Education programs have become ubiquitous at theaters of all sizes, providing youth with opportunities to express themselves, learn through embodied practice, and make their voices heard through theater. Educational theater, however, faces inequities regarding youth opportunity, especially for BIPOC youth, and still often operates through problematic structures. In this discussion, arts educators and youth will imagine a more equitable and supported world of arts education.
This two-part series starts with an all-youth panel, in order to center youth voices as we imagine the future for programs that impact them. Then arts educators will respond to the questions and ideas raised in the youth panel and discuss how to realize the vision of our young participants and audiences.
Meet the Speakers
Kennedy Dawson, a freshman at Santa Clara University, is honored to be a part of this discussion. Kennedy is an active participant within the theater scene and has participated in productions such as She Kills Monsters, Radium Girls, and as "Ti Moune" in Once On This Island. She has also been a part of many Seattle Children's Theatre productions including Ragtime, RENT!, and Anon(ymous), and was the Regional Winner of Seattle Rep's 2020 August Wilson Monologue Competition. Kennedy considers herself a social activist and hopes to use her art as a platform to inspire younger kids of color to be unafraid to use their voices.
Gary Doughty III
Hello! I am Gary Doughty III, I am a senior at Mariner High School and am taking college courses at Everett Community College! I absolutely love to knit and crochet and just make things, it makes me really happy. I’ve been in theater-related things since 5th grade when I was in the school play as Johnny in At the Bandstand. Since then, I’ve been in school productions as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray and Mrs. Hannigan in Annie. I’ve also been a participant in Seattle Rep's August Wilson Monologue Competition during my freshman and sophomore years. While I didn’t participate in the AWMC for my junior year, I did attend a playwriting class hosted by the Seattle Rep. This year I am in Play Production at my high school and can’t wait to see all the fun plays we’re putting on this year. Today I am 17 (young and sweet, being a dancing queen) and excited to help reimagine theater!
Daisy Schreiber (she/her) is a theater artist, sophomore at the University of Washington, and older sister. She has been lucky enough to work with organizations like 14/48:HS, TeenTix, and Macha TheaterWorks, and is a big fan of Seattle Rep. In her free time she writes, follows her cats around the house, and cares about everything a whole, whole lot. Daisy believes that representation is a right, and that good art is anything that makes us feel less alone.
Mallika Seelam (she/her) is thrilled to be participating in this panel with Seattle Rep. She started theater in high school with Bellevue Youth Theatre and has had the opportunity to be in numerous shows and work behind the scenes as a stagehand, light op., and stage-manager. This work has helped her build upon her communication, confidence, organizational skills, problem-solving, and working under pressure. Mallika is dedicated to building a more diverse theater environment. In her spare time, she likes to read books and go on hikes.
Alex Lee Reed
Associate Director of Arts Engagement, Youth & Learning
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.
Hi, I’m Malia Silva! I’m a junior at Kent Meridian High school and Seattle Rep’s Youth Intern. I love to read and learn as much as I can about the world around me. My favorite three genres are mystery, psychological thriller, and romance. The order changes depending on the day. I can’t wait to meet everyone!
(Re)Imagine Theater Panel Series
This series brings artists and community leaders together to envision a new theatrical world. Without constraints, what do we want theater to look like? Join the conversation.
(Re)Imagine Educational Theater Pt 2: Arts Educators
Thursday, November 4 at 5 p.m. PT
(Re)Imagine Arts Criticism
Thursday, June 10 at 5 p.m. PT
(Re)Imagine Parents in Theater
Thursday, May 20 at 5 p.m. PT
(Re)Imagine Accessible Theater
Thursday, December 17
(Re)Imagine Indigenous Theater
Thursday, November 19
(Re)Imagine Civic Theater
Thursday, October 29
(Re)Imagine Black Theater
Thursday, September 24