Bellingham TheatreWorks was founded by Mark Kuntz and Steve Lyons. The mission of Bellingham TheatreWorks is to produce stories of significance to the Pacific Northwest, with an emphasis on local actors and local playwrights.
Bellingham TheatreWorks is a 501(c)3 non-profit.
From 1979 to 1985, Mark Kuntz was the artistic director of Sandy Actors Theatre in Oregon. In 1986, he graduated from University of Oregon with an MA in theatre. For ten years he served on the theatre faculty of Eastern Oregon University.
He joined the theatre faculty of Western Washington University in 1996. A well respected director in Bellingham, Mark has been the producing director of the 1500-seat Mount Baker Theatre for many years and the Artistic Director of their repertory theatre.
Mark has directed over 125 plays around the nation, including productions at the Kennedy Center, Eastern Oregon University, University of Oregon, Western Washington University, and the Mount Baker Theatre. For six years he was department chair of theatre arts at WWU and he has served in various capacities at the Kennedy Center.
A three minute retrospective of Mark's directing work is on YouTube HERE.
Steve moved from Berkeley to Bellingham with his family in 2011. In Berkeley, Mr. Lyons founded Playwrights Cafe (www.PlayCafe.org) in 1998 - a theatre writing group in Berkeley, California. Putting his degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley to good use, Steve Lyons writes plays and is a homemaker for his wife Bree and son Riley.
His plays have won multiple awards and have been produced in London, Edinburgh, New York City, Philadelphia, Boulder, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Bellingham, and elsewhere. His articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines nationwide. He has written one book.
Following graduation from the University of Washington, Sandy worked as a medical technologist but changed careers midlife. After moving to Alaska with her family, she returned to college to earn a degree in theatre and a masters degree in play writing. Her masters thesis play, The Praying Mantis, won first prize in the Northwest Regional Drama conference. She taught Theatre and English at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and participated in multiple musicals with Fairbanks Light Opera Theatre and Theatre UAF as a performer or stage director. In Fairbanks, she administered the Theatre Division of the UAF Summer Fine Arts Camp, which drew over 400 teenaged students each summer, to celebrate the arts under the midnight sun with faculty from around the USA. She moved to Whatcom County twenty years ago. Her original, historically-based musical, MARINA, was produced in May 2015 by Bellingham TheatreWorks at the Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham.
John Parra is an actor, singer, director, choreographer, and artistic director and recently arrived from Colorado. He holds a B.F.A in Musical Theatre and an M.F.A. in Directing/Acting. He has worked at the San Diego Civic Light Opera, the Old Globe Theatre, the Arizona Theatre Company, the Crystal Palace in Aspen, Boulder's Dinner Theatre, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and Theatreworks at U of C-Colorado Springs.