5th Avenue Theater Announces New Associate Artistic Director

The 5th Avenue Theater has announced that Jay Woods will join its Artistic Direction team as Associate Artistic Director – Artist Engagement.

A multifaceted theater artist, Woods is known internationally for her work as a director, artistic facilitator, educator and performer who most recently served as Co-Artistic Director of Seattle’s Sound Theater Company, an organization that has become an incubator of artistic leadership for the Seattle theater ecosystem. Woods will begin as Associate Artistic Director – Artist Engagement in March 2022 following her artistic debut at The 5th as New Production Director of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

“Jay is an extraordinary artist who is passionate about creating theatrical creation and telling stories that resonate with contemporary audiences,” said Bill Berry, Artistic Director of 5th Avenue Theater. “She is committed to creating and investing in a culture that centers all artists and all those who play a role in creating theatrical experiences. Jay has proven herself to be a leader and advocate of the theater community of Seattle and The 5th are extremely fortunate to have him join our artistic team. “

“At Sound Theater Company, we are absolutely thrilled for Jay and everyone at The 5th and beyond who will benefit from his talent,” added Teresa Thuman, Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Sound Theater Company. “Jay’s immense contribution to the Sound Theater will be felt in many indelible ways, and we are proud to continue to identify and nurture the next generation of artistic leaders. We congratulate Bill and everyone at The 5th for embracing his talents. unique and bold vision for a fair and human-centered theater community. “

In 2020, Woods’ leadership extended beyond the essential work done within arts organizations and looked outward: she is the founder of the Seattle Theater Leadership Collective (STLC), a group that unites artistic leadership in the Pacific Northwest region in search of a healthier artistic ecosystem. . Her work with SLTC has cemented her as a voice essential to growing and reshaping the Seattle theater community in organizations of all sizes.

As Associate Artistic Director – Artist Engagement of the 5th Avenue Theater, Woods will create meaningful artistic relationships with the musical theater arts community through dialogue, programming and policy, and will work collaboratively with Orlando Morales, Associate Artistic Director. – Community engagement and Bill Berry, Production Artistic Director, to develop long-term vision, goals, strategies and policies for casting, hiring creative teams, commissioning new musicals and planning for support season.

Jay Woods is a director, educator and performer who moved to Seattle from New York. Newly appointed Associate Artistic Director – Artist Engagement at 5th Avenue Theater, Woods recently completed his tenure as Artistic Director for the Sound Theater Company. She has worked in the US and abroad for Seattle Rep, Seattle Public Theater, Intiman Theater, Earthseed, ArtsWest, Village Theater, ACT Theater, Scottish Youth Theater, Youth Arts Scotland, Seattle University, Duke, Carnegie Mellon and Yale , among others. In response to the 2020 pandemic and the racial uprising, Jay founded the Seattle Theater Leadership Collective which unites the region’s artistic leadership in search of a healthier artistic ecosystem. Some directing credits include Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (The 5th Avenue Theater), Darren Canady’s Repairs world premiere (Sound Theater), Citizen: An American Lyric (Sound Theater), US premiere of B (Washington Ensemble Theater) , and Skeleton Crew (ArtsWest). She holds an MA in Directing from Napier University in Edinburgh in Scotland, a BA in Theater from SUNY Brockport and studied Film in Thailand at Mahidol University. Currently in progress: writing of the stage and cinematographic adaptations of Natasha Marin’s Black Imagination.