Jeff Kashiwa is a jazz saxophonist native to Seattle who became known on the music scene in 1989 as a member of popular contemporary jazz group The Rippingtons.
In 2004, Kashiwa created a new group called, “The Sax Pack” along with fellow saxmen and friends Steve Cole and Kim Waters. Along with being cohesive musically, the trio share a unique and comical camaraderie on stage.
With his 9th solo cd release, “Let It Ride” Jeff continues to record and tour worldwide.
Kashiwa plays soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, flute, and the EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument). He currently teaches online Music Technology courses at Shoreline Community College.
Chelsea is an actor, singer, director, teaching artist, and the dramatic arts program developer for foundry10. Her career in theater started on the playground at recess, writing plays and organizing a small troupe that performed for the elementary school. With silliness, sincerity, and a great deal of ‘YES, AND’ she seeks to create classroom cultures that champion student voice and promote creative risk. She’s been teaching and directing students ages 3-20 since 2011. Chelsea is a former TAD and trainer with Missoula Children’s Theater and proud graduate of the Seattle Children’s Theater Drama School apprentice program from 2013-2014. Since moving to Seattle in 2013, Chelsea has been fortunate to perform and/or teach with a majority of the professional theaters in town including Seattle Rep, 5th Avenue theater, Seattle Children’s Theater, among others. Training: BFA in Music Theater with a concentration in leadership and directing from Elon University (2011); La Academia dell’arte in Arezzo, Italy; Howard Fine Studios in LA; LAB Company with Hangar Theater in Ithaca, NY.
DAVE AND ANDREA LISCH
Studio 4 Forging Facility for was created by David & Andrea Lisch to offer the best learning experience for the students.
They provide a variety of classes from beginning to intermediate blacksmith and introductory knife making to more advanced and specialized classes. They have been teaching classes for more than 15 years. They’ve spent time mentoring school youth, worked with homeschool groups, and lead several corporate team building workshops.
Studio 4 Forging Facility features eight complete forging stations and a state of the art knife shop that includes six KMG grinders, work stations, a bridgeport mill, huge hydraulic press, and surface grinders to name a few tools. Come get something hot and make something cool.
Kate Drummond completed the Seattle Children’s Theatre Teaching Apprenticeship in May 2015, after a great summer as the Young Actor Institute Intern. She has a BA in Drama from Washington University in St. Louis, where she explored acting and directing, and developed a specialized interest in Shakespearean verse. Since moving to Seattle, she has performed with Jet City Improv, Unexpected Productions, and several independent improv groups. Kate teaches for several organizations besides foundry10, including Seattle Children’s Theatre, Bainbridge Performing Arts, Salmon Bay School, and Seattle Shakespeare Company’s Short Shakes program. When not teaching or performing, Kate can be found in working at Jet City Improv as the Education Coordinator.
Meredith loves to explore and invent new ways to work creatively in collaboration with teachers and students. Her relationship with Foundry10 gives her the support, feedback, and freedom to experiment with enthusiastic young people and committed teachers, helping her to grow as an educator and theater artist.
She is an actor, director and playwright with a background in dance and choreography. Meredith has enjoyed teaching and performing in the Seattle area since 1990. Before that, she worked with theater companies in Washington, DC, New Haven, CT and London, England. She studied literature at Yale College, and often turns to works of literature or visual art for inspiration. Meredith loves to listen for stories in songs, and look to the beautiful northwest parks and waterways for ideas for dramatic adventures.
Michael Nutting is very excited to be mentoring these young artists for Foundry 10. Michael earned his Piano Performance and Music History degree at WWU and began music directing as a college student in Bellingham. Now a music director in the area, his favorite past shows include, “Anything Goes” Kidstage, “Little Shop of Horrors” ACT/5th ave, “In the Heights” Village Theater, and music assisting “Jasper in Deadland” 5th Avenue Theatre. When he is not music directing, Michael is an avid teacher, composer and arranger.
Emily has performed at Book-It Repertory, StoryBook, Taproot, ACT and other theaters around Seattle. Additionally, she tours with Taproot’s improv team year around. She’s been teaching drama since 2010, and has enjoyed the playfulness and creativity of working with children. Emily is grateful to her parents for introducing her to theater at a young age, and loves to be this influence in the lives of those she teaches.
Tina Polzin is from Livermore CA, the youngest of 8 and the first to finish university. After receiving her MFA from UW in June, she worked on the Intiman Festival and directed/produced the comedy pilot for Off the Record. She has worked nationally and in France and Israel. As a teaching artist she has worked with all ages and special needs. She was a conservatory instructor at South Coast Rep. She has instructed teachers in how to use the arts to teach the sciences. She has taught conflict resolution in schools to both teachers and students and in prisons. She has widely taught ESL and literacy. She is also a writer working with theaters like Palo Alto Children’s Theater where she led students in the creation of a full length play dealing with corporate responsibility. Next up, a bilingual multidisciplinary version of the Spanish play, Blood Wedding, in Seattle parks this summer.
Michael McClain is a Seattle based Director, Choreographer, and Teaching Artist. Michael received a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Oklahoma City University as well as a double minor in Directing and Theatre Design and Production. Before moving to Seattle, Michael was teaching at Oklahoma Children’s Theatre as one of their main Teachers and Directors. He loves working within a vibrant arts education community such as, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Youth Theatre Northwest, Village KIDSTAGE, foundry10, Studio East, and Seattle Theatre Group. Last year, he was a part of Seattle Theatre Group’s National Disney Musicals in Schools Program, where he will be helping create theatre in a Title 1 school.
LARIEZA LEIGH SMITH
Larieza Leigh Smith started dancing her sophomore year in high school; she spent 3 years on her High School Dance Team at Mount Tahoma (2006 – 2009) and 4 years as assistant coach and head choreographer (2009 – 2013). Since then Larieza has taught at First Creek Middle School, Sherwood Elementary School, YMCA, Westlake Dance Center, The Beat Box, The Studios, and is currently employed at Freedom Dance Center and The Surge Dance Center. Besides teaching, Larieza loves to perform and has performed with groups such as Reality Check, Parietal, Kon-Artists, OutKasted, Koncrete Movement, Twisted Elegance, and LV. She is currently apart of AD-2, The Westsiders, and directs NoDef. Places of Larieza’s training include UDA dance camp, Koncrete studios, Freedom Dance Center, Westlake Dance Center, The Beat Box, Ignite Workshop, and Monsters of Hip Hop. Larieza’s goal is to teach others and help them excel in the art of dance as her teachers have helped her. She truly loves watching dancers grow, and hopes to continue inspiring others to pursue movement while evolving in her dance journey. *Live to Inspire and be Inspired*
Born and raised on the island of Maui, Hawaii. His love for dance started in elementary school. His training background revolved around hip hop with influences of other styles sprinkled in. He had a dance crew on Maui that performed at various shows, events, and parties. After enlisting in the Army, he moved to Tacoma, WA to pursue dance. He first began training at Westlake Dance Center, then at Freedom Dance Center. He now teaches at Freedom Dance Center in Tacoma, Harbor Dance in Gig Harbor, and is also a staff member at Surge Dance Center in Lake Tapps. He typically teaches age 12+.
He pursued teaching dance because he found that there are people out there that would love to dance but don’t know how to go about doing that. When he first started dancing, his love of dancing and his drive took him places he didn’t imagine. It wasn’t until he met incredible instructors who inspired and motivated him that we was able to reach his full potential. They were mentors that helped guide his craft and career. He hopes to give back and guide the youth he teaches the way his mentors guided him. His goal one day is to inspire the next generation to continue in the arts. To pass on the knowledge and passion he has to the next ones pursuing dance.
As a California native, Amy has worked with children’s theatres in various cities throughout the state, as well as in Charlotte, North Carolina, as an educator and director. More recently, Amy has completed the Drama School Internship and Apprenticeship at the Seattle Children’s Theatre. She is currently working on getting her Masters degree in Theatre Education. Having experienced first-hand the positive impact that theatre educators can have on their students, she is excited to be that influence to her students here in Seattle!
Caroline Brown has over twelve years of experience developing and implementing
community based arts programs in the US and abroad. In 2006, she received her MA in
Theater and Media for Development from the University of Winchester, UK. Highlights
of Caroline’s partnerships have included collaborations with self-identified AIDS widows
in rural Kenya, incarcerated individuals and those in reentry in US criminal justice
system, military veterans and their family members, and BABES Network – YWCA: a
sisterhood of women living with HIV. Most recently, Caroline has worked with Seattle
based Path with Art, Recovery Cafe, Senior Housing Assistance Group (SHAG), Freehold
Engaged Theater Program at the Washington Corrections Center for Women and
Organization for Prostitution Survivors (OPS). Caroline is currently a teaching artist with
Seattle Repertory Theatre’s City Rep/Public Works Program, and is also a faculty at both
Cornish College of the Arts and the Art Institute of Seattle.
Keni Cohen has over 40 years of experience in the theater world, as a director, actor, mime, clown and educator. He has combined his love for the theater with his curiosity of the worlds many rich cultures by creating his own ensembles in France, Portugal, Brazil and Santa Fe, New Mexico. For seven years he was artistic director of the highly acclaimed teen ensemble “Theater of Urgency” While artist in residence in New Mexico he taught over 70 residences for all grade levels. He created twelve original family shows for the “Santa Fe Children’s Museum”. Keni has worked as an actor in classical, contemporary and experimental plays. In Seattle he has worked for 18 years for the Seattle Children’s Theater as a teacher of: acting, improvisation, and physical comedy. He also is a Summer Season Director for S.C.T Summer Season”: “Medieval Farces”,“Sideway Stories from Wayside School”, “There is a Boy in the Girls Bathroom”, “Jungalbook”, “Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “Humor Games”, “ Macbeth”, “Tempest” and “Alice Through the Looking Glass”. Keni has also worked with “Youth Theater Northwest”, “Two Roads”, “Project Interact”, “Northwest Actors Studio”, and “Studio East”, He directed Intiman Theater’s “Rough Eagles” project as well as “The Tribe Project”. Keni is honored to be working with foundry10..
Jesica Avellone is a Seattle-based actor, teacher, and parent, using theatrical and storytelling techniques to encourage empathy, compassion, and creativity. She earned her BFA in Theatre Studies from Boston University, after which she co-founded CollaborationTown, a New York theatre company that creates devised pieces to spark community conversation. She began her 11-year teaching career with the Story Pirates in New York. In the Seattle area, she is a proud co-founder of Creative Resilience, and she has taught children of all ages with Studio East, Intiman Theatre’s Living History program, Seattle Shakespeare Company, and Wedgwood Drama Studio. She is most excited to help a group of students awaken their imaginations and empower one another to take creative risks. Jesica’s focus as an artist and educator lies in devising new work, movement-based performance, and Shakespeare.
Karina Garcia is a Seattle-based director, producer, teaching artist and arts activist. She received her BA in Theatre from Western Washington University in 2015. After graduating, Karina moved down to Seattle to complete the apprenticeship program with the Seattle Children’s Theatre and now has the privilege to teach with SCT, foundry10 and the Seattle Public Theater. As a theatre and teaching artist, Karina works to bring equity and inclusion onto the stage and into the classroom; and strives to give marginalized voices a platform.
CARLY SQUIRES HUTCHISON
Carly Squires Hutchison is so excited to be working with foundry10 bringing dance into the school day! Carly works with students anywhere from Pre-K to Adult on everything from creative movement to advanced technique and choreography. She has taught dance and musical theatre at Village Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Backstage Dance Studio, Spectrum Dance Theatre, and Central Washington University (CWU) and holds a BFA in Musical Theatre and Minor in Dance Performance from CWU. Carly has also choreographed 42nd Street, The Little Mermaid (Everett High School), Aladdin Kids (KIDSTAGE Troupe), 42nd Street (Auburn Riverside HS), The Drowsy Chaperone (Liberty HS), Disney’s Aladdin Jr. (Issaquah Middle School), Urinetown (SCT Drama School), and A Christmas Carol and The Tempest at CWU. In addition to teaching, directing, and choreographing Carly is a local performer and has worked with Taproot Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Musical Theatre, Wooden O, and most recently, Village Theatre. Carly believes that every person has the ability to dance inside them and works to create a positive and encouraging learning environment that allows students to take chances and try something new.
K. BRIAN NEEL
K. BRIAN NEEL has been a professional performer, playwright, award-winning director, and theater educator for over twenty years. While still a student at the University of New Mexico, Brian began working with a physical improvisation company, Kings’ Elephant Theater. With them he helped create full-length improvised plays and loosely structured scenerio-plays for a little over nine years. This eventually led to his moving to Seattle where he completed his studies at the University of Washington in psychology. Since then he has performed and directed in numerous Seattle area theaters and toured throughout the U.S. for eight years with the Seattle Mime Theatre. He now tours with Magic Circle Mime, a company that combines the concert orchestra with visual theater. Brian’s eclectic resume includes writing and performing six solo shows including The 42nd Floor, Double Climax, and Vaud Rats, which have been presented all over the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Brian’s full-length plays include Pieces of the first, which won two Garland Awards, and The Devil’s Mile, co-written with Paul Shipp which was workshopped at ACT Theatre. He has taught physical theater, improv, playwriting, generative theater, and stage combat all over the world including Australia, Hong Kong, and Scotland for grades K through adult. He was commissioned by Seattle Symphony to write and perform interactive educational concerts with Carnegie Hall. For more information and current projects visit kbrianneel.com.
Robin Dawn is a teaching artist, substitute teacher and theater lover. Her favorite art form is storytelling through improvisation theater. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Drama from the UW and a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from Seattle U. Robin enjoys math, reading, teaching and using the arts to explore social justice issues.
FRANCESCA (CESSA) BETANCOURT
FRANCESCA (Cessa) Betancourt is an actor, dancer/choreographer, and teaching artist working in Seattle. Her work is based in social/emotional learning and social justice through humor, compassion, psycho education, and physical expression. She performs theatre and dance in the area and develops and produces a recurring storytelling event called “she is FIERCE: stories from the female and genderqueer persepctive.” She has taught and been an education administrator in India, the Philippines, Ireland, New York City, Arizona, and Florida, and works as a teacher in different capacities across the greater Seattle area. Francesca holds two BAs from Western Washington University in Theatre Arts and Sociology.
Leah Adcock-Starr is a theatre director, educator, scholar, and transplant to the Northwest from Saint Paul, MN. Before Seattle, Leah worked as Teen Programs Coordinator for the Tony Award winning Minneapolis Children’s Theatre Company, as well as directing and teaching for the CTC’s Theatre Arts training programs, CLIMB, Stages Theatre Company, FAIR Schools, and the St Paul Public Schools system. Seattle adventures have found Leah in training, and teaching and directing at UW, Foundry10, Bellevue College, and Sound Theatre Company, among others. Leah is the founding artistic director of Off Road Shakespeare Company; a traveling ensemble of actors, musicians, activists, and clowns that bring brave and beautiful productions of Shakespeare’s plays to spaces and audiences that are often ignored. Leah believes that the classroom and the rehearsal room are laboratory spaces: crucibles in which we make experiments, take risks and learn how to play better together. Leah has BA’s in both Theatre Arts and Theology from Hamline University and an MFA in Directing from the University of Washington School of Drama.
Duncan works throughout the Seattle metro as an actor, director and teaching artist. Alongside teaching for Foundry10, he also leads education programs with Seattle Children’s Theatre and Village Theatre KIDSTAGE. He is passionate about employing drama in the classroom and bringing meaningful, engaging storytelling to the stage. He has performed with Seattle Children’s Theatre, Village Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company (Minneapolis), The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, The Guthrie Theatre, Troupe America, and Walking Shadow Theatre Company among others. Duncan is a graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program. He has a funny dog who is somewhat long.