Scott Nolte (Producing Artistic Director)
Scott Nolte is a co-founder and the Producing Artistic Director of Taproot Theatre Company. Over the course of 30 years, he has directed such plays as An Inspector Calls, The God Committee, Smoke on the Mountain and An Enemy of the People, as well as Joyful Noise, Moreau, and Godspell. As an actor he’s been seen on stage in Harvey, The Foreigner, Talley’s Folly, Cotton Patch Gospel and Lost in Yonkers. He has also directed many shows for TTC’s Road Company. In November 2006 he directed The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge for Tacoma Actors Guild, and more recently the acclaimed The God Committee, Doubt: a parable and Over the River and Through the Woods for TTC. Other accomplishments include a Backstage West Garland Nomination for “Best Director” for his production of Terra Nova, serving as president of Theatre Puget Sound, and membership in the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. As a co-founder of this 40-year-old theatre, Scott has served as a judge and panelist for two social venture conferences and has advised other theatres on artistic and organizational issues. Most recently Scott was profiled in the Canadian journal COMMENT. Scott is happily married to Pam (a TTC co-founder) and proud father of Peter and Lisa.
Karen Lund (Associate Artistic Director)
Karen Lund has performed and directed at theatres across the country including the Illinois Repertory Theatre, Empty Space Theatre and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, in addition to the Kentucky and Idaho Shakespeare Festivals. She has directed nearly one hundred plays including critically acclaimed productions of A Streetcar Named Desire (The Daily Pilot’s Top Three Plays in Orange County in 2007), All My Sons (The Seattle Times’Footlight Award), God’s Man in Texas (SeattleTheatre.com’s Top Ten Theatrical Events of 2003), The Importance of Being Ernest (The Seattle Times’ Footlight Award), The Christmas Foundling (The Seattle Times’ Footlight Award) and Ah, Wilderness! (Backstage West nomination for Best Director). Karen’s first film short, Fool4LuV, was nominated for Best Comedy and Best Actor in the 168 Hour Film Project contest and received the New LA Film Makers Award at the City of Angels Film Festival in 2007. Her two other films have also been award winners: She received two 2009 Telly Awards for The Journey of Captain Natand one for Paging Dr. Peter. In 2005, Karen directed the workshop production of the musical Magdalene in Franklin, TN, featuring American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, Broadway star Amick Byram and television star Grant Goodeve. In 2004 she observed Emmy-winning director Jim Burrows on three episodes of Will and Grace. She has also directed the sitcom pilot American U and workshops of the sitcom pilot Middle of Nower featuring Nathan Fillion, Ron Glass, Sally Struthers and Fred Willard. Karen received her BFA in theatre from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is married to actor/designer Mark Lund and is the proud mother of Jake and Hannah.
Sarah Burch Gordon (Costume Shop Manager and Designer)
Sarah is Taproot’s costume shop manager and resident designer. She has designed costumes for several productions at Taproot Theatre including: Man of La Mancha, Charley’s Aunt, Enchanted April, Around the World in 80 Days, The Importance of Being Earnest and The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge. Sarah designed costumes for Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre and taught costume design and construction at Mars Hill College in North Carolina. Favorite shows she has designed include; The Tempest, Our Town, Noises Off, The Heidi Chronicles and El Capitan. She has also worked with Starlight Musicals in Indianapolis, Stagewest Theater in Massachusetts and the Brick Playhouse and Venture Theatre in Philadelphia. She was nominated for a Barrymore award for outstanding costume design for The Lower Depths. She was also nominated for a 2010 Gregory Award for Outstanding Costume Design. She received her BFA in Theatrical Design from Northern Illinois University and her MFA in Costume Design from Temple University. In addition to designing, Sarah has specialized in millinery, crafts, painting and dying and flat patterning. She also has done extensive costume history research study including an internship at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Costume and Textile division.
Mark Lund (Design Director, Scenic & Sound Designer)
Mark Lund has been on staff for Taproot Theatre Company for 15 years. Mark has designed over 100 mainstage and touring productions for Taproot. He has also designed for T.A.G., Seattle Shakespeare Company, Book-It Rep and many shows for the now defunct Seattle International Fringe Festival. Design highlights at Taproot include The Importance of Being Earnest, Mary’s Wedding, An Inspector Calls, Shadowlands, The Comedy of Errors, You Never Can Tell and The Voice of the Prairie. He has appeared on the Taproot stage in almost 30 productions as well as in episodes of CBS TV’sThe Fugitive and Disney’s Bill Nye the Science Guy and many commercials and corporate videos. As a voice talent, Mark can be heard in many national and regional projects for the National Geographic Channel, Qwest, T-Mobile, Microsoft, Seattle Mariners & Seahawks and many, many others. Mark was also the narrator for FEDEX Brand Awareness, winner of a New York Film Festival Award for Best Corporate Image. A long time ago, he also worked in radio and corporate A/V.
Nathan Jeffrey (Director of Education & Outreach)
Nathan Jeffrey has been acting, directing, producing, and teaching theatre for over a decade and holds an MFA in Directing from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He has directed for the Turnip Festival at the American Globe Theatre in New York, the Abilene Shakespeare Festival, the Jameson Project, and Logos Theatre Company. He has also worked at the Dallas Theater Center, Starlight Theater, the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, and numerous educational institutions. Nathan is the founding Artistic Director of Logos Theatre Company and has been a Grand Prize Winner in Sketchwriting and Acting at the Seminar in the Rockies. As Director of Education & Outreach for Taproot Theatre, he oversees all aspects of the Taproot Touring Company. Nathan directed Pretty Fire, one of the first productions in Taproot’s Isaac Studio Theatre. He has directed New Girl, Midwinter’s Evening, The Foolish Wiseman, and the world premieres of Treasure Allies, Wild Wes, The Mark of Immediacy, A Christmas Carol, and Super School for the Taproot Touring Company. Other favorite directing experiences include: My Children! My Africa!, Oleanna, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and A Shayna Maidel. In 2008, Nathan and the summer interns began the Taproot Theatre Internship Project which now produces a showcase of intern talent every year.