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Mission Statement

The Woodinville Repertory Theatre is dedicated to enriching the cultural life of our community by creating high quality theatre featuring diverse voices and stories that inspire our audience.

Who We Are

Peg Phillips

The Woodinville Repertory Theatre was founded in 1998 by the late Peg Phillips, best known as Ruth-Ann Miller on the TV series “Northern Exposure.” Peg’s dream was to bring quality live theatre that would appeal to audiences from across the Puget Sound region.

The theatre’s first production was “I Hate Hamlet.” Since then, we have performed such shows as Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap,” Joseph Kesselring’s “Arsenic and Old Lace,” Robert Harley’s “Steel Magnolias,” Beth Henley’s “Crimes of the Heart,” Joe DiPietro’s “The Last Romance,” and Ken Ludwig’s “Lend Me A Tenor.” During the pandemic, we produced three online shows, including Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Peg Phillips

Who We Are

The Woodinville Repertory Theatre was founded in 1998 by the late Peg Phillips, best known as Ruth-Ann Miller on the TV series “Northern Exposure.” Peg’s dream was to bring quality live theatre that would appeal to audiences from across the Puget Sound region.

The theatre’s first production was “I Hate Hamlet.” Since then, we have performed such shows as Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap,” Joseph Kesselring’s “Arsenic and Old Lace,” Robert Harley’s “Steel Magnolias,” Beth Henley’s “Crimes of the Heart,” Joe DiPietro’s “The Last Romance,” and Ken Ludwig’s “Lend Me A Tenor.” During the pandemic, we produced three online shows, including Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Peg Phillips

Artistic Director

Jane Ryan - WRT Artistic Director
Jane Ryan

Jane Ryan

Jane (she/her) is honored to serve as the Artistic Director for Woodinville Repertory Theatre. Determined to keep our local theatre alive during the pandemic, she directed a film/zoom hybrid production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the summer of 2020. Previously at WRT, she directed Arsenic and Old Lace (2016), California Suite (2017), The Last Romance (2018) and Crimes of the Heart (2019). A professional actress and director, Jane has taught extensively in Seattle-area theatres and schools. Other favorite directing projects include A Streetcar Named Desire for SecondStory Rep, Pinocchio for Theatre Schmeater, as well as Picasso at the Lapin Agile and The Book Club Play for Twelfth Night Productions. She is a proud member of Actor’s Equity and SAG/AFTRA. 

Jane Ryan

Jane (she/her) is honored to serve as the Artistic Director for Woodinville Repertory Theatre. Determined to keep our local theatre alive during the pandemic, she directed a film/zoom hybrid production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the summer of 2020. Previously at WRT, she directed Arsenic and Old Lace (2016), California Suite (2017), The Last Romance (2018) and Crimes of the Heart (2019). A professional actress and director, Jane has taught extensively in Seattle-area theatres and schools. Other favorite directing projects include A Streetcar Named Desire for SecondStory Rep, Pinocchio for Theatre Schmeater, as well as Picasso at the Lapin Agile and The Book Club Play for Twelfth Night Productions. She is a proud member of Actor’s Equity and SAG/AFTRA. 

Welcome back to Woodinville Repertory Theatre.

We’ve missed you. We’ve missed being together with the actors, the artists, and the audience. While we were apart, some things have changed, and some things remain the same. I was honored to join WRT as Artistic Director in June 2020. Previously directing shows for WRT, I enjoyed working with Hjalmer and the Board. I am excited by their desire to bring quality theatre to Woodinville and the surrounding area. They are hardworking, friendly folks, and I feel privileged to join their team.

We are not the same people who shut our doors in early spring 2020. None of us will ever be the same people.  Closed in our houses or with covered faces, we felt fear, loss, and isolation. We witnessed racism, injustice, poverty, division, a society torn apart. There are no excuses for returning to a pre-pandemic status quo. As artists, we have the responsibility to use our talents to help build a better society.

In the theatre it is our job to tell stories, some old and universal, some new and provocative. Stories are how we understand each other. How we share our humanity.  How we will grow as a community, so that no one is forgotten, but all are held up and cherished, no matter their race, religion, gender identity, age, or economic status. 

What remains the same for WRT is our excitement and commitment to bringing you good stories, well told. Some plays will be familiar and comfortable; others will bring us fresh voices and ideas. But be assured that each project has been chosen with care to celebrate our common humanity and to offer us an opportunity to grow.  Each production will be built on affirmation and respect and will always be delivered with an eye for quality, engagement, and entertainment. I promise to send you home thinking, feeling, or laughing. Perhaps all three at the same time.

We’re looking forward to celebrating with you in person, though our location is temporary for now. WRT is searching for a performance space where we can artistically enrich our offerings to the Woodinville community. If you know of any resources that could help WRT find a more permanent home, please contact us at wrt@woodinvillerep.org

We’re eagerly awaiting that magic moment when the lights go down, and for a second we hold our collective breath in anticipation of the experience we are about to share. We’re glad you’re here. Enjoy the show.  –Jane Ryan, WRT Artistic Director

Board of Directors

Charley Blaine

Charley Blaine

Chair

Charley Blaine joined the Woodinville Repertory Theatre board in 2010 and has been board chair since 2021. During that time, he has worked on building and painting sets, taking tickets, concessions, marketing and publicity. The last includes editing the Rep’s programs.  He also has been trying to uncrack the gordian knot of helping the Rep find a permanent home. He has lived in Woodinville since 2000. A journalist by trade, he has worked on USA Today, MSN Money, Investing.com and newspapers in Buffalo, N.Y., Ashland, Ore., and Boise, Id.

Amanda Beckwith

Amanda Beckwith

Vice Chair

Amanda has been part of the filming industry since 2007.
She has experience as a camera operator, production assistant, script supervisor, location manager, casting associate, assistant director, and assistant producer on a feature film. Amanda was the producer, assistant director and co-screenplay writer of a short film that won a first place Platinum Remi award at Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival. Amanda has joined the Woodinville Repertory Theatre as a board member and is excited to use her filming experience in the theatre.

Juli Bacon - Managing Director / Treasure

Juli Bacon

Managing Director / Treasurer

Juli Bacon, Treasurer, joined the board in 2019 and is excited to get back to her theatre roots. Bacon majored in theatre with an emphasis on acting and directing and worked in theatre in the Puget Sound area but took a break to build her businesses and raise two kids. Juli is the sole owner of JB Consulting Systems, LLC and Bacon Building and Maintenance, LLC, is a partner in her joint venture, JJ BizWorks and a minority owner in Routec Industries, LLC. 

Driven by a competitive nature and a desire to affect change, Bacon works to achieve results and has a passion for helping small businesses succeed. Bacon leveraged her theatre skills to become a nationally recognized speaker. Bacon’s team assists their clients in overcoming the challenges of workforce development, human resources and business. Juli is excited to blend her love of theatre and business to work with WRT.

Melanie Workhoven - Board Member

Melanie Workhoven

Board Member

Melanie is honored to be a founding member of the Woodinville Repertory Theatre.  She performed in our very first production, “I Hate Hamlet,” and has been a regular on Woodinville Rep’s stage ever since.  Melanie also directed a few of our productions and served as the theatre’s Artistic Director for several years.  A long-time board member, Melanie has been involved in advertising, promotion, sponsorships and building our subscription base.  In addition to performing theatre across the country, Melanie has major motion picture and television credits.  Melanie is a published author and an experienced advertising and marketing professional credited with numerous award-winning radio and television campaigns. She is grateful to have had the opportunity to work with so many talented and dedicated artists who have continued to keep Peg Phillip’s vision of bringing live, quality theatre to the Woodinville area alive.  Melanie believes that theatre plays a vital role in reminding us all of our commonality with insight, hope and inspiration.

Chris Curino - WRT Board Member

Chris Curino

Board Member

Chris worked for 15 years as a fashion designer of apparel and accessories for the global market. Their work in fashion led them back to their true passion: theatre.  Since 2017 when Chris joined Woodinville Repertory Theatre, they have been an active board member as well as the costume designer and set designer for the theatre.

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Woodinville Repertory Theatre, P.O. Box 2003, Woodinville, WA 98072.

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