Photographing the artists of Intiman Theatre: 13 of 35
Q&A with Associate Producer Ali el-Gasseir
PhotoSister: When you were young, did you imagine you would be on this particular journey in life? Why or why not?
Ali el-Gasseir: Since junior year of highschool I knew I would work in the theatre. Before that I thought I would be an Opera Singer or Fox Mulder…
PS: What is the one thing you splurge on for yourself?
AEG: Food and entertaining friends.
PS: What 3 countries would you like to visit and what would you like to experience while there?
AEG: Figure I should see Venice before it sinks, right? The pyramids! Egypt ahoy! And oh golly, I think Japan… Super Kabuki and super sushi!
PS: What is your hidden talent (any party tricks)?
AEG: I’m pretty good at handstands…
PS: The Beatles or Elvis?
AEG: Stevie Wonder, duh…
PS: What is your favorite restaurant pick in Seattle and the best dish on the menu?
AEG: Well the gateau de riz at Cafe Presse is pretty much to die for… But the best meal I have had in Seattle was at Crush.
PS: Name one play or musical that you would like to direct in your life?
AEG: One day, I will direct The Visit by Friedrich Durrenmatt.
PS: What makes you happy?
AEG: Cookies and a cold, tall glass of whole milk.
PS: What kind of people do you surround yourself with?
AEG: Do you like games? You are in! Do you like to eat? Let’s roll! Do you like creativity? Let’s work!
PS: What personal adventure do you have in store for yourself this summer?
AEG: Intiman is quite the magical adventure.
PS: What’s next on your horizon?
AEG: Producing Washington Ensemble Theatre season 9!
Go see Ali el-Gasseir’s work in “Romeo and Juliet,” “Dirty Story,” “Hedda Gabler,” and “Miracle!” at Intiman Theatre
Catch “Romeo and Juliet,” “Dirty Story,” “Hedda Gabler,” and “Miracle!” at Intiman Theatre in Seattle, July 11th – August 25th, 2012.
Ali el-Gasseir, associate producer of Intiman Theatre and co-artistic director of Washington Ensemble Theatre, is an actor, director, playwright and teacher in the Seattle area. He has performed for companies such as Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and Theatre Rhinoceros. Ali holds a BA in Theatre Arts from UC Santa Cruz and an MA in Theatre History and Criticism from San Francisco State University.