Gus Menary (he/him)
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 (she/her)
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.
Dan Schuy (he/him)
Dan ascended into Book-It’s production manager position with the start of the 2016-17 season. However, his affiliation with Book-It began during the Westlake Avenue North days of 1997, providing the scenic elements for the production of Grendel. For the next decade, he was a frequent scenic designer and “host” for the annual productions of Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant. He spent 23 years at North Seattle College, where he designed technical elements for over 85 productions, helped students in their course work and beginning careers, and served as the technical director and resident designer for the Theater Department/Stage One Theater. Dan also spent 13 years in many technical, artistic, and educational capacities with the Bellevue Youth Theatre. Currently, Dan is heading into his seventh year working as the technical theatre department/resident designer with the Titan Players at the Bellevue International School. In addition to Anna Karenina, Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant, and Returning the Bones at Book-It, Dan’s designs have been seen at ArtsWest (BroadwayWorld.com Seattle’s 2010 public and critic’s choice for Best Scenic Design, Evil Dead—The Musical), the Hi-Liners, Sandbox Radio Collective, Seattle Public Theater, and SecondStory Repertory Theatre, among many others.
Company Manager/Casting Director
Zenaida Smith (she/her)
Zenaida is a theatre advocate and artist, with a particular focus on new work. In addition to her work for Book-It, Zenaida is a producing director for MAP Theatre; producer for Pork Filled Productions; a staff member at 18th & Union: an artspace; a freelance actor; and an occasional director.
Technical Director/Master Sound Engineer
Benjamin Radin (he/him)
Ben is a Journeyman stagehand with IATSE Local#15 and is starting his 6th season with Book-It. Previously, he worked for five years as a scenic carpenter at Seattle Rep, and has also had the pleasure of working on-and-off at nearly every Seattle theatre venue. In addition to managing Book-It’s shop, he has recently been working as the Master Sound Engineer for Book-It’s audio productions and had the incredible opportunity to also serve as the sound designer for The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes.
Scenic Charge Artist/Properties Storage Manager
Jessica Christensen (she/her)
This Pacific Northwest native didn’t know what was in store for her several decades ago when Book-It Repertory Theatre Arts Education visited her school and became her first theatrical experience. Her passion for both theater and painting led her to graduate from Cornish College of the Arts in 2013 with a BFA in Theatrical Scenic Design, with an emphasis in Scenic Painting. In 2012, she became the wardrobe manager and personal props builder for the Stalker Farms Field of Screams Haunted Attraction. In 2015, she became the stage properties and scenic paint supervisor for Cornish’s Production Department. In 2018, she became the scenic charge artist and properties storage manager for Book-It Repertory Theatre. She has been able to work on exciting projects on Book-It’s Mainstage, as well as being able to give back to the Arts Education Department that that started her love for theatre. Through Book-It, she has also had the opportunity to work with Seattle Shakespeare Company on both their Mainstage and Wooden-O shows. It is her belief that painting is the act of taking the abstract thought of one person and transforming it into something that is accessible to everyone. What could be a more fulfilling job?
Costume Shop Manager
Marie Quinn Kramer (she/her)
A love of theater, costume, history, art, and sewing has propelled Ms. Kramer through her eccentric and varied career. She has taken part in over 80 productions of theater, musical, ballet, Circus, and more—holding just about every job title available in the realm of costume.
Christine Riipi Campbell (she/her)
Christine is proud to be the bookkeeper at Book-It Repertory Theatre, where she happily processes payments, runs reports, and creates Excel spreadsheets, among other things. Outside of Book-It, she and her husband, Andrew, own Campbell Tax Consulting LLC, a financial consulting business that provides tax, bookkeeping, and payroll services to small businesses and individuals. In addition to her finance and bookkeeping experience, Christine is a local actor and an improvisor with Unexpected Productions. She lives in West Seattle where she can be found walking her two frantic dogs, Gigi and Oskar, and playing with her adorable daughter, June.
Gillian Jorgensen (she/her)
Prior to becoming Book-It’s Education Director, Gillian spent her time as a Seattle-based teaching artist and playwright. Her storytelling and teaching skills were honed through 25 years of devoted work with students aged 3 ½ to 21, specializing in devised work and creative drama. Gillian has adventured through imaginary worlds with thousands of children, from Seattle to Tokyo, making up new games, characters, and lore along the way. Her original scripts (The Nut-Brown Girl, Tigery and Heavens-to-Betsey Get Lost in the Salad Bar, My Pet and My Dead Pet) and devised projects (Youth Theatre Northwest’s Haunted Forest series and Annex Theatre’s Ghosty series) were inspired and informed by her work with students and the love of complicated and powerful stories. Her years of experience prepared her to lead the Arts Education team at Book-It in selecting riveting titles, developing student-focused curriculum that meshes theater with literacy, and building opportunities for students to strengthen and share their own voices within their communities. A public education wonk, Gillian’s in-depth knowledge of district policies and processes facilitates ease in relationships with teachers at schools across the state.
Artistic Producer/Tour Manager
Jordi Montes (she/her/they/them)
As a touring artist, Jordi worked with Book-It for five years prior to taking on the role as Tour Manager, two years ago. She is continuing to wear those separate hats and is excited to continue her work with Gillian Jorgensen, the Education Director, in making the department a diverse and equitable place to work for all our artists, as well reaching as many students and communities they can, in Washington and beyond.
Jeannine Clarke (she/her)
Jeannine has worked in non-profit arts for 15 years. She previously worked for Jet City Improv, Northwest Girlchoir, and Village Theatre, where she oversaw $1.1 million in annual fund donations and fundraising events. She joined Book-It as the Director of Development in October of 2019. Jeannine brings a life-long love of theatre to her role at Book-It. She holds a BA in Drama and a Business Administration certificate from the University of Washington. She has also been a professional improviser for 15 years and is a current cast member at Unexpected Productions in Pike Place Market.
Sara Carmer McMahon (she/her)
Sara is an actor, improviser, educator, artist, and avid booklover. She and her family live in West Seattle, where they take regular walks at Lincoln Park with their dog, Watson.
Annika Bennett (she/her)
Annika currently serves as Book-It’s primary grant writer. She is a playwright, dramaturg, and podcast writer who has held literary and dramaturgical internships at the Goodman Theatre and Seattle Rep, and recently obtained her Certificate in Grantwriting for Nonprofit Professionals.
MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS
Marketing & Communications Director
Torrie McDonald (she/her)
With 25 years of experience in the arts, Torrie came to Book-It after a stint in community engagement at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, OR. Prior to that, she worked at Seattle Children’s Theatre in both the marketing and artistic departments. As the Marketing & Communications Director, Ms. McDonald brings her extensive knowledge of strategic planning, content creation, dramaturgy, and community engagement to bear for Book-It. At the forefront of her priorities for the company has been implementing a communications plan that has helped increase engagement across multiple channels. Using her experience building and managing multi-organization relationships and projects (artist exhibits, All Kids Read Holes, Race and Justice panel discussions, Iran/Dutch/US arts collaborative, among others), she is working to strengthen Book-It’s existing associations with other literary-based organizations, as well as building new connections to diverse community-led groups. Torrie previously sat on the editorial board for TYA/USA Next and served on grant panels for Oregon State Arts Commission, and Regional Arts and Culture Council, as well as adjudicating new play development works for TCG and the WriteNow festival.
Patron Services Manager
Alejandra Guzmán-Dyrseth (she/they)
Alejandra is Book-It’s Patron Services Manager and has been in our box office since 2016. She is a queer, Chicana, lifelong Seattleite with a passion for classic horror, roller derby, and social activism.
Social Media Manager/Community Engagement Liaison
Jose “JoJo” Abaoag (he/him)
Jose is a Seattle-based actor and a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts who has been working in the local theatre scene since 1999. Jose has also worked behind the scenes in various marketing and public relations roles at Sound Theatre Company, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and ACT. He has been a teaching artist for Book-It on many local and regional educational tours in the past, and he played Henry Lee in Book-It’s 2013 production of Jamie Ford’s novel Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Jose is the proud father of two—Kofi and Joona, who both enjoy reading all of the book selections, educational material, and testing interactive story kits from Book-it’s Arts Education department. If you support bringing great literature to the stage, he reminds you to please remember to Like, Share, Repost, Subscribe, and Retweet your support of Book-It Repertory Theatre. @bookitrep
Front of House Manager
Annie Jankovic (she/her)
Annie is excited to be the new front of house manager for Book It! She also works as an actor, director, and disability theatre consultant in the Seattle area. She loves the work that comes from managing the front of house and is pleased she gets to engage in that with in-person performances once again. Annie is very passionate about disability and accessibility in theatre and is happy to get to use that experience for patron services and enhancing the theatre-going experience for disabled audiences. She is currently also the accessibility coordinator at Sound Theatre Company.