The Ensemble

Meet the artist-administrators who make it all happen.

Samie Spring Detzer

Artistic Director

A graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, and Artistic Director of Washington Ensemble Theatre, Samie was most recently seen in The Ensemble’s Teh Internet Is Serious Business, Revolt. She said. Revolt again., The Hunchback of Seville (Footlight Award​​) and in The Edge of Our Bodies, in Rikki Tikki Tavi at Seattle Children’s Theatre and in Wayne Rawley’s award-winning Live! From the Last Night of My Life. She has worked as an actor at Seattle Shakespeare Company, Book-It Rep,Taproot, The Solo Performance Festival, The Chicago Improv Festival, and 14/48. Samie is the co-creator of Six Pack Series, and is the Artistic and Executive Manager at ACT Theatre. #shoutyourabortion

Jeffrey Azevedo

Managing Director

Jeffrey Azevedo is a Seattle-based theatre artist and Washington Ensemble Theatre’s Managing Director. He was seen most recently in Washington Ensemble Theatre’s productions of Teh Internet is Serious BusinessCherdonna’s Doll’s House and The Things Are Against Us.  Other recent work includes Awaiting Oblivion—Temporary Solutions for Surviving the Dystopian Future We Find Ourselves Within At Present which recently received it’s world premiere at On The Boards.  Jeffrey holds degrees in Make Believe and Electricity from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and since moving to Seattle he’s spent most of his time using his electrical/science skills to manifest public presentations of his friend Tim Smith-Stewart’s existential crisis.

Maria Manness

Production Manager

Maria is the Production Manager for Washington Ensemble Theater, which she joined in 2013. Outside the Ensemble, she is also the Production Manager for Seattle Public Theater and serves as the Technical Director for their Education Department. As a freelance stage manager, her credits include work with ACT, Verlaine & McCann, Azeotrope, and The 5th Avenue Theatre’s Rising Star Project. In the world of education, Maria is enthusiastic about teaching the next generation of young technical theater artists, and especially enjoys mentoring young womxn in production. Maria graduated from Cornish College of the Arts in 2012 with a BFA in Performance Production and a focus on Stage Management and Technical Direction. When she isn’t working, she enjoys rock climbing and spending quality time with her corn snake, Scout.

Rachel Liuzzi

Director of Marketing and Communications

Rachel has been WET’s Director of Marketing and Communications since 2014! In Seattle she’s worked with Intiman Theatre Festival, upstart crow collective, Three Dollar Bill Cinema, and Strawberry Theatre Workshop. She holds an MFA in Arts Leadership from Seattle University, where she completed her thesis on barriers that women face in rising to executive leadership positions at large nonprofit theatre organizations. She has a BA in Theatre and Strategic Communications, also from Seattle University. The other half of her life is spent at The 5th Avenue Theatre, where she is Public Relations Manager.

Bobbin Ramsey

Associate Artistic Director

Bobbin Ramsey is a freelance theatre and film director based in Seattle, Washington. Bobbin is the Casting Director and a Resident Director for Washington Ensemble Theatre (WET). In addition, she is a co-founder and the Lead Producer of The Horse in Motion, a new theatre company dedicated to non-traditional performance, and has directed most of their major productions. In summer 2014, Bobbin directed her first feature, a horror film titled Dead Body, produced by Diving Bell Media and Angel Inc. Productions which is now available on multiple VOD platforms including Amazon, iTunes, and Vudu. Notable productions include The Nether, and Revolt. She said. Revolt again. with the Washington Ensemble Theatre, Wellesley Girl and BrechtFest  with The Horse in Motion, Peter and the Starcatcher at Cornish College of the Arts, Waiting for Godot with Arts on the Waterfront, American Archipelago with Pony World Theatre, The Great Noise, a rock musical which premiered at On the Boards, and staged readings with ACT Theatre, Macha Productions, Book-It Repertory Theatre, and New Century Theatre Company.

Tristan Roberson

Resident Lighting Designer & Technical Director

Tristan Roberson is the Technical Director and Resident Lighting Designer for WET. Tristan has designed with many companies in the Seattle area, including Seattle Shakespeare, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Artwest, Teatro Zinzanni, ACT, Village Theatre, and The 5th Avenue Theatre. His first design with WET was The Edge of Our Bodies at the old Little Theatre on 19th Avenue East in Season 10. Since then, he has designed shows such as Sprawl, The Things Are Against Us, Cherdonna’s Doll’s House, and Teh Internet is Serious Business. Outside WET, he is adjunct faculty at Cornish College of the Arts, a member of United Scenic Artists IATSE Local 829, and an executive producer and designer for various corporate shows and events.

Joceline Wynn

Company Manager & Resident Stage Manager

Joceline Wynn started her career stage managing with various companies in Oregon including Broadway Rose, Do Jump Productions, and Night Flight Aerial. After graduating from Western Oregon University in 2013, Joceline moved to Seattle where she has stage managed for various theatres including Cafe Nordo, The Horse in Motion, and Seattle Immersive Theatre. She is the Company Manager and Resident Stage Manager for Washington Ensemble Theatre.

Ryan Dunn

Resident Graphic Designer

Ryan is a Seattle-based lighting and scenic designer whose work has been seen at Book-it Repertory Theatre, Intiman Theatre Festival, On the Boards, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Village Theatre Kidstage, ArtsWest, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, and Café Nordo, among others. A proud Seattle native, Ryan graduated from the University of Washington with a BFA in Visual Communication Design in 2014. Ryan is a third-year company member of WET, the Resident Designer for The Horse in Motion, and an affiliate artist with Umbrella Project. Ryan also works as a freelance graphic designer who specializes in working with arts non-profits, and has had the pleasure of working with organizations like Seattle Repertory Theatre, KEXP, MoPOP, Intiman, Teentix, and Seattle Arts and Lectures.

Erika Bailey

Director of Development

Erika Bailey is WET’s Director of Development. She became an Ensemble member in Season 12 after graduating from Seattle University with a BA in Women/Gender Studies and International Studies. She is currently working towards her Masters in Library and Information Science. Erika is passionate about building community and connecting people to organizations that are making Seattle a place worth living in.

Jenn Oaster

Resident Costume Designer

Jenn is a Seattle-based costume designer for theatre and dance. Recent credits have been seen at Washington Ensemble Theater (The Nether, Teh Internet is Serious Business, Every Five Minutes), The Horse in Motion (Wellesley Girl), and ACTLab (Measure for Measure), among others. When not designing Jenn works in the costume departments at Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Seattle Repertory Theatre.

Maggie L. Rogers

Literary Manager & Resident Dramaturg

Maggie L. Rogers is a Seattle based director, dramaturg, and fat activist who proudly hails from Louisville, Kentucky where she attended Walden Theatre Conservatory. She is the Literary Manager and Resident Dramaturg for Washington Ensemble Theatre, a company member with The Horse in Motion, and the Resident Dramaturg for Cherdonna Shinatra’s company, Donna. Before moving to Seattle to complete the Literary Apprenticeship at Seattle Repertory Theatre, she obtained her degree in directing from Columbia College Chicago and graduated as the class Valedictorian of 2014.

Sophie Franco

Resident Actor

Sophie Franco is a Peruvian American theatre artist, mover and shaker working in the Seattle area. A Cornish graduate with an emphasis in Original Work, Sophie is dedicated to using performance as a vehicle for social awareness and change.  Sophie has performed performed with Seattle Shakespeare Company as Katherine in Taming of the Shrew and Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet. Previously, she worked as the assistant director on Measure for Measure with Gregory Award winning director Desdemona Chiang. Some of her favorite roles in the past year include Maggie in Bernie’s Apartmentwith Ese Teatro and ACT Lab, Moon in Beautiful Moonwith Parley, and knife-wielding Lily in WOLF at The Pocket Theatre. Sophie was also seen in the world premiere of Benjamin Benne’s play Las Mariposas y Los Muertos with Forward Flux Productions, directed by Pilar O’Connell.

Rachel Guyer-Mafune

Resident Actor

Rachel Guyer-Mafune is a 4th generation Seattlite, a 2016 graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, and 2018 ACT Core Company member. Past credits include How I Learned to Drive (Strawberry Theatre Workshop), The Wolves (ACT), Howl’s Moving Castle, a New Musical (Book-it Repertory Theatre), Teh Internet is Serious Business (Washington Ensemble Theatre), A Winter’s Tale (Seattle Shakespeare Company), The Lost Girls and Puny Humans (Annex).

Erin Bednarz

Director of Partnerships & Resident Sound Designer

Erin Bednarz is an interdisciplinary artist who has worked with 40+ arts organizations over the last nine years. She serves as company member with LiveGirls! and Annex Theaters, is on 14/48 Invitations and Gregory Award Nominator committees, and is co-founder of new play accelerator Umbrella Project. Her produced work has gained literary nods from HowlRound, CityArts, and Encore. Erin’s late band Hearts Are Thugs was featured on television network The CW and earned her a 2015 RAW Artist Award. She completed the Intiman Theater Sound Design Apprenticeship in 2016 and has since expanded her designs to national and institutional levels. As a teaching artist, Erin’s knowledge of design and performance has been shared at universities and in communities across Washington state. She is also the dramaturgical component to 4Culture grant recipient ensemble Cheat Day.