For the new Expand Upon series of staged readings, Mirror Stage commissions two local playwrights to each develop a short play responding to a community-selected theme, using the same multi- generational, multi-racial cast. For this first round of Expand Upon, the community selected the theme “Institutional Racism,” and Mirror Stage commissioned playwrights Rachel Atkins and Seayoung Yim.
Featuring: Manuel Cawaling, Christine Lange, Mona Leach Grife, Daniela Melgar, Ayo Tushinde, and Bob Williams.
Playwright Rachel Atkins has twelve different shows in national touring repertory for Living Voices/Theatreworks USA. Her plays have been seen locally with Book-It, Seattle Repertory, SCT, The Empty Space, Annex, Brownbox, SPT, Sound Theatre, Live Girls!, Infinity Box, Forward Flux, Fantastic Z, Washington Hall, Bainbridge Performing Arts, and 14/48. Black Like Us received the 2014 Gregory Award for Best New Play, two Seattle Times Footlight Awards, and was a 2014 American Theatre Critics Association Steinberg New Play Award nominee. An ArtsWA Teaching Artist and Creative Advantage Arts Partner, Ms. Atkins works as a master teaching artist for Bringing Theatre into the Classroom, Book-It, Arts Impact, and ACT’s Young Playwrights Program. She graduated from Dartmouth College and holds her Masters in Educational Theatre from New York University.
Playwright Seayoung Yim’s Do It For Umma premiered at Annex Theatre in 2016 to sold-out audiences, winning both the People’s Choice Award for Outstanding New Play at the Gregory Awards and Seattle’s Gypsy Rose Lee Award for Excellence in Local Playwriting. Her newest play, A Quality Education, was developed for Theatre Battery’s Battery Powered Reading series. Her work has been featured at Live Girls! Theater, the UW School of Drama, 14/48, and the Seattle Fringe Festival. She is a member of Asian American playwriting collective SIS Writers Group. In addition to theater, Seayoung has been involved with social and racial justice community organizations such as the Children’s Alliance, Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation, the International Examiner, and Social Justice Fund Northwest.