Justin Huertas & Sara Porkalob
Meet the Hosts for the 9th Annual Gregory Awards
Justin Huertas is a Seattle-based actor, musician, playwright, and songwriter. His original musical Lizard Boy premiered at Seattle Repertory Theatre (Gregory Award, Outstanding New Play & Outstanding Actor in a Musical) and had its second production at San Diego’s Diversionary Theatre (Craig Noel Nomination, Outstanding Musical). Justin also composed and performed original music for Romeo and Juliet at Seattle Shakespeare Company (Gregory Nomination). Acting credits include Lizard Boy (Gregory, Footlight, Gypsy Rose Lee, Craig Noel Awards), In the Heights at Village Theatre (Gregory Nomination), and Welcome to Braggsville at Book-It Repertory Theatre. He recently wrote the music and lyrics for the upcoming adaptation of Howl’s Moving Castle, presented by Book-It Repertory Theatre this winter.
Sara Porkalob is an award winning solo performer, director, and theatre theorist/activist recently recognized on City Art’s 2017 Future List and currently serving as Intiman Theatre’s 2017 Co-Curator. Her original musical about her gangster Filipino family, DRAGON LADY, will be premiering this fall produced by Intiman Theatre and in spring 2018 the show will be traveling to American Repertory Theatre as part of their Oberon Presents series. She will be also be performing in Howl’s Moving Castle at Book-It Repertory Theatre and directing Washington Ensemble Theatre’s Straight White Men this winter. An Asian-Pacific Islander and fervent intersectional feminist, she is committed to dynamic storytelling, cultural place-making in her community, and the destruction of white supremacy in America. www.saraporkalob.com