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Braden Abraham
Artistic Director

Braden Abraham joined Seattle Rep in 2002, starting as an Artistic intern, then holding several positions on the Artistic staff. He served as Associate Artistic Director for seven years before assuming artistic leadership of the theater in 2014. During his tenure, Braden has re-envisioned the New Play Program and initiated Seattle Rep’s Public Works. An accomplished director, he has directed many productions for Seattle Rep, including Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2; Steven Dietz’s Last of the Boys; David Grimm’s Ibsen in Chicago; Lisa Kron’s Well; Rebecca Gilman’s Luna Gale; Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge; Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Samuel D. Hunter’s A Great Wilderness; and Anna Ziegler’s Photograph 51. He has developed plays with The O’Neill, Ojai Playwrights Conference, The Denver Center, Inge Festival, Portland Center Stage, The Playwrights’ Center, and Perseverance Theatre. 


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Jeffrey Herrmann
Managing Director

In May 2014, Jeffrey Herrmann was appointed as the third Managing Director in Seattle Rep’s 55-year history. In this role, Jeff oversees all the administrative functions of this nearly $13 million, nationally-recognized, not-for-profit performing arts organization, including development, finance, marketing, operations, and Board relations. Since his arrival—which coincided, to the day, with Braden Abraham’s appointment as Artistic Director—activity, attendance, fundraising, and the budget have all shown marked increases. Under Jeff’s management, the theatre also recently completed a significant renovation of the PONCHO Forum, the first major capital project undertaken by the Rep since the construction of the Leo K. Theatre in 1995; saw its world premiere of Come From Away open on Broadway, in Canada, and on national tour; reconfigured the Bagley Wright Theater in order to produce David Byrne’s groundbreaking, immersive musical Here Lies Love, which now stands as the highest-grossing show in the Rep’s history; has committed to an initiative to increase equity, diversity, and inclusion at every level of the theatre; and completed its first strategic plan in more than a decade. Prior to his arrival in Seattle, Jeff served as Managing Director of Washington D.C.’s Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company for seven seasons and, before that, served as Producing Director at Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, AK for eight seasons. Born in upstate NY and raised in West Hartford, CT, Jeff received his B.A. in English at Vassar College and his M.F.A. in Theatre Management at the Yale School of Drama. Prior to his enrollment at Yale, he served as Managing Director of the Albany Berkshire Ballet in Pittsfield, MA for three seasons. During his time at Yale, he worked at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, CA, and as Associate Managing Director of Yale Repertory Theatre. Jeff has served on the boards of dog & pony dc, the Foraker Group, and the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation. He has served as a panelist for the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Nevada State Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and Theatre Communications Group. Jeff has taught arts administration at the University of Alaska Southeast, George Mason University, and American University. He also worked as a sound designer on multiple productions at Perseverance Theatre, Georgetown University, 1st Stage (Tysons, VA), and Washington Shakespeare Company. Jeff lives in West Seattle with his wife, Sara, their son, Jonah, and their wirehaired miniature dachshund, Jack.

Past Leadership

 
Artistic Director Managing Director
Stuart Vaughn
1963-1966
William S. Taylor
(1963-1964)
Pirie MacDonald
(Acting) 1966
Donald Foster
(1964-1970)
Allen Fletcher
1966-1970
Peter Donnelly
(1970-1985)
W. Duncan Ross
1971-1979
Ben Moore
(1985-2014)
John Hirsch
1979-1981
 
Daniel Sullivan
1981-1996
 
Sharon Ott
1997-2005
 
David Esbjornson
2005-2008
 
Jerry Manning
(Acting 2008-2010)
2010-2014