2017 People’s Choice Award Recipients

9th Annual Gregory Awards

The People’s Choice Award Recipients have been announced!
Congratulations to:

The 14/48 Projects

“The Cherry Orchard” (The Seagull Project)

“HMS Pinafore” (Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society)

“Squatch! The Musical” (Centerstage Theatre)
Book and Lyrics by Katherine Jett
Music by and Music Directed by Adam Quillian

“Hoodoo Love” (Sound Theatre Company)
Directed by Malika Oyetimein

“Squatch! The Musical” (Centerstage Theatre)

Brandon Ryan in “Downstairs” (Theatre22)

Mahria Zook in “Grounded” (Seattle Public Theater)

Bianca Raso in “HMS Pinafore” (Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society)

Jeff Church in “HMS Pinafore” (Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society)


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Staff Spotlight: Shane Regan

Meet the Man that Makes It Happen Behind-the-Scenes!

  1. Where are you from?
    Federal Way, WA
  2. How long have you been working at TPS?
    Since 2009 
  3. What do you do at TPS?
    I manage the major programs at TPS (Gregory Awards, Unified General Auditions, Bumbershoot) I also do all things computer (website, training, technology, IT, etc.)  I’ve also previously worked in facility and member management.
  4. What is your favorite part of the Gregory Awards/What are you looking forward to?
    I always look forward to the day of the ceremony.  More than an awards ceremony, it’s a night to appreciate the hard work of every local theater artist.  Plus we clean up real well.
  5. What is your favorite Gregory Awards moment?
    So many to choose from.  From Charles Leggett’s accepting the very first award in the 2009 ceremony, to Timothy McCuen Piggee’s powerful address for the 2015 Sustained Achievement Award, there’s been no shortage of inspiring acceptance speeches.  We also have had some great opening numbers, including original songs and a Hamilton parody.  No pressure, Sara and Justin!
  6. What will you be wearing to the ceremony?
    What will I be wearing?  Instead of figuring that out I’m procrastinating by filling out a survey.  Ummm… a suit?  Hopefully??
  7. Any advice to the nominees?
    We hope the awards graciously recognize your artistic work and achievements and that you pass that feeling on to other artists.  Everyone deserves to be recognized and appreciated, so pay it forward!  Also, write down what you want to say on stage because if your name is called you’ll forget everything. 

  8. Anything else you want to say to the membership?
    TPS is always happy to chat about what we can do to better serve you.  Drop by our office, send an email, invite us to your mansion or castle.. we want to hear from you!  We’re excited for the future
    of TPS and the local theater community. 
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Kathy Hsieh to Receive Gregory A. Falls Sustained Achievement Award

Theatre Puget Sound (TPS) and the Gregory Awards announce today that Award-Winning Actress, Director, Producer, Activist, and Educator Kathy Hsieh will be recognized for her many contributions to the Seattle theatre community.

In addition to her personal work in theatre, Hsieh is a leading voice in creating visibility and community for artists of color while inspiring local arts and cultural organizations to work together towards a more inclusive and equitable creative sector.

She will be the 20th Recipient of the Gregory A. Falls Sustained Achievement Award at the 9th Annual Gregory Awards, taking place October 23rd, 2017 at McCaw Hall, hosted by Justin Huertas and Sara Porkalob .

About Kathy Hsieh
An award-winning actor, writer, director, and producer, Kathy Hsieh has worked on hundreds of productions with theatre companies throughout the region. Her scripts have been presented in Seattle; Vancouver, B.C; Chicago and Minneapolis.

She has been honored by the National Association of Asian American Professionals (2003), ArtsFund (2003), The Dramatist Magazine’s “50 to Watch” (2007), Verizon’s Asian Pacific American Bash’s Innovator Award (2012), International Examiner Community Voice Awardee (2015), among others. Her writing has been recognized nationally, most notably by New York’s New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest in 2007.

She is the Cultural Partnerships and Grants Manager for the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. A change agent in transforming the Office’s community engagement and arts funding practices through a racial equity lens, she helped the agency earn the Seattle Management Association’s first Race & Social Justice Management Award. She is also a Co-Executive Producer for SIS Productions which aims to create and provide opportunities and visibility for Asian American women in theatre.

About the Gregory A. Falls Sustained Achievement Award
The Gregory Awards are named in honor of Gregory A. Falls, a former chair of the UW School of Drama, who is credited with creating Seattle’s vibrant theater scene. Falls died unexpectedly of pneumonia at age 75 on April 3, 1997.

More than any other individual, Falls was “most responsible for the theater boom in this town,” said 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 – A Contemporary Theatre), more than three decades ago. He was ACT’s artistic director for 23 years until his retirement in 1987 due to early indications of Alzheimer’s disease.
TPS gratefully acknowledges Jean Burch Falls for her contributions and continued support in honoring those that shape our theatrical landscape.

About Theatre Puget Sound
Theatre Puget Sound (TPS) is a leadership and service organization founded in 1997 to advocate for the region’s growing theatre community’s causes and administer much-needed services. TPS is now the Northwest’s premiere arts advocacy and leadership organization, providing programming and services that benefit both the theatre community and the larger regional arts community. Among the many resources available, TPS is responsible for producing the Gregory Awards and the Unified General auditions each year.

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The Full List of Nominees for the 9th Annual Gregory Awards!

People's Choice Awards, Melissa Hines Backstage Award, and Gregory A. Falls Sustained Achievement Award will be announced at a later date, so stay tuned!


Congratulations to our nominees, and a huge thank you to all of our dedicated nominators!

ACT Theatre
Seattle Repertory Theatre
Seattle Shakespeare Company
Sound Theatre Company

BRING DOWN THE HOUSE Seattle Shakespeare Company
HOODOO LOVE Sound Theatre Company
LYDIA Strawberry Theatre Workshop
WELCOME TO BRAGGSVILLE Book-It Repertory Theatre

5th Avenue Theatre
DREAMGIRLS Village Theatre
MURDER FOR TWO 5th Avenue & ACT Theatre

KRAMPUS CHRISTMAS Kelleen Conway Blanchard (Seattle Immersive Theatre)
THE LOST GIRLS Courtney Meaker (Annex Theatre)
NADESHIKO Keiko Green (Sound Theatre Company)
YANKEE PICKNEY Jéhan Òsanyìn (Theater Schmeater)

TIM GOURAN Every Five Minutes (Washington Ensemble Theatre)
JUSTIN HUERTAS Welcome to Braggsville (Book-It Repertory Theatre)
TIMOTHY MCCUEN PIGGEE The Legend of Georgia McBride (ACT Theatre)
ANDREW PRYOR-RAMÍREZ Lydia (Strawberry Theatre Workshop)
G. VALMONT THOMAS The Royale (ACT Theatre)

CHRIS DISTEFANO Murder For Two (5th Avenue/ACT Theatre)
RICH GRAY Murder For Two (5th Avenue/ACT Theatre)
MATTHEW KACERGIS Disney’s The Little Mermaid (5th Avenue Theatre)
SAXTON JAY WALKER Peter and the Starcatcher (ArtsWest)

ANGELA DIMARCO The Pride (Theatre22)
MARI NELSON Bring Down The House (Seattle Shakespeare Company)
SOFÍA RAQUEL SÁNCHEZ Lydia (Strawberry Theatre Workshop)
ALEXANDRA TAVARES Medea (Seattle Shakespeare Company)
DEDRA WOODS Wedding Band… (Intiman Theatre)

ANGELA BIRCHETT Dreamgirls (Village Theatre)
DIANA HUEY Disney’s The Little Mermaid (5th Avenue Theatre)
CORINNA LAPID MUNTER Sweeney Todd (ArtsWest)
BILLIE WILDRICK The Pajama Game (5th Avenue Theatre)

MIKE DOOLY On Clover Road (Seattle Public Theater)
DOUG FAHL The Pride (Theatre22)
MIC MONTGOMERY Hooded or Being Black For Dummies (Theatre Battery)
RICHARD NGUYEN SLONIKER Dry Powder (Seattle Repertory Theatre)
ADAM STANDLEY Tribes (ACT Theatre)

NATHAN BROCKETT Peter and the Starcatcher (ArtsWest)
JIMMIE HERROD Sweeney Todd (ArtsWest)
DON DARRYL RIVERA Man of La Mancha (5th Avenue Theatre)
NATHANIEL TENENBAUM Dreamgirls (Village Theatre)

EVA ABRAM Hoodoo Love (Sound Theatre Company)
SYDNEY ANDREWS The Cherry Orchard (The Seagull Project)
LINDSAY W. EVANS Tribes (ACT Theatre)
TRACY MICHELLE HUGHES Wedding Band… (Intiman Theatre)
NIKE IMORU Bring Down The House (Seattle Shakespeare Company)

JORDAN KAI BURNETT Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion (5th Avenue)
SOPHIA FRANZELLA A Proper Place (Village Theatre)
ALEXANDRIA HENDERSON Dreamgirls (Village Theatre)
SHAUNYCE OMAR The Pajama Game (5th Avenue Theatre)

BARBECUE Intiman Theatre
BRING DOWN THE HOUSE Seattle Shakespeare Company
LYDIA Strawberry Theatre Workshop

BRING DOWN THE HOUSE Seattle Shakespeare Company

VALERIE CURTIS-NEWTON Wedding Band… (Intiman Theatre)
SHEILA DANIELS Lydia (Strawberry Theatre Workshop)
ROSA JOSHI Bring Down The House (Seattle Shakespeare Company)
AMEENAH KAPLAN The Royale (ACT Theatre)
KELLY KITCHENS Medea (Seattle Shakespeare Company)

ROBERT J. AGUILAR Dry Powder (Seattle Repertory Theatre)
KENT CUBBAGE Medea (Seattle Shakespeare Company)
RICK PAULSEN Murder For Two (5th Avenue/ACT Theatre)
TOM STURGE Dreamgirls (Village Theatre)
JESSICA TRUNDY Bright Half Life (New Century Theatre Company)

BRANDON ESTRELLA/PAUL THOMAS Krampus Christmas (Seattle Immersive)
CHRISTOPHER MUMAW On Clover Road (Seattle Public Theater)
MARGARET TOOMEY Hoodoo Love (Sound Theatre Company)
JENNIFER ZEYL Wedding Band… (Intiman Theatre)

MOUMITA BHATTACHARYA Chitrangada – The Warrior Princess (Pratidhwani)
CATHERINE HUNT Dangerous Liaisons (ACT Theatre)
KAREN ANN LEDGER Dreamgirls (Village Theatre)
MARK MITCHELL Wedding Band… (Intiman Theatre)
PETE RUSH The Legend of Georgia McBride (ACT Theatre)

BILL BLAUVELT/ROBERTSON WITMER Bring Down The House (Seattle Shakespeare Company)
The Legend of Georgia McBride (ACT Theatre)
EVAN MOSHER Bright Half Life (New Century Theatre Company)
MATT STARRITT Wedding Band… (Intiman Theatre)

Stay tuned for Information About the People’s Choice Awards, the Melissa Hines Backstage Award, and the Gregory A. Falls Sustained Achievement Award!

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Volunteer Call: 2017 TPS Bumbershoot Stage

All volunteer slots have been filled.  Thanks for your interest!


Theatre Puget Sound has a fantastic lineup of local theatre at the 2017 Bumbershoot Stage and we need your help wrangling it!  We need volunteers to help with seating, crowd management, and being a great representative of the local theatre scene.  Our stage is only open from 2-7 pm and your pass is good for the whole day, so you will have time to take in the sights of Bumbershoot when you volunteer!

DATES: Friday September 1 through Sunday, September 3, 2017

Preference goes to volunteers available for multiple days.

The 2017 Bumbershoot Theatre Puget Sound Stage features a lineup of..

More details on Bumbershoot’s website!

TO APPLY: Fill out the form at the bottom of this page.  Any questions, please email shane@tpsonline.org.

Priority will be given to Theatre Puget Sound members, those available for full day shifts, and previous volunteers.  Due to the high volume of requests not all will be used.  Thank you!

You will be notified of your participation status by Monday, August 21.

Bumbershoot 2017 Volunteer Form


FRIDAY 1pm - 3:30 pm & SUNDAY 7:00 - 9:30pm: You will help our technical team set up/clean up for the festival! Some heavy lifting may be required. You are free to enjoy the rest of Bumbershoot during the time not scheduled.
DAILY (2 pm - 7:30 pm): Assist setting up/cleaning the lobby, seating people in the Center Theatre, monitoring audience, and answering questions. You are free to enjoy the rest of Bumbershoot during time not scheduled, and breaks/lunches will be allowed during slower times.
AFTERNOON (1:45 pm - 4:45 pm): Assist with seating people in the Center Theatre, monitoring audience, and answering questions. You are free to enjoy the rest of Bumbershoot during time not scheduled.
EVENING (4:30 pm - 7:30 pm): Assist with seating people in the Center Theatre, monitoring audience, and answering questions. You are free to enjoy the rest of Bumbershoot during time not scheduled.
We will try to match you with your preferred shifts.


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Justin Huertas and Sara Porkalob to Host the 9th Annual Gregory Awards

Award-winning Justin Huertas and Sara Porkalob, known for their projects Lizard Boy and Dragon Lady, will host this year’s awards!

Justin Huertas (left) and Sara Porkalob (right) are best-known for their projects Lizard Boy and DRAGON LADY. (Photo Credit: MJ Sieber)

Theatre Puget Sound (TPS) and The Gregory Awards announced today that critically-acclaimed writers and performers Justin Huertas and Sara Porklalob will host the 9th Annual Gregory Awards, live at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at the Seattle Center on Monday, October 23 (7:30pm).
This will be both Huertas and Porkalob’s first time hosting the Gregory Awards, though neither are new-comers to the award ceremonies. Huertas is a 2015 two-time winner for his work Lizard Boy, while Porkalob was a featured performer in last year’s ceremony.
About the Hosts
Justin Huertas is a Seattle-based actor, musician, playwright, and songwriter. His original musical Lizard Boy premiered at Seattle Repertory Theatre (Gregory Award, Outstanding New Play & Outstanding Actor in a Musical) and had its second production at San Diego’s Diversionary Theatre (Craig Noel Nomination, Outstanding Musical). Justin also composed and performed original music for Romeo and Juliet at Seattle Shakespeare Company (Gregory Nomination). Acting credits include Lizard Boy (Gregory, Footlight, Gypsy Rose Lee, Craig Noel Awards), In the Heights at Village Theatre (Gregory Nomination), and Welcome to Braggsville at Book-It Repertory Theatre. He recently wrote the music and lyrics for the upcoming adaptation of Howl’s Moving Castle, presented by Book-It Repertory Theatre this winter.
Sara Porkalob is an award winning solo performer, director, and theatre theorist/activist recently recognized on City Art’s 2017 Future List and currently serving as Intiman Theatre’s 2017 Co-Curator. Her original musical about her gangster Filipino family, DRAGON LADY, will be premiering this fall produced by Intiman Theatre and in spring 2018 the show will be traveling to American Repertory Theatre as part of their Oberon Presents series. She will be also be performing in Howl’s Moving Castle at Book-It Repertory Theatre and directing Washington Ensemble Theatre’s Straight White Men this winter. An Asian-Pacific Islander and fervent intersectional feminist, she is committed to dynamic storytelling, cultural place-making in her community, and the destruction of white supremacy in America. www.saraporkalob.com
About the Gregory Awards
Theatre Puget Sound’s 9th Annual Gregory Awards will be presented on Monday, October 23rd (7:30pm) at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall in Seattle, WA. The Gregory Awards, which honors theatre artists in the Seattle area for distinguished theatrical achievements, and are recognized as the most significant theatre awards in the Northwestern United States.
The official eligibility cut-off date will be Tuesday, August 1, 2017 for all Seattle-area productions opening in the 2016-2017 season. Productions which meet all other eligibility requirements and open on or before the eligibility date are considered eligible for 2017 Gregory Award nominations.
The Nominations for the 2017 Gregory Awards will be announced starting August 10th, through the following Friday August 18th.
Tickets will be available soon, so stay tuned!
For more information on the Gregory Awards, visit GregoryAwards.organd Facebook.com/GregoryAwards and follow @GregoryAwards on Twitter.
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Leadership for Social Change to host Community Share-Out

July 31, 2017

Leadership for Social Change to host Community Share-Out

The Leadership for Social Change cohort invites you join us for a community share-out on August 5th from 2:30pm at ACT Theatre.

The Leadership for Social Change cohort is a small group of theatre makers living and working in the Puget Sound area. Formed in September 2016, under the guidance of artEquity’s Carmen Morgan, Lydia Garcia, and Michael Robertson, we have been meeting together as a peer-learning community to explore questions of equity, diversity, and inclusion within the theatre profession.

We’d like to share some of our journey as a group over this past year, and we’d especially like to open up dialogue with other Seattle artists who have a longing to see greater equity within Seattle theatre.

We know that in approaching questions of equity and inclusion, we are entering a conversation that has a long history. We know that meaningful work towards increased equity has been done and is being done by many artists in Seattle, and we would like to be in community with you.

Please join us for a short program and a community conversation with other activists and theatre artists in the Allen Theatre (at ACT) from 2:30pm-4:30pm. Doors open at 2pm and light refreshments will be served. This is a free event and open to the public.

An RSVP is encouraged due to limited space. Please click on the link below to RSVP and to learn more about the Event:

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Ariel Bradler Named as New Executive Director of Theatre Puget Sound

July 28, 2017

Theatre Puget Sound Announces New Executive Director

Theatre Puget Sound is thrilled to announce the selection of Ariel Bradler as its new executive director. The selection was made after a regional search and selection process, which included interviews with, and public presentations for panels comprised of both TPS Board and staff representatives, as well as stakeholders from Seattle Center, TPS Membership, and experts from other arts and business disciplines.

Agastya Kohli, a Co-Chair for the Search Committee, says of the selection that “the process we created was as far reaching in search, and as fair and thorough in selection as possible. We had the pleasure of meeting a lot of very talented candidates, and an unenviable task of making a final selection between some extremely qualified folks. We are delighted with the result of the ED Search process and are very excited to have Ms. Bradler on board. I look forward to TPS’ future with her at the helm.”

“We are very pleased to announce this appointment,” reports Karen Lund, TPS Board President. “Ariel will bring leadership and creativity to TPS’ programs and a deep sense of commitment to our theatre community. Ariel brings with her a wealth of skills and passion for the job at hand. The Board would also like to thank the numerous members of our community that participated in the process, including our strong candidate pool.”

About Ariel Bradler
Ariel is a seasoned arts administrator and advocate for theatre and the performing arts. Her work with Seattle Children’s Theatre began in 2008 where she leads with a lens of organizational strength through collaboration and communication and departs as the Director of Sales and Marketing. Ariel came to Seattle from Denver where she earned her Bachelors of Arts in Theatre from the University of Colorado at Denver and spent two seasons as an associate company member of Curious Theatre Company. Ariel’s passion for inclusion and equity in the community has been bolstered with her participation in the inaugural, Leadership for Social Change cohort, a new TPS program through artEquity. Ariel will start her work at TPS on August 24th, 2017.

About Theatre Puget Sound (TPS)
TPS is a leadership and service organization founded in 1997 to advocate for the region’s growing theatre community’s causes and administer much-needed services. TPS is now the Northwest’s premiere arts advocacy and leadership organization, providing programming and services that benefit both the theatre community and the larger regional arts community. TPS has a two-fold mission: To promote the spiritual and economic necessity of theatre to the public, and to unify and strengthen the theatre community through programs, resources, and services.

TPS accomplishes its mission by providing low cost rehearsal and performance rental space within the Seattle Center Armory, hosting the annual Gregory Awards celebrating excellence in the theatre community, providing resources and training for its members, holding the annual Unified General Auditions, and more.

For further questions or comments contact tpsexecutivesearch@gmail.com

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TPS ED Search: Forum Transcripts and Feedback Form

Thanks to all TPS Members who attended the open forums today, meeting our final three candidates for Executive Director of Theatre Puget Sound.
At the request of the candidates, we are maintaining as much anonymity as possible during this stage of the process. We understand this may be frustrating for our members, and our intent is not to cloud the situation with more secrecy, simply to grant the request of our candidates, as job transitions can be sensitive.
The presentations were scheduled for a Monday, to fit the schedules of all the candidates. We understand this meant many members were not able to attend, but we have provided the transcripts below. We encourage you to submit your feedback via the online form at the bottom of the page.
We thank you for your patience and understanding.
Transcripts of the presentations and Q&A sessions are available here [PDF]:
11:10am – Candidate 1 – Presentation Transcript – Powerpoint Presentation
2:10pm – Candidate 2 – Presentation TranscriptPowerpoint Presentation
3:10pm – Candidate 3 – Presentation TranscriptPowerpoint Presentation
So, what do you think? Please fill out this online form to include your thoughts for consideration during the final selection: COMMUNITY FORUM FEEDBACK FORM
Please submit these forms by 11:59pm Tuesday 7/18/17, so they can be used as reference during the final interviews on Wednesday.
Thank you for your continued support and involvement in TPS. 
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TPS ED Final Candidates Community Forum

Thanks to all TPS Members who filled out the TPS Executive Director Membership Survey. We are grateful that you took the time to share your thoughts with the Search Committee. From the feedback received, it was abundantly clear that the membership would like to meet the candidates and hear their vision for TPS. 
As such, we have scheduled the final three candidates to give a short presentation (8 to 10 minutes) in an open forum, to which all members are invited, followed by a 10 minute long Q&A session. After the presentation, all members in attendance will be requested to provide their feedback which will be passed along to the Final Interview Panel.
Please register on the Eventbrite page for the forum you can attend, so we can have an estimate of numbers attending. You can register for 1, 2 or all 3 if you have the time.
Monday July 17th Schedule
11:10am – Candidate 1 – Click here to reserve
2:10pm – Candidate 2 – Click here to reserve
3:10pm – Candidate 3 – Click here to reserve 
We anticipate these sessions lasting ~20 minutes each, with a hard stop at 25 minutes.
Thank you for your continued support and involvement in TPS. 
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