Get to know the leadership team behind Seattle Rep's Public Works program, our incredible teaching artists, and just a few of the many Public Works participants featured in our #MeetThePWFam series.
Public Works Director
Angie Kamel (she/her)
Public Works Director 2018–present
Angie has the best job in the world. She began her career in San Diego working with such companies as La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, San Diego Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Music Society, Mo’olelo, Moxie, and UCSD’s Department of Theater and Dance. Upon moving to Seattle about a decade ago, she worked in Seattle Rep’s production department before moving back to Southern California to serve as the Institute Manager for Cornerstone Theater Company, a 35-year-old community-centered organization based in Los Angeles. It was there she was able to realize her dream of making excellent theater with and for everyone. She worked alongside some of the most innovative theater-makers in the country to create mutually beneficial partnerships with a wide range of communities, fostering collaborative art-making between artists of various levels of experience. Locally, she has worked at Seattle Opera, helped open the Federal Way Performing Arts & Events Center, and led artistic engagement strategies for ACT. Angie holds a B.F.A from the University of Arizona and an M.F.A. from the University of California, San Diego. She is a foster parent, an immigrant, and a lover of pastries.
Lia Sima Fakhouri
Public Works Associate
Lia Sima Fakhouri (she/her)
Public Works Associate 2017–present
Lia is an immigrant from Lebanon who moved to the states to pursue an education and career as a freelance director. Previous to her role on the Public Works team, she was the Seattle Rep Artistic Casting Intern during the 2016/17 season, where she had the opportunity to work on shows like Here Lies Love and Vietgone. Since joining the Public Works family she has experienced so much Equity, Joy, and Imagination in every part of the community. It has been, is, and always will be her utmost pleasure to fulfill this role.
Public Works Documentarian
Alex Lee Reed
Alex Lee Reed (he/they) is a recent Seattle transplant via Flint, MI. Alex received a B.A. in Theatre Performance from the University of Michigan – Flint in 2012. In addition to their current role as Associate Director of Arts Engagement, Youth & Learning at Seattle Rep, Alex has worked locally as a teaching artist for Seattle Children's Theatre, Lathyrus Theater Company, and The 5th Avenue Theatre.
As a writer, director, poet, performer, artist, educator, and mentor, their work is centered on the intersection of being a Black, queer, gender nonconforming individual. With a strong focus on equity and social justice, Alex is a champion for underrepresented groups, particularly QTPOC youth.
Off the clock, Alex lives for new adventures, puppy cuddles, chocolate-cherry ice cream, and chasing sunsets.
Ana Maria Campoy
Ana Maria Campoy is a first generation Mexican-American theater artist who works as an director, actor, teaching artist, and translator throughout Puget Sound. As an actor, her notable roles include Lucia in Fade (Seattle Public Theater), Catherine in a bilingual adaptation of Proof (Thriving Artists/Proof Porch Project) Rayna in Above Between Below (Seattle Children's Theatre), Shawn u/s in The Lamp is the Moon (Seattle Children's Theatre), Susanna in Blood/Water/Paint (LiveGirls! Theatre), Nemesis in The Gifts of War (Directed by Gin Hammond), and Player 1 in Shipwrecked! (Key City Public Theatre). She tours nationwide in Living Voices’ solo show, La Causa, as Marta Hernandez. For the past three years, she has worked with Seattle Shakespeare where she has developed bilingual scripts for The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night for their Educational Tour. She is currently directing this year's production of Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth, her third bilingual adaptation. She is a passionate and proud advocate of the performing arts and believes that the arts provide communities a voice and individuals self-exploration. At the center of her work lives the driving desire to create opportunities for artists of color, to remove economic and geographical barriers for audiences and students, and to expand and deepen our American identity.
Caroline Brown (she/her) has over 12 years of experience developing and implementing community-based arts programs in the U.S. and abroad. In 2006, she received her M.A. in Theater and Media for Development from the University of Winchester, UK. Highlights of Caroline’s partnerships have included collaborations with self-identified AIDS widows in rural Kenya, incarcerated individuals and those in reentry in U.S. criminal justice system, military veterans and their family members, and BABES Network – YWCA: a sisterhood of women living with HIV. Most recently, Caroline has worked with Recovery Cafe, Senior Housing Assistance Group (SHAG), Freehold Engaged Theater Program at the Washington Corrections Center for Women and Organization for Prostitution Survivors (OPS). Caroline is currently the Community Arts Liaison with Path with Art where she is also a teaching artist. She is also faculty at Cornish College of the Arts
Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako
Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako (she/her) is a prolific commercial, film, and stage actor and proud member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA. Recently seen in A Raisin in the Sun (2017) at Seattle Rep. Nako works extensively as a freelance teaching artist, director, and choreographer. She enjoys working with diverse students of all ages and backgrounds—using theater and dance to demonstrate cultural intersection and build communication skills, ensemble trust, individual confidence, and a deep appreciation for the performing arts.
Hattie Claire Andres
Hattie Claire Andres (she/her) is so excited to continue her relationship with Seattle Rep's Public Works after serving as Director of the virtual presentation of selections of a musical adaptation of Twelfth Night (2020) and as an Associate Director for The Odyssey (2017). A Seattle-based director, choreographer, producer, actor, and educator, Hattie recently completed a year as the Directing & Artistic Leadership Fellow at The 5th Avenue Theatre. Select production credits: Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (The 5th Ave Theatre); All The Way/The Great Society (Seattle Rep); Madagascar, Jr.(Seattle Children’s Theatre). Hattie is on teaching faculty with Seattle Children's Theatre, Seattle Theatre Group, Youth Theatre Northwest, and The 5th Avenue Theatre. B.A.: St. Olaf College.
Janelle Velasquez (she/her) is a Seattle native, theater/TV/film actor, and teaching artist. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Ithaca College and an MBA in Leadership from Pepperdine University. She is a proud member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA. In Seattle, she was seen at the Seattle Rep in Here Lies Love (Original Off-Broadway Cast). She has performed across the country at The Public Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Williamstown Theater Festival, Boston Court Theater, South Coast Repertory, Cabrillo Musical Theatre, The Hollywood Bowl, and Disneyland’s Hyperion Theater. She has taught with Ithaca College, Seattle Public Theater, and Drama Kids International. She is a true believer that arts education is an integral part in the growth and development of an individual.
Julia Thornton (she/her) is a music director, pianist, vocal coach, and teacher in Seattle. In 2011 she received her B.A. from the University of Oregon in Cultural Anthropology and Music. She music directs and plays at a variety of theaters all over the Seattle area and teaches regularly. Previous credits include Annie, Mamma Mia! (The 5th); I Do! I Do!, Into the Woods (Village), The Odyssey (Seattle Rep), Urinetown (Cornish College of the Arts), Violet (ArtsWest).
Marquicia 'QuiQui' Dominguez
Marquicia Dominguez (they/them), known as QuiQui to most, is honored to be returning to the Public Works team. A graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, as well as Arizona State University Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, they have taught around Seattle since 2012. As a teaching artist, they have worked in such theaters as Book-It, Seattle Rep, Seattle Public, and Stone Soup. They look forward to working with these young artists, and building a unique ensemble infused with creativity and respect for one another.
Matthew Sythandone (he/him) is a native Seattleite and a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts. Matty has worked companies like Dandylyon Drama, Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society, and Seattle Performers. In addition to teaching, he is an active arts administrator and performer for various theaters through the Seattle area. He is beyond thankful to be collaborating with your students! Recent acting credits include: Edward Tulane (Seattle Children’s), 7 Homeless Mammoths Wander New England (Fantastic Z), What She Means (Matcha Theatre Works), Seussical (Cornish College).
Nina Williams-Teramachi (they/them) is a Japanese-American teaching artist and actor/stage-manager originally from Sapporo, Japan, and Portland, Oregon working in Seattle. Nina recently stage-managed multiple shows as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Dublin Fringe Festival in the UK and on the stage management team at Seattle Rep's Public Works production of The Odyssey. They are especially passionate about training fellow arts administrators on applying EDI skills in the workplace and surviving the arts as a QPOC. Nina was last seen onstage as an actor in Washington Ensemble Theatre’s Northwest Premiere of Straight White Men. Nina also works as a teaching artist/educator, working with students from Original Work to Musical Theatre. Nina is a graduate of the Intiman Emerging Artist Program, the Seattle Children’s Theatre internship, and of the University of Washington. ninawilliamsteramachi.com
Orlando Morales (he/him) is a Seattle-based musician, educator, and songwriter. He is currently Director of Education and Engagement at The 5th Avenue Theatre and holds a Masters in Teaching from the University of Washington. He has taught music and theater for over 13 years—with a special interest in employing the performing arts to empower young people, inspire dialogue, and dismantle systems of oppression. He is a Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project alum and a 2018 Jonathan Larson Grant finalist. Recent music direction credits at Village Theatre include How to Break (2018, 2016), Great Wall (2012), and Cloaked (2011, 2010). Orlando also coordinates Rondalya sa Seattle, a Filipino American folkloric music ensemble and is a member of the Shades of Praise Gospel Choir at St. Therese Parish
Sarah Butts (she/her) is a Seattle based theatre director, teaching artist, and verbatim theater maker with an MFA in Directing from University of CA – Irvine. Companies she has worked with include Seattle Rep, Village Theatre, Mill Mountain Theatre, Southcoast Repertory Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Long Beach Playhouse, UC Irvine, and Grandstreet Theatre. Select directing credits include Every Brilliant Thing, Newsies, These Shining Lives, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Doubt, and RENT. Sarah has written & directed several original documentary-theater works addressing topics including mental health and stigma, trauma, post-2016 presidential election, and child loss and grief. A Heart Without: Real Stories of Homelessness (Director) was recognized at the 2012 Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness Conference in New York. Sarah is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers society (SDC).
Timothy V. Norris Jr.
Timothy V. Norris Jr. (he/him) currently serves as the Artistic Director of Rainbow City Performing Arts, Seattle’s premiere LGBTQI+ music ensembles. Before that he was the Managing Artistic Director of the Oak Lawn Band from 2013—2017 in Dallas, Texas. During his seven years living in the DFW Metroplex, he performed with and conducted ensembles from the Meadows Wind Ensemble, the Cathedral of Hope Orchestra/Choir, Turtle Creek Chorale, multiple school ensembles and musical theater programs in Texas and Ohio, to the Bucharest National Symphony of Romania and the Chisinau National Chamber Orchestra in Moldova. Tim graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2009 with a Master of Music in instrumental conducting. He earned a Master of orchestral/opera performance, and undergraduate degrees in trombone performance and education with a minors in composition and voice from Ohio University where he also sang with the Singing Men of Ohio. In conjunction with his education, he worked for several years to bolster Ohio's musical culture by serving in the community as: Assistant Conductor to the Ohio University Symphony Orchestra and Opera; Musical Director of the Ohio Valley Summer Theater; Conductor of the Athens String Orchestra; and Assistant Director of the Athens Community Music School. Tim got his start in theater as a performer, teacher, and musical director with Straw Hat Theater in Ashtabula, Ohio and a mentorship program with the Cleveland Playhouse. He has now musically directed and vocal coached over 20 productions across the US and abroad. In addition to his musical leadership, Tim is an active arts administrator in the community and currently manages data education and resources for Seattle Rep. He is excited to get back to his original passion as a musical theater teaching artist for Seattle Rep's Public Works.
Meet Teresa Boydston
- Hometown: Kansas City, MO
- Favorite Snack: Cashew Peanuts
- Cat or Dog?: Dog
- If your life was a movie, what would it be called?: "Perseverance: The Journey From Childhood to Adulthood"
- Coming Soon: Moma’s Health Kitchen (catering from 2-100). It is my dream to create dishes that incorporate herbs and spices that aid in healing the body. Follow me on Instagram at @teresaboydston to view a few thing I have made.
Parker Yvonne Hennessey
Meet Parker Yvonne Hennessey
- Hometown: Seattle, Washington
- Favorite Snack: Hummus and pita chips
- Cat or dog?: Both, of course
- If your life was a movie, what would it be called?: "The Adventures of the Unicorn Princess"
Janelle Maria Velasquez Walz
Meet Janelle Maria Velasquez Walz
- Hometown: Seattle Washington
- Favorite Snack: Flaxseed chips and hummus
- Cat or Dog?: BOTH. And everything in-between.
- If your life was a movie, what would it be called?: "What Next?"
Meet Jennyfer Purswell
- Hometown: I was born in Urbana, Illinois. Iowa City, Iowa was where I had my first memories so that is what I consider my true home. Seattle, WA has been my physical hometown for the past 40 years
- Favorite Snack: Healthy - Green grapes; Unhealthy - Nacho cheese Dorritos chips
- Cat or dog?: My family is mainly a dog family. In a future or previous life I am a cat.
- If my life was a movie, what would it be called?: "In the Shadows of Corners"
- Current Project: Writing a theatrical autobiography called Petit Mort; Preparing to enter the NYU Graduate School for dual degree in Theatre Education/Teacher certification in Secondary Education.
- Long Term Goal: To teach LGBTQ/high school students in both Language Arts and Theatre Arts in rural communities.
Meet Roslyn Schley
- Hometown: New York City
- Favorite Snack: Almonds
- Cat or Dog?: If I had a pet, it would be a dog.
- If your life was a movie, what would it be called?: "To Do"
Meet Cynthia Linet
- Hometown: Seattle
- Favorite Snack: Sweet grapes
- Cat or dog?: Dog
- If your life was a movie, what would it be called?: "kid you not!”
- My Projects: I have two ongoing collections of art: "Historic Erotica," 150 paintings of erotica beginning with Pompeii and going through many cultures, countries, and centuries. "The Silent American Pandemic," formerly known as "The Gun Show," 150 paintings. Both can be seen on Facebook here and here.