On select Mondays at 5 p.m. PT, artists from previous Seattle Rep productions will offer masterclasses on a variety of topics. Learn about the artistic process and get an interactive, behind-the-scenes experience led by professional theater artists from across the nation.
Masterclasses are open to artists and non-artists—all levels of experience are welcome. Ages 15+ recommended, but younger participants can join with parental supervision.
Registration is required.
Questions? Contact Nabra Nelson, Director of Arts Engagement
Date: Monday, July 27 from 5 - 6 p.m. PT
Description: Join costume designer Nephelie Andonyadis (As You Like It, The Odyssey) for a discussion on designing for community-based work and get an up-close look at the design process for our past Seattle Rep's Public Works productions. Drawing on her experience with Cornerstone Theater Company and Public Works, Nephelie will share her journey of designing hundreds of costumes tailored to celebrate each individual participant. This masterclass is intended for professional artists, students, and theater fans alike.
Ages: 15 and up
Teaching Artist: Nephelie Andonyadis
Platform: Zoom (link to be sent within 24 hours of registration)
Date: Monday, June 29 from 5 - 6 p.m. PT
Description: Have you ever seen a musical at Seattle Rep that made you want to get up and dance? Join award-winning choreographer William Carlos Angulo as he walks you through his original choreography from Seattle Rep’s record breaking production of In the Heights. Meant for all ages and skill levels, this class focuses on developing a unique, individualized voice with the body and using that voice to celebrate community through dance. No previous dance training required.
Teaching Artist: William Carlos Angulo
Design & Collaboration: Indecent Masterclass
Date: Monday, June 15 from 5 - 6 p.m. PT
Description: Local designers L.B. Morse and Robert J. Aguilar will lead you through a typical design process for taking a show from page to stage, paying special attention to how close collaboration within the artistic team is key to a show’s success. L.B. and Robert will discuss how they engaged those principles while collaborating on Seattle Rep's 2019 production of Indecent, along with looks at the research, drawings, images, and design resources created along the way. There will be opportunities to ask questions during the presentation, as well as a dedicated Q&A section at the end.
L.B. is a lighting, scenic, and multimedia designer for the performing and cultural arts. He was on staff at Seattle Rep for 18 seasons, during which time he created over 40 designs for the theater. L.B. has designed at The 5th Avenue Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Village Theatre, Intiman Theatre, ACT Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theater, Woodland Park Zoo, UCSB Launch Pad, Tantrum Theater, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, Seattle Shakespeare Company, and On the Boards, among others. L.B. holds a Bachelor’s of Art in Theatre Arts and a Graduate Certificate in Scenic Design from University of California, Santa Cruz and is a proud member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.
Robert J. Aguilar
Robert is a lighting designer for stage and film. He serves as Lighting Director at Seattle Rep and is now in his 14th season for the company. Selected designs for Seattle Rep include The Great Moment, Indecent, In the Heights, MAC BETH, The Odyssey, A Raisin in the Sun, Dry Powder, Luna Gale, Lizard Boy, I Am My Own Wife, Of Mice and Men, The K of D, Bo-Nita, and boom!. Selected additional local credits include: Wedding Band and Angels in America (Intiman Theatre); Romeo and Juliet and The Wolves (ACT Theatre); Urinetown and Little Shop of Horrors (ACT/The 5th Avenue Theatre); How to Succeed in Business..., and Jasper in Deadland (The 5th Avenue Theatre); Uncle Vanya, The Cherry Orchard, and The Three Sisters (The Seagull Project); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and String (Village Theatre); Next to Normal (Contemporary Classics). Regional credits include In the Heights (Portland Center Stage); Little Shop of Horrors and Marjorie Prime (Pittsburgh Public); Dancing at Lughnasa (Tantrum Theatre); Full Gallop (The Old Globe); In the Heights and Seven Spots on the Sun (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); In the Heights (Milwaukee Rep). www.robertjaguilar.com | Instagram: @fakerobert
Desdemona Chiang is a stage director based in Seattle, WA and Ashland, OR, and a Co-Founder of Azeotrope (Seattle). Directing credits include Guthrie Theater, Alley Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, California Shakespeare Theater, Seattle Rep, Playmakers Repertory Company, Studio Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, ACT Theatre Seattle, American Shakespeare Center, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Village Theatre, Heritage Theatre Festival, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Aurora Theatre Company, Theatre Latte Da, Seattle Public Theater, Shotgun Players, Crowded Fire Theatre Company, Azeotrope, Impact Theatre, Playwrights Foundation, Golden Thread Productions, Washington Ensemble Theatre, One Minute Play Festival, Ohio Northern University, University of Washington, and Cornish College of the Arts, among others. Assisting and dramaturgy credits include: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Playmakers Repertory Company, A Contemporary Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, Arizona Theatre Company, Intiman Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Magic Theatre, Theatreworks, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, among others. Intersection for the Arts Triangle Lab Artist-Investigator. Adjunct Faculty, Cornish College of the Arts. Awards/Affiliations: Princess Grace Award (Robert and Gloria Hausman Theater Honor), Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Theatre, SDC Sir John Gielgud Directing Fellowship, Drama League Directing Fellowship, TCG Young Leader of Color, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, and Directors Lab West. Gregory Award Recipient for Outstanding Direction. BA: University of California at Berkeley. MFA Directing: University of Washington School of Drama. https://www.desdemona.org/blog/
William Carlos Angulo
William Carlos Angulo is a director, choreographer, playwright, and educator of South American descent from Chicago, IL. Directing/Choreography credits include East O’ West O’ at Steppenwolf 1700, Visions at The Public Theater’s Joe’s Pub, and Seussical! at Marriott Theatre. Choreography includes Ars Nova, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Seattle Rep, Goodman Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in The Park, Marriott Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Paramount Theatre, Timeline Theatre Company, Teatro Vista, and more. He won a Jeff Award for his original choreography for Paramount Theatre’s revival of West Side Story, and he was honored with an ALTA Award for his work on La Havana Madrid at Steppenwolf 1700 and The Goodman Theatre. He has served as Teaching Artist and Choreographer at Indiana University, Millikin University, and Northwestern University. He was a founding teaching artist and developed the curriculum for the first ever musical theater training programs at The Goodman Theatre’s Center for Education and The Arts Academy of Banja Luka in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He holds a BFA in Musical Theater and Drama from Indiana University and trained on scholarship at Hubbard Street Dance Center and Ballet Chicago. He is a member of both AEA and SDC and is represented by The Gersh Agency.
Date: Monday, June 22 from 5 - 6 p.m. PT
Description: Director Desdemona Chiang, who has directed at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and across the country, will dive into fundamental tools on approaching Shakespeare text and offer tips specifically for Shakespeare auditions. Desdemona will provide monologue examples to apply these concepts to – be ready to actively participate if that’s your jam! While the focus of this class will be geared towards actors, artists of all disciplines and non-artists are warmly welcome to actively participate or observe.
Teaching Artist: Desdemona Chiang