Bash is an ensemble of actors who are passionate about creating theatre. In 2007 we produced our first show. Since that time we have gone on to produce a total of 7 full length shows, two studio performance events and one film. We are dedicated to exploration and learning how to risk moving beyond perceived limits. In workshops conceived and developed by Bash members, we worked with established Seattle directors to explore those limits in everything from Improv to clown work. We may wander away form BASH to participate in other projects but we always come back home and find ways to work together. Our last production was a year long collaboration with playwright Wayne Rawley and Radial Theatre which culminated in a new full length play. We strive to bring meaningful and daring work to our audiences.
Ryan Sanders has had the great pleasure of working on two BASH Theatre productions, The Suicide and Beating Up Bachman. Other stage credits include Unbalancing Act’s Recent Tragic Events, Book-It’s Border Songs, Rock Paper Theater’s The Raft and many shows with the sketch comedy troupe, Ubiquitous They. Up next, Ryan will be co-developing a short play to present at Radial Theater Project’s “Locally Grown” festival in February 2015.
Jenn Ruzumna is a founding member of BASH theatre and has produced and acted in many of their shows. Favorite BASH roles: A Kind of Alaska, Autobahn and Beating Up Bachman. Jenn received her BA in Performing Arts from UPS. Following college, she performed at Tacoma Actors Guild, The Chac, Woodinville Rep and others. While still staying involved in the arts, Jenn has primarily focused on raising her kids. In the past couple of years, Jenn has jumped back into performing with BASH, The Seattle Fringe Festival, Lungfish Productions and Studio 4 Seattle. She has also been busy with film work and is looking forward to shooting the film Brown’s Canyon this year. Jenn is also co-writing the full length play, Serving Caleb, with Lisa Every and is excited for a reading next year.
Cris Berns has been involved in the Seattle theater scene, on and off, since 1981. After receiving a BA from UC Berkeley, he studied theater at Goldsmith’s College in London and with members of the National Theater of Great Britain. Seattle credits include performances at Seattle Rep, New City Theater, Theater Schmeater and The Empty Space. As an original BASH member, he’s been involved in several BASH projects, including the more recent collaboration of Beating Up Bachman with local playwright Wayne Rawley at West of Lenin. He is currently exploring work that pushes the boundaries of theatrical presentation, focusing on visual and audial elements of the medium.
A Seattle local, Lori has performed at Theatre Schmeater in Maria/Stuart and The American Pilot, New Amerikan in All About Eve, Evergreen Theater in It’s a Wonderful Life-a live radio play, ACT Theater in Young Playwright’s Festival and Adult Playwright’s Festival, The Community Theater in Pullman Car Hiawatha, The Long Christmas Dinner, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, and Falling In Like and BASH Theater in The Suicide. She was the recipient of The Seattle Writer’s Group nomination for best supporting actress in Beating Up Bachman performed at BASH Theater and directed by David Gassner. Lori is a graduate of the Ensemble Training Intensive at Freehold Theatre Lab/Studio.
Sara Rucker Thiessen
Sara Rucker Thiessen played the role of Mrs. Trucker in Wayne Rawley’s Seattle premier of Beating Up Bachman which was produced at West of Lenin in the Winter of 2013 by BASH Theatre. Sara was part of Freehold Theatre Lab’s Ensemble Intensive Training program during the 2005-2006 academic year where she worked with George Lewis, Robin Lynn Smith and John Abramson. Sara has been part of an Olympia based Playback Theatre Ensemble for 16 years, The Heartsparkle Players, performing for hundreds of organizations and communities around the Puget Sound. When not on stage Sara likes writing short stories and monologues. Sara is looking forward to moving into film work and is currently working on an upcoming indie film with BASH and Seattle director John Helde.
Elizabeth Deutsch is a proud member of BASH Theatre. She has played some of her favorite characters in BASH productions – such as Liz Skies in Beating Up Bachman and Callie Warren in Affairs in Order. Other favorite roles include Jess in Neil LaBute’s Bench Seat, Marina in Freehold Theatre’s production of Pericles, and Mrs. Crosby in Book-it’s Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant. In addition to BASH projects, she is currently a part of developing A Gogolplex for Ghostlight Theatricals’ Season 12.
Lisa is a founding member of BASH Theatre. She studied locally at Freehold Theatre and previously at Rice University where she had the privilege of working and studying with in-residence members of the Royal Shakespeare Company. In Seattle, Lisa has performed with REACT Theatre Company, Centerstage, Second Story Rep, Art Attack and BASH (formerly The Community Theatre). Favorite productions include As You Like It, Fool for Love, Sylvia and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Most recently Lisa played Lisa in Beating Up Bachman, a co-production with Radial Theater written by Gregory Award winning local playwright Wayne Rawley. Lisa has will soon be seen Seattle band Smokey Brights newest music video. When not performing or writing with Jenn, you can find Lisa hanging out with her family or teaching yoga.
Chris Macdonald has been a member of BASH since 2012 when he appeared as Cam in Beating Up Bachman. He loves this group and is looking forward to working on the next project. Chris has worked in many Seattle theaters including Annex, Theater Schmeater, Seattle Shakespeare, and Wooden O. In addition to working with BASH, Chris will be appearing at the Eclectic Theater and Theater Machine in 2014-15.