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about linnea

Linnea Ingalls is a Seattle-based theatre artist born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She completed her MFA in Arts Leadership at Seattle University in June 2020. Her master's thesis, Visceral & Virtual: Tensions of Grief and Discovery in Embodied Arts of the COVID-19 Era, investigated how mediated live performance engagements impacted meanings of artistic embodied practice and influenced community and personal resilience. She now works with the Washington State Arts Commission working to make culturally relevant arts accessible across the state. Whether she is directing, producing, or managing, she thrives off of artistic collaboration. Her mission as a human being and artist is to challenge toxic societal norms and cultivate new cultural myths. 


Linnea had tremendous success in 2016 debuting as a director in Seattle with The Nina Variations through HERON. She has loved working with INTIMAN, ArtsWest, Seattle Immersive Theatre, The Horse in Motion, Pork-Filled Productions, 5th Ave Theatre, Live Girls! Theatre, and STAGEright and many others since moving to Seattle in 2014. She co-founded and co-produces she is FIERCE: stories from the female and gender queer perspective, a seasonal storytelling event in the Seattle community. She was a founder and the Artistic Director of HERON ensemble, a theatre ensemble committed to challenging expectations. Drawing from diverse perspectives, they fostered a culture of empathy, honesty, and innovation from the inside out through their signature multidisciplinary style.

Linnea received her BA in Theatre Arts from Western Washington University in June 2014. While she was earning her degree, she worked and studied in England for over a year. At WWU, she and team of collaborators won the National Award for Best Ensemble at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for the devised production of Us. She has also performed in the London Cultural Olympiad for the 2012 London Olympics in Cyclesong (winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards).

When she's not near the stage, you can find her exploring the Cascades or backpacking abroad--some of her favorite wilderness adventures include rural China, the mountains of Rwanda, and the deserts of Turkmenistan.

Linnea strives to make theatre that is courageous and entertaining.

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