Photographing the artists of ACT – A Contemporary Theatre

 

To work with artists who have been sculpting the shape of Seattle theatre for over 40 years as playwrights, actors and directors is an experience that would honor any photographer.  A few weeks ago I had the great privilege to work with not one, but FOUR of the brilliant actors cast in Katie Forgette‘s “Assisted Living.”

ACT’s artistic director, Kurt Beattie, alone has directed 24 productions around the US including co-directing Ramayana last fall (you might remember seeing him on my pre-production set of images HERE), not to mention his extensive acting range.  The lovely and accomplished Marianne Owen first appeared on the PhotoSister site as a featured artist alongside Lewis Black for the pre-production images of “One Slight Hitch.”  Tim Gouran is known for his outstanding performances in numerous plays, including Of Mice and Men and ACT’s immense Ramayana production – not to mention his great works in filmography. Finally, Jeff Steitzer‘s expansive repertoire includes performances on Broadway, the Shakespeare Festival, many television and film productions, is the Multiplayer Announcer for “Halo” (aka: Voice of God), and directed over 160 theater productions in the United States.

I am beholden to the artists of “Assisted Living” for the privilege of directing and capturing their brilliance in still photography for the greater elevation of Seattle theatre.

Assisted Living at ACT - A Contemporary Theatre

Assisted Living at ACT - A Contemporary Theatre

Assisted Living at ACT - A Contemporary Theatre

Assisted Living at ACT - A Contemporary Theatre

Assisted Living at ACT - A Contemporary Theatre

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Assisted Living at ACT - A Contemporary Theatre

Assisted Living at ACT - A Contemporary Theatre

Assisted Living at ACT - A Contemporary Theatre

 

Published in:

The Seattle Times – April 14th, 2013
Q&A: Seattle’s Katie Forgette on her play ‘Assisted Living’

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Go see Kurt Beattie, Julie Briskman, Tim Gouran, Laura Kenny, Marianne Owen, and Jeff Steitzer in “Assisted Living”!

Go see Katie Forgette‘s “Assisted Living” directed by R. Hamilton Wright at ACT – A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle, April 19 – May 12, 2013, 2013.

 

Photography details

Camera:
Nikon D700

Lens:
Nikon AF 50mm 1.4 – Aperture: f/8.0 – Shutter: 1/160 – ISO: 400

Lighting:
Paul C. Buff White Lightning X1600
Paul C. Buff 86″ Silver PLM™ parabolic umbrella
Westcott 1895 72 x 72 Inch Large Scrim Jim Kit
Westcott 301 Photo Basics 40-Inch 5-in-1 Reflector

Bags:
Think Tank Photo Logistics Manager Rolling Camera Case
Think Tank Photo Airport Security V 2.0 Rolling Camera Bag
Think Tank Photo Airport 4-Slight
Think Tank Photo Airport AirStream Rolling Camera Bag
Think Tank Photo Retrospective 7 (Blue Slate)
Think Tank Photo Travel Pouch—Large (Blue Slate)
Think Tank Photo AA Battery Holder

Camera Straps:
BlackRapid Floral Woman’s Strap (RS-W1F) (Black)
BlackRapid RS-W1 Plain Black Woman’s Strap (RS-W1B) (Black)
BlackRapid RS-W1 Women’s Limited Edition WHITE Ballistic Nylon Camera Strap
Black Rapid RS-7 Camera Strap (Black)

Tripod:
3 Legged Thing “EDDIE” Carbon Fiber Tripod System with AirHed 2 Ballhead

Accessories:
Nice Industries Glow Blower

Nasty Clamp