Summer 2022 Newsletter

This summer we have lots of reasons for joy! Last month we celebrated our annual gala and auction, as well as a successful conclusion to our spring quarter. There will be many opportunities to continue to engage and support the Freehold community during these hotter months–so let’s keep those positive vibes going. We have a full slate of summer classes coming up, as well as some new faculty! We have an exciting developmental workshop from our Engaged Theatre program–THE PERICLES PROJECT. And we have a library organizing project that’s nearing completion. To learn more, pour yourself a cold glass of lemonade and keep reading!


Welcome Dan!

We’d like to welcome our new Development and Communications Coordinator, Dan Hurwitz! Dan is an East Coast transplant who has called Seattle home for 15 years. Dan is a writer, comedian, and one-time filmmaker, whose work shines light and occasionally humor on the disabled and multiracial experience. In 2018, Dan co-founded The Disabled List, a collective of disabled comedians from around the Pacific Northwest. Dan’s hobbies include making pizza from scratch and losing at chess to his college roommate. 


Gala Update!


Thanks to everyone who showed up, in whichever way you could, to our Joy and Reclamation Gala this June! With your support, we came together and raised $32,769. We are incredibly grateful to our wonderful community that has sustained us–especially the past two and a half years. Thank you! In case you missed it (or if you just want to see it again!), follow this link to watch Daemond Arrindell, Artistic Partner, read a beautiful poem about living with fear--one of the many memorable moments from that night.






We’re very excited to announce that our Engaged Theatre program will be sharing a developmental workshop: THE PERICLES PROJECT! THE PERICLES PROJECT introduces a cast of characters who are isolated, displaced, and mired in uncertainty, and investigates whether it is possible to find the spark to keep going through difficult times. The workshop is based on Shakespeare’s play, framed by a contemporary context, and infused with original music and movement to bring the story to life. Each workshop performance will be followed by a discussion and feedback session with the audience, where audience members will have the chance to steer the work, and to grapple with the important questions presented within it. Performances are July 8, 9, 11, 12 and 14. Tickets are free–please register to attend here

Volunteers needed! Freehold is looking for volunteers to help facilitate a successful workshop! Volunteer shifts will start at 6:30pm, and end a little after 10pm. As a volunteer, you'll be invited to watch the performance, at 8pm, as well as participate in the 30-minute talkback session after the show. So if you're looking for a meaningful way to participate in the theatre experience, and engage your local community--please let us know! We're also looking for help with strike during the day on Friday, July 15! For more information about either opportunity, contact Caroline Kangas at



Freehold Class Spotlight

Summer quarter is coming in hot, and there are still classes available for your playwriting and performance needs! These classes start soon, so check out our course catalog for more information including two newly added workshops: Voice Over with John Lowrie and The Alexander Technique with Alyssa Franks! Please email for any questions about classes or discounted tuition.

Check out these exciting classes with availability starting soon!

  • Playwriting with Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin--Starts Tuesday
  • Basic Improv with Matt Smith--Starts Monday, July 11
  • Intro to Shakespeare with Eric Ray Anderson--Starts Thursday, July 14
  • Stage Combat: Smallsword with Geof Alm--Starts Saturday, July 9
  • Step II: Acting with Text with Carter Rodriguez--Starts Saturday, July 9
  • Voice Over Workshop with John Lowrie--Starts Saturday, August 20
  • Alexander Workshop--with Alyssa Franks--Starts Sunday, August 7

Meet our new faculty! 

Eric Ray Anderson
Intro to Shakespeare

John Lowrie
Voice Over

Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin


TRANSFORM YOUR CRAFT... learning to "live truthfully under imaginary circumstances."
Freehold’s Meisner Progression (based on the work of Constantin Stanislavski, Joseph Chaikin & Sanford Meisner) is a must-take for anyone interested in building a solid foundation as an actor and an artist — it will transform your craft in ways both large and small!

Meisner student Sydney Maltese credited the program for having "changed the way I see and experience and move through the world, and it also shifted my approach to my art in a profound way." Another student, Aarti Tiwari, spoke of the "incredible opportunities to explore my fears, insecurities, vulnerabilities, joy, pride, pleasure, thrills, and secrets" that the program afforded. To read more about their incredible experiences, continue reading on our blog.

If you are interested in interviewing for next year's Meisner Progression starting this fall, email Jordan at


Opportunities to Support Freehold

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity!

Do you like books? Do you prefer order over chaos?  Come help us organize our library--we're looking for volunteers! Email to share your interest.

  • We'd especially like to thank North Seattle College for their donations!
  • Thank you to all who volunteered on One Seattle Day of Service!

Monthly Giving

Support comes in all sizes. This past year we have been blown away as our community has come together to celebrate the power of theatre in the midst of a pandemic. As we continue to push what art can do not only for us as individuals but for those around us, we are asking that you consider a monthly gift to Freehold. Whether that gift is $5, $10, or $100, your generosity allows us to pay it forward to our students, participants in Engaged Theatre, and all of our working professionals as they take what they've done with Freehold into the larger artistic community. To donate, please visit


Freehold Theatre Lab/Studio
PO Box 14183  | Seattle, Washington 98114
2063237499 |


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