Greg Carter (T’89)

Summer 2012 - Greg Carter (T’89) is Artistic Director of Strawberry Theatre Workshop in Seattle. The company was nominated for a third consecutive year for Outstanding Production (for Breaking the Code) in the Theatre Puget Sound Gregory Awards--a program that has only been in existence for three years.  Strawshop is the only Seattle theatre nominated even twice, and has achieved its three nominations during a period in which the company only produced six plays. Carter directed an eight-person adaptation of Inherit the Wind at Strawshop in September, 2011, and soon will be leading a remount of This Land--a play for puppets and actors derived from the drawing, writing, and music of American folk artist Woody Guthrie. He is an Associate Professor of Performance Production at Cornish College of the Arts.

Spring 2011 - Carter was nominated as Outstanding Director in the 2010 Theatre Puget Sound Gregory Awards for The Laramie Project, which was also nominated as Outstanding Production.  Carter's company, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, is the only theater company in the Seattle region to have a play nominated as Outstanding Production two years in a row - a remarkable accomplishment considering Strawshop produced only four plays in the years considered.  Theatre Puget Sound is a trade and service organization founded in 1997 to promote and strengthen the Seattle theater community, and includes all of the region's producing companies, such as ACT Theatre, Intiman Playhouse, Seattle Children's Theatre, and Seattle Rep.

Spring 2009 - Carter is Artistic Director of Strawberry Theatre Workshop (Strawshop) in Seattle, which has recently initiated the Fair Share Theatre program in that city. Fair Share is a recognition that a professional company is spending 50% of its budget on fees for actors, directors, designers, and technicians.  Since 2004, Strawshop has been dedicated to bringing attention to labor justice issues through its business and its art. The company is in the midst of a series of plays portraying the lives of radical real people: Life of Galileo, Breaking the Code, The Elephant Man, The Great White Hope, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, The Laramie Project, Saint Joan, and This Land: Woody Guthrie.

Winter 2008 - Carter is the Artistic Director of Strawberry Theatre Workshop in Seattle. Strawshop was the recipient of the 2007 Genius Award for an Organization, chosen by the Stranger newspaper. The award follows several individual awards for some of the city’s most recognizable actors who have appeared at Strawshop in the past few years. The company—which is known for activist political work—produced Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht in collaboration with drama students at Seattle University in October 2007. Carter continues to teach at Cornish College of the Arts, where he is also lead negotiator for the faculty labor union.

Summer 2007 - Carter was chief negotiator for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, where he teaches Scenic Design and Stage Management.  He was recently interviewed on the subject in the newsletter of Theatre Puget Sound <http://www.strawshop.org/interview3.htm>.  Carter’s professional company, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, is producing Bertolt Brecht’s Life of Galileo at the former home of Empty Space Theatre on the campus of Seattle University in October.