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D.J. Gommels, Music Composer, Seattle:   D.J. has been a pianist, arranger, conductor, and music director in theatre for over 20 years. He has worked in numerous venues for summer stock, regional, dinner theatre and touring productions throughout the United States.  D.J. has also enjoyed a career in opera and is a frequent soloist with orchestra ensembles across the United States and Canada as well as many opera companies.   D.J. received his training from the University of South Dakota and The Peabody Conservatory.  He has received numerous awards and citations for contributions to music and musical theatre. Currently D.J. works in Seattle at the Cornish College for the Arts as an accompanist and instructor.

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Kathy Hsieh, Development Director, Seattle:  Kathy Hsieh is the Community Liaison for the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs for Seattle. She is also one of the original founders, creators, and producers of SIS Productions. Kathy sits on the Freehold Studio/Theatre Lab Diversity Scholarship Committee, on the Advisory Board for ReAct, and on the Fred Hutchinson Research Center's Chinese Women's Cancer Project. She has also served as Development Director for Living Voices for ten years. Kathy is one of the original founders of Theatre Puget Sound, and has served as Treasurer for the League of Fringe Theatres, Board President for ReAct, and Board President for the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation where she helped to create their Summer Youth Leadership Program. An award-winning actor, playwright and director, Kathy spent seven years touring the United States and Canada presenting over a thousand performances of Within the Silence for Living Voices. Her script B4 was selected won Honorable Mention in the National Works of Merit Playwriting Contest 2007 and was selected as part of the International Centre for Women Playwrights’ “Chicago Her-rah Festival 2007.” She is also featured in The Dramatist Magazine’s July/August cover story as one of “50 to Watch.”

Elgin Kelley, Denver: Elgin has been a company member since 2008. She currently performs 4 shows for the company; Through the Eyes of a Friend, The New American, Island of Hope, and Hear My Voice. Elgin has appeared locally as Miep at the Denver Center Theatre Company in The Diary of Anne Frank for which she received an award for Best Supporting Actress. Other Denver area work includes 4 seasons at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival (Love’s Labours Lost, Around the World in 80 Days, As You Like It, Othello), the Avenue Theatre (Dog Sees God for which she was honored for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play, OleannaBeyond Therapy, and  Metamorphoses), and as an Actor and Workshop Instructor for 6 years at the Denver Children’s Theatre in such productions as Sleeping Beauty, Ramona Quimby, and Rikki Tikki Tavi. Her performance as the brave mongoose, along with her portrayal of Desdemona in Othello and an Irish Immigrant in The Crimson Thread gained her Best Year by an Actress from the Denver Post

Keiko Green, Seattle:   is a Seattle-based actor and playwright, most recently seen in Seattle Repertory Theatre’s The Comparables (Iris) and Seattle Shakespeare Company’s Othello (Bianca).  Other roles include Island Stage Left’s Twelfth Night (Viola), Annex Theatre’s Chaos Theory (Frannie), and WET’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Iraqi Woman).  In the following year she will be working on: Water by the Spoonful with Theatre22, and Amadeus with Seattle Public Theatre. Her original musical Bunnies, was produced by Annex Theatre earlier this year.  TV/Film Credits: Grimm, C.O.G.  Keiko received her BFA in Theatre from NYU’s Tisch School.

Annie Lareau, Seattle:   Annie has had the great fortune to act and direct locally, nationally and internationally for the last twenty years. Locally Annie has performed with Book-It Repertory Theatre, The Empty Space, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Annex Theatre, Spokane Interplayers, New City, Theater Schmeater, and Wooden ‘O’.  Other credits include: The Court Theatre, (New Zealand), Jennetta Cochran Theatre, (London), The Schollschberg, (Amsterdam), Berkshire Theatre Festival (Massachusetts), and Belfry Theatre, (British Columbia). Favorite roles include: Antonia in Willa Cather’s My Antonia, Maggie Jones in Plainsong, Margaret in Henry V, Tamara in Music from A Sparkling Planet, Henry V in Henry V, Titania in Midsummer Night’s Dream, and April in Savage in Limbo. Annie holds a BFA from Syracuse University and a Masters in Arts Education from Harvard University

Obadiah Freeman, Seattle:   Obadiah has been an “Actorvist” since the age of 8. Performing on stage and film- Obadiah sang, danced, and acted his way to Living Voices. One of the original Black Lives Matter Seattle chapter protesters, Obadiah continues to use performing arts to entertain the idea of a more just reality for the marginalized people of the world.