Gus Menary

Artistic Director

Gus is a director, producer, and bookworm. He became Artistic Director of Book-It Repertory Theatre in January 2020. He comes to Book-It after serving as the Artistic Director of Jackalope Theatre Company from 2015-2020. Under his leadership, Jackalope produced 15 professional shows, 75 individual events, and hosted 200+ guest companies over the course of five seasons. For Jackalope, he directed the critically acclaimed world-premieres of Exit Strategy, The Light Fantastic ( both by Ike Holter), and Life On Paper (Kenneth Lin). He expanded artistic programming by initiating the GroundWorks Series, the CircleUp! Reading Series, and The Jackalope Playwright’s Lab to foster new play development. He was named one of the Fifty People Who Really Perform for Chicago by Newcity Magazine in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. He is a founding member of The Roustabouts and The Inconvenience, where he served as Director of Theatre Programming. He has worked with many theatre companies including Steppenwolf Theatre Company, A Red Orchid Theatre, American Theatre Company, Mary Arrchie Theatre Company, First Floor Theatre, and Strawdog Theatre Company.

Kayti Barnett-O'Brien

Kayti Barnett-O’Brien

Managing Director

An experienced arts administrator, Kayti has been working in the non-profit performing arts since 2006, and brings a broad range of operational management, finance, leadership, and theatre producorial skills to her role. She holds a Masters in Arts Leadership from Seattle University and was a member of the Leadership for Social Change cohort with artEquity in 2016. Prior to her position at Book-It, Kayti served as Managing Director at New Century Theatre Company, helping to establish the working model for the shared theatre spaces at 12th Ave Arts, and has taught Non-Profit Finance at Seattle University. She has been a board member at Theatre Puget Sound (TPS), and currently serves on the TPS finance committee. She serves as a board member and committee member on the finance committee for the Phinney Neighborhood Association board, and is also a member of Seattle Theatre Leaders, a group devoted to bringing equitable practices to theatre management. Kayti looks forward to ushering Book-It into its next chapter through responsive strategic planning and new equity initiatives. She is proud of Book-It’s responsiveness and success navigating Covid-19 and is excited for a return to live theatre.

Artistic Directors, Emeriti

ounder & Founding Co-Artistic Director Jane Jones. Photo by John Ulman

Jane Jones

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 FalconA Moveable FeastWhat We Talk About When We Talk About LoveThe Dog of the SouthAdventures of Huckleberry Finn: UncensoredTruth Like the SunThe House of MirthThe Highest TideTravels with CharleyPride and PrejudiceHoward’s EndIn a Shallow GraveThe AwakeningOwen Meany’s Christmas PageantA 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 Myra Platt. Photo by John Ulman

Myra Platt

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.