Theatre22 seeks to be a forum where artists and audiences alike are brought to the experience of awareness, understanding and healing of the human condition and the recovery of the spirit through the gifts of the performing arts and entertainment.
Corey McDaniel ~ Founder
Producing Artistic Director
Corey is an award-winning director, actor, and teaching artist. Originally from Texas, his career began as a dancer with the Lone Star Ballet. As an actor, he has worked throughout the US and internationally with credits ranging from stage to television to the big screen. His performance experiences have placed him in such reputable arenas as the Fox Theatres, the Hollywood Bowl, Theatro Sistina in Rome, and the Metropolitan Opera House of NYC. As a director, Corey has staged a wide variety of productions throughout Southern California, Japan, and the Puget Sound Region. His most recent director credits include Bonnie and Clyde and Naomi Izuka’s Good Kids at Cornish College of the Arts, The Pride, Wizzer Pizzer, and The Hours of Life for Theatre22, Julius Caesar with Island Shakespeare Festival, The Wild Party for Sound Theatre Company and Fallen Angels at Theater Schmeater. While working as a touring dancer for pre-Broadway Disney Theatricals and Buena Vista, he doubled as an on-set acting coach for teens and young adults in Hollywood. He was a director and assistant choreographer for Children’s Theatre Experience (CTE) for seven years, working with young performers throughout Southern California. Corey aided in the creation of the professional actor training programs at The Actors Spot and Warner Laughlin Studios, where he continued on as a staff instructor. Corey has spent numerous years overseas performing and sharing American arts educational programs with foreign countries. He has directed, performed, and taught in Chihuahua & Mexico City, Mexico, Toronto, Canada, Rome, Italy, Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Nagoya, Japan, and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Since moving to Seattle, Corey has also worked with several local companies in PR, development, and marketing. He spent two and half years as the education director for GreenStage prior to stepping into the role of interim Artistic Director at SSR in September of 2011. He is also a co-founder and 2011 Chair of the TPS Gregory Awards.
A freelance director and adapter, Julie has lived in the Seattle area for 20 years. She recently directed four readings for the Theatre22/ACT Construction Zone play festival and will direct the upcoming full production at ACT this summer. She also directed Theatre22’s critically acclaimed productions of Annapurna (People’s Choice Award), Water by the Spoonful (Seattle Times Footlight Award and 3 Gypsy Rose Lee Awards) and Theatre22’s inaugural production Fifth of July. Other directing work includes her own adaptation of Jane Eyre for Island Shakespeare Festival 2016, the world premiere of Rose Cano’s Bernie’s Apt. with eSe Teatro at ACT as well as Vince Delaney’s Las Cruces and Scot Augustson’s Milwaukee for Sandbox One-Act Play Festivals (SOAPfest). Also in Seattle, she directed 4 Dogs and a Bone for Theater Schmeater (Footlight Award), A Small Fire with Sound Theatre Company (4 Gypsy Rose Lee Awards) and Angels Fall with Our American Theatre Co. Directing work with Strawberry Theatre Workshop includes The Bells, The Elephant Man (four Gregory nominations), and Fellow Passengers. She adapted and directed Edith Wharton’s The Bunner Sisters with Theatre Off Jackson and Athena Theatre Project as well as Jane Eyre, Hard Timesand Waxwings with Book-It Repertory Theatre. She has also directed for 14/48 the World’s Quickest Theatre Festival, Stone Soup Theatre, the Young Playwrights Festival at ACT, Seattle Public Theatre, UW, and Cornish College. Her work has also been seen in Chicago, Washington, D.C, Cincinnati, Atlanta, St. Louis, and Winnipeg. She has an MFA in a directing from Northwestern University.
Resident Fight Choreographer
Tom has been a Seattle based actor and fight choreographer for nearly eight years. For Theatre22, he has choreographed the fights for The Lisbon Traviata, Wizzer Pizzer, and The Hours of Life. Tom has also worked with Seattle Shakespeare Company, Wooden O, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Taproot, Theater Schmeater, GreenStage, Harlequin Producitons, Copious Love Productions, West of Lenin and many more. As an actor, Tom’s favorite roles include Titus Lartius in Seattle Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus and The Douglass in Wooden O’s Henry IV Part 1. Tom is a proud graduate of the Theatre Arts and History Departments at the University of Puget Sound.
Resident Lighting and Projection Designer
An alum of Mesa State College in Grand Junction CO, Ahren hails from the wide state of Wyoming. He has been designing sets, lights, and projections for various companies around Seattle for the last eight years. Previous shows include Bernie’s Apartment, The Other Place, Annapurna, Ernest Shackleton Love Me, Wizzer Pizzer, Dogfight, Urinetown, Jerry Springer: The Opera, Les Miserables, and August: Osage County. He also dips his toes into the local film scene both behind and in front of the camera, appearing in ZOE’s, JourneyQuest 2, The Gamers: Hands of Fate, Scotto Moore’s The Coffee Table, and co-creating the web-series &@. Ribbet!
Resident Production Manager
Katie is the resident production manager for T22. Katie has worked with theatres all over town including: Lucia Neare’s Theatrical Wonders, Sound Theatre Company, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Strawberry Theatre Workshop and The Satori Group. Katie is also currently on staff as a production manager for Annex Theatre. Next up she will be the Production Manager for The Seagull Project’s The Cherry Orchard and stage manager for Sara Porkalob’s Madame Dragon at Café Nordo.
Casting, Artistic Associate
Alber began his twenty-five-year love affair with theatre in his native country of Brazil. As an early teen, he would sneak off alone and attend productions of touring Broadway shows, Shakespeare, and local theatre and dance companies. A self-proclaimed “behind the scenes” theatre artist, Alber has also worked in stage management and theatre education. In support of his position as Casting Director for Theatre22, Alber attends over one hundred shows per season and never tires of our region’s talent and creative influence. He is dog owner, an avid animal lover, and also a human rights supporter.
Corey M. Bell
Corey’s love of the arts began with her first movie role as an adorable baby that picked her bellybutton. Since that first taste, she has been working in theatre, film, and television in all manner of roles for over 20 years. She is thrilled to be working with such amazing artists and community driven individuals.
Trevor Young Marston
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Associate Producer / Resident Scenic Artist
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