Meet our Core Company Members

 

Christine Marie BrownChristine Marie Brown is thrilled to be a 2018 ACT Core Company member. Previous ACT credits include Susan in The Pitmen Painters, Maria/Lisa in Mr. Burns and Mrs. Cratchit in A Christmas Carol. Nationally, Christine has been seen on and off Broadway and her theatre work includes leading roles at the Guthrie, Old Globe, South Coast Rep, Shakespeare & Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival and American Shakespeare Center, among others. Seattle audiences would know her work from shows at Seattle Rep, Seattle Shakespeare, Village Theatre, Book-It Rep, Taproot, Thalia’s Umbrella and 14/48 Projects. Favorite roles include Masha in The Three Sisters at Baltimore Centerstage, The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods at Village Theatre and Irene in The Basement with Theatre22. In addition, she is a member of the core faculty at Freehold Theatre Lab, and has taught at SU, SPU and Cornish. She holds an MFA from the Old Globe Theatre and is a member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA and now AGMA. She will appear next in Beatrice & Benedict (Seattle Opera).

 

2018CC_AveryClarkAvery Clark was recently seen in The Crucible at ACT. Select New York and regional credits include Arcadia and the original cast of Coronado (written by Dennis Lehane, Invisible City); Measure for Measure, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Straight White Men, Hedda Gabler, Moment (Studio Theatre); Romeo & Juliet, Cymbeline, Count of Monte Cristo (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); Hamlet, Pride & Prejudice, The Importance of Being Earnest (Orlando Shakespeare Theatre); Hamlet, The 39 Steps, Henry V (Arkansas Rep); Christmas Carol (Cincinnati Playhouse); Journey’s End (Alley Theatre); The Heidi Chronicles (St. Louis Rep); The Pillowman (Astoria Performing Arts); The Shape of Things (Premiere Stages); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival); Rabbit Hole and The 39 Steps (Theatre Squared). His television includes Guiding Light and American Genius. He will appear next in Beatrice & Benedict (Seattle Opera).

 

 

2018yussefYussef El Guindi’s productions include The Talented Ones at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland (Santa Barbara Independent Indy Award); Our Enemies: Lively Scenes of Love and Combat at Golden Thread Productions (American Theatre Critics Association's M. Elizabeth Osborn Award); An Evening with Activists at Cutting Ball Theater; Collaborator at Macha Monkey Productions; Threesome at Portland Center Stage, ACT, and at 59E59 (Portland Drammy for Best Original Script); The Ramayana (co-adaptor with Stephanie Timm) at ACT; Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World (winner of the Steinberg/ American Theater Critics Association’s New Play Award in 2012; Gregory Award 2011;) also at ACT, and at Center Repertory Company (Walnut Creek, CA); and Language Rooms (Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, as well as ACT’s New Play Award), co-produced by Golden Thread Productions and Asian American Theater Company in San Francisco; at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia (premiere), and at the Los Angeles Theater Center.  Other past productions: Jihad Jones and The Kalashnikov Babes, produced at Golden Thread Productions, at InterAct Theater, and at Kitchen Dog Theater, as part of the National New Play Network. Yussef is the recipient of the 2010 Middle East America Distinguished Playwright Award, and Seattle’s 2015 Stranger’s Genius Award. He holds an MFA from Carnegie-Mellon University and was playwright-in-residence at Duke University.

 

Wolves_RachelRachel Guyer-Mafune is psyched to be making her ACT debut! She is a recent graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, and a member of Washington Ensemble Theatre. Past credits include: Howl’s Moving Castle (Book-It Repertory Theatre), Teh Internet is Serious Business(Washington Ensemble Theatre), Pilgrims (Forward Flux), The Winter’s Tale (Seattle Shakespeare Company), Puny Humans, and The Lost Girls (Annex). She will be seen next in The Wolves in April.

 

 

 

 

BrandonBrandon O’Neill was last seen in ACT’s A Christmas Carol. He has been seen in Broadway: Disney’s Aladdin (Original Cast), A Bronx Tale; World Premieres: Beatsville, Asolo Rep; First Date (Gregory Award Nomination), Ramayana (BWW Award, Seattle Times Footlight Award), ACT Theatre; Aladdin, Saving Amy (Scandalous), A Christmas Story (Cast Album), 5th Avenue Theatre; Select regional: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Ramayana (BWW Award, Seattle Times Footlight Award), Assassins, A Christmas Carol, ACT Theatre; Pride & Prejudice, A View From the Bridge, Seattle Rep; Peter and the Starcatcher, CDAST; Carousel, Pirates of Penzance (Gregory Award Nomination), Guys and Dolls (Seattle Times Footlight Award), Rent, Cinderella, Candide, The 5th Avenue Theatre. Seattle Symphony: Sondheim at the Pops (conductor: Marvin Hamlisch), Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch (conductor: Larry Blank). He also is the voice of Uldren Sov in Bungie’s video game franchise Destiny. Follow @brandononeillactor or visit www.brandon-oneill.com for more info. He will be seen next in Beatrice & Benedict (Seattle Opera).

 


Chip ShermanChip Sherman feels quite honored to return to one of his favorite places to call home, ACT. He's a trained dancer, actor, singer, who has enjoyed playing roles from Shakespeare and Brecht to up and coming playwright Idris Goodwin. Recent local productions; Malika Oyetimein's production of I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (Book-It Repertory Theatre) and Alex & Aris (ACT). Other notable roles include MacHeath (Threepenny Opera), Julian ( How We Got On, Cleopatra),  Antony and Cleopatra (Twelfth Night), and The Tin Woodsman (The Wizard of Oz). Thank you for supporting diverse theatre, the world needs it now more than ever. He will be seen next in Beatrice & Benedict (Seattle Opera).