Gus was honored to be able to curate a season of all-audio dramas for his first full season as Book-It’s new artistic director. And he is so excited that The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes marks his Book-It directorial debut (audio version). Menary came to Seattle from Chicago, where he was the artistic director of Jackalope Theatre. While at Jackalope, Gus initiated a new play development program to support emerging playwrights, and he was part of a team that helped develop the Chicago Theatre Standards, an initiative working to shift the paradigm that too often allows for sexual harassment, discrimination, violence, intimidation and bullying in theatrical spaces. Menary was also a founding member of multidisciplinary arts company The Inconvenience, where he served as director of theatre programming. He has worked with many Chicago theatre companies including Steppenwolf, American Theatre Company, and Strawdog Theatre Company; and as a director has helmed numerous world-premieres including Exit Strategy, Life On Paper, and Detective Partner Hero Villain. He looks forward to his life in Seattle and getting back to in-person theatre with Book-It next season.
Kayti has been with Book-It since 2015, first serving as general manager (2015-2017) and managing director (2017-present). She looks forward to ushering Book-It into its next chapter through new strategic planning and equity initiatives. Kayti was previously the managing director at New Century Theatre Company, and a former board member for Theatre Puget Sound. Kayti is a member of the Leadership for Social Change cohort with artEquity and holds an MFA in Arts Leadership from Seattle University.
Founder, Founding Co-Artistic Director
Jane is the founder and founding co-artistic director of Book-It Repertory Theatre, with Myra Platt. In her 30 years of staging literature, she has performed, adapted, and directed works by such literary giants as Charles Dickens, Eudora Welty, Edith Wharton, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Pam Houston, Raymond Carver, Frank O’Connor, Jim Lynch, Ernest Hemingway, Colette, Amy Bloom, John Irving, John Steinbeck, Daphne du Maurier, and Jane Austen. A veteran actress of 35 years, she has played leading roles in many of America’s most prominent regional theatres. She co-directed with Tom Hulce at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Peter Parnell’s adaptation of John Irving’s The Cider House Rules, Parts I and II, which enjoyed successful runs in Seattle, at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles (Ovation Award, best director) and in New York (Drama Desk Nomination, best director). Jane’s most recent directing credits include Native Gardens at Arizona Theatre Company. With Portland Center Stage she directed, Cyrano, Twelfth Night (Drammy awards, Best Direction and Production) and Book-It’s adaptations of Great Expectations and Pride and Prejudice. For Book-It her credits include The Maltese Falcon, A Moveable Feast, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, The Dog of the South, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Uncensored, Truth Like the Sun, The House of Mirth, The Highest Tide, Travels with Charley, Pride and Prejudice, Howard’s End, In a Shallow Grave, The Awakening, Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant, A Tale of Two Cities, and The Cider House Rules, Parts I and II, winner of the 2010 and 2011 Gregory Awards for Outstanding Production. In 2008 she, Myra Platt, and Book-It were honored to be named by The Seattle Times among seven Unsung Heroes and Uncommon Genius for their 20-year contribution to life in the Puget Sound region. She is a recipient of the 2009 Women’s University Club of Seattle Brava Award, a 2010 Women of Influence award from Puget Sound Business Journal, and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Founders Grant and was a finalist for the American Union for Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation’s 2012 Zelda Fichandler Award.
Founding Co-Artistic Director
As founding member and founding co-artistic director with Jane Jones, Myra has helped produce over 90 world-premiere mainstage productions and over 30 education touring productions. Most recently she adapted and directed the new musical Howl’s Moving Castle (music by Justin Huertas) and The Brothers K: Parts I and II, and she directed The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (2014 Gregory Award for Outstanding Production and The Seattle Times Footlight Award). Past credits include the following: ADAPTING and DIRECTING: The Brothers K: Parts I and II, Little Bee, The Financial Lives of the Poets, The River Why, Night Flight (an operetta with music by Joshua Kohl), Red Ranger Came Calling (a musical with Edd Key), The House of the Spirits, Giant, Plainsong, Cowboys Are My Weakness, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (2002 original production), Roman Fever, and A Child’s Christmas in Wales. DIRECTING: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay; Persuasion; Cry, the Beloved Country; and Sweet Thursday. ADAPTING: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (2017 with Malika Oyetimein), The Art of Racing in the Rain, and Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant (with Jane Jones). PERFORMING: Prairie Nocturne, The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears, The Awakening (West Garland Los Angeles Award), and Howards End. Outside of Book-It, Myra has performed at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Intiman, New City Theatre, and Mark Taper Forum, among others. She originated the role of Candy Kendall in The Cider House Rules, Parts I and II, directed by Jane Jones and Tom Hulce. In 2010, Myra, and Jane Jones received a Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Anniversary grant and the 2010 Women of Influence from Puget Sound Business Journal. In 2008, Myra and Jane (and Book-It) were honored to be named by The Seattle Times as one of seven Unsung Heroes and Uncommon Genius for their 20-year contribution to life in the Puget Sound Region.