The Artists


Core Company

Shellie Shulkin:  Managing Director/Actor, has been a theatre artist for nearly 35 years performing locally, nationally, and internationally.  She has held positions as Co-Artistic Director at Seattle Public Theatre with founding member Beth Amsbary, and Associate Artistic Director with Gael Force Irish Theatre.  In 2013 she received the Gregory Award and The Gypsy Rose Lee Award for Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role for her work in “August: Osage County” as Violet Weston.

Laura Ferri:  Director/Adapter, is a founding member of Book-It Repertory Theatre and has adapted and directed multiple novels for their touring programs and selections of novels for the Seattle Public Library and the King County Libraries in conjunction with their Big Read programs. She is also a teaching artist at The Northwest School.

David S. Klein:  Actor, was a founding member of Book-It Repertory Theatre and has been a working theatre artist for over 40 years with more than 100 professional productions in his career.  He has worked at most of Seattle’s major theaters.

Carl Shutoff:  Musician/Musical Director, has been a professional musician in the Seattle area for more than 20 years.  Along with his musical partner, Laurie Andres, both currently play in the Kesselgarden Klezmer Duo, performing throughout King County and yearly at the Folklife Festival.

David Bestock:  (Guest Artist)  Actor, regularly performs improv comedy with Unexpected Productions, and has done a wide variety of local improvised and scripted productions.  He wrote, produced, and performed in the cult holiday musical, Wisemen (formerly HOLIDAY BIZARRE:  A Jewish Christmas!) for several years before taking on his current role as Executive Director of the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association.

Photo, courtesy of William Schipp   ©2016 William Schipp

Site Location – Left Bank Books, Seattle

*** We are honored to have Rabbi James Mirel as our Advisor and Mentor to our company.


2 thoughts on “The Artists

    1. Hi Murray, I have passed your e-mail onto David Bestock. Maybe he will send you a message and you can ask him about your friend with the similar last name. I’m afraid at present we only have posted photos of our core company. Did you come to see our recent show on Sunday?



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