macha board of directors
Beth Matthiessen, board president
stephanie blucker, james brown, KIM FERSE, Alyssa MONTGOMERY, Nicole Stellner
AMy Poisson, Artistic Director
Amy Poisson is a Seattle-based director and the new Artistic Director of Macha Theatre Works. Amy’s specialty is world premiere plays by female artists. Recent work includes: A Hand of Talons by Maggie Lee (2016 Gregory Award Winner for Costumes, multiple Gypsy Rose Awards); The Twelfth Story by Rebecca Goldberg at Annex Theatre; Blood/Water/Paint by Joy McCullough-Carranza for Live Girls! Theater; Fast Company by Carla Ching (2014 Seattle Times Footlight Award); The Clockwork Professor and The Tumbleweed Zephyr (2016 Gregory Award Nominee for best new play) by Maggie Lee produced by Pork-filled Productions. She also directed These Streets by Gretta Harley & Sarah Rudinoff at ACT Central Heating Lab and The Strange Misadventures of Patty by Allison Moore at Annex Theatre. Amy is currently helping to bring forth three World Premiere plays: Happy, Happy, Happy… by Jenn Ruzumna and Lisa Every for Macha Theatre Works (MTW), The Flight before X-mas by Maggie Lee for Seattle Public Theater, and Smoke and Dust by Joy McCullough-Carranza opening Spring of 2018 for MTW.
Kyna Grace shilling, Managing director
Kyna is a Seattle-based theater maker and the incoming Managing Director at Macha Theatre Works. She was honored to receive the Melissa Hines Backstage Award for Outstanding Theater Practitioner at the Theater of Puget Sound’s 2016 Gregory Awards. Kyna joined Taproot Theatre Company in January 2017 as a full time Production Associate, after previously serving as Seattle Public Theater's Production Manager and Technical Director from 2007-2016. As a freelance theater artist, Kyna works as a Production Manager, Technical Director, Teaching Artist, Stage Manager, and Designer (lights, props, sound, costumes, and scenic design) for the Seattle theater community and Seattle Public Schools, including 12th Avenue Arts, 18th & Union, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Book-It Repertory Theatre, West of Lenin, Pony World Theatre, 14/48 High School, Deaf Spotlight, Marxiano Productions, Bathhouse Ensemble, Playwrights' Theatre, Young Shakespeare Workshop, Stage One Theatre, Penguin Productions, Nathan Hale High School, Cleveland High School, Eckstein Middle School, Seattle Public Theater, Taproot Theatre Company, and Macha Theatre Works.
Ann Marie Caldwell, Education Director
Ann Marie Caldwell joined Macha in 2011 and has led Macha's Education Programs since 2015. She delights in the way that students develop valuable skills through the process of writing and producing a play together as a class. A teaching artist since 2004, Ann Marie also teaches for Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Public Theater, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Art Museum and individual schools. She serves as the Community Education Programs Assistant for Pacific Northwest Ballet, and has done consulting work in arts education and assessment with ArtsCorps and Seattle Public Schools. Ann Marie earned her BA in Theatre from the University of Puget Sound, and furthered her training with the Seattle Children's Theatre Teaching Artist Apprenticeship and the ArtsWA-sponsored Teaching Artist Training Lab. She participated in the 2013 National Teaching Artist Seminar at the Kennedy Center.
kim douthit, teaching artist
Kim Douthit is a graduate of Hofstra University with a BFA in Theatre Arts with a specialization in Performance. She received her Post-Graduate Certificate at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in Classical Acting and Shakespeare. Born and raised in Redmond, Washington, Kim has spent time working as an actor, director and playwright in New York, London and Seattle. She's worked as a teaching artist in New York and Seattle since 2009 and is thrilled to be a part of the Macha Theatre Works Education Program team.
Lisa Every is a Seattle based theatre artist, producer, and co-founder of BASH Theatre. As a stage actor, she has worked at ReAct Theatre Co., Centerstage, Second Story Rep., West of Lenin, and Bash Theatre where she produced three seasons at various venues. Favorite roles include Sylvia (Centerstage), Fool for Love (Rice Players), Wayne Rawley’s Beating Up Bachman (Radial Theater), ...And Starring Claire from Hollywood (Macha), The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui (The CHAC), Fat Pig (Art Attack). Upcoming film credits include the feature Brown’s Canyon, co-produced by BASH Theatre and Try This Films, screening fall 2017. Happy Happy Happy… her first full length play, co-written with Jenn Ruzumna, opens this fall at Erickson Theater. As an artistic associate of Macha Theatre Works, Lisa looks forward to being part of a team to develop and support the many fierce female voices in this city.
Madison Gordon, assistant to the artistic director
Madison Gordon is delighted to join the fearless female team at Macha Theatre Works! Madison previously served as the 2016-17 Artistic Direction intern at Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley, CA, where she assistant directed Jiehae Park's Peerless and Rajiv Joseph's Guards at the Taj, as well as producing readings of Sarah DeLappe's The Wolves and Jaisey Bates's The Day We Were Born. Her directing work includes Tartuffe (The Bathhouse Ensemble), Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice (The Bathhouse Ensemble), Romeo and Juliet (Emerson Shakespeare Society), Elegy for a Dead Rock Star's Girlfriend (devised piece), and David Campton's The Cagebirds (Emerson College Directing Showcase). Upcoming projects include assistant directing Lisa Every and Jenn Ruzumna's Happy, Happy, Happy at Macha Theatre Works, directed by Amy Poisson. Madison is a graduate of Emerson College's Theatre Studies program with a concentration in directing.
Stephanie Kim-Bryan, Literary associate
Stephanie Kim-Bryan has worked in TV, film, games, and theatre, locally and nationally. She plays guitar, shoots a bow, likes most people, and loves every dog.
Maggie lee, artistic associate
Maggie Lee is a Seattle playwright whose imaginative work reflects her love of adventure stories, science fiction, and horror. Her plays have been produced by Pork Filled Productions, Seattle Public Theater, The 14/48 Projects, Live Girls! Theater, Pony World Theatre, SPT Youth Stage, Youth Theatre Northwest, Balagan Theatre, ReAct, Playing in Progress, SIS Productions, Double Shot Theatre Festival, Bindlestiff Studio, Theatre@First, and more. Her play The Tumbleweed Zephyr was nominated for a 2016 Gregory Award for Outstanding New Play, and excerpted for the opening night event of the 2016 National Asian American Theater Conference in Ashland, Oregon. Her play A Hand of Talons was nominated for a 2016 Gypsy Rose Lee Award for Excellence in Local Playwrighting. She was also a 2015 4Culture Art Projects grant recipient for her park show The Journey of the Bell, a 2015 Playwright Mentor for Intiman Theatre’s Emerging Artists Program, a 2013 Artist in Residence at Theatre Off Jackson, and featured at ACT’s REPRESENT! Multicultural Playwrights’ Festival Local Writers Showcase in 2011 and 2012. Maggie is currently a producer with Pork Filled Productions and a board member of Rain City Projects.
jenn ruzumna, Artistic Associate
Jenn Ruzumna is a Seattle based stage and film actor, producer, playwright and teaching artist. As a stage actor, she has worked at Annex, Theater Schmeater, On the boards, West of Lenin, Woodinville Rep, Tacoma Actors Guild, and others. Favorite roles include Scary Mary (Annex), A Hand of Talons (Pork Filled Productions), Wayne Rawley’s Beating Up Bachman (Radial Theater), The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui (The CHAC), A Kind of Alaska (BASH) and Maiden Voyage (Parley Productions). Jenn is looking forward to the release of some of her films this year including the feature Brown’s Canyon (Try This Films). Her produced writing credits include The Agreement (Seattle Fringe Festival) , Penelope’s Web (Freehold Theater), and The Poster (Studio 4 Seattle). As a producer, she has produced numerous plays and films primarily through BASH Theater of which she is a founding member. She has also been a theater teaching artist and education outreach practitioner for Youth Theater Northwest, Tacoma Actors Guild, Seattle Children’s Theater, Evergreen’s summer theater program and others. Jenn is thrilled to join Macha Theater Works as an artistic associate and help bring fierce and fearless female theater to the Seattle theater community. She is also thrilled that her co-written play, Happy, Happy, Happy… written along with Lisa Every, will be produced through Macha Theater Works at Erickson Theater this fall.
Juliet waller pruzan, teaching artist
Juliet is a playwright, choreographer, and teaching artist. She was a dancer for many years. She has been a teaching artist for over 20 years and has taught for Macha Theatre Works Education Program since 2010. She also teaches in ACT Theater’s Young Playwrights Program, Gage Academy’s summer camps, and assists in the 4th and 5th grade drama program at TOPS.