Visiting Artists

The Theatre Program hosts visiting artists who work directly with students on specific projects.  Students as well as the larger community have the opportunity to observe and participate in the artist’s creative process. This approach to arts education, which includes artist talks, open studios, and public programming, fosters community-building and provides a catalyst for social change.
* made possible by the Pigott Family Endowment for the Arts

2017-18 Visiting Artists

CASEY JAMES

is a Grammy nominated songwriter/composer with many gold and platinum records. He has written hits for Elton John, the Freemasons, J-Lo, the Spinners, Maxine Nightengale, the O’jays, Lou Rawls, the Temptations, and many more. West Coast Rap Artists sample his tracks (Young Gunz, Lil’ Cease (Notorious B.I.G), Method Man, etc.). He has received numerous commissions, notably “Spirals” for celebrated Canadian dancer Margie Gillis, award-winning “Euphoric #1” for Puget Sound Flute Quartet. He has written musicals and opera, notably: Big Boss and Mirabelle (comm. by the International Children’s Festival) and The Big Ambition with Ki Gottberg. He Music Directed Mr Burns at ACT. He is an Adjunct at Cornish College.

 

JANE NICHOLS

recently moved to Seattle from the east coast where she was on the faculty of the Yale School of Drama. Seattle directing credits: Tall Skinny Cruel Boys -Washington Ensemble Theatre; We Wont Pay! We Wont Pay! - Intiman; Clown Shorts, an original show to benefit Room Circus Medical Clowning at Seattle Childrens Hospital; Comedy of Errors - Seattle Shakespeare Co; The Tempest - Cornish College of the Arts; Our Lady of 121st ST - Seattle University. She was the Founder/Artistic Director of Crosswalk Theatre in Boston. Original works: Firework, Baby and the Bear, Cords, House That Oliver Built. Other directing credits: Les Liaisons Dangereux, Feed the Monkey, Noises Off, A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Harvard University; Twelfth Night - Brown University; The Tempest, King Lear, Julius Caesar, Midsummer Nights Dream - Shakespeare & Co schools program; Desdemona’s Dream, Schaden, Freude, and You: A 3 Clown Seminar, TiVO la Resistance, and A Night at the Trojan Wall - Logic Limited, Ltd. The cabaret Your New Best Friends was developed under her direction at Cirque du Soleil.

ANDREW LITZKY

As Co-Founder of the internationally acclaimed theater simple, Andrew has appeared in over 30 productions (including Mother Courage in 1994!), toured 4 continents, directed all technical matters, and created both indoor and outdoor “shoestring epics”. He has Road Managed most of the company’s tours, all the while performing at over 50 international festivals on three continents and logging well over 250,000 miles since 1990. Andrew has acted regionally with the Berkeley Repertory and at the Spoleto Festival (Charleston, SC), internationally throughout Canada, at the Adelaide Fringe Festival (AU) and Singapore Arts Festival, and locally with the Seattle Shakespeare Company, Strawberry Theatre, Book-It, Seattle Public Theater and Taproot.

 

2014-15 Visiting Artists

SCOTT KAISER

a member of the artistic staff at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, where he serves as Director of Company Development. In twenty-three seasons at OSF, Scott has been the voice and text director on 94 productions. He has directed, adapted, coached, or acted in every play in Shakespeare’s canon.

Scott is the author of two books: Shakespeare’s Wordcraft, published by Limelight Editions, and Mastering Shakespeare: An Acting Class in Seven Scenes, published by Allworth Press. Both books are being used in theatre conservatories and university classrooms across the country.
Scott has created several original works and adaptations for the theatre. These include OSF’s critically acclaimed productions of Shakespeare’s three Henry the Sixth plays, which he also co-directed; Now This, an exploration of the human consequences of American consumer culture which premiered at the Quintero Theatre at the University of Houston; and Splittin’ the Raft, a retelling of the Huck Finn story through the eyes of African-American abolitionist Frederick Douglass, which was seen at the Marin Theatre Company in California, and the People’s Light and Theatre Company in Pennsylvania.
Scott has coached, taught, and directed at numerous theaters and actor training programs around the country, including the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, the Intiman Theater in Seattle, California Institute of the Arts, Indiana University, Duke University, the University of Washington, the University of Utah, Southern Oregon University, the D’ell Arte School of Physical Theater, and Rose Bruford College in England.
Scott holds an ADVS from the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, an MFA from the University of Washington Professional Actor Training Program in Seattle, and a BA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

CASEY JAMES

is a Grammy-nominated songwriter and composer and producer who has earned a number of gold and platinum records, with over 100 songs recorded my major artists including Elton John, the Freemasons, Jennifer Lopez, Teddy Pendergrass, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Lou Rawls, the Spinners, the Temptations, Jeffery Osborne, Bell & James, and many more. West coast rap artists sample his tracks (Young Gunz, Lil’ Cease, Notorious B.I.G, Terror Squad, Method Man, etc.) His work has been performed in New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Altanta, Beijing (’08 Olympics). He has received numerous commissions and written modern dance and theatre music, notably: Spirals for Canadian phenom Margie Gillis, Big Boss and Mirabelle (commissioned by the International Children’s Festival). He has also written and music-directed three musicals, oratorios and other choral works.

 

ERIK ANDOR

Erik Andor designs and builds specialty costume pieces from his studio in Pioneer Square. Erik has done projects for theatre, opera, cabaret, ballet, dance, circus, film, and television in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Seattle, New York, and Paris, among others.

KAREN KOHLHAAS

is a founding member of New York's Atlantic Theater Company, where she recently directed the Lucille Lortel Award nominated The Collection and A Kind of Alaska by Harold Pinter which was named a top-10 theater production of 2010 by the New York Times, New York magazine, and the New York Daily News. Other productions for Atlantic include plays by David Mamet, Annie Baker, Keith Reddin, Shel Silverstein, Harold Pinter, and Kate Moira Ryan. She directed the award-winning 25 Questions For A Jewish Mother by Kate Moira Ryan with Judy Gold. She has also directed at the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater; Naked Angels, IRT Theatre; Ars Nova and Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York; the Menagerie Theatre in Cambridge, U.K. and the Practical Theatre Company in Sydney, Australia. Her documentaries and short films have played at festivals in the United States and internationally. She is a senior teacher at the Atlantic Acting School, and teaches her own Monologue Workshops, Fearless Cold Reading & Audition Technique classes and her yearly Directing Class in New York. She also guest teaches in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle. Karen is the director/producer of The Monologue Audition Video (DVD), and author of The Monologue Audition: A Practical Guide for Actors (Foreword by David Mamet), How to Choose a Monologue for Any Audition, and The Monologue Audition Teacher's Manual.

2012-13 Visiting Artists

NANETTE ACOSTA
2013 Costume Designer

Nanette Acosta has designed costumes for over 20 years for theatre, film and television across the country. Her designs have been seen at the 5th Avenue, Seattle Children's Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company. Nanette is the costume designer for Buried Child and Fefu and her Friends.

PHILLIP LIENAU
2013 Scenic Designer

Phillip Lienau is the Associate Resident Scenic Designer at Seattle Opera where he also designed the 2012 production of Orphee et Euridyce. Phillip is the scenic designer for Buried Child.  

2011-12 Visiting Artists

Casey James, Composer & Songwriter

Casey James is an award winning composer and songwriter, with over 100 songs recorded by major artists. He has written hit songs for Elton John, Bell&James, and the O'Jays, scored films, documentaries, industrials and commercials, written music for Dance and the Theatre, composed for jazz orchestra and ensemble.

James will be in residency winter and spring 2012 collaborating on the spring production of Mirabelle: A Breeze. James was the composer for the original music in Seattle University Theatre Division's 2010 production of Island of Slaves.

Hear a sample from the original production of Mirabelle!

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2010-11 Visiting Artists

Cyrus Khambatta, Performer & Choreographer

 

Cyrus Khambatta is the artistic director of the innovative Seattle based dance company, Khambatta Dance Company (formerly Phffft!). The company brings together athletic movement and split-second timing with a theatrical flare. Khambatta's choreographed and improvised works have been presented throughout the United States, Europe, Russia and Latin American and received California's Damen New Choreography Award in 2004.

Khambatta's residency included a summer 2010 Stretch workshop, and movement choreography for the spring production of Strindberg's The Ghost Sonata.

Contacts

Ki Gottberg, MFA
Chair
206.296.5363
ki@seattleu.edu

Rosie Sabaric
Program Coordinator
206.296.5360
sabaricr@seattleu.edu 

Em Olson
Operations Manager
206.296.2340
olsonem@seattleu.edu