Intiman Announces Artistic Company
for 2015 Theatre Festival

36 actors, 4 directors, 8 designers, and 28 emerging artists
featured in festival programs from June to October

Festival passes on sale now; ticket prices increase Thursday, May 28

SEATTLE – April 9, 2015 – The company of Intiman’s 2015 theatre festival, The Hunt Is On – anchored by productions of Tennessee Williams’ Orpheus Descending; a new play inspired by a true Seattle story, John Baxter is a Switch Hitter; and Lillian Hellman’s American classic, The Children’s Hour – features a mix of festival veterans, local artists, and emerging talent, including:

  • actors Suzanne BouchardReginald André JacksonCharles LeggettHannah MootzLanise Shelley, and Adam Standley;
  • directors Sheila Daniels and Rosa Joshi;
  • designers Robert J. Aguilar and Melanie Burgess; and more.

Festival Passes are on sale now ($180-$80) at or (206) 315-5838, including the new Inti-Fresh Pass, offering 40-60% off for low-income patrons. Prices increase when single tickets go on sale Thursday, May 28.

Please contact Christine Bateman for more information and high-resolution photos of the John Baxter is a Switch Hitter cast.



July 10 – August 2
12th Ave Arts Mainstage

by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Ryan Purcell

This gloriously irreverent, pop-infused re-staging of Williams’ classic tale features Intiman’s first Company-in-Residence The Williams Project, a newly established theatre troupe led by Seattle native Ryan Purcell.

A Franklin High School graduate, Purcell’s first experience watching professional theatre was Intiman’s 1998 production of Williams’ The Glass Menagerie. Purcell returned to Intiman in 2012 as Associate Director for Miracle!, and directed a workshop presentation of Orpheus Descending during the 2014 festival.

As Intiman’s first Company-in-Residence, The Williams Project will receive mentoring in all aspects of nonprofit arts management, and support in establishing a local audience base.

“Providing a home for artists who seek to produce socially relevant theatrical work, and who want to celebrate diversity in casting on stage, is a priority for Intiman,” said Producing Artistic Director Andrew Russell. “I am thrilled to introduce Ryan Purcell and this incredible group of actors to our festival company, audience, and community.”

The Orpheus Descending cast includes Grant Chapman, Becky Gibel, Elise LeBreton, Kemiyondo Coutinho, Richard Prioleau, Max Rosenak, and Charlie Thurston.



August 20 – September 27
The Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center

by Ana Brown & Andrew Russell
Directed by Rosa Joshi

When one gay softball team claims their opponent has too many “straight ringers” in the championship game, the accused players must publicly defend themselves—and their sexual past—before an impromptu tribunal.

A comic, modern-day witch hunt inspired by an outlandishly true Seattle story, John Baxter is a Switch Hitter is the latest play in Intiman’s Start Up Stagings initiative for new play development (Miracle!Stu for Silverton).

Moises Castro, Reginald André Jackson, and Riley Shanahan in our recent workshop of "John Baxter is a Switch Hitter." Photo Credit: Jeff Carpenter.

Moises Castro, Reginald André Jackson, and Riley Shanahan in our recent workshop of “John Baxter is a Switch Hitter.” Photo Credit: Jeff Carpenter.

John Baxter features festival veterans Adam Standley (Angels in AmericaTrouble in Mind) and Charles Leggett (Angels in AmericaStu for Silverton) alongside a host of festival newcomers, including Reginald André Jackson (All the Way, Seattle Repertory Theatre; The Mountaintop, ArtsWest) and Isaiah Johnson (Broadway: Peter and the StarcatcherThe Merchant of Venice; Off-Broadway: The Winter’s Tale).

John Baxter is directed by Rosa Joshi, a veteran Seattle-based director whose local credits include Life of Galileo (Strawberry Theatre Workshop); Fen (New City Theater); and Richard II (Seattle Shakespeare Company).

The John Baxter cast also features Chris Ensweiler, John Farrage, Brad Farwell, Michael Place, and Betsy Schwartz. Additional cast members are Alex Brown, Mason Brown, Moises Castro, Drew Combs, Meme Garcia, Jasmine Sim, Riley Shanahan, and Tyler Trerise.


ChildrensHour_ButtonTHE CHILDREN’S HOUR

September 11 – 27
The Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center

by Lillian Hellman
Directed by Sheila Daniels

Presented in repertory with John Baxter, Lillian Hellman’s classic American play is a traditional witch-hunt tale about the disastrous consequences wrought upon two schoolteachers by one vengeful pupil’s whisper.

Banned in London and several cities across America when the play made its 1934 Broadway debut, The Children’s Hour preceded Arthur Miller’s iconic witch-hunt tale The Crucible by nearly 20 years, and cemented Hellman’s position as one of America’s leading female playwrights.

The Children’s Hour stars Hannah Mootz (Tail of Wasps, New Century Theatre Company; Bo-Nita, Seattle Repertory Theatre) as Martha Dobie; Lanise Shelley (As You Like It, American Repertory Theater; Cry, the Beloved County, Book-it Repertory Theatre) as Karen Wright; and Suzanne Bouchard (Dear Elizabeth, Seattle Repertory Theatre; Julius Caesar, Seattle Shakespeare Company) as Amelia Tilford.

Sheila Daniels returns to Intiman for her second festival season (Lysistrata) to direct The Children’s Hour. As Associate Director for Intiman from 2007-2009, Daniels directed A Streetcar Named DesireCrime and Punishment, and Abe Lincoln in Illinois. She has directed work on nearly every Seattle mainstage, including ACT, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Seattle Children’s Theatre.

The Children’s Hour cast also features Michael Place, Julia Prud’homme, and Betsy Schwartz. Additional cast members are Maya Burton, Meghan Dolbey, Meme Garcia, Rebecca Love, Jasmine Sim, Mia Tesfe, and Te Yellend.

2015 Festival Designers

The 2015 festival design team is led by Intiman Artistic Producer Jennifer Zeyl, Gregory Award-winner (The Trial, New Century Theatre Company) and recipient of The Stranger’s 2006 Genius Award.

Other festival veterans include Robert J. Aguilar (Angels in America), Matt Starritt (Angels in America, 2013 festival), and Melanie Taylor Burgess (Stu for Silverton).

Jennifer Zeyl Scenic Designer, The Children’s Hour
Jared Roberts Scenic Designer, John Baxter is a Switch Hitter
Melanie Taylor Burgess Costume Designer
Robert J. Aguilar Lighting Designer
Matt Starritt Sound Designer
Alex Garnett Softball Coach, John Baxter is a Switch Hitter



2015 Supporting Festival Events


2014 Intern Company | Photo Credit: Elizabeth MacGregor


August 4-6
Center Theatre at Seattle Center Armory

The 2015 festival company also includes 28 actors, directors, and writers who will participate in this year’s Emerging Artist Program (IEAP), Intiman’s annual training initiative for aspiring theatre professionals.

This diverse cadre of emerging theatre talent – ranging in experience from raw talent to Equity candidates, with a primary focus on underrepresented populations – includes local and international artists from Seattle Central College to New York University and beyond.

Over eight weeks, the Emerging Artists will receive detailed insight into the professional theatre industry, gain measurable skills in their selected area of concentration, and complete the program with increased connectedness to Intiman and the greater Seattle theatre community.

The IEAP will culminate in a showcase featuring short plays inspired by the festival theme. The Emerging Artist Showcase is free and open to the public.


Malika Oyetimein, Director of Bootycandy


September 17 – October 3
The Cornish Playhouse Studio at Seattle Center

by Robert O’Hara
Directed by Malika Oyetimein

The Seattle premiere of Robert O’Hara’s salacious new satire about pain, pleasure and everything in between, Bootycandy is the debut studio production of Intiman’s new Director’s Lab program, featuring local emerging director Malika Oyetimein (pictured above) and John Baxter cast members Chris EnsweilerIsaiah Johnson, and Tyler Trerise.

Oyetimein (pictured) is a recent transplant to Seattle by way of Philadelphia. She is an MFA Directing candidate at the University of Washington; Artistic Director of the Philadelphia-based Ademide Theater Ensemble; and a member of the Directors Lab at Lincoln Center Theater.

The Director’s Lab also empowers the festival’s assistant designers with a production credit of their own: Julia Welch (Scenic Design), Kelly McDonald (Costume Design), and Bob Franklin (Lighting Design).

Advance tickets for Bootycandy may be purchased through an All-Access Pass or as a Festival Pass add-on item. Single tickets will go on sale Thursday, May 28.



Christine Bateman, Director of Development & Communications | (206) 726-5104