Wedgwood Drama Studio offers after school programs in neighborhood schools, summer camps at View Ridge Park, and classes at our studio location in Wedgwood just east of the corner of 95th St and 35th Ave NE. Join us for some fun!
Christi received her BA from the University of Washington in Drama and Spanish and has been working since 1998 as professional actor in the Seattle area performing on stage, film, videos, commercials, and in voice-overs.
Christi is also a Certified Positive Discipline Parenting Educator, a Parent Education Instructor with North Seattle College, Board Member of 14/48 where she Chairs the Education Committee, and is a proud NE mom of 3.
Jesica is a Seattle-based actor and teacher, and is delighted to join the Wedgwood Drama Studio team in addition to having taught with Intiman Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Studio East, and Stone Soup Theatre.
A New York transplant, she is a founding member of award-winning CollaborationTown, and was seen at La MaMa ETC, the Ontological-Hysteric Theater, and Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, and in the Off-Broadway premiere of Pentecost, among others.
She plays the violin and was nominated for an Innovative Theatre Award for her compositions for CTown’s The Astronomer’s Triangle. In Seattle, she has performed with Book-It Rep, Seattle Shakespeare Company/Wooden O, Seattle Public Theater, 14/48, and Live Girls! Theater. Jesica received her BFA from Boston University.
Amber is a performer and teacher based in Seattle. She teaches acting, creative movement, improvisation, stage combat, and aerial silks.
What motivates Amber is helping kids explore new ideas and discover skills and talents they didn’t know they had. Teaching credits include: The Northwest School, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Centrum, Seattle Public Theater, Youth Theatre Northwest and Rainier Valley Youth Theatre. Performance credits include: Seattle Public Theater, Wooden O, Seattle Shakespeare, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Folklife Festival, Columbia City Theatre and bit parts in the films Fat Kid Rules the World and Switchmas.
Outside of the arts, Amber is pursuing a master’s degree in psychology to practice couple and family therapy.
Joe Ptasnik is an actor, writer, director, and sometimes producer. He has made several short films, some of them even showing at film festivals! But before he became all that, he went to Shoreline Community College where he got his Associates in Arts and took every film and acting class he could. Shortly after graduating, he signed with Topo Swope talent, where a few months later at Topo Swope Talent’s holiday party, Joe was aimlessly wandering around trying to, but not really succeeding at, being social, when Michael Cruz stuck out his hand to him and said “hi”.
He was then quickly wrangled in by Michael, Christi, and Jason, and now he is here, teaching at the Wedgwood Drama Studio!
Joe likes working with kids because it is a chance to make a positive impact of kid’s lives. Growing up, he was always that “shy quiet kid” who had, and still has, a big inner nerd in him. Acting was a way for him to express himself and be confident at times when he felt he couldn’t. If he can somehow have a positive impact on that same kid who is shy and has an inner nerd in them, then he did his job.
Parent Educator/Teaching ArtistCharlotte Skeffington is a PNW native; she grew up on Vashon Island and now resides in beautiful West Seattle. She has worked as a parent educator with both North & South Seattle College Cooperative Preschools since 2017.
Charlotte completed undergraduate studies in International Affairs and Latin American Studies at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and spent the following 2 years in El Salvador where she served as a Rural Heath & Sanitation Peace Corps Volunteer.
Upon completion of Peace Corps Service, Charlotte returned to Seattle where she worked as an Elementary Program Coordinator and Home Visito in the Parent Child Home Program with New Futures—A Branch of Southwest Youth & Family Services.
Charlotte naturally recognizes potential in others and it brings her great joy to support families in a variety of capacities.
Actor/Teaching ArtistAlyssa Keene is an actor, dialect coach, and teaching artist who caught the acting bug watching The Muppets and free outdoor Shakespeare as a kindergartener. She is a faculty member at Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle Film Institute, Seattle University, and producer at Jack Straw Cultural Center. She has also been a teaching artist for Seattle Public Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Freehold Theatre Lab, and Family Learning Programs in West Seattle.
Recent dialect coaching credits include Jitterbug Perfume (Cafe Nordo) A Christmas Carol (ACT), Cassius Clay (SCT) A Raisin in the Sun (Seattle Repertory Theatre), Ragtime (5th Avenue). Recent acting credits include Sweeney Todd (Reboot), Why We Have a Body (Strawshop), Mother Courage (Seattle Shakespeare Company).
Actor/Teaching ArtistShaunyce Omar has performed on stages all around the world. She is a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association. Some of her credits include: Barbecue, Crowns, Black Nativity, Hairspray, Matilda, The Wedding Band, My Heart is the Drum, The Pajama Game, Rejoice, Chicago, Hi Hat Hattie, The Wiz, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Menopause The Musical – National Tour. Her TV/Film Credits include The Librarians and Last Seen In Idaho to name a few. Shaunyce’s voice can also be heard as the character Madison Grant in the State of Decay: LIFELINE video game. She is also the recipient of a Gregory, Footlight, Broadway World and The 5th Ave Theater’s Subscriber’s Choice awards. In addition to stage and screen work, Omar is a Teaching Artist and has taught in both public and private schools, arts organizations and overseas as a Master Sensei in Japan.
She holds a B.A degree in Theatre from Southern University and A&M College.
Actor/Teaching ArtistTikka Sears is the director and co-founder of Theater for Change at the University of Washington. As a theater director, performer and teaching artist, she creates original works fusing Theatre of the Oppressed, physical theater, puppetry and community-based performance. She uses oral history projects as a way to solicit community voices and is dedicated to storytelling that amplifies marginalized voices. Artistic director of Memory War Theater, she spent two years in Indonesia as a Fulbright recipient and artist-in-residence and frequently collaborates with the Black Umbrella Theater. Her acting and directing work has appeared at On the Boards, ACT Theater, Bumbershoot, Annex Theater, the Ethnic Cultural Theater, Theater Schmeater, Intiman Theater, the Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas and others. She has taught workshops and residencies at International conferences, nonprofits and a variety of schools and businesses. Tikka is currently serving as a teaching artist for the Creative Advantage Ethnic Studies and Theatre of the Oppressed Project in collaboration with Seattle Public Schools. She is the recipient of artist grants from the U.S. Embassy, the American-Indonesian Exchange Foundation, Artist Trust Gap and Fellowship awards, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, 4Culture and Humanities Washington.
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