Guest Faculty for 2013/14

Anita Montgomery

Anita Montgomery, Drama 563, Winter 2014
Anita Montgomery, dramaturg and director, is also a jazz/blues/folk singer, teaching artist, and arts administrator. She is currently Literary Manager at ACT in Seattle. For ACT, Anita created the Young Playwrights Program (YPP), which teaches the craft of playwriting to Seattle-area middle and high school students, and she manages ACT's New Play Award and New Works for the American Stage commissioning programs. She has served as dramaturg for projects at ACT, Cornish College of the Arts and Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival, and has taught and/or directed for ACT, Book-it, Jack Straw Productions, Seattle Center Academy, Seattle Children's Theatre, Theater Schmeater, Youth Theatre North West, and in several area public schools. Anita attended the University of Texas at Austin and received her BFA in acting in 1979. She is a founding member of the Pendragon Theatre Company in the Adirondack Park of New York State and has two children, Hazel and Gabriel.

 

Jane Richlovsky

Jane Richlovsky, Drama 421, Autumn 2013 and Spring 2014
Jane Richlovsky has been painting narrative works on patterned textiles for nearly twenty years. Her paintings have been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the United States, including the Museum of Northwest Art and the Tacoma Art Museum in Washington; JoAnne Artman Gallery, LA Art Show and A Shenere Velt Gallery in California; The Painting Center in New York City; Heineman-Myers Contemporary Art in Bethesda, Maryland; Art Now Miami in Miami Beach; Art Santa Fe; the Butte-Silver Bow Arts Foundation in Montana; and in Seattle at the Fetherston Gallery, Atelier 31, the Seattle Art Museum Gallery, and Pratt Gallery. She has received grants from the George Sugarman Foundation, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, the King County Arts Commission, and Artist Trust. Her work is included in the collection of the King County International Airport and in private collections around the world. JaneRichlovsky.com and makingyourownwork.wordpress.com

 

Matt Starritt

Matt Starritt, Drama 213, Autumn 2013
Matt is a freelance sound designer and writer from Seattle. He designs sound for both theater and dance and was a founder of the Washington Ensemble Theatre, where he was also the resident sound designer for the company's first four seasons. His most recent designs have been for the Seattle Repertory Theatre where he designed the sound for The Seafarer, boom and The Imaginary Invalid. Other recent designs: The Washington Ensemble Theatre'sBlahBlahBlah:BANG! at On the Boards, pro re nata for LAUNCH dance theatre, as well as Waxie Moon's Extreme Boylesque at the OTB Northwest New Works Festival 2008, The K of D for Pistol Cat Productions, Swansong for Seattle Shakespeare Company, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues and Persuasion for Book-It Repertory,Iphigenia in Aulis, Crumbs Are Also Bread, Museum Play, CRAVE, and Finer Noble Gases at The Washington Ensemble Theatre, and Ring Round the Moon for the UW School of Drama.

 

Christine Sumption

Christine Sumption, Drama 563, Winter 2014
Christine Sumption is a Seattle-based dramaturg and director with an MFA in Directing from the University of Washington School of Drama and a BFA in Drama from the University of Montana. She was on the artistic staff of Seattle Repertory Theatre for nine seasons, where she worked as a dramaturg, edited publications, and produced the annual Women Playwrights Festival in partnership with Hedgebrook, a Whidbey Island writers retreat. Her directing credits include productions at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Tacoma Actors Guild, and DARTS/Company Subaru in Tokyo, where she served as Resident Director for three years. As a dramaturg, she has worked with playwrights Tanya Barfield (Blue Door), Sarah Ruhl (The Clean House), and Cheryl L. West (Pullman Porter Blues), among many others. She has served as a dramaturg for Sundance Theatre Lab, the New Harmony Project, Icicle Creek Theatre Festival, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Seattle Children’s Theatre. She now teaches at Cornish College of the Arts and serves as a Festival Dramaturg at Hedgebrook. Sumption is the co-editor (with Liz Engelman) of Hedgebrook Plays, Volume 1 for Whit Press, due out in fall 2012.

Amy Thone

Amy Thone, Drama 352 and Drama 558, Winter 2014
Amy Thone is the casting director for Seattle Shakespeare Company, where she has directed and performed in numerous productions. Other Shakespeare roles include Regan, Lady Capulet, the Queen Cymbeline), Emilia and Adriana for Shakespeare-Santa Cruz; Hermione and a Witch for Utah Shakespeare Festival; Mariana and Escalus in Measure for Measure for the Intiman Theatre; Paulina and Hostess Quickly for Colorado Shakespeare Festival; King John for Upstart Crow; and Caliban, Gertrude, and the Nurse with Rita Giomi for Seattle Children's Theatre. Most recently, Amy was in God in Carnage for Seattle Repertory Theatre (which also played at the Alley Theatre in Houston). She is a proud founding member of the New Century Theatre Company, where she performed in The Adding Machine and On the Nature of Dust. Amy is currently on the faculty at Cornish College of the Arts, Freehold Studio Theatre, and occasionally at the University of Washington. She has an MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory.

Charlotte Tiencken

Charlotte Tiencken, Drama 456, Autumn 2013
Charlotte is an administrator, director, producer, and educator who has been working in the producing and presenting fields for 25 years. Before moving back to the Seattle area in September 2003, she was general manager at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts. As president of her own consulting firm, Scarlet Productions, she has worked with companies across the country, including Chitresh Das Dance Company in San Francisco, Ben Munisteri Dance in New York, Seattle Theatre Group, EnJoy Productions in Seattle, and Westwind, Inc. in Oregon, among many others. She has taught at Seattle Pacific University, the University of Washington, the Evergreen State College, and the University of Puget Sound. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. for seven years. Ms. Tiencken is a member of SDC, the union of stage directors and choreographers, and is past president of the board of Arts Northwest. She has served on the board of the Pat Graney Dance Company, on granting panels for the Washington State Arts Commission and 4 Culture, and was president of the board of Theatre Puget Sound. Her most recent directing credits include Cyrano de Bergerac for the Vashon Park District, Fool for Love at Stone Soup Theatre, and On the Verge at Seattle Pacific University. She lives on Vashon Island with her husband, Bill, three cats and two dogs.

Bret Torbeck

Bret Torbeck, Drama 466, Autumn 2013
In Seattle, Bret has worked on Cinderella, A Christmas Story, Candide, Catch Me If You Can, Sunday in the Park with George, Cabaret and Into the Woods (The 5th Avenue Theatre) and The Brothers Size, Fences, Doubt, Restoration Comedy, Topdog/Underdog, Wit, Sisters Matsumoto and The Time of Your Life, among others (Seattle Rep). His other regional theatre work includes Much Ado about Nothing,Amadeus, The Tempest, The Women, The Sisters Rosensweig and Take Me Out (Old Globe). The Wiz and Around the World in 80 Days (CENTERSTAGE), Uncle Vanya and The Triumph of Love (Long Wharf Theatre), the world premiere of Jeffrey Hatcher's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Arizona Theatre Company), When Grace Comes In (La Jolla Playhouse), American Conservatory Theater, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre and Pittsburgh Public Theater. He has worked on the National Tours of Proof, Spamalot and The Phantom of the Opera. Mr. Torbeck also volunteers for the Cascade Bicycle Club in Seattle.