Shellie Shulkin: Executive/Managing Director/Actor, has been a theatre artist for 35 years performing in numerous productions both locally and nationally. 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. Favorite roles include: The Diary of Anne Frank as Mrs. Van Daan, at Intiman, The Birthday Party as Meg, at CHAC, Three Viewings as Virginia, with theater simple at the Spoleto Festival in S. Carolina, Our Lady of Sligo as Mai, with Gael Force Theatre, and Raymond Carver’s I Could See The Smallest Things at Seattle Mime Theatre. Ms. Shulkin is also the recipient of the 2013 Gregory Award, The Broadway World Critic’s Pick Award, and a Gypsy Rose Lee Award for Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role for her portrayal of Violet Weston in August: Osage County at Balagan Theatre.
Laura Ferri: Artistic Director/Adapter, is a freelance performing artist, whose work as an actor, adapter and director has been seen in theatres across the country. Deeply interested in the stories of immigrants beginning with the histories of her three immigrant grandpartents, Laura was thrilled to adapt and direct Dreaming In American for our company. As a founding member of Book-It Repertory Theatre, she has adapted and directed mulitple novels for their mainstage and touring programs and selections of novels for the Seattle Public Library and the King County Librairies in conjunction with their Big Read programs. Her direction of Prairie Nocturne won a Seattle Times Footlight Award for Best Production in 2012 as did her adaptation for A Tale For The Time Being, which won for Best Production in 2016. Specializing in transforming primary source documents into performing pieces, her work has been commissioned by both the Seattle and Tacoma Arts Museums, Seattle Arts and Lectures, the Women’s University Club, the JT News, and the OSPI amoung others. Laura has directed multiple musicals for the Anything Is Possible Theatre Company, most recently Pickle: The Dog Who Can Read, an original play about a little girl with dyslexia and her talented pet. She is presently working with that company on a performance piece for the low vision and blind community. Profoundly moved by the literature from women writers on the Holocaust, Laura is presently adapting material on that subject for our next TOTA program, Season 2020 The Ruins of Memory.
David S. Klein: Actor, has been a working theatre artist for almost 50 years, performing in over 150 professional productions, as well as directing and teaching. Before moving to Seattle in 1985, highlights include running a touring children’s theater in rural New England and performing at international avant-garde festivals in Baltimore and in Wroclaw, Poland. He has helped start five theaters, both here and in Boston, including Book-It and Tales of the Alchemysts. Seattle roles include Shylock in Merchant of Venice at Seattle Shakespeare Company, Solomon in Arthurs Miller’s play The Price, and Jack in Neil Simon’s autobiographical plays Broadway Bound and Brighton Beach Memoirs at Tacoma Actors’ Guild and at the Stroum Jewish Community Center. He has also performed with Music of Remembrance at Benaroya Hall and read Chanukah stories with NPR’s Susan Stamberg, also at Benaroya.
Carl Shutoff: Musician/Musical Director, is a retired teacher with a formal educational background in French Literature and Special Education. He has been a professional musician in the Seattle area for more than 20 years. He serves as a docent at the Holocaust Center for Humanity and volunteers at East African Community Services where he helps immigrants and refugees prepare for their naturalization interviews. In addition to being the musical director for Tales of the Alchemysts, he has played clarinet for the last 18 years in a local Klezmer duo, Kesselgarden, with his friend and associate, Laurie Andres performing throughout King County and yearly at the Folklife Festival. Most recently Carl was seen playing clarinet in Seattle Jewish Theatre Company’s My Name is Asher Lev.
Guest Artists & Musicians
Ava Rose, Musician: “Monsters, Magic & Mysticism”, Violinist
Robertson Witmer” “Monsters, Magic & Mysticism”, Sound Designer & Audio Engineer
Molli Corcoran, Actor and Singer: “Dreaming In American”
Lee Yang, Actor: “Dreaming In American”
David Bestock, Actor: “Lost And Found In Love”
Michael Loggins: Dialect Coach
*** We are honored to have Rabbi James Mirel as our Advisor and Mentor to our company.
Photo, courtesy of William Schipp ©2016 William Schipp
Photo effects by Shellie Shulkin
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