Orion Bradshaw received a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts with a Minor in Shakespeare studies from Southern Oregon University. He then spent three seasons as an actor with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, followed by three seasons as a touring performer/teaching artist for OSF's School Visit outreach program. Orion's Portland, OR credits include co-founding Post5 Theatre, and teaching/coaching for PlayWrite Inc., Northwest and Oregon Children's Theaters, Portland Center Stage, and more—as well as being the co-resident performance and hip-hop coach for the youth theatre group, Maverick Mainstage. He has also been an avid supporter and advocate for Portland's own The August Wilson Red Door Project for the past few years. May the learning never cease!
Caroline Brown is a Teaching Artist with over ten years of experience developing and facilitating community-based theatre programs in the U.S. and abroad. In 2006, she received her M.A. in Theater and Media for Development from the University of Winchester, UK. Highlights of Caroline’s partnerships have included collaborations with self-defined AIDS widows in rural Kenya, incarcerated individuals and those in reentry in the U.S. 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). In addition to her work with SRT’s Student Matinee Program, Caroline is also the Lead Teaching Artist at Mary’s Place in partnership with our Public Works Seattle Program. Caroline is currently a faculty member at Cornish College of the Arts and The Art Institute of Seattle.
Ana Maria Campoy graduated from California State University Fullerton with a B.A. in Theatre Arts and a B.A. in English in 2010. She moved to Seattle in fall 2010 to participate in Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Professional Arts Training Program as the Education Intern. She was part of TAT Lab’s inaugural graduating class in 2011-2012. She has returned various times to Seattle Repertory Theatre as part-time Education Staff and continued being a Teaching Artist since 2011. She also worked for over four years as the Education Programs Assistant at the Pacific Northwest Ballet, where she provided administrative support, communication, and advocacy for and among students, teaching artists, and classroom teachers, as well as teaching workshops in classrooms throughout Seattle and Bellevue Public Schools. She has been fortunate to work on various bilingual productions and teaching artist residencies, allowing her to perform and teach in her first language, Spanish. She is a passionate and proud advocate of the performing arts, believing that performance provides communities a voice and individuals self-exploration. As a teaching artist, she has worked with Story Garden/UW Graduate Teaching Program, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Seattle Public Theater, and Arts Impact.
Chantal DeGroat is an educator and actress both locally and abroad. She is delighted to return to The Rep, after having previously coached for the Seattle August Wilson Monologue Competition. Local Productions/Readings/Workshops: Seattle Rep, Intiman Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, The Hansberry Project, Village Theatre, New Century Theatre, and upstart crow collective. England: Voice and Acting coach for Undergrad/Graduate students with Exeter University. Portland: Lead coach for the August Wilson Monologue Competition (2 yrs), AWMC student recruitment (3 yrs), MetroArts educator, actress for Portland Center Stage educational theatre, writing coach for PlayWrite, Inc. PDX Performances: Portland Center Stage, Artists Rep, company member of Third Rail Rep, Profile Theatre, Portland Playhouse, and PETE, among others.
Marquicia Dominguez is a Director, Actor, and Teaching Artist in the Seattle area. She has taught with multiple companies, including Book-It Repertory Theatre, Greenstage, and Stone Soup Theater. She is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts and is pursuing her M.Ed this fall. Outside of teaching, she is an ABA therapist where she uses theatre and imagination to teach life skills to individuals with autism. Her desire to teach and learn among the best artists in the city has brought her to the Seattle Rep, and she looks forward to shaping young minds this season.
Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako is a prolific commercial, film, and stage actor, and a proud member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA. Screen credits include multiple national commercials (Toyota, Discovery Channel, et al.) and the television series “Grimm” (NBC). Claudine also stars in the highly anticipated new Netflix series “Everything Sucks!” coming in spring of 2018. Nako is a two-time Gregory Award Winner for her work in My Heart is the Drum (Village Theatre, 2016) and Little Bee (Book-It Repertory Theatre, 2015). She is a three-time recipient of the Gypsy Rose Lee Award for the afore-mentioned performances, as well as for her performance in A Raisin in the Sun at Seattle Repertory Theatre (2017). Nako enjoys working with diverse students of all ages and backgrounds—using theatre and dance to demonstrate cultural intersection and build communication skills, ensemble trust, individual confidence, and a deep appreciation for the performing arts.
Jay O’Leary is a director, teaching artist, actor, choreographer, and winner of Best Actress in the Rochester Fringe Fest 2014 for her portrayal of Monica in W.A.C. Iraq. Jay is a recent Seattle transplant from New York. In addition to starring in a one-woman show, Women on Fire, other notable roles include, Talisha in Milk Like Sugar, The Devil in Somewhere under Wonderland, Carly in Reasons to be Pretty, and Zlata in Necessary Targets. Directing credits include Welcome to Arroyo’s, An Unorthodox Rhapsody, Girl Ganng, California Suite, Pink Ribbons, Songs for a New World, The Zoo Story, and The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf. Jay was part of the 2016 Emerging Artists Program with Intiman Theatre in Seattle, WA. She holds her B.A. in Theatre Performance from SUNY Brockport and studied film in Thailand at Mahidol University. Jay would also like you to know that she loves vanilla cupcakes and her favorite instrument is the tenor sax.
Jéhan Òsanyìn is an actor, teaching artist, spoken word artist, and environmental educator who lives and plays in the Pacific Northwest. She has worked as an actor in several cities throughout the United States and abroad. She is the Founding Executive Director of Earthseed, a youth development organization that uses theatre in wild spaces to decolonize those spaces and the bodies that pass through them. Jéhan works with Seattle Repertory Theatre as a Teaching Artist for their Public Works Seattle program. She also works with Arts Corps' Creative Schools Initiative, where she uses theatre curriculum to teach writing to 5th and 6th grade students.
Naho Shioya, M.F.A. is an actor and performance artist who has worked internationally in Asia, Canada, Europe, and the U.S. Locally, she has appeared at Seattle Children’s Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle Public Theater, and On the Boards, among others. As a director and teaching artist, she has worked with various organizations and schools in the greater Puget Sound area including Seattle Repertory Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Youth Theatre Northwest, Studio East, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, Seattle Public Schools, Highline School District, Federal Way School District, and City of Seattle. She is experienced in creation and implementation of arts integrated curriculums/lesson plans, and facilitation of professional development training in the arts for teachers. She is a member of the experimental, multi-disciplinary arts group Aono Jikken Ensemble (AJE) for which she is a performer, vocalist, and benshi (silent film narrator). She received her Masters in Fine Arts from University of Washington School of Drama.
Lashon Watson is enjoying his journey in life as an Actor, Writer, Teaching Artist, and Licensed Mental Health Therapist. Lashon’s training and education began at Seattle Central College's Little Theatre and Seattle University, earning his B.A., majoring in Fine Arts, Drama Emphasis with a minor in Psychology. Lashon attended Antioch University Seattle, completing his Master’s Degree in Counseling and Drama Therapy. Finishing his graduate degree, Lashon enrolled in a certificate program at the University of Washington to learn more about writing for film and production. It was at the UW where Lashon submitted his idea of a short film titled, Imperfect Pastor Mike that he wrote, co-produced, and performed. Lashon has completed writing three short, science-fiction/psychological films. As of late, you can find Lashon busy working throughout Seattle and King County, working as a Counselor/Therapist, Teaching Artist, and in his private practice.
Dedra D. Woods is a local actor and teaching artist. Since moving to the PNW, Dedra has worked on various projects including, Emma (Book-It Repertory Theatre), We are Proud to Present… (Pony World), Intimate Apparel (Artists Rep in Portland Oregon), and The Wedding Band (Intiman). She has also been fortunate to work with ACT's Construction Zone series, The Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival, The Hansberry Project, Northwest Playwrights Alliance, and Playwrights' Circle. Dedra received her B.F.A. in Acting from SUNY Purchase and is the 2017 leader of the Emerging Artists Program for Intiman Summer Festival.
Maile Wong is a Seattle native. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wellesley College with degrees in Theatre Studies and Developmental Psychology. She began working with Seattle-area middle and high schoolers in 2008 with the Lakeside Educational Enrichment Program, and has been committed to progressive education ever since. She completed the Intiman Emerging Artist Program in 2016. She has taught with Seattle Children’s Theatre’s Young Actor’s Institute, and is thrilled to be returning to Seattle Repertory Theatre this year. As a theatre artist she has worked with Seattle Public Theater, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Sound Theatre Company, and Pork Filled Productions, among others. She believes passionately in the ability of theatre education to cultivate compassion, creativity, and critical thinking, and is so thankful to have the opportunity to foster those skills in young people throughout the Seattle area.