The Woodinville Repertory Theatre is excited to announce our new Artistic Director, Jane Ryan, a veteran theatrical professional who has been acting, teaching, playwriting and directing in the greater Seattle area for more than 30 years.
An accomplished actress, Jane has performed locally at a long list of theaters including A.C.T., Empty Space, Bathhouse, Pioneer Square, S.C.T., the Group, Theatre Anonymous, 14/48, and co-founded one of Seattle’s first Improv companies. She has also performed on stages in Minneapolis and Dallas and boasts numerous radio and TV appearances, including a scene on Northern Exposure with Peg Phillips. Ms. Ryan taught at the Seattle Children’s Theatre, the University of Washington School of Drama, Lakeside School, Northwest School, University Prep, and many Seattle area public schools.
As a director, Jane has worked at many northwest theaters including Twelfth Night Productions, Theater Schmeater, Burien Actor’s Theatre, Seattle Fringe Festival, Infinity Box, SecondStory Rep, and Seattle Children’s Theatre. She has been active with Woodinville Rep for the last four years, most recently directing Beth Henley’s “Crimes of the Heart” in 2019.
Ms. Ryan has taken over from Hjalmer Anderson, who co-founded the Woodinville Rep with the late Peg Phillips in 1998. Mr. Anderson retired as the Rep’s artistic director this spring after the coronavirus forced the company to suspend its production of Chapter Two. He is still active in directing shows on the East Side.
As we move forward in this time of great challenge, especially for the performing arts, we are thrilled to have Jane’s creativity, energy and inspiration guiding our vision for new and innovative ways to keep theater alive as we strive to present inclusive, engaging and entertaining theater in the Woodinville area and beyond. Welcome, Jane!