By Alexis Scheer Directed by Sophie Franco


April 28th – May 15th, 2023


Set in the face of the 2008 presidential election, the Dead Leaders Club meets in an abandoned treehouse to summon the ghost of Pablo Escobar. Are these teenage girls actually summoning the leader of the Medellín Cartel? Or are they just playing tricks on one another? This roller coaster ride through the trials and terrors of girlhood dabbles in blood sacrifice, the uncertainty of growing up, and a journey to unleash their personal power.






Friday, April 28 – Opening + Afterparty
Saturday, April 29 – Supporter Saturday
Sunday, May 7 – PWYC + English Captioned Performance
Friday, May 12 – Spanish Captioned Performance
Sunday, May 14, 2:00 pm – Spanish Captioned Matinee
Sunday, May 14, 7:30 pm English Captioned Performance
Monday, May 15 – Closing Night



Kerry  Jacinto


Kerry Jacinto is a local Seattle artist who received her undergraduate degree from UCSB’s BFA acting program. Some of her more recent works include Prague Shakespeare Company’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as Puck, her solo show “The Ties of Ropa” with Macha Theatre Works’ 17 Minute Stories in Seattle, and Tales of the Alchemists Theatre’s “Ruins of Memory” as Claire Barchi. Kerry is excited to be in her first production with WET and to be working with such lovely people!

Suz Pontillo


Suz Pontillo (she/they) is a first-generation Chilean-American multi-hyphenate queer artist from Miami, Florida. Since moving to Seattle in 2020, Suz has had the opportunity to work with Tacoma Arts Live, Burien Actors Theatre, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, and Dacha. They are a proud founder of Queen City Theatre and member of Washington Ensemble Theatre. They are thrilled to be making their WET debut in this haunting show that she has been dreaming about since 2019.

Shana Emile


Shana Emile (she/her) is delighted to be making her Washington Ensemble Theatre debut! She was most recently seen playing Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar (Reboot Theatre Company) and Marianne in the Revolutionists (Secondstory Repertory Theatre). She can be found around town singing with Puget Sound Company, an 9-person acapella group founded in Seattle. Originally from Los Angeles, Shana holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Southern California and practices law in the area. She is so grateful for the welcoming environment she has experienced working with WET and would like to thank her friends and family for supporting her theatre endeavors.

Sarah Daniels


Sarah Miri Daniels (she/they) was born a peach in Atlanta, GA, but moved to rainy Seattle to receive her Theatre BFA with a concentration in Original Works from Cornish College of the Arts. This is their first WET production and they couldn’t be more excited! In addition to acting, Sarah is also a playwright, director, filmmaker, producer and clown. Most recently she co-wrote, produced and performed in her clown group’s first production, KNOW WHEN TO LEAVE. Follow @impulse6alley to learn more about what their clown “Smorange Juice” is up to in the future. She also co-directed and acted in ESSINCE an original short film featured in Seattle’s SPLIFF Film Festival 2021. She was also a Playwright for Theatre Battery’s 24 hour play festival, SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK and a 2021 Cohort member for The Shattered Glass Project’s Playwright Incubation Program. She sends all her gratitude and love to her friends and family, who keep her afloat amid the sea of stress life brings

Andreya  Pro

Zoom / Pipe Understudy

Andreya Pro (They/She) is a queer, Latine multidisciplinary artist in the Seattle & South Sound areas and is a core member of WET. Holding their BFA in theatre performance, they have worked professionally as an actor, singer, designer, and teaching artist. Companies they have worked with include: Sound Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Pork Filled Productions, Macha Theatre Works, Book-It, Centerstage Theatre, and Tacoma Arts Live. Andreya is passionate about equitable, accessible, and intentional art. She believes in centering intersectional stories, supporting diverse voices and in making the strange familiar and the familiar strange.

Ariana  Polanco

Kit / Squeeze Understudy

Ariana Polanco is excited to make her Seattle acting debut with Washington Ensemble Theatre’s showing of Our Dear Dead Drug Lord. Most recently seen in a locally produced recreation of an episode of Euphoria with writer, director, & producer Karl Epps. Previous theatre credits include A Midsummer’s Night Dream (UAF Theatre); Home (UAF Theatre); Ace (UAF Theatre); Everything Changes (UAF Theatre); The Ash Girl (UAF Theatre). Previous film credits include Bodies of Water (UAF Film).

Olivia Juarez

Pipe's Sister

Olivia Juarez, (she/her) is honored to make her debut performing at Washington Ensemble Theatre. She is a PNW born-hispanic actor, singer, dancer and soccer athlete. She’s also performed at Bainbridge Performing Arts Theater production of Matilda as the lead role “Matilda”, The 5th Avenue Theatre’s production of Annie as “Molly” and various Kitsap County venues such as Kitsap Forest Theater, Central Stage (CSTOCK) and Admiral Theatre.

Enrique  Andrade

Pablo Escobar

is originally from Mexico City, is a graduate of the University of Oregon with a double major in Spanish Literature and Philosophy, and a minor in Political Science. Enrique started his work as a Staff Interpreter II with the Oregon Judicial Department in 2001. Enrique has performed in numerous local theater productions in Portland since 2008, in the Portland area. Enrique has performed in Astor Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires at the Aspen Festival of Music in 2005 and 2007 as well as with 3rd Angle Music Ensemble, in TNT’s Leverage as Professor Humberto Garcia, Grimm, and the Librarians. Enrique is well known for being the Spanish voice of the MAX and participates as a volunteer and board member of different community organizations. Enrique also has participated with Portland Story Theater sharing his personal stories as an immigrant and as an all around human and is honored to consider Teatro Milagro his artistic home.




Stage Manager

Assistant Stage Manager

Associate Production Manager

Scenic Design

Lighting Design

Sound Design

Costume Design

Properties Design

Projection Design

Movement Director

Language Coach & Dramaturg

Intimacy & Fight Director

Assistant Projections Designer

Mental Health Coach

Assistant Director

*Member of Washington Ensemble Theatre



Annie Duffiance is a formally trained fine artist and freelance scenic painter originally from South
Dakota. This is her sixth season painting for WET and she always looks forward to the crazy challenges
they present! You may have also seen her work in productions with Sound Theatre, Pony World Theatre,
and Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre. She is most at home when she’s listening to podcasts or
audiobooks and doing detailed paint work in a shop with her partner, Justin. Shout out to Kevin for
giving emotional and paint support on this production! Thank you all for supporting local theatre artists!


Bella Rivera (they/she) is a Mexican-American scenic artist and designer originally from San Diego, CA.
They hold a BA in Theatre from Seattle University. Bella is thrilled to be designing for WET for the first
time! Past projects include work with Seattle Public Theatre, The Shattered Glass Project, Macha
Theatre Works, ArtsWest, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Seattle Gilbert and
Sullivan Society, and Village Theatre. Upcoming projects include scenic design for Zach at ArtsWest. Bella
would like to thank the whole Ensemble for bringing the set to life.


Carlos-Zenen Trujillo (they/them) was born in Bejucal, Cuba, and has lived in Oregon since 2006. Carlos
acknowledges that they live and work on the ancestral lands of the Kalapuya and Atfalati peoples. Their
writing work includes: The Island in Winter or La Isla en Invierno (Inaugural Problem Play Project
Commission); Abundancia (Reading; Matchbox Theatre); Christmas, Contigo (Oregon Cabaret); and Our
Utopia (Bag&Baggage Productions; Fertile Ground, ANPF). Their acting work includes: Alfie Byrne in A
Man of No Importance and Teacher in Small Mouth Sounds (Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern
Oregon University); Patrick Chibas in Spinning into Butter (Bag & Baggage Productions);
Nurse/Prince/Sampson in Romeo y Julieta (Seattle Shakespeare Company); and OSF Acting Company
Trainee 2020. Their honors include: ANPF New Voices 2021 Retreat Participant, Certificate of Merit in
Dramaturgy (The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui); Irene Ryan Award nominations (A Man of No Importance;
Elektra); Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) ASPIRE Leadership Fellow 2019,
KCACTF John Cauble Award. They are also a KCACTF Directing Fellow 2020. Carlos-Zenen has a BFA in
Theatre Arts from Southern Oregon University. Currently they are a Pathways Fellow at Artist Repertory
Theatre in Portland, Oregon. They are a Certified Executive Chef from Culinary School from Northwest
Culinary Institute and a Certified Home Care Worker


Emily Grierson (they/them) is a Seattle-based stage manager from Rochester, NY. As an artist, they
strive to facilitate creating spaces built on understanding and acceptance for all collaborators in the
room. Emily is honored to share WET’s production of Our Dear Dead Drug Lord with all of you! Their
most recent credits include Head Over Heels and Cabaret at Cornish College of the Arts, and Thoreau at
Home at 18th & Union and Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. They have also worked in puppetry,
dance, and devised theater spaces both in Seattle and New York.


Emily Stone (she/her) is a performer, teacher, and organizer who just completed her MFA in Acting at
UW in March. Most recent projects, solo show Their Eyes Get Big and duet A Lonely Realization, have
been original works exploring institutional and individual responses to sexual assault. Favorite UW roles:
Clytemnestra, The Oresteia; Lane/Merriman, The Importance of Being Earnest; Woolley, Bull in a China
Shop. Now that she has graduated, Emily wants to continue to teach Drama, connect with the greater
PNW artistic community, and to update her website: www.emilystone.info


Francesca Betancourt aka Cessa (she.her.hers) | Intimacy & Violence Director Cessa is an actor,
intimacy director, facilitator, and producer. She has worked as an artist & facilitator in Ireland, India, the
Philippines, New York, Washington, Wisconsin, Maryland, Washington D.C., Florida, and internationally
in the virtual world. She holds two BAs from Western Washington University in Theatre Arts and
Sociology and has trained in Applied Theatre at City University of New York. Her work is based in trauma
informed social/emotional arts practice, cultural competence, compassion, access, agency, and physical


Gabriella Arrastia (they/them) is an American-Latiné theatre artist currently based in Seattle. Arrastia
graduated from Cornish College of the Arts with a focus on Directing. They have collaborated and
presented work with LanDforms, The Horse in Motion, Seattle Queer Film Festival, Soil Gallery, Studio
Current, and now most recently WET. You can catch them next wandering around Seattle trying to
figure their life out and smelling flowers.


Over a decade later, Justin Duffiance is still finding himself covered in saw dust, wood glue on his
fingers, and a smile on his face. This is Justin’s fifth season building with WET. Other work in the Seattle
area includes productions with Pony World Theatre, Sound Theatre Company, Intiman Theatre, and
Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre. You can find Justin in his element blasting music and
troubleshooting a difficult project in the shop with Annie.


Maggie L. Rogers (she/her) is a theatre maker and storyteller who proudly hails from Louisville, KY. She
is an ensemble member at WET and Cherdonna Shinatra’s dramaturg. In Seattle, her work has been
seen on stages at Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT Theatre, On the Boards, The Williams Project, Sound
Theatre, Theatre 22, Horse in Motion, Live Girls!, NW Film Forum, Annex Theatre, UW, Cornish, and The
Frye Museum. www.rogersmaggie.com @maggierogersnotthesinger


Monty Rozema (they/them) is a queer performing artist, writer, and visual artist born and raised on
Duwamish Territory (Seattle, Washington). They enjoy reading novels and comics, working with youth,
and chillin’ in the public library. They help create beautiful chaos with Washington Ensemble Theatre,
and teach performing and visual arts through Arts Corps. Our Dear Dead Drug Lord is their costume
design debut! Other theatrical design credits include Eurydice, Suicide Inc, and Proof.


Nabilah Ahmed (she/her) is a multi-hyphenate artist with a background in acting, museums, media
design, and technical production. She has collaborated with many arts organizations in her various
creative capacities, including Seattle Shakespeare Company, Book-it Repertory Theater, On the Boards,
Seattle Modern Orchestra, WET, and MoPOP. Nabilah is passionate about moving image as a source of
cultural power and vehicle for metaphysical exploration. She is a graduate of Smith College with a B.A in
Economics. Special thanks to her family for their support of her arts career despite their nervousness,
and to WET for their unconditional endorsement of and trust in her work.


Ryan Dunn is a Seattle-based lighting and scenic designer for theatre, dance, and opera. Recent work
includes designs at Book-it Rep, Intiman, Washington Ensemble Theater, On the Boards, Pacific
Northwest Ballet, Village Theatre, ArtsWest Playhouse, Velocity Dance Center, Strawberry Theatre
Workshop, and Café Nordo, among others. Ryan was a founding member of experimental theater
troupe The Horse in Motion, is a resident designer for Washington Ensemble Theater, and has twice
been the recipient of Gypsy Lee Rose awards for Outstanding Lighting Design. Outside of theater, Ryan is
a freelance lighting designer, lighting director, and moving light programmer for concerts and events.


Sandra Huezo-Menjivar (they/she/ella) is a sound designer, audio engineer, and teaching artist based in
Seattle, WA. Recent credits include Meet Me At Dawn (Radial Theatre Project | Associate Sound
Designer), The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical (Village Theatre KIDSTAGE | Lead Sound
Engineer), Cabaret (Cornish College of the Arts | Sound Designer and A2), a white haunting (MAP
Theatre | Sound Designer), and Swimming While Drowning (ArtsWest | Sound Designer). They are
beyond excited for their first show with WET had such a blast working on this project! You can find them
on Instagram at @Menjivar_Sound.


S. Franco(they/them) is a Peruvian American theatre artist based out of Seattle who has worked as an
actor, director, playwright, dancer, bilingual text coach and teaching artist. Companies include: Oregon
Shakespeare Festival, The 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle Rep, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Seattle Public
Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, upstart crow collective, On the Boards, Horse in Motion, Umbrella
Project, Burien Actors’ Theatre, Annex Theater and Actor Shakespeare Project. Additionally, they are
Sunshine Chairman and a Resident Actor at Washington Ensemble Theatre. Follow them


Symone Sanz is an experienced dance artist in performance, improvisation, and choreography from Los
Angeles. She holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has enjoyed
creating live works with artists Heather Kravas, Cherdonna Shinatra, and is grateful to collaborate for the
second time with WET. Symone is looking forward to performing at a pop-up curated by David Rue at
Waterfront Park in May. symonesanz.com


Talia Colten (they/them) is thrilled to be making their west coast debut with Our Dear Dead Drug Lord.
Colten holds a BFA in Theatre from Emerson College and is honored to currently be working with the
Public Works community at Seattle Rep. They would like to acknowledge the Coast Salish people, whose
unceded land they live and create on. Many heartfelt thanks to this generous, inspiring group of artists.


Zoé Tziotis Shields (she/her) is elated to be serving as the Mental Health Coach for Our Dear Dead Drug
Lord! She is a Greek-American, Seattle-based theatre artist with a BFA in acting and costume design, as
well as a Certified Professional Coach (CPC, ELI-MP). Zoé is a multidisciplinary theatre artist who is
committed to creating a space within the theatre that promotes accessibility to mental health resources
for actors and the creative team throughout the production process. If we want our artists to have
longevity and sustainability, we must prioritize taking care of their minds, bodies, and souls, equipping
actors to take audiences on a journey during every performance. Learn more about Zoé and her work at