With 6-day weeks, 10 to 12 hour rehearsals and tech, and patriarchal legacies, theater in the U.S. does not center parenthood in its operations.
With so many parents working in theater, this panel will discuss how theatrical processes and organizations would look if they were fully supportive of parents in all stages and structures of parenthood.
Panelists to be announced.
The (Re)Imagine Theater series is presented in collaboration with HowlRound Theatre Commons
This panel is produced in partnership with Bushwick Book Club and their May 22 concert, "Original music inspired by Angela Garbes’ Like A Mother"
Meet the Speakers
Development Director, Bushwick Northwest
Ailisa Newhall is a classically trained musician in voice, piano, and choral conducting with performance certificate from the Conservatory of Music and Dance Darius Milhaud. As one of Seattle’s leading session vocalists, Newhall regularly records for video game, film score, and corporate media. As a concert musician, Newhall has performed with many professional choirs and orchestras in the Pacific Northwest and can be heard on over thirty classical albums.
Newhall is passionate about the music community and enjoys working in development for Bushwick Northwest, an organization that delivers literature, music, and songwriting to the Seattle community while building the next generation of musicians and readers. She works with the Womxn in Music Collective, recently producing their first compilation album, and is a founding member and board president of the Mägi Ensemble, a professional Baltic women’s choir that uses the power of music to connect with the community and celebrate cultural heritage through the arts.
When she is not living in the performer and recording artist world, you can find Newhall teaching choir, piano, and guitar at Inglemoor High School. As an award-winning music educator, Newhall is a National Board Certified teacher and is the Commercial Music Chair and Area-Specific Representative for the Washington American Choral Directors Association. In her spare time, she writes folk music, studies accordion, appears as Miss May in the 2021 Accordion Babes Calendar, runs Pinehurst Photography, and looks forward to expanding her videography skills in a new partnership with Ballard Vox.
Mx. Pucks A'Plenty
Mx. Pucks A'Plenty is the Director of Junk in da Trunk, the Michelle Obama of Burlesque, and Seattle's Own Mxtress of Thiccness! This roguish radical is always ready to ride whether it be behind the scenes or on stage. Spreading their black queer magic where ever they go, Pucks is always in control. Pucks is also the founder and co-producer behind the only all performer of color burlesque festival in the Pacific Northwest, What the Funk?! An All BIPOC Burlesque Fest. The Femme Daddy that your mother should have warned you about, Pucks is not only a performer but a producer, stage manager, and themcee for hire with wit and tit to spare. You may have seen them in VHOF (Virtual Burlesque Hall of Fame) this past August. They have performed in several festivals as well including the Buxom Blaze Burlesque Festival, Savannah Burlesque Festival, FIERCE! Queer Performing Arts Festival, Edmonton Burlesque Festival, They/Them Festival, Disabilitease Festival as well as performing in The Body Political in San Francisco, and as a guest performer with Bless Your Heart Burlesque in San Diego and Gritty City Sirens of Tacoma. They are the current Mx. Congeniality of the 2019 Savannah Burlesque Festival.
Artistic Director, Reboot Theatre Company
Jasmine Joshua (they/them) is a Seattle writer, producer, actor, and director. They are the Artistic Director of the award-winning Reboot Theatre Company whose mission is to test new interpretations of established works through nontraditional casting and design. Jasmine founded Reboot in 2014 while pregnant with twins and produced the nation's first ever all-female (at the time) production of 1776.
As an actor, Jasmine studied with the Larry Moss Studio and the Groundlings in Los Angeles. They have been seen on the stages of Intiman, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Seattle Musical Theatre, Annex, and Theater Schmeater, among others. Jasmine was the Assistant Director at The 5th Avenue Theatre (dir. Sheryl Kaller), Associate Director at Village Theatre (dir. Hunter Bird), and has directed at Reboot Theatre, Cafe Nordo, Radial Productions, and Twelfth Night Productions. Jasmine has also worked as a gender consultant with The 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, and ArtsWest. Their solo work BREAD CRUMBS was workshopped at The Scratch in Seattle and premiered at ACT Theatre's Solo Fest in February 2020.
Jasmine graduated magna cum laude from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Jewish Studies. Before moving to Seattle, Jasmine was a theatrical publicist in the Bay Area, managing clients from LORT theaters and Broadway tours to opera, ballet, and a monster truck rally. They are a proud member of the Dramatist Guild and Ring of Keys. www.jasminejoshua.com
Director of Arts Engagement, Seattle Rep
Nabra Nelson is a community organizer and theater creator from Egypt, Nubia, and California. She is also the Director of Arts Engagement at Seattle Rep. As an arts administrator, director, playwright, dramaturg, and teaching artist, she works with theaters, universities, and community organizations to create positive change, strengthen community, and amplify under-heard voices through theater. She is a founding company member of Dunya Productions and Heard Space Arts Collective, and is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara.
(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.