An actor, translator, and filmmaker, Margaretta has performed in the United States, Canada, and France in both French and English. She first worked with Akropolis Performance Lab in 2006, playing Tiresias in Seneca’s Oedipus. She played various characters in APL’s Week 2 world premiere of Suzan-Lori Parks’ 365 Days / 365 Plays (2006) and Sonya in Uncle Vanya (2014). Since becoming an APL Artistic Associate in Summer 2014, she has performed in Pomegranate & Ash and The Glas Nocturne (Seattle cast), and assistant directed Ecce Faustus. Other Seattle theatre work has included the role of Vido in the North American premiere of Jose Pliya’s Le Complexe de Thenardier (directed by Joseph Lavy) and performances with Theater Schmeater, Arouet, Theatre Simple, Unexpected Productions, ReAct Theatre, Shakespeare Northwest, and more. She also has led workshops in effective group leadership and directing through UWOnCue Educational Resource at the University of Washington. Margaretta’s film work includes acting credits in Scene From an Office (Official Selection, Local Sightings Festival, 2011) and Sans Vie (Best Local Foreign Film, STIFF, 2010), as well as translation and co-direction credits for Sans Vie. She is Assistant Casting Director on Syfy’s Z Nation Season 2 and 3. She holds a BA in Drama from the University of Washington, with additional training from Bilingual Acting Workshop, Freehold Theater Lab/Studio, Jet City Improv, Bridges Stage Company, Glenn F. Haines, and Tony Doupe.
Linnea Ingalls joined Akropolis Performance Lab in Fall 2014 as an Artistic Apprentice, acting in Pomegranate & Ash and The Glas Nocturne (Seattle cast), and was promoted to Artistic Associate in Fall 2015. A Western Washington University Theatre Department alumna, Linnea has performed, directed, and devised work regionally and in the UK. She currently directs, choreographs, and teaches at Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre. In England, she performed in Our Little Secret, The Suicide, and The Birthday Party (after Pinter) with the University of Hull and in Cyclesong as part of the 2012 London Cultural Olympiad. At WWU, Linnea earned Best Director and Best Show for The Naked Eye and trained in Tectonic Theatre Project’s model for devising through the productions, Us (ACTF Outstanding Ensemble) and Soapbox (Irene Ryan acting nominee for Gwen). She is a co-founder of Bellingham-based August Rope Theatre Company, whose To Whom it May Concern was praised at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. In 2015, she appeared in The Tumbleweed Zephyr (Pork Filled Productions) and Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Twelfth Night Productions), directed and choreographed The Little Mermaid (Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre), and participated in Intiman Theatre Festival’s inaugural Emerging Artist Program. Other training has included Blue Lake’s Dell’Arte International, New York City’s Blessed Unrest, and London’s Red-Handed Theatre Company.
Sara Kaus, a small-town girl and University of Northern Iowa theatre graduate, has been acting in professional children’s theatre since 2009. Sara toured the Midwest as an actress and workshop leader with the Traveling Lantern Theatre Company in Greek Mythology and, more recently, as Wart in The Sword in the Stone (2015). As a three-year company member of the Rose Children’s Theatre, she performed in mainstage productions such as Velveteen Rabbit, House on Mango Street, Annie – The Musical, Bridge to Terabithia, Pinkalicious – The Musical, and Peter Pan. She relocated to Seattle to perform in and lead workshops for the 2013-2014 Open Door Theatre touring season. For Stone Soup Theatre’s Alice in Wonderland (2015), she played March Hare and Alice. Sara joined Akropolis Performance Lab as an Artistic Associate in Fall 2014, bringing a passion for acting and a belief that great performance not only entertains but educates, inspires, and even stirs audience members, themselves, to action. With APL, she has performed in Pomegranate & Ash, The Glas Nocturne (Seattle cast), and Ecce Faustus.
Tyler Polumsky has worked professionally as an actor, director, producer, musician, scenic designer, and teacher. He found his true creative voice and artistic aesthetic studying acting and directing with the late Mark Weil at the Ilkhom Theatre in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. During his nearly 10 years in Tashkent, he became the first and only American to work in Ilkhom’s Main Ensemble, performing in the standing repertoire and touring with the group to Russia, France, Poland, Japan, and elsewhere. As a Master Teacher in the Ilkhom Theatre School of Drama, he taught acting (M. Chekhov, Stanislavski, Vakhtangov, Grotowski), plasticas (Physical Improvisation and Biomechanics), and elocution (English and Russian). As Assistant Master, he taught Lecoq Methods (masks, clown, buffoonery), fencing and acrobatics, voice, and theatre history. Since returning to Seattle in 2012, Tyler has worked with The Seagull Project, appearing in both The Seagull and The Three Sisters. He has taught with the Freehold Theatre, presented workshops and master classes at the University of Washington, and taught and directed at Cornish College of the Arts. He joined Akropolis Performance Lab as an Artistic Associate in September 2015 and created the role of the Bad Angel for APL’s February 2016 production of Ecce Faustus. He prefers the long form, ensemble-driven approach to the craft such as is practiced by APL, which better reflects his roots in the Russian theatre tradition.
Nick Rempel has acted locally with Seattle Shakespeare Company, Sound Theater Company, Wooden O, and Seattle Children’s Theater. Regionally he has acted with Berkeley Repertory Theater, A Noise Within (Los Angeles), the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, as well as the Berkeley, Baltimore, and Nevada Shakespeare Festivals. He acted Off-Broadway in adobe theatre’s production of Notions In Motion, and Off-Off-Broadway (OOBR award) in American Valentines. He has preformed in London as well as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Nick’s radio, film and TV credits include Final Passages with L.A. Theatre Works (live on NPR); Robin Hood: Men in Tights; Dracula: Dead and Loving It; Clay Farmers (BBC/ PBS); Serving Time (PBS); and All My Children, in which he saved Susan Lucci’s life. He also played a time traveling Nazi in Back to the Fuhrer! Nick has trained at the American Conservatory Theater and the Stanford Meisner Center, and he has an MFA in Acting from University of Southern California and an MA in The Contemporary Practice of Shakespearean Theatre from the University of Essex, where he studied with John Barton. He joined Akropolis Performance Lab as Artistic Associate in September 2015.
Matthew Sherrill is a California-native who earned his BFA in Acting from DePaul University’s The Theatre School (Chicago). He joined Akropolis Performance Lab as an Artistic Associate in September 2015 and served as dance captain and created the role of Narcissus in APL’s February 2016 production of Ecce Faustus. In Seattle, he has appeared in productions at Ghostlight Theatricals, Theatre22), Intiman Theatre Festival, The Horse in Motion, and in the educational touring production of The Secret Garden (Book-It Repertory Theatre). In Summer 2015 he participated in the inaugural Emerging Artist Program in association with the Intiman Theatre Festival and went on to serve as Intiman’s Producing Apprentice and Assistant to the Artistic Director. As a founding cohort member of the Common Ground Music Project, he is Producing Assistant of their international initiative to Cuba, taking Seattle-based music artists to collaborate and perform with Cuban artists. Additional producing experience includes work with On the Boards, Seattle Theatre Group, and 1-Off Productions (founding member), which provides professional theatre to underserved Latino communities throughout the greater Seattle area. Matthew is a certified instructor in youth circus arts with Seattle’s Teatro ZinZanni along with film and theatre acting with Young Artists Camp (Los Angeles CA).
Emily Jo Testa is a stage and film actor drawn to site-specific and new works. She was among the first students to attend The Children’s Creative & Performing Arts Academy in San Diego, where she studied drama, dance, singing, and visual arts for eight years. Additional local training includes Northwest Actors’ Studio, Freehold, and Jet City Improv. She appeared in ArtsWest’s April 2016 production of Death of a Salesman and has performed with ReACT Theatre, NW Playwrights’ Alliance, Good Evening, Mr.Homunculus, Vox Fabuli Puppets, Theatre Battery, The New Alchemists, and Café Nordo. She performed in Blood Ensemble’s acclaimed 2014 production of Barn Show before joining APL as an Artistic Apprentice in Fall 2014, and she was promoted to APL Artistic Associate in Fall 2015. With Akropolis, she has performed in Pomegranate & Ash, The Glas Nocturne (Seattle and touring casts), and Ecce Faustus. Her screen work includes the short films Mortician for Hire, Happy Anniversary, ORGANically Grown, The Honeymoon, A Meal With Dad; webseries Rocketmen and Smoked Seattle; and the feature Danger Diva. Look for her in the August 2017 remount of Seayoung Yim’s Do It For Umma.