(Seattle, Wash.) With the New Year brings a new Director of Education to Seattle Children’s Theatre. Johamy Morales, who currently serves Director of Educational Programming for Creede Repertory Theatre, will and lead the Theatre’s education, outreach and Drama School programs beginning January 2019.
“We are thrilled to welcome Johamy to SCT and the Seattle community. She is an innovative artist, dynamic educator, and bold leader in Theatre for Young Audiences. Her intelligence, skill, and passion are infectious,” said SCT’s Artistic Director, Courtney Sale. The Colorado-based educator holds an MFA in acting from The Ohio State University, with a specialization in outreach and devising new work, and a BA in Theatre from San Diego State University. Additionally, Morales serves as a Trustee for Theatre Communication Group (TCG).
“Over a decade ago I had the wonderful opportunity to intern, learn, grow and educate alongside SCT’s staff and teaching artists who have been mentors to me throughout my career. Since then my passion for education and theatre have become part of my artistic DNA, and I am humbled to be returning where my artistic home began,” said Morales, adding that her vision is to build and cultivate, with you the SCT family, a more inclusive, equitable, safe, nurturing and creative learning environment for all our youth.”
Morales’ credits include directing the Comparative Arts Department at Interlochen Center for the Arts, and work with Arena Stage, Seattle Children’s Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse. She is an alumnus of the Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship at Arena Stage and the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England. In 2014 she toured with the Carnaval de Calaveras cast to Oaxaca, Veracruz, and Mexico D.F. and in 2006, joined the cast of New World Jukebox where she performed in the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, in South Africa.
Aside from her academic, artistic and professional background, Morales shares that growing up in Southern California, as a young Mexican/American girl without a role model was influential in becoming an arts and theatre educator.
“I felt alone and frustrated in the search for mentorship. Theatre gave me the window of opportunity to find and become that strong role model that I was in search of for other young Latino/a children,” shares Morales. “In an effort to share my experience with others, I made educating and mentoring children less privileged my personal mission. For these reasons, I am inspired and motivated to continue bringing professional theatre experiences to children of all ages, regardless of their economic or cultural background. I feel a tremendous responsibility and honor to continue developing Seattle Children’s Theatre educational programs in pursuit of giving others a key to the door of knowledge and artistic possibilities.”
Morales will bring her theatre experiences center stage during her SCT directorial-debut of Anonymous by Naomi Lizuka, which runs August 1-3 during SCT’s Summer Season. She will also direct Frida by Israel Jimenez at the Write Now Festival in Tempe, AZ.