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Kathryn Stahl

Kathryn Stahl is thrilled to be coming back to the Pacific Northwest and working with Broadway Olympia as Director for their first production. Kathryn has spent the past three years at Michigan State University, where this May, she graduates with her MFA in Acting. During her time in Michigan, Kathryn has had the opportunity to act in several shows, direct and even devise and produce a touring production specifically for audiences with varying abilities. Additionally, she worked as a teaching artist in both Nebraska and Michigan, working with grades K-12 and helping to develop curriculum for students on the autism spectrum, working to ensure inclusive arts. Selected acting credits: Sense and Sensibility (SCT), Dog Act (MSU) Venus in Fur (MSU) and Charlote’s Wed (Omaha Rose Theatre). Select Directing: Wedding Singer (Auburn Avenue), Sorry, Wrong Number (MSU) and FARM! (MSU). Film and TV: Crandies, Oswaldo and Disengage. Kathryn is looking forward to coming back home and using her education to make an impact on the theatre communities that gave her her start.

Director, Legally Blonde! The Musical

Chris Serface

Chris was raised in Olympia, where he discovered the theatre at an early age and became involved with the local community scene including his school, The Abbey Players, and Capital Playhouse.  At 17, he became the youngest board member of Capital Playhouse and helped that organization grow from a seasonal production schedule to year-round programming. During his educational and professional career, he has traveled throughout the West, working closely with many theatres as an actor, technician, director, musician, volunteer, or board member (sometimes all of them at the same time).  His last directing project in Olympia was Legally Blonde at Capital Playhouse.  Other favorite directing projects: Second Samuel, Blithe Spirit, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Hairspray.  By day Chris is the Managing Artistic Director for Tacoma Little Theatre, now celebrating its 100th Anniversary.  He currently sits on the boards of the Washington State Community Theatre Association (www.wscta.org) and the American Association of Community Theatre (www.aact.org).

Director, The Rocky Horror Show

Jimmy Shields

Jimmy Shields is a Pierce county native with a strong passion for the performing arts. Jimmy began his dance training at the age of 8 and has studied all disciplines of dance but highlight hip hop and jazz/lyrical his favorites and strongest. Over his years of training, Jimmy has had the privilege of training and working with Emmy Award winning choreographers NappyTabs (Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo), Disney veteran Jon Jacobson and famed Seattle Choreographer, Daniel Cruz, just to name a few. As a teaching artist, Jimmy has instructed dancers who have gone on to dance with he likes of Debbie Allen, Ciara, Adam Lambert and Meghan Trainor. Aside from dance, Jimmy is also a singer, Director and professional actor in the greater Seattle area. His recent theater credits include The Wiz, Tacoma Musical Playhouse; DREAMGIRLS, Village Theatre; Nihonjin Face Broadway Center for the Performing Arts and Hairspray, Village Theatre.

Choreographer, Legally Blonde

Pavlina Morris

Pavlina is thrilled to be directing Young Frankenstein for Broadway Olympia, and as a long time Mel Brooks fan she couldn’t be more excited to bring this creature to life! Pavlina is the founder and artistic director for The Changing Scene Theatre Northwest, a company dedicated to new and innovative works. The Changing Scene began performing on the Kitsap Peninsula in 2002 and migrated to Tacoma in 2013, currently performing at Tacoma’s Dukesbay Theater. After years of performing, directing, and designing in Denver, Pavlina has made Western Washington her home, and has directed shows in Kitsap (CSTOCK, Bremerton Community Theatre, The Jewel Box), Tacoma (Tacoma Little Theatre), and Seattle (Red Rover Productions). She can’t wait to add the vibrant and welcoming Olympia arts community to her list.  By day, Pavlina works as an online humanities and theatre professor for Vincennes University and Southern New Hampshire University.

Director, Young Frankenstein

L.M. Attea

Laurie is a recent transplant to the PNW moving here after spending many years in the Midwest.  Laurie has directed in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Madison and is excited to partner with Broadway Olympia Productions.   She holds a BA in English and Dramatic Arts from SUNY Geneseo and an MFA in Directing from UW-Madison. She was a co-founder and Managing Director of a summer arts festival before moving to Olympia.  She is a video editor and has also designed sound and projections for productions at UW/BSC and SPSCC.

Director, Cabaret

Melanie Gladstone

Melanie Gladstone is a performer/musician/choreographer born and bred in New York to a theatrical family. She has been dancing, singing, and acting since she can remember and absolutely loves the world of theater! Through the years, Melanie has taught music and dance, worked with students with disabilities, traveled around the world to provide dance workshops for students with disabilities, and studied and performed with professional Integrated Dance companies in Europe. In her other persona, Melanie is an elementary Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She began her teaching career teaching music and dance at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind, before moving to WA to work in the public schools. She has performed on numerous stages throughout the country, and is always happiest in a theater, whether on stage or in the audience cheering on the performers. Growing up, she also was a gymnast for 20 years, and coached at private gyms and high schools, subsequently becoming a gymnastics judge, as well. Her favorite style of dancing is Tap, and she is in awe of every hard working performer out there for putting their heart and soul into their work. Washington is now where she is planting her roots and looks forward to a long career with the wonderful theatrical community in the PNW.

Choreographer, Rocky Horror Show

Amy Shephard

Amy Shephard is a long time resident of the Pacific Northwest and has worked as a performer and choreographer for over 15 years.  Whether it's musical theater, Shakespeare or experimental; Amy loves nothing more than to performer, write and teach performance.  Amy performs regionally and teaches choreography and theater summer camps at Olympia Family Theater.  She lives in Olympia with her partner Andy and his daughter Nali.

Choreographer, Young Frankenstein

Rico Lastrapes

Rico Lastrapes is a Seattle based actor who has been fortunate enough to perform internationally. He toured the United States co-hosting SeaWorld Kid's Generation Nature LIVE with Bindi Irwin and moved to Washington in 2015 after receiving his BFA in Acting from the University of Central Florida. Rico has been very active in the Puget Sound theatre community, with six featured roles since his arrival. Most notably, he was featured as Race in Village Theatre's production of Disney's NEWSIES.

 

As a director/choreographer, he has put together two successful flash mobs including “One Day More” from Les Miserables (which has over 185,000 views on YouTube). He has also musically directed productions of Legally Blonde: the Musical and [title of show]. Recently he choreographed The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Legally Blonde: the Musical at Spanaway Lake High School as well as Legally Blonde, Jr. for TLT's Summer Camps. Rico also teaches Tap in the area and founded Tacoma Teen Tap - a program to offer affordable classes to Tacoma Youth. www.ricolastrapes.com

Featured Choreographer, Young Frankenstein

Megan Smith

Megan Smith graduated from Central Washington University with a BFA in Musical Theatre Cum Laude and has been working as a professional choreographer, dancer, singer, actor and teaching artist. Immediately upon graduation from Central, she was hired as the resident choreographer and dance instructor for their BFA Musical Theatre Program. Megan has performed and choreographed across the Pacific Northwest including Oregon Children’s Theatre, Pixie Dust Productions, Walt Disney World, Leavenworth Sumer Theatre and Tacoma Musical Playhouse.

Choreographer, Cabaret

Zachary Kellogg

Zachary Kellogg is an internationally acclaimed jazz and classical flautist, pianist and composer. A multiple international competition winner, he made his solo debut at Carnegie Hall in 2011 at the age of 13; and has released several CD’s. Zachary is currently the Director of the Broadway for Broadway program at Puyallup Children’s Theater & Music Academy, where Zachary has taught for eight years. Zachary has also served as music director/instructor at many other theaters in the Puget Sound area. Zachary also maintains an active teaching studio. For more info visit www.ZacharyKelloggMusic.com

Musical Director, Legally Blonde, Wedding Singer

Jeff bell

Jeff Bell - Music Director

Jeff is a veteran of more than 25 years in musical theatre working as a music director, accompanist and keyboardist. A graduate of The Eastman School of Music and Northwestern University, Jeff developed his skills in the Chicago area and arrived in the Pacific Northwest six years ago, first to Seattle, and now Tacoma. Seattle credits include productions at The 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre as well as productions at Cornish College of the Arts.

Musical Director, The Rocky Horror Show

Bruce Haasl

Bruce has designed painted and built scenery for more than 300 productions.  His work has been seen locally at Harlequin Productions, Capital Playhouse, Centerstage and Tacoma Musical Playhouse; and around the country at The Black Hills Playhouse of South Dakota and the Virginia Stage Company in Norfolk, VA among many others.  His favorite designs include, Man Of La Mancha, Rent and A Little Night Music. Bruce spends some time in front of the curtain as well, and has performed in numerous shows on South Sound stages. Outside the theater, where he rarely is, you may find him playing his guitar and kayaking around the sound, but not at the same time.

Resident Set Designer

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