Annie Lareau - Artistic Director

Annie Lareau is a professional director, actor, adaptor, teaching artist and Co-Artistic Director at Seattle Public Theater as well as a member of the Sandbox Artists Collective. She has received two Seattle Times Footlight awards for acting and was nominated twice for California’s Elly awards in Direction. Annie earned her B.F.A in Acting and Directing from Syracuse University and her M.Ed in Arts Education from Harvard University. Some past projects include: Directing The Vanishing Point and Grand Concourse (Seattle Public Theater), adapting and directing Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (Book-It Repertory Theatre and Asian Theater of the Sierras); directing Chinglish (ArtsWest and Asian Theater of the Sierras), Little Dog Laughed(ArtsWest), As You Like It and Pericles (Seattle Shakespeare Company), Doktor Kaboom: Live Wire (Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington D.C) and Forever Plaid (Mt. Baker Theater). She has been seen on stage performing as Antonia in My Antonia and Maggie Jones in Plainsong (Book-It Repertory Theatre), Elizabeth in Richard III, Queen Isabel in Henry V, Bawd in Pericles.

Eli Pershing - Managing Director

Eli Pershing’s passion for the arts -- both onstage and off -- has spanned across the country, from Philadelphia all the way to here in the great Pacific Northwest. Her experience as an actor and musical theater performer; dancer; director and writer; arts administrator; and fundraising guru has been felt all over the city and beyond. Eli was most recently the Managing Director for Theater Schmeater.


Kelly Kitchens - Co-Artistic Director

Kelly Kitchens is a professional director, actor, adaptor, and teaching artist. She is the Co-Artistic Director at Seattle Public Theater, a member of the Sandbox Artists Collective, and a member of Actor's Equity Association. Her honors include: Gregory Falls Award for Outstanding Director (recipient, 2014; nominee, 2017); named Best Director by the Seattle Weekly Readers Poll; Gypsy Rose Lee award for Outstanding Direction of a Play; and named in Seattle Magazine’s inaugural list of “Top 20 Most Talented People in Seattle.” Kelly earned her B.A. from Vanderbilt University and her M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. Some past projects include: directing Ironbound, Hand to God, Grounded, On Clover Road, The Other Place, Slowgirl, and Christmastown (Seattle Public Theater); directing Medea and The Tempest (Seattle Shakespeare Company); directing Pride and Prejudice (THEATERWORKS, Colorado); stage directing Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land (Seattle Opera Academy); directing The Art of Bad Men (MAP Theater); performing the role of Jaques in As You Like It (Seattle Shakespeare Company); stage directing Cinderella En España and The Three Feathers (Seattle Opera, Touring); directing Tall Girls (Washington Ensemble Theater); performing the role of Kate in The Taming of the Shrew (Seattle Shakespeare Company); and adapting and directing She's Come Undone (Book-It Repertory Theatre).