Who We Are
Nicola Pearson is an award-winning playwright, novelist and mystery writer and a founding member of Women’s Work Productions. She grew up in England, where she first discovered her love for the stage, but it was when she was acting in operas as a young adult at a performing arts center in France, that she saw the Japanese Noh theatre and the Kathakalie Theatre from India and realized how much she could learn about other cultures through the stage. She set off on a journey around the world hoping to take back to England some multi-cultural theatrical knowledge and open a theatre there. When she was living in New York City however, working with the Bread and Puppet Theatre and the WPA Theatre, a chance encounter took her to the Skagit Valley in Washington State. There she met her future husband and began a journey of a different kind, writing plays alongside his work as a studio potter.
Nicola’s plays have been produced throughout the US and in Sydney, Australia. Carried by the Current, her first historical play, not only introduced her to a fascinating piece of American history but allowed her to explore one aspect of her childhood on the stage. A joy for her, in bringing this play to audiences, has been to watch people’s profound interest in the subject matter and to be part of the discussions that arise after the curtain comes down. She is honored to be working with Women’s Work Productions to take this play to as many audiences as possible.
Dustin is a veteran actor and singer with over 20 years of experience on the stage. He has led productions like White Christmas (Bob Wallace), BIG the Musical (Big Josh), Cabaret (Cliff Bradshaw), Bye Bye Birdie, (Albert Peterson) and many more to successful productions. He continues to involve himself both on and off the stage in Seattle, WA, recently appearing as “Judge Thomas Burke” in Parlor House Panic of 1893 in Pioneer Square, Seattle.
Dustin and Nicola were introduced through Dustin’s wife, Sarah, when they participated in a staged reading of Carried by the Current on Orcas Island. The story gripped his imagination and he has been driven to bring the production to Seattle ever since. He is looking forward to showing you Carried by the Current and many more productions through Women’s Work Productions.
Sarah Moore (Mickelson)
Sarah has been involved in over 70 theatrical productions in Skagit, Whatcom and King counties over the last 18 years. She earned her BA degree in theatre from Western Washington University in 2005. She especially enjoys acting in Shakespeare productions and brand new plays. A few favorite past roles include Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Irene Molloy in Hello Dolly!, and Satan in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Sarah first became involved with Carried by the Current when it was produced at Skagit Valley College in 2010 and originated the role of Bess. She recently went back to school for a Masters Degree in Speech-language Pathology, got married and had a beautiful baby girl. Life is good. Art is essential.