Theatre Puget Sound is Proud to Honor Todd Jefferson Moore as the 2006 Recipient of the Gregory A. Falls Sustained Achievement Award
Todd Jefferson Moore has been announced the recipient of the 2006 Gregory A. Falls Sustained Achievement Award, presented by Theatre Puget Sound (TPS). This award honors an individual who has devoted time, energy and talent to Seattle’s theatre community, and who has had an influence on theatre locally and beyond.
TPS will honor Mr. Moore at a luncheon event on Monday, May 22, 2006 at ACT Theatre’s Bullitt Cabaret. The public is invited to attend. Admission is $30 per person and reservations can be made by calling (206) 770-0370. Additional information is also available at www.tpsonline.org.
This will be the ninth annual Gregory A. Falls Sustained Achievement Award. The award was initiated in 1997 through a generous donation by Jean Falls to honor the memory of Seattle theatre visionary Gregory Falls, a former chair of the UW School of Drama who is credited with creating Seattle's vibrant theater scene. More than any other individual, Falls was "most responsible for the theater boom in this town," says Arne Zaslove, former artistic director of the Bathhouse Theatre at Green Lake." He was the impresario of bringing it all together." Falls founded one of Seattle's mainstays, ACT Theatre (formerly A Contemporary Theatre), more than three decades ago. He was ACT's artistic director for 23 years until his retirement in 1987.
Theatre Puget Sound is proud to honor the legacy of Mr. Falls by shining a light on another Seattle theatre trailblazer. Todd Jefferson Moore has truly distinguished himself as a talented performer, writer and collaborator – entertaining and engaging audiences in the Seattle area for over 30 years. But what truly sets him apart is his tremendous community spirit and artistic daring.
Todd Jefferson Moore
Todd Jefferson Moore moved to Seattle in 1975 and helped found Theater Pícaro, a puppet and mask ensemble, creating over 40 productions, and performing at festivals throughout North America and Europe. In 1983, Pícaro received the UNIMA Award of Excellence in Puppetry.
As an actor since 1983, Mr. Moore has performed for many of the professional theaters in the Northwest and the country. Some of his most notable roles include the Librarian in Underneath the Lintel at Empty Space, Molina in Kiss of the Spiderwoman at Seattle’s Group Theater, Dr. Wally in Marvin's Room at Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Shimmer at New City Theatre, and most recently, Casy in Grapes of Wrath at Intiman and Richard in Richard III at Seattle Shakespeare Co. Another show he fondly loves is Fellow Passengers, a 3 person telling of A Christmas Carol for Strawberry Theatre Workshop.
Over the years, Mr. Moore has collaborated with Peter Schumann and his Bread and Puppet Theater, new vaudeville artists Bill Irwin, Jeff Hoyle and Larry Pisoni, dancers Tandy Beal and Llory Wilson, and the Canadian clown group, Klauniada. He has appeared in film adaptations of Raymond Carver's Cathedral and Carolyn Chute's The Beans of Egypt, Maine, both produced by PBS.
As a writer/performer, Mr. Moore has written a number of monologues performed in local cabaret formats. In the Heart of the Wood, his one-man documentary play about the Northwest timber controversy, conceived and directed by long-time collaborator John Kazanjian, premiered at New City Theater and enjoyed runs at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Tacoma Actors Guild and the Performance Network in Ann Arbor, Mich. (1994 American Theatre Critics Nominee and Seattle Times Best Play and Best Performance) and toured for several years throughout the country including the Seventh American Forest Congress in Washington DC, and the International Conference on Sustainable Forestry in Victoria, B.C. Both this play and his research for his next two plays on violence and the death penalty (The Killing Jar; The Professor, the Puppet and the Execution) were featured on CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood. He continues to work on his own brand of “community theater”: a Southeast Asian immigrants’ reflection on their past and future for Rainier Valley Youth Theater, a ensemble piece about childhood reflections with Cornish sophomore students and a play about General Smedley Butler, which he is writing with his son, Max Moore.
Mr. Moore has collaborated with a number of artists in the realm of children's theater, directing, writing and adapting plays for young actors including Scapin, First Day, Lost in Oz, Children's Crusade 1939, and Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, a play about childhood intimacy, commissioned by King County Arts Commission and co-written with Brian Faker. A Day at the Beach, a solo performance for and co-written with deaf actor Billy Seago, commissioned and premiered at Seattle Children’s Theater, was featured at the 1998 Holland Youth Theater Festival. His adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s Kenny’s Window also premiered at SCT. His adaptation of Aesop’s Town Mouse and Country Mouse with music by jazz composer Wayne Horvitz was commissioned and premiered at Seattle International Children’s Festival. He played the title character in the Belgium Blauw Vier adaptation of Cyrano which premiered at SCT and twice traveled to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC and for ASSITEJ-USA, to Los Angeles for the USC Childrens Theater Festival, and to Philadelphia for the Theatre Communications Group of America. Mr. Moore is a recipient of a 1999 Artist Trust Fellowship and the 2000 Arts Network Outstanding Artist Award for Washington State.
Todd can only do these and other projects with the financial, emotional and artistic support of his wife of 29 years, Joby Moore, who has perfected the art of being a kindergarten teacher for TOPS School, and of his two grown children, Max and Annalisa, both accomplished artists in their own right, now living in California.
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