Winter 2022 Newsletter

Though in some ways it feels like 2021 has begun again, we have entered a new year! Despite the pandemic, the politics, and the grey weather, we’ve continued to look towards the future, ramping up our programming and finding moments of joy in the everyday. Starting today the sun sets at 5PM, our lovely managing director has added a delightful new member to her family (hello Arne!), and even amidst all of this, we’ve brought back the Studio Series and implemented a Curated Residency Program to give our students and other artists the space, resources, and support to create. Not too shabby. To learn more about what we have on the horizon, keep reading! 


Community Spotlight


Artistic Partnership and Engagement with Daemond Arrindell

In 2022, Freehold Theatre Lab/Studio is resurrecting programs of old and expanding into new horizons. Between reinstating our Studio Series, which has been intermittent over the last few years, and instituting our inaugural Curated Residency Program, we’re thrilled to be able to provide students and artists with the space and resources to explore their artistry, take risks, and be vulnerable in the creation and collaboration of art. As we continue to assess the best ways to cultivate a space where anyone can tap into the transformative power of art, we are also finding ways as an organization to take risks and be vulnerable on our journey towards equity and get more voices in the room as we broaden our artistic vision.

To continue to inject new ideas into Freehold and reimagine what we can create, we’re expanding our artistic leadership circle to include Daemond Arrindell, a poet, playwright, Freehold faculty member, and associate partner who has spent over 15 years with Freehold. This week, we sat down with Daemond to discuss this new aspect of his partnership with Freehold, his current goals as partner, and how he finds joy in the midst of our current more


Creation and Collaboration: An Introduction to Our First Curated Residency Program with Jennifer Moore

Artist residencies provide both freedom and restriction: having a physical space separate from one’s own to create art opens the door for creativity and experimentation, but there is often an expectation of a completed work or exhibition by the end of the residency. The pressure to create, whether intentional or not, can crush creativity. Inequities across race, gender, class, and other identity markers have also restricted who can even access residencies and environments to explore their craft. To support the winding roads that artistry can take and to open our space to a vibrant community of artists, Freehold Theatre Lab/Studio and Jennifer Moore have collaborated to form the new Curated Residency Program. With an emphasis on providing individual and communal support through free use of our studio spaces, resources, and one-on-one sessions with Jennifer, we are excited to see what artists can create when their focus is only on the process and not the end result. The program begins this week with our first group of artists; to dive into the process of creating the program and to learn more about our first artists-in-residence, we sat down with Jennifer, a DJ and musician who collaborated with Freehold previously on Daemond Arrindell’s Auntie Val, for which she created the more


Freehold Class Spotlight

Winter quarter is underway, but there are still a few classes available for your playwriting and Shakespeare needs! These classes start soon, so check out our course catalog for more information. Please email for any questions about classes or discounted tuition.


Morphing from the Page to the Stage: New Play Lab

In which playwriting instructor Elizabeth Heffron magically transforms herself from interviewer to interviewee.

So, Elizabeth, how can the New Play Lab benefit an emerging playwright?

What a great question! I would say there are two big benefits. One - being the chance to work on a 20-minute segment of your play with your fellow writers, find the build to the scenes, your forward arc, extricate what is unnecessary and really hone it. At which point you are ready to – Two – take it off the page and pass it over to other living participants and midwife the journey that happens from there. Once the piece is in the hands of your actors and a director, you discover where the heartbeat of the play really is and how hard it is beating.


 Sarah Harlett and Suzanne Bouchard in Richard III, coproduction with upstart crow collective and Seattle Shakespeare Company. Photo by: HMMM productions.  


Introduction to Shakespeare: From an Actor's Perspective

My approach teaching Shakespeare is to give students those tools and to dive into detective work together. I also try to look at them as if they are new works. To examine the problematic language, stories, and characters that Shakespeare wrote in the late 1500’s to early 1600’s and interrogate - why this play now? What are new frameworks we can put on these plays, new prisms to look at them through that allows them to be fresh, live experiences?


Opportunities to Support Freehold


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


Intern at Freehold This Winter!

We're seeking work-study interns for various projects remotely and at Freehold's home in Chinatown/International District! Earn credit towards a class this winter by supporting efforts behind-the-scenes. As a small staff, we rely on volunteers for all kinds of tasks including brochure distribution, stuffing envelopes for mailings, IT knowledge, and event support and these opportunities will continue to arise as reopening expands. Register here and email for more information! 

Want to help but on a less regular basis? We're growing our volunteer list. This winter, you can expect some (small) work parties doing painting, library organizing, and similar tasks to continue to improve our studio home. Email to share your interest.


Upcoming Events



March 25th to March 27th



Studio Series 2022 Performances

Join us in March for a weekend of performances by this year's Studio Series participants! Watch as our performers bring their pieces to life across mediums and art forms. Registration for performances will be available in March. 

Freehold Theatre Lab/Studio
517 Maynard Ave S  | Seattle, Washington 98104
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