Creative Team


K.C. Brown (Author) is an actress and writer. Her Sherlock’s Veiled Secret, published by Dramatists Play Service, has been performed all over North America, and her original adaptation of The Golem won a competitive grant from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture. The Big Game (a musical based on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing) was given a special presentation at Yale. Currently in development are a new musical version of Schnitzler’s La Ronde and Rip! (a physical theater piece based on the story of Rip van Winkle, for production by Axis Theatre in Vancouver). Claire graduated magna cum laude from Yale University (with distinction in English and Theater Studies) and holds an MFA in Directing for Theatre from the University of British Columbia. Her book What Do You Mean You Haven’t Seen...? (A Family Guide to Classic Movies) is available at Amazon. Visit


Arne Zaslove (Director) is a theater director, teacher of mask and movement, and expert clown doctor.  As a young man studying theater at Carnegie-Mellon University, he met and apprenticed with Commedia dell’ Arte master Carlo Mazzone-Clementi (“You want to learn?  Here – carry the bags!”)  After this exposure to the great tradition of European physical theatre, Arne went to Paris as a Fulbright Scholar to become the first American to study at Ecole Jacques Lecoq.

Returning to North America, Arne taught at New York University and served as head of the National Theatre School in Canada, before co-founding the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Washington and becoming Associate Artistic Director at the Seattle Repertory Theatre.  He spent years focused on the work of Samuel Beckett with his own Floating Theatre Company, and developed many devised theatre pieces as Artistic Director of the Bathhouse Theatre in Seattle.  In addition, Arne has taught and directed at universities and theaters throughout North America.  He has served as a consultant to David Shiner (of Fool Moon), Graciela Daniele (The Glorious Ones) and Cirque du Soleil.  For a fuller look at his career, please visit:


Bill Forrester (Set Designer) got his BA from the University of Oregon, and his MFA from the Yale School of Drama. He worked in Los Angeles first as an Assistant Scenic Artist at ABC (on such shows as Let’s Make A Deal and The Lawrence Welk Show), and later as an Assistant Art Director on television specials featuring such stars as Bing Crosby, Carol Burnett, Dean Martin, and Bernadette Peters. Accepting a position on the faculty of the University of Washington, he headed north to Seattle where he has remained for the last 40 years. He has designed over 100 productions locally, including for ACT, The Empty Space, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and Tacoma Actors Guild.  In the 1990s he began to work on projects outside Seattle, at such theatres as Arizona Theatre Company, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, Utah Festival Opera, and The Village Theatre. In the first decade of the new century, he found new opportunities at the Alabama and Utah Shakespeare Festivals, The Alliance Theatre, The Denver Center Theatre Company, The Florida Stage, Geva Theatre, Indiana University School of Music, and the Kansas City Rep, and began work this decade with an invitation to American University of Cairo to design Three Sisters.


Rick Paulsen (Lighting Designer) has been designing for over 30 years, and lit well over 200 productions here and across the country at such theatres as Seattle Rep, Arizona Theatre Company, Denver Center, the Goodman, the Guthrie, San Jose Rep, Intiman, the Empty Space, Cleveland Playhouse, Seattle Children's Theatre and ACT.  Recent work of interest includes Assisted Living, From Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam, The Pinter Festival and Double Indemnity at ACT and The Wizard of Oz at Seattle Children's Theatre.  Rick is pleased to be a Trustee on the National Board of United Scenic Artists Local #829.  He is continually grateful to his wife Roberta and daughter Paige.


Theodore Deacon (Composer) has pursued a wide-ranging career as stage director, professor, composer, conductor, and musicologist.  He has a doctorate in music from the University of Washington where he served on the faculty as Director of Opera. He has produced and directed more than a 100 productions spanning the 1000 history of known music drama.  He is much in demand as a lecturer and his articles appear regularly in such journals as Opera (London) and Opera News. He has recently returned to composing and is creating a new musical based on Schnitzler’s La Ronde with Whispering Ghosts playwright K. C. Brown.


Candace Frank  (Costume Designer) has designed costumes at the University of Washington, village Theatre and Rough Magic Productions.  She holds an MFA in Costume Design from the University of Washington, has worked at ACT and Seattle Opera, and has extensive experience in illustration and film.


Keehn Thomsen (Projections) has been working in and around the film and video business in Seattle since the late 70’s. In the early 80’s he hooked up with Arne Zaslove at the Bathhouse Theater where he was Arne’s production manager/technical director for several years. He and Arne continue to do documentary and video projects together.