Our mission is to present works that speak of civil rights, tolerance, freedom of and from religion, social justice, and celebration of our differences; we showcase works from celebrated playwrights both contemporary and classic, and are always on the lookout for exciting lesser known or new works.
Joshua Jon, Artistic Director
Hailing from Salt Lake, Utah, Joshua started his Seattle theatre career directing Don Juan in Chicago by David Ives for Arouet. Several years later, he would be proud to be at Arouet’s helm as artistic director. Other directing credits include Sidewinders (Fantastic Z), Blue Paint (Copious Love Productions), and assistant directing Life is a Dream (Ghostlight Theatricals) and Supraliminal (Seattle Immersive Theatre). Joshua has also had several of his short plays featured in the area, including Lulz (Fantastic Z New Works) and Ballad of Mary Jo (Medicine Ball: Poets Vs. Playwrights). Joshua holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from The University of Idaho, as well as a deep love for his friends, pop art, and the American west.
MariaJose Barrera, Production Manager
Born and Raised in Guatemala, leaving my country as a young adult was not easy, leaving friends and family behind. I moved to the US permanently in 2001 to a small city called Bayonne, in New Jersey, across the River from New York City, there I started my professional road working in retail and moving up the ranks quickly. I visited my family in Seattle, and totally fell in love with the city and it’s people. In 2005 I moved permanently to Seattle, exploring this diverse, active city and having the opportunity to work side by side with people whom I admire, building personal and professional relationships that seem to flourish and grow stronger as time passes. At the end of Summer of 2011 I got assigned the task of writing a short monologue and in October of the same year I got assigned the task of present it. That was my introduction into the theater as an “active” member. During 2012, I was part of Anna in the Tropics and later that summer I was invited to work in the production of Lawfully Wedded. As a small business owner, a female and an art’s lover I am exited to be a part of this company and to be working with such talented inspiring group of people who like me want to make this world a better place for all
Roy Arauz, Founder
After five years at the helm of Arouet, Roy stepped down in 2015 to focus on directing. He trained as a modern dancer in Costa Rica. Upon moving to the U.S., his dance training led to acting, choreography, and stage management, ultimately leading to directing and producing. He choreographed Female Hitchhikers for Consenting Adults Theatre Company in Washington DC, earning a Helen Hayes Award Nomination. In Seattle he has worked in various capacities at ArtsWest, Balagan Theatre, The Driftwood Players, Microsoft Theatre Troupe, Redwood Theatre, SecondStory Repertory, Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theatre, and Studio East. Recent credits include Associate Director for My Mañana Comes (ArtsWest) and director for La Mariposa (Book-It.) He is a company member of Theatre9/12 and eSe Teatro, a Steering Committee member of Latino Theatre Commons, and took part in the 2015 Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab.
Michael Brunk, Resident Photographer
Michael is photojournalist with over 20 years experience behind a camera. He combines his love of the stage with his passion for photography by shooting stills for a number of local theater companies. Michael is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers. You can enjoy more of his photography on his website at http://nwlens.com/
Arouet is an Associated Program of Shunpike
Shunpike is the 501(c)3 non-profit agency that fuels innovation in the arts by building productive partnerships, cultivating leadership and providing direct services to arts groups of all kinds. Learn more at www.shunpike.org.[/box]