Shellie Shulkin: 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 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, 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 16 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.
Molli Corcoran: Actor/Singer, is thrilled to be joining Tales of the Alchemysts Theatre’s Season 2019. Recent credits include: Taproot Theatre’s Joyful Noise (Kitty Clive) where she received the Seattle Times Footlight Award “Best Supporting Actress in a Play”, Seattle Children’s Theatre’s Pippi Longstocking (Pippi), receiving a Gregory Award nomination for “Best Actress in a Musical” and the recipient of the Seattle Times Footlight Award “Outstanding Performance in a Musical”, Village Theatre’s Into the Woods (Rapunzel), and Seattle Public Theatre’s Bad Jew (Melody).
Lee Yang: Actor, is honored to be working with Tales of the Alchemysts Theatre for the first time in their Season 2019. Previous credits include: Death of a Salesman at Short Order Theatre, Boeing Boeing at SecondStory Rep, and most recent as the romantic lead in Washer/Dryer with Pratidhwani & SIS Productions.
David Bestock: 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.
Michael Loggins: Dialect Coach
*** We are honored to have Rabbi James Mirel as our Advisor and Mentor to our company.
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