LEADERS and MENTORS

Penguin Productions is honored to work with many exciting, talented, ambitious leaders and teaching artists. Meet the incredible Penguins working on the frontlines of our upcoming programs, workshops, and productions.

Maggie Lee is a Seattle playwright who creates diverse and imaginative new worlds on stage in genres like science fiction, horror, and action-adventure, with plays produced in Seattle, New York, Seoul, Chicago, and San Francisco. Her play Sheathed (produced by Macha Theatre Works) was the recipient of the 2019 Gregory Award for Outstanding New Play and nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Play (for Sunam Ellis’ performance of the character “Bala”), the 2019 Gypsy Rose Lee Award winner for Excellence in Local Playwriting, and a semi-finalist for the 2018 Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Her other plays include A Hand of Talons (2016 Gypsy Rose Lee Award nominee for Excellence in Local Playwriting), The Tumbleweed Zephyr (2016 Gregory Award nominee for Outstanding New Play), The Clockwork Professor, The Flight Before Xmas, and The Journey of the Bell. She is currently a board member of Rain City Projects (an organization supporting Pacific Northwest playwrights) and a member of the Dramatists Guild. Her plays are available on New Play Exchange and published by Mneme Press (mnemepress.org). She is the Resident Playwright of Macha Theater Works.

JAY O’LEARY WOODS is an Afro Puerto Rican artist-activist, currently serving as Co-Artistic Director of Sound Theatre Company in Seattle. Woods consistently delivers compelling performances that draw high acclaim. Directing credits include the world premiere of REPARATIONS by award-winning playwright Darren Canady and CITIZEN: an American Lyric. Woods directed a series of video adaptations of Black Imagination (McSweeney’s, 2020) showcasing original performances by Porscha Shaw, Jazmin Williams, Shermona Mitchell, Allyson Lee Brown, Manthurs Oseni, Wes Jones, Nicholas Japaul Bernard and Stephon Dorsey in the midst of a global pandemic remotely from Edinburgh, Scotland where she also completed her Master’s degree in Directing. Find her on the web at: artandsinew.com

Raw vulnerability, exquisite poise and wide emotional range are some words used to describe Aishé Keita on stage. Aishé is a two time award winning actress. She is based in Seattle, WA but has been seen on stages throughout the US. Aishé appeared in Seattle Magazine’s 2019 issue as must see artist. Where she also received recognition for her work at Seattle Repertory Theater and The Guthrie Theater for the co-production of Familiar by Danai Gurira . Aishe’s first  solo show, Griot, produced by Earth Pearl Collective premiered in 2018 and still tours today. She holds a B.F.A from Cornish College of the Arts in Original Works  (playwriting, acting, directing) with a minor in applied theater. Aishé has taught healing through creative expression at Gig Harbor Women Correctional Facilities for a five years and currently teaches acting/improv to first year students at her alma mater, Cornish. Motto: “stories connect us all to our inner truth”-Aishé  

Keiko Green is a San Diego-based screenwriter/playwright/performer, as well as a 2nd-year MFA Playwriting student at University of California San Diego. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia to a bilingual household (Japanese and English). She received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School with a focus on Experimental Theatre. Keiko lived in Seattle for six years, where she is a Core Company Member at ACT Theatre and a former member of the Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Writers’ Group. Her play “Nadeshiko” won the Gregory Award for Outstanding New Play, as well as landing on the Honorable Mentions for the national Kilroys List. Her plays have been developed and/or produced by ACT Theatre, the Kennedy Center, National New Play Network, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and the Playwrights Realm. She was a finalist for both the Many Voices and Jerome Fellowships at the Playwrights Center. As an actor, Keiko has performed at the Denver Center of Performing Arts, Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT Theatre, and the National Asian American Theatre Company among others.

Wayne S. Rawley is a playwright, director and actor. He is the creator and writer of Money & Run: An Action Adventure Serial for the Stage. To date, over 20 individual productions have appeared in Seattle, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area.

Other full-length plays include Live! From the Last Night of My Life (Finalist for the David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award, 2010), Attack of the Killer Murder… Of Death! (Commissioned by Shana Bestock for Seattle Public Theater), God Damn Tom, and a present-day adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. His multimedia adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 had its world premiere at The Empty Space Theater. Of his many short plays, his favorite, Controlling Interest, has been produced all over the world, including The Actors Theatre of Louisville as a finalist for the National Ten-Minute Play Contest. Controlling Interest, now published by Playscripts, Inc., was earlier published by Vintage Press in the collection Laugh Lines: Short Comic Plays, edited by Eric Lane and Nina Shengold. His short play The Scary Question, also published by Playscripts, Inc., can also be found in the Vintage Press anthology Shorter, Faster, Funnier: Comic Plays and Monologues.

Wayne is also a creator and writer of the web series What the Funny, produced by the Caution Zero Network, and has written the book for a “B-Musical” about the devil trying to break into the movie business, called Shoot! Cut! Print! Kill! Die!. He has directed and taught playwriting through ACT Theatre’s Young Playwrights Program, at Cornish College of the Arts, his alma mater, and at the University of Oklahoma where he was the 2010 Faith Broome Playwright in Residence.

 

Jéhan Òsanyìn is and does a lot of things.  Here are some of those things: Performing Artist, Playwright, Director, Visual Artist, Educator, and Arts Administrator, Outdoor and Environmental Educator, Activist, and Facilitator.

Selected Performing Credits Include: Siobhan in Village Theatre’s CURIOUS INCIDENT OF A DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME. Dido in ArtsWest’s, An Octoroon, Clarice in Seattle Public Theatre’s The Liar, Jenny in Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Other Season’s staged reading of Dry Powder. Lillian Hellman in Intiman Theatre’s Emerging Artist’s Program’s Production of Are You Now? 

Jéhan was also awarded the 2018 National Endowment for the Arts Creativity Connects  Artist Fellowship for Seattle. She is also the founder of Earthseed, an organization that serves BIPoC communities and the Disruptors who disrupt on their behalf by offering professional and personal development workshops, theatre classes, wilderness travel workshops, affordable space rental, pottery wheel rental, and community engagement events. 

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