smoke & dust

by Joy McCullough-Carranza, directed by amy poisson

Intrigue surrounds Barbara Strozzi, an ambitious 17th century composer rumored to be a courtesan. Her brilliance and musical talent are dismissed in a male-dominated profession that stifles female musicians. In Smoke & Dust, a modern acting troupe explores Strozzi’s music and the personal life of this historical figure: was she a victim, or an empowered woman defying society’s moralistic expectations? Playwright McCullough-Carranza deftly weaves together past and present as characters in both timelines struggle against the limits society places on a woman’s ambition.


Bianca Raso, James Lyle, Caitlin Frances, Shelby Windom, Belle Pugh, Peter Cook, Michael Blackwood

Production team:

Amy Poisson (Director), Robin Macartney (Scenic and Props Design), Johanna Melamed (Sound Design), Dani Norberg (Lighting Design), Jocelyne Fowler (Costume Design), Roberta Christensen (Video Design), Natalie Berg (Production Stage Manager), Rena Borg (Assistant Stage Manager), Kyna Shilling (Producing Managing Director)


March 23 to April 14, 2018

Produced in association with Theatre Off Jackson

409 7th Ave S.
Seattle, WA 98104

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happy, happy, happy... 

by lisa every and jenn ruzumna, directed by amy poisson

Lauren's grandmother is dead. The funeral has been scheduled for today, her son Caleb's 19th birthday, and she has to finish his 10 layer gluten-free cake. Her husband is no help; all he wants to do these days is jog... for hours. And her best friend seems distracted... what could she be hiding? It's a day for everyone's secrets to be revealed as the characters struggle with morality, mortality, and the cost of their choices in this dark comedy about betrayal and what you'll risk to follow your bliss.

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October 13 to 28, 2017

The Erickson Theatre Off Broadway

Run Time is approximately 90 minutes


Lisa Every, Jenn Ruzumna, Martyn G. Krouse, and Warren Levi Haney

Production team:

Amy Poisson (Director), Madison Gordon (Assistant Director), Caitlin McCown (Scenic Design), Meghan Roche (Sound Design), Lily McLeod (Lighting Design), Stacey Bush (Costume Design), Natalie Berg (Stage Manager), Ana Rusness-Petersen (Production Manager), Kyna Shilling (Producing Managing Director)