Our Mission and vision:
Theatre22 is committed to producing exceptional live theatre that engages a diverse community of artists and audiences, inspires new ways of interpreting the world around us, and celebrates hope and healing.
We strive to serve our culturally diverse area as a meeting ground for the enrichment and growth of our community through the expression of thought provoking and belief challenging works.
We are here to serve as a home to artistic and technical visionaries to explore, contribute and expand for the betterment of their crafts and the enrichment of our society.
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 The Merry Wives of Windsor with WoodenO / Seattle Shakespeare Company, Treasure Island with Book-It Repertory Theatre, Sister Act the Musical, Bonnie and Clyde, and Naomi Izuka’s Good Kids at Cornish College of the Arts, Burn This, 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 past 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 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, General Manager, 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.
Marianna de Fazio
Resident Dialect and Voice Coach
Marianna’s work as a dialect coach can be heard at theaters across Seattle, including Taproot Theatre Co. SPU, Harlequin Productions, ACT Theatre, MAP Theatre, Book-it Rep and more. She coached The Pride for Theater22 last season. Marianna also coaches and gives lectures on public speaking, as well as accent modification for ESL speakers. She holds her MFA from the University of Washington Professional Actor Training Program, and acts on stage, in front of the camera and behind the mic. T22 is good people doing good, important work-and Marianna is honored to be on board. www.mariannadefazio.com
Though primarily a performer, Jennifer has been moonlighting as a scenic artist for over a decade. Jennifer first worked with Theatre22 in the art department in 2014, painting the portraits of Maria Callas for The Lisbon Traviata. Most recently, she painted the 8‘x32’ mountain landscape mural for Annapurna. In 2015 she was featured as an art consultant and painter for Sound Theatre Company’s Indian Ink. Jennifer also works regularly with Shoreline Community College and has painted sets for their recent productions of Avenue Q, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and The Game’s Afoot. Prior to moving to Seattle, she worked for several years in New York City with The Secret Theatre’s resident company, The Queens Players, as a scenic artist and graphic designer. She was appointed the company’s first Art Director in 2010. For images of Jennifer’s art work visit jenniferewing.org/art. Jennifer began working regularly behind the scenes as an associate producer for Theatre22 in the summer of 2016, assisting with scheduling and coordination, promotional material, script breakdowns, show program content, and various lists, calendars, and other administrative odds and ends.