Eclectic Theater (ET) is a professional theatre company formed out of The Green Theatre Project at Cornish College of The Arts in 2000, which manifested itself quickly after as Green Theatre Productions, founded by Rik Deskin. Green Theatre produced eco-friendly productions at the Nippon Kan Theater, Theatre 4, the Historic University Theater, Center House Theatre, and Summer Shakespeare in Kirkland, Bellevue, Seattle, and Auburn. In 2006, the company evolved into Eclectic Theater Company, becoming the managing resident company at Odd Duck Studio, with a new mission statement: to produce original, contemporary, and classic works for the stage and screen. In 2013, Odd Duck Studio was renovated and renamed Eclectic Theater.
ET produces and presents Plays, Improv, Stand-Up and Sketch Comedy, Screenplay Readings, Films and more year-round!
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Currently, Eclectic Theater produces and presents year-round and regular productions by The Confrontational Theater Project, and more! We rent our theater to artists who wish to produce theatre, improv, sketch, stand-up and film projects.
Eclectic Theater has been an artistic incubator for many theatre and film artists.
In the future, Eclectic Theater hopes to produce more work by local playwrights, edgy classic productions, local, independent film, and unite the neighborhood in supporting local work.
Managing Artistic Director
Rik Deskin is a professional actor, director, stage manager and stagehand with 28 years of experience in theater, film, TV, internet and radio. He’s the founding artistic director of Eclectic Theater in Seattle and curates all programming. A graduate of Cornish College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting, Mr. Deskin is also a member of SAG-AFTRA, and Actors’ Equity. Rik is an advocate for actors and artists and is the Vice-President, Actors/Performers for the SAG-AFTRA Seattle Local and part of the Sandbox Artists Collective sponsored by Freehold Theatre Lab.
Rik is a co-star in the Sci-Fi Web-Series Look Up In The Sky and he’s the host of a weekly talk-show, The Rik Deskin Show. Recent film projects have been roles in the short films Wyatt Steps Out, Queen of Wands, Sausage Fest; Bleed Out; Obsession; and the feature film, The Standard. Recent theater projects have been the title roles in Macbeth and Hamlet, as well as roles in September Skies, The Little Death, and more for Eclectic Theater. Some other companies Mr. Deskin has worked with are On The Boards, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Tacoma Actors Guild, Bellevue Civic Theater and Theater Schmeater.
Rosemary Poole-Carter, a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, lives in Houston, Texas. Her work includes What Remains, a mystery novel; Juliette Ascending, a young adult novel; Women of Magdalene, a historical suspense novel; Mossy Cape, a play for young audiences based on Southern folklore; and the adult dramas, The Little Death, set in the French Quarter of old New Orleans, and Inconvenient Women, set in a Louisiana asylum.
As a child, seeing Tennessee Williams’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, she was impressed by Big Daddy’s emphasis on the word “mendacity,” a word that continues to resonate for her in her fictional creations.
Southern Gothic Writings, Rosemary’s blog, is located at: http://southerngothicwritings.blogspot.com
Leonard D. Goodisman has been writing all his life in many different genres including plays, short stories, novels, science fiction, children’s books and nature. Writing for theatre is his first love; besides creating plays, he’s enjoyed producing, directing, acting and providing technical support to productions.
Leonard had written about a dozen full length plays, including two musicals, and somewhat more one act plays. Some have won prizes: full length plays “Laramie, Equal Rights” and “Clara” won awards at the Shoreline Readers Theater, 2009 and 2010, in Washington State. “Road Rage” and “Apartment 4G” won in the 2010-2011 “Ink to Boards” One-Act Play Competition at Wildfire Arts. Several plays have been produced locally in the Seattle, Washington and in New York are others have been read at writers’ workshops, and some at festivals. “Road Rage” won both the Audience and Judges Award at Edmonds Driftwood festival, summer 2011. Leonard’s plays were also performed at Seattle Theatre Readers and Bremerton festivals in summer of 2011. His play “Fears” was performed at the Fall 2011 Festival in Seattle. “A Political Family” “The Heist”, “Kill Him,” and other plays were also performed this winter of 2012. In May, his one act plays, “Judith”, “Rudolph”, and “Throbbing In” will be performed at different venues, one in New York and two in Seattle.
While passion is his first love, the horror of our political times is pushing that passion toward immediate relevance, the challenge being to have both in the same play.
Leonard is a primary participant in the Women In History Theater Project, with several plays that explore and celebrate the role of women in history: “Laramie, Equal Rights”, “Clara”, “Foils”, “Will The Rodins Wed?”, “The Empress Theadora,” and the one act “Judith.”
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