Join Artistic Director Braden Abraham, Justin Huertas (Book, Music & Lyrics), Ameenah Kaplan (Director/Co-Creator), and more incredible artists as they share key elements, interviews, and exclusive excerpts from Huertas's world premiere musical, Lydia and the Troll.
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Meet the Artists
Book, Music & Lyrics
Justin Huertas is a Seattle-based award-winning playwright, composer-lyricist, actor, and musician. His original musical Lizard Boy world-premiered at Seattle Rep, toured to Diversionary Theatre, presented at NAMT’s Festival of New Musicals, and returns to the stage this fall at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Justin also wrote The Last World Octopus Wrestling Champion (co-composed with Steven Tran) for ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery and Lydia and the Troll (co-created by Ameenah Kaplan) for Seattle Rep. He is composer-lyricist for Howl’s Moving Castle (Book-It Repertory Theatre) and The Lamplighter (co-written with Kirsten “Kiki” deLohr Helland and Sara Porkalob). Justin is currently under commission at Seattle Rep, The 5th Avenue Theatre, ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Photo by Bronwen Houck.
Director & Co-Creator
AAU Film School for Directing. NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts for acting. Resident Director for Disney’s The Lion King North American Tour. Other: ABC’s Encore!, The Wiz at First Stage, Our Country’s Good at American Players, Meet Vera Stark at Purdue U., How to Break at Village Theatre, The Royale at ACT, Bash’d at Celebration Theatre. Shorts: Man with a Movie Camera and The American Failure. Choreography: The Royale at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, The Dancing Granny at the Alliance Theatre, ABC’s Encore! and Dancing with the Stars. Gregory, Ovation, Sherwood, Queen of Angels, NAACP, and LA Weekly awards for choreography, fight choreography, and directing.
Photo by Kelly Rice.
Kirsten deLohr Helland
Kirsten “Kiki” deLohr Helland is a Seattle-based performer and collaborator. Seattle Rep: Lizard Boy. The 5th Avenue Theatre: The Sound of Music (Maria), Grease (Rizzo), Oklahoma! (Ado Annie), Elf (Jovie), Hairspray in Concert (Penny Pingleton). Village Theatre: Les Misérables (Eponine), Trails (Amy), The Tutor, String (Beta Series), Afterwords (Beta Series). ArtsWest: American Idiot (Whatsername). Diversionary Theatre: Lizard Boy. Film: Laggies (dir. Lynn Shelton). Upcoming: Lizard Boy at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Co-author of The Lamplighter (with Justin Huertas and Sara Porkalob). Instagram: kiki_dela
Seattle artist Guy Garrison creates whimsical mechanical forms that convey his love for science fiction, retro-futuristic design, and storytelling. Utilizing digital design and computer-controlled fabrication techniques like 3D printing and laser cutting, Guy merged his career as a VFX artist in the video and gaming industries with his lifelong hobby as a scale modeler. Guy also enjoys cooking, traditional jazz, and improvisational tap dancing.
Music Director, Musician & Creative Content Audio Editor
Steven Tran creates music and art that inspires, uplifts, and celebrates our shared humanity. A self-taught composer, orchestrator, and music producer, Steven’s music has been heard at ArtsWest Playhouse, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Wooden O, and ReAct Theatre. Steven has music directed at ArtsWest Playhouse, Village Theatre, The 5th Avenue Theatre, Green Room 42 (NYC), and Seattle Rep, and acted with Taproot Theatre and Seattle Shakespeare Company. His work as co-composer and arranger/orchestrator for The Last World Octopus Wrestling Champion by Justin Huertas earned Steven a Gregory Award co-nomination in 2019 for Best New Play. Steven is the performer/playwright of The Sonata Years, an autobiographical solo show that combines his talents for storytelling, classical piano, and sound design to craft an intensely personal reflection on the Asian-American experience. The Sonata Years was workshopped as part of The Other Season at Seattle Rep in 2019. Recent credits: music director for Lizard Boy at the NAMT Festival of New Musicals; co-composer/music producer for A Very Merry Kraken Tea Party at Artswest; music director/audio editor for Twelfth Night at Seattle Rep, the first ever virtual Public Works production. He is currently composing Between Stars, a new electronica/chamber opera about NASA’s Voyager program with librettist E. Lily Yu, as part of Seattle Opera’s Creation Lab.
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