Scott Nolte is a co-founder and the Producing Artistic Director of Taproot Theatre Company. Over the course of 40 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 is the Associate Artistic Director at Taproot Theatre Company in Seattle, Washington and the current President of the Board of Directors of Theatre Puget Sound. She has performed and directed at theatres across the country including the Illinois Repertory Theatre, Empty Space Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and the Kentucky and Idaho Shakespeare Festivals. Karen has directed over one hundred plays including award-winning productions of A Streetcar Named Desire, All My Sons, God’s Man in Texas, The Importance of Being Ernest, Ah, Wilderness!, Brownie Points, An Ideal Husband and Illyria. Recent work at TTC includes the sold-out, critically-acclaimed productions of A Charlie Brown Christmas, Godspell and The Explorer’s Club. Karen directed the workshop production of the musical Magdalene in Franklin, TN featuring American Idol winner Jordin Sparks. Karen’s television experience includes over twenty years in front of the camera and behind the scenes. She was granted an observership with Emmy winning director James Burrows on three episodes of Will and Grace, observed director Sean Lambert on the television pilot The Room and directed the pilot for the sit-com American U. She has also directed readings of the TV pilot Middle of Nower with actors Fred Willard, Nathan Fillion, Ron Glass and Sally Struthers. Karen’s first short film Fool4Luv was nominated for Best Comedy and Best Leading actor in the 168 Film Project contest and won the City of Angels Film Festival. Her following two short films The Journey of Captain Nat and Paging Dr. Peter won three Telly Awards. As an actress, highlights for Karen include Kate in The Taming of the Shrew, Lizzie in The Rainmaker and the title role in Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan. Karen has authored several one act and full length plays, including The Eight Cow Saint, which has been translated into a half dozen languages and performed in Africa, Spain and throughout the United States. Karen has been a workshop presenter for the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab West, a guest artist at the International Masterworks Festival and a participant with the national Spring Hill Education Conference. Karen was an adjunct faculty member/guest director at Seattle Pacific University for nine years and continues to be a frequent guest artist with the University of Washington Computer Animation Department where she directed the motion capture for five films currently on display at the Smithsonian Museum. She received her BFA in theatre from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and is a regional voice-over talent. Karen is married to actor/designer Mark Lund and is the proud mother of Jake and Hannah.