Meet the artist-administrators who make it all happen.
Maria is an enabler of the performing arts through use of her management, building and craft skills, and love of spreadsheets.
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.
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.
Maggie L. Rogers is a multidisciplinary artist with focus on directing. She is Seattle based and proudly hails from Louisville, Kentucky where she attended the Walden Theatre Conservatory. She is the Artistic Producer of Washington Ensemble Theatre, Resident Director at The Horse in Motion, and Cherdonna Shinatra’s Dramaturg. www.rogersmaggie.com
Sophie Franco (they/them) is a Peruvian-American storyteller & interrupter of the status quo working in the Seattle area. Their foremost professional goal is to create theatrical spaces that reflect the diversity and complexity of our communities, and that value the individual and the artist as a whole. Franco believes that art doesn’t always need to reflect the world as it is, but rather should explore what it could be. They have worked professionally as an actor, director, playwright, dancer, bilingual text coach and teaching artist. Companies Franco has worked with include: The 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Village Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Upstart Crow Collective, Burien Actor’s Theatre, Seattle Public Theatre, On the Boards, Horse in Motion, Umbrella Project, and Annex Theater.
Elana Lessing is a technical director and scenic designer based in Seattle and a recent graduate from University of Washington with a specialized degree in Drama Design. Elana has previously designed for UW School of Drama’s CabLab production of Frozen and Ada and the Engine along Undergraduate Theatre Society’s productions of The Goat, Remarkably Normal and others. Elana filled the role as technical director for Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE production of Jasper in Deadland, the first production on mainstage since 2020. Elana enjoys the challenge of creating art out of unexpected materials and found pieces, playing with space and the interaction between artist and audience, and facilitating stories through those spaces in between. Apart from folding complex, modular origami, Elana is often reading, crocheting, and organizing.
Quinn Chase is a stage manager and technical theatre artist from the east coast who is currently based in Seattle. With lifelong experience in his local community theatre, Quinn moved west to pursue a degree and found passion for original work, devising creative solutions to unique problems, and re-imagining theater outside of the capitalist framework we have grown complacent in. Recent Seattle credits include Teenage Dick directed by Malika Oyetimein (SM Apprentice, Seattle Rep), Orfeo ed Euridice directed by Chía Patiño (ASM, Seattle Opera), and the 50th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival (Show Caller for the Roadhouse Channel). Quinn is beyond hyped to be joining the Ensemble!