ACT and Artistic Director John Langs are thrilled to announce ACT's first Core Company. Each year, a group of actors will join ACT in a year-long creative endeavor, performing and contributing as artistic ambassadors to ACT's Mainstage season. Langs has assembled the talents of Keiko Green, Kirsten Potter, Lorenzo Roberts, Jasmine Jean Sim,
G. Valmont Thomas, Connor Toms, and R. Hamilton Wright for 2016.
"I am excited to have such a talented group of artists representing ACT. It is the charge of great theatre to push the art form forward. Through initiatives like the Core Company, ACT will provide local actors with a creative home, encouraging them to expand upon their craft, and thrill audiences with their performances in our Mainstage season," says Langs.
Read more about the Core Company in The Seattle Times and stay tuned about where you'll see our Core Company Members this season!
Keiko Green is a playwright and performer, originally from Georgia. Recent work in Seattle includes The Comparables (Seattle Repertory Theatre), Othello (Seattle Shakespeare Company), Water by the Spoonful (Theatre22), The Memorandum (Strawberry Theatre Workshop), and Amadeus (Seattle Public Theater). Keiko is a proud member of the Seattle Repertory Theatre Writers' Group. She and Bret Fetzer co-wrote Puny Humans, premiering at Annex Theatre in Spring 2016. She is a performer for Living Voices, bringing the story of Japanese Internment camps to classrooms and theatres nationwide. Keiko also serves as Community and Artist Liaison for RED STAGE, producing Worse Than Tigers as part of ACTLab in March 2016. TV/Film: Grimm, C.O.G. She received her BFA in Theatre from New York University.
Kirsten Potter appeared in Seven Ways to Get There; Rapture, Blister, Burn; Big Love (ACT); Photo 51 and Or, (Seattle Repertory Theatre); The Weir, The Heiress, Misalliance, Taking Steps (South Coast Repertory); Palestine, NM; Sex Parasite (Mark Taper Forum); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Geffen Playhouse); Honour, Bold Girls (Matrix Theatre); Major Barbara (LA Theaterworks); As You Like It (A Noise Within Theatre); King Lear, Tonight at 8:30 (Antaeus Theatre Company); The Constant Wife, Red Herring (Laguna Playhouse). She has performed over 20 productions and 3 world premieres while a company member at Milwaukee Repertory Theater; as well as shows with Arizona Theater Company, Huntington Theater, Arena Stage, American Conservatory Theater; and The Utah, California, Nebraska, and Santa Fe Shakespeare Festivals. Ms. Potter has voiced dozens of vixens and evildoers in video games, including the Queen of the Reef in Destiny; and she has received numerous awards for her audio books. She has been honored by the Audie Awards, the Garland Awards, LA Drama Critics Circle, the Gregory’s, and the NFAA. She is happily married to a Bellevue firefighter and has two amazing kids.
Lorenzo Roberts received his BFA in Acting from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and appeared in Othello (Seattle Shakespeare Company), Henry IV Part 1 (Wooden O), and As You Like It (ACT) with ACT's Kenan Directing Fellow in December 2015.
Jasmine Jean Sim graduated from the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts (PCPA ’13) in California, her home state, and most recently from Cornish College of the Arts (’15). Recent Credits: Dirty (ACTLab), John Baxter is a Switch Hitter and The Children’s Hour (Intiman Theatre), 9 to 5 (Seattle Musical Theatre), and A Christmas Carol (ACT). Jasmine has a great passion for Shakespeare, dance, and stage combat and hopes to always continue learning. Jasmine is unendingly grateful to have been given the opportunity to become part of ACT’s Core Company and to be challenged in the coming year with her fellow Company Members!
G. Valmont Thomas appeared in A Christmas Carol (ACT), Water by the Spoonful (West of Lenin), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Tennessee Shakespeare Company), Party People (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), and The Piano Lesson (Syracuse Stage, Seattle Repertory Theatre). In the acting company of Oregon Shakespeare Festival for 13 seasons, he enjoyed playing the title character in Macbeth, Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Feste in Twelfth Night, and Lincoln in TopDog/UnderDog.
Connor Toms appeared in The Invisible Hand and In the Next Room, or the vibrator play (ACT) and Festen (New Century Theatre Company). He has also worked at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Icicle Creek New Play Festival, and many more. Connor and his wife were married in The Bullitt Cabaret at ACT.
R. Hamilton Wright has appeared in Middletown, The Revengers' Comedies, The Pillowman, Stuff Happens, and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (ACT). With David Pichette, he adapted James M. Cain’s Double Indemnity for the ACT stage in 2011 and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles at the Seattle Repertory Theatre in 2013. His directing credits at ACT include An Evening of One Acts, as well as Assisted Living, A Christmas Carol, Souvenir, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Mr. Wright lives in a little brick house in North Seattle with his remarkably talented wife, Katie Forgette.