Macha Monkey Productions

fearless, funny, female theatre


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About Us

Macha Monkey Productions is a small, dynamic theatre company founded in 2001.

Our Mission: Macha Monkey Productions is a non-profit arts organization showcasing exceptional artists, delivering innovative education programs, and staging new theatrical works which feature strong female characters.

Our Vision: Macha Monkey Productions envisions a world where fearless female voices thrive.

Our name is in memoriam to a dear friend named Jim Ryan who claimed he adopted a wild spider monkey when he lived in Colombia. The original Macha Monkey's hysterical fits of jealous passion provided excellent storytelling fodder for years and became an inspiration to our founders.

Current Monkey Staff

Amy Poisson
Incoming Artistic Director

Kyna Shilling
Incoming Managing Director

Kristina Sutherland Rowell
Artistic Director

Ms. Sutherland is a professional theatre artist who holds Bachelor's degrees from Western Washington University in History and Theatre (Directing Concentration) and a Master’s degree from Seattle University in Non-Profit Leadership. She is an actor, teaching artist, director, and the author of six original full-length plays. Kristina collaborated with all levels of the company to develop Macha Monkey's strategic plan as her Master’s thesis. She has presided over staffing, development and artistic production since co-founding Macha Monkey in 2001, and is the creator of the quarterly cabaret series, Meow.

Ann Marie Caldwell
Education Director

Ann Marie delights in the way that students learn and practice valuable life skills through the process of writing and producing a play together as a class. Ann Marie earned her BA in Theatre from the U. of Puget Sound, and completed the Seattle Children's Theatre Teaching Artist Summer Internship and School Year Apprenticeship in 2004-2005 and the ArtsWA-sponsored Teaching Artist Training Lab in 2012. Ann Marie participated in the 2013 National Teaching Artist Seminar at the Kennedy Center.

Raymond Williams
Social Networking

Raymond Williams has been a Seattle native since 1998, originally hailing from the state of Michigan by way of Reno, Nevada. He has been seen in Macha Monkey’s productions of Franklin & Figaro, Kid Simple: A Radio Play in the Flesh, Thebes, and several readings and such. He has acted and occasionally directed several other non-Monkey shows, such as Duel of the Linguist Mages (Annex Theatre), The Gingerbread House (Theater Schmeater) and Manos: The Hands of Felts (Vox Fabuli Puppets). Ray also curates an irregularly occurring improvised speed-dating show, 7 Minutes in Heaven. Raymond also sometimes Tweets and Facebooks under the guise of Macha Monkey (and also sometimes under his own guise).

Juliet Waller Pruzan
Teaching Artist

Juliet has been a teaching artist for over 20 years and currently teaches drama and playwriting. She has taught for Monkey Works since 2010. She also writes plays and was a dancer for many years.

Kim Douthit
Teaching Artist

Kim Douthit is a graduate of Hofstra University with a BFA in Theatre Arts with a specialization in Performance. She received her Post-Graduate Certificate at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in Classical Acting and Shakespeare. Born and raised in Redmond, Washington, Kim has spent time working as an actor, director and playwright in New York, London and Seattle. She's worked as a teaching artist since 2009 and is thrilled to be a part of the Monkey Works team.

Rachael LeValley
Teaching Artist

Rachael LeValley graduated with a BA in Theatre from Western Washington University ('12). She joined the Macha Monkey team as a Monkey Works apprentice teacher in 2016 at Hawthorne Elementary and now works as a teaching artist for Macha Monkey. Rachael also trained with Seattle Children's Theatre as a Drama School summer intern ('13) and an apprentice teacher ('13/14). She now works as a teaching artist with several other local theatres including SCT and Book-It Repertory Theatre. Rachael loves collaborating with students to create works of art!

Artistic Associates

Lisa Every
Maggie Lee
Jenn Ruzumna

Macha Monkey Board

President - Beth Matthiessen
Vice-President & Treasurer - (Pending)
Secretary - Stephanie Blucker
James Brown