Myra Platt (she/her/hers) is part-time lecturer of Topics in Youth and Theatre . She was the Founding Co-Artistic Director (with Jane Jones) of Book-It Repertory Theatre. Book-It was the recipient of Seattle’s 2010 Mayor’s Arts Award and Washington State’s 2012 Governor’s Arts Award. In 2010 she and Jane Jones received a Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Anniversary grant, as well as the 2010 Women of Influence from Puget Sound Business Journal. In 2008, Myra and Jane were honored to be named by the Seattle Times as an Unsung Hero and Uncommon Genius for their 20-year contribution to life in the Puget Sound Region. As director, adapter, actor, and composer, Myra helped Book-It produce nearly 100 world-premiere stage adaptations and over 30 education touring productions. Most recently she adapted and directed the new musical Howl’s Moving Castle (music by Justin Huertas), Behold the Dreamers, and The Brothers K: Parts I and II. She directed The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (2014 Gregory Award for Outstanding Production and The Seattle Times Footlight Award). Past credits include: ADAPTED/DIRECTED: Little Bee; The Financial Lives of the Poets; The River Why; Night Flight (an operetta with music by Joshua Kohl); Red Ranger Came Calling (a musical with Edd Key); The House of the Spirits; Giant; Plainsong; Cowboys Are My Weakness, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (2002 original production); Roman Fever, A Child’s Christmas in Wales. DIRECTED: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Persuasion, Cry, the Beloved Country, Sweet Thursday. ADAPTED: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (2017 with Malika Oyetimein); The Art of Racing in the Rain; Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant (with Jane Jones). PERFORMED: Prairie Nocturne, The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears, The Awakening (West Garland Los Angeles Award), Howards End. Outside of Book-It, Myra has performed at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, Intiman, New City Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum among others. She originated the role of Candy Kendall in The Cider House Rules, Parts I and II, directed by Jane Jones and Tom Hulce.
Representative Creative Work
- Event Spotlight: Seattle Theatre Symposium - October 12, 2015
- Faculty and Alums Receive Gregory Award Nominations - August 12, 2014
- What Fresh Hell is This? Performing the depth and wit of Dorothy Parker - April 28, 2018 - 7:30pm