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In preparation for our 50th Anniversary season, we have been working with an amazing artistic council of artists and long-time Seattle Rep advocates to gather stories from our vast and rich history.

The Honorary Artistic Council includes:
Hal Holbrook is an actor whose work has been recognized by Tony and Emmy Awards and an Oscar nomination. It was after a run of Holbrook’s acclaimed one-man show, Mark Twain Tonight, at the Seattle Playhouse during the 1962 World’s Fair that he suggested the creation of a repertory theatre, inspiring the founding of Seattle Rep.

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Doug Hughes is the director of a dozen Broadway shows, including the Broadway premiere of Doubt, for which he won a Tony Award. He was Seattle Rep’s Associate Artistic Director from 1984-1996, directing more than 40 plays in that time.

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Tom Hulce is an actor, producer, and director who won a Tony Award as the producer of Spring Awakening and was nominated for an Oscar for his performance as Mozart in Amadeus. He developed and directed The Cider House Rules Part One at Seattle Rep and appeared in The Sister Rosensweig and Eastern Standard.

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Bill Irwin is an actor and clown, well-known for his appearances on stage and screen, including his Tony Award winning performance in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? He has created and premiered several shows at Seattle Rep, including Largely/New York, and was the recipient of the Rep’s 2009 Legacy Honors Award.

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Kevin Kling is a playwright, actor, storyteller, and regular contributor to NPR. His plays at Seattle Rep have included Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log; Home and Away; How? How? Why? Why? Why?; Breakin’ Hearts & Takin’ Names.

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Eugene Lee is a three-time Tony Award winning set designer whose work includes the sets for the Broadway debuts of Sweeney Todd and Wicked. He has been the Production Designer at “Saturday Night Live” since 1974. His work at Seattle Rep includes the sets for The Ballad of Soapy Smith, The Cider House Rules Part One, The Seafarer, and Glengarry Glen Ross.

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Sharon Ott has directed plays across the country and the globe. She was Artistic Director at Seattle Rep from 1997-2005 and at Berkeley Rep from 1984-1997. In her time at Seattle Rep, she placed an emphasis on classics and a global perspective while spearheading the creation of Seattle Rep’s endowment.

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Constanza Romero is a costume designer and Seattle Rep’s current Artist in Residence. She has designed six shows with the Rep, including the recent Clybourne Park. She was nominated for a Tony Award for her design of Fences on Broadway, a play by her late husband, August Wilson.

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Robert Schenkkan is a Seattle-based playwright and screenwriter who won the Pulitzer Prize for The Kentucky Cycle. Seattle Rep produced his By the Waters of Babylon in 2008 and has partnered with Oregon Shakespeare Festival to commission his new two-part series on Lyndon B. Johnson.

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Daniel Sullivan is a Tony Award winning director and playwright who was Seattle Rep’s Artistic Director from 1981-1997. In that time, he brought his passion for new works to Seattle audiences and directed more than 50 productions, including Inspecting Carol, which he also wrote with the Seattle Repertory Theatre Resident Company.

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Lily Tomlin appeared at Seattle Rep in the one-woman shows Appearing Nitely and The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, both of which went on to appear on Broadway. She has received numerable awards, including two Tonys, four primetime Emmys, and a Grammy.

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Stuart Vaughan was the Founding Artistic Director of Seattle Rep, the New York Shakespeare Festival, Repertory Theatre New Orleans, and The New Globe Theatre; he was Artistic Director of New York's Phoenix Theatre. Vaughn directed three of the five shows in the Rep’s first season, including its inaugural production, King Lear.

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Stephen Wadsworth is a theater and opera director who served as Seattle Rep’s Artistic Associate under Sharon Ott. His directorial work at the Rep included his own translations of Don Juan, The Game of Love and Chance, and The Triumph of Love.

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Cheryl L. West is a Seattle-based playwright who has had four of her plays appear on the Rep’s stage: Holiday Heart, Play On!, Jar the Floor, and Birdie Blue. She is currently working on Pullman Porter Blues, a Seattle Rep commission which will open the theatre’s 50th Anniversary season.

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Charlayne Woodard is a playwright and actor who has appeared at Seattle Rep in her one-woman shows Pretty Fire, Neat, The Night Watcher, and In Real Life, which was also commissioned by the Rep. She was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in the original production of Ain’t Misbehavin’.