Michael has been involved in theatre in one form another since high school. While he has acted on stage from time to time, he really enjoys accompanying actors either as a solo pianist or orchestra conductor. He has volunteered time to build sets and run audio for many shows and has played for and/or conducted for Edmonds Heights (17 years), Bothell High School (14 years), Lyric Light Opera (My Fair Lady, Peter Pan, 7 Brides, Annie), Savoyards, Driftwood Theatre, King's Players, and of course, dozens of shows with Ballyhoo Theatre. Michael is a founding member and resident Music Director for Ballyhoo Theatre. He has a BFA in Piano and Composition from Cornish College of the Arts and performed as a night club entertainer for over 20 years. In addition, he has run Mike's Remodel for the past 25 years and has extensive experience in residential remodel and repair.
Working in varying capacities as Performer, Lighting/Sound Engineer, and Choreographer, Nicholas has been involved with Ballyhoo Theatre from its first show in 1999. He has also performed in many school productions, community theatre, and professional productions in the Seattle area. His parents Michael and Shileah supported and encouraged a desire to tap dance from a young age, and even threw in some piano and voice lessons for good measure! He's joined by his three brothers, his grandmother, and his wonderful spouse Hannah, all of whom are curious, multi-talented, creative people. Nicholas believes a life-long education in the arts can bring communities together, and bring new perspective and sense of meaning to all aspects of life. Working in the computer science and engineering industries for nearly a decade now, he considers an arts background especially relevant as new ways of communicating pose new challenges and opportunities for human connection. Nicholas is proud to bring his unique skills to bear in service of the arts as a board member of Ballyhoo Theatre!
Ryan started working with Shileah and Ballyhoo Theatre when he was 8 years old, and was one of her first students. In addition to acting in dozens of shows he was also very active as a Stage Manager, ASM, Lighting Designer, and helped with set building, props and assisting with younger students. As a performer with Ballyhoo, Ryan was last seen in the alumni shows BEND 2: R&J and Pageant, and two Late Night with Ballyhoo cabarets.
Outside of Ballyhoo, Ryan has worked professionally with ArtsWest Theatre as an Assistant Carpenter, Stage Manager, Lighting and Sound Technician, Running Crew, and acted in Hair, Shipwrecked, Amy’s View and Evil Dead the Musical. In addition, he worked as a Stage Manager for The Edge of the World Theatre.
Ryan lives with his fiancée Seth, and his two dogs, two cats and a gecko.
James was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. He earned a Theatre degree at Indiana University. After moving to NYC he became a member of the Lexington Conservatory Theatre. While at LCT he acted in and directed over 30 productions. In New York City he studied acting at HB Studios with Austin Pendleton and Uta Hagen. After moving to Seattle, James worked in commercials, print work, and theatre. He developed a one-man show on the life and times of Ben Franklin. Next he became a Theatre Arts Teacher, and taught at Bothell High School for 22 years. At BHS he directed over thirty full length plays and musicals. During this time he earned a Masters from Lesley University and studied in Theatre Program at Central Washington University. After retiring, he enrolled in a year long acting class at Freehold Studio, "The Meisner Progression". His most recent acting role was in "Leaving Iowa" at Driftwood Players where he played 11 characters. He has written an adaptation of The Cradle Song, which he hopes to see produced soon. He is very grateful for the support of his wife Susan and his family and friends.
As an avid supporter of the arts, Hannah has been involved with choir, band or theatre since she was a child. She currently sings with Seattle Pro Musica and also serves on their board, which presents her with opportunities to perform with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and occasionally with the likes of Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban. In the realm of theatre, she serves on the artistic board of The Pocket Theatre, which is an independent venue whose business model reduces the financial burden of putting on a show and offers profit-sharing with artists. In all her ventures, she aims to tackle issues of systemic injustice by helping to create equitable, welcoming spaces for all who want to participate. Hannah has worked for nearly a decade as an accounting professional, but her eclectic education in philosophy, law, coding and project management makes her prepared for almost anything.
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