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.
Jennifer Crooks has worked as an actor, deviser, director, dancer, choreographer, teaching artist, photographer, and arts administrator. Originally from the DC area, she came to Seattle by way of Belgium. In DC, she was an artistic associate with Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. She has created a number of original devised works: Iconicity, Twisted, Flora/Dora, and The Juliet Project (for which she received The ECC Centennial Cup award from the Festival of European Anglophone Theatrical Societies in Antwerp, Belgium). Locally, she has worked with GreenStage, Ghost Light Theatricals, ReAct Theatre, The Rogue Gallery, and Play List Seattle. In 2017, she participated in Intiman Theatre Festival’s Emerging Artist Program and became an APL Artistic Associate. With APL she appeared as Porfiry Petrovich in Crime + Punishment.
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 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), Ecce Faustus, and Crime + Punishment.
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 The Seagull, The Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard. He has taught with Freehold, 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 2015, created the role of the Bad Angel for APL’s production of Ecce Faustus (2016) and is Raskolnikov in Crime + Punishment (2017-18). 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.
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 2015 and served as dance captain and created the role of Narcissus in APL’s Ecce Faustus (2016), as well as Razumikhin in Crime + Punishment (2017-18). 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 several years as Intiman’s Producing Apprentice and Assistant to the Artistic Director. A founding cohort member of the Common Ground Music Project, he was Producing Assistant for their international initiative to Cuba (2016), 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 joined Akropolis Performance Lab as an Artistic Apprentice in 2014 and was promoted to Artistic Associate the following year. With APL, she has performed in Pomegranate & Ash, The Glas Nocturne (Seattle and touring casts), Ecce Faustus, and Crime + Punishment. On stage, she was last seen in Parley’s workshop production of Best Friend and the remount of Seayoung Yim’s award-winning Do It For Umma. Additional theater credits include ArtsWest, Cafe Nordo, Theatre Battery, Blood Ensemble, WARP Theatre, and ReACT. Recent film projects include the J-Horror inspired EMIKO, which won eight Bleedingham Festival awards, and A Meal with Dad, which is currently making the LGBT festival rounds. As a graduate of Cast Iron Studio’s Talent Diversity Initiative, she recently completed filming Park’s Epiphany, the writing and directing debut of fellow graduate Clare Chun, who has submitted the film to HBO’s Asian Pacific American Visionaries short film competition.
Junior Artistic Associate
Catherine made her theatre debut in 2006 in APL’s world premiere of Suzan-Lori Parks’ 365 Days / 365 Plays, Week 2, and stepped into a formal Artistic Apprentice role in summer 2014. She appeared in the Seattle and touring productions of APL’s The Glas Nocturne (2015-16) and originated the role of Echo in Ecce Faustus (2016). In 2011, she made her vocal solo debut singing “Panis Angelicus” for nearly 2,500 people at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall – backed by the Cascade Youth Symphony Orchestra and Shoreline Schools Honor Choir. She also sang with the Seeds of Compassion Choir for the Dalai Lama’s 2008 Seattle appearances. A senior at Shorecrest High School, she has appeared in James & the Giant Peach (2017, Dance Captain), Bring It On! The Musical (2017, Truman Squad Dance Captain), Thoroughly Modern Millie (2016, featured tapper, Lucille), and Mary Poppins (2015). An Honor Roll student and avid Girl Scout, Catherine earned her Silver Award, serves on Western Washington’s Highest Awards Committee, is a multi-year participant on the Global Action Team, and represented Girl Scouts of Western Washington as a delegate to the Fall 2017 national convention. She sings with the elite Chansons vocal ensemble at Shorecrest High School and is an advanced Irish Step Dancer (Grafton Street Academy).