Seattle Rep’s Public Works family of community and professional actors join together for a dazzling journey of reunion and redemption in a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale.
The Sicilian King Leontes suspects his wife of infidelity and seeks revenge by imprisoning her and banishing their newborn child to distant shores. Sixteen years later, in the wild woods of Bohemia, the consequences of his actions begin to unfold.
A hybrid film and live theatrical experience. The in-person experience takes place at the Cornish Playhouse.
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Seattle Rep's Public Works
Theater of, by, and for the people, rooted in the values of equity, imagination, and joy.
Music & Lyrics, Co-Adaptor
Todd Almond is currently appearing on Broadway in Girl from the North Country and can be seen on HBOMax’s "Gossip Girl." He recently toured the U.S. in his original musical Kansas City Choir Boy starring alongside rock icon Courtney Love, and starred in three of his original musicals at the famed Delacorte Theater in Central Park (The Tempest, The Winter’s Tale, and The Odyssey). His musical Girlfriend—based on the Matthew Sweet album of the same title—is a favorite for theater companies around the country, and he is currently collaborating with producer David Foster on a new, original musical. He has previously collaborated with Sarah Ruhl (Melancholy Play: A Chamber Musical), Jenny Schwartz (Iowa), Laura Benanti (In Constant Search for the Right Kind of Attention), Sherie Rene Scott and Norbert Leo Butz (Twohander), Kelli O’Hara (Live at Carnegie Hall), and Andrew Rannells (Live from Lincoln Center).
Lear deBessonet is the Founder of Public Works and Resident Director at The Public Theater. For Public Works, she has directed pageant-style musical adaptations of The Tempest, The Winter’s Tale, and The Odyssey at the Delacorte, each featuring two-hundred New Yorkers from all five boroughs. Now in its sixth year, the Public Works model of ongoing community engagement and participatory theater has spread nationally and internationally to Dallas, Seattle, Detroit, and most recently the National Theater in London.
Her direction has received an Obie Award, Lilly Award, Lortel Award, and a Drama Desk nomination. She most recently directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Shakespeare in the Park; also at The Public Theater: Good Person of Szechwan (featuring Taylor Mac, co-production with The Foundry), Romeo and Juliet, and the musical Miss You Like Hell by Quiara Hudes and Erin McKeown.
Other directing credits include Suzan-Lori Parks’ Venus (Signature Theater), Big River (City Center Encores!), Miss You Like Hell (La Jolla Playhouse), Pump Boys and Dinettes (Encores! Off-Center), Sherie Rene Scott’s Piece of Meat (54 Below), Marcus Gardley’s On the Levee (LCT3), Naomi Iizuka’s The Scarlet Letter (Intiman Theatre), Saint Joan of the Stockyards (PS122), Susan Soon He Stanton’s Takarazuka (Clubbed Thumb), Lucy Thurber’s Monstrosity (13P), When I Was a Ghost (Guthrie Theater), and In the Dark Ages (National Opera Theatre of Kazakhstan).
Her previous large-scale community projects include an original musical adaptation of The Odyssey at the Old Globe in 2011 and Quixote, a collaboration with homeless shelter Broad Street Ministry and the punk gypsy band Psalters in Philadelphia in 2009. For Ten Thousand Things in Minneapolis, she directed productions of As You Like It, My Fair Lady, and The Music Man that toured to prisons, community centers, and homeless shelters. She created and ran the TICKETS FOR THE PEOPLE program in New York, an initiative to distribute tickets to non-traditional theater-goers including immigrants, students, and seniors.
Recipient of the Doris Duke Impact Award, TCG’s Peter Zeisler Award, LMCC’s Presidential Award for Artistic Excellence, and the Meadow’s Prize. She has been honored as one of Crain’s 40 under 40, Time Out New York’s “25 People to Watch,” and the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors. She has also acted as a visiting professor at NYU-Tisch School of the Arts.
Lear is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Director & Screen Adaptor
Desdemona Chiang is a Taiwan-born American stage director based in Seattle, WA and Ashland, OR. She directs in a variety of genres, including new plays, Shakespeare, and musicals. Chiang is known for her visceral, no-nonsense approach to theater, with her distinct point of view as an immigrant and Asian American woman, and an interest in using storytelling to spark social discourse. Her directing credits include the Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis), Alley Theatre (Houston), Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ashland, OR), South Coast Repertory (Coasta Mesa, CA), Pittsburgh Public Theater, Baltimore Center Stage, Seattle Rep, Studio Theatre (Washington D.C.), Long Wharf Theatre (New Haven, CT), Seattle Children’s Theatre and ACT Theatre (Seattle). M.F.A. Directing: University of Washington School of Drama.
Photo by Steve Korn
Director of Photography & Film Editor
Derek Edamura is a local documentary filmmaker who has been telling stories in the region for the past 13 years. He has worked on a variety of films including The Long Haul: Story of the Buckaroos and Sam Choy’s Poke to the Max, which both premiered at Seattle International Film Festival. Currently, he works at the Northwest Film Forum as the Education Director developing educational programming and artist mentorship opportunities to empower the next generation of storytellers and filmmakers.
Trina is honored to be back at Seattle Rep for her second Public Works show! Born and raised in Seattle, her choreography credits include Seattle Rep: Public Works’ The Odyssey; The 5th Avenue Theatre: The Sound of Music, Rising Star Project: West Side Story, Rising Star Project: Spamalot, Rising Star Project: Carousel; ACT Theatre: Assassins; Village Theatre: String and ...Spelling Bee; ArtsWest: Dogfight, American Idiot, Sweeney Todd; Pittsburgh Public Theater: Little Shop of Horrors. Other choreography: Seattle Sea Gals NFL cheerleaders. Associate choreographer on various productions at The 5th Avenue, Asolo Repertory, and The Ordway. Bravo to all of the wonderful people involved in this wonderful project!
Select musical direction credits include: Beauty and the Beast (2022), Urinetown, Mamma Mia!, Grease, Jasper in Deadland, Little Shop of Horrors, RENT, Joseph...Dreamcoat, Smokey Joe’s Café, Hair (The 5th Avenue Theatre); You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (2022), She Loves Me, ...Howard Barnes, In the Heights, Hairspray, Newsies, Dreamgirls, Pump Boys and Dinettes (Village Theatre); The Winter’s Tale, As You Like It, The Odyssey, Here Lies Love (Seattle Rep); Head Over Heels, Violet, American Idiot (ArtsWest); The Spitfire Grill (Showtunes!); Daddy Long Legs, Bright Star (Taproot Theatre); How Can I Love You (Ignite Creative); Spring Awakening (Balagan). Music Supervisor: Lizard Boy (Seattle Rep). A 2010 Gregory Award and 2011/2014 Gypsy Rose Lee Award recipient, Tancioco is a vocal coach, arranger, and composer who enjoys educating youth and cultivating new musicals. Support live theater!
New Arrangements & Associate Music Director
Steven Tran (he/him) makes a lot of art. Some examples include: music directing Lizard Boy at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, directing the animated mini-musicals Northwest Bookshelf and Baseball Saved Us for The 5th Avenue Theatre, music directing and arranging/orchestrating The Lamplighter radio play at The 5th Avenue Theatre, composing The Stars Between, an opera for singers/strings/laptops with Seattle Opera’s Creation Lab, producing viral songs for YouTubers, and creating and performing his solo show The Sonata Years. The Winter’s Tale is Steven's fourth Seattle Rep Public Works production, and he hopes watching it brings you as much joy, delight, and wonder as the program brings him. Follow @snk_tran on Instagram for antics, selfies, and half-marathon training updates.
Darcey Zoller lives and works in Seattle, WA as an Art Director in theater, on TV, and film sets. She enjoys collaborating to make dreams a reality and was truly honored to be a part of Seattle Rep’s rendition of The Winter's Tale.
Danielle Nieves (she/her) is a costume designer, artist, and curator. As a Latinx artist she is passionate about projects that uplift community voices and share stories that engage and challenge the canonical narrative. Regional credits for costume design include: American Mariachi co-production at Dallas Theater Center and The Goodman Theatre, Real Women Have Curves at Dallas Theater Center, and Behold the Dreamers at Book-It Repertory Theater. Off-Broadway credits: Pity in History, No End of Blame, Gertrude The Cry, and Lovesong of the Electric Bear at PTP/NYC. She is profoundly grateful for Skip Mercier who taught her the meaning of chosen family. daniellenieves.com
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Robert J. Aguilar
Previous designs for Seattle Rep include In the Heights, Indecent, Public Works’ The Odyssey, MAC BETH, I Am My Own Wife, and Lizard Boy, among many others. Other Pacific NW credits include: In the Heights, The Curious Incident... (Portland Center Stage); Native Gardens, Hir, and Angels in America (Intiman Theatre); Romeo and Juliet and The Wolves (ACT); Urinetown (ACT/The 5th Avenue Theatre); Jasper in Deadland (The 5th Avenue Theatre); ...Spelling Bee, String (Village Theatre); Uncle Vanya (The Seagull Project). Regional credits include Little Shop… and Marjorie Prime (Pittsburgh Public Theater); Susan (The Public Theater UTR); Full Gallop (The Old Globe); In the Heights, Seven Spots on the Sun (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); In the Heights (Milwaukee Rep). Film: The Jinkx and Dela Holiday Special (Hulu), Potato Dreams of America. Robert is the Lighting Director of Seattle Rep. robertjaguilar.com IG: @fake_robert
Paul James Prendergast
Production Stage Manager, Seattle Rep. Select stage management credits: Twelfth Night, As You Like It, The Odyssey (Seattle Rep’s Public Works); The Servant of Two Masters (Seattle Rep, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Guthrie Theater, ArtsEmerson); MAC BETH, 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 Rep); 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).
A husband and a father of four, Eric is a Seattle-based actor/director/coach, and the Public Works program at Seattle Rep is very important to his heart as an artist and as a collaborator. As an actor, his credits include Broadway: First Date. Seattle credits include Holiday Inn, Austen's Pride, Carousel, Oklahoma!, RENT, Into the Woods, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Miss Saigon (The 5th Avenue Theatre); The Time of Your Life, Rejoice!, As You Like It, Twelfth Night (Seattle Rep); She Loves Me, 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). Love and admiration to his wife, Michele.
Varinique ‘V’ Davis
Varinique ‘V’ Davis (she/her) is grateful to join her Public Works family once again in creating a beautiful story in a new way. She studied at the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center and is a recipient of the Miranda Family Fellowship and Scholarship created by Lin-Manuel Miranda. “Seattle is my home, I’m honored to experience this with every beautiful artist in this film. I would not be the artist I am today without Black influence, culture, and experience. For this, I’m eternally grateful.” V’s credits include Book-It Repertory Theatre’s 2019 production of Howl’s Moving Castle, Office Hour (ArtsWest), Twelfth Night (Seattle Rep), and her Public Works debut in the 2019 production of As You Like It (Seattle Rep). Instagram: @515davis
Justin Huertas is an award-winning playwright, composer-lyricist, actor, and musician. He last appeared on stage at Seattle Rep in Tiny Beautiful Things. Justin is best known for his original musical Lizard Boy (Seattle Rep, Diversionary Theatre, NAMT Festival of New Musicals, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Original Cast Album streaming on all platforms). Other works include The Last World Octopus Wrestling Champion, Howl’s Moving Castle, and The Lamplighter. His musical Lydia & the Troll (directed by co-creator Ameenah Kaplan) is currently in development at Seattle Rep. Justin is also under commission at the Kennedy Center for The Mortification of Fovea Munson, a new musical adapted from the young adult novel of the same name.
Broadway: Disney’s Aladdin (Original Broadway Cast), A Bronx Tale (First Replacement). Disney’s Aladdin: Live from the West End (2022 Release). World Premieres: Beatsville, First Date (Gregory Award Nomination), Ramayana (BWW Award, Seattle Times Footlight Award), Saving Amy (Scandalous), A Christmas Story (World Premiere Cast Album). Select Regional: Urinetown (Gregory & Gypsy Award Nomination), Dracula, Oslo, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Assassins, Pride & Prejudice (Gypsy Award Nomination), A View From the Bridge, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Gregory Award Nomination), Carousel, Pirates of Penzance (Gregory Award Nomination), Guys and Dolls (Seattle Times Footlight Award), Rock of Ages, Seattle Symphony’s Sondheim at the Pops (conductor: Marvin Hamlisch), Beatrice & Benedict (Seattle Opera). Voice of “The Crow” in Bungie’s video game franchise Destiny. brandon-oneill.com and on Etsy at UpWestVintage and AlkiMercantile.
Alexandra is filled with immense gratitude to be playing the role of Hermione in Seattle Rep’s Public Works production of The Winter’s Tale. Other productions at Seattle Rep include Penelope in The Odyssey (Public Works), Marianne in Constellations, C in Three Tall Women, and Sarah in The Great Moment. Other notable performances include Darja in Ironbound at Seattle Public Theater; Frost in Frost/Nixon at Strawberry Theatre Workshop; Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice (directed by Jon Jory), Mathilde in The Clean House, and Janice in Italian-American Reconciliation at Actors Theatre of Louisville; the world premiere of the new Jane Martin play Somebody/Nobody and Sherlock Holmes and The Suicide Club at Arizona Theatre Company; Middletown and Rock ‘n’ Roll at ACT; Ellie in Heartbreak House and Irina in The Three Sisters (directed by Bartlett Sher) at Intiman Theatre; Medea in Medea at Seattle Shakespeare Company; Leni and The Elephant Man at Strawberry Theatre Workshop; Nina in The Seagull, Masha in The Three Sisters, and Yelena in Uncle Vanya (The Seagull Project). She is a founding producing member of The Seagull Project and has an M.F.A. in acting from University of Washington.
Sicilian Court Officer
Jessica Renee Peterson
Alex Lee Reed
William Douglas Johnson
Diane Laura Ste. Marie
Ann Marie Yoder
Paul Hamilton Otis
Dolores Maria Rossman
Mertiss Jay Thompson
Rosemary Kamb Kidane
Miss Jay is a director, educator, and performer currently serving as the Co-Artistic Director of Sound Theatre and founder of the Seattle Theatre Leaders Collective. Jay has worked across the U.S. and internationally for Seattle Rep, Seattle Public Theater, Intiman, Earthseed, ArtsWest, Village Theatre, ACT, Scottish Youth Theatre, Duke, Carnegie Mellon, and Yale. Miss Jay holds an M.A. in Directing from Edinburgh Napier University, a B.A. in Theatre from SUNY Brockport, and studied film in Thailand at Mahidol University. Currently in Process: Director of Beauty and the Beast at The 5th Avenue Theatre, January 2022.
Hattie Claire Andres
Hattie Claire Andres (she/her) is elated to collaborate with the Public Works family again, most recently directing the Public Works virtual production of Twelfth Night and previously working on As You Like It, The Odyssey, and as a teaching artist. Hattie is the Manager of Artistic Programming at Seattle Rep and a freelance director, producer, and educator. Recent directing and associate/assistant directing credits include: Little Shop of Horrors (Pittsburgh Public Theater); Mamma Mia! (Seattle Musical Theatre); Rising Star Project, Annie, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Kiss Me, Kate, Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion, Secret Garden, Pajama Game, Little Mermaid, Man of La Mancha (The 5th Avenue Theatre); Alice in Wonderland, Madagascar, Shrek (Seattle Children’s Theatre). Thank you for supporting the theater and this incredible community!
Assistant Music Director
Aimee Hong (she/her) is grateful for the opportunity to work with the Public Works family. By day, she teaches with Bellevue College, Village Kidstage, and Studio East. By night, she has music directed for many theaters around the area. Thank you to Teams Music, Directing, and Choreo for the magic making, and the entire cast and crew for reminding her that if life is as infused with as much joy and passion as the Public Works family is, then we're going to be okay. #bandlivetweets
As a Seattle native, Nehemiah is honored to have been a part of his first Public Works production, The Winter’s Tale. Many thanks to the Seattle Rep and Public Works family, what a wonderful community. He was last seen in Shout, Sister, Shout! with Seattle Rep. Before that he spent 9 years performing with Norwegian Cruise Lines as a featured singer-dancer. He’s performed with New York Metropolitan Opera and at Disney World MGM Studios. Look for him in the ensemble of The 5th Avenue Theatre’s Beauty and the Beast.
Cy Paolantonio is a multiracial, multidisciplinary artist whose work has been seen at notable venues such as The 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, NYMF, NY Fringe, The Smithsonian, The Arad Fort in Bahrain, Synetic Theatre, Cave B, Carnival Cruise Lines, NBC, BET, and VH1/SXSW/The Bowery/Rockers on Broadway (touring as a dancer with Steven Van Zandt). In addition to theater, puppetry, commercials, and tv studio technician work, Cy tries to balance these artistic pursuits with family life – you can follow the antics on the ‘gram @mamasemamacy. She/they is known for exclaiming quite often, “Don’t tempt me with a good time.” cypaolantonio.com
Lighting Design Associate
Director of Public Works
Lia Sima Fakhouri
Public Works Manager
Public Works Assistant
Assistant Stage Manager
The Winter's Tale is Ruth's first production as part of the Public Works family! In pre-pandemic times she could usually be found at ACT Theatre working on shows like Dracula, Romeo+Juliet, Oslo, and A Christmas Carol. Around town she has worked with Seattle Shakespeare Company, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre, The 5th Avenue Theatre, and others. Ruth was also a proud member of New Century Theatre Company for many years, helping to create shows like Mary's Wedding, The Trial, and The Adding Machine.
Assistant Stage Manager
Malie Fujii (she/her) is a proud Yonsei Japanese American who pronounces her name “muh-LEE-ay foo-JEE-ee” and resides on the lands of the Coast Salish and Lenape peoples. She prioritizes projects that center Global Majority (BIPOC) artists, communities, and abundance. Recent credits include: Beauty and the Beast (The 5th Avenue Theatre), Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Shout Sister Shout! (Seattle Rep); Kim's Convenience (Taproot Theatre); Skeleton Crew, An Octoroon, The Who & The What (ArtsWest); Changer, Reparations, CITIZEN, and Nadeshiko (Sound Theatre). Malie graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in Drama and Capitalism (A.K.A. Business Administration, an education she is still working to unlearn). She finds joy by choreographing gymnastics routines, playing crash cymbals at top volume, and befriending other peoples’ dogs.
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The Boys & Girls Clubs of King County
The Boys & Girls Clubs of King County enable young people to reach their full potential by emphasizing academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. At the Southwest Club, Seattle Rep works with young adults and teens to develop performance skills through spoken word poetry. At the North Seattle Club, Seattle Rep's Public Works offers workshops in improvisation and beginning acting skills for middle-school-aged aspiring artists. positiveplace.org
Byrd Barr Place
Byrd Barr Place supports Seattle residents who are getting on the path to self-sufficiency with food, rent, financial education, and energy assistance. Seattle Rep's Public Works staff and teaching artists hold weekly workshops on storytelling and performance. byrdbarrplace.org
Jubilee Women’s Center
Jubilee Women’s Center supports women experiencing poverty by helping them to build stable and fulfilling futures, one extraordinary woman at a time. Seattle Rep's Public Works workshops at Jubilee focus on developing each participant’s creative voice and physical presence. jwcenter.org
Compass Housing Alliance/Renton Veterans Center
Compass Housing Alliance/Renton Veterans Center builds and provides affordable housing and emergency services to people who are homeless or have low income from Southcenter to Shoreline. Compass Housing Alliance touches the lives of 10,000 people each year. With Seattle Rep's Public Works, they hold weekly workshops in storytelling and performance. Compass Veteran's Center: Renton
Path with Art
Path with Art harnesses the power of creative engagement to support people recovering from homelessness, addiction, and trauma, and, in turn, builds community and stability. Path with Art provides cultural engagement opportunities, exhibitions, and showcases, as well as regularly occurring free art classes across a variety of artistic disciplines. Seattle Rep's Public Works augments Path with Art’s offerings by holding different workshops from Shakespeare to musical theater. pathwithart.org
ReWA (Refugee Women's Alliance)
ReWA (Refugee Women's Alliance) is a non-profit, multi-ethnic organization that promotes inclusion, independence, personal leadership, and strong communities by providing refugee and immigrant women and their families with culturally and linguistically appropriate services including ESL classes, vocational training and employment assistance, behavioral health, domestic violence services, early childhood education, after-school youth programs, and naturalization and legal services. Seattle Rep's Public Works workshops are held with teen women focusing on storytelling and physical presence in an empowering social justice program in the spring. rewa.org
Seattle Central College
Seattle Central College offers short- and long-term certificates, associate, and bachelor degrees. Students, faculty, and staff are vocal advocates for social change, both on campus and in broader movements. Seattle Rep's Public Works offers weekly bilingual Shakespeare workshops as part of the college's acting class. seattlecentral.edu
Sound Generations/Ballard NW Senior Center
Sound Generations/Ballard NW Senior Center provides older adults and adults with disabilities with vital resources to help them thrive. Seattle Rep's Public Works has partnered with the Ballard NW Senior Center for an ongoing class focused on musical theater and performance. ballardseniorcenter.org
Associate Costume Director
Costume Design Associate
Cornish Master Stage Carpenter
Cornish Master Audio Engineer
Cornish Master Electrician
Post-Production Sound Editing
Seattle Rep Staff
The Winter's Tale would not be possible without the support of Seattle Rep's full staff.
Support Public Works
From community classes to mainstage (and now hybrid!) productions like The Winter’s Tale, Seattle Rep’s Public Works is free to all who participate and funded entirely through contributions of all sizes from generous donors like you. Your support makes it possible for participants across eight partner organizations to engage in ongoing weekly theater classes, monthly shows and events, and an annual production that centers equity, imagination, and joy on Seattle Rep’s mainstage.
Breaking news: Make a gift of any amount now through our final performance of The Winter's Tale on December 19, and your donation will be matched dollar for dollar (up to a total of $8,000) to achieve DOUBLE the impact!
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Institutional Support for Public Works Provided by
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
The Knossos Foundation
Fales Foundation Trust
BNSF Railway Foundation
Tulalip Tribes Charitable Contributions
Coldstream Wealth Management
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