Meet the artist-administrators who make it all happen.
Photos by Kendall Lauren Shea
Photos by Kendall Lauren Shea
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. www.rogersmaggie.com
Maria is an enabler of the performing arts through use of her management, building and craft skills, and love of spreadsheets.
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.
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.
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.
Jenn is a Seattle-based costume designer for theatre and dance. Recent credits have been seen at Washington Ensemble Theater (Dance Nation, Everything You Touch, The Nether, Teh Internet is Serious Business, Every Five Minutes), The Horse in Motion (The Arsonists, Hamlet, Wellesley Girl), and ACTLab (Yen, Measure for Measure), among others. When not designing, Jenn works in the costume departments at Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Rep, and ACT.
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 with Seattle Shakespeare Company as Katherine in Taming of the Shrew and Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet. Previously, they worked as the assistant director on Measure for Measure with Gregory Award winning director Desdemona Chiang. Some of their favorite roles in the past year include Maggie in Bernie’s Apartment with Ese Teatro and ACT Lab, Moon in Beautiful Moon with 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 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).
Kiki is an actor, marketer for the arts, teaching artist, and producer around Seattle. She serves as the Communications Director with The 14/48 Projects, is a company member with The Horse in Motion, and is an Associate Artist with Parley Productions. Favorite acting credits include Everything You Touch (WET), No More Sad Things (Forward Flux), and Belleville (MAP Theatre). In 2019, she was nominated for Outstanding Performance in a Play at The Gregory Awards for Everything You Touch. The Stranger also once called her “one of the best comedic actors in town” and she’ll never live it down.
Brian Dang (they/them) is a Seattle-based playwright. They are currently a proud resident playwright with the Seattle playwriting group, Parley. Brian recently received their degree from the University of Washington in Drama and English Literature. For Brian, playwriting and theatre is an act of envisioning an eventual communing – of ideas and people in space making something together. Their writing has also been workshopped with Pork Filled Productions, Karen’s Secret Army, Theatre Battery, and The Undergraduate Theater Society. Brian is also an arts administrator, passionate about educational equity, and on the side, they like to watch movies, revel in hopeless romanticism, pet cats, and eat bread. Brian is grateful for having somehow convinced the world they can read and write. https://newplayexchange.org/users/22220/brian-dang
Sien Méndez is a multi-disciplinary theatre artist who has been based in Seattle for about three years and hails from Houston, Texas and San Juan, Puerto Rico. As an actor, they have worked with Seattle Public Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, The Scratch, Copious Love, and Macha Theatre Works. Their work as a playwright has been produced by Cornish, The Mirabella, MirrorStage, and The Collective We. They teach playwriting and ensemble-based play creation at elementary schools in the Shoreline school district. They were the casting associate for the 2019-2020 season before joining the ensemble, a 2019 graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, and the 2007 spelling bee champion.
Minna Lee (they/she) is a Vietnamese-Hmong American artist who works in theatre, dance, and claymation. They hold a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Washington and serves as the Marketing Coordinator at Theatre Off Jackson. Past performance credits include Gender Tender: MELTED RIOT, The Devil and Sarah Blackwater, and Rovers!. Their play One Horse Town was announced as part of Annex Theatre’s 33rd Season and will have its premiere in 2020.
Ben Swenson-Klatt is the Director of Development for Washington Ensemble Theatre and also works in Development at Seattle Rep. They are originally from Minneapolis, MN and graduated from St. Olaf College with a B.A. in Theater and Dance. In addition to WET, they work as a performing artist, producer, choreographer, and arts organizer- having recently performed and worked with Karin Stevens Dance, Dacha Theatre, Beth Terwilleger, The Moving Company at The Guthrie, ARENA Dances, Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater, and Leyya Mona Tawil. They have presented original work at the Center for Performing Arts, St. Olaf College, ACDA North-Central Conference, Future Interstates, and at Bearnstow in Mount Vernon, ME. They are an avid biker, and lover of all things coffee/food related.