The spotlight shines on everyone
Seattle Rep's Public Works family of community and professional actors join together to bring Shakespeare's As You Like It to life in a fantastical tale of faithful friends and feuding families.
Our fair heroine Rosalind is fleeing persecution from her uncle’s court to unearth a new life (and hopefully love!) in the Forest of Arden. Amidst the beautiful trees, Rosalind steps into the unknown to find community and acceptance under the enchantment of the stars. All the world’s a stage for our Public Works family and you are invited to run away with us into the wild.
Presented by arrangement with The Musical Company, a Concord Theatricals Company, 229 West 28th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 1001. www.themusicalcompany.com. Phone: 212.598.2204. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Event Type||Event Dates|
|ASL Interpreted Performance||Saturday, Sept 7 at 2 p.m.|
|Open Captioned Performance||Saturday, Sept 7 at 2 p.m.|
Adaptor & Book
Shaina Taub is an Emmy-nominated songwriter and performer. An Arist-in-Residence at the Public Theater, Shaina has won the Jonathan Larson Grant, the Kleban Prize, the Fred Ebb Award, and the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award. Taub has starred in her musical adaptations of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (Drama Desk nom) and As You Like It, commissioned for the Public's groundbreaking Public Works initiative and produced in their Free Shakespeare in the Park season. She's currently writing a musical about the American women’s suffrage movement and she's writing lyrics for the upcoming The Devil Wears Prada, with music by Sir Elton John. Other credits include writing songs for and co-starring in Old Hats at the Signature Theatre and A.C.T., playing Mary (Lortel nom) in the off-Broadway run of Great Comet, and appearing in the original cast of Hadestown at New York Theatre Workshop. Her two solo albums, Visitors and Die Happy are available at www.shainataub.com.
Laurie Woolery is a director, playwright, and citizen artist. She has worked at The Public Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Yale Repertory, Trinity Repertory, Cornerstone Theater Company, South Coast Repertory, Los Angeles Philharmonic, to name a few. Woolery has directed world premieres of plays by Tanya Saracho, Mary Kathryn Nagle, Charise Castro Smith, Marisela Trevino Orta, Aditi Kapil, among others.
Currently, Woolery is the Director of Public Works at The Public Theater, an initiative that seeks to engage the people of New York by making them creators and not just spectators. Working with partner organizations in all five boroughs, Public Works invites members of diverse communities to join in the creation of ambitious works of participatory theater. Woolery adapted and directed a new musical adaptation of As You Like It with Shaina Taub which debuted at the Delacorte Theater with 200 New Yorkers and was named one of The New York Times best shows of 2017.
Woolery develops and directs new works with diverse communities ranging from incarcerated women to residents of a small Kansas town devastated by a tornado. Woolery has created site-specific work ranging from a working sawmill, parking lots, to the banks of the Los Angeles River. Woolery curated and produced a two-week festival in Los Angeles that explored issues of hunger that brought artists, activists, community and thought leaders together.
Woolery is the former Associate Artistic Director of Cornerstone Theater Company and Conservatory Director at South Coast Repertory. Woolery is the founding member of The Sol Project in New York.
Timothy McCuen Piggee
Directed A Raisin in the Sun at the Rep in 2016. Other directing credits include productions for and readings for the Village Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Theatre Schmeater, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, and numerous productions at Cornish College of the Arts where he is currently a professor of Theatre. His acting credits include roles with several regional theaters, local stages, and on Broadway. Most recently, Timothy appeared as Oliver Warbucks in Annie at The 5th Avenue Theatre. His film and TV credits include Navy Diver, Outpatient, After, Crocodile Tears, Take One, “The David Letterman Show,” and the “65th Annual Tony Awards.” His awards and honors include the 2016 Gregory A. Falls Award for Sustained Achievement, the 2015 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship, and the 2012 University of Utah Distinguished Alumnus Award, two Gregory Awards, Gypsy Rose Lee Award, Utah Holiday Award, and four Seattle Footlight Awards.
Cast and Production
Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako
Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako is an actor, writer, director, and choreographer with her B.F.A. in Theatre & Dance from the University of Wyoming. Claudine is overjoyed to join the cast of As You Like It after two years of engagement with Public Works as a teaching artist. She is a member of ACT Theatre’s Core Company, and was most recently seen on stage in The Williams’ Project’s chilling production of A Bright Room Called Day. Nako is a two-time Gregory Award Winner for Outstanding Lead for her work in Little Bee (Book-It) and My Heart is the Drum (Village Theatre). Claudine also works in film and TV, starring most notably as Sherry O’Neil in the Netflix original series Everything Sucks! Nako is committed to supporting art that centers marginalized voices through dynamic storytelling.
A husband and a father of four, Eric is a Seattle-based actor/director/coach. In Seattle, he has directed American Idiot (ArtsWest); Grease, ELF (The 5th Avenue Theatre); Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-Long Blog, Spring Awakening, Avenue Q (Balagan Theatre); Trails and In the Heights (Village Theatre).
As an actor, his credits include: Broadway: First Date. Seattle credits include: Holiday Inn, Carousel, Oklahoma!, RENT, Into the Woods, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Miss Saigon (The 5th Avenue Theatre); The Time of Your Life, Rejoice! (Seattle Rep); String, Annie, The Secret Garden, Girl of My Dreams, The Gypsy King (Village Theatre); Bloomsday and A Christmas Carol (ACT); and Peter Pan (Seattle Children’s Theatre).
Upcoming: Austen’s Pride at The 5th Avenue and She Loves Me at the Village Theatre.
At Seattle Rep: The Great Leap (co-production with Denver Center), The Comparables. Seattle Credits Include: Stupid F#$%ing Bird, Dangerous Liaisons, A Christmas Carol, Bad Apples (ACT Theatre); All’s Well That Ends Well, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bring Down the House Pts. 1 & 2, Love’s Labours Lost, Othello (Seattle Shakespeare Company/Wooden O); Jane Eyre (Book-It Repertory Theatre). As a playwright, Keiko was a member of the 2015 - 2017 Seattle Rep Writers Group and has received national recognition for her writing. TV/Film: “Grimm,” “Z Nation,” and “C.O.G.” Training: B.F.A., NYU. Keiko will be relocating this fall to pursue an M.F.A. in Playwriting at the University of California San Diego.
Christian Quinto is honored to be back on stage with the Public Works family. He made his Seattle theater debut in The Odyssey (Public Works’ inaugural production) and was last seen in the world premiere of The Last World Octopus Wrestling Champion at ArtsWest. Quinto was born and raised in the Philippines, then moved to Hawai’i when he was 14 years old, but now calls Seattle home. He’s a big fan of curry, boba tea, and Filipino representation and visibility on stage and screen. Select credits: Office Hour (Dennis), Next To Normal (Gabe), Mamma Mia! (Sky), Pageant (Miss Industrial Northeast).
“Huge mahalo to my family, friends, mentors, and everyone involved in As You Like It for their endless love and support!”
Shaunyce previously appeared in Nina Simone: Four Women at Seattle Rep. Other credits include Barbecue, The Wedding Band, Black Nativity (Intiman); Crowns (Intiman, Prince Musical Theatre); Hairspray, Matilda, My Heart is the Drum, Chicago (Village Theatre); The Pajama Game (The 5th Ave Theatre); Rejoice (True Colors Theatre); The Wiz, Constant Star (Ensemble Theatre); Hi Hat Hattie (Ensemble, New Horizon Theatre); Caged Bird (Book-It Rep). Tours: Menopause The Musical, Ain’t Misbehavin’. TV/Film: “The Librarians,” Last Seen In Idaho, Alt. Voice-over: Madison Grant in the State of Decay video game. Awards: Gregory, Footlight, Broadway World, Gypsy Rose Lee, and The 5th Avenue Theatre’s Subscriber’s Choice. Teaching Artist, Master Sensei in Japan.
Education: B.A. in Theatre from Southern University and A&M College. Facebook: Shaunyce Omar
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Older Jaques/Lady in Waiting
Special Walk-on Role
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Rosemary Kamb Kidane
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Dolores Maria Rossman
LQ Lion Dance
Seattle Hand Drummers
My artworks, giant playful creatures, come from dreams and have personal significance in life and transformation. The process of creation and construction is a large part of the enjoyment in making and innovating. These are carefully crafted giant puppets, lightweight, articulated, illuminated - engineered to be easy to move in play. The giant puppets are beautifully crafted to delight children and adults. On the other side of my life, I am working with intuition and perception as a psychic and healer, and as a teacher. Creativity has brought me to an intersection between the seen world and the invisible, the other side, the energy behind it all. As an artist, I use and develop my ability to receive and process information through a unique perceptive lens, bringing art, images, ideas, into form.
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Select musical direction credits include: Urinetown, Mamma Mia, Grease, Jasper in Deadland, Hairspray Anniversary Concert, Little Shop of Horrors, RENT, First Date, Joseph…, Smokey Joe’s Café, Hair (The 5th); Hairspray, Disney’s Newsies, Dreamgirls, Pump Boys and Dinettes, In The Heights, Les Misérables, (Village Theatre); The Odyssey, Here Lies Love (Seattle Rep); Violet, American Idiot, Bat Boy (ArtsWest); The Spitfire Grill, Shenandoah (Showtunes); Bright Star (Taproot Theatre); Next to Normal, A New Brain, New Voices (Contemporary Classics). Music Supervisor: Lizard Boy (Seattle Rep). A 2010 Gregory Award and 2011/2014 Gypsy Rose Lee award recipient, R.J. is also a vocal coach, arranger, composer, and enjoys educating youth and cultivating new musicals. “...still, I will love...”
Kathryn Van Meter
Kathryn Van Meter is a Seattle-based director, choreographer, actress, and teaching artist. Recent collaborations include directing and choreographing Matilda for Village Theatre, choreographing Il Trovatore for Seattle Opera, and originating the role of Liz in the critically acclaimed Fire Season at SPT. Kathryn is the resident choreographer for the Netflix show “13 Reasons Why” and has taught dance all around the United States, South Africa, and the dacha lands of Siberia. Up next, Kathryn will be directing Corduroy for SCT. Thank you for supporting this incredible program!
Scenic & Projection Designer
L.B. Morse is a designer for theater and dance and has designed lighting, scenery, and multimedia for over 25 productions at Seattle Rep. Recent productions include Tiny Beautiful Things (scenery); Nina Simone: Four Women (multimedia); A Doll’s House, Part 2 (lighting); Ibsen in Chicago (lighting); The Odyssey (scenery and multimedia); Well (lighting); Constellations (scenery and lighting); Lizard Boy (scenery and multimedia); and The Hound of the Baskervilles (scenery, lighting, and multimedia). He has also designed for The 5th Avenue Theatre, Intiman, ACT Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Tantrum Theater, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, Seattle Shakespeare Company, On the Boards, Lingo dancetheater, Maureen Whiting Dance Co., and Empty Space, among others. L.B. holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts and a Graduate Certificate in Scenic Design from University of California, Santa Cruz, and is a proud a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.
Nephelie Andonyadis is based in Southern California and Washington, D.C. Recent works include costumes for The Odyssey at Seattle Rep, The Tempest at Pittsburgh Public Theatre, The Juliet Letters at Urban Arias, The Children at Studio Theatre, Lost in the Stars (CAPUCLA), and Persians (Getty Villa) with SITI Company; sets for A Jordan Downs Illumination and Magic Fruit with Cornerstone, Topdog/Underdog with Avant Bard, and Winnie the Pooh with Adventure Theatre. Nephelie is an ensemble member of Cornerstone Theater Company with whom she has designed many plays about many communities across California. In 17 seasons at South Coast Repertory, her set and/or costume designs have included Motherf**ker with the Hat, Charlotte’s Web, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Safe in Hell, and many others.
From coast to coast, her designs have been seen at Center Theatre Group, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Intersection for the Arts, Portland Center Stage, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Guthrie Lab, Court Theatre, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, among others. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and Cornell University School of Architecture, a recipient of the TCG/NEA design fellowship, and has been a professor at the University of Michigan and at the University of Redlands.
Geoff Korf has been designing community-based theater productions since 1992. He is a member of the ensemble of Cornerstone Theater in Los Angeles. As You Like It is Geoff’s seventeenth lighting design at Seattle Rep. Geoff teaches lighting design at the University of Washington and currently serves as the Interim Associate Director of the School of Drama. He is a graduate of California State University, Chico, and the Yale School of Drama.
Kevin Heard is a Seattle-bred, NYC-based sound designer and producer. For Seattle Rep: The Odyssey, Buyer & Cellar. Other Seattle designs: The Legend of Georgia McBride (ACT, Gregory Award Nomination), Sweeney Todd (ArtsWest, BroadwayWorld Award), Assassins (ACT, BroadwayWorld Award), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (starring Jinkx Monsoon), many productions for Teatro ZinZanni, and four productions as Associate Sound Designer for The 5th Avenue. Kevin has over 20 Broadway and Off-Broadway design credits and along with dozens of productions at regional theaters across the U.S. He designed the international premieres of Fun Home (starring Lea Salonga), Kinky Boots, and Matilda in Manila, Philippines. Kevin also works as the Associate Producer for BenDeLaCreme Presents, which produces the annual Halloween spooktacular Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor and several US/international tours. Member: United Scenic Artists. HeardAudio.com
Production Stage Manager, Seattle Rep. Select credits: The Servant of Two Masters (Seattle Rep, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Guthrie Theater, ArtsEmerson); Last of the Boys, MAC BETH, The Odyssey, Here Lies Love, Well, A Raisin in the Sun, All the Way, The Great Society, The Piano Lesson, Boeing Boeing, Fences, You Can’t Take It With You, Gem of the Ocean (Seattle Repertory Theatre); The Sound of Music, Cinderella, Guys and Dolls, White Christmas, Cabaret (The 5th Avenue Theatre); Angels in America, A Doctor In Spite of Himself (Intiman Theatre); Brooklyn Bridge, Lyle the Crocodile (Seattle Children’s Theatre).
Hattie Claire Andres
Hattie Claire Andres (she/her) is truly honored to be back for a second Public Works production. Hattie is the Artistic Associate at Seattle Rep, Festival Producer for One Coast Collaboration (a new play festival), and a teaching artist with Seattle Children’s Theatre. Recent directing and AD credits include: Mamma Mia! (Seattle Musical Theatre), Rising Star Project, Annie, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Kiss Me, Kate, Romy & Michele, Secret Garden, Pajama Game, Little Mermaid, Man of La Mancha (5th Ave); Public Works Seattle’s The Odyssey, Lizard Boy, Dear Elizabeth (Seattle Rep); Alice in Wonderland, Madagascar, Shrek (SCT). BA: St. Olaf College. Proud co-founder of the Young Americans' Theatre Company. Love to Drew & the fam.
Sarah Butts is a Seattle-based theater director and verbatim theater maker with an M.F.A. in Directing from University of CA – Irvine. Companies she has worked with include Village Theatre, Mill Mountain Theatre, Southcoast Repertory Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Long Beach Playhouse, UC Irvine, and Grandstreet Theatre. Select directing credits include Newsies, These Shining Lives, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Doubt and RENT. Sarah has written and directed several original verbatim-theater works addressing mental health and stigma, post-2016 presidential election trauma, and child loss and grief. Sarah is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).
Jimmy is elated to be a part of this creative team. Jimmy is a very talented singer/songwriter, dancer/choreographer, and director. Recent theater credits as choreographer include The WIZ (Tacoma Musical Playhouse); Hairspray, and Matilda (Village Theatre); Legally Blonde (Showtunes Theatre).
Jimmy is also a director with Tacoma Arts Live and recently directed the west coast premiere of Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical (Tacoma Musical Playhouse). Upcoming shows: Howl’s Moving Castle (Book It Theatre) and The Gregory’s (TPS).
Scott’s choreography has been seen at Village Theatre, Sound Theatre Company, and Seattle Musical Theatre. Before he began choreographing, he performed at theaters all over the U.S., including The 5th Avenue, Village Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO, The Muny, The Denver Center, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and many others. Many thanks to Kathryn for being an enthusiastic cheerleader and mentor, and asking him back to help you tell another story. Additional thanks to Timothy and Seattle Rep for the opportunity to come play. Upcoming projects: She Loves Me at Village Theatre (Choreographer).
Associate Music Director
Julia Thornton is a music director, pianist, and vocal coach living in Seattle, WA. She holds a 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. Credits include: The Odyssey (Seattle Rep); West Side Story: Rising Star Project, Annie, Mamma Mia! (The 5th Avenue Theatre); Guys and Dolls (upcoming) and Into the Woods (Village Theatre); Ragtime, Shrek (Seattle Children’s Theatre); Urinetown (Cornish College of the Arts); and more. She currently serves as the Resident Music Consultant for Seattle Rep.
Visit her at www.juliathornton.org
Assistant Music Director
Steven Tran is a multi-hyphenated theater artist and musician. He has appeared onstage with Seattle Shakespeare Company and Taproot Theatre, as well as numerous productions as a music director and accompanist at theaters including The 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Seattle Musical Theatre, and A Sensible Theatre Company. He recently composed additional music and arrangements/orchestrations for The Last World Octopus Wrestling Champion at ArtsWest as well as the original score for Romeo and Juliet at Wooden O. Steven is the playwright and performer of his autobiographical, actor-musician solo show The Sonata Years which was produced in an extended, sold-out run at 18th and Union and received a workshop at Seattle Rep's The Other Season this past July.
Assistant Stage Manager
Credits include: Nina Simone: For Women, In the Heights, The Humans, Seattle Rep’s Public Works’ The Odyssey, The Vaudevillians,Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Venus in Fur, Boeing Boeing, Clybourne Park, Red, The Imaginary Invalid, Birdie Blue, Twelfth Night (Seattle Rep); Rock of Ages, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion,Grease, A Chorus Line, Oliver!, Secondhand Lions,The Music Man, RENT, Cinderella (The 5th Avenue Theatre); The Little Prince, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Goodnight Moon, The Wizard of Oz, Lyle the Crocodile (Seattle Children’s Theatre); The Temple Bombing (Alliance Theatre); La Cenerentola (Spoleto Festival ’08); The Lion in Winter, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Santa Cruz); Amelia, Don Quixote (Seattle Opera).
Assistant Stage Manager
Off Broadway: The Under the Radar Festival, Public Works’ Twelfth Night, Public Works’ The Odyssey, King Lear (The Public Theater), A Funny Thing… (Manhattan Class Company), Figaro! (90210) (The Duke on 42nd). Regional: Endlings (American Repertory Theatre), Public Works’ The Odyssey (Seattle Rep), Public Works’ The Tempest (Dallas Theater Center); Nice Fish (St. Ann’s Warehouse); A Little Night Music, Man of La Mancha (The Princeton Festival); Lend Me a Tenor (Resident Theatre Company). Opera: Houston Grand Opera, The Princeton Festival, Opera Omaha. Tours: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (TheatreworksUSA). B.F.A. in Theatre from Baylor University.
Assistant Stage Manager
Credits include Nina Simone: Four Women, Here Lies Love (Seattle Rep); And in This Corner: Cassius Clay, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mwindo (Seattle Children’s Theatre); Disney Musicals in Schools, DANCE This 20th Anniversary (Seattle Theatre Group); Hunchback of Notre Dame, Kiss Me, Kate, Mamma Mia!, Holiday Inn, Ragtime, Paint Your Wagon, A Night With Janis Jopin, How to Succeed in Business... (5th Avenue Theatre); The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, il trovatore, Madame Butterfly (Seattle Opera). Love to Sam.
Public Works Director
Public Works Associate
Associate Youth Supervisor
Stage Management Intern
Community Ensemble Coach
Ana Maria Campoy
Check out photos from As You Like It rehearsals!