LET’S START WITH A FUN ONE - WHAT’S EACH OF YOUR FAVORITE SCT SHOW? WHICH HAS HAD THE BIGGEST IMPACT ON YOU?
Laura: Into the West. My family had just relocated to Seattle about 20 years ago from NYC when we saw the SCT sign for the show about two children and the mysterious white horse, Tir Na n’Og. We have always loved theatre and never knew we would find such an amazing theatre home in Seattle. This story taught love, empathy, and dealing with loss, and fueled imagination in the unique way that only SCT can. This show was performed again in 2017, giving us the opportunity to do the only thing that beats seeing a show at SCT - seeing a show at SCT twice!
TELL US A BIT ABOUT WHAT SCT’S MISSION MEANS TO YOU BOTH?
Laura: At our core, we are about delivering an incredibly critical product, live theatre, to all children, regardless of their ability to pay. We know that live theatre changes lives and our donors and supporters know that we need lots of support in order to ensure that all children have the ability to experience the transformational power of live theatre. The events of the past 18 months have reinforced our belief in our mission.
LAURA, WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF ACCOMPLISHING DURING YOUR TIME AS BOARD PRESIDENT AT SCT?
ANH, WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU HOPE TO SEE REFLECTED ON SCT’S STAGES AND WITHIN OUR CLASSROOMS IN THE COMING YEARS?
HOW HAVE YOU SEEN THE IMPACT OF THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES IN YOUR OWN LIVES?
Laura: There is nothing more magical than watching an SCT production by watching your own children (or other children!) view it. Their level of understanding and grasp of complex concepts and emotions is seen in their faces in a way that you will never see doing any other activity. After the show, children share with you all the things that you missed, since being a grown up sometimes takes away these gifts.
WHAT IS YOUR HOPE FOR SCT’S FUTURE?
Laura: I am more excited than ever about SCT’s future. The pandemic has shown us that we need theatre just like we need food. Research has proven what we already knew, that theatre is an essential part of building empathy, imagination and many more critical skills needed for our young people to thrive.