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Arne Zaslove

Arne Zaslove is a Fulbright scholar and was the first American to study at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. There he absorbed a deep understanding of masks and of physical theater. His specialty in clowning and improvisation grew through his apprenticeship at Carnegie Mellon with commedia dell'arte master Carlo Mazzone-Clementi. His talents have been called on by Cirque du Soleil, David Shiner(of Fool Moon), Graciela Daniela (director of The Glorious Ones), Teatro Zinzanni in Seattle, and Pomp, Duck and Circumstance in Berlin.

Arne has directed and taught in many regional theaters and universities across the U.S. and Canada. During his 20-year tenure as Artistic Director of the Bathhouse Theatre in Seattle, his updated Shakespeare productions and 17 versions of The Big Broadcast (a tribute to the golden age of radio) were especially popular with audiences for their sensitive interpretations and inventive flair.

Michael King

Mike King has been a courtroom lawyer for over 30 years, primarily appearing in appellate courts both in Washington and around the country. He has no Southern credentials, but then neither did Mathew Harrison Brady (Williams Jennings Bryan), who hailed from Nebraska. Mike was born in a small town (Colville), and raised in a city (Spokane) that felt very much like a small town. He got his A.B. from a school near Boston, and his J.D. from the University of Washington. Mike did not discover the stage until late in life, but has since been making up for lost time, appearing in several Hit & Run productions including The Realm of Whispering Ghosts: If Truman Met Einstein, in which he appeared as President Harry Truman—a role he has taken on the road to Rotary Clubs throughout the Puget Sound. Mike has been married for 34 years to Nancy Neraas (also an attorney, but one who keeps her distance from the courtroom). They have three adult sons, Anders, Peter, and Marten.

Claire Zaslove

As a teenager, I attended a 3-week seminar with Joseph Campbell ("The Power of Myth," "The Hero with a Thousand Face"), traveling around northern France in search of the Holy Grail. A fascination with stories and characters has always been at the core of my life, and Campbell's urging to "follow your bliss" has been my guiding principle.

Following that bliss led me to study at Yale, balancing late nights directing and acting in one show after another, with afternoons curled up in the medieval atmosphere of the reading rooms in Sterling Library. It led me to meet and work with many talented professionals, and some screen luminaries, as an actress and dialogue coach in Hollywood North. And it led me to the miraculously rewarding adventure of marriage and motherhood.

My focus now is on writing plays (and plays with music), in which imagination and "what if?" are more important than mining daily reality. "Making up stories and acting them out" has been my passion since childhood, and I am always ready for the next adventure. If you have a story that needs to be told or edited, or an event that needs to be brought to life, please contact me at

John Engerman

Engerman has been composing and arranging songs for theatre and cabaret productions since 1975. Highlights include Ronnie Bwana - Jungle Guide, The Big Bad Wolf (and How He Got That Way), Ming the Rude (The Empty Space), The Ballad of Mary Reade (The Bathhouse Theatre), Prince Brat and The Whipping Boy (Seattle Children's Theatre). Cabaret shows featuring his songs and arrangements include The Fabulous Sateens, The Sirens of Swing, and Eunice and Regina Dine and Dish. He also served as music director for the long-running hit Menopause - the Musical at ACT. He recently completed yet another project, Italy on the Half Shell. His latest musical, A Necklace To Die For, based on a true story involving Marie Antoinette, is in development, along with a version of Mother Goose ... for adults.

Keehn Thomsen

Keehn Thomsen has been working in the film and video business for 40 years. After studying film in San Francisco he returned to Seattle to work on commercials, industrials, and a few features. He first worked with Arne Zaslove in the late 70’s on a project for the Seattle Rep. Next he worked with Arne at the Bathhouse Theater as Arne’s TD and Production manager. Arne and Keehn have collaborated on many theater and documentaries since the bathhouse days. Keehn continues to work on corporate marketing and branding videos for many Seattle based companies.

Bob De Dea

Bob is a writer, composer, actor, singer, and director whose work is well known among Seattle theatergoers.

     As a playwright, Bob’s creations include, in collaboration with Mark Sparks, Ya Got Trouble! An Affair with Robert Preston (book), which has been produced by the Village Theatre, Bellevue Civic Theatre, and TAG; My Fourth Divorce (book, music, lyrics) an 8-person musical comedy which debuted in May 2003 at Burien Little Theatre; and The Truth (book by Sparks, music by De Dea).  On his own he has written a musical version of Robin Hood; the musical murder mystery Ashes to Ashes; four holiday reviews; several one-acts and short plays; and Some Distant Day, a full-length drama.  He has composed music for Hand in Hand ... in Hand, a musical by bookwriter Claire Zaslove, based on Schnitzler’s Hands Around.

     Bob has published two children's books and a novel, and is the creator of the word game app, MY WORD!


Theodore Deacon

Theodore has enjoyed a wide-ranging career as a music professor, opera stage director and producer, conductor, librettist, and musicologist. He received his doctorate in music from the University of Washington and served on its faculty for many years as Director of Opera. Dr. Deacon has staged operas throughout the country and has received international praise for his work on Baroque music dramas. He is in demand as a lecturer on music, film, and theatre and his articles appear regularly in the noted London journal Opera. He has recently returned to his firsts passion, music composition, and has created incidental scores for productions of Our Town, Dark Farce, and The Realm of Whispering Ghosts, directed by his friend and colleague, Arne Zaslove.

Gordon Coffey

Gordon has more acting credits than he cares to admit, having played a Romulan soldier in an episode of the original Star Trek series in 1966. He subsequently was featured on "Ironsides," starring Raymond Burr. Since the 60s, Gordon has been seen on stage and on camera in multiple roles ranging from Shakespeare to Mamet. As a theatre enthusiast, he is instrumental in guiding and shaping the future of Global Works through his work on its board and through his particpation in its programs.

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