Auctioneer, Emcee, PRODUCTION TEAM,
ARTISTS, AND ENTERTAINERS

 

AUCTIONEER & EMCEE

John Fisher - Emcee

Laura Michalek - Auctioneer

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Fundraising Auctioneer Laura Michalek still relies on the endurance and discipline she possessed when at the age of 15, she was the first female winner of the Chicago Marathon. While Ms. Michalek has hardly missed a day of running since then, it’s this intention to excel at what she loves that is most evident.

“To me Auctioneering is about giving a lot of yourself, before and during the event, in a way that most folks wouldn’t expect.” Her style, fundraising insight, and commitment to her clients, and their mission, not only sets her apart, but has created a career beyond Ms. Michalek’s wildest dreams. “I’ve always been deeply interested in how non-profits I care about are going to sustain themselves, so it is nothing less than a thrill to know I can personally and professionally be part of that.”

As the youngest winner in the history of the Chicago Marathon, it has not been lost on Ms. Michalek that this experience informed her whole life. “When I start Auctioneering, it’s like being in the starting block all over again, and I still set out to win, however this time it’s for the organization I’m representing.”

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John Fisher has been on the radio airwaves of Seattle since 1992, when he moved to the Northwest to begin a 20-year run on the legendary, late great eclectic music station 103.7 The Mountain. During that time he interviewed scores of musicians, from David Bowie to Paul Simon to Sting. These days he's the morning host on 94.1 The Sound from 5 to 9am, and he’s a voice actor on commercials and corporate multimedia productions. He's also a modern abstract painter who exhibits regularly around Seattle. John lives in West Seattle with his wife Melinda, their seven-year-old son (that’s right, John was a little late to the parenthood game!) and their two dogs Hazel and Gizmo.

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

A SENSIBLE THEATRE CO. - Entertainment Partner

Founded in 2016 by Jared Michael Brown & Paul Flanagan, A Sensible Theatre Co. is leading the charge in high-quality, queer entertainment focused on furthering the LGBTQIA+ conversation of diversity and inclusion through the arts. We’re so honored to partner with The GSBA on EQUALUX and continue to introduce our unique brand of entertainment to Seattle’s incredible Queer community. Join us for The Queer Cabaret - once a month, every month - where we feature local, organic, fully sustainable Queer AF talent on stage. www.sensibletheatre.co

 

JARED MICHAEL BROWN - Producer

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Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, he’s been fortunate enough to travel the world curating unique events and experiences. He currently resides in New York City, but loves that sensible bi-coastal life: while based in Seattle for nearly a decade, he worked with some of the most creative and generous artists at The 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, ACT, Showtunes Theatre Company, ForwardFlux, Intiman, Contemporary Classics, and The Endangered Species Project. He wishes to thank his family, friends, this insanely talented team, and Ryan.

PAUL FLANAGAN - Choreographer

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Paul is thrilled to be choreographing on this amazingly talented group of individuals! You may have seen his work both as an actor and a choreographer on the 5th Avenue stage, public works program at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, village theatre, act theatre, and Seattle children’s theatre!

 
 
 

RYAN DUNN - Lighting Designer

JACK DEARTH - Guitar

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Jack Dearth is an actor and musician with a degree in Drama: Performance from UW. Aside from his acting work, Jack has performed as a guitarist in productions of Working: The Musical, Ring of Fire, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He has also worked and performed as a bassist and assistant music director in multiple productions with The Horse in Motion and plays guitar for local band Cherry Boy.

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Ryan Dunn is a Seattle-based lighting and scenic designer for theater, dance, and events whose work has been seen recently at Book-it Repertory, Intiman, On the Boards, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Washington Ensemble Theater, Village Theatre, and ArtsWest, among otoaulthers. Ryan is a graduate of University of Washington, the Resident Designer for The Horse in Motion, a company member of Washington Ensemble Theatre, and an affiliate artist with Umbrella Project.

 
 
 

ERIC JENSEN - Voice of God Announcer

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Eric Jensen has been a theatre artist in the Pacific Northwest for over 25 years. He has performed at 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, Seattle Rep, A.C.T., S.C.T., T.A.G. and The Empty Space as well as being involved in several touring productions across the country as well as venues in Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and  Barcelona.

SEATTLE WOMEN’S CHORUS

Conducted by Artistic Director Paul Caldwell - Since their first concert appearance in 2002, Seattle Women's Chorus has grown to become one of the world's largest ensembles. More than simply a music organization, SWC is a voice for LGBTQ advocacy in the community. They have had the pleasure of performing with respected artists including country music sensation, Chely Wright, actress Kathy Najimy, and musicians such as Vicci Martinez and Bernice Johnson Reagon. SWC has released two CDs: “Winternight Journeys” and “How Sweet the Sound.”

 

FEATURED ARTISTS & ENTERTAINERS

ANDI ALHADEFF - Featured Soloist

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Andi Alhadeff is thrilled to be a part of this event. Off Off and Off-Broadway- Prospect Theater Company: Jasper In Deadland (Persephone). The Caveat: 3 Andy Warhols (Warhol 2). Regional-The 5th Avenue Theatre: Ragtime (Emma Goldman), Grease (ChaCha), Jasper in Deadland (Persephone), RENT (Joanne), Oliver! and The Sound of Music. ACT Theatre:  Bad Apples (Debbie) Urinetown (up coming). The Village Theater: Writing Kevin Taylor (Julia), Afterwords (Kali). Go NU! andialhadeff.bandcamp.com/releases.

CHRISTINA BREWER - Featured Soloist

At the young age of 2 1/2, Christina took to the stage for her first public performance. From there, it never stopped. Today, Christina is a vocalist who travels throughout the Pacific Northwest sharing her musical gifts at spiritual centers, community festivals, fundraisers, and occasional sporting events. Outside of music, she is the wife of Seattle-based filmmaker Serena Berry, the mother of 3 year old Ezekiel, and also the owner of Washington Wedding & Event Design.

 
 

ALEXANDRIA J. HENDERSON - Soloist

DANI HOBBS - Soloist

Dani is a local director, actor and activist. They just graduated from UW with a degree in Human Evolutionary Biology. You may have recently seen them in Little Shop of Horrors (Reboot Theatre), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (ArtsWest Playhouse), American Idiot (ArtsWest & Lakewood Playhouse), and Leap of Faith, Bridges of Madison County and Legally Blonde (Showtunes). They also recently assistant directed KAYFABE at Ghost Light Theatricals.

Alexandria J. Henderson holds a BA in Music Performance. She was most recently Elle Woods in Showtunes Theatre Company’s concert production of Legally Blonde. Notable performances also include Village Theatre: Dreamgirls (Supporting Actress Gregory Award winner), Hairspray, Into the Woods; 5th Avenue Theatre: Mamma Mia, The Pajama Game, How to Succeed…, Little Shop.

Twitter/Instagram @missajhenderson www.alexandriajhenderson.com

 
 

ARNALDO! DRAG CHANTEUSE

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Arnaldo! started as a soloist with the Seattle Men’s Chorus (SMC) and has performed with SMC in some of the major concert halls in the U.S., Europe, New Zealand, and Australia. In 1995, Arnaldo! started a group called Cabaret Q where the “drag chanteuse” persona began. In 1999, Arnaldo! began his solo cabaret shows in Seattle’s Capitol Hill and has since performed his one person cabaret in Portland, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Puerto Vallarta, New York, and Manila. Arnaldo! has also collaborated with various directors, choreographers and songwriters in the Seattle area. In 2005, he completed the Cabaret Summer Conference Workshop at Yale University. In 2006, a group of cabaret performers spearheaded by Arnaldo! started the Pacific Northwest Cabaret Association and continues to organize “March is Cabaret Month” featuring local and visiting artists. 2007 marked Arnaldo!’s New York cabaret debut and in 2008, Arnaldo! was honored with a New York Backstage Bistro Award. 2014 was Arnaldo!'s Manila debut where he received "Most Innovative Concert Artist" in Manila by Gawad Musika. In 2016, Arnaldo! was presented by The Filipino Community of Seattle with a Lifetime Achievement Award for promoting culture and the arts.

Arnaldo! Is accompanied by John Engerman, piano; Dave Salonen, bass and Rex Gregory, saxophone.

KAYDEN OLIVER

Kayden Oliver is a native of Salt Lake City, UT who recently found a home in the beautiful PNW.

Regional credits include: The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes (Village Theatre); Newsies (Village Theatre); Guys and Dolls & The Addams Family (Broadway Rose Theatre Company, OR); Beauty and the Beast (The Temple Theatre, NC); Bye Bye Birdie (SecondStory Repertory); and many more. Choreographic credits: Annie, Aladdin and His Magic Lamp & Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Broadway Rose Theatre Company); Red Curtain Broadway Revue (Central Theatre Ensemble).

Kayden is also a Dance Teacher for Village Theatre KIDSTAGE where he teaches Intermediate Jazz and Tap classes.

Believing that love, kindness, community, trust, empathy, and the sole idea that every human being is enough is what will guide our world toward a better place. You’re beautiful, we are beautiful, and the world we live in is beautiful. So let’s take care of each other! Love fully, love graciously, and remember, be nice to people. Follow Kayden on Instagram: @kaydenoliver

 
 
 

JOHN HAHN

NICHOLAS TARABINI

 
 
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John Han is excited to be part of this event! He feels very proud to be apart of a community dedicated to making positive change for the future. As a local actor he was last recently Emmett Forrest in Legally Blonde at Seattle Musical Theater. Other favorite roles include Toby in Sweeney Todd (Artswest), Ted in Peter and the Starcatcher (Artswest), Lefou in Beauty and the Beast (Edmonds Driftwood Players).

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Nicholas Tarabini - Past credits: 5th Avenue; Paint Your Wagon, Mercer Girls, The Sound of Music. Regional; Paint Your Wagon (Ordway). Seattle; American Idiot, Peter and the Starcatcher (ArtsWest) Into The Woods (Village Theatre), Next to Normal, Legally Blonde (Second Story Repertory Theatre), Fiddler on the Roof (Seattle Musical Theatre). All my love to Mom, Dad, and Mat.

 
 
 

LUKAS POISCHBEG - Dancer

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Lukas Poischbeg is a local dancer, singer, actor, and teaching artist. Since the age of eleven he has trained in ballet, tap and jazz - training with ARC School of Ballet, the Studios, Village Theatre KIDSTAGE and Westlake Dance Center. As a teaching artist, Lukas has produced multiple cabaret-style performance opportunities for young people to share their stories and showcase their talents. Lukas believes that every student deserves the opportunity to learn in a safe and supportive environment. "When we learn to take risks and express ourselves in front of others we develop valuable life skills beyond theatre or dance. I view my role as a mentor and instructor as one of uncovering, activating, and nurturing my students’ own mental elaborations of knowledge."

Lukas has previously appeared in Village Theatre’s production of Disney’s Newsies and Showtunes' production of Legally Blonde. Currently, Lukas is in his senior year at the University of Washington pursuing a BA in Dance and Education, Communities, and Organizations.