Azeotrope’s mission is to create a space where audiences confront the marginalized and obscured, bringing visibility to the invisible. We hope to broaden Seattle’s cultural and artistic environment with vital, urgent, and exciting projects that would otherwise be underrepresented.
In fulfilling our mission we will move toward that which we fear, the private, the perverse, the dangerous, the strange and odd, the beauty in the grotesque, the hope in chaos, in hope of understanding.
We understand there is a difference between what we believe and what we profess, or confess. (The act of confession; the implication of guilt, culpability, accountability.) The transition from thought to vibration and physical motion giving thought substance. Once released, it can then be witnessed. You have audience.
We are responsible to that audience. Because there is power in the act of articulation.
Richard Nguyen Sloniker (Founder, Co-Artistic Director) is a writer, performer and educator. He’s appeared at the Guthrie Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, Intiman, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Book-It Repertory Theatre, the Northwest Asian American Theatre, SIS Productions, the Village Theatre, and the Seattle Children’s Theatre. His plays have been seen and heard on the stages of the Northwest Asian American Theatre, Theatre Creatures, the University of Washington, and through Insatiable with SIS Productions. Richard has been an instructor in acting for nearly a decade in Seattle communities, Seattle Public Schools, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Prima Vera Arts Center, and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Washington’s School of Drama. He holds an MFA from the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program, is a graduate of the prestigious Guthrie Experience for Actors in Training at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology.
Desdemona Chiang (Founder, Co-Artistic Director) is a stage director based in San Francisco and Seattle. Directing credits include: Crowded Fire Theatre Company, Azeotrope, Impact Theatre, FringeNYC, Playwrights Foundation, Washington Ensemble Theatre, Balagan Theatre, SIS Productions, University of Washington and Cornish College of the Arts. Assistant Directing/Dramaturgy: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Playmakers Repertory Company, ACT Seattle, Arizona Theatre Company, and Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre. Awards: Triangle Lab Artist-Investigator, Drama League Directing Fellow, SDC Sir John Gielgud Directing Fellow and TCG Young Leader of Color. Member: Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Alumnus: Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab and Directors Lab West. BA: University of California at Berkeley. MFA Directing: University of Washington.
Serin Ngai (Associate Artist, Producer) is a playwright, theater producer, actress, and family law attorney. She co-created and wrote the original episodes of the popular “Sex in Seattle” series produced by SIS Productions, which she also helped found and worked as an Executive Producer for several years. Serin sits on the board of the Asian Bar Association of Washington and volunteers at the King County Neighborhood Legal Clinics.