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IT ALL STARTED WHEN...

The town was cold and hungry for theatre, when two Strangers arrived with a vision for a show. They worked. They spoke. They cast a show that was full of – youth.  And the Strangers proved that there was a love for stage in the town, and so it went on …and on …and the dream was born and the spell was cast. But the Strangers left and gave the stage to two witches. Magical and enchanting witches. And for thousands of years the dream was made true through multiple masters from all over their small world and beyond. The stage became bigger and bigger, and now their stage is known as the best, unsurpassed theatre experience in all the land. 

 

Our Current Board of Directors

META is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501-(c)(3) corporation providing local youth with theatrical training and high-quality performance opportunities since 1997.  Our board members come from a wide variety of backgrounds including theatre, education, and business.  Sharing a love of theatre, we give ourselves the task of finding shows that feature young performers alongside seasoned actors, lead by experienced production teams.  We strive to create experiences for underserved youth to help provide them with the building blocks for personal development: the thrill of artistic endeavor; the knowledge that without hard work, there is no art; and the sense of team they find in meeting the very difficult challenge of creating a play.  Beyond theatre, we’re buoyed and motivated by study after study demonstrating that students involved in the arts consistently do better academically and average 100 points better on their SAT scores than non-arts students.

Tammy Lanphere Oommen President …is a paraeducator at La Venture Middle School where she has worked for 23 years in education. She is also President of PSE Seiu 1948 Union.  Tammy has dedicated herself to all aspects of our productions and business.  She served as Stage Manager for many productions including Fiddler on the Roof, and Producer for Godspell, and  Assistant Director for Pan - the Musical and Assistant Director and "Lady Montegue" in Romeo and Juliet.  A mother of three META veterans (Andrew, Annamarie, and Marc Oommen) and a Board Member since 2010.  Tammy took over the president’s chair in the Fall of 2016 with the ambition to help META grow and improve on its mission by raising awareness of our activities, increasing participation both by our youth and their parents, and increasing collaboration with like-minded organizations.

Tammy Lanphere Oommen
President

…is a paraeducator at La Venture Middle School where she has worked for 23 years in education. She is also President of PSE Seiu 1948 Union.  Tammy has dedicated herself to all aspects of our productions and business.  She served as Stage Manager for many productions including Fiddler on the Roof, and Producer for Godspell, and  Assistant Director for Pan - the Musical and Assistant Director and "Lady Montegue" in Romeo and Juliet.  A mother of three META veterans (Andrew, Annamarie, and Marc Oommen) and a Board Member since 2010.  Tammy took over the president’s chair in the Fall of 2016 with the ambition to help META grow and improve on its mission by raising awareness of our activities, increasing participation both by our youth and their parents, and increasing collaboration with like-minded organizations.

Seth Fine Vice President …is a long time theater veteran and contributor to META’s cause.  Seth first appeared for META in Fiddler on the Roof back in 2009.  Since then he has performed for us in Babes in Toyland, and A Christmas Carol.  He has served as assistant-Director for Pan – the Musical and Romeo and Juliet the Musical, and also produced The Outsiders.  Seth is a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Snohomish County where he heads the Appellate Division.  In addition to his work for META, Seth finds time to edit a volume of Washington Practice entitled Appellate Procedure.  In recognition of his efforts and success, Seth has been named a “Super Lawyer” in the State of Washington. 

Seth Fine
Vice President

…is a long time theater veteran and contributor to META’s cause.  Seth first appeared for META in Fiddler on the Roof back in 2009.  Since then he has performed for us in Babes in Toyland, and A Christmas Carol.  He has served as assistant-Director for Pan – the Musical and Romeo and Juliet the Musical, and also produced The Outsiders.  Seth is a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Snohomish County where he heads the Appellate Division.  In addition to his work for META, Seth finds time to edit a volume of Washington Practice entitled Appellate Procedure.  In recognition of his efforts and success, Seth has been named a “Super Lawyer” in the State of Washington. 

Michael Marlin Secretary …is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts where he received his BFA in acting. He achieved his MA in Theater from Western Washington University. Mike has contributed his expertise to META as an instructor, set designer, builder, light designer, painter, fight choreographer, and actor for many years, beginning with Wind of a Thousand Tales in 2000. Along the way he has appeared as "Giappetto" in Pinocchio, the "Cat in the Hat" in Seussical – The  Musical, "Mercutio" in Romeo and Juliet – The Musical.  A professional actor, Mike has performed for the New City Theater in Seattle, and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. He recently appeared in Martin Scorcese’s HBO feature Vinyl and performed with The Dzieci Ensemble as well as The New York Clown Theater.  Mike is now on staff at the Lincoln Theatre as Facilities Technician.

Michael Marlin
Secretary

…is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts where he received his BFA in acting. He achieved his MA in Theater from Western Washington University. Mike has contributed his expertise to META as an instructor, set designer, builder, light designer, painter, fight choreographer, and actor for many years, beginning with Wind of a Thousand Tales in 2000. Along the way he has appeared as "Giappetto" in Pinocchio, the "Cat in the Hat" in Seussical – The  Musical, "Mercutio" in Romeo and Juliet – The Musical.  A professional actor, Mike has performed for the New City Theater in Seattle, and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. He recently appeared in Martin Scorcese’s HBO feature Vinyl and performed with The Dzieci Ensemble as well as The New York Clown Theater.  Mike is now on staff at the Lincoln Theatre as Facilities Technician.

Joe Bowen - Past President …is an attorney who has privately practiced law in Mount Vernon since 1989.  He advises, represents, and trains non-profit organizations as his pro bono service.  He served a two year term on our Board when we were Northwest Children's Theater and returned to us in 2011 to serve as Secretary, vice-President, and President.  A long-time Skagit County theater veteran, Joe has directed 11 productions and performed in many more. For META, he has directed Fiddler on the Roof, directed and co-produced Pan – the Musical, and Romeo & Juliet – The Musical, and produced CATS. Joe also proudly served Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Skagit County as a founding member and President, and as President of the Kiwanis Club of Mount Vernon.

Joe Bowen - Past President

…is an attorney who has privately practiced law in Mount Vernon since 1989.  He advises, represents, and trains non-profit organizations as his pro bono service.  He served a two year term on our Board when we were Northwest Children's Theater and returned to us in 2011 to serve as Secretary, vice-President, and President.  A long-time Skagit County theater veteran, Joe has directed 11 productions and performed in many more. For META, he has directed Fiddler on the Roof, directed and co-produced Pan – the Musical, and Romeo & Juliet – The Musical, and produced CATS. Joe also proudly served Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Skagit County as a founding member and President, and as President of the Kiwanis Club of Mount Vernon.

Aviathar Pemberton - Director …Is a long time builder and a talented musician.  “V” is possibly the only person who owns the credentials of head Set Builder (META’s Romeo and Juliet - the Musical) and Music Director (NWART’s Cabaret).  He also founded the popular local band River Talk.  V long supported local youth theater, having built sets and performed music I Can Fly Productions at Lincoln Elementary School.  He has contributed his many talents to META for over a decade.  Aviathar owns and operates Warm Homes Construction.

Aviathar Pemberton - Director

…Is a long time builder and a talented musician.  “V” is possibly the only person who owns the credentials of head Set Builder (META’s Romeo and Juliet - the Musical) and Music Director (NWART’s Cabaret).  He also founded the popular local band River Talk.  V long supported local youth theater, having built sets and performed music I Can Fly Productions at Lincoln Elementary School.  He has contributed his many talents to META for over a decade.  Aviathar owns and operates Warm Homes Construction.

Lonnie Graff - Director …is a veteran of 30 local productions stretching back to 2000. Some of his favorite performances include Anacortes Community Theater’s Inherit the Wind and Jesus Christ Superstar; NWART’s Paint Your Wagon and L’il Abner, and TAG’s The Producers.   Lonny joined us for Fiddler on the Roof in 2009. Lonny, who works for free, is also a published poet.

Lonnie Graff - Director

…is a veteran of 30 local productions stretching back to 2000. Some of his favorite performances include Anacortes Community Theater’s Inherit the Wind and Jesus Christ Superstar; NWART’s Paint Your Wagon and L’il Abner, and TAG’s The Producers.   Lonny joined us for Fiddler on the Roof in 2009. Lonny, who works for free, is also a published poet.

Peter Wheeler - Director …studied photography, communications, and psychology at Bellevue College. He owns and operates Parallel Creative, a company he founded in 2000.  Peter brought us his skills and experience in market research, strategy, corporate branding, photography, graphic design, web design / development, internet marketing, social media, public relations, project management, ad/media buying, and numerous other marketing and advertising services, making outstanding contributions to our productions of CATS and The Little Mermaid - (each show broke box office records!).  Peter also contributes his efforts to the Mount Vernon Parks Foundation.

Peter Wheeler - Director

…studied photography, communications, and psychology at Bellevue College. He owns and operates Parallel Creative, a company he founded in 2000.  Peter brought us his skills and experience in market research, strategy, corporate branding, photography, graphic design, web design / development, internet marketing, social media, public relations, project management, ad/media buying, and numerous other marketing and advertising services, making outstanding contributions to our productions of CATS and The Little Mermaid - (each show broke box office records!).  Peter also contributes his efforts to the Mount Vernon Parks Foundation.

Jay Bowen - Director …is a fine artist and Master Goldsmith who trained at the Institute of American Indian Arts and the Rhode Island School of Design. Jay has contributed his artwork – and elbow grease – to our sets for Fiddler on the Roof; Pan – the Musical; Romeo & and Juliet – The Musical; and The Little Mermaid.  Jay also designed and decorated the set for NWART’s Cabaret. Born and raised here in the Skagit Valley, Jay now works for Charles Fine Jewelry in Burlington.

Jay Bowen - Director

…is a fine artist and Master Goldsmith who trained at the Institute of American Indian Arts and the Rhode Island School of Design. Jay has contributed his artwork – and elbow grease – to our sets for Fiddler on the Roof; Pan – the Musical; Romeo & and Juliet – The Musical; and The Little Mermaid.  Jay also designed and decorated the set for NWART’s Cabaret. Born and raised here in the Skagit Valley, Jay now works for Charles Fine Jewelry in Burlington.

Laurie Cottingham - Director …was born in Seattle and raised in Lethbridge, Alberta Canada.  She acquired 40 years of theater experience Lethbridge Musical Theater, Centre Stage Productions, and Playgoers of Lethridge.  In 2005 she received a “Lemmy” for her portrayal of "Mrs. Mullins" in Carousel. Laurie served on the LMT Board of Directors for three years. She also worked for 14 years as a special needs learning assistant before returning to the Pacific Northwest in 2011.  Laurie lives in Bay View with her husband Bob.  She’s looking forward to her return to the stage in META’s The Little Mermaid.

Laurie Cottingham - Director

…was born in Seattle and raised in Lethbridge, Alberta Canada.  She acquired 40 years of theater experience Lethbridge Musical Theater, Centre Stage Productions, and Playgoers of Lethridge.  In 2005 she received a “Lemmy” for her portrayal of "Mrs. Mullins" in Carousel. Laurie served on the LMT Board of Directors for three years. She also worked for 14 years as a special needs learning assistant before returning to the Pacific Northwest in 2011.  Laurie lives in Bay View with her husband Bob.  She’s looking forward to her return to the stage in META’s The Little Mermaid.

Nessa Rothstein - Director …is a local business owner who discovered META through her children's passion for theater.  She brings her years of experience helping businesses streamline their financial strategies and become more cohesive in their annual planning to help META grow into its potential even further. She currently works as a Depth Facilitatory and Energy Healer as well as running her family business Ambrosia Healing Arts as its Business Manager and Bookkeeper.

Nessa Rothstein - Director

…is a local business owner who discovered META through her children's passion for theater.  She brings her years of experience helping businesses streamline their financial strategies and become more cohesive in their annual planning to help META grow into its potential even further. She currently works as a Depth Facilitatory and Energy Healer as well as running her family business Ambrosia Healing Arts as its Business Manager and Bookkeeper.

Maybe You? - Director If you have a passion for the Arts and/or want to make a difference in young people's lives, please consider applying for a Board of Directors position. To learn more just visit our Contact page and shoot us a message.

Maybe You? - Director

If you have a passion for the Arts and/or want to make a difference in young people's lives, please consider applying for a Board of Directors position. To learn more just visit our Contact page and shoot us a message.

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