Seattle

catherineblakesmith@gmail.com

About Catherine

Midwest born and bred, I transplanted myself to Seattle in 2009. I’ve long loved Seattle’s history of innovation nestled among lush greenery and dense neighborhoods. Initially arriving in Seattle to practice theatre, I evolved my love for theatre directing, history, dramaturgy—contextual research, season planning, script development—and production management into a new career focus: web design. As a web designer and project manager, I help unique voices express themselves fully on the web and onstage. The result is a holistic approach and product. View my resume.

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Illustration by Kathryn Rathke

Studying web design at Seattle Central College, I learned modern web and UX/UI design are a natural extension of my life-long theatre practice. When starting a web or performance project, the first contextual research questions we ask are the same: Why did we choose this platform or app? What do we want the audience to take away from their experience and interaction? What information does the audience member or user need at this time to feel the way a certain way and is it readily made available? Site architecture, consultation, and bridging the gap between the viewer and the creator is what I do as a company member of Annex Theatre. When an audience member or user attends a production, are they they having an integrated, holistic experience supported by the mission and purpose? When the audience member comes to the theatre, just like a user visits a site or interacts with the app, are they easily able to get the most out of their experience?

Ultimately, my dedication as a production manager and Artistic Director at Annex Theatre for more than 40 volunteer-led artistic projects has helped me develop my empathy and consideration for everyone’s opinions to devise solutions utilizing stated needs and available resources.