New Muses is comprised of a seasonal company of theatre artists and tenured artistic associates joining together to produce intelligent, thought-provoking, and engaging theatre for a contemporary audience.
Bethany Bevier* - Box Office Manager/ Production Stage Manager
Bethany began working with New Muses during the 2011-12 Season. Her sound designs include THE SHAPE OF THINGS; DOCTOR FAUSTUS (BWW Nomination); MISS JULIE; INTO THE WOODS; ROMEO AND JULIET (BWW Nomination), PEER GYNT, A SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS (BWW Nomination), LYSISRATA, and FRANKENSTEIN as well as many installments of the one-night-only staged reading series. She has worked throughout the Puget Sound as a stage manager including New Muses’ INTO THE WOODS. Bethany is the host of the Backstage Knitting Podcast, available on Apple Podcasts and YouTube, and is now accepting new clients for Ashiatsu Massage at her office in historic downtown Puyallup. BA from Lesley University. https://bodywork-by-bethany.weebly.com
Niclas Olson* - Managing Artistic Director
An actor, playwright, director, and designer, Olson's work has been featured at theaters throughout the western United States and Canada. As the founder and managing artistic director of New Muses Theatre Company, he has helmed productions of classic works by Shakespeare (HAMLET, ROMEO & JULIET), Aristophanes (LYSISTRATA), Ibsen (GHOSTS, A DOLL'S HOUSE, PEER GYNT), Strindberg (MISS JULIE), Marlowe (DOCTOR FAUSTUS) and Wilde (THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST), along with contemporary works from Stephen Sondheim (INTO THE WOODS), Neil Labute (THE SHAPE OF THINGS, REASONS TO BE PRETTY) and Wallace Shawn (THE FEVER). His regional credits include the entirety of Tony Kushner's ANGELS IN AMERICA at Olympia Little Theatre and OF MICE AND MEN, MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE, THE LIBRARY, and EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL for Tacoma Little Theatre. His award-winning lighting and scenic designs are regularly featured by clients including Tacoma Little Theatre, Tacoma Arts Live, Dukesbay Productions, the Lakewood Playhouse, UW Tacoma, Civic Rep Theatre, and Toy Boat Theatre. As an actor he is recognized for the title roles in Aaron Sorkin's THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION (LPH, NW Premiere), DOCTOR FAUSTUS, ROMEO AND JULIET, PEER GYNT, FRANKENSTEIN, two runs as HAMLET (New Muses), and THE MUSICAL ADVENTURES OF FLAT STANLEY (TMP) to recent performances as Tom in THE GLASS MENAGERIE and Seymour Krelbourn in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (LPH). His adaptations of classic plays are regularly commissioned and published by New Muses Theatre Company and his original works have been staged at Pacific Lutheran University. He is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University's BFA acting and directing program, resident lighting designer at Tacoma Little Theatre, and technical director for Open Space for Arts & Community. www.NiclasOlson.com
HISTORIC COMPANY MEMBERS
Juan Aleman II
Kristen Blegen Bouyer
Cassie Jo Fastabend
James A. Gilletti
Ryan St. Martin
*The title of artistic associate is a tenured position offered to professional artists who demonstrate a passion for their career, exceptional skill and ability, and commitment to the future of the company.