PRODUCER | THE Scratch | Andrew Garrett

Founder  ||  Director / Producer / Educator

Originally from Seattle, Washington, Andrew now lives in Astoria, Queens. As a bi-coastal creative leader, he is most passionate about new work, ensemble based physical theatre and strengthening the connection between theater and society. In addition to being a director, producer and educator, he is also a playwright, actor and photographer.

Andrew's directing credits include Orphans & Outsiders, Lord of the Flies, Mind the Gap and two devised solo performance pieces: Distorted Reality and Boy Soldier. Andrew has facilitated and directed New York Theatre Workshop’s Mind the Gap: Intergenerational Theatre Workshop at New York Theatre Workshop, London South Bank University & North Carolina Stage Company.

He has also worked on numerous developmental workshops and readings including: Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat, Lizard Boy, The Bishops, Indoor Person, SPACE on Ryder Farm’s Working Farm Reading Series and Village Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals. Assistant directing credits include String, Hairspray, All Shook Up, The Good Woman of Setzuan and Annabel Drudge...and the Second day of School.

Upcoming projects include The Neighborhood Theatre Project’s inaugural production, The Scratch Seattle Workshop Series, Village Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals, and One Coast Collaboration.

He recently stepped down as the Education Associate at New York Theatre Workshop. He received a BFA Acting, Emphasis in Directing from Syracuse University. He has also received training through the Araca Project, New York University, Roundabout Theatre Company, The TEAM, artsEquity, and the Arts in Education Roundtable of New York City.


PRODUCing assistant | The Scratch | Laura Shearer


Laura Shearer is a Seattle-based theatre-artist who fervently believes in theatre’s ability to increase empathy, encourage community cohesion, and incite informed recognition of modern society’s inequities.  Their primary artistic interests lie in the development of new works, devised physical theatre, and collaboration across artistic disciplines. They are so incredibly grateful to The Scratch for giving them their debut as a production assistant!

Laura’s most recent directing credits include  They Walk Among Us,  and the sky is on fire at Ghost Light Theatricals’ Battle of the Bards- a poetic one-act featuring originally composed music, devised movement pieces and  hand-made shadow puppets. They have also recently worked with Annex as an assistant-director/assistant prop-maker in Last Stop on Lilac Street and as a directing intern with Theatre Battery’s WE ARE PUSSY RIOT or EVERYTHING IS PR. They have also worked as a performer, educator, dramaturg, stage-manager and prop maker.

Before pursuing their passion for theatre, Laura explored the world of education as a teaching-assistant in the arts-magnet school Lycée Alain Colas in Nevers, France.  They drew upon their experiences as a Seattle Children’s Theatre education intern and as a pedagogue at the University of Puget Sound to craft a theatrical and dramaturgical curriculum that encouraged a critical lens of modern society, introduced new art forms, and helped strengthen their English comprehension and expression.

Ongoing projects include: the development of Turned Off! a play about discovering queer identity, grief and the ethics around the use of artificial intelligence; and a translation project of Jean Giradoux’s Electre.



Umbrella Project exists to develop and advocate for diverse new theatrical work by demonstrating radical dramaturgical support. Our home and our heart is in Seattle.

What is radical dramaturgical support?
Radical dramaturgical support is an ever-expanding and evolving collection of activities completed in support of the script development process.

American dramaturgy includes research, structure analysis, education, and support for actors and directors.

Radical dramaturgical support extends traditional dramaturgy to include dramaturgically-informed hospitality practices, radically inclusive thinking, anti-oppressive measures, support around best practices, and more. This dramaturgical method is differentiated from standard American dramaturgy by its holistic approach, creativity, and centrality to the process of developing new theatrical work.

Erin Bednarz, Director of Engagment
Sara Keats, Director of Dramaturgy
Gavin Reub, Director of Creative Development
Skye Stephenson, Director of Development
Jesse Swingle, Director of Marketing Communications
Kayla Walker, Associate Producer



The Commonground is a series of monthly events for artists across disciplines to meet their creative soulmates. It operates on the belief that fostering great creative partnerships leads to the creation of great art, and that great art is a service to all. We seek to eliminate barriers-to-entry and increase the breadth of exposure artists have to like-minded collaborators.

Organized and led entirely by volunteers, The Commonground is free of charge for all attendees. The evening begins with a brief group discussion, led by an entertainment industry professional. This discussion will focus on “knowing the table you sit at, and the table you want to sit at" -- that is, sharpening your sense of self, your pitch, and what to look for in creative partners. The artists are then split into 3 groups to participate in the centerpiece of the evening: a series of rapid-fire one-on-one networking meetings (à la speed dating).

Throughout Commonground meetings, there will be refreshments, sign-ups for ongoing creative groups and projects, creative brainstorming tools to play and plan with, and industry professionals to answer questions and provide guidance.

We hope to hear "We got our start at The Commonground" for years to come!

Merissa Czyz, Engagement
Ben Edelman, Founder
Thomas Moore, Technology