Thank you to everyone for supporting our DREAMS Virtual Gala

Together we were able to raise over $75,000!

The event was truly an unforgettable night. We feel blessed that we could share our hopes and dreams for the future with you through our first ever virtual event. We hope you laughed at the hot sauce challenge, cried at the beautiful testimonials, cheered on Erin in the dunk tank, and got to remember that feeling of what it means to come together as a community. Your generous support guarantees that we will be back stronger than ever when we can return to live theater. Thank you for believing in us and inspiring us to continue making the groundbreaking, and extraordinary art that we pour our hearts into year after year.

Thank you for dreaming with us and we look forward to the day when we can welcome you back into the theater!

Love,
The Ensemble

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Performers

Cherdonna Shinatra

Drag Performance

Jody Kuehner who was last seen at WET in Cherdonna’s Doll House (2017), is a Seattle-based dance artist, director, drag queen Cherdonna Shinatra, 2015 Stranger Genius Award Nominee and 2010 Spotlight Award winner. Her choreography has been presented by every major contemporary dance venue in Seattle and she has toured her work throughout the US.

Cipher Goings

Tap-dance Performance

Cipher Goings is an accomplished dancer. He is a 2019 YoungArts Finalist. He has trained in Ballet, Hip Hop, Modern, and Rhythm Tap. Cipher has performed professionally since the age of ten, first as a member of the New Horizon’s Modern and Tap Company and then with the Youth Tap Ensemble (YTE) beginning at the age of 12. He also was a part of the original cast of Black Bois by Dani Tirrell. Cipher currently is a junior at the University of Washington where he is studying dance and is the youth curator for the Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas.

Drama Tops

Dance Performance

Drama Tops was born with the artistic partnership of Elby Brosch and Shane Donohue. They began making work together three years ago with the creation of a solo on two bodies. The dynamic between their trans body and cis body has created beautiful moments of frustration, competition, tenderness, and comedy. Jordan Macintosh-Hougham, a non-binary dancer, has recently joined Drama Tops rounding out expression, perspective, and dynamism. Drama Tops blends the worlds of nightlife and concert modern dance.

Parmida Ziaei

Dance Performance

Born and raised in Iran, Parmida Ziaei is performer, choreographer and designer currently based in Seattle. Parmida started dancing at a young age with training in classical Ballet, and from there expanded to many other dance styles including Classical Persian dance, competitive ballroom dancing (Latin and standard dances), and Contemporary. She has been teaching, performing and choreographing dance and theatre performances nationally and internationally. Parmida often brings together the intricacy and flow of Classical Persian dance, the freedom of contemporary movement and fierceness of Latin dance to tell a story.

Rachel Guyer-Mafune

Musical Performance with Rheanna Atendido

Rachel Guyer-Mafune was last seen at WET as Chris in Feathers & Teeth (2019) and in Teh Internet Is Serious Business (2017). Rachel is a 4th generation Seattlite, a member of Washington Ensemble Theatre, and an ACT Core Company member.

Rheanna Atendido

Musical Performance with Rachel Guyer-Mafune

Rheanna Atendido was last seen at WET as Zuzu in Dance Nation. Atendido is a proud Filipino-American playwright, composer, and performer. Credits include The 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle Rep, Village Theatre, and Taproot Theatre Company.

Thank you to our 2021 Gala Sponsors

 

    

Photos by Jennifer Crooks.