On Playing Shakespeare with Brenda Joyner

Much Ado About Nothing (2013)

Hermia, Perdita, Olivia, Desdemona, Ophelia, Hero, Lavinia. You’d be hard pressed to find another young actress who has tackled so many of Shakespeare’s female roles…all before age 30. And yet, actress Brenda Joyner is still learning what she loves about performing Shakespeare. Turn on the sound and listen as Brenda shares what she loves about […]

On Playing Shakespeare with George Mount

Twelfth Night (WO 2012)

Shakespeare has been a companion for George Mount for most of his adult life. Whether as an actor, a director, or a producer, George has spent a lot of time thinking about Shakespeare’s plays and how to best approach them. He’s had the fortune to play many of the roles he always wanted to play, […]

Bright Spots of 2013

Romeo and Juliet at Olympic Sculpture Park

At Seattle Shakespeare Company, we start our staff meetings by sharing Bright Spots that have happened to us in the week. These are triumphant moments, both big and small, that acknowledge the positive aspects of our jobs.  It’s fun to share them with staff members who may not have been around to experience them directly. […]

No Damsel in Distress: An Interview with Brenda Joyner

Brenda Joyner

Although she’s played enough of them on our stage, Brenda Joyner is no damsel in distress. She’s a huge Seattle Sounders fan and admits to eating popcorn almost every day. Growing up in Anchorage, Alaska, she had designs on being a ventriloquist and asked for a Howdy Doody doll for Christmas. “I was immediately terrified […]

Finding A Way to Give Back

Ray Gonzalez in Seattle Shakespeare Company's productions of "The Comedy of Errors" (2007), "Twelfth Night" (2009), and "As You Like It" (2012).

Ray Gonzalez made his professional acting debut in Seattle Shakespeare Company’s 1997 production of “Richard III,” and later went on to appear in more than 20 Seattle Shakespeare Company and Wooden O productions. He’s begun a new adventure as a real estate broker with Real Living Northwest, Realtors, and he’s come up with an innovative way […]

Rebecca Olson on Playing Celia in “As You Like It”

In As You Like It, Shakespeare created one of the great female friendships in theatre: Rosalind and Celia. There’s no other relationship like it in the canon. And for the game of romance in the woods, Celia is kind of Rosalind’s wingman. In Seattle Shakespeare Company’s actress Rebecca Olson plays Celia and shares her thoughts […]

Seattle Actor Profile: Nathan Graham Smith

Nathan moved from Seattle to Los Angeles about 5 years ago but is back to play Orlando in Seattle Shakespeare Company’s production of As You Like It.  It’s a part he knows well as he played the role in the parks for Wooden O.  As the son of missionary parents, Nathan grew up as a […]

Seattle Actor Profile – Jennifer Lee Taylor

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A native of Seattle, Jen Taylor made her Seattle Shakespeare Company debut last season playing Imogen in Chamber Cymbeline. Now with Eliza in Pygmalion, she has a role that she’s been dying to play since she was a teenager.  “At 12 or 13 I went into this weird stage where I would only watch black […]

Seattle Actor Profile – Mike Dooly

When Mike Dooly takes on a role, he immerses himself in it, almost to the exclusivity of anything else.  He wasn’t always so diligent.  In fact, Mike was on the verge of dropping out of high school when his grandmother signed him up for acting classes at the Northwest Actor’s Studio.  It was after an […]