CANDLELIGHT STORIES: AN EVENING IN THE BARDO
BUDDY TODD | DIRECTOR
Buddy Todd has acted and directed throughout the Seattle region with organizations such as Pork Filled Productions, Studio East, Renton Civic, Theatre 9/12, Bainbridge Performing Arts, Edmonds College, Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theatre, FantasticZ, and more. Buddy is also a teaching artist with Studio East and Seattle Children's Theatre and holds an MFA in Arts Leadership with Seattle University. Buddy is a board member with The Shattered Glass Project, a fringe theatre company that centers the voices and experiences of women, femme, and other folks whose genders have been historically marginalized. buddytodd.com
Jana is delighted to be cast in An Evening in the Bardo and to perform with the other fine actors. She has performed short plays of both Suzanne Bailie and Scott Stolnack before and is eager to perform the works of the other talented playwrights. Jana hales from Chicago, but has lived in the Seattle area for almost 7 years now. During that time, she has performed in many shows written by local playwrights and as an actor loves the opportunity to bring those characters to life for the first time. Jana hopes you enjoy the dark side of the Bardo and perhaps it will make you think of your loved ones from the beyond.
Tadd is delighted to be working with Pacific Play Company! He was last seen onstage with Tales of the Alchemysts Theatre and has performed with many local companies including Hello Earth, SecondStory Repertory, Macha Theatre Works, Parley, Seattle Public Theater, and Pork Filled Productions. He was a regular cast member and sometimes writer of the audio series Brass by Battleground Productions. His voice can also be heard in audiobooks, video games, and commercials. A Northwest native, Tadd began his theatrical career at Youth Theatre Northwest on Mercer Island and continued his training at Bennington College in Vermont.
Cody is thrilled to be working with Pacific Play Company! Cody has worked for a variety of theatre and comedy sketch groups in the Seattle area including Ghostlight Theatricals, DangerSwitch, and CafeNordo to name a few. Cody was cast as the Duke in Pacific Play Company's production of THE ADVENTURES OF LULU, which had to be cancelled due to the pandemic, but he is really happy to help Pacific Play Company rebuild with this comeback show!
Jeremy Steckler is thrilled to be performing live again in Seattle. He is a local actor seen in As You Like It (Seattle Shakespeare), Framed (Snowflake Avalanche), and several KidStage productions. He can also be seen in movies and TV shows like Cora Bora, In the Summer Rain, and the upcoming series finale of The Scottish Play. When not performing on stage or working at The Channel Company, Jeremy is a bass player with the blues band Amadeus Flynn and with several theaters across Seattle.
Kim graduated from Hofstra University with a BFA in Theatre Arts specializing in performance. She did her post-grad work at LAMDA in Classical Acting. Since then, she has worked as an actor. director, educator, filmmaker, podcaster, dark historian and paranormal investigator. When she's not working in the arts she spends her time leading ghost tours and hunting for ghosts, giving presentations on murder and watching horror movies. She also likes cats.
Andrea Hansen has been praised hailed as a well-rounded 20th century performer, spanning eras and genres from 18th-century operas, to singer/songwriter albums, to musical and cross-genre theatre. Role highlights include Blanche de la Force in Dialogues of the Carmelites; Romance in America as Geraldine in Hand of Bridge and Lucy in Again (Romance in America); ‘emlI’/Mrs. Cratchitt in Klingon Christmas Carol; and Joan Aldrin in Moon Landing. Locally, Andrea has performed with Seattle Modern Opera Company and the Museum of Flight.
Izzy Schonfeld has called Seattle home for the last 4.5 years after discovering the amazing theatre community the city has to offer. Previous credits include Indy Jones... (Seattle Public Theatre), Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Seattle Musical Theatre), Freckleface Strawberry (SecondStory Rep), and various staged readings (Annex Theatre, Albatross Theatre Co., and Pacific Play Company). Izzy has also enjoyed offstage opportunities working as a Stage Manager and Teaching Artist. All my love to John and PJ.
Charlie is excited to be making his Seattle Theatrical debut after taking a break from performing during the pandemic to focus on his education. A Kansas City native, Charlie has been acting since he was a kid through school and community theatres. He has played characters such as Danforth in Arthur Miller's, THE CRUCIBLE; Curly in John Stenbeck's OF MICE AND MEN, and Arthur Roeder in D.W. Gregory's RADIUM GIRLS. Outside of the theatre he can most likely be found enjoying the Pacific Northwest's beautiful landscape!
Tom Stewart is an actor and playwright. He has been seen in Seattle and elsewhere as Henry Higgins in “My Fair Lady”, Starbuck in “The Rainmaker”, Johnny Cash/ensemble in “Ring of Fire”, Jack Benny, Buddy Holly, and Mark Twain. That sounds more impressive when written down.
Suzanne Bailie is an award-winning playwright and artist. Suzanne’s full-length play, Hardened Criminals, was the recent winner of the Bill and Peggy Hunt Playwright Festival. Her short plays and monologues have been produced across the United States and internationally. Her published plays include, The Raspberry, Baby Jesus Does Not Kill Ninja Zombies, Mel and Mona, Fish Queen and The Blankie. Some of her favorite activities are creating collages, drinking strong coffee, and travelling.
KELLEEN CONWAY BLANCHARD
Kelleen Conway Blanchard's work has been seen/produced at Annex Theatre, Pony World Theater, Bumbershoot with the Project Room, Weird and Awesome, Macha Monkey, Balagan Theatre, Seattle Playwright's Collective, 12 Minutes Max , 14/48, Spin the Bottle and as part of FringeACT. Outside of Seattle, her plays have been part of Eight Tens at Eight in Santa Cruz, the 2nd Annual Festival of New Short Plays in Belfast, Maine and Perishable Theatre’s Women’s Playwriting Festival. Look for her upcoming collaboration with Keira McDonald in Blonde with the Wind and for Kittens in a Cage, the web series, produced by Stoic Entertainment (based on her Gregory Award nominated play!) http://www.kittensinacage.com/
Ryan is honored to be included in this great group of writers. Through an eclectic collection of experiences in the arts Ryan has had the pleasure to see life from a number of interesting angles. As a career Stage and Production Manager he’s been responsible for mounting productions in some of the greatest venues and acts in New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Montreal, Wuhan, Shanghai, Hamburg and beyond. Some notable collaborations are with Seth McFarland in “Family Guy Live”, Robert Smigel (Triumph the Insult Comic Dog) in Poopapalooza, Celine with “A New Day” and numerous other appearances, as well as Elton John, Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Dave Chapelle, Katt Williams and so on. One time Ryan and John Landis hid Bob Newhart from Don Rickles to surprise him on stage when receiving a Lifetime Achievement award. Ryan has also had the opportunity to learn from mounting theatrical productions like Beauty and the Beast and Les Miserables with Village Theatre and Circus productions like India Circus and Han Show with Franco Dragone as well as large scale EDM concert and Festival events. Ryan has a growing list of New Works and adaptations that he’s working on and hopes to bring to the public in ’23 including “OPERATION: Mindcrime”, “Bootlegger”, “Mariners the Musical” and his latest work, the Dan Brown-ian Washington-centric “Equitable Illumination” where we follow Eddie Vedder as he saves the world by saving the mythical, lovable, local legend Sasquatch. Ryan would like to thank Morgan for including him in this amazing opportunity to create art and further his writing aspirations.
KATHRYN JEAN KELLER
Kathryn Jean Keller is a Seattle playwright and theater artist. She serves on the Board of Directors for The 14/48 Projects. She co-founded Seattle’s Café Delirium; a 90s collective of anti-racist queers creating new and site-specific theater in response to our personal experiences with AIDS. Café Delirium is best known for “Panic Sanitation,” presented during the 1990 Seattle Goodwill Games. Keller holds a BFA in Theater from University of Texas, Dallas; and an interdisciplinary PhD from University of Washington in the Social History of Science and Technology. Keller is currently working on a modern interpretation of Demeter’s lament entitled “Saturn’s Daughters.” This work is informed by the host of grieving mothers in the news - heartbroken parents whose children are disparately trapped by unbalanced court rooms or spirited away at our nation’s hostile borders. “Saturn’s Daughters,” was workshopped at Freehold Theater’s 2019 New Play Lab, directed by David Hsieh. “Daughters” is being developed further under the auspices of the Next Wave Playwrights Project.
Leonie has an extensive background as an actor and writer. She studied in New York City with Stella Adler. She is currently working on a new play about the Salem Witch Trials which she hopes to have finished this summer. She has worked with Freehold Theatre in wiriting workshops and is a member of the Next Wave Playwrights Project. She has enjoyed working on the Adventures of Lulu and can't wait to see the show when it opens May 7th!
Scott Stolnack has published in a wide range of forms, including science fiction, travel and adventure writing, scientific reports and peer-reviewed research, poetry, and literary fiction. His short plays have been produced in the US and UK, and are seen regularly as part of West Seattle’sDrunken Owl Theater reading series. His full-length play One Thing was the Seattle Playwrights Salon’s May 2019 selection, as well as a selection for Akropolis Performance Lab’s New Year New Play Salon and finalist for the 2019 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference. He has worked for the last decade as a senior scientist helping coordinate efforts to recover endangered salmon in the Seattle area.
Carolynne Wilcox (she/they) is a bilingual, Latine theatre artist who has produced, performed, written and designed collateral artwork for regional and local stage productions.
Their work has been showcased locally at Book-It Rep, Village Theatre, The Shattered Glass Project, Latino Theatre Project and eSe Teatro to name a few.
Carolynne has an MFA in Original Works from Towson University in Maryland. More info available at www.Carolynne-Wilcox.com.