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.
Zoe Wilson is a teaching artist and director passionate about creating spaces of transformation through theatre. For the last five years Zoe has been working with youth creating original plays, coaching monologues, and directing productions at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Village Theatre, Youth Theatre Northwest, Silver Kite, and Seattle Theatre Group. Zoe holds a BA in Theatre Arts with minor in Youth Studies from the University of Minnesota.
Faith Howes is a theatre educator and performer based in Seattle. A graduate of Emerson College with a BA in Theatre Education and Performance, she has performed with Missoula Children’s Theatre, SecondStory Rep, Storybook Theatre, STAGEright Theatre and Cafe Nordo. A certified Washington State Theatre Arts teacher, she did her student teaching at Woodstock International School in Mussoorie, India. She has taught locally with SCT, Disney Musicals in Schools, Youth Theatre Northwest, KIDSTAGE Everett, and Foundry10, as well as many local schools. Faith is currently pursuing a career in arts education and outreach, as well as Theatre for Young Audiences in the UK.
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.
Alex Robinson is a recently graduated high school senior with a passion for performing and directing. She fell in love with the art of cabaret earlier this year when learning how to create her own to take with her on her upcoming year of travel. She became the Cabaret Intern at The Studios, and took that knowledge to foundry10 to help her peers, and herself, curate their own 15-minute cabarets! She has directed multiple shows at Village Theatre KIDSTAGE and Kamiak High School, as well as performed in numerous productions. She hopes to continue a career with foundry10 in the future, as their support has been incredible and never-ending!
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!
Karina Garcia is a recent graduate of Western Washington University where she received her BA in Theatre with concentrations in acting and education. While at Western, she had the opportunity to teach with the Neighborhood Playhouse and S.Y.T.I. as well as perform at elementary school throughout the Pacific Northwest as an ensemble member for M.O.T.ley. As a theatre artist Karina has trained in Suzuki, viewpoints, Commedia dell’arte and Shakespeare. In addition to teaching, Karina has also started a theatre company with fellow WWU graduates called Wanderlost Laboratory Theatre.