Freehold Theatre’s Winter Acting Classes in Seattle Are Open for Registration

Freehold’s highly acclaimed Acting, Improv, Voice Over winter classes (and more!) are now open for registration at Freehold Theatre in Seattle.  Freehold Theatre is a Seattle acting studio and theatre that for 20 years has been providing extraordinary theatre and fantastic classes taught by exceptional faculty. 

We are privileged to have highly acclaimed artists as faculty including Darragh Kennan (“Clybourne Park”, Seattle Repertory Theatre), Amy Thone (2007 Stranger Genius Award Winner for Theatre), Annette Toutonghi (“You Can’t Take It With You”, Seattle Repertory Theatre), Lucia Neare (Mayor’s Arts Award Winner 2012) and many more. We offer classes for the absolute beginner as well as the advanced trained student.  There is truly something for everyone!

Here is our complete list of our great Winter 2013 class offerings …

Winter Quarter Classes


Step I: Intro to Acting, Section I with Stefan Enriquez

Step I: Intro to Acting, Section II with Christine Marie Brown

Step II: Acting with Text with Sarah Harlett

Step III: Scene Study Text Intensive with Annette Toutonghi

Auditioning with Darragh Kennan

Making Theatre in Community with Elizabeth Heffron

Improv with Gary Schwartz

Meisner: Instrument with Robin Lynn Smith

Stage Combat with Geof Alm

Movement with Paul Budraitis

Voice-Over with Gin Hammond

Advanced Voice-Over with Gin Hammond

Singing for Actors with Lucia Neare

Shakespeare with Amy Thone

Film Directing with John Jacobsen and Robin Lynn Smith

Registration is available online at

or by calling us at (206) 323-7499.

If you are looking for outstanding training in a supportive atmosphere, Freehold is the place.

Freehold Theatre
2222 2nd Avenue, Suite 200Seattle, WA  98121
(206) 323-7499

Belltown resident & world-renowned genetic scientist Joe Nadeau joins PNDRI

Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute (PNDRI) announced last month that Joe Nadeau, Ph.D., a resident of Belltown, and David Galas, Ph.D., have joined the Institute as Principal Scientists. Galas and Nadeau are well known for their pioneering work in genetics. 

“We are delighted to announce the addition of David and Joe to our team of talented investigators,” said John Wecker, Ph.D., president and CEO of PNDRI. “Their expertise in genetics, genomics, bioinformatics and life sciences will further expand the complementary research programs at the Institute, and help lead to discoveries that translate into improved health for the 246 million people currently living with diabetes globally, and the many more who are at risk.” 

Wecker was named president and CEO of PNDRI in April 2012, and is currently leading the development of the Institute’s long-term strategic plan. The appointment of Galas and Nadeau as Principal Scientists reaffirms PNDRI’s commitment to cultivating the highest caliber scientific thinking to advance efforts to prevent, treat, and one day cure diabetes.

“Joe and I are extremely excited to be a part of the PNDRI team,” said Galas. “We believe our research into the underlying genetic and epigenetic mechanisms of disease provides opportunities for collaboration with the current faculty, as well as external partners committed to addressing the challenge of diseases such as diabetes.”

“The cutting-edge scientific tools and insightful approaches that Drs. Galas and Nadeau bring will provide important breadth to PNDRI’s efforts to better predict, prevent and treat diabetes, “said Dr. William Hagopian, PNDRI’s Scientific Director. “Their science is a perfect complement to our expertise and understanding of the immunological and metabolic challenges of diabetes.”

Galas and Nadeau come to PNDRI from the Institute for Systems Biology where they both led groups researching genetics, genomics, bioinformatics and life sciences.

Galas previously served as director for health and environmental research at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, where he headed the DOE’s Human Genome Project from 1990 to 1993. Galas was also professor of molecular biology for twelve years at the University of Southern California, and directed the molecular biology section of the Biological Science Department.

Prior to his time at the Institute for Systems Biology, Nadeau was a founding member of the International Mammalian Genome Society and a founding editor of Mammalian Genome and of Systems Biology and Medicine. He was founder and director of the Mouse Genome Informatics Project and founder of the Mouse Gene Expression Database Project. Nadeau received the prestigious National Institute of Health Director’s Pioneer Award in 2010.

Special event Sept. 24 at Seattle Center: Our Future Waterfront

Big changes are coming to our waterfront – the world’s largest-diameter bored tunnel; a new seawall that protects our city and improves habitat; and 26 blocks of new parks, paths and public space. Join the SR 99 Tunnel Project, the Elliott Bay Seawall Project and Waterfront Seattle at a full-day event at Seattle Center to discover how these projects are working together to transform Seattle’s downtown waterfront.

Join us on Sept. 24 at the Seattle Center Armory/Center House

  • Noon to 6 p.m. – Explore interactive models of the SR 99 tunnel boring machine, the existing seawall and conceptual waterfront designs.
  • 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Geek out on project details during a presentation and discussion with agency directors and industry experts.

 This event is part of Seattle Center’s The Next 50: Celebrating the 1962 World’s Fair and its Legacy. Click here for more details.

Blessing of the Animals Sept. 30 — bring your dog, cat, llama

Seattleites love pets – the city is home to more dogs and cats than children. On Sept. 30, we’ll have the opportunity to celebrate and bless the animals that are dear to us, serving as servants and friends.

Bring your dog, cat, parrot, iguana, llama, you name it — on leash or in a carrier — to the Blessing of the Animals! It all happens at the 9:30 am and 11 am services at First United Methodist Church, 180 Denny Way (across from Pacific Science Center).

“We will welcome to our sanctuary the animals with whom we share our lives,” said Pastor Sandy Brown. “We’ll give thanks for their unique contributions and will ask God’s blessing on them and all animals.”

For information, go to or email:


Tonight Is The Night! Belltown Community Center Grand Opening!

Fellow Belltowners, this is amazing. Since moving to Belltown with my family four years ago, this was a distant dream- having a community center. The last four years have been filled with people and families intentionally moving to the city, business owners opening up successful business with the goal of being assets to the community, people stepping up and volunteering to create Belltown festivals and community mingling events. Friends, this neighborhood is flourishing! And it is because of you, you know who you are. People that care to serve and love this neighborhood more than just use up its resources. I’ve seen the plans for things like the Bell Street Park and park plans to be created at the entrance of the tunnel. I’ve heard whispers of a children’s play are with slides and the lot going up at Seattle Center. This is The place to live with your family. And until this point, it has not been. We’ve seen some low income housing go up, diversifying our neighborhood. We’re seeing apartment and condo buildings pop up all over Belltown and Downtown Seattle. And one has to wonder.. why? Well, it is because this is the premier neighborhood to live in Downtown Seattle. And it is a community filled with people from all backgrounds that love living in the city. We welcome this Community Center with cheering hearts and cannot wait to see all of the relationships that are built and friendships that are made, amongst neighbors, here. 

See you tonight as we celebrate the Grand Opening of our Belltown Neighborhood Community Center! 

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