Theater Program

Production Team

Cast


Aaron Bredlau has been performing on South Sound stages since 2009. This year’s Double Shot festival marks his fourth time acting in a 24 hour play fest. Past theater projects include  the plays Crazy and a Half, Sunset Limited, Sluts of Sutton Drive, Improbable Peck of Plays, and multiple performances as part of the Lord Franzannian Vaudeville Show where he originated the characters Sylvester Simon, Donny Lightning, and Nigel Stardust. In addition to acting, Aaron is an accomplished musician, writing and performing his own compositions which are available online. He is excited to be part of Double Shot and help bring brand spanking new work to life.


Ann is happy to be back on stage, having last stepped foot under the lights on March 14, 2020 (spoiler alert: the show closed early). This is her second Double Shot Festival. Ann’s South Sound credits include a long connection to Olympia’s Harlequin Productions where favorite roles include Steffy in I Ought to Be in Pictures; Barbara in August: Osage County; Monica in Present Laughter; Maudie in To Kill a Mockingbird; Alexa in The Americans Across the Street; Sylvia in End Days; Agnetha in Frozen; and Hannah in Arcadia, among many others. Directing credits include Dry Powder, La Bête and Mud for Harlequin Productions and Collected Stories at the Drew Harvey Theater. Ann majored in theater at Lewis & Clark College (Portland, Ore.) and has studied performance at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Freehold Theater Lab. As a passionate advocate for the arts and live performance, Ann is also currently Board Chair at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Olympia. Thanks to the Rex boys for their love and support.


Austin Barnett is stoked to participate in Double Shot, doubly so because he will act against his husband, Jonah. This is his first production at Tacoma Arts Live, but you may have seen him locally in shows at The Evergreen Playhouse, Harlequin Productions, Olympia Family Theater, Animal Fire Theatre, and others. Some of his favorite experiences include The Kentucky Cycle and Hair at Bainbridge Performing Arts, Next to Normal at The Evergreen Playhouse, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Bloedel Reserve.


Blaire is a Washington based theatre artist and drama educator, who is excited to return to the stage with the Double Shot Festival! With a passion for the performing arts that began in her early years, Blaire has cultivated a rich career, showcasing her talents in acting, directing, and stage management. Her experience spans across 49 states and 12 countries, reflecting her global impact on the theatre community.

Blaire holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from Western Washington University and a Master’s degree in Social Emotional Learning. Furthering her expertise, she completed the Teaching Artist Training Lab at ARTSWA. Blaire’s commitment to the arts extends beyond performance; she is Education Programs Manager at Village Theatre in Issaquah, WA as well as the founder of Beyond the Stage Youth, a Washington-based non-profit, and the owner of Social Emotional Theatre. Both organizations are dedicated to harnessing the transformative power of theatre arts to teach essential life skills.

Blaire’s philosophy centers on the belief that theatre and creative storytelling are vital tools for unity and empowerment. As an advocate for arts education, she is dedicated to enriching communities by introducing the joy and benefits of theatre to diverse audiences, and excited to share these new stories with you! Thank you to her family and friends for always supporting her. Art is important, Your voice is important, You are important.


Eleise is an Olympia native who is happy to return to the beautiful PNW and make it her home again. While not on stage, Eleise is a Civic Education Tour guide at the Capitol building. While not acting or giving civics lessons to school kids, Eleise likes to find incredible food and quiet campfires wherever she can. Previous roles include Narrator in Every Brilliant Thing, Medium Alison in Fun Home, and Actress #1 in Baskerville (Harlequin Productions), Little Sally in Urinetown and Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest (PCPA).


Elizabeth Lord is a long-time actor in the South Puget Sound Region. This year’s festival marks her 5th participation in a 24 hour play fest. She produces the annual Lord Franzannian Vaudeville Show, is a member of The Heartsparkle Players, performs with String and Shadow Puppet Theater, and is the co-producer/host of Olympia’s monthly storytelling slam, StoryOly.


Erin is ecstatic to be working once again with Tacoma Arts Live! Their previous credits include Singin’ in the Rain at Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Rock of Ages at Tacoma Little Theatre, Mickey’s Pirates IN the Caribbean at Disney Cruise Line, and STILL: A Poetic Journey of Two Women at Tacoma Arts Live. A graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and California native, Erin began their career in New York City. They moved to the Tacoma area in 2020 to be closer to family, and are now absolutely thrilled to be a part of the Puget Sound theatre community! 


Evalynn (they/he/she) is a 2nd year theatre student at the University of Puget Sound. They recently acted in the school’s production of Measure for Measure, and was dramaturgy for Truth Be Told, the seniors’ thesis project. They enjoy crocheting, Letterboxd, and watching Big Brother with their roommates. They are a proud member of the Barebones Theatre Collective at UPS, and a proud Vice President of Curtain Call. When not on campus, they live in Southern California with their mom and cat. They’d like to thank Sara Freeman for recommending them for this festival as well as everyone at Tacoma Arts Live! 


Jonah Barnett is a genderqueer author, ex-filmmaker, art archivist, and multimedia-ish artist from the forests of Tenino, Washington. Their film work has screened at the Olympia Film Festival, Northwest Film Forum, The Grand Cinema, and Trans Stellar Film Festival. Their debut book, Moss-Covered Claws, came out from Blue Cactus Press in March 2021. It is essentially about gay people running around in forests being chased by monsters. Jonah has also been published in the Forest Avenue Press collections Dispatches From Anarres and City of Weird. They would like to thank their tireless husband, Austin Barnett, for putting up with their bullshit <3


Jordan has been performing theater in Olympia, Lakewood, Tacoma, and Seattle. And he is excited to be part of such an experience as Double Shot. He loves bringing fresh new works to life, and it doesn’t get much fresher than this …


Julia Pearl-Styles (she/her) is so excited to make her professional debut with the Double Shot Festival! Originally from San Francisco, she is a Theatre and Psychology double major at University of Puget Sound. There, she is the president of Curtain Call—a musical theatre club— and regularly directs and performs with the Theatre Studies department. Favorite credits include Esther in Indecent, Loud Stone in Eurydice, Farrah in She Kills Monsters, Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew, and Rosaline in Love’s Labour’s Lost. She is passionate about directing, dramaturgy, teaching, and clowning, and is grateful to UPS for helping her become a multi-hyphenate artist. Outside of class she is the executive producer of BareBones theatre collective. When she is not acting she loves teaching martial arts, writing music, and making a fool of herself in everyday situations!


Recently appearing in The Play that Goes Wrong and Murder on the Orient express at TLT, Marisa-Clare is delighted to be part of the Double Shot Festival. Back in her hometown down under, Marisa-Clare enjoyed being a part of the theatre community. She even met her husband doing her first musical. Her favourite roles include: Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Sorrel in Hayfever, and Abigail in the Crucible. Marisa-Clare took her son to his first show as a six-month-old and is passionate about creating opportunities to invite younger and more inclusive audiences to experience the excitement and wonder of theatre.


Riley Minkowski (she/her) is a sophomore Theatre Arts student at the University of Puget Sound. She has been onstage at UPS in Our Town (Fall ’23), Directors’ Lab (’22, ’23), and Senior Theatre Festival (’23), as well as co-designing props for Senior Theatre Festival (’24). She also has been involved with student theatre on campus, and she is a co-lead of Ubiquitous They Improv. Aside from theatre, she enjoys cooking, baking, and playing piano. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family. She would like to thank Sara Freeman and Tacoma Arts Live for the opportunity to get involved with Double Shot!


As a ‘born and raised’ native of Tacoma, Ted is excited to perform on a Tacoma stage for the first time. Ted has been active in the Olympia theater for many years, primarily with Olympia Family Theater as an actor, director and playwright/composer. Ted is a clinical social worker for his day job, directing behavioral health services with young people who are incarcerated. He and Jen, his wife of 33 years, have been theater lovers together since their fateful meeting in an audition, when they were expertly cast as a 70 and 72 year-old married couple.

Directors


Director, Producer and Educator, Charlotte Tiencken is the Producing Artistic Director for Vashon Repertory Theatre (VRT). She also has her own consulting business, Scarlet Productions, where she is currently working with the Chitresh Das Institute in San Francisco and Post Pardon, the Opera in Maine. She was Managing Director at Book-It Repertory Theatre in Seattle for eight seasons, General Manager at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts and worked at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in Tacoma, Tacoma Little Theatre, The Evergreen State College, and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Recent directing credits include Kissing the Joy as it Flies at VRT, Kichi in the Woods of Present Memory at the Academy of International Education in Awaji, Japan, Sweeney Todd and The Exonerated at the Vashon Center for the Arts, Woody Guthrie’s American Song at the 2021 Vashon Theatre Fest, The Cyclone Line by Kat Eggleston at Vashon Center for the Arts, The Odd Couple at Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre in NC, and Romeo and Juliet at the People’s Art Theatre of the Fujian Province in Fuzhou, China. She received her MFA from The University of Texas at Austin.


Chris discovered the theatre at an early age and became involved with the local community scene. He has traveled throughout the West, working closely with many theatres as an actor, technician, director, musician, volunteer, or board member. He has served as Company Manager for Capital Playhouse, Director of Education at Tacoma Musical Playhouse, and for the last 10 years at Tacoma Little Theatre as its Managing Artistic Director. He currently sits on the boards of the Washington State Community Theatre Association, The Rotary Club of Tacoma #8, and is the immediate Past President for the American Association of Community Theatre.


Erin Manza Chanfrau is a graphic designer who has done live theater for most of her life. This has included directing, designing, painting, acting, and serv-ing on nonprofit boards in the greater Puget Sound region. She has worked with Tacoma Opera, Tacoma Little Theatre, Dukesbay, Lakewood Playhouse, and many more. Erin spent the last 6 months running Lakewood Playhouse while the organization conducted a nationwide search for a new Managing Artistic Director. Thank you James and Ginger for all your love and support.

Jen Ryle (she/her) is a co-founder and former Artistic Director of Olympia Family Theater (OFT). She is proud of all the shows that she directed and produced in her 15 years there. Some highlights include; Cinder Edna, Starry Messenger, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, and Flora & Ulysses. Since retiring from theater work, you can find her by day, happily reading stories aloud to kids as an elementary school librarian. By night, she loves to sing with The Olympia Peace Choir, snuggle with her tiny dog, hang out with her amazing adult children, and try out creative recipes on her husband.

Nyree Martinez was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She has a degree in education from Pacific Lutheran University, is a graduate from University of Washington’s Professional Actors Training program, as well as Your cousins, a Masters in Arts Management from George Mason University. She has worked as an actor and director for over 30 years locally and regionally. She is thrilled to be working with some of her favorite people from NPA and Tacoma Arts Live.

playwrights


Bendan Healy is a Seattle-based playwright whose work has been produced across the country. He received the Heideman Award from Actors Theatre of Louisville in 2005 and was a finalist three other years. His play Picnic (pik’nik’): v.i. was published by Playscripts, Inc., and Rain City Projects included his play, The Secret Recordings of Lenin to His Lost Love Mary Anne of Topeka, KS, in one of their anthologies. His play Suffering, Inc. was listed as one of the top seven plays of the decade by The Seattle Times (Dec 2019). Some of his other full-length plays include Relatively We, Hotdish, City of Presidents, Mangrove Park, Not/Our Town and two children’s plays.


Darryin B. Cunningham is an Actor/Writer/Director based in Spanaway, Washington! He recently worked with Tacoma Arts Live for their Civil Rights Legacy Program, where his new play, Where Blooming Flowers Meets The Sky debuted. He has been writing scripts, fiction stories, and more recently, poetry. He loves lyricism, words and painting images with them. Darryin strives to create art that people can feel and converse about. Stories that reflect reality in the deepest, and sometimes unimaginable ways. He wants to thank his friends and family for their continued support. And you, of course, the audience, for being here.

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Mia Tierney is a playwright from Portland, Oregon. She is the author of ten minute play Me and You, Together in Cancún, which has found a home in various theaters across the Pacific Northwest. Mia worked as an intern for the Northwest Playwrights Alliance’s short film contest during the Spring 2023 season. She studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Portland, where she worked on the editorial board of Writers Mag, the university’s creative student magazine. She currently works in an elementary school and hopes to become a teacher.

Trista Baldwin is the author of over 20 plays, including FETAL, THE RISE AND FALL OF HOLLY FUDGE, AMERICAN SEXY, PATTY RED PANTS, and CHICKS WITH DICKS. Her work has been produced Off-Broadway, regionally and internationally. She is co-founder of the playwright-run Workhaus Collective, producing 25 plays over a decade in Minneapolis, where she is a Core Alum of The Playwrights’ Center, and a former McKnight and Jerome Fellow.  A PNW native and Stadium HS graduate, Trista’s work has been nurtured locally by Seattle Rep, SCT, WET, Live Girls! & Vashon Repertory Theatre.  A TALE OF PETER RABBIT, her first play for very young audiences opens later this month at Seattle Children’s Theater. She currently makes her home in Tacoma. More info at www.tristabaldwin.com

Production team


Alyssa Gries is glad to be back with Tacoma Arts Live! Her previous works have included A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Tacoma Arts Live); An Inspector Calls (Drama Dock); Love, Loss and What I Wore (Lakewood Playhouse); and Much Ado About Nothing (Lakewood Playhouse). She graduated with a degree in theatre in 2022 where her senior thesis was Associate Costumer on the elusive Macbeth. She would like to thank her friends and family for their constant love and support. Enjoy the show!



Andrea is happy to be back at Tacoma Arts Live (whether or not she’s onstage for this one) after previously appearing in The Thanksgiving Play as Logan. Recently, she was just seen in Olympia through Theatre Artists Olympia in The Liar as Lucrece. Locally, she has been seen at Tacoma Little Theatre in Murder on the Orient Express as Mary Debenham and Lakewood Playhouse in Brighton Beach Memoirs as Nora Morton. She made her directorial debut at the Evergreen Playhouse in Centralia with James and the Giant Peach. She has a BA from the University of Hawaii where she performed at Diamond Head Theatre in South Pacific with Tony-Nominee Loretta Ables-Sayre. She hopes you enjoy the show!


Bryan Willis is the co-founder and artistic director for the Northwest Playwrights Alliance at Seattle Repertory Theatre. His plays have appeared throughout the U.K., China, Israel, Japan, Canada and U.S., including New York Theater Workshop, Lee Strasberg Institute (NY), Milwaukee Rep, Unseam’d Shakespeare Co., Book-It Repertory Theatre, Riverside Studios in London and Seattle’s ACT. Bryan’s work has also been featured on NPR and BBC Radio (commission for Sophie). He has worked in new play development in New York at Playwrights Horizons and later served in the literary department at Lincoln Center as NYU’s Playwright-in-Residence while completing his MFA in Dramatic Writing at Tisch School of the Arts. Bryan has had the honor of collaborating on plays, screenplays, radio plays and operas with Kenneth Lonergan, Jim Lynch, Peter Mountford (novel adaptation for German radio) and composer Timothy Brock. He received a gold medallion from KC/ACTF, where he served on the National Selection Team in 2011. He lives in Olympia with his amazing wife, Margo, at Willoughby, Significantly Close to the Sea.


Unable to sit still for too long, Jack Tronsdal hops frequently between the mediums of theatre, film, writing, directing, and napping. Jack discovered his interest in the stage when he and his hilarious speech impediment were chosen to speak at his 8th-grade graduation — his ability to make an audience laugh without offering up a single joke cemented his destiny as a performer. In high school, Jack grew out of his speech impediment and grew into his love of theatre. He appeared in Almost Maine, The Curious Savage, and played the title character in Dracula. With his drama department routinely cycling through different teachers and under constant threat of termination, Jack found himself directing his senior play Noises Off… luckily the script calls for the show to fall apart. Attending The Evergreen State College, Jack took courses in theatre and movement throughout his freshman year. The axing of the theatre program ushered Jack’s attention to film studies and production, where he learned to direct with a steadier hand; he’s put that to use directing high schoolers and in his short films. As a senior, Jack took an internship as a TA (and chauffeur) to playwright Bryan Willis at the University of Portland. Since then, they’ve collaborated on several projects, including a film competition for The Washington Center Salon. Bryan commissioned Jack and playwright Mia Tierney to write an adaptation of a play called A Play About Fish — originally written by Kamarie Chapman. Jack is still waiting for his $6.25. 

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