This is part of a series about our 2016 Emerging Artists. They will perform selections from three powerful plays by Black women, August 5-7, for Intiman Theatre’s Emerging Artist Showcase. Join us for this free show! LEARN MORE.

Lacy Katherine Campbell | Director, The Owl Answers

Q: When did you know you wanted to dedicate your career to the arts?
A: I can’t remember NOT wanting to be in theater in some way. It was in high school that I had the opportunity to really work on some more serious subject matter, and it came at a point in my life when I really needed that external, validating source.

Q: Why is theatre important to you?
A: The live experience is going away. It’s so, so easy to stay inside our houses and our media bubbles and never leave.  Theater lures us into a shared space with other people where we can all feel something together, and that’s very powerful to me.

Q: What excites you about the Emerging Artist Program?
A: I am hearts-in-eyes IN LOVE with the boldness of the Intiman’s overall vision, and this program is just another part (well, the part I get to be in!) I love the joy, the intense commitment of time and energy. I’m with a group of artists who are dedicated and passionate about their work, and that’s a huge gift.

Q: What is one experience that stands out in the program so far?
A: The first day: walking into a room with a group of complete strangers, and knowing that in a few weeks, they’d be my new community and colleagues.

Q: What or who is your biggest inspiration?
A: For many years, I worked with a company called Barrel of Monkeys, which works to foster literacy and self-esteem in Chicago Public Schoolchildren. Our entire mission was to hear their creative voices of those students and to celebrate the [insert favorite expletive here] out of them. Their voices and experiences, as well as the company’s utter commitment to honor the students’ work with OUR very best work, made me believe, truly and deeply, that art will save us.

Lacy Katherine Campbell is a theater artist who divides her time between Seattle and Chicago. Seattle credits include puppetry and spectacle design for Satori Group/ARTBARN’s We Remain Prepared as well as work with Kyle Loven and Cafe Nordo’s new Pressure Cooker series. She is the head of tabletop spectacle company Hearts & Brains and is a DangerSwitch company member. Chicago credits include Albany Park Theater Project/Goodman, Redmoon Theater, Chicago Shakespeare, Barrel of Monkeys, Silk Road Rising, and Rivendell Theatre Ensemble/Steppenwolf Garage as well as network television series and feature films.

Join us for our Emerging Artist Showcase August 5-7 at Seattle Repertory Theatre. We will feature selections from three plays: The Owl Answers and A Movie Star Has To Star In Black And White by Adrienne Kennedy and Black Super Hero Magic Mama by Inda Craig-Galván. The show is free and open to the public. RSVP HERE.