatre. Elizabeth has studied with the Upright Citizens Brigade and the Public Theater/NYSF Shakespeare Lab. She is a graduate of A.C.T.,s MFA program in San Francisco.

Annie Baker

Annie Baker grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts. Her full-length plays include Circle Mirror Transformation (Playwrights Horizons, OBIE Award for Best New American Play, Drama Desk nomination for Best Play), The Aliens (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, OBIE Award for Best New American Play), and Body Awareness (Atlantic Theater Company, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Play/Emerging Playwright). Her plays have also been produced at South Coast Rep, the Guthrie, Victory Gardens, Artists Rep, Huntington Theater Company, Seattle Rep, Studio Theatre in DC, Hyde Park Theatre, Kansas City Rep, and the San Francisco Playhouse, and internationally in London, Melbourne, Sydney, and Buenos Aires. She has developed work at the Signature Theater, MCC, New York Theatre Workshop, Soho Rep, the Orchard Project, the Ontological-Hysteric, the Cape Cod Theatre Project, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival and the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab in Utah and Ucross, Wyoming. Annie is a member of New Dramatists, MCC,s Playwrights Coalition and EST, and she is an alumna of Youngblood, Ars Nova,s Play Group and the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. Recent honors include a New York Drama Critics Circle Award, a Susan Smith Blackburn Prize nomination, a Lilly Award, a Time Warner Storytelling Fellowship, a MacDowell fellowship and a Master Artist Residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. A published anthology of her work, The Vermont Plays, will be published by TCG in November 2011, and her adaptation of Uncle Vanya will have its world-premiere at Soho Rep in June 2012.

Andrea Allen

Andrea Allen is the Director of Education at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Now in her sixteenth season at Seattle Rep, Ms. Allen has created numerous programs to develop new work with teenagers, including the Playwriting Project and TeenSpeak. In collaboration with other Seattle Center campus theatres (Seattle Children,s Theatre and Book-It Rep), she developed a teacher professional development program, Bringing Theatre into the Classroom; with national partners she created the Teaching Artist Training Lab (TAT); and she worked on the Theatre Education Assessment Models (TEAM) with TCG, the national service organization for regional theatres. Her work as a director has been seen at Seattle Rep in Speech & Debate (2010). As a theatre artist in Seattle, Ms. Allen began her involvement at Annex Theatre, where she was a company member for more than ten years, serving as Artistic Director for two years and collaborating on numerous projects as a director, writer, and occasional actor. She co-founded DXM, a community based theatre company. A graduate of Yale University with a degree in Women's Studies, she has an MA in education from Antioch University. Andrea is board president of ArtsEd Washington (Washington Alliance for Arts Education). Many thanks to Ulysses and Finnegan for transforming her life.

Matthew Smucker
Scenic Designer

Matthew Smucker is pleased to return to Seattle Rep where his previous designs include Three Tall Women, Speech & Debate, Memory House, and Living Out. Other collaborations include Orange Flower Water (NCTC), Eurydice (ACT), The Clean House (ACT), and G-d Doesn,t Pay Rent Here (Empty Space). Smucker,s work has appeared locally at the 5th Avenue Theatre (Candide), ACT (Rock,n,Roll, Trip to Bountiful, and Yankee Tavern, among others), Intiman Theatre, New Century Theatre Company, Seattle Children,s Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, The Empty Space, The Village Theatre, Tacoma Actors Guild, and Youth Theatre Northwest, and nationally at Arizona Theatre Company, Portland Center Stage, San Jose Rep, Kansas City Rep, and Childsplay Theatre. Smucker was a founding ensemble member of Deus X Machina and a long-time company member and resident designer with Annex Theatre. He received his MFA from the University of Washington School of Drama.

Christine Meyers
Costume Designer

Christine is pleased to return to Seattle Rep this year. Previous designs at Seattle Rep have included Speech & Debate and This. Christine is a graduate of Motley Theatre Design Course in London. Since then she has been designing and making costumes and sets all over the United States and Europe. Recent work in the PNW includes Peter Pan and Border Songs at Book-It Repertory Theatre, Julius Caesar at Seattle Shakespeare Company, and The Imaginary Invalid at Portland Center for the Performing Arts. Since 1999 she has been associated with Handelfestival in Gottingen, Germany, most recently draping on Teseo last spring. Film credits include the film short Lethal Cotillion, which was chosen to screen at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, and indie short Medicine Wheel. Upcoming designs can be seen in the Baroque opera La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall,Isola Alcina.

Andrew D. Smith
Lighting Designer

Andrew most recently designed lighting for Cloud Nine with Strawberry Theatre Workshop and O Lovely Glowworm with New Century Theatre Company. Other work has been seen at Book-It Repertory Theatre (Cider House Rules Parts 1&2), Washington Ensemble Theatre (Sextet, The Mistakes Madeline Made), Seattle Shakespeare Company (The Threepenny Opera, Electra, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Henry V), Seattle Public Theatre (13th of Paris, Of Mice & Men, The Violet Hour), Azeotrope Theatre, Theater Off Jackson, ArtsWest, On The Boards, Velocity Dance Center, and Broadway Performance Hall. He has worked nationally at Horizon Theater Company, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Roust Theater, and Cardinal Stage Company. Andrew received the 2010 Gregory Award for Outstanding Lighting Designer, as well as the Seattle Times Footlight Award. Andrew holds a BA from Duke University and an MFA from the University of Washington, where he currently teaches.

Matt Starritt
Sound Designer

Matt is a freelance sound designer for both theatre and dance and a writer from Seattle. He recently designed the sound for TheA Crack in Everything for the Zoe|Juniper Dance Company, which will premiere at Jacob�s Pillow Dance Festival and tour nationally (including On The Boards in December). He returns to Seattle Rep where he has designed the sound for Theboom, TheBreakin' Hearts & Takin' Names, TheThe Brothers Size, TheGlengarry Glen Ross, TheGod of Carnage, TheImaginary Invalid, TheThe K of D, Opus, TheThe Seafarer, and TheSpeech & Debate. Matt has also designed for the Alley Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Cornerstone Theater Company, Illusion Theatre, Intiman, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, and Washington Ensemble Theatre. Matt is a part-time lecturer at the UW,s School of Drama.

Gillian Jorgensen
Creative Drama Consultant

Gillian Jorgensen has been a teaching artist and creative drama specialist in Seattle for fifteen years, working with students from preschool through high school in creative drama, writing and performance-based classes. She works regularly with Youth Theatre Northwest, Seattle Children,s Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Book-it Repertory Theatre, and ACT, and she has been a yearly resident artist at schools throughout the region. Favorite directing projects include The Wizard of Oz and TheMagic at Youth Theatre Northwest, TheRamona Quimby at Seattle Children,s Theatre Drama School, and TheW(h)acked at Live Girls! Theater. Gillian has been a company member of Annex Theatre since 1997 where she also served as Artistic Director from 2004 to 2007. While at Annex, she created the interactive performance installation TheGhosty and produced the company development events TheCrafty, TheGrammar Rodeo, and Sabotage! Currently, Gillian is adapting Daniel Pinkwater's The Neddiad for Seattle Children's Theatre Drama School and developing her next original script, The TheNut-Brown Girl, a mostly factual family history. Gillian holds a BS in Theatre from Northwestern University.

Lindsay Byrne
Stage Manager

Recent credits include Porgy and Bess (Seattle Opera and New Orleans Opera), The Magic Flute, Pearl Fishers, Il Trovatore (New Orleans Opera), For All Time (Cornerstone Theatre), Gulliver,s Travels (The Actor,s Gang), and many years and many shows at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. She holds an MFA in Film and Theatre Directing from CalArts. Lindsay is thrilled to be a part of the Rep family!