Past Projects

Sept. 1991
Freehold Theatre Lab Studio was founded in the fall of 1991 by John Billingsley, Mark Jenkins, George Lewis, Tony Pasqualini, Ben Rankin, Robin Lynn Smith and Larry Silverberg. The Pasqualini-Smith Studio (est. 1986) and the Mark Jenkins Actors’ Workshop (est. 1985) combined to form Freehold.

Sept. 1992
The Time of Your Life, by William Saroyan, Directed by Tony Pasqualini. Featuring: Reginald Jackson, Jane Jones, George Lewis, Mark Jenkins

Feb. 1993
The Birthday Party, by Harold Pinter, Directed by Mark Jenkins. Featuring: John Billingsley, Jeff Klein, Robert Nairn, Marjorie Nelson, Tony Pasqualini, Myra Platt

Nov. 1993
The Tempest, by William Shakespeare, Directed by George Lewis and Tony Pasqualini. Featuring: Jane Jones, George Lewis, Réginald Andre Jackson, Mark Jenkins

Apr. 1994
Laboratory Investigation, The Seagull, by Anton Chekhov, Directed by Robin Lynn Smith

March 1995
Award Winning Production of The Seagull, by Anton Chekhov, Directed by Robin Lynn Smith. Featuring: Tony Pasqualini, John Billingsley, George Lewis, Sol Miranda, Erik Maahs, Steve Gins, Hussein Ali, Amy Perry, Patty Flynn, Lisa Burgett

Feb. 1995
All Powers Necessary and Convenient, Written and Directed by Mark Jenkins. Featuring: Tony Pasqualini

Dec. 1995
Lab Investigation of New Patagonia, By Elizabeth Heffron, Directed by Robin Lynn Smith. Featuring: Rick Tutor, Patty Flynn, Stefan Enriquez, Chris DeBoer

May 1996
Against the Grain: Men in Dance, choreographer Wade Madsen

June 1996
Cranky Destroyers, choreographer Stephanie Skura presents six new dance Works

June 1996
The Directors’ and Choreographers’ Lab - Master Development workshop – Development of New Work, led by Choreographer Lee Eisler and Director, Robin Lynn Smith

May 1997
Lab Investigation of My Last Year with the Nuns, Solo Performance Written and Performed by Matt Smith

Fall 1997-1999
Intiman/ACT/Freehold Journeyman Program was created and designed to bridge the gap between formal training and professional career. The Journeymanship Program offered actors and directors work in the professional environment of Intiman’s mainstage.

Spring 1998-2001
Annual Intensive Workshop with Gennadi Bogdanov

June 1998
Laboratory Investigation of An Altered Life, by Elizabeth Heffron, Directed by Robin Lynn Smith. Featuring: Kathy Hsieh, Stefan Enriquez, John Paulsen, Jim Lynch

Nov. 1998
The Lower Depths by Maxim Gorky, Directed by Leonid Anisimov. This performance was hosted by Freehold and was presented by honored artists from Vladivstock, Russia and Leonid Anisimov’s company from Russia.

July 1999
Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov, Directed by Leonid Anisimov. Featuring: Mark Jenkins, Marjorie Nelson, Anthony Lee, Annette Toutonghi and Tom Spiller. The play was performed in Seattle at Freehold and in Tacoma at the Norton Clapp Theatre as well as in 16 private homes around Seattle and viewed by Superior Court Judge Janice Niemi, Pam Schell (wife of Mayor Paul Schell), the Rev. Samuel McKinney and Seattle Center Director Virginia Anderson, among others.

Sept. 2000
Lab Investigation: A New Adaptation of Don Juan, Conceived by Jorg Bochow, Authors: Moliere, Brecht, Pushkin, Directed by Gennadi Bogdanov

June 2000
The Lorca Project, Directed by Kate Whoriskey, Final 1999-2000 ETI Project.Featuring: Jesse Sherfey-Hinds, Deb Prince

June 2000
Laboratory Investigation, The Three Sisters, by Anton Chekhov, Directed by Robin Lynn Smith. Featuring: Kate Wisniewski, Richard Brestoff, John Paulsen, David Churchill, Bart Smith, Todd Tressler, Katt Tait

Apr. 2001
Laboratory Investigation Seasons Such as These, by Mark Jenkins, Music by Carol Sams, Choreography by Wade Madsen

Jan. 2002
Laboratory Investigation: The 18th Mitzvah by Mary Lathrop, Directed by Robin Lynn Smith

July 2003-2011
Engaged Theatre Summer Tour, all productions directed by Robin Lynn Smith, Original Music by Gino Yevdjevich (of the band Kultur Shock): The Tempest (2003), Veronika Falling (2004, Based on the book Veronica Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho, adapted by Amy Wheeler), The Winter’s Tale (2005), Merchant of Venice (2006), Cymbeline (2007), Othello (2009), Julius Caesar (2010), Pericles (2011). Productions have toured to partner organizations including Monroe Correctional Complex for Men, Washington Corrections Center for Women, Tent City, Harborview, New Futures, Echo Glen Children’s Center, American Lake VA Hospital/Fort Lewis McChord. In addition, we offer free shows for the public.

March 2004-Present
Engaged Theatre Residency at Washington Correctional Center for Women

Jan. 2007-Present
Engaged Theatre Residency at Monroe Correctional Facility for Men

Sept. 2008
The Sandbox Artists Collective was created. It is a membership based collective of working theatre professionals formed as a place for mid-career artists to explore their craft in the company of their peers.

Jan. 2009-Present
Engaged Theatre Residency at Echo Glen Children’s Center