Heidi Fredericks, Artistic Director
Heidi has been on staff for years as acting coach and director of KIDS AT PLAY 2010’sSeussical, and returns this year to direct Honk! and Godspell. She starred in the first KAP production, Guys and Dolls, as Miss Adelaide and later was among the first KAP graduates. She recently directed Capital Playhouse's The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee and is the Artisic Director of CP's Students On Stage program, for which she is currently directing Snow White Goes West at St. Michael's School and Griffin. Heidi studied at The Boston Conservatory, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, and the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. She has performed with Capital Playhouse’s Season in a Box, Utah Musical Theatre, University of Minnesota graduate program, Theater in the Round, Harlequin Productions, Tacoma Actors Guild, Northwest Playwright’s Alliance, and Masterworks Choral Ensemble, and choreographed for Theater Artists Olympia and Olymia Family Theater. She has taught at many local schools, and is an instructor of the Alexander Technique. Favorite roles include Little Red in Into the Woods, Lizzie in Baby, Amy in Company, Ophelia in Hamlet, Julia in Two Gentlemen of Verona, Peter in Peter Pan, Genevieve in The Baker’s Wife, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, and Janet and Columbia in The Rocky Horror Show. She most recently appeared in Capital Playhouse’s Nunsense as Sister Robert Anne. Special thanks to her family, Doug, little Oscar and Porter!
Lauren O'Neill, Managing Director
Lauren O’Neill has a wealth of experience both on and off stage. She holds a BA in Theater and Performance Art from The Evergreen State College (2002), and currently sits on the Board of Directors of Prodigal Sun Productions, Olympia. Her long-term commitment to arts education and community leadership was enhanced by her 6 year employment with the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, where she was an active member of their staff in the Audience Services, Marketing and Development departments. Her performance experiences enhance her management style and she has a unique view to offer the Playhouse in the position of Managing Director. Lauren hopes to bring fresh insight and perspective to her role and support the legacy of excellence in Musical Theater performance and education at the Capital Playhouse.
Dennis Kurtz, Technical Director
Dennis is pleased to be on staff with his family at the Capital Playhouse as Technical Director. Dennis got involved at Capital Playhouse at the age of 14 after working for several years as a props and technical artisan for the renowned Haunted Yard near Olympia High School. For the Playhouse he has served as a carpenter, props master, sound technician, lighting technician, and has even appeared on stage as Juan in Man of La Mancha, Stanley the sound guy in The 1940's Radio Hour, and the gifted violin playing waiter in She Loves Me.
Bruce Haasl, Set Designer in Residence
Bruce has been designing, building and painting sets for more than 10 years. His work has been seen at The Black Hills Playhouse, The Black Hills Community Theater (both in South Dakota), The Virginia Stage Company, several high schools, and in more than 30 productions at Capital Playhouse. His favorite designs include Free to Be You and Me, Smokey Joe's Café and Man of La Mancha. He has spent a considerable amount of time in front of the curtain as well. Capital Playhouse audiences may remember him as Roger in Rent, Judas inJesus Christ Superstar, Terry in Side Show, and Cain in Children of Eden.