About Us

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 Cruz

Christi Cruz

Founder/Director

Christi received her BA from the University of Washington in Drama and Spanish and has been working since 1998 professional actor in the Seattle performing on stage, film, videos, commercials, and in voice-overs.

As a 7 year company member of Living Voices, Christi worked as an associate director, actor, and teaching artist, performing one person shows about history.

As a teaching artist, she has worked with Seattle Children’s Theater, Book Pals -Performing Artist for Literacy in Schools, Franklin High School, University of Washington, Eastside Learning Community, Theater of Possibility, Laird Norton, Kids in Motion, and Aspiring Youth. In her work with Wedgwood Drama Studio,

Christi teaches drama programs at Wedgwood Drama Studio (Dramatic play 3-5s), Wedgwood, Viewridge, Bagely, Sandpoint, John Rogers, Thornton Creek, Bryant, Laurelhurst and Hazel Wolf Elementary. She has been working since 2008 as the Pre-3s teacher at University Ravenna and Wallingford Cooperative Preschools.

Christi is also a Certified Positive Discipline Parenting Educator, a Parent Education Instructor with North Seattle College, and a proud NE mom of 3.

Jesica Avellone

Jesica Avellone

Teaching Artist

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 Wolfe

Amber Wolfe

Teaching Artist

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

Joe Ptasnik

Teaching Artist

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.

Patti Belle

Patti Belle

Designer

Patti Belle has been designing with Wedgwood Drama Studio since 2008. As an Art Director and Designer with over 15 years experience, she offers both print and interactive solutions, specializing in corporate identity, branding, and collateral. Patti has extensive experience in advertising, marketing, publication design, non-profit collateral, photo styling and direction. For more information contact Patti