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.
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.
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 in the Seattle area. On stage, she was last seen in the remount of Seayoung Yim’s award-winning Do It For Umma and ArtsWest’s 2015-2016 season closer, Death of a Salesman. Primarily drawn to site-specific and new works, 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 most recent film projects are A Meal with Dad, which is currently making the festival rounds, and the upcoming J-Horror inspired EMIKO, which will premiere December 2017. She is a graduate of Cast Iron Studio’s Talent Diversity Initiative.
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) 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).