ACT Leadership

John Langs

John Langs is ACT’s Artistic Director after serving as Associate Artistic Director for three years. Langs’ 16–year freelance career has afforded him the opportunity to work with many prestigious theatre companies across the country. He has directed productions at Playwrights Horizons NY, Ensemble Studio Theater NY, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Lookingglass Theater Company in Chicago, Circle X in Los Angeles, The Resident Ensemble, New Century Theatre Company, Washington Ensemble Theatre, and Seattle Shakespeare Company. Langs received his directing degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Some of his favorite directing credits include The Shaggs Philosophy of the World (Los Angeles Drama Critic Circle Award for Best Original Musical), and Brothers Karamazov (seven LADCC Awards including Best Production of the year and Best Direction) and directing Kurt Beattie in King Lear. Langs received the first annual Seattle Gregory Award honoring excellence in direction for The Adding Machine. Recent Seattle credits include NCTC’s Mary’s Wedding, The Seagull Project’s The Three Sisters, and Seattle Shakespeare’s Othello. As a dedicated fan of original work, Langs has shepherded over a dozen projects to their premier production.

Becky Witmer

Becky Witmer is Managing Director of ACT. She has been with ACT since 2011, serving as the General Manager (2014-2015) and the Director of Marketing and Communications (2011-2014). Becky began her career in arts management through marketing and communications. She was the Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Intiman Theatre (2008-2011) and Opera Colorado (2006-2008). She was the Associate Director of Marketing with Central City Opera (2002-2005). Becky is on the board of the League of Resident Theatres, is an advisory board member for TeenTix, a co-founder of the Cultural Resource Collective database project, and serves on the Leadership Tomorrow Arts & Culture Curriculum Committee.

Kurt Beattie

Kurt Beattie joined ACT in 2001 as Associate Artistic Director and was appointed Artistic Director in April of 2003. Beattie’s past productions at ACT include Bloomsday, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Grey Gardens, Ramayana, Double IndemnityIn the Next Room: or the vibrator play, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Becky’s New Car, Intimate Exchanges, First Class, The Pillowman, Mitzi’s Abortion, The Underpants, Vincent in Brixton, Bach at Leipzig, Black Coffee, Alki, Fuddy Meers, Fully Committed, Via Dolorosa and A Christmas Carol. Elsewhere he has directed Things Being What They Are and Art at Seattle Repertory Theatre, as well as productions at The Empty Space, Intiman Theatre, the Hugo House, and the University of Washington. As an actor, he has appeared in leading and major roles at ACT, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Intiman Theatre, and The Empty Space. Beattie was the co-recipient of the 2004 Theatre Puget Sound Gregory A. Falls Sustained Achievement Award and the 2012 ArtsFund Award for Outstanding Achievement.

Gary Houlahan

Chuck Sitkin
Immediate Past Chair

Leslie Ray Bernstein
Vice Chair

Michael Crystal

Erika Nesholm

Matt Aalfs
Joan Barokas
Eric Bennett
Laurie Besteman
Bob Dowdy
Rayner D’Souza
Charles Fitzgerald
Dr. Michael Herschensohn
Stephanie Hilbert
Cynthia Huffman
Bill Kuhn
Diane Lind
Lauren Mikov
Naomi Minegishi
Jim Minorchio
Tim Mulligan
Judy Ness
Dr. George Ojemann
Deborah Person
Sarah Pierre-Louis
Teresa Revelle
Margaret Rothchild
Carlo Scandiuzzi
Karen Shaw
Goldie Gendler Silverman
Dr. Larry True

Sheena Aebig
Daniel D. Ederer
Jean Burch Falls
Jeannie M. Falls
John H. Faris
Brad Fowler
Carolyn H. Grinstein
Sara Comings Hoppin
David Hughbanks
Jonathan D. Klein
Jane W. Lyons
Gloria A. Moses
Nadine H. Murray
Douglas E. Norberg
Kristin G. Olson
Donald B. Paterson
Eric Pettigrew
Pamela Powers
Katherine L. Raff
Suzanne Ragen
Catherine Roach
Jo Anne Rosen
Faye Sarkowsky
David E. Skinner
Susan Trapnell
Brian Turner
George V. Willoughby
Jane H. Yerkes

Richard C. Clotfelter
Esther Schoenfeld
Emeritus Council

Kermit Anderson

Brad Fowler
Vice President

Katherine Raff

Don Paterson

Trevor Cobb
Michael Crystal
Gary Houlahan
Jim Minorchio
Cindy Richmond
Charles Sitkin